News round-up for June 13

News and events happening around the world of flight simulation for June 13, 2021. Let’s have a look!

JustFlight releases Tornado for P3D

Flight sim developers and publishers, JustFlight, have just released their new Tornado F.3 for P3D. I don’t include a lot of P3D news in these round-up’s but with a military focus on this blog I just had to mention the inclusion of a Tornado in any flight sim. This fighter variant of the famous Tornado looks incredibly detailed inside and out.

(Too bad its not in DCS World…right?)

The Tornado F.3 is available on the JustFlight website for USD $49.99.

DC Designs releases PT-17 Stearman

This is the first piston aircraft from DC Designs after their release of an F-15 for Microsoft Flight Simulator earlier in the year. That release had its issues including quality and accuracy concerns. The PT-17 is a far simpler aircraft and this one seems reasonably well put together according to the reviews that I’ve watched. The Stearman of course is an iconic aircraft and it’s great to see one in Flight Simulator.

Notably, the developer says that they have used the default coding systems from Microsoft Flight Simulator’s SDK and that should mean that the aircraft remains fully functional even as the sim changes and evolves.

The aircraft is available for $14.99 USD through the JustFlight website.

RedStar details new updates for their MiG-17 for DCS

Red Star Simulations is looking to take their MiG-17 project into a full fledged DCS World project and are providing a lot of details on what they are doing right now. A new video (above) shows the jet in the simulation with some basic features working. Meanwhile, the team are busy working out details for the type.

The dev team have determined that they will be doing both MiG-17AS and MiG-17F variants with the AS coming with R-3S missiles and the F variant possessing an afterburner among other distinguishing features.

EFM flight model programming is also underway.

Read the full update on their Facebook page.

Leatherneck shows off new F4U Corsair screenshot

We haven’t heard much from Leatherneck since before the end of 2020 but we did get this new image a few days ago on their Facebook page cover photo showing off the Corsair flying over some ships. There’s no description and the Facebook page admin did reply to a question about when this was coming with a characteristic “SoonTM” reply. So, soon it is.

Check out Leatherneck Simulations on Facebook.

And that’s it. Something I missed? Give me a shout in the comments!


7 Comments Add yours

  1. CanadaOne says:

    Looking forward to that F4U.

    I realize DCS is a complicated sim, but some of the development seems to happen at a glacial pace.


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Not sure what the configuration of Leatherneck is these days. They have seldom provided updates and recently it’s been very sparse indeed. Hopefully they will reveal that they are nearly done on the F4U and much further along on the F-8 than we know.

      It does feel glacial although the standards are high for DCS World modules.


  2. Det says:

    Is there a WWII Pacific “Assets” module in development (air, ground, sea) to go along with the F4U?


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      If there is, one has not been announced. ED has been vague about their plans here and so far they have no modules of their own announced – save for the Marianas map (which comes in modern and historical configurations).

      That may yet come.


      1. Det says:

        Kinda makes you wonder what the purpose of the F4U is then.


      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        That’s being developed by Leatherneck and almost anything goes when it comes to DCS content. That said, Nick Grey has hinted at a shift to the Pacific so perhaps we’ll see more on this front soon.


      3. Det says:

        Yeah, and that’s my biggest issue with DCS. It’s become this amalgamation of early to mid to late Cold War stuff with modern intermixed and WWII locked behind several paywalls. It’s like there is no discernible direction for any of it, which would be fine in a CA flight sim like FSX/P3D/XP/MSFS, but not so much for anything combat aviation related. ED’s business strategy is really all over the place with regards to 3rd party stuff.

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