MSFS Ju52 review round-up

I’d very much like to have written my own review for Asobo Studio’s own Junkers Ju52 release. The iconic tri-motor is part of their ‘Local Legends” series and certainly looks stunning inside and out and instead of continuing to fight with a chronic crash to desktop problem in Flight Simulator (an issue that the latest update has not cured for me) I thought for now that I’d curate a couple of reviews that I think give a good look at the product.

What are people saying?

One of my favourite reviewers is AvAngel who has done a fabulous job of reviewing quite a few aircraft in MSFS. AvAngel looks at the Ju52 with both the wheeled and float version of the aircraft. The impression is mixed saying that the aircraft feels rushed and in need of some work.

Next up, Overkill Simulations tackles the startup, taxi, flying and provides some overall first impressions. He likes the original version over the retrofit but seems to have overall positive impressions.

Into the Blue Simulations does a flight tour and review of the Ju52 by flying around Lake Como in Italy. Into the Blue was impressed with the efforts to model the cabin, electrical panel, and other features of the aircraft and felt like the price offered good value for the money.

Although I haven’t been able to find the clips in writing this round-up, there have been some videos circulating showing the aircraft when lightly loaded seems to spring up off of the ground with little effort. Like a STOL aircraft. That suggests to me that further flight model tuning is probably needed and that the Ju52 does need a little more time spent on it to really bolster its functionality.

If at some point I can write my own review, I will. I am curious to see how it compares to the Ju52 in IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles. That Ju52 may not look quite as sharp as this one but it does offer an outstanding experience and flight model.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. As a fellow Il-2 user here are my findings:

    Brakes are modeled wrong. She did not have toe breaks braking is done by the throttle with pneumatic breaks.

    Engine is indestructible it does not freeze it does not blow engine cooling and temperature readings are just for visuals it has no effect.

    It takes off like only for 40-50Kph kind of ufo.

    Controlling horizontal stabilizer trim and flaps is wrong. You cannot independently use them. In landing and take off trim is linked by a clutch to the flaps (clutch is there but it functions totally different)

    Also since MSFS does not have VR zoom you cannot read the fuel gauge on top of the wings. You need to use drone camera to do that.

    Sounds are not correct no engine feedback.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Sounds like it needs more time in the oven. Hopefully it will improve… maybe by the time I’ve sorted out my issues it’ll be in a better place!


  2. Urgent Siesta says:

    For me, the purpose of these Local Legends is to preserve history and give just a taste of what these pioneering aircraft were like.

    I’d hope the flight model gets attention because that’s the true fun of addons like this. AND arguably it should be part of the showcase of MFS’ superior but still hard to fully experience flight model.

    Engines, systems, etc.? For $15 you gotta temper your expectations – there’s a reason A2A Sims gets $60 for their Constellation… 😉

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Yep, that’s a very reasonable point. It’s not going to be a $60 product but hopefully they can solve a few problems.


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