Me410 review: Definitive destroyer?

The last of the flyable aircraft planned for IL-2: Battle of Normandy has arrived. The Messerschmitt Me410 was the offshoot of the much maligned Me210 heavy fighter and it comes with interesting history and capabilities. This review explores the real world history and the virtual companion that 1CGS has built for the Great Battles Series….

The retro-futuristic classic: Review of MSFS’ Beechcraft Bonanza V35

Asobo Studio, Microsoft, and the folks at Carenado have come together to produce yet another collaboration aircraft for the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace. This time it’s the Beechcraft Bonanza V35 and its the third in their Local Legends series. What makes this aircraft a legend and should you add it to your MSFS hangar? Let…

DCS: Mirage F1 early access review

The latest aircraft to release into early access for DCS World is Aerges’ DCS: Mirage F1. I’ve put several hours into the DCS: Mirage F1 at this point and I’m ready to provide a review so that I can help answer many of your questions surrounding if this is a module that you want to…

IL-2 aircraft review: Ar234, the first jet bomber

By late 1944, the Luftwaffe had not one but two operational jet aircraft in its inventory. The Me262 tends to dominate most conversations when we talk about jet aircraft of WWII, however, that would be doing a disservice to the Arado Ar234. Despite whatever issues it had as an aircraft, it was the first operational…

IL-2 aircraft review: The challenge of the DFW C.V!

In early December, Flying Circus Vol 2 added yet another aircraft to its release list with the availability of the DFW C.V. It’s taken me a while to circle back to this airplane but, as they say, this is better late than never! This scout aircraft and occasional light bomber packs in some interesting capabilities…

IL-2 aircraft review: Ju88C-6: niche attack bomber

Battle of Normandy has incorporated in a lesser-known variant of the famous Ju88 bomber into its aircraft mix. This heavy fighter variant comes with a different role, different armament options, and a unique niche to fill out in the IL-2 series’ collection of World War II aircraft. This is my review of the Ju88C-6. A…

Review of MSFS’s Beechcraft 18: History in flight

Microsoft, Asobo and Carenado have come together to produce another Marketplace airplane for Microsoft Flight Simulator and this one is a good one. Local Legend #4 is a simulation of the classic and legendary Beechcraft Model 18 and the moment it was announced I knew I had to check it out. After putting in some…

IL-2 aircraft review: The magnificent Mosquito!

Dubbed the ‘Wooden Wonder’ thanks to its unique construction, the Mosquito proved to be a capable multi-role aircraft during its wartime service. It is nothing short of yet another classic and legendary World War II aircraft and now, it’s here in IL-2: Battle of Normandy! How does this aircraft stack up versus its reputation and…

DCS: South Atlantic first impressions

RAZBAM have at long last taken the wrapper off their new DCS: South Atlantic map project and given us our first taste of this new scenery and map pack for DCS World. I’ve spent a couple of hours zooming around different parts of the landscape and these are my first impressions. What is DCS: South…

A quick review of Microsoft’s Top Gun Maverick content pack

Released on May 25, 2022 just a day after the movie comes out, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures have come together to produce a free DLC package themed around the movie. I wanted to take a quick look and review what this pack is and isn’t. Here’s what you can expect flying Top Gun Maverick on…