After some time over on the Train Simulator side of things driving the rails, I'm back to flyin'.
First project on tap is to improve a prewar German airliner: Hauke Keitel's Junkers Ju-90. Flies beautifully, but climbs like a glacier. So let's fix that so the international aviation regulatory agencies don't ban us for being a hazard to faster flying birds like geese. I started with the Ju-90 that had been updated to FSX by AF Scrub.
First thing I did was strip off the Lufthansa titles and give it a polish:
And did some work to the mechanicals, as is hinted by the retrofitted cockpit instruments:
The old 850hp BMW132s are out, replaced by "war surplus R1830s". And they did improve things. Used to be a full AOW takeoff got you 500fpm at 140km/h (75ish knots) initial climb rate, meaning the stew was out passing out drinks before you crossed the airport perimeter. Now you can guarantee getting out of the way of the airfield at 135 kias and 700 fpm using 37" at 2400rpm, slightly beating even DC-3s!
Some more flight testing to do and a couple of repaints (as well as permissions to get for some of the instruments) before I pass this out as an addon package.