I'm hoping I might be able to get some suggestions. I've always used FSX, as it was given as a gift. But I also have a copy of FS9. My FSX looks stunning and I've invested in quite a bit of payware, so until lately have had no incentive to use FS9.
But recently I decided to keep my FSX 'pure' without any portovers, as I've been having issues lately. There are simply tooooo many fantastic freeware for FS9 that I had ported and still want to fly, so it's time to put FS9 on the computer. What I would like to do is completely turn it into a classic flight SIM, and could use some suggestions on ways to improve.
So far I have installed:
F1_view program, for mouse panning Silverwings CalClassic Scenery CalClassic AI AFG Caravelle (this was the plane the pushed me into installing FS9!) FSDZign's Constellation Mr. Jahn's Starliner MAAM's DC3 Various CalClassic plane models
Any other good, quality freeware that does not have an FSX equivalent to improve my classic simulator?
Particularly in the realm of texture enhancements. I know that Silverwings adjusted a lot of the ground textures, and I guess water/clouds/runway textures, but am wondering if it would be worth it to install Real Environment Pro for the sky effects, even though that would change the water/cloud textures.
Any and all suggestions appreciated, I have no experience with FS9!
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Aug 30, 2008 17:43:27 GMT -5
You have most of the big addons covered. Some users like Active Sky for the cloud and weather modeling too. REP also has many proponents. Mine is still pretty much stock, since as a developer I need to model for the average user. You can always try them and then revert back, if you have made the proper backups (or the program does).
All the Russian aircraft are only for FS2004 due to complexity of systems plus the added specific beacons scenery. The main classic ones and better can be had fee of charge here: www.fs-proteam.com/index.html The Tu-154M is considered one of the most complex and complete aircraft simulations! It is used by the Tupolev Bureau for the initial training of new pilots! You should also check the PT forum in English where you'll find specific forums for other planes like the YAK-42 or the TU-134
The British Classics are spread a bit, but you should be able to find these ones at Avsim: HS-748 by Rick Piper Vickers Viscount and Vanguard by the above developer plus the panel by Fraser Mckay (just search for its name) British Jets can be had freeware by David Maltby here: www.dmflightsim.co.uk/
I downloaded all of David Malthby's stuff, as well as the Russian plane. Great stuff! I still enjoy my FSX visuals, but you can't beat these freewares, FS9 has earned a permanent space on my harddrive.
That DC2 by the way, I already have flying in FSX and it is hands-down the best bang for the buck as far as payware goes. Absolutely worth it, and a fantastic aircraft, with some of the best paintjobs around!