FSXP3D – Douglas C-47R Skytrain V3.14 Beta. With this package you have downloaded the probably long awaited update for our Douglas C-47R Skytrain V3.12 Beta edition. The main culprit of the delay happened to be the dreaded FSX bug that prevents ambient ‘VCLighting’ to be used with VC’s that use bump-mapped textures. A lot of unforeseen new texture work was therefore at hand. Anyway, as you will soon see when you take your Skytrain/Dakota/Gooney Bird up for a first night flight, we’ve made it, bump- mapped textures are still there in the VVC (Vintage Virtual Cockpit) along with ambient ‘VC lighting’ at dusk/night/dawn. 1 – 0 for us.
The now implemented VVC night lighting is actually the main feature of this V3.14 update but it certainly is not the only new feature or addition. The Interactive Checklist has been significantly upgraded, ‘Automixture’ can now be activated, the flight dynamics have been fine-tuned, alternative config files have been provided for joystick or pedal control of ground-steering, and there is a set of working OMI Marker Lights. Further modifications and corrections have been implemented following V3.12 users’ and beta team feedback including new VOR1/2 Compass Roses, better placement of AH markers and various texture corrections/additions here and there. And that’s not all, we also have installed a Showstopper!
It comes in the form of an interchangeable photo or picture that can be clipped on the left side of the Captain’s panel. 4 different photos/pictures can be selected simply by clicking it. To complete this ‘personal touch’ implementation you can replace the 4 default photos/pics with a true personal subject if you like to. For obvious reasons we have called this new gadget ‘Cutie’ and a description of how to make your own ‘Cutie’ texture follows here underneath.