Replica Spitfire flying controls recap July 2018

Because of the growing interest in this project and enquiries to purchase a kit, I felt it would be useful to recapitulate what the current version of the kit offers in the way of controls and to highlight what is under development. The kit was re-designed in 3D from Supermarine Aviation Works engineering drawings. Most…

A treat for Spitfire fans

DCS have just released the clipped wing “CW” version of their LF MkIXc and at last we can load bombs and external drop tanks to the aircraft. Unlike IL2 where clipped wings is an option in the load out menu, in DCS the clipped wing Spitfire is a specific aircraft type, so it must be…

A bit of humour for a change

A friend sent me this link to a video of an advert by French TV company Canal Plus to promote the showing of Dunkirk and other films on their channel. At a period when we will be celebrating the RAF centenary this is a very light hearted look at Britains iconic Spitfire and its glorious…

Update on IL2 Battle of Bodenplatte

In my previous article on this soon to be released map I was a bit rapid in explaining that the Spitfire Mk XIV was not the dominant Spitfire type in 2TAF. I do not wish to give an erroneous impression that the Mk XIV might not have made a significant contribution within 2TAF in spite…

IL2 new Spitfire MkIXe

Many of us eagerly awaited a new Spitfire in the IL2 upcoming Battle of Bodenplatte map  which will represent the situation in Northern Europe when the Luftwaffe attacked allied airbases in France, Belgium and Holland on 1st January 1945. The date is important as the aircraft set should be historically correct for this period. Several…

Spitfire MkIX sim kit update n° 4

Design work has now started on the right hand side of the cockpit with the chassis unit. The exterior of the unit is just about complete, with working lever and stop gates, plus the status indicator window. The internal design work needs to be completed for the mechanism to operate the status plate and for…

HOTAS in Spitfires & other WWII aircraft

Being relatively occasional to flight simming for a number of years I started off like most with pretty basic joysticks like the CH Flight Stick before moving on to Logitech Wingman Extreme and it’s later force feedback version. As I got more into flight simming  with MS CFS I upgraded to the TM Hotas X…

Spitfire MkIX Sim Kit Update N°3

Since the first production model came out in November 2017 I have made a few modifications based on user experience which are now integrated as standard into the N°3 kit that is just being delivered. The first modification concerned the adjustment of the spring strut which holds the control column an 11° angle aft. The…