Posts Tagged ‘A2A Simulations’

The Flare Path: Accosts Accomplished Add-On Artisans

By Tim Stone on December 19th, 2014.

2014 wasn’t exactly a bumper year for standalone flight sim releases. Apart from the flak-nibbled IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, and eccentric WWI curios like ILYA Muromets and Canvas Knights simulated clouds had simulated skies almost all to themselves. Fortunately the add-on sector was as vigorous and ambitious as ever. Today in The Flare Path I catch up with five top flight sim supplementers, all of whom have worked their windsocks off this past twelve months. Recently discovered the delights of DCS World or purchased the A380-sized bargain that is FSX Steam Edition? Beware! What follows may pluck at your purse strings.

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The Flare Path: Explains Rumpelstiltsims

By Tim Stone on October 18th, 2013.

Any reasonably competent sim dev can turn heads with a finely modelled Tiger tank, Vulcan bomber, or Schienenzeppelin railcar. It takes a rare talent to do the same with a vehicle so ubiquitous, so achingly ordinary, even a picture of it has the power to… power… to… ZZZ ZZZZ ZZZZ ZZZZ ZZZ ZZZ. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Flare Path: Mustangled Up In Blue

By Tim Stone on May 4th, 2012.

You can tell a lot about a person from their favourite WW2 fighter. Hawker Hurricane admirers are hardworking, realistic, and loyal. Bf 109 fans are contrary and meticulous. Fiat Freccia fiends are Italian. Westland Whirlwind worshippers are prone to melancholy, and often smell faintly of aniseed. Mustang devotees are bold, impatient and have a very low tolerance for silly Flare Path introductions that claim you can tell a lot about a person from their favourite WW2 fighter.

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The Flare Path: This One’s For Dobbs

By Tim Stone on September 16th, 2011.

1 point for the name, and 1 for the word that links it with a famous Escher lithograph

October 18, 1923. While watching sycamore keys twirl from trees in a Kiev park, a young engineer called Igor Sikorsky has an extraordinary idea. What if rotary motion could be used to dry damp laundry. That evening over beer and mushroom broth in a local hostelry, Igor describes his idea to hard-of-hearing colleague Wolfgang Helicopter. The rest is history.

This week is whirlybird week here on Flare Path. Beyond yonder text-horizon there’s talk of two work-in-progress helo sims plus a video guide to stealing the soul of a P-51. Read the rest of this entry »

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