AlphaSim releases HU-16B Albatross

May 20, 2009

AlphaSim HU-16B Albatross

AlphaSim have released their HU-16B Albatross for FSX.

The classic amphibian has been recreated with seven unique models and twelve texture sets, with options for ‘weathered’ or ‘factory fresh’ versions, bringing the total variations to sixteen. Full SP1/SP2/Acceleration compatibility is gauranteed, with all FSX features such as bump-mapping and self-shadowing used to full effect.

The bump-mapping and reflectivity cause the great many lines of rivets in the aircraft skin catch the light and make for a near-photographic look. AlphaSim’s ‘RealGauge’ tech is used throughout the detailed v-c to provide silky smooth gauge movement, and after dark the user has the choice between cabin or direct gauge lighting and the flick of a switch – all the normal functions are present and mousable in the cockpit, custom views allow different and useful perspectives.

A truly outstanding sounds package by TSS brings the Albatross radials to life, a good subwoofer is recommended for the visceral bass rumble ! Flight dynamics have been expertly crafted to provide a very authentic experience, with no nasty suprises. Water take-offs and landings are simple, the sim provides nice spray, wake and wallowing effects. Often overlooked in the sim world in favour of the ‘other’ well-known amphibian, the classic Albatross finally makes its appearance – in startling, state-of-the-art form.

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