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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