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FSBreak 69: A2A B-17 Review

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I'm the guy behind ND Art & Technology who made the BK-117 helicopter for X-Plane 9 that was released 6 months ago. Thought you might like to check out my next highly detailed representation of an aircraft nobody's heard about. ;-)

This time I'm building the Yakolev YAK-55M aerobatic aircraft. It's a typical rugged russian design with loads of sheet metal and rivets, full span ailerons and a 9 cylinder Vedeneyev M14P engine with 360 roaring horsepowers. Following the fall of the Sovjet Union, It's become popular in the west as an affordable alternative to composit aerobatic designs that still provides the pilot with plenty of performance and capability for crazy maneuvers, thanks to it's inertia and the torque delivered by the big engine.

The model is less complex systems-wise than my previous product, the BK-117 helicopter, and focuses more on "stick and rudder" feel, shorter and more playful flights and even more visual detail. Naturally, it will featurel the latest X-Plane technology, such as manipulators, normal and specular maps etc. It has also turned out to be a great platform for developing new techniques and tools that will come in handy in my future projects. As you know, X-Plane is still a limited but growing market, compared to the MSFS dito, so developers like myself are constantly looking to improve our production techniques to make more detailed and affordable addons available.

Check out the construction progress over at the x-plane.org forums if you like: http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?showtopic=45019&pid=501680&st=30&#entry501680

Thanks for a great show! Nils

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