Friday, 15 May 2020

GA Gems - STOL Steals!

By now, you will know that one of my very favourite flight simulator topics is when I bring to you news of excellent freeware, especially when it is ex-payware made freeware.

So, with that in mind, here are two perfect low and slow GA Gems for P3D4 and P3D5 that are worthy of your immediate attention...


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1vPUjb-mNH9xpCOZYmeCmTg84KpqqoN7d

This particular release initially caused me some confusion insofar as I knew that William Ortis, the developer behind Lionheart Creations, had recently released a payware Zenith CH701 (NB. The LHC Zenith CH701 remains available for purchase at SimMarket for just under €30).

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1QXcvG9TrV1DTvHOoZCPk9KIPY7JqDaBB

So, when I saw an identical Zenith CH701 available as a download at Simviation, complete with the same liveries, a sub-folder labelled “LHC_Zenith”, plus Zenith factory scenery, I was concerned for LHC, and is why I contacted William directly. 
He replied very quickly, and whilst thanking me for reaching out, he went on to say that in fact the LHC Zenith CH701 project co-developer had in actual fact decided to release it as freeware.
Therefore, this is a legitimate freeware download, but before you go grab it, and grab it you should, know this: It weighs in at a hefty 850Mb which potentially equates to hours of download time at the reduced Kb rate reserved for non-Simviation subscribers. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1nuxsDiXHa7qapSBgINp1w5b_M3DMl0Op

I believe, however, that once you do, you will find that this LHC model is to be the de facto simulation of the very capable Zenith CH701 bush-ready STOL-happy tricycle-geared tundra-tyred aerial jeep.
And my only question is, what’s not to like about that?!


A gentle upgrade of the original FSX Super Cub Extreme2, to Prepar3Dv5 standards” is how Flight Replicas describe this release. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1dFGF6EPyIw7Ur7zHq79moGWm5wihOS36

However, when you read the list of changes, it seems as if our definitions of “gentle” are really quite disparate, and here’s why!

“Includes: New wings; new tires, upgraded cockpit parts, new extrnal model panel with functioning instruments and clickable switches, buttons, etc. (so you can start it before you get in, if you like); 4K textures, including spec and alphas, tweaked airfiles, tie-down ropes and windscreen cover for when parked, and the ability to hand prop for starting. Plus a new Paint kit.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1nAjDTI-jZAEyPdLdz2-FdexgDnIcuR4n




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