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Scenery Review | Updated Maps2XPlane Society Islands

We’re pleased to inform you that our dedicated reviewer Paul Beckwith flew back to the Society Island which are updated for X-Plane 12. The Society Islands or actually the package is known as “Society Islands XP – Bora Bora and the Leeward Islands” are a product from Maps2XPlane and published by Aerosoft.

According to Paul “Society Islands XP – Bora Bora and the Leeward Islands remains a scenery package that will draw you in. It does so even more than it did when it was first released under the last version of X-Plane. Maps2Xplane has diligently corrected the mesh problems introduced by X-Plane 12 and created the perfect blend of the Society Islands with the remainder of the X-Plane world. Updating this package to work with XP 12 was definitely worth the effort since the efforts of Laminar Research have enhanced the Leeward Islands in dramatic fashion.”

Curious what Paul has to say or do you want to know all about this scenery add-on package? Then check out Paul’s short review impression for X-Plane 12 or his previous comprehensive X-Plane 11 review.

Aircraft Review | Thranda Cessna C337F Skymaster

Paul Beckwith, our personal Thranda reporter reviews for you the latest Thranda GA aircraft; the Cessna C337F Skymaster. The C337 Skymaster is a twin-engine civil utility aircraft built in a unique push-pull configuration. Its engines are mounted in the nose and rear of its pod-style fuselage. The Thranda C337 Skymaster is part of Thranda “Dynamic Generation Series”.

According to Paul “The Cessna C337F “Skymaster” is a noteworthy addition to the Thranda lineup of aircraft for X-Plane 12. Thranda has set a very high bar of expectations over the course of their aircraft releases and they live up to it with this presentation. The modeling is precise, and the texture work is incredible if not the best available. The only niggle here is the overly glossy tires.”

And “If you are a fan of unusual aircraft, this is a model for you. If you want to make the step up from a single engine plane to a twin engine, this is as good a plane as any to use for getting used to managing a dual set of engine controls.”

But this is only a very small excerpt from the massive in-depth review from Paul. Check it out via this review link, offered by X-Plained.Com. Enjoy!

Scenery Review | Frank and Fabio “Italian Dolomites”

Angelique van Campen, your personal reporter for detailed and in-depth reviews tried to cover the Italian Dolomites from Frank and Fabio.Not an easy task since the X-Plane 12 version of the Dolomites covers an area of 11.000 square kilometeres. That said, where to start, what to see, what to cover, what not and so on. According to Angelique “This is way tooooooo much to cover, but what I did see during my three stretches flying thru and around the modeled area offers me awesome realistic looking major and minor Dolomites, many airports, airfields and heliports.”

And “But thousands if not more objects representing every thing you can imagine. It’s all there. It is all included. Actually, I can’t find any other words then impressive, gorgeous, awesome, wow! A big thumb up for Frank and Fabio with this Italian Dolomites master piece.”

You can read Angelique’s Dolomites experiences at the dedicated X-Plained.Com review. Enjoy!

Aircraft Review | VSkyLabs M-7-235B

Our dedicated reviewer Paul Beckwith explored the VSkyLabs Maule M-7-235B Project aircraft for X-Plane 12. As on owner said “My Maule is a fairly straightforward airplane to fly—but a very nuanced and difficult airplane to fly well. I am constantly working on improving our relationship.” but what experiences Paul.

Paul experienced that the modeled Maule “The VSKYLABS Maule M-7-235B Project is a noteworthy addition to the fleet of aircraft available for X-Plane 12. If your idea of fun is low and slow observation of the world beneath your wheels, the Maule will provide you with hours of that as well. This aircraft is also for those pilots who want to experience the world of conventional gear or “taildragger” aircraft. It is subject to all the benefits and pitfalls of a taildragger while having a little more tailwheel authority and stability than I’ve experienced in other taildraggers.”

But Paul has much more to say then only this. On behalf of Paul and X-Plained.Com we invite you to check out Paul’s comprehensive VSkyLabs Maule M-7-235B review. Enjoy!

Utility Review | JF X-Plane Traffic Global

On behalf of Paul Beckwith, X-Plained.Com is pleased to inform. you that we published Paul’s in-depth review of Just Flight Traffic Global for the latest X-Plane version 12. Traffic Global is a plugin that is designed to populate your airports and airspace with varying types of commercial, military and general aviation aircraft without a significant reduction in performance or frame rates. These aircraft add a level of depth and immersion to the simulation environment especially if your flight is not taking place in a multi-user environment.

The aircraft follow realistic flight schedules based on actual airline schedules to enhance the airport environment such that it becomes more engrossing. The plugin can be as simple to use as install and watch the aircraft populate your environment, or it can be as complicated as creating custom liveries for the aircraft generated by Traffic Global.

According to Paul “JustFlight’s Traffic Global is a rather unique addition to that world and is currently one of two such products available for X-Plane 12. Its sole purpose is to add AI aircraft to your simming world at a frame rate cost that is much lower than adding a large amount of X-Plane’s AI capable aircraft to your environment. Just Flight Traffic Global has lived up to its promise and does, in a very satisfying way, solve that problem. My world is now full of active and inactive aircraft that behave in a mostly very realistic manner and add the sights and sounds of a busy airport to my flight experience. I especially appreciate its attention to general aviation activities since that is where I spend the predominant number of my flight hours.”

Curious to what Paul has to write more? Then you must check out his comprehensive Traffic Global review.

Scenery Review | ALPS UHD Mountain Scenery

Your personal reporter and long time reviewer Angelique van Campen goes back to explore the most famous mountains in Europe, the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The Alps are famous of the Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco, situated nearby the Italian city Aosta or the French city of Chamonix. Then we shouldn’t forget the Matterhorn near the city of Zermatt and the Eiger, Jungfrau and Jungfraujoch, near Grindelwald, all in Switzerland. This mountain scenery “ALPS UHD XP12” is brought to you by Frank Dainese and Fabio Bellini. 

According to Angelique “And as I always say “did I cover everything”, “did I see everything”. I can tell you, no way. Frank told me this “with a lot of patience I placed thousands of 3D objects, all self-built, and tried to improve the mountains by building 3D models with a lot of details”. With that in mind, there’s so much to see and so much left for you to explore. So therfore, can I use one word to express my thoughts, my feelings about ALPS UHD XP12? I would like to use one word, but I don’t know which one to use … awesome, gorgeous, stunning and so on. You got the message, right?”

Check out Angelique’s in-depth ALPS UHD for X-Plane 12 review. Enjoy and feel free to comment.