| I havent read the whole manual yet! if ever
| But can you make your own airplanes for realflight g2
| and how ?
You cannot. RFG2 only lets you edit existing airplanes, and you can't
really make any serious changes. You can only change some of the
flight parameters and apply a new `skin' (basically a paint job) to
If you want new airplanes, you need to pay for them, in the form of
the Add-On packs. $30 a pop.
It sort of looked like G3 has a much more functional plane editor, but
I haven't actually used it -- and with their `Have G2? Want G3? Buy
G3 at full price, and we'll insult you with a $25 merchandise rebate'
policy, I probably won't be.
Basically the same deal as in G2, only now the parts grow and shrink and
move around as you edit. The in flight graphics change, however. It still
draws the landing gear, for example, even if you remove them. The propeller
seems to be the only exception; it disappears if you select some other power
source, and presumably the disc changes as it did in G2.
That said, though, I don't feel much limited by the number and types of
changable params. I remember being disappointed in not being able to model
some weird control surfaces, but can't recall off-hand what they were. G3
adds polyhedral wings, or multi-section spans if you want to think of it
that way. This probably takes care of the rest of the outlyers. The other
big change is how the CG is handled. You now have to eyeball it, rather than
pretend to measure in 1/100's of an inch.
Doug while you are partly correct, G2 is a bit like George Washingtons
Replace the engine, the prop, the wingshape, the wingspan, the tailspan,
the fuse length, the undercarriage and to me that is getting pretty near
a new plane.
Doug McLaren wrote:
| Doug while you are partly correct, G2 is a bit like George Washingtons
| Replace the engine, the prop, the wingshape, the wingspan, the tailspan,
| the fuse length, the undercarriage and to me that is getting pretty near
| a new plane.
Perhaps, though you're assuming that a `plane' consists of, from front
to back, of: an engine [optional, though removing it won't remove it
from the graphics], some fuselage, then a wing [does G2 let you change
the shape? I forget], then some more fuselage and a vertical and
horizontal stabilizer. Somewhere down below is a landing gear in many
Perhaps most planes fit into this general shape, but hardly all. You
can't make any flying wings, any pusher planes, anything with a T
tail. There's a V-tail plane there, but I suspect it's modeled to fly
as a classic horziontal/vertial stabilizer tail plane.
And even if you do change these parameters that you're talking about,
the plane doesn't *look* any different. Sure, you could change the
skin, but that doesn't really help if you've made the wings longer.
Obviously Real Flight/Knife Edge has some sort of editor that they use
for creating planes, but it has not been released, and the file format
doesn't appear to be documented enough for somebody else to write
their own editor. RF would much prefer that you buy Add-Ons.
| Doug McLaren wrote:
| > | >
| > | I havent read the whole manual yet! if ever
| > |
| > | But can you make your own airplanes for realflight g2
| > | and how ?
| > You cannot. RFG2 only lets you edit existing airplanes, and you can't
| > really make any serious changes. You can only change some of the
| > flight parameters and apply a new `skin' (basically a paint job) to
| > the plane.
I don't much care about the graphics, what I wanna know is: can I alte
things like wing washout, powerplants (from a K&B Sportster .45 to a O
FSR .45 to a Jett .45 can be a helluva change), props, fuels, contro
throws, dihedral, field surfaces, adding retracts, needlevalv
settings, AUW, etc. in G2 or G3?
They can make all the airplanes look like a single generic icon for al
I care. The only reason I would want a FS is so I can experiment/pla
with stuff on the computer instead of learning the hard way
yerrs. I thnk so.
powerplants (from a K&B Sportster .45 to a OS
etc. in G2 or G3?
All those from G2.
G2 had NEARLY all I wanted but not quie enough., G3 is better allegedl.
G2 had a handful of more or less generic "torque curves". You could modify
them by specifying a single percentage to scale it by. G3 has a large
catalog of electric and IC motors, and an honest by gosh graphical editor
for the honest injun torque curve.
Whole inch increments in G2. G3 has different prop types and materials in
1/10" increments. I wouldn't put too much stock in how they're labelled,
since it says nothing of how its modelled. Close enough is sorta close
enough. The aircraft editor is a bit handier now. You can run up the motor
to check static thrust, amps, rpm, etc. In flight efficiency is still far
far too optimistic. One model is pulling 80%+ total efficiency with a 14"
EDF on a geared Hacker B50. I'd stand in line outside in a January blizzard
to buy one of those if they made one.
Bump the torque curve a few percentage points...
Polyhedral multi-span wings in G3. It models a corsair without cheating, and
winglets too if so desired. Sideforce generators seem possible, but I
haven't tried yet.
G3 is responsive to material changes, but I haven't spent much time taxiing
to say how well they've done it. Also, airframe fragility is modelled. Balsa
stick models shatter satisfyingly, and foamy wings bounce and then take
In general, both versions simulate random component failures. All simulators
more or less assume the parts are either working 100%, or done broken. Not
good training for the newbie, but I wouldn't know how to go about improving
that. In regards the needlevalve in particular, you might come close by
editing the torque curve, but it won't change throttle response and similar
Component weights, really, which changes the AUW. G3 lets you move things
around in the airframe (or out in space around it, for that matter) to
change CG. You can still "fake" a CG adjustment without adding weights, but
at least you'll know how far you're moving it.
The much ballyhooed graphics in G3 are not worth it, IMHO. I reckon it can
be quite lovely if your system can handle it with all details and features
cranked, but I wouldn't know. Just adding trees and clouds drags the
framerate down to 6, from 30+ without them. G2 with AddOn 1 has plenty of
"atmosphere"; I was quite pleased when I ran it recently and was reminded.
But there is compelling reason to prefer G3. Zipping a flying wing around
and through a suburban subdivision amply illustrates the dire fact that
despite all these many years, I have never really learned to fly. :-) I'm
having a ball now, and ruined for life. Reality, and its flat empty flying
fields, will be quite dull in comparison come spring.
Actually 'your engine was too rich' has popped up on mine once or twice.
The most fun was with teh rtiwn engined plane with a guaranteed engine
failure. You have about 1/2 second to close teh throttle before the
thing goes into an irrecoverable flat spin :-)