Editado por Tom Raisen, 07 April 2015 - 02:35 AM.
Escrito 04 March 2015 - 12:25 PM
Escrito 21 March 2015 - 12:49 PM
Dear All,First off, thank you all for your kind words of support and positive attitude to our announcement.It is a great motivator to put in those long hours when you know you've got such a great community behind you.Sincere gratitude from the entire team. Also a big thank you to those of you who have gone above and beyond to spread the news of our announcement.While it's still relatively early in the development process, it's good to get some awareness out there right off the bat.We've been kind of quiet lately, but not to worry; it is simply an effect of the large workload placed on each and every member of the team.Ambitious plans require hard work and much of our focus lies on attaining planned development sprints.Unfortunately, a byproduct of this is that many of your questions about the F-14 have gone unanswered. I've been gathering many of these and they will be answered in the FAQ section of our new F-14 site section coming next week.Therein you will also find a lot of information on various features of the aircraft and our design goals for e.g. JESTER AI.We're due for a monthly update, which will have some information about other developments and the MiG-21.Thus, I'll be keeping this F-14 specific update fairly short.Art DevelopmentWe're now essentially feature complete on both exterior and interior models for the F-14, including the majority of integration work and animations.Thus, preparatory work for diffuse, specular and normal map texture creation has begun.With the F-14, we're pioneering several new techniques based on the tried-and-tested industry standard sculpting and baking workflow.We've already put this to good use for our other unreleased, in development aircraft, but we're hoping to take it that one step further for the F-14.We hope we can further enhance the realism of both our exterior and interior textures and the initial results are very promising.It's very exciting for us as artists to have the opportunity to apply years of accumulated knowledge to a project such as the F-14. We hope to capture every minutiae detail, down to the touched up lumps of paint.Something many of you have concerns about is performance. We're taking a very pro-active stance on ensuring that performance is optimal at release this time around.We very much wish to ensure that the F-14 will perfectly on the vast majority of systems, and approaching things more carefully from the beginning will make it easier for us to make adjustments in the future.Attached below you can see some Work in Progress renders of the cockpit.Do note that these images have flaws, so take them with a few pinches of salt.Codebase DevelopmentNot counting the Radar and HUD (two big systems in themselves), the Tomcat contains, by our count, roughly 67 Major systems, of which 37 are related to Flight and Flight Controls.In addition to this, one must take into account the size and difficulty of both the JESTER AI system and the External Flight Model. Noting that the F-14 is a massively difficult undertaking is putting it mildly.Currently, heavy focus lies on creation of the AICS (Inlet Control System), Hydraulic System and Electrical System.These systems, together with the Engine and grouped control systems lay the basis for the construction of the swing-wing EFM that will capture the spirit and real performance of the F-14.There is yet a long road ahead, and many difficult tasks to complete, but we have absolutely no reservations about our capabilities nor our choice of aircraft.We look forward to sharing more progress with you soon.Thank you for your support,Sincerely,Leatherneck Simulations
Editado por Silver_Dragon, 21 March 2015 - 08:19 PM.
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Escrito 21 March 2015 - 07:11 PM
Pa un futuro digo.....en cuanto salga este venerable avion. Amazing!
Escrito 07 April 2015 - 01:24 AM
OMG!! lo compro seguro. Me imagino que no dieron fechas pero... increible.
Escrito 14 April 2015 - 09:44 PM
Yo me apunto de rio Sadman!! Que ganas de probar lo de ir 2 en el mismo avión repartiendo leña
Escrito 01 May 2015 - 11:10 AM
Dragging our feet a little -- we're wrapping up some new sculpted artwork and finishing touches on the F-14 product page.
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Escrito 01 May 2015 - 07:02 PM
Parece de mentira! Es muy realista... Funcionara en nuestros ordenadores o necesitaremos un PC de la NASA? MENUDO NIVEL!!
Escrito 01 May 2015 - 07:37 PM
Piensa que el A10 y BS son sims militares adaptados al publico y nos van. Espero que lo que haga esta gente lo podamos mover con ordenadores actualizados. Eso si, habrá que actualizar componentes del pc como pasó con los mencionados anteriormente
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Escrito 01 May 2015 - 09:00 PM
Escrito 06 May 2015 - 11:16 AM
Dear All,It's been another busy period for the team entire team at Leatherneck. Not only in terms of development and progressing on our current stable of projects – but also with unfolding personal events.Family deaths, day-job commitments and more have yielded a rather muted visible public presence.Progress has not been impaired in any way; and we're very excited to move into the latter half of 2015.A considerable amount of the teams' focus has been on projects other than the F-14, including the MiG-21bis.While that may sound disappointing; it must be noted that several technologies developed for one of our other aircraft can directly be drawn upon to shorten the development time of the F-14.Elements include e.g. HUD elements or Navigational implementations.We've also spent an additional chunk of time on refinement of our internal tools, in particular a Flight Modeling Visualizer.We will go into deeper depth on our other projects in an upcoming all- Leatherneck-encompassing newsletter, so for now; lets focus on the F-14.The Art team's primary focus has been on assuring proper integration with the F-14 codebase and DCS engine.This is a particularly boring aspect of art asset development; albeit very necessary so as to allow the programming team to boundlessly progress.Examples include defining clickable areas, animations and creating 2D bitmaps that will be drawn on various indicators and screens.We've almost completely finished this process and thus the main focus will again shift to traditional artistry.The biggest task ahead is texturing both the interior and exterior elements of the aircraft.We're currently evaluating a few new sculpting-based techniques that we hope will yield incredible fidelity and texture depth.Our working version of the aircraft is still currently based around a -B model exterior and -A model interior.However, work progresses on the -A exterior, starting with completion of the TF-30 engines and exhausts for the -A model tomcat.More notable adjustments of the shape and equipment to fall in line with an -A are forthcoming.Some of our sharp-eyed community members (you know who you are!) noticed various flaws in the initial renders we posted.Sincere gratitude for your sharp eyes, and we've already rolled in some of these corrections.Examples include widening the main engine intakes and canting the main gear.As with all of our development, we adhere to a very iterative process and you should always consider anything shown to be Work in Progress.Additionally, we've gone ahead and continued on sculpting our pilot and RIO models.We're certainly paying very close attention to ensure a high level of detailing and accuracy.We have plans for these models beyond the standard in-cockpit / external pilots you are currently used to; features that will hopefully significantly improve immersion.You should expect this particular model to look practically identical in-game, as most of the detail will be baked down into normal and diffuse maps.After completion of the Hydraulic and some Electrical systems, the programming team has shifted focus to the development of the TF-30 and F-110 engines.This particular task will require a significant amount of time to develop, as both engines have unique properties and a lot of interconnected dependencies that need to be recreated and tested.Thus, elements of the AICS, Fuel System, Pilot Controls must all be in place before all elements of our new engine simulation can be recreated.We are of course fully committed to ensuring that we model as many of the various characteristics and quirks of both engines.Some of these quirks have massive impact on how you fly and fight in the aircraft, thus we must be certain that we get it completely right.We hope that both reliance on documentation and SMEs will allow us to achieve this level of fidelity.Our FM simulation is highly dependent on all of the Engine and Flight Controls being completely in place, so as to ensure that all base parameters are correct before attempting to simulate the movement of the aircraft.Of course, it goes without saying that every facet of the F-14's flight envelope will be modeled to the fullest extent possible.Unlike what some of you fear, we are not limited in any way in what we can model or simulate, including more complex factors, such as variable geometry wing surfaces.Once the engine and flight controls are in place, the team will move on to creating all auxiliary control system functionality.This includes elements such as brakes, hooks, refueling probes, canopy jettison, and much more.The F-14 Product Page is about to go live and is undergoing final tweaks.It will contain a considerable amount of depth on various subjects, most of it however has already been covered in the forums.The F-14 page is part of a wider website update which includes a new News section that will host our more frequent, unscheduled updates.During and after our initial announcement, many of you had questions about various aspects of development and the planned module roadmap in general.I've tried to gather as many of these as possible, but feel free to write more below and I will add as many as I possibly can.Q: Which particular Airframe era will you be simulating?We're still ironing out some specifics here; but we're aiming for a mid-to late 80s' airframe for the -A, and mid 90s' for the -B. Thus, some features such as the glove vanes will be disabled, while some advancements and improvements in the aircraft will be included.Q: Are you sure about those Glove Vanes?A: We'll be, at the very least, adding a visual option. It is possible that we will simulate the aerodynamic impact of the glove vanes further down the line.Q: Will you be separating the -A and -B model Tomcats in the sim?A: Indeed! It is also possible that one model will be released some time before the other.Q: How much will it cost, and will both versions be sold together?A: Details to be disclosed at a later time; but do not expect any kind of exorbitant or non-standard pricing.Q: Where can I pre-order?A: There is currently no pre-order or pledge package available.It is likely that we'll be running a pre-order program at some point prior to release, however.Q: Will Air-to-Ground Capability be included?A: Yes; however the specific A2G and sensor capability that will be modeled is yet to be decided. You can note in the renders posted, that the BRU-32 bomb rack is mounted to the Phoenix pylons on the underside of the fuselage.Q: Which Chin Sensor Pod will the Aircraft utilize?A: TCS & ALQ-100 Antenna. The bullet fairing visual option will be included.Q: Will Carrier Operations be included at Release?A: We are networking together with our partners to ensure a complete package upon release, however the complex nature of the task at hand lends itself to a cautious approach in saying anything definitive.Q: Will Multiplayer Multi-Crew be available at Release?A: We hope to include this feature on release. We consider it an essential selling point of this module, and a personal dream of our own.Q: What do you mean by the AIM-54 being based on a 'CFD' Simulation?A: We will be using Computer Fluid Dynamics simulations to the fullest extent possible in order to ensure proper accuracy and fidelity of the AIM-54 Phoenix missile flight dynamics. While this particular missile is very difficult to sufficient documentation on; we are investing heavily into ensuring that our recreation of it is true to life.Q: Will Night Vision be available?A: Yes.Q: What is JESTER AI, exactly?A: It is a proprietary system that primarily simulates the RIO crew member. It will allow you to quickly and efficiently fly and fight in the F-14, while minimizing your workload. JESTER AI will be fully voiced and highly streamlined. The system will be designed to be moduler, and can thus be quickly adapted to other multi-seat aircraft in development.Q: Will Multi-Seat licensing be a thing? (RIO Only License, etc.)A: Possibly. We do like some of the ideas brought forward; but nothing definitive as of yet. It's more likely we'll stick to just a single license.Q: Will Iranian Tomcats be included?A: Yes! We have several Iranian liveries planned. We also plan to model the older MBU-5/P mask in use by the Iranian Air Force.Q: Will you include a HGU-55 helmet option?A: Not planned at this time.Q: That looks like it has way too many polygons!A: We learned our lesson with the rocky performance of the MiG-21 on release, and are taking care to keep performance at a significantly better level. Much of the detail you see is simply normal maps baked down from high-poly sculpts; thus, they already perform very well!Q: Which theatre will be included with the F-14?A: Very oceany. Very cold.The F-14 Campaign will take place in this theatre.Q: Why not GOOSE AI?A: Goose is dead, man.Q: Any possibility of an MP / COOP Campaign?A: Not planned at this time; however, we do intend to support the F-14 with significant after-market content, especially taking into consideration the Straights of Hormuz theatre. It can be noted that the SP campaign can likely be easily edited to allow for more players.Q: What should I do during my inevitable divorce?A: More Fleet BARCAP.Q: Will random failures and issues be modeled?A: Yes! We have a slew of unique and new features planned here that should introduce some RPG-esque elements into your gameplay experience, should you wish it.Q: Will JESTER AI be able to handle Piloting duties as well?A: Likely to some very limited extent.That is all for F-14 development at this point.During the next month you should expect to see some strong visual progress on both exterior and interior textures.We're very excited to move forward and to start seeing our vision come to life.Sincerely,Leatherneck Simulations
Editado por Silver_Dragon, 06 May 2015 - 11:17 AM.
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Escrito 06 May 2015 - 11:27 AM
Y además me quedo sobre todo con esto, una sorpresa que no me esperaba : "Will Air-to-Ground Capability be included? --> YES" O.M.G.!!!
Editado por crosssyl, 06 May 2015 - 11:27 AM.
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Escrito 01 April 2016 - 10:45 AM
Dear All,Welcome to Part 1 of our Q1 2016 update!In both parts of this update; we're going to be focusing on development progress of DCS: F-14A & B.These two updates will also be the last before we announce or other new projects. Woo!MiG-21 FixlistBefore we jump into the Kittykat; let's briefly return to the Fishbed.We've been splitting our focus between new projects as well as continuously updating the MiG-21.Below is the major item fixlist from the last couple of months-- including a few that are still pending to be released to a public build;
Corrected ASO-2 Randomly not working R-55 & R-3S tone slave correction Engine relight system lamp now lights up properly when launching missiles Corrected various ASP issues (A2G range indicator, Aiming solutions) – WIP Corrected BLC Gate RPM level BLC now disengages at 400-420 km/h Added joystick bindings for radio channel, radio on/off & radio volume Added joystick bindings for NPP Course Set Corrected initial position of the KPP Corrected keyboard mappings for Afterburner (fix for afterburner not working unless assigned to axis) Flight controls now affect hydraulic pressure Added CAF/HRZ NATO livery (Thanks Matija Huzjak!) Fixed mirrored stencils on wings Fixed SPRD activation with button cover closed Corrected moving pipper size limits Corrected landing gear emergency extension Corrected Oil Pressure indications Corrected ADI/HSI test discreprancies Added Nose cone extension with PO-750A Failure Corrected Lock Target getting stuck with Target Lock On button Adjusted maximum G Firing limits for R-3S Corrected canopy ventilation handle functionality Corrected various issues with the Fuel Indicator SPS-141 Jammer Pod now works (again! Yay!) S-5 Rockets now fire in appropriate order (If 4 launchers installed, only 2 fire at once) Corrected brake pressure indicator Fixed R55 & R3S tone slaved to radar Head Ready and Lauch Authorized lights corrected Corrected more instances of inverted radar symbols Corrected KPP and NPP knob dependancies Added joystick binding to Altimeter Pressure Set Corrected animation of Emergency Transmitter ButtonWe'll have more information on various open MiG-21 issues, such as backer rewards, in pilot cockpit and other items ASAP.MiG-21 PaintkitThe MiG-21 Paint kit is now available and can be found at the link below.Apologies for the long time it's taken to get this to you all; but we wanted tomake sure the aircraft was final before torpedoing all of your hard work (and for those of you who made it without a kit, sorry anyways!)The .PSDs are backwards compatible up to Photoshop CS6 (possibly lower, untested!)Feel free to ask for assistance should you need it.F-14 Development Update Part IWe've just come off the first hard and fast development sprint and crunch on this project-- which are (unfortunately for our sanity and health) to become more frequent as we move towards the end of the year and the (drum roll) inevitable release.The main focus of the art team still lies with projects other than the F-14; thus comparatively little demonstrable progress is found visually.However, all components of the aircraft simulation itself are beginning to come together and form a more cohesive package.Primary focuses for the team currently remain with the flight model, associated systems (fuel, engines, controls and more) – but we've now also begun building some of thevisual systems for the aircraft. These include the Heads up Display (HUD), Vertical Display Indicator (VDI) and HSD (Horizontal Situation Display).We're of course maintaining the same refresh rates and accuracy which the real devices possess. You may find it a bit jarring at first to use the basic F-14 HUD; which updates rather infrequently.Of course, we'll be making sure all of these devices also look much closer to their counterparts, both in functionality, size as well as projection characteristics.They're still very much work in progress, so don't mind any misaligned, mis-scaled or in other ways incorrect elements. We are very likely aware of it already.Worth pointing out is that the cockpit on these images is nothing but a placeholder used to enable our programming staff to execute their work.Once the cockpit is textured; we then do a full merge together with our codebase.While these systems are still quite basic; they will begin to shape up in the next couple of months and be expanded to include all of their relevant modes (lots of inter connectivity here!)We generally keep all of these types of visual systems, even gauges, and implement them at the very end.The systems and flight modeling functionality that lies beneath it all, are far more complex and time consuming.[/INDENT]Flight Model[indent=1]Since the last update, we have implemented all of the aerodynamics tables we had previously digitized. We currently use around 60 000 data points in a total of about 80 tables for e.g. aerodynamics and control schedules. This gives us a very dynamic feel to the flight model. The Flight Model is already able to accurately replicate well known characteristics of the F-14 such as wing rock, dutch roll, and flat spins.Another focus lately has been the advanced implementation of flight control logic like trimming, spoiler control and the AFCS. We currently model the pitch, yaw, and roll SAS systems of the AFCS, with the automatic carrier landing system and other auto pilot modes coming later. The SAS system not only stabilizes the airplane, but also augments, for example, the roll rate, allowing for faster maneuvering.Last but not least, we have continued the work on the guts behind the simulation; like for instance our dynamics simulation system. Put simply, we've basically implemented a simulator within the simulator (inception.wav) that allows us to simulate physics and control logic in real time (for you control theory interested people we use state space systems and transfer functions for a lot of the autopilot and control modes).We're glossing over a lot of smaller things that we’ve been working on-- (did someone say wing flex? Hello mass-spring-damper systems!) but suffice to say we’re all really excited about now having a flyable, high fidelity flight model in the simulator.The next major focus area will be further improving the engine model, and we’re currently developing the underlying modeling strategy and data (e.g. various engine maps and logic)Model Iteration PassOur development process is built upon iteration upon iteration; as we consider this to be the best and easiest way to attain accurate and high quality results.Earlier this year; we began the final revision pass on the F-14 interior and exterior models. Most of the focus ended up on the exterior; which was plagued with various inaccuracies and inconsistencies which needed to be solved.Some of these still remain; but we're now much closer to a final model, that can be unwrapped and textured.One of the biggest items on our list, was rebuilding the entire wing from the ground up; re-doing all of the linkages, hydraulics and control surfaces inside of the wing as well.All of the animations have also been redone and appropriately linked with their assigned hydraulic systems.In the future, we'll also use bones to appropriately bend the sealant panels on the top and undersides of the wing root, as well as dynamically inflate and deflate the wing sealant bag.Most of the fuselage and various other parts have been adjusted, the biggest changes have happened in the front fuselage section, including the entire canopy and crew compartment, as well as the vertical stabilizers.The aircraft is now far more accurate – but there are several issues that need to be cleaned up (you can see the skewed fuselage hatches, for example)We've also begun rigging and animating our pilot models for the F-14.Of course we try to maintain parity in our rigs to be able to quickly transpose animations between all the pilots we create, be it for the Viggen, F-14 or Pacific aircraft in development.The images below show the low polygon pilot without applied normalmaps, thus the flat look.
Escrito 01 April 2016 - 11:04 AM
...cont due to image limitForrestal Class CarrierA couple of weeks ago we began development of a Forrestal Class carrier to go with the F-14. We don't have any plans for this to be a payware module; and thus hope to include it either in the base simulator or bundled with the F-14 package itself.We're aiming for a roughly mid 80s Forrestal Class carrier.We don't currently plan on going into too much detail below deck, including the hangar deck; but that is subject to change.Minimum carrier functionality and integration into the carrier operations of DCS itself is of course, a given!It's still early days (a few weeks in, after all), but enjoy some renders below.We have a number of techniques in mind to maximize texture and model fidelity while ensuring excellent performance; but as always-- we build our artwork to be downsized, rather than the other way around.We've also begun in creating all the required props, crew and other assets required for a full carrier complement.The deck crew will of course wear appropriate equipment and colours for their assigned role.We hope to add a library of animations to our deck crew as well; to keep the flight deck lively and interesting.We'd like to thank all of you who contributed photos and research to help us build this storied class of carriers. Many thanks!That's all for this part of the update!Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for the second part coming up sometime during next week.And as always, thanks for your support, patience and excitement!Best Regards,Leatherneck Simulations Team
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