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Essential S-3 - Flight Simulator Reviews

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Reviews Date of last review
3 Sun, May 15, 2005
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
67% of reviewers $18.99 7.3




Description: The S-3B Viking provides multimission support to battle group and joint commanders in the antisurface, antisubmarine, electronic surveillance, overland strike support, mine warfare, and aerial refueling roles. The ES-3A Shadow is carrier aviation's principal signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance aircraft. This electronic reconnaissance aircraft supports all facets of Navy, Marine Corps, and joint operations. As one of carrier aviation's newest additions, the ES-3A has already demonstrated tremendous reliability and safety, as well as a robust mission capability.

The Essential S-3 Product comes with seven high quality textures in both 1970's style High-Vis markings and current Low Vis grey colours and five visual models covering a variety of loadouts for the S-3B Viking and ES-3A Shadow. Designed exclusively for Flight Simulator 2004 is a high detailed Virtual Cockpit with working flight controls and switches allowing for the aircraft to be flown entirely from the Virtual Cockpit if required.

Aaron Swindle has provided an excellent soundset for the Viking which captures the unique jet whine of the General Electric engines..As usual, both aircraft feature a number of animations for users to take advantage from, including fully animated Co-Pilot in the Virtual Cockpit View, animated FLIR Camera which pops out of the underside of the Viking Fuselage and extendable MAD Boom from the rear of the fuselage.

Other animations include extending and retracting Refuelling Hose from the Buddy Pod on the Viking and extending and retracting Refuelling Probe from the forward fuselage as well as animated weapons bays in the underside of the Fuselage.Couple all this with a top class Flight Model which has been extensively flight tested for both carrier and land operations and a unique panel providing both VFR and IFR modes, the Essential S-3 is a must buy for any Flightsimmer at just $18.99!

Build 1.00 - Lockheed S-3B Viking/ES-3A Shadow

* 5 different visual models covering the S-3B Viking and ES-3A Shadow ensure accuracy over a variety of different liveries.
* Numerous assorted stores available on the airframes.
* Full 3D Dynamic Virtual Cockpit featuring animated control surfaces, custom gauges and FS2004 specific improvements such as clickable switches and rain effects.
* Animated Refuelling Hose and Refuelling Probe.
* Night Lighting including 'Slime-Lights'.
* High detail textures with realistic weathering effects and reflective areas.
* Rolling wheels and steerable nosegear.
* Detailed flight model based on available S-3 data.
* Animated weapons bays with Mk 46 torpedos.
* Animated MAD Boom and FLIR camera.
* A choice of 7 high quality texture sets covering some of the many US Navy squadrons that operate the Viking and Shadow aircraft.
* Animated Pilots and Co-Pilots from the exterior view and virtual cockpit who move the aircraft controls based on your inputs!
* Custom sounds by Aaron Swindle of Skysong Soundworks compliment both the S-3B and ES-3A airframes.
Product Link: http://www.dsbdesign.com/index.htm

Review Date: Sun, December 5, 2004 Recommended: Yes | Price paid: $18.99 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything, price
Cons: None

One of the best military add-ons for fs2004. Sounds are great, panel is accurate, flight models are great and the model is breathtaking! It's amazing how DSB releases great products in a short amount of time. A steal at less than 20 dollars.
Review Date: Mon, December 27, 2004 Recommended: No | Price paid: $18.99 | Rating: 3 

Pros: Good looking model
Cons: worthless panel, bad sounds, lack of important animations

The model looks great but it lacks detail and functionality. Hardly anything on the panel works and the sounds are very weak. I am really disapointed with this.
Review Date: Sun, May 15, 2005 Recommended: Yes | Price paid: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: great model, fun to fly
Cons: nothing that i know of yet

very nice aircraft, easy to fly and just cruise round in

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