Exhibit - Lago F-16 Collection for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002
Release Date - 2004
Platform - PC
Publisher - Lago
In collection - Yes
Comments - Lago's F-16 Falcon Collection gives you the choice of several different variants including a few 2 seaters (D model) and some of the most recognisable and colourful paint schemes.
That damage modelling has been given some priority was discovered on one of myr 'harder landings'. The right wing fell off and an impressive fire was raging behind the cockpit.
External detailing is impressive. Looking at the nose I was startled to see the huge turbine rotating deep inside the belly mounted air intake. The bubble canopy is a smooth transparent complex curve with the appropriate amount of gold tint. The undercarriage extension / retraction sequence is a delight to watch, as is the bobbing of the independently sprung wheels when taxiing.
I had hours of fun just examining the aircraft and liveries and making my own 'virtual dioramas' by moving to picturesque locations in FS2002. Besides flying the virtual aircraft, this level of modelling surely acts as a kind of 'virtual scale modelling' , without having to mess about with glue, paint and assembly. Combined with the scenery, lighting and weather capabilities of the FS2002 engine and it's ver easy to set up satisifying shots of your favourite F-16 in flight.
What more could a package like this want? Perhaps some pre-planned flights and static aircraft at a military airbase or 2 as we saw in Just Flight's " Air Power: The Cold War (2000)".
As it stands this product represents the state of the art in aircraft modelling for FS2002 and that's pretty good!
I flew all over South East Asia looking for an opportunity to evaluate the camouflage value of a Tiger paint scheme.
The canopy is exceptionally well modelled.