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Oct 1st

Out now for FSX and FS9 - the C-17A Globemaster III ! Demand for this awesome model was so strong that we decided we should not make our customers wait any longer, so we are releasing the finished exterior model package right now. Version 1.0 does not however have a v-c yet, the cockpit is still under development. It is however in a very advanced state, and we already have the gauges and HUD ready to go. So 1-2 months should be enough to see the release of version 1.1, which will not only include the v-c and gauges, but also some additional texture schemes (Qatar AF, NATO and USAF Hickam Bay). The v1.1 update will of course be free of charge to existing owners.

Included in the version 1.0 package is the 100% complete exterior model, along with EIGHT incredibly-detailed textures sets by master artist Pierre Lheureux (listed below) and a fantastic C-17 sounds set by sounds experts TSS. Both FS2004 and FSX are supported with unique models - the FSX one excels with super-sharp 2048-pixel resolution textures, self-shadowing and very subtle bump mapping. Both sims also share many animations : alongside the usual fowler flaps, spoilerons and reverse thrusters, there are anims for the front exit and steps, paratroop doors, rear cargo to level AND optional ground position, togglable pilots and togglable formation ('slime') lights. The rear cargo hold also has night-lighting. A PhotoShop paintkit is being put together and will be uploaded in due course.

Here's a list of the amazing texture sets :

March AFRC - 55140
McChord AMC - 10186
McGuire AMC - 44130
Mississippi ANG - 33113
Royal Australian Air Force - A41-207
Royal Air Force - ZZ171
Royal Canadian Air Force - 177701
Bare 'Primer', the pre-delivery scheme - 00172

The AlphaSim C-17 has been a long time coming for sure, and it's still not all here yet, but it is nevertheless the result of a massive work effort by many dedicated parties, beyond what we have have been used to with previous releases. Development costs were unusually high, and this has to be reflected in a higher than usual price point than our customers are used to. We are confident however that the enjoyment of this high quality model will long outlast any concerns over the initial outlay. We are of course committed to long-term maintenance of the package beyond the addition of the v-c and gauges in v1.1, further additions and updates will appear as time goes on, to ensure that the AlphaSim C-17 continues to evolve to meet our customers' requirements into the foreseeable future.

Filesize : FS9 153MB, FSX 142MB
Price : approx. $58.75 USD, £36.75, 40.00 EUR, 66.50 AUD, 62.75 CAD

C-17 Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen.

Sept 28th

Out now for FSX and FS9 - Yak-52 v1.1 ! With three additional paint schemes, making a new total of five, all beautifully enhanced by FSX's bump-mapped 2048-resolution, this is the definitive Yak-52 enthusiasts have been waiting for. The improved texture resolution also extends to the cockpit, where additional 3D detailing has been added. The paintkit is now available, as well as the new FS9 version, which also includes the three new paintjobs. Several fixes have been done to both FS9 and FSX versions, most notably the reversed levers in the v-c, as well as some cfg tweaks to provide better v-c night illumination and one-step flap action. The prop blades have also been widened to better match the huge paddles of the Yak ! Owners of the FS9 version can download the new FS9 version as well as the FSX version at no extra charge.
Filesize : FS9 41MB, FSX 45MB
Price : approx. $29 USD, £17.95, 19.75 EUR, 33.75 AUD, 31.25 CAD

Yak-52 Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

VC Screenshots: one, two, three.

Sept 24th

In Memoriam : The AlphaSim H-60 Black Hawk package contains a variant depicting an aircraft belonging to Alpha Company, 137th Aviation Regiment of the Ohio National Guard, tail No. 272. It was with great sadness we learned that this aircraft crashed on the night of 19 Sept at Balad AB, Iraq, claiming the life of SPC Michael Cote, an Active Duty soldier assigned to Alpha Company 1/52 AVN from Ft. Wainwright Alaska.

Sept 19th

Out now ! The Yakolev Yak-52 for FS2004 (full-spec FSX version to follow in a few days). The radial-engined Yak is a firm favourite with warbird enthusiasts in the GA flying club scene around the world. The AlphaSim Yak-52 was deliberately made with close attention to detail, not least in the cockpit, such that a real-world Yak flyer would feel right at home. Both front and rear cockpits have been recreated to the same high level of detail. The exterior modelling does not fall short either, meticulous effort went into getting the quirky pneumatic undercarriage just right, and both solo and tandem flights are possible with a model depicting each. One of the truly outstanding features of this package are its sounds - TSS pulled out all the stops and made us a truly outstanding soundset, a sub-woofer is a must ! The FS2004 version has been released first - it's ready so why keep all the FS9-ers waiting ? Over the coming days we will finish off the FSX version, which will be the true measure of this great model with its 2048-pixel texturing and detailed bump maps. Although only two paint schemes have been included, there are more on the way, these will be released for both sims when the FSX version is ready (FSX version available at no extra cost to FS2004 users). There are also plans for a further version which will include the 3-blade prop and more powerful engine.
Filesize : FS9 30MB.
Price : approx. $29 USD, £17.95, 19.75 EUR, 33.75 AUD, 31.25 CAD

Yak-52 Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

VC Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six

Sept 14th

More preview images of the Sepecat Jaguar ! Here are shots of the VC of the Indian AF variant.

Jaguar IS Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six

Sept 10th

At last here are the first previews of the forthcoming Yak-52 ! These images show the FS9 model only. Both front and rear v-c cockpits are fully detailed in FS9. The FSX version will of course have both crew and 2048-pixel bump-mapped external textures. V-C pictures will follow in a few days.

Yak-52 Screenshots: (see above for newer shots)

Sept 3rd

The eagle-eyed may have spotted we recently re-released the FS9 DH Sea Venom, DH Sea Vixen, Sukhoi Flankers Set, Dornier Do217 and Tu-22M3 Backfire. Well we saved the best until last - back in the store are the F-4 Phantoms ! All three Phantom packs are now available once again. They are still all for FS2004 and no changes have been made to these outstanding packages. Please note, Pack 3 is in the RAF/RN section of the Store, as it covers mainly the UK variants, although the RF-4C and RF-4E are also included in that package. Many thanks for 'FSDSMan' for allowing AlphaSim to sell these superb model sets on his behalf.

Sept 2nd

AlphaSim has completed its move and all systems are back to normal. Apologies to anyone who had to wait for answers to tech support questions. We will publish some screenshots of the new Yak-52 in the next few days.

Aug 10th

The AlphaSim store and Gallery are now working again, sorry for the wait.

July 5th

More preview images of the Sepecat Jaguar ! Here are shots of the VC's in the GR1A and the GR1B variants.

Jaguar GR1A Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

Jaguar GR1B Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five

July 1st

Now available for FSX - the AS365N Dauphin ! One of Aerospatiale's finest designs, the Dauphin found roles in both the civilian and military spheres, acting as a reliable VIP transport as well as a well-equipped lifesaver in the SAR and MedEvac roles. AlphaSim's package includes both the earlier N1 version as well as the modified N2, each in VIP transport and MedEvac guises. One thing the Dauphin is known for is the variety of colourful paint schemes which were applied to its sleek lines, our model set does not disappoint here, there are no less than eight colourful texture sets (including a fictional US Coast Guard one), with matching interior colours. The models feature different interior fittings for VIP and MedEvac, the latter sporting a working winch on the N2 version. The FSX is as usual where the model looks its best, self-shadowing and bump mapping adding to the appreciation of the Dauphin's classic shape. FSX also adds some more detail, including a third crew member in the MedEvac version and added v-c detailing in all versions. A superb set of Dauphin sounds by Adriano Martoni is included with both sim versions, these reproduce that special Dauphin whirring to a tee. Both FS9 and FSX-specific flight models make the Dauphin a pleasure to fly. 6 months in development, this is a great package for both beginners and conessieurs alike. Owners of the FS9 version can get the FSX version FREE, just go back to your account area and access the Dauphin's download area.
For FS2004 AND FSX (unique packages, FSX NOT a portover). Filesize : FS9 70MB, FSX 48MB.
Price : approx. $32 USD, £19.95, 22.75 EUR, 40 AUD

FSX version Screenshots: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 vc1 vc2 vc3 vc4

June 19th

Full FSX conversion of the T-28 Trojan now available ! The model package is now 100% compatible with FSX SP1/SP2/Acceleration and features self-shadowing with bump mapping and reflectivity. Pilot figures are now togglable and a hefty radial soundset is now inlcuded. Existing owners of the T-28 just need to log in to their account area and they can download the new FSX version. Pre- Jan '06 purchasers should send us an e-mail with either an order No. or the e-mail address used at the time of purchase, or street address. We will then forward a link to the T-28 download area.

T-28 FSX Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

MAY 30th

Now available for FS2004 - the AS365N Dauphin ! One of Aerospatiale's finest designs, the Dauphin found roles in both the civilian and military spheres, acting as a reliable VIP transport as well as a well-equipped lifesaver in the SAR and MedEvac roles. AlphaSim's package includes both the earlier N1 version as well as the modified N2, each in VIP transport and MedEvac guises. One thing the Dauphin is known for is the variety of colourful paint schemes which were applied to its sleek lines, our model set does not disappoint here, there are no less than eight colourful texture sets (including a fictional US Coast Guard one), with matching interior colours. The models feature different interior fittings for VIP and MedEvac, the latter sporting a working winch on the N2 version. The detailed v-c has many mousable features, including a full suite of radios. The initial release is of the FS2004 version, but FSX is as usual where the model looks its best, self-shadowing and bump mapping adding to the appreciation of the Dauphin's classic shape. FSX also adds some more detail, including a third crew member in the MedEvac version and added v-c detailing in all versions. A superb set of Dauphin sounds by Adriano Martoni is included with both sim versions, these reproduce that special Dauphin whirring to a tee. Both FS9 and FSX-specific flight models make the Dauphin a pleasure to fly. 6 months in development, this is a great package for both beginners and conessieurs alike.
For FS2004 only. Full FSX version to follow. Filesize : 70MB.
Price : approx. $32 USD, £19.95, 22.75 EUR, 40 AUD

FS2004 version Screenshots: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 vc1 vc2 vc3 vc4 vc5

MAY 26th

More preview images of the C-17 Globemaster ! These are the non-USA schemes.

C-17 Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven

MAY 26th

The paint kit is now available for the HU-16B Albatross. Existing owners just need to log back into their account and access the HU-16B's download area.

MAY 24th

Full FSX conversion of the HP Victor now available ! The model package is now 100% compatible with FSX SP1/SP2/Acceleration and features self-shadowing with subtle bump mapping and reflectivity, as well as all-new detailed and weathered textures for the K.2 models, the later K.2 version now has the famous Gulf War desert scheme. The gauges are now all-xml, new radios/autopilot popups are accessible via simicons on the panel, gauges are back-lit, the 2D panel had been dropped. Pilot figures are now togglable and a new animated crew access ladder is inlcuded. Sounds are inlcuded and the smoke trail is now fully automatic. The new radios/AP and sounds are also included in the FS9 version now. Existing owners of the Victor just need to log in to their account area and they can download the new FSX version or the updated FS9 version. Pre- Jan '06 purchasers should send us an e-mail with either an order No. or the e-mail address used at the time of purchase, or street address. We will then forward a link to the Victor download area.

Victor FSX Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

MAY 21st

Full FSX conversion of the EE Canberra now available ! The model package is now 100% compatible with FSX SP1/SP2/Acceleration and features self-shadowing with subtle bump mapping and reflectivity. New pilot figures have been added and are now togglable. Sounds are now inlcuded and the smoke trail is now fully automatic. Existing owners of the Canberra just need to log in to their account area and they can download the new FSX version. Pre- Jan '06 purchasers should send us an e-mail with either an order No. or the e-mail address used at the time of purchase, or street address. We will then forward a link to the Canberra download area.

Canberra FSX Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six.

MAY 20th

Now available for FSX ! The HU-16B Albatross. The classic amphibian has been recreated with seven unique models and twelve texture sets, with options for 'weathered' or 'factory fresh' versions, bringing the total variations to sixteen. Full SP1/SP2/Acceleration compatibility is gauranteed, with all FSX features such as bump-mapping and self-shadowing used to full effect. The bump-mapping and reflectivity cause the great many lines of rivets in the aircraft skin catch the light and make for a near-photographic look. AlphaSim's 'RealGauge' tech is used throughout the detailed v-c to provide silky smooth gauge movement, and after dark the user has the choice between cabin or direct gauge lighting and the flick of a switch - all the normal functions are present and mousable in the cockpit, custom views allow different and useful perspectives. A truly outstanding sounds package by TSS brings the Albatross radials to life, a good subwoofer is recommended for the visceral bass rumble ! Flight dynamics have been expertly crafted to provide a very authentic experience, with no nasty suprises. Water take-offs and landings are simple, the sim provides nice spray, wake and wallowing effects. Often overlooked in the sim world in favour of the 'other' well-known amphibian, the classic Albatross finally makes its appearance - in startling, state-of-the-art form.
For FSX only. Filesize : 180MB. Self-installing .exe.
Price : approx. $35.99 USD, £23.25, 26.50 EUR, 46.75 AUD

Screenshots: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, vc 1, vc 2, vc 3, vc 4, vc 5, vc 6, vc 7.

MAY 6th

Here are some more up-to-date images of the C-17 Globemaster. The scheme depicted is the first of several we will be displaying in the coming weeks.

C-17 Screenshots: one, two, three, four

MARCH 6th

New FSX update for the Gloster Javelin! Here's a full FSX upgrade, free to existing owners. The usual FSX features such as bump mapping and self-shadowing really do the 'Flat Iron' justice, both SP1 and SP2 versions of FSX are supported. Existing owners of the Javelin just need to log in to their account area and they can download the new FSX version. Pre- Jan '06 purchasers should send us an e-mail with either an order No. or the e-mail address used at the time of purchase, or street address. We will then forward a link to the Javelin download area.

MARCH 3th

New Freeware Releases! Here's some AlphaSim classics for FS9, CFS2 and FSX, complete with all panel and gauge files, all FREE. The links are on our freeware page, they link to AVSIM, so you will need to be logged in there to get the files.

Available NOW:

Cessna C170B (FS9)
Sikorsky S-55 / Whirlwind (FS9 and FSX!)
A-3B Skywarrior (original, single-scheme FS9)
T-34A/B Mentor (CFS2, FS9)
T-34C Turbo Mentor (CFS2) (FS9 version already released)

FEBRUARY 28th

Progress update for the new Sepecat Jaguar! Pack One is nearing completion, as you can see in the screenshots below. This first product will cover the Royal Air Force variants and other related users, such as Nigeria and Equador. Later packages will cover the French AF and the 2-seaters. All are aimed squarely at FS2004, but we are confident a good quality FSX portover will be possible. Some shots of the amazing VC will be shown soon!

For now, check these ones out: 1 2 3 4 5 6

FEBRUARY 27th

New FSX update for the B-1B Lancer! Our previous FSX portover version had problems with the cockpit glazing in SP2, this has been resolved in version 1.2. We have also made the bomb bay doors work on 2nd Exit command, the crew figures can also be toggled on water rudder. Ver.1.2 also works in SP1 FSX, you don't need SP2 to get the new changes. Existing owners of the B-1B just need to log in to their account area and they can download the new FSX version. Pre- Jan '06 purchasers can send us an e-mail with either an order number or the e-mail address used at the time of purchase, or street address. We'll then link them to the B-1B download area.

FEBRUARY 25th

Now available for FSX: the C-7 Caribou! The Caribou package has now been properly ported over to FSX (the original port-over had problems, especially in SP2, but these have now been fixed). Note, as an FS9-to-FSX portover, there are no FSX special features such as bump-mapping or self-shadowing. However, for an older model it does look good and flies well. There are no reported issues with SP2 either. Pilots are now togglable with the "water rudder" key. Existing owners of the Caribou just need to log in to their account area to download the FSX version. Pre- Jan '06 customers can contact us with either an order number, e-mail address used at the time of purchase, or street address. We'll then forward a link to download the C-7.

JANUARY 17th

Now available for FSX: the A-3 Skywarrior! This package has ported-over to FSX well, so we decided to make it available. Note, as an FS9-to-FSX portover, there are no FSX special features such as bump mapping or self-shadowing. However it does look good and flies well. Existing owners of the new v.2 package just need to log in to their account area and they can download the FSX version!

JANUARY 16th

Work continues on our C-17 Globemaster! We are not quite ready to show any new pictures, but several people have asked to see the original screenshots we published on our forum, so here they are:

Screenshots: 1 2 3 4 5