Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Publisher: Just Flight
To Start Off
This is a rather new product, released earlier this year. I'm glad to announce that it has JUST arrived in the FS Pilot Shop! This aircraft is one of Lockheed's few commercial airplanes. This model features four panel options, and many models, including the civilian model, and a few military transport and refueller models. There is also a livery package which would also be featured in this review, and adds plenty of liveries to your L-1011 model. There are several models included in this package, but we will only be taking a look at the civilian version of the TriStar. Well what are we waiting for? Let's go into the detail of this plane.
Background Information On The Aircraft
The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, commonly referred to as the L-1011 or TriStar, is a medium-to-long range, widebody trijet airliner. It was the third widebody airliner to enter commercial operations, after the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. The aircraft has a seating capacity of up to 400 passengers and a range of over 4,000 nautical miles (7,410 km). Its trijet configuration places one Rolls-Royce RB211 engine under each wing, with a third, center-mounted RB211 engine with an S-duct air inlet embedded in the tail and the upper fuselage. The aircraft has an autoland capability, an automated descent control system, and available lower deck galley and lounge facilities.
The L-1011 TriStar was produced in two fuselage lengths. The original L-1011-1 first flew in November 1970, and entered service with Eastern Air Lines in 1972. The shortened, long-range L-1011-500 first flew in 1978, and entered service with British Airways a year later. The original length TriStar was also produced as the high gross weight L-1011-100, uprated engine L-1011-200, and further upgraded L-1011-250. Post-production conversions for the L-1011-1 with increased takeoff weights included the L-1011-50 and L-1011-150.
Between 1968 and 1984, Lockheed manufactured a total of 250 TriStars. The aircraft's sales were hampered by two years of delays due to developmental and financial problems at Rolls-Royce, the sole manufacturer of the TriStar's engines. After production ended, Lockheed withdrew from the commercial aircraft business due to its below-target sales.
|Fuselage Length||164 feet (50 meters)|
|Wing Span||164 feet (50 meters)|
|Economical Cruise Speed||483 kt|
|Max Cruise Speed||518 kt|
Just Flight does indeed market products by othere developers under its own name. However, this time, it is different. As far as I can see, this product is modelled and textured by Just Flight's own in-house development team. We'll be judging their work today, and I have high hopes for this add-on.
This aircraft definitely gave me high hopes at first. We, in the flight simulator community have not received a good payware L-1011 since the Perfect Flight one. This release should give the Lockheed lovers a good experience. Without further delay, let's move into the review!
The exterior is simply stunning at first look. It has all the aspects for a good package. As much as I would like to explain, here are some screen shots first:
I would like to first talk about the model in general. This model is definitely of rather high quality, and is also rather accurate to the real L-1011s, if any are still flying today. Here are some links to photos of real L-1011-50 civilian airliners out there, since embedding them would mean copyright infringement.
As you can see from the pictures, this model is created rather realistically, and is definitely something worth checking out. Should I mention, this model is also extremely frame-rate friendly. I really did not notice any loss of frames when using this add on, compared to other freeware add ons. In case you are curious, I got a consistant 25-30 FPS. I set my simulator on a limit of 30 FPS, and this is what I got; pretty friendly, I'd say.
Next, I'll explore more on the animations of this model. This model contains only basic animations, such as the main door and cargo doors. I cannot tell how many animations are programmed simply through the sim, as there is no animation control panel, but I check the CFG file of the aircraft and thus confirmed this. (There were only two entries in the [exits] section). As such, I am starting to get disappointed with this model, the level of excitement definitely down. I though Just Flight would have made something with more animations and more animated, like the Captain Sim L-1011. The latter has plenty more animations than this model. However, I think I'm going to just let this matter go, since I try to understand the developers, and programming animations can't be an easy thing to do. I would prefer however, in future updates (which are unlikely by the way) the Just Flight could add more animations.
Moving on, I'll give you a look at the textures of this model. The textures are of high quality, and possibly high resolution. There are plenty of liveries for you to choose from, ranging from TWA to the old Pan Am. The possibilities are endless with the Commercial Airliner, as with the RAF versions. The RAF models alone racks up around 4-5 rows worth of choices, amounting to around 20 paints. I'd say that the guys at Just Flight definitely put their back into painting this aircraft. Also, should I mention that there is a perfectly made .PSD paint kit all ready for you to start using? The possibilities are endless with this aircraft in terms of paints. However, enough of the textures, let's move onto the virtual cockpit and 2D panels.