Cessna 337 Skymaster HD Series
To Start Off
This is not a really new model in the payware market, being added to the FS Pilot Shop on Feburary the 1st last year. However, this model still sports high quality details, as well as many features that truly make it amazing. The model is amazing, but the original aircraft may not be as aesthetically appealing as some of the other GA aircraft out there, so some people may still consider it as a bad aircraft. However, in this review, I am going to take an un-biased stand, and list out features of the model. I'll add in a few of my own opinions throughout the review as well. Enjoy the review!
Background Information On The Aircraft
The Cessna Skymaster is a United States twin-engine civil utility aircraft built in a push-pull configuration. Its engines are mounted in the nose and rear of its pod-style fuselage. Twin booms extend aft of the wings to the vertical stabilizers, with the rear engine between them.
The horizontal stabilizer is aft of the pusher propeller, mounted between and connecting the two booms. The combined tractor and pusher engines produce 'centerline' thrust and a unique sound.
Through their push-pull engine configuration the twin boom Cessna 336 and 337 were designed to overcome conventional twin's problems of poor engine out asymmetric flight handling characteristics. Cessna called the layout concept Center Line Thrust, as the nose mounted tractor and rear fuselage mounted pusher engine eliminated asymmetric handling problems normally experienced when one of a twin's engines fails. The concept was recognised by the US FAA which created a new center thrust rating for pilots to be rated on the type.
(Adapted Airliners.net for the 3rd paragraph onwards)
|Fuselage Length||29.75 feet (9.07m)|
|Max Speed||173 kt|
|Cruising Speed||125 kt|
|Service Ceiling||19,500 feet|
The Cessna 337 Skymaster was one of the first aircraft, and perhaps only aircraft to date that has the "centerline thrust" concept. The design of the 337 is unique and as such, the Cessna 337 is very recognisable.
I would say that Carenado did a very good job with the model. From the general appearance of the aircraft to the finest details, you'll find every single one of them. I would like to remark that the flying dynamics are also very well done, something we'll look into detail later. For now, we'll talk about the exterior first. Let's begin!