• Freeware Focus: A.F. Scrub

    Recently FlightSim.Com had the chance to talk to A.F. Scrub. A former pilot and active flightsimmer for more than a decade, he got his start with CFS and continues using the latest FS2004 and FSX. Over the years he has created hundreds of planes for these sims, concentrating on warbirds and specializing in planes that no one else is creating.

    Question: When did you start developing for flight simulators?

    In 2001, I did my first CFS1 "Secret Base" campaign. Then I started doing mods for CFS1 online combat flying and for my squadron, converted FS98 models, converting .af to .bmp files and fiddling with .air files and damage profiles.

    Question: Could you tell us a little more about "damage profile (Dp)" and show us what has to be done to damage an aircraft, and score a direct kill?

    Question: You've mentioned to me once that the Nieuport 17, and Pfalz XII are your favorite aircraft. Tell us what you like about them, how they fly and about how you created a squadron with them.

    The Nieu 17 is a nimble, responsive, fast climbing baby, but a bit low in speed, engine and firepower. With its good maneuverability you can get away in many cases. The Pfalz is faster, heavier and stronger and has better guns. Diving, shooting and get out is the best way of fighting.

    When we flew online combat, we made a squad with five friends and called ourselves the "The Apollo Flyers". We first exercised between us and as loners against other fighter boys online. It was a multinational thing and we met flyers from all over the world. Some even became friends and we stayed in contact for a long time afterwards. Then we had a go with our squadron and tried to down as many 'enemy planes' as possible.

    We spoke with each other using Teamspeak or drew a few lines on the screen to agree for a strategy or to warn one for "the Hun in the sun". It was real teamwork, and more than once, one of our friends got a "foe" from our tail. You saw the planes trailing smoke and losing parts as they went down. This was caused by our bullets, touching the damage boxes as seen in the drawing. We preferred WW1 combat and our team flew Nieuport 17 and Pfalz XII painted in our own preferred colors. This way we learned how to change textures for our own fun. The model chosen depended on what enemies you saw, Allied or Axis.

    Nieuport 17
    Pflaz XII
    Man, that was fun...our younger flightsimmers are really missing something.
    Tags: af scrub

    4 Comments
    1. f4u1a's Avatar
      f4u1a -
      Very interesting. It's always nice to know the person behind the Flight Sim names. His flying history sounds like mine - 100 hrs, then marriage and kids suck all the money away.......
    1. meloscanlon's Avatar
      meloscanlon -
      Just downloaded his Spitfire MkIX pair from 2014 - spitfires_mkix.zip and they look great. Very well textured. And he has made good progress on the VC too.
    1. JonBuck's Avatar
      JonBuck -
      Beautiful rendering of a D model. Very impressive!!!!!
      Any chance of converting this FSX version for use with FS9? Here's why I ask....
      In that now famous 1943 movie "Air Force" a B-17d Named "Mary Ann" was the star throughout the film which told the story of that ill-fated flight of mixed B-17s which left Hamilton Field on the evening of December 6th, 1941 and arrived over Honolulu right in the middle of the Jappanese air attack.

      I have detailed both Hamilton Field, Hickam Field and Pearl Harbor to that era and would like to replicate the departure scene from Hamilton Fld with thie D model (alias Mary Ann) leading the pack out over the Golden Gate Bridge and on West to Hawaii. I'll work out the Hawaii arrival later!!!
      Existing B-17e models would work but I'm looking for a Mary Ann.
    1. fdnylt1's Avatar
      fdnylt1 -
      Thank you, I have flown your work for years
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