• Interview with David Molyneaux

    Interview with David Molyneaux

    MSFS Aircraft Developer

    Development

    David, when did you begin developing for flight simulators and what got you started in it?

    It all started around 2002 with my membership in a virtual airlines group called Timberwolf Airways. I had just retired and had a bit of time on my hands, and so I decided to create a few aircraft repaints for the airline. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this, so much so, that I considered creating additional aircraft. However, prior to designing aircraft, I had dabbled in creating add-on scenery for airfields.

    David Molyneaux

    What made you decide to focus on aircraft, rather than scenery?

    My scenery was mainly built to add realism to the airfields on a series of weekly multiplayer flights. When they changed, I decided to try aircraft building instead.

    David, could you tell us about the nature of your designs and what you do?

    The aircraft I produce now are all freeware, designed for FS2004, but made to work so that they perform in FSX at an acceptable level. It normally takes me about three to five months to produce an aircraft (depending on outside influences) so two per year is about my maximum output.

    What do you consider your best or most popular work?

    Judging from the number of downloads here at FlightSim.Com, I'd have to say my Blackburn B2 biplane trainer. This has enjoyed quite a large number of downloads in a relatively short period of time. One of the reasons for this is probably the fact that the real aircraft is well known, and part of the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden. From a personal level, I am pleased with the finished result as creating her presented quite a number of challenges; the metal finish, being one example.

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    David, how close to the real aircraft is your FS2004 model?

    Very close if I may say so! I was helped along by many highly detailed photographs of the real aircraft. These were sourced on the internet and were a tremendous help in its design. This was especially true for the cockpit; I'm quite proud of my rendition of that. I was intrigued by the polished aircraft on my first visit to the Shuttleworth Trust and straight away, put it on my 'must-do' list.

    What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of a project?

    That's an easy one...getting the model to fly in a realistic manner! Fortunately for me, I have irreplaceable help with the aircraft.cfg and .air files by my good friends, Brian Horsey and Keith Paine.

    What have been your favorite projects so far?

    Without a doubt my series of Taylorcraft Austers. Over a few years I produced 20 different Marks. As well as the Austers, I'm also fond of my Supermarine Walrus amphibian.

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    David, what makes the Taylorcraft Auster such a special aircraft?

    Special to me? Well, one of my very first flights was made in one, off a beach, if you can believe it! As well as this fond memory, the aircraft were built in a factory about 10 miles down the road from me. For this reason, I considered them to be almost local.

    What software packages and tools do you use to develop?

    All of my aircraft are modelled in Gmax. It's difficult to learn initially (took me six months solid to grasp) but once learnt, you'll find it's an incredibly versatile tool. Texturing is done in CorelPaintshop Pro X3, converted to F.S. formats with DXTBmp. FSPanelStudio is a 'must' for the panel and gauges work.

    Who would you consider to be your mentors or inspiration in the development world, if you have any?

    In the fourteen plus years that I have been developing, there have been numerous individuals from the world of flight simulator that have aided me. In particular I would like to mention the late Leif Harding, who originally encouraged me to publish my work. To him I am most grateful.


    11 Comments
    1. keefpee's Avatar
      keefpee -
      Nice one Dave, keep up the good work, & glad that now & then I can assist.
      Keith
    1. dbrauneis's Avatar
      dbrauneis -
      Thanks for all of your efforts Dave. I've enjoyed your creations for sometime now.
    1. paul1924's Avatar
      paul1924 -
      keep them coming Dave
    1. molyned's Avatar
      molyned -
      Thanks guys
    1. asos's Avatar
      asos -
      Dave,

      I have downloaded most of your a/c, if not all, and your work is great.
      It fills a vacuum in the sim, as do Keith Paine's aircraft. Between the two of you, someone who loves British aviation is greatly served with wonderful products...

      Keep up the great work.

      Nick Tselepides, Athens, Greece
    1. gordonbrook's Avatar
      gordonbrook -
      David

      I could not believe it when I first saw your Boulton-Paul Balliol.
      When I was in the RAF in 1956 stationed at Middle Wallop, there was a squadron of Balliols providing advanced pilot training.

      It was the very first aircraft in which I flew and a flight which I will never forget.

      Thank you so much for producing it,

      Cheers

      Gordon
      NSW, Australia.
    1. kerbaudic's Avatar
      kerbaudic -
      I would like to find former aircraft for britsim web site (the monarch for example).
      Can they be found elsewhere on the web?
      Thanks
    1. eaglen's Avatar
      eaglen -
      David

      I was actually seeking the Chrislea Super Ace model - through your name link - when I found your super
      Blackburn B2 model. The actual aircraft was Parked across at 'Flying School' when I worked at Blackburn Aircraft and I had been hoping that it would appear as a Sim model. Have taken many photos of it at Old Warden.... so I was delighted to find this work of art.

      In building up a collection of early GA aircraft I am still hoping to track down the Super Ace model so would appreciate any guidance

      Many thanks for your brilliant models

      Glen
    1. DavidWS's Avatar
      DavidWS -
      David ... I love your aircraft, details are superb, especially the Austers... Some years ago I criticised you for having the mixture control back to front on your J5 Auster. Quite recently I found the Pilot's Notes for my old J5F and the mixture control is exactly as you made it. My memory is still that it was the other way round but you were right all along. A thousand apologies.
      David Wilson-Steer
    1. Leo2789's Avatar
      Leo2789 -
      Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to you David!

      Your models are awesome and top notch quality, and I've had lots of hours of fun flying them!

      Thanks for all your work, the sim community really appreciates it!

      Regards,

      Leonardo
    1. Zigarten's Avatar
      Zigarten -
      TWF007 Checking in....
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