• Review: Shade Tree Micro Aviation AT-11 Kansan

    Review: Shade Tree Micro Aviation AT-11 Kansan

    By Paul Mort

    Shade Tree Micro Aviation - AT-11 Kansan

    Our review today is all about the AT-11 from Shade Tree Micro Aviation (STMA). For those of you unfamiliar with STMA, this talented team have been creating X-Plane models for quite a few years now, and are well regarded in the X-Plane community.

    Shade Tree Micro Aviation - AT-11 Kansan     Shade Tree Micro Aviation - AT-11 Kansan

    History

    Derived from the Beechcraft Model 18, the AT-11 Kansan (named after a native of Kansas) was the bombing and gunnery trainer variant of the aircraft. In this mode, the AT-11 carried ten 100 pound M38A2 practice bombs, or ten 100 pound general purpose high explosives. The typical crew consisted of a pilot, the instructor and two students. Each student would take a turn in the nose behind the Norden or Sperry bombsight as the instructor looked on from his right side. The trainee would then drop one bomb per run for five separate bombing runs and would trade places with the other student when done. The trainee who was not at the bomb sight, would use a 35mm motion picture camera to film each bomb run through a hole in the floor so as to record the other student's bombing scores.

    Shade Tree Micro Aviation - AT-11 Kansan

    Exterior Model

    As any good pilot should, I first performed a visual inspection of the STMA AT-11. The image below shows the STMA AT-11 sitting on runway 01 at Teterboro Airport (KTEB) in New Jersey. On this particular flight, my destination was Greenwood Lake Airport (4N1), a short hop of just 21 miles.

    The main feature at the front of the aircraft is its transparent bulbous nose. This contains the front gunner's station and was nicely modelled, with both the seat and gun being in full view. Walking around to the side, I could see that the top turret had also been recreated, and again, the machine gun was clearly visible.

    Shade Tree Micro Aviation - AT-11 Kansan

    In this particular package, STMA have kindly provided two models, a trainer (guns removed) and also a bomber. Walking around further and zooming in, I noticed that the developers had included panel rivets in the textures, which was great to see. Also included were five liveries, and these work for both versions of the aircraft. They add additional variety to the package and each one is done to a high standard. Going back to the textures, both the props and exterior decal textures were crisp and highly detailed, with the undercarriage exhibiting the same level of quality.

    In the image below, you can clearly see the rivets and crisp decals in the exterior of the AT-11.

    Shade Tree Micro Aviation - AT-11 Kansan

    Tags: at-11, kansan, stma

    1 Comment
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Nice review Paul; lovely looking model.
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