• FSX/P3D Freeware Focus

    FSX/P3D Freeware Focus

    By Nirosan Pragash

    It's been a while since my last freeware article (studies getting in the way), and so I thought it was high time I sat down and wrote another! This time around I will be looking at a magnificent ship modelled by Erwin Welker, an international airport by Johan Peeters, and finally, a rather small flyer by the talented A.F. Scrub. All of the models can be used with FSX and P3D, with the added bonus that Erwin's model can also be used with FS2004!

    So, without further ado, let's begin...

    FS2004/FSX/P3D v3 German Polar Research And Science Vessel

    Polarstern (meaning pole star) is a German research icebreaker of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven. Polarstern was commissioned in 1982 and is mainly used for research in the Arctic and Antarctica.

    EBAW Antwerp     EBAW Antwerp

    EBAW Antwerp     EBAW Antwerp

    EBAW Antwerp     EBAW Antwerp

    The ship has a length of 118 metres (387 feet) and is a double-hulled icebreaker. She is operational at temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F). Polarstern can break through ice 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) thick at a speed of 5 knots. Thicker ice up to 3 m (9.8 ft) thick can be broken by ramming.

    This replica created by Erwin Welker is a wonderful recreation of the Polarstern. Not only does it incorporate an easy to use 2D panel, but it also includes a complete virtual navigation bridge! The model also includes a host of animations and sounds, and these can be viewed from the 25 cameras situated around the model. Animations include the bow breaking the ice (complete with broken ice at the stern), a Bell Jetranger helicopter, that can be pushed out of the hangar, animated cranes lifting objects, plus, if that wasn't enough, you even get a polar bear and its cub for company!

    You can find this model in the file library:


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