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New “Web-Review”: VRS F18E



About Myself:

I have been around the flight simulation community for just a few years now, actually about 10 years. I have worked on many flight simulation publications and websites including of course and FlightSim Magazine. I have flown an enjoyed and great deal of different add-ons anywhere from Carenado’s little Cessna’s to PMDG’s 747 to Captain Sim’s classical Boeing 707 jetliner. I have worked with some real-world aviation magazines, and currently my profession could fall under the title of “professional airline critic”.

I just love aviation in general, and cannot wait to share my opinion of the VRS F18E with you!

Introduction to the F18E:

The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and related twin-seat F/A-18F are a twin-engine carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft variant based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Additional fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system.

Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Full-rate production began in September 1997, after the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing the previous month. The Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006, and serves alongside the original Hornet. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which has operated the F/A-18A as its main fighter since 1984, ordered the F/A-18F in 2007 to replace its aging F-111 fleet. RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010. (Only applies for “introduction to the F18E”)

Exterior Model:

The exterior model of the VRS F18E is absolutely great! The modelling work that VRS has done on this project is absolutely stupendous and goes far further into every detail than any other competing F18 (of any model) available on the flight simulation add-on market to-date.

One of my personal favourite features with the VRS F18E is the changeable weapons load. You are given the opportunity with this add-on to truly have a fully customized simulation. The weapons are non-functional, unless you have VRS’s TacPack installed (which is well-worth getting).

Interior Model:

The interior of this particular add-on is really an almost seamless match to the real F18E. All of the switches, buttons and knobs that I noticed worked (or at least moved) and the texturing that VTS has done on the interior of the aircraft is also amazing, especially after being used to the stock F18 that comes with FSX Acceleration.

One of my favourite features inside the virtual cockpit of the VRS F18E is simply that they have gone to so much work to ensure that everything is both functional, and functions as it should. You can even adjust the hue of your HUD (Heads Up Display) in this thing!

Flight Characteristics:

Now, I’ve never even touched a real F18, let alone flown one so I can’t really compare the VRS model to anything, however I can say that it handles really well and is a real pleasure to fly, the cherry on top of my flight-sim fleet!

Final Thoughts:

Overall I found that the VRS F18E is a true-to-life representation of the real thing, and is a real pleasure to fly. Every little detail on this add-on seems to be spot-on and the level of realism that you get with the VRS F18E surpasses that of any other F18 add-on available on the market to-date. It is well worth the $45 USD to purchase this add-on and I strongly recommend that if you do decide to purchase it, that you purchase the VRS TacPack also, it really ads a lot to the F18.

What I Liked:

-Easy to install

-Very well priced for what you get

-Amazing level of detail

What I Disliked:

-TacPack (weapons system) is another $40 on-top of the base F18E price.

System Used For Review:

Installed Memory (RAM):
 16.0 GB

Processor: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core processor

Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 bit

Game: FSX Deluxe + Acceleration

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