Flying this is at the same time one of the most boring and most nerve-wracking experiences I’ve had in the sim. It’s hilarious. All respect to the guys and gals who started their aviation careers and went barnstorming in this crate.
I had a half hour flight in this before the server outage and quite enjoyed it. I do love old bi-planes though. Love the heat haze from the exhausts and how you can see the valves moving up and down on the engine. You can also remove the engine cowling and have a gander at the engine, it’s looks really great. Only issue I spotted during my short flight was the coolant temp gauge seemed to be not working, was just at minimum temp the entire flight.
I’m really enjoying this aircraft! I’m not quite used to the way it handles just yet. I’m used to flying the Stearman, so it’s a bit of a learning curve, but I can see myself flying the Jenny quite often and I’m sure I’ll get used to it with some practice. Would love to see a free livery pack or something in the future. I think that’d really be cool.
Thanks so much for this new Curtis Jenny! I’m having a lot of fun with it so far.
I basically snap up any WW1 to WW2 era biplane, and I think the developers have done a great job with it, including the physical modeling and animations, the handling, and the CFD model (which is exciting, as I don’t believe that any other 3rd party biplane has updated to the CFD model, and I’ve been wondering how it would handle the second stacked wing).
I do have a plea to the developers, though: please reduce, eliminate, or make optional the heat blur effect coming off the exhausts. I just made a hour-long cross-county flight in the Jenny, and the heat-blur makes it very hard to look down and forward out of the plane, which is effectively how one flies a biplane and stays oriented, since there’s not much of a forward view.
Here’s a video of a real Jenny in flight (skip to 1:30) where there’s no noticeable effect like what’s seen in-game:
If any effect should be used, I think it should be very, very small and reduced, instead of the large cloud of heat-blur that’s there now.
Anyway, thanks for an otherwise fantastic addition to the game!
I flew the JN-4 Jenny only briefly in VR. Man, that’s a lot of fun. This aircraft was modeled very lovingly. The sound is great and then even the valve tappets move. ;o)
I’ll be doing more VR laps with this plane in the future. Thanks to the developers and Asobo for this great piece of technology.
I’ve not actually had a chance to fly it but I’ve had a look at all the planes in hanger mode. For me, if I am in hanger mode and looking at this plane, the propeller disappears at certain angles - not sure if I am alone in this, as I was downloading updates in the background!