Eagle Dynamics has released a status update on the upcoming F-100D Super Sabre for DCS World.
The module is being developed by Grinelli Designs with the help of enthusiasts and members of the Collings Foundation, who granted access to a well-preserved F-100, which has been extensively scanned and photographed.
Grinelli Designs is using advanced 3D scanning technologies and photogrammetry to obtain precise measurements, shapes and textures of the exterior and cockpit. The data is processed and refined before being sent to the 3D art team to be used as an accurate reference for modelling and texturing.
Detailed photography serves as the foundation for creating an accurate exterior model of the F-100D. This included refining the aircraft's overall shape, panel lines, surface details and textures. The goal is to recreate the iconic appearance of the Super Sabre with the highest fidelity.
The 3D scans provide invaluable references for recreating the F-100D's cockpit. Every switch, knob, gauge, and control panel can be meticulously replicated to reflect the real-world counterpart, along with accurate cockpit lighting. Additionally, the development team recorded sounds from the cockpit, enhancing the audio experience.
According to the developer, progress is steadily moving forward, with the module currently in a flyable state. Significant advances have been made in various areas, including the flight model, engine, fuel and hydraulic systems, which are currently undergoing alpha testing. Additionally, the core systems of the aircraft are being actively tested and refined, such as electrical, radio, radio navigation, TACAN, oxygen, lighting, IFF, seek silence, and base weapon systems. These systems are being fine-tuned to ensure their functionality and authenticity in the aircraft.
Future plans include:
- Continuously refining and optimising the exterior and cockpit models based on feedback from the community and subject matter experts
- Fine-tune the flight model
- Weapon system implementation and integration
- Expanding the available liveries and customisation options to provide a wider range of visual variations
- Collaborate with real F-100D pilots and experts to incorporate their insights and knowledge into the module's development.
More details are available on Grinelli Designs' website.