Shaggy reports that he was able to get a pretty accurate looking Sabre flying in Simple Planes. The SP engine allows players to create or recreate various flying machines and see how they perform under power. In this case, the design seems like a winner! We report a lot about the fantastic major mods that fans are doing to well known space games, but it's also really cool when people branch out into other areas like this. Shaggy was previously imported WC ships to both Kerbal Space Program and Beat Hazard, which is pretty neat!
"Build airplanes by snapping parts together, designing wing sections, and attaching engines. At any time, you can strap yourself into the cockpit and see how it flies with realistic physics."
So I don't know if anyone here plays Simple Planes but for my first upload plane, on the SP website, I chose to do the F-57 Sabre. I picked it because, as far as I could see, there aren't any WC planes on Simple Planes and figured it was worth a run (now that I think about it there is a tiny little Arrow V and a heavily stylized Dralthi).
I really wanted to do my all time favorite, the Raptor, but that one is gonna take some tricks to make something like that stable. The Sabre is exotic looking but also traditional enough that I was able to make it work surprisingly easily.
Next up I think I'll take a crack at the Hornet and then I'm gonna try some stuff to try and bring in the Thunderbolt and the Hellcat.
The 3-D Space Combat Strategizer
Pix and Dennis Mull have both recently found an interesting compilation by Empire Interactive. The set bundles together Wing Commander, Civilization, War in the Gulf and Frontier: Elite II all in one pack. Two of them are space sims, plus there's a tank sim and a classic turn-based 4X - not unlike hundreds of various '90s packs. (2019-01-21)
Annual Community Vote Begins!
With 2018 now well in the rear view mirror and 2019 well on its way, it's time for us to jump into our annual fan project contest. We took nominations over the last couple months and have come up with this list of noteworthy endeavors to recognize. Of course, the standard disclaimer applies: this is by no means an exhaustive list of super cool things that Wingnuts have been up to lately. (2019-01-20)
Denis Loubet Remembers Aaron Allston
Former Origin artist Denis Loubet has completed another portrait. This one is a tribute to his friend and fellow Wing Commander veteran Aaron Allston. Sadly, Mr. (2019-01-19)
Chinese Secret Missions Now a Little Less Secret
Christian Klein posted these neat pics of the Secret Missions made for China/Taiwan. We've previously posted about a number of Chinese ports in the past, including WC1, SM2, WC2 and the Special Operations, but it's possible that I've not seen the SM1 before. It's nice to close the loop on that! (2019-01-18)
Wing Commander Jazz Album Discs Ready to Ship!
There's good news on George Oldziey's live Wing Commander jazz album. The production copies have finally come back, so George is ready to ship discs out to project backers. Very coolalbum art was created by SabreAce, which you can see below. (2019-01-17)