This thread consists of 'what if' screenshots from the excellent 'Strike Fighters' series of flight simulation games created by Third Wire Productions for the PC. These games are ever so cheap and, straight out of the box, enable you to put 'what if' markings on selected post-war aircraft. Even better, there is a thriving 'modding' community where talented peeps create add-on aircraft, aircraft skins, markings, weapons, ships, terrains and a whole lot more thus making the 'what if' potential virtually limitless and increasing the fun coefficient to grin factor 10 - the full banana
Initially released back in 2002 the series has taken on a new dimension with the release of the Vista/W7/W8/W10 compatible 'Strike Fighters 2' (SF2) series of games in December 2008 and the SF2 series now consists of;
Strike Fighters 2
Strike Fighters 2:Vietnam
Strike Fighters 2:Europe
Strike Fighters 2:Israel
Strike Fighters 2:North Atlantic
Strike Fighters 2:Expansion Pack 1
Strike Fighters 2:Expansion Pack 2
An exciting feature is that the above can be merged into a super install giving access to;
DASSAULT MYSTERE IV
DASSAULT SUPER MYSTERE
DOUGLAS A-4 SKYHAWK
ENGLISH ELECTRIC/BAC LIGHTNING
GENERAL DYNAMICS F-16A
GLOSTER METEOR F8
GRUMMAN F-14A TOMCAT
McDONNELL DOUGLAS F-4 PHANTOM II
McDONNELL DOUGLAS F-15A EAGLE
NORTH AMERICAN F-100 SUPER SABRE
NORTH AMERICAN P-51D MUSTANG
REPUBLIC F-105D THUNDERCHIEF
VOUGHT A-7 CORSAIR II
VOUGHT F-8 CRUSADER
ANTONOV AN-12 'CUB'
BOEING B-52D STRATOFORTRESS
DASSAULT MIRAGE III
DASSAULT MIRAGE V
De HAVILLAND VAMPIRE
DOUGLAS C-47A SKYTRAIN
ENGLISH ELECTRIC/BAC CANBERRA B2
GRUMMAN A-6A INTRUDER
GRUMMAN A-6E INTRUDER
GRUMMAN E-2C HAWKEYE
GRUMMAN EA-6B PROWLER
ILYUSHIN IL-28 BEAGLE
LOCKHEED F-104G STARFIGHTER
MARTIN B-57B CANBERRA
REPUBLIC F-84F THUNDERSTREAK
SUD AVIATION VAUTOUR IIA
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE F.9
TUPOLEV TU-16 'BADGER'
TUPOLEV TU-22 'BLINDER'
TUPOLEV TU-22M 'BACKFIRE'
TUPOLEV TU-98 'BEAR'
YAKOVLEV YAK-23 'FLORA'
YAKOVLEV YAK-38 'FORGER'
Also available as DLC (downloadable content) are;
DASSAULT MIRAGE IIIC (Armée de l'Air)
DASSAULT MIRAGE IIICZ (SAAF)
DASSAULT MIRAGE IIIEL (Lebanon)
DASSAULT MIRAGE IIIO (RAAF)
DASSAULT MIRAGE 5BA (Belgian Air Force)
DOUGLAS SKYHAWK A-4A (USN)
DOUGLAS SKYHAWK A-4G (RAN & RNZAF)
DOUGLAS SKYHAWK A-4L (USN)
DOUGLAS SKYHAWK A-4K (RNZAF)
GRUMMAN TOMCAT F-14A (Iranian AF)
HAWKER HUNTER F.50 /J34 (Swedish Flygvapnet)
HAWKER HUNTER F.58 / F.58A (Swiss Air Force)
HAWKER HUNTER F.6 (RNLAF)
HAWKER HUNTER FGA.73 (OMAN)
IAI KFIR F-21A LION (USN/USMC)
McDONNELL DOUGLAS PHANTOM F-4EJ (JASDF)
McDONNELL DOUGLAS PHANTOM F-4K (RN & RAF)
McDONNELL DOUGLAS PHANTOM F-4N (USN)
VOUGHT CORSAIR A-7H (Hellenic Air Force)
VOUGHT CORSAIR A-7P (Portugal)
VOUGHT CRUSADER F-8E(FN) (Aéronavale)
VOUGHT CRUSADER F-8K (USN)
Also available are the new DLC skinpacks;
F-14A Skin Pack
F-4 USN Skin Pack
F-4 USAF Skin PackAnd the first of (hopefully!!) a series of A.I. aircraft has just been released featuring the Avia S-99 and S-199, the F-104A and F-104C Starfighters and Egyptian and Libyan Mirage 5's!
Now don't be disappointed if your favourite is in the non-flyable (or A.I.) list as all non-flyables can easily be made flyable by a simple edit allowing the use of a surrogate 'pit' from another aircraft. And if your favourite isn't even there at all then there is every chance that it's been made by one of the very talented 3D modellers in the 'Strike Fighters' community.Just to show how easy it is to get started, here's a Tanzanian F-8J Crusader created simply by selecting the F-8J and then selecting Tanzania from the drop-down menu - voila!
Whilst I'm open-minded about requests sometimes a seemingly innocent request could potentially lead to many nights work if I was to attempt to oblige so I thought I'd leave this short note so as to prevent posting the same explanation over and over again.
Whilst I'm pretty good at making decals I'm not much of a 'skinner' so my 'what if'TM
screenshots generally show my decals on stock skins, modified stock or skins made by me where decent templates are available. Very occasionally I will make my own templates to make skins but this is extremely time-consuming and, quite simply, I don't enjoy it
To explain further, the 'skins' on most aircraft typically consist of five bitmaps and without a template this would involve painstakingly drawing all the panel lines, rivets and details on all five bitmaps before even attempting the camo scheme. Then there is the added problem of then sorting out the 'mapping' (i.e. the flat bitmaps wrapping around the 3D model) which for a camo scheme is especially hard as it involves a fair amount of trial and error
So basically, I hate getting bogged down with requests and much prefer to flit around with whatever takes my fancy! Hope you understand