Friday, March 6, 2015

DCS: MiG-15bis by Belsimtek

This was released as a beta last week. I've been waiting for it for quite a while and finally I can get my virtual hands on this aviation classic.

The Mig-15bis flies like a dream if you treat her well. Belsimtek has accomplished a virtual flying experience that mimics exactly what the books say about the real deal.

A very powerful engine, well fitted for the bomber interception role.
The cockpit of a Mig-15bis, seconds before departure.

A close up of the left part of the cockpit. The textures and level of detail are fantastic. That white lamp on indicates that the aircraft is trimmed near neutral.

Fitted with both a 37 mm N-37D and  2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, the firepower of this bird is brutal.

The ASP-3N automatic gunsight takes a good portion of real estate in the cockpit and of the front field of view.

The center of the cockpit packs all the instruments and gauges.

That evasive snapshot ... A Sabre escapes from our shooting with everything but his left aileron. The Mig-15bis is a very interesting aircraft to take into a dogfight. Training to deal with the Mig-15bis' maneuvareability assets and liabilities is essential.

Landing the Mig-15bis is relatively easy. A delicate speed handling to make it safely into the airfield.
Touchdown! Note the flaps and airbrakes fully deployed.

A lovely gun camera (right bottom corner) to regret your misses an boast in your hits.


Ghost0815 said...

Compare to the F-86F Sabre, worse or better?

I am not happy, that each aircraft is still missing a proper manual.

Johan said...

None of them are better than the other, both the F-86 and MiG-15 modules are highly accurate simulations, as close to the real thing that you can get in a publicly available flight sim.

The missing manuals are of course because both modules are still in Beta. The manuals will be available at release. The final release of the F-86 is not too far away.

Dimitris said...

Hey JC!

How do they simulate the "heavy" feel of the MiG-15's controls?

JC said...

Thanks for your comments.

@Ghost: there is info out there from which you can figure out the most important systems (thanks Johan). But I agree, the lack of manuals is kinda worrisome.

@Dimitris: Hi! The flight dynamics are very thorough. The infamous "stuck in cement" controls are very evident at around 0.92 mach. Even the wing drop that has been described elsewhere.


Ghost0815 said...

I have the DCS F-86F and a nice manual from the real Sabre - but without a manual for the MiG, i don`t buy it.

And i think, "it is in beta" is not a good argument - MiG-21 is in beta - has a manual, 109 is in beta - has a manual, Hawk is in beta (1.2.16 Open Beta) - has a manual!