28 July 2023

Dear Fighter Pilots, Partners and Friends,

This week, an update was released and followed up with a patch to fix some critical issues. The latest DCS Open Beta version includes substantial improvements and fixes for DCS: F/A-18C and DCS: F-16C Viper. The DCS: AH-64D also received a fairly large number of bug fixes. For more details, please read the full changelog.

The F-100D Super Sabre is a renowned supersonic fighter-bomber that served with the United States Air Force during the Cold War era. As part of the ongoing development efforts for DCS, the F-100D module aims to provide authenticity and immersion whilst flying this iconic aircraft. To achieve this, Grinelli Designs has collaborated with enthusiasts and members of the Collings Foundation, who granted them access to an exceptionally well-preserved F-100, which has been extensively scanned and photographed. Please read the details of their exciting progress below and check out the Development Screenshots. 

DCS: UH-1H The Last Show campaign, created by SorelRo is out now! This gripping campaign takes you on an immersive and challenging journey, exploring the final days of the UH-1H's participation in combat.

Thank you for your passion and support.

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics

Open Beta

Development Progress

Open Beta

The latest DCS Open Beta version contains fixes for our F/A-18C and F-16C. It also contains mixed hellfire loadouts for DCS: AH-64D. If you have not already, please check out Matt Wagner’s DCS: AH-64D | Radar-Guided Hellfire Missiles and to brush up, make sure to check out the DCS: AH-64D | Laser Spot Tracking

Please read the full changelog.


Development Report

F-100D Super Saber

Utilizing advanced 3D scanning technologies and photogrammetry we have obtained precise measurements, shapes, and textures of the exterior and cockpit. All data was then processed and refined before being sent to our 3D art team to be used as accurate reference for modeling & texturing. The following areas were addressed to enhance the F-100D Super Sabre module:

Exterior Model:
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 was to recreate the iconic appearance of the Super Sabre with the utmost fidelity, allowing users to appreciate its unique design features.

Cockpit Model:
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. The integration of accurate cockpit lighting and functional elements further adds to the immersive experience of operating the aircraft.

Sound Design:
To complement the visual and flight model improvements, the development team additionally recorded a multitude of sounds from the cockpit enhancing the audio experience associated with the F-100D Super Sabre.

Current Progress:
The current development progress of the F-100D module is steadily moving forward, with the module currently in a flyable state. We have made significant progress in various areas, including the flight model, engine, fuel and hydraulic systems, which are currently undergoing alpha testing. Additionally, we are actively testing and refining the core systems of the aircraft, 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. Comprehensive testing allows us to identify and address any issues or improvements necessary to deliver an immersive F-100D experience to the community. 

Future Development:
The integration of 3D scans has significantly improved the accuracy and fidelity of the F-100D Super Sabre module in DCS World. However, our commitment to ongoing development means that there are still further improvements to be made. Our future plans include:

  • Continuously refining and optimizing the exterior and cockpit models based on feedback from the community and subject matter experts.
  • Fine-tuning the flight model to ensure a more realistic and enjoyable flight experience.
  • Weapon system implementation and integration.
  • Expanding the available liveries and customization options to provide a wider range of visual variations.
  • Collaborating with real F-100D pilots and experts to incorporate their insights and knowledge into the module's development.

To stay up to date with our progress, we invite you to follow the latest developments at www.grinnellidesigns.com/progress.

UH-1H Last Show

Campaign by SorelRo

UH-1H The Last Show Campaign

Packed with 15 detailed story-driven missions, over 2000 voiceovers and late 1970’s units, this campaign provides an unparalleled glimpse into the life of a war helicopter pilot. Experience the high-octane action, tough decisions, and poignant moments as you fly the legendary DCS: UH-1H helicopter. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to relive history and embark on an unforgettable adventure.

Thank you again for your passion and support,

Yours sincerely,

Eagle Dynamics