"This simulation provides an extremely accurate rendition of the DH 106 Comet 4C, the definitive Comet variant, presented here in nine liveries."In terms of a visual model this is true. The exterior model is without doubt the best I have seen in FSX. The interior modelling of the VC is also remarkably well done, if a little "cartoony" in style. However the model is extremely heavy in terms of polygons which means that if you are approaching an airport that also has high polygons, then your frame rates are going to drop. Anyway, this is a snippet from Just Sim's website:
"The extraordinarily detailed virtual cockpit features include fully equipped pilot and co-pilot panels, an engineer’s station with every conceivable control, switch and gauge modelled, and a navigator’s station incorporating all the equipment needed for authentic navigation operations."This statement, Chock's review and the screenshots, made me take the plunge. It gives the impression that the Comet's systems are accurately modelled. The screenshots also give this impression. However, within the first few minutes of having loaded this aircraft it was immediately obvious that a lot of the systems were missing, or wrong. The radio operators station, for example, is only partially functional and clearly uses only fsx standard standard logic. Surprisingly, the comm radios were dummies and it was not possible to set the comm radios on them, which was disappointing.Over on the engineers panel, most switches are animated. Some switches make the ground cart or stairs appear etc, while many other switches have the same function and are obviously linked to the same default FSX logic. Many of the switches are dummies and some of these dummies will light a warning or test lamp. It all looks very pretty.The thottle pedestal looks impressive and is beautifully modelled. In the real Comet, there is a large lever called a Reverse Lock. However, in the Just Flight Comet, this is a mixture lever, and can be operated with CTRL + SHIFT + F1/F4. It actually works as the HP fuel cut off valve. Yet at the base of the pedestal are to be found the four real fuel HP cocks, which are dummies in the simulator! Why these weren't programmed to work as fuel cut off I don't know.From the Just Flight Comet Manual (P. 61).
Although an authentic autopilot is built into the pedestal, it is limited by today’s standardsso we have provided a more familiar modern autopilot in pop-up form for easier use.Rather it's limited by the lack of functionality porgrammed into it. There is zero programming here. The Smiths model used in the Comet 4C had a Pitch and Heading Hold and allowed the pitch and heading to be changed by small knobs when engaged. In the Just Flight version, it is not possible to change the pitch and heading when the hold is engaged. The kons are there but they are dummies. Basically, what we have in the Just Flight model is a standard FSX autopilot masquerading as Smiths. It is not authentic.I could go and on ranting about these missing systems but it would be pointless to do so because I can summarize it all by saying that all we have here is an aircraft with the standard FSX functionality, with a few bells and whistles. Sure there are animated stairs and a external power cart, but that cart serves no function other than as eye candy. In fact, you can switch it on in flight and see it flying next to the aircraft, like something out of Dr Who.The panel lighting may look nice to the unknowledgeable, but is inaccurate. At night it is lit up like a Christmas tree -- warning lights that should be out appear to be lit; and there are all kinds of colourful hues and glows that may create a very cosy feeling but are wrong . Again more eye candy.I can't say much about the accuracy of the flying model, except that I found flying the aircraft difficult. With no authentic autopilot, it's almost impossible to maintain alititude without resorting to the FSX altitude hold (which this aircraft did not have). I also dicovered, when the autopilot was turned off, that it was very diffult to trim, and would tend to bank and descend if left for a few minutes.IFR flight is difficult, especially since I could not find a DME on the aircraft. However, the Comet had some kind of weather radar on it and this device in the Just Flight model has been made into a GPS, which at least makes it possible to fly without doing ADF triangulation calculations!So, a lot of criticism here, and the reason for is because I felt I was misled by Just Flight's hype about this aircraft. And it looks so tantalisingly good! Here we have a beautiful aircraft, that's awesome to look at, with a VC that kind of seduces you -- but it's all eye candy. I am tempted to say this aircraft has great potential, but I can't say that because Just Flight have no plans to update it. This is it. What a pity that the developers went to such great lengths with the visual model only to disappoint with the stuff under the hood. I paid twenty quid or something for it, and while I can't say I regret that, I am disapponted that I couldn't really experience this old bird and how it worked. But I can at least look... that's something isn't it?