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YESTERDAY IN PART 1, my GMax mania returned, this time in building a Microsoft Flight Simulator model of the Tupolev ANT-25 long-distance record setter. Or were its Moscow/U.S. West Coast flights only hoaxes?
Either way, as we’ll see today in Part 2, the aircraft was a fine GMax time-gobbler.
GMax Details. I had considerably less documentation for the ANT-25 than for the Lysander, so had to wing some of its technicalities.
Contemporary photos suggest that the ANT-25 wasn’t particularly well-finished. However, I haven’t the artistic skills to mimic shoddy construction.
The ANT-25 had a crew of three: pilot, navigator/radio operator, and copilot. This last guy sat aft beneath a canopy but without any forward view. His role was to give the pilot nap time by keeping the aircraft on course through purely instrumented flight.
I had fun with the copilot’s idle time by giving him a Soviet-era flag to wave. What with 1937 being the year of the ANT-25 Moscow/U.S. flights, I chose a flag of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, 1918-1937.
The ANT-25 had instrument panels galore: the pilot’s, an abbreviated one for the copilot, and necessary instrumentation for the navigator.
I borrowed some instruments from talented Russian flight simmers. For others, I studied up on the Cyrillic alphabet and used Google Translate to modify some others.
The navigator has a sextant which I ginned up with GMax, based on a small brass one I acquired in a New Zealand antique shop.
I haven’t tried to simulate the ANT-25’s transpolar flight, though the GMax ANT-25 and I did fly over San Jacinto’s 10,854-ft. peak. Virtually, of course.
I also put a Moscow/California chart on the navigator’s work table. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2019