DC Designs Announces Northrop P-61B Black Widow

13 Sep 2021 08:36z

P-61B Black Widow

DC Designs has announced they are bringing their first freeware product to MSFS: the Northtop P-61B Black Widow. The P-61B was the first U.S. warplane that was designed as a night fighter, and the first aircraft to include radar. Dubbed the ‘Black Widow’, the plane saw its first flight in 1942, and its introduction two years later, in 1944. The plane has an iconic look due to it’s ‘twin-boom’ design.

DC Designs has recreated both the interior and the exterior model for MSFS, including PBR textures and 3D gauges. Furthermore, developer OzWookie from Big Radials will be working on a custom, high quality WWise sound set.

F-14 and F-15

The F-14 and F-15 are now available on the Marketplace, and have both received an update. The F-15 now has a more in-depth autopilot, more functional controls, special effects and new LOD models. The F-14 on the other hand has received some minor bug fixes and better LOD models.

DC Designs is also working on further improving these two planes, with texture improvements for the F-15 and effects for both planes. However, this process is lengthy and there is a learning curve involved.

PT-17 Stearman

An update for DC Designs PT-17 Stearman is imminent. It will include a working smoke system alongside a new faired-version model. This model is based on Stephen Coonts’ famous “Cannibal Queen” Stearman. No new engine modelling or sounds are included, but the plane will have a little bit more power to simulate the larger Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine. DC Designs also announced that a 3D model of the Wasp Junior will eventually come to the sim, but it will require a lot more work and is not essential right now.


Last but not least, the conversion work on DC Designs’ most complex project will begin soon. There is a lot of work involved in bringing the plane to MSFS, such as remodelling and retexturing of the interior. However, DC Designs hopes that the plane will make it before Christmas.

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