In 2019, UK2000 Scenery made the very conscious decision of taking a step back from scenery development to focus on creating new tools and texture sets to better position themselves in a world of detailed scenery packages. It’s no secret that whilst the UK2000 Scenery packages are adequate, they started to look dated compared to older products – hence the time out the team took to create a new set of tools. Fast forward through several months, and UK2000 Scenery has released several sceneries including Bristol 2019 HD.
Being born and raised in the UK city means Bristol holds a special place for me. Having also worked at the airport in a variety of roles also means my passion for having a high-quality scenery product representing the airport is pretty high. Let’s see if the new tools, texturing and changes to development means that UK2000 Scenery is producing top-of-the-line products worthwhile of the new price tag attached.
Bristol Airport sets itself apart from many other major UK city airports by being quite small in size. Despite the small footprint of the airport itself, it features many flights to destinations far afield and those a little closer to home. The airport only has a 6,598ft runway, yet the airport frequently sees 787 departures from TUI, along with medium-haul routes from easyJet’s A321 Neo and also Ryanair’s 737-800. The number of routes across Europe is relatively large but mostly restricted to those previously mentioned airlines. Bristol Airport is also home to Bristol & Wessex Aeroplane Club for those looking to do some flying in small aircraft or private jets.
Purchasing the product via UK2000 Scenery’s website was straightforward, but in 2019/20, their website and whole purchase set-up is really falling short. The purchase process is easy enough to do, but overall usability is really starting to show its age. After the installation process (which is a little confusing with the common library needing to be downloaded separately), you are presented with the standard configuration tool and also a single PDF document attached for some information on the product. This PDF is not really pertinent to the enjoyment of the scenery.