Captain Sim releases external model of the C-130E Hercules for MSFS
Captain Sim is at it again. After the lackluster releases of the Boeing 767 and 777, the developer is now launching an even stranger product, and it’s one that might have been awesome if done properly… How do you feel about the external looks of the mighty C-130 Hercules? If that’s all you care about, then this might be perfect: Captain Sim has just released C-130 Captain Exterior for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
You read that right. It’s just the exterior! No virtual cockpit! Captain Sim hopes you’ll be perfectly happy flying this iconic transport aircraft from just the third-person view, which is something a freeware airplane would have problems pulling off, let alone a $14.99 product.
Let’s see what Captain Sim is offering then. No virtual cockpit, that much we already know, but what about the external model? Captain Sim says it’s a highly detailed replica with 4K textures and realistic animations. A handful of liveries are included from known Air Forces around the world… and that’s about it. Even the sounds are from some stock airplane in MSFS.
Captain Sim is now selling this thing through its own website, but we really can’t recommend it. Still looking to give it a try? Prepare to shell out just about $15, and we’re pretty sure it will soon come to the Marketplace for Xbox simmers to fly as well.
Features: C-130 Captain Exterior
• Highly detailed and accurate digital replica of the C-130E Hercules
• Cockpit and cabin with 3D windows and pilots
• Realistic animations
• 4K Ultra-High resolution textures of the following 6 liveries:
– USAF #640544
– USAF #637777 (bare metal)
– Australian Air Force #A97181
– Canadian Air Force #130307
– UK Air Force #ZH887
– Brazilian Air Force #2459
COCKPIT AND CABIN
• No virtual cockpit, exterior model only
• Stock MSFS2020 functionality including HUD instruments
• Complete cargo cabin with animated doors
• Custom views
• Custom flight model
• Stock MSFS2020 sounds
• Repaint kit
This is laughable. Watch it get 3.5 stars on the Marketplace.
This shit would be barely acceptable as freeware. At $15 it’s ridiculous.
I’d say CaptainSim should do better, but given their prior “aircraft” it’s clear that’s not happening.
That’s close to stealing
Did they forget to announce this on April 1st?
I’m glad no other developer follows this kind of “strategy” and the ones who tried (I’m looking at you bredok3d) never did this again
I’d rather fly a freeware plane with a half baked virtual cockpit than one like this.
As another stated, this is a “strategy” and I think most who access news pages like this and are involved in the FS Community are not the target audience of this product. It’s not a scam – they clearly state what they are/are not including. It’s meant for those super casual users who want to look at a pretty plane flying over pretty scenery. It’s not meant to a be a product for the majority of the community that checks in on FS news with any regularity. Doesn’t make it bad, just marketed differently.
What have they been smoking over there at CS last 18 months? First liverygate, now this nonsense. $15 for something I can readily get in freeware.
That is just downright damaging to the CS brand.
Ou est l interet? Quand je vois l énorme boulot pour le B247D je préfère y mettre mes 17 euros plutôt que dans une daube pareil.
Un groupe compétent qui saurait nous sortir un C130 ou A400M complet avec différent niveau de gestion aurait certainement un bon succès. Même un Casa ou Transal serait le top.
L0l is all i can say.
imagine putting this at the bottom “Captain Sim is now selling this thing through its own website, but we really can’t recommend it” l0l get back to school captainsim gang
i would hope garbage like this wouldnt make it into the marketplace. if the developer cant be bothered to finish his product, why should it be allowed in the marketplace.
I’ve been in Flightsim for a while, and I’m fairly certain that part of Captain Sim’s development team (if not Captain Sim himself) is Ukrainian. I recall that Captain Sim’s website used to convert to Ukranian currency when purchasing. Maybe it’s not a good time to hate on them.
Does not matter. If he wants sympathy money he can ask for it other ways. Selling an incomplete project is unacceptable. He should have abandoned it or sold the model to another author to finish. CS’s downhill trend reads to me like a lack of interest and an increase in greed. Just my opinion.
As an Xbox simmer I cant wait for this c-130. Xbox doesn’t have much to brag about. Half the 3rd party planes don’t work as they should. We get maybe one plane a month if that. We have a hundred different airports you cant load but one or it will crash. Any cities or land mask upgrades crash the system. Its really getting pointless at this point to even try to put this on my Xbox series x. I paid $60 for the dc-6. It half work and was STILL MY FAVORITE PLANE. They took it off the list so I don’t have access to her anymore. Almost 5 months now. What a waste of time and money so far.
A judgment was made when they released the 747 and this release just enforces the fact that they are just in it for the money. Captain Scam would be a better title for their company.
Since I have always loved the C-130 in US Coast Guard livery, and since I Read what the author wrote about Exactly what was being offered, I didn’t feel like I was getting clipped without knowing, so I forked over the few bucks and figured I would try it. Other Beta releases have come partially completed, some of which never got finished, but most looked great and flew well, they were worth it to me, a few were not… However, I enjoyed just being able to fly them, do takeoffs and landings, and maybe a few touch and go’s… Even without a digital Cockpit, most other controls still work from HOTAS switches/buttons, like Auto-Pilot Master, flaps, gear, etc.
Here’s what I found with the CaptSim C-130. First, it looks as good or Better than 50% of the 25 planes that I have downloaded into MSFS. True, it has no Cockpit interior that is functional, but I found it to fly very well, although maybe slightly underpowered. The Prop Reversers are awesome in function, and sound. There are 6 Livery’s to suit just about any taste, and many, many more available from 3rd parties. The U.S. Coast Guard livery is really Awesome! Perhaps someone will finish this aircraft, or provide a working cockpit, but even if that never happens, I found it to be a Fine Platform and will satisfy most C-130 fans, since for now,,,,,, it’s by far the best C-130 game in town…
If this particular C-130 “Herc” in this form is not your thing, then just suck it up and move on, there are plenty of other aircraft to choose from that are Complete.