Great news today for vintage aviation fans! The beloved Tiger Moth from Ant’s Airplanes has been released for Microsoft Flight Simulator!
Remember when we first brought this project to your attention about 6 months ago? That’s when we first came into contact with Ant’s Airplanes second airplane for MSFS, the follow-up to the Drifter 582 Ultralight that launched earlier this year. We’ve been following the development of this project ever since and are happy to report that the Tiger Moth is now finally available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The Tiger Moth was the first airplane to be developed by Ant’s Airplanes, a highly praised product in FSX and P3D. This iconic biplane has now been converted to MSFS with all its beloved bells and whistles, including a beautiful new model, realistic flight dynamics, and an in-depth simulation of the aircraft’s systems and engines, and more!
The Tiger Moth is a legendary airplane for both the military and the civilian sides of aviation. It began its life as a trainer leading up to and during WWII but, after the war, ended up falling into the hands of thousands of civilian pilots, who have flown it until this day. There are hundreds of Tiger Moths still flying today!
The Tiger Moth is a simple airplane, but it comes to MSFS with a comprehensive list of features that promises to immerse simmers in an involving and fascinating trip back in time. There’s a complex engine simulation behind the detailed 3D model of the Tiger Moth (users can switch between easy and hard engine realism modes). For example, the engine consumes oil, so you will have to manage oil levels or risk an engine failure during flight!
Ant’s Airplane’s also adds a few “modern” features to the Tiger Moth that many users will find useful (and purists can easily ignore). There’s a pop-up GPS panel available that can be placed in several positions, while a sort of EFB tablet enables plenty of customization options, autopilot, and radio functionalities.
There’s quite a bit to explore in this package, certainly one of the most interesting vintage airplanes yet for MSFS. Despite all the features, the Tiger Moth is available at a very enticing price: just around $18!
Tiger Moth features for MSFS:
- Highly detailed model. Fully modelled aircraft including the engine and pilot and copilot models.
- Includes 10 different repaints
- Full manual engine start procedure including engine priming and propeller pull.
- Autostart is supported for those who would like a quick engine start.
- Select Easy or Hard engine realism. In Hard mode oil consumption can lead to engine failure, sparkplug fouling is simulated and the engine must be properly primed to start.
- High FPS propeller animation. Custom code provides the smoothest possible propeller animation including accurate propeller stopping animations.
- Oil consumption. Old aircraft consume lots of oil and the Tiger Moth is no exception. Set oil levels in the fuel and payload screen. In Hard engine realism mode low oil levels will lead to eventual engine failure.
- Sparkplug fouling in Hard engine realism mode. If the engine is below 900 rpm carbon deposits will build up and affect engine performance. – Persistent fuel and oil levels. Automatically saves the fuel and oil levels at the end of each flight and reloads them on the next flight (can be turned off).
- GPS available. The default Aera GPS is available as a popup which can be placed into various positions within the cockpit depending on the user’s needs.
- Tablet available. A popup tablet provides access to user preferences as well as a simple autopilot and radios if required. A page for the manual engine start procedure makes it easy to see the state of the aircraft.
- User preferences. Various user preferences are automatically saved at the end of each flight. User preferences can be set either by clicking on items in the cockpit or by using the Tablet popup.
- Set the appearance of such things as the air intake type, pitot tube style, venturi location, show/hide the windy airspeed gauge etc.
- Select either tail skid or tail wheel.
- Customisable instruments. Select from 3 different types of airspeed gauge, 2 styles of altimeter and adjust the rotation angle of the engine RPM gauge.
- Removable engine cowlings and prop. On the ground the engine cowlings and propeller may be removed for inspection/maintenance/screenshots.
- Windscreen transparency. Switch between clean and dirty windscreens directly in game.