SkyUnlimited’s Legacy of the Sky: P-38 Lightnings of WWII Vol. 1
Reviewed by Ludo Lambrechts
In WWII, the aircraft had a huge impact on its battles, and the eventual outcome of the war. Technological edges over the Axis Powers eventually led to an allied victory. One of the biggest and most important aircraft involved in the Second World War was the P-38 Lightning. This fighter aircraft was a terrific aircraft, it excelled in its rate of climb, manoeuvrability, and firepower. These are all traits that you wouldn’t expect from an aircraft this size. This fighter aircraft also functioned as a bomber as it was able to carry two torpedoes or a 4,000lb bomb load. This American fighter was a breakthrough in the 1930’s and continued to be an amazing aircraft, with a tremendous advantage in World War II.
SkyUnlimited is a terrific payware company that is still quite young. SU has specialized in WWII aircraft and has maintained this focus throughout their existence. Their latest product “Legacy of the Sky: P-38 Lightnings of WWII” has modelled four different model variants from WWII.
The purchasing system is the same as any SkyUnlimited product, which is relatively easy. It is secure and easy because it uses the Flight1 Installation Wrapper. Anyone who’s bought a Flight1, Eaglesoft, SkyUnlimited, or Dreamfleet product will be familiar with the process. It is very simple and will have you enjoying your newly purchased product in no time.
The models are what has been the highlight of every SU aircraft as they have always been accurate and beautiful. The same can be said for their P-38 models. Included are four different model variations from WWII, the P-38J, P-38K, P-38L, and the F-5E. All models have been customized to represent the different models and all have been adapted perfectly. On these terrific models you will find high-quality liveries. In total there are sixteen different, historically correct, and highly detailed liveries painted by Justin Lewers and Kevin Tungatt. Also included on the exterior model which is a SkyUnlimited standard feature is opening compartments to reveal both the engine and machine gun bays. These are nicely detailed and the quality is a step up from previous SU products.
Inside we find a beautifully rendered 2D panel which closely resembles the real thing and does a great job at giving you the same perspective as a P-38 pilot. The Virtual Cockpit is also another area in which Sky Unlimited has improved significantly in this release. The animations are smooth and the detail and quality has been taken up a step. Wing views are also terrific. The P-38 as you probably already know has a very interesting wing and engine setup and it can be very interesting looking out at this. SU has done an amazing job in having these wing views included in the aircraft and it pays off nicely for them. There is not much criticism that can be given as the interior of the SU Lightnings are tremendous.
The sound and flight dynamics of SkyUnlimited aircraft are always dead on as well, and the P-38 is dead accurate. The sound is terrific and I really enjoyed the experience it gives you. The flight dynamics are also well coded, the aircraft really feels like it should and the power is great. The flight model is terrific on this aircraft and has really been enhanced by a terrific sound set.
The frame rates are always an important part of any add-on, especially an aircraft such as this. You’ll be flying off the seat of your pants and any jitter will surely upset you. SU however has done a great job at delivering a high-quality model without low frame rates. This is a great aspect to contribute to this terrific aircraft as it makes the models so much better as you can enjoy them with no lag.
The first volume of the SU P-38 Lightnings has been extremely impressive. Terrific modelling, excellent sound, SU standards, and tons of improvements on previous works all combine to give us a great package. 4 different models and 16 different liveries combine for one great value. Therefore I reward SkyUnlimited with a 9.0 out of 10.
Reviewed by Ludo Lambrechts for SkyUnlimited