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iniBuilds Development Update: Partnership with Microsoft Flight Simulator - The Curtiss JN-4 Jenny and Grumman G-21A Goose


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Hello,

If this is your first time engaging with iniBuilds, welcome! By way of introduction, my name is Ubaid; CEO at iniBuilds.

iniBuilds is made up of a collective of thinkers and doers with a shared commitment to create the best products for flight simulation. We stand at the forefront of this industry, and our work is fuelled by the passion of this community. Our main focus is to provide some of the best products to as many people as possible.

In June, we were super pleased to announce our long-term partnership with Microsoft Flight Simulator. That post where you can check out here, was primarily focused on the Airbus A310 for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We will have some exciting tutorials / video content coming soon on the A310 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Today, following the official showcase yesterday, we are excited to report on two other aircraft that we have made, that will be free if you own a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator or have an Xbox Game Pass subscription - The Curtiss JN-4 Jenny and The Grumman G-21A Goose!

These aircraft will be a part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Standard Edition coming on 11th of November 2022. You can read the official announcement by Microsoft Flight Simulator here.

This is a landmark milestone for iniBuilds, as we enter into a new market within flight simulation, and have lots of new content in production for these type of aircraft coming very soon! 😉 

The Curtiss JN-4 Jenny

The Curtiss Jenny is one of the most significant aircraft in aviation history. Introduced in 1915, The JN-4 was responsible for training an estimated 95% of all American WWI pilots and a significant number of the Royal Flying Corps pilots who trained in North America. By the end of production, 6813 Jenny’s had been built by six different manufacturers - such was the popularity of the design. Although designed as a military trainer, the Jenny is perhaps better known for its post war career.

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Following the cessation of hostilities in 1918, thousands of surplus Jennys (some still in their original shipping crates) were sold into the civilian market. Civilian aviation was a brand new concept in the early 1920’s and the handling characteristics of the Jenny made it the perfect aircraft for the dawn of the barnstorming era. Many pilots, who would go on to become legends of aviation, took their first lesson or solo flight in a JN-4 and used it to complete many aviation firsts.

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Our Jenny features a highly detailed model of the Curtiss OX-5 Engine. The OX-5 does not feature any rocker covers, so you will notice the exposed valve and the associated springs (3 per cylinder) all moving in the correct firing sequence. To take full advantage of this, we have placed a click spot inside the cockpit to allow the user to remove the cowlings on the ground. As an early open cockpit biplane, many of control linkages are fully exposed both inside and outside the aircraft. Over 800 cable loops have been faithfully recreated and the cables themselves have all been rigged using the original aircraft manuals. 

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We hope you enjoy this aircraft as much as we have enjoyed making it! 

The Grumman G-21A Goose

Quite possibly the world's first private luxury aircraft, the Grumman Goose was designed as a commuter aircraft for wealthy businessmen in the Long Island area. In 1936, a group of Long Island residents approached Grumman and commissioned them to build an executive transport aircraft that they could use to fly to / from New York city - The G-21 was the result. The first production variants were intended to carry two or three passengers and came complete with a bar, toilet and executive seating. The design was later modified to carry up to 8 passengers and went on to serve with various air forces around the world. 

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Every effort has been made to recreate the executive cabin in painstaking detail and features an authentic seating, bar, champagne bucket and restroom facilities. There is some excellent reference available for this aircraft, and when used in conjunction with factory blueprints and manuals, has enabled us to accurately recreate the feel of 1930s luxury travel. Special attention has been paid to modelling and texturing a highly detailed model of the Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr which powered the G-21. 

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We hope you enjoyed reading this development update and are super excited to share some more information on the A310 and our other projects next month!

As a reminder these aircraft will be a part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Standard Edition coming on 11th of November 2022.

Kind Regards,
Ubaid

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While this is nice, is there any word on what we can expect for XPlane 12 from iniBuilds? Or is XPlane no longer in your scope?

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On 8/26/2022 at 10:10 PM, PcAviator said:

While this is nice, is there any word on what we can expect for XPlane 12 from iniBuilds? Or is XPlane no longer in your scope?

Nothing specifically for X-Plane at this time. We have some sceneries in the pipeline via us and our partners. 

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