Before we move on, I have to make a HUGE disclaimer, folks. Pay attention now: THIS IS NOT THE FINAL PRODUCT. In fact, this is not even CLOSE to the final product. If the final product came by and glanced at this, it wouldn't recognize it. It would think this is an alien. There's absolutely no resemblance between this and the final product.
Miltech-5 was absolutely, extremely, awesomely (is that a word?) cool for allowing us access to the BO-105. but we need to look at it for what it is: a pre-alpha. Perhaps not even that.
What does this mean? Well, it means that I will not talk about the flight model and how it handles. I will not talk about the systems, the guns the ins and outs of this module.
Notice the "(Quick)" before "preview" up there on the title? That's what this is all about. A quick look at Miltech-5's work. And, right now, all we can talk about is the 3D model itself. All the other stuff is still pretty much a work in progress. The project is about 60% done so there's a lot ahead for the team.
When we enter the BO-105 we are presented with a simple cockpit, brilliantly modeled by Miltech-5's Oliver Michel. In fact, the whole helicopter is very well modeled and Oliver keeps on showing us his amazing skills.
The pilot reminds me of someone (hey Oli!) and I love the detail on the helmet of his partner. The whole environment reminds me of a high-tech, military environment.
The BO-105 cockpit is not very big but you won't feel claustrophobic as there's glass pretty much all around you (except on your back). There's a lot going on in the cabin as you can see in the screenshots above, something you should expect from a military aircraft. And Miltech-5 decided to show it all in its full glory.
The module will come with 2 versions, both from the German army: the PAH-1H1, which is the anti-tank version and the VBH, which is the light transport and surveillance.
The one we took for a spin was the PAH1H1. The model looks awesome and, although I have no way of comparing it with the real aircraft, the sound feels very solid.
Like I said, the BO-105 is still in a very early stage but it sure is impressive to see it in the sim already -- and very cool to be able to try it. There are exciting times ahead for us, helicopter fans.
But does it loop???
Hell, yes! But not for the right reasons. The flight model is pretty much botched as the team's working on it and all the systems. Right now it's just something that flies, rather than a BO-105. In fact it doesn't resemble any of the helicopters in DCS. It's a whole beast, working only for us to see it working.
Hopefully, it will loop soon, but because it's supposed to!
Are you as excited as we are to get your hands on the BO-105?