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Bell 407 improvement mod

Hi. This mod improves the Bell 407 behaviour in relation to a couple of things that bugged me with the original one. 1. Torque. You can overtorque now. Before, full collective would render you uhmm 85% torque. Which is...

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Hi. This mod improves the Bell 407 behaviour in relation to a couple of things that bugged me with the original one.

 

1. Torque. You can overtorque now. Before, full collective would render you uhmm 85% torque. Which is unrealistic. You should be careful with your left hando so you don't overtorque the engine. Fixed.

2. Rotor RPM. Now you can pull too much collective. In the original, no matter how much collective you pulled, the rotor RPM stayed at 100%. Fixed aswell.

3. Cameras. Original one = bad. This one = less bad. Call it fixed..

4. Engine. Engine is working more realistically now. Still needs work. Maybe it's a limitation of the sim or my brain. I can't tell yet. More on that soon.

5. Tail rotor more sensitive. IRL you don't need as much pedal to keep the heli going straight. Fixed too.

 

Things to do:

During cruise, the yaw moment is the same as during hover. This is wrong. Needs fixing. - DONE

Engine startup weird. needs fixing

Rotor too slow on startup. Needs fixing

 

Thanks, enjoy

 

 

Changelogs:

 

Version 0.0.0.0.0.6 November 17, 2022 

>>>>>> PANEL <<<<<<

Changed emissive from radioactive green to more natural lamplike yellow (Credits: Jaydee)
 
Version 0.0.0.0.0.5November 17, 2022 

Flight Dynamics:

Trim less sensitive in about 40%

Systems:

Rotor brake force increased 40x. You still need to pump it but uhm.. Asobo will have to fix that later.
Fuel type corrected: Believe it or not. I wish I was kidding. The fuel type was set to 100 Octane gas. Changed to Jet A now (weight now matches expected standard day capacity of 130Gallons (850 lbs)

Also, I've been working on an off on this update for 2 days. I might have missed things on the changelog here. Sorry :)
 
Version 0.0.0.0.0.4 November 15, 2022 

Hi, it's me once more.

Flight dynamics:

Hover behaviour - Now you need aft and left cyclic to enter a stable hover. This is per feedback from users who had past experience with other Bell 407 addons.

Engines:

Fixed issue with minimum N2 for fuel flow not allowing for cold & dark startup

This time I'm removing the previous version since it broke things. Sorry about that.
 
Version 0.0.0.0.0.3 November 14, 2022 

Sorry about having so many updates. It only means I'm actively working on this.

Flight Dynamics:

1. Second pass at the yaw behaviour. This one is much more natural
2. Hover feels more natural
3. Narrowed collective range (in relation to the blade) to avoid sensitive collective.
4. Overall awesomeness increased.
 
Version 0.0.0.0.0.2 November 14, 2022 

FLIGHT DYNAMICS:

1. Made the helicopter fly straight (thank god)
2. Coordination is now required for high speed bank turns (need pedal in addition to cyclic when turning)
3. Removed a little bit of front fuselage drag and side fuselage drag. This will make it go a little faster ~115knots at max power with default payload

 

 

Recommended addition:

 

WombiiActual's multiplayer rotor fix (in multiplayer, you see all rotors stopped): 

 

https://flightsim.to/file/44086/bell-407-multiplayer-rotor-fix

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Sim Update 11
Initial Release
November 12, 2022
Last Updated
11 day(s) ago — 0.0.0.0.0.6

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  • Updated to version 0.0.0.0.0.3

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257 Comments

Hi everybody.

I know I've been quiet with updates lately. Just to let you in on some stuff:

Me and Davux (from HPG) are working together on the H145 CFD flight model. I'm mostly consulting and giving ideas here and there and testing parameters and what they do.

What does that mean for the 407?

With the stuff I'm discovering with the CFD configurations, I will eventually re-work the 407 flight model using the best method. Right now the flight model is basically a hack on the configs (hence why it baloons up and does some weird things)

So please hang tight and enjoy it as is. I am happy with how the 407 flies in normal operation (that is, when you're flying like you're supposed to) right now and will post very minor adjustments to some more pressing stuff in the meantime. When I'm confident enough that I can make this the right way, I will. Just a friendly reminder that I also have a normal day job and am not a MSFS Developer.

That said, I won't abandon this project. I'm also waiting to see what Asobo will do with the 407 in regards to fixing it so it might be that I'll work my lower half off fixing something they fix on the next patch. It's super early in the MSFS Helicopters, so it could be that Asobo/MS will deploy fixes in the upcoming weeks, even to the base platform.

Again, thanks all for the support you've been giving since Version 1. It really counted a lot towards the time i spent on this and how happy I was doing it.

Cheers!

Rafael

cant start from cold and dark with this mod start to spool up then just quits

Great mod. Loving it. Do you know what's up with the fuel tanks? The config file says just one tank (Centre 1) but the weight and balance window shows two tanks (Fore and Aft).

UPDATE: So far I’m loving this mod, therefore I will make a note that it is hard for the helicopter to stay idle as far as the sound, which is typically I think for the 407 is like 60-70 RPM. In other words, the throttle doesn’t sync in with the engine correctly as Idle as stays on start only goes up to 20 RPM max.

Tip: There is a way to idle it the right way in sound,

Start the helicopter; and roll the throttle at 60 or 75 and wait until the RPM reach 60-70 RPM: then Slowly roll the throttle back to 25 or idle(higher leads to a slower spool up) so keep it at 25, 32 or lower, whenever you’re ready, roll it to fly to avoid engine over speed and that’s how I do mine, as a workaround for realism and immersion.

Hi.

Thank you for this improvement.

I copied this mode to my community folder as written, but where can I find this modified Bell 407? What I see in my Aircraft selection is only Default Bell 407.

Thank you for your answer to this perhaps banal question.

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Glasairmell

5 day(s) ago / Thanked by RafaelRafoso

Rafael you are a genius. Even as the mod is, far better then stock. Thank you for your efforts. Perhaps one day you will get back to it, however for now this mod serves its purpose. Thank you!

Your last Version caused an teperature issue at my H145. i get a waring that avionik and battery are overtemp. In the previous version, it was not. !!

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N69BRUH

9 day(s) ago / Thanked by RafaelRafoso

OverkillSimulations just plugged your mod, brobro.

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AdventumSims

9 day(s) ago / Thanked by RafaelRafoso

Nice work on the mod. Thanks for your efforts!

Love the mod but I have one issue. When mod is enabled, I cannot start the 407. If I disable the mod, 407 starts just fine. Removed addons from community, still unable to start. If I start on runway with engine running - all is just fine.

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airspeedalive

9 day(s) ago / Thanked by RafaelRafoso

Rafael! Thank you so much! This mod is fantastic!

Now we need a flight dynamics mod to fix this snail and a Glass cockpit mod

Hi, am I alone, who have now B407 dissapeared from aircraft list in menu? Just copy, paste, overwrite... What did I do wrong?

Rafael,

Modding is always a huge task in the realm of Asobo. However, you've garnered almost TEN THOUSAND downloads with your mod and have become somewhat of a celebrity already. You will live in infamy no matter what route you choose to take from now on.

Recent Youtube review of your 407 mod:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vopFQ6g4vWs

Btw I'm reverting .6 as active version since .7 wasn't well received. i'm also probably taking a break from modding this thing as it doesnt make any sense lol.

If anyone wants to mod on top of my mod feel free to, you have my blessing. But I have no time to thoroughly test and make the edits and cover all scenarios anymore.

Sorry

I join the opinion that everything was better in the 6, the 7 is too sensitive and when adding or removing torque it makes bankings that are not realistic. Even so, for me you are a 5 star for your dedication. For now thanks for version 6!

0.0.0.0.0.7 is uncontrolable, I reverted to 0.0.0.0.0.6 wich was A LOT better... Thanks

I agree with some opinions, version 7 is not suitable for flying. But I'm going to deviate from the topic because I am very struck by your lack of humility to criticism. After a few positive opinions, you probably felt too confident and now you can't accept dissatisfaction. I wish you more humility in the future! Mod even if it was good, you ruin it with your behavior...

With the new Verson "7", icant control the heli. it spins out of control and the rpm goes wack. For now im staying with verson "6". Just though ill give you a feedback for more updates to come. Im greatful for what you have done so far. Keep up the good work.!

Rolled back to version 6, version 7 loses rpm on collective input at 50% weight. At default weight she flies heavy. I also did the Flight Model switch thingy you talked about, no change.

I dont know where to start .. Do you know the Dodosim Bell 206(for FSX)? Try it and you know everything that is wrong with the Bell407 .... Nothing is right with the flightmodel of your Bell407. I mean literally nothing! Sry




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  • Version 0.0.0.0.0.7 November 27, 2022

    [FLIGHT MODEL]

    Flight model is ~50% refactored. Drags, lifts, all things changed in this mod.

    [ENGINE]

    First pass at remodelling the engine (sorry for any bugs - please report all found below)

    [FILE]
    Changed from .rar file to .zip file due to many people not knowing winRAR or not knowing how to use it

  • Version 0.0.0.0.0.6 November 17, 2022

  • Version 0.0.0.0.0.5 November 17, 2022

    Flight Dynamics:

    Trim less sensitive in about 40%

    Systems:

    Rotor brake force increased 40x. You still need to pump it but uhm.. Asobo will have to fix that later.
    Fuel type corrected: Believe it or not. I wish I was kidding. The fuel type was set to 100 Octane gas. Changed to Jet A now (weight now matches expected standard day capacity of 130Gallons (850 lbs)

    Also, I've been working on an off on this update for 2 days. I might have missed things on the changelog here. Sorry :)

  • Version 0.0.0.0.0.4 November 15, 2022

    Hi, it's me once more.

    Flight dynamics:

    Hover behaviour - Now you need aft and left cyclic to enter a stable hover. This is per feedback from users who had past experience with other Bell 407 addons.

    Engines:

    Fixed issue with minimum N2 for fuel flow not allowing for cold & dark startup

    This time I'm removing the previous version since it broke things. Sorry about that.

  • Version 0.0.0.0.0.3 November 14, 2022

    Sorry about having so many updates. It only means I'm actively working on this.

    Flight Dynamics:

    1. Second pass at the yaw behaviour. This one is much more natural
    2. Hover feels more natural
    3. Narrowed collective range (in relation to the blade) to avoid sensitive collective.
    4. Overall awesomeness increased.

  • Version 0.0.0.0.0.2 November 14, 2022

    FLIGHT DYNAMICS:

    1. Made the helicopter fly straight (thank god)
    2. Coordination is now required for high speed bank turns (need pedal in addition to cyclic when turning)
    3. Removed a little bit of front fuselage drag and side fuselage drag. This will make it go a little faster ~115knots at max power with default payload

  • Launched November 12, 2022

    Initial release of this file just launched. Welcome aboard!

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