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Following on from the great success of The Lancaster Explored, Flyingzone Publications has added The Spitfire Mk.V Explored PC CD-ROM to its highly acclaimed new series of historic aviation software. The easy-to-use software took two years to research and develop, the result being a very in-depth reference source for the Spitfire Mk.V.

Covering every part of this classic fighter, the CD-ROM enables you to explore this famous aircraft and its many interesting systems from your own PC.
Based on information contained within 21 wartime Air Ministry manuals used by Spitfire pilots and ground crews, the level of information provided is simply immense. It includes: 1,300 full screen internal and external colour photographs; over 320 diagrams based on wartime manuals; over 2,800 transcribed Air Ministry equipment descriptions; interactive Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 engine manual; detailed animated
engine startup sequence; in-depth sections covering the Browning and Hispano guns; and all Spitfire Vs currently based in the UK are also covered in great detail. Its author and designer, Bryan Atkinson claims the information contained is equivalent to a 3,000-page book!

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PC Pilot Magazine

The Spitfire Explored is the latest product from Flyingzone Publications (makers of the much acclaimed 'The Lancaster Explored', reviewed in PC Pilot, issue 32) and is an invaluable resource for anyone about to model or simply have an interest in the Supermarine Spitfire.

This PC CD-ROM-based resource is literally bursting with information about the Spitfire Mk.V. It is presented in the style of a ringbound scrapbook with navigation buttons along the top, very much like those found on a web page.

The program can be installed or run directly from the CD. The main menu offers the choice of 'Pilot's Notes', 'Participating Aircraft', 'Technical Specifications', 'Photo Tour' and 'Contents'. These options lead to further sub-menus to help you find the specific information you are looking for. Invariably there will also be hyperlinks to associated subjects, with copious illustrations where appropriate. For example, if you choose the 'Photo Tour', the sub-menu shows a picture of a Spitfire accompanied he Spitfire Explored is the latest product from Flyingzone Publications (makers of the much acclaimed 'The Lancaster Explored', reviewed in PC Pilot, issue 32) and is an invaluable resource for anyone about to model , the Supermarine Spitfire.

This CD-ROM-based presentation is literally bursting with information about the Spitfire Mk.V. It is presented in the style of a ringbound scrapbook with navigation buttons along the top, very much like those found on a web page.

The program can be installed or run directly from the CD. The main menu offers the choice of 'Pilot's Notes', 'Participating Aircraft', 'Technical Specifications', 'Photo Tour' and 'Contents'. These options lead to further sub-menus to help you find the specific information you are looking for. Invariably there will also be hyperlinks to associated subjects, with copious illustrations where appropriate. For example, if you choose the 'Photo Tour', the sub-menu shows a picture of a Spitfire accompanied by selectable text markers for each section of the aircraft. So if you are interested in the propeller, the next menu shows as crisp close-up of a Rotal RX 5/10 Variable Pitch Propeller, with links to original archive cutaway drawings, three pages of photographs and details of the alternate De Havilland 5/39 Propeller. They have even included construction drawings for the propeller packing case!

Most of the photographic material is based on five restored aircraft located around the UK, which the author had unrestricted access to. This accounts for the high quality of the photographs, both inside and out, which cover every conceivable section of the aircraft in great detail. In many cases these are photographs of areas and angles previously unrecorded, but essential for anyone in the process of modelling the Spitfire.
Having said that, don't be under the illusion that 'The Spitfire Explored' is only for the designers of flight simulator aircraft. It's a very well produced product that is 'slick' in presentation, has an interface that is both colourful and intuitive, but more importantly, has content that will certainly surpass your expectations.

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What they are saying about The Lancaster Explored CD-ROM

In 2004 Flyingzone Publications released the first in a series of PC CD-ROMs when it launched its in-depth study at the Lancaster Bomber. It has now followed that with the second in the series and has focused on the Spitfire Mk.V, the most prolific of all Spitfire variants. A development of the Mk II, the Mk V appeared in early 1941 and would remain the primary production model until the Mk IX entered squadron service more than a year later. It is appropriate therefore, that Flyingzone should have chosen this as their follow-up to the Lancaster. Similar to their previous product in format and activation, this CD-ROM is simplicity itself, well assembled and easy to navigate.
Moreover, the CD is a reference compendium on all existing Mk Vs and Flyingzone claim to have been working on this incredible production for two years, receiving the assistance of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the National Archives. The balance between sections is about right and achieves the desired result of comprehensively covering all aspects of the aircraft and its ancillary equipment.

The content is, to say the least, prolific! Equivalent to a 3,000 page book in the volume of material available, it contains about 1,300 full screen display images and more than 300 diagrams based on wartime manuals. Colour photographs and Air Publication diagrams are mixed in with animated drawings and sound and print facilities. Interactive engine start-ups and manual checklist clips integrate a full self-education treatment. If you wanted to get beneath the skin of the Spitfire Mk V with armchair comfort then this is exactly the product you need to do that with the convenience of a cup of tea in hand. But there is a warning -it's so convincing you can almost smell the oil rag! - David Baker


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Best of British Magazine
Developed in asociation with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the National Archives, and licensed by the Royal Air Force, this easy to use software on The Spitfire Mk.V Explored PC CD-ROM serves as the most in-depth Spitfire MkV reference available today.
Based on information contained within 21 wartime Air Ministry manuals used by Spitfire pilots and ground crews, it includes 1,300 fullscreen internal and external colour photographs, over 320 diagrams and 2,800 transcribed Air Ministry equipment descriptions.
Air Ministry document extracts tell the story behind each item and there are detailed Browning, Hispano, Gunsight, Camera Gun and Merlin 45 sections. You can inspect the cockpit with the aid of interactive pilot's notes, and learn about starting, take-off, landing and emergency procedures, as well as studying the instruments in close detail.
The CD-ROM also covers all UK restored Spitfire Mk V aircraft, their histories and museum and Operator details, and provides Spitfire links and further information through Flyingzone Publications' website.


Best of British Magazine

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British Model Flying Association
The Spitfire Mk. V Explored PC CD-ROM Officially Licensed by the RAF this does what it says in the title, inside and out! 11 Tour Sections over 1,300 full screen photos covering every items of the aircraft. Animated start up sequence, Air Ministry Publications extracts, armament, ammunition, gun sight, Radios, electronics, propeller, engine, on and on, so fully detailed that you do not need anymore for this Spitfire Mark except a plan to build it from. All the 5 Mk. V Spitfires in this country were used to make this CD-ROM. Superb!

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The Catalina Society
Not so long ago, I reviewed the PC CD-ROM The Lancaster Explored, the first title in a new Aircraft Exploration Series from Flyingzone Publications. Their latest release, is number 2 in the series, and entitled The Spitfire Mk. V Explored and follows closely the format of the first disc. This 'unique Spitfire reference' has taken over two years to develop and is officially licensed by the RAF and developed in association with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the National Archives. The CD takes an in-depth look at the classic Mk.V variant using a number of surviving examples based at Duxford, Coningsby, Old Warden and Hendon as the basis for many close-up photographs. In all, the CD boasts 1,300 full-screen internal and external colour photos, 320 diagrams from official wartime manuals and many more reference sources supported by animation and sound. There is also plenty of reference material on the Merlin engine. It is estimated that the material is equivalent to a 3,000 page book. Screen shots can be printed if desired. Installing and using the disc is easy and navigation simple using the animated home-page. This really is a fantastic source of information and highly recommended to those who like to use PC-based information. Brilliant for modellers too of course, given the wealth of detail provided. The disc can be purchased from the website at www.flyingzonedirect.com at a price of £26.95 plus £2.50 p&p in the UK. Future planned releases will cover the Halifax, Hurricane and Mosquito I can't wait!

The Catalina Society
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URL: http://www.catalina.org.uk
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