About This File
The Albatros W.4 was a float plane version of the D.II. It used the same fuselage, engine, and armament as the D.II, but had a wider wingspan and tail. The W.4 was used for recon and spotting missions in the North Sea, the Baltic, and by Austria-Hungary in the Adriatic Sea.
I have made an early version of the W.4 with the radiators mounted on the sides of the fuselage. I have included a complete set of number decals, and three skins - a basic wood and linen skin for Germany, one for Austria-Hungary, and an early hex camo skin. I have also included my skinning templates. The skins for the early Albatros W.4 are interchangeable with the late version skins.
My version includes a loadout for a light bomb load, even though the W.4 was not used for bombing. You can delete the loadout file if you want more historical accuracy.
Since it's a float plane, the W.4 works best in the Flanders, Gibraltar or other terrain that has a lot of water. The plane will actually take off and land from a conventional airfield, but it looks strange to see the floats going under the ground. It would be best to start the missions in the air. The plane will show up occasionally parked on an airfield, but its availability is listed as "Rare" so it shouldn't happen too often.
Thanks to Ojcar for making the data file for the Albatros W.4.
Thanks to Nix for providing the sound for the Mercedes engine.
And thanks to Quack74 for giving me the idea for a float plane.
For FE1 - Unzip the file and move the folder named "AlbatrosW4" into the FirstEagles/Objects/Aircraft folder. You also need to move the sound file "mercedes160m2.wav" into the FirstEagles/Sounds folder.
For FE2 - Unzip the file and move the folder named "AlbatrosW4" into the FirstEagles/Objects/Aircraft folder. Then in the FirstEagles/Objects/Decals folder, create new folder named "AlbatrosW4". Move the folder named "D" from the Aircraft/AlbatrosW4 folder into the Decals/AlbatrosW4 folder you just made. You also need to move the sound file "mercedes160m2.wav" into the FirstEagles/Sounds folder.
What's New in Version v2.1 See changelog
- June 1, 2013 - New FM improves performance for take off and landing - Added a wood and linen skin
- November 7, 2013 - New version added skins for Austria and early camo skin