Danish Airfields X – Tuno – review (5****)

Small, idyllic island known for it’s music festival. It has a private airfield. A small one! Tuno – part of Vidan Design Danish Airfields X series.

Vacation houses on Tuno Island

Pros and cons

What I like in Tuno

  • high resolution photoscenery
  • perfectly designed mesh
  • 3d (volumetric) grass on airport
  • sloping runway
  • small items around airfield – pallets, logs, barrels, cones…
  • correctly placed buildings and trees around the map
  • characteristic Danish architecture of buildings
  • objects textures
  • realistic ferry and a nice harbor
  • surroundings of farmhouses close to airfield

What I do not like

  • nothing to report here…

What could be improved?

  • surroundings of buildings on island (far from airport)
  • bikes (there are no bikes in this scenery!)
  • night lighting of island buildings

An-2 over runway

Final approach

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Before we begin

Purchase, installation, documents

You can check the product page on Vidan Design website. Danish developer runs his own store but for tax reasons does not provide service to clients residing in European Union. If you live in Europe – you may chose one of popular stores that sell flight sim add-ons. As usually Australian FlightSimStore has the best offer and you will get your Tuno for 11,30 Australian Dollars. It is around 8 Euro or 8 U.S. Dollars at current rates. Tuno is available in download version.

Installation is as straightforward as it usually is with payware add-ons. Just enter your product key and press “next” or “ok” button. After you install it – add it to Scenery Library in your FSX.

Danish Airfields X – Tuno scenery is installed in C:\FSX\Vidan Design\Danish Airfields X\Tuno (C:\FSX is my main FSX folder). There you will find documents and seasons configuration tool.

Manual is nine pages long and describes Tuno island, the airfield, install and uninstall process. It also explains how to use the configuration tool and how to set up FSX. That is about all that should be expected.

Vans over town and harbor

SPAD preparing for take off

Approaching runway (take notice how it rises!)

Impressions

Let me give you a tour around Tuno island. I came here on the Tunøfærgen – that literally means Tuno ferry. After it was unloaded – it sits high no a water (check out the blue belt above the waterline). There are no cars on the ferry – you can not use these on Tuno. If you think about that – it is a little strange to have an airfield on an island where you are not allowed to drive. But it is a small airfield and it’s traffic is restricted – you need owners permission to land here.

Tuno harbor is full of yachts and motorboats. There is a tractor next to the building (tractors are allowed). Some people are waiting for boarding. Next to the buildings (which are based on the real ones) – there are several library objects that the author placed here and there – containers, benches and lanterns. I have four sceneries of this designer and although this library objects appear in each of them – I think it is a good idea to reuse such items. It fills the scenery making it more natural. Other leading design studios use the same method.

Usually I do not care so much about small items in towns and cities, but it is a small scenery and a very small airport. I did a lot of low flying here and when I was slowly cruising in my An-2 (NATO reporting name – Colt) I had plenty of time to look around.

Tuno By – the town

Vanson the other side of Tuno By

Church surrounded by trees

Sunset over Tuno

The town

Back to our guided walk around the island. I ignored a camping with holiday cottages by the see and went straight to town. I am already missing this library objects that I praised when we stopped in harbor. I wonder – why didn’t Vidan Design put any trash cans, benches or people here? Looking around Vidan’s sceneries – there are so many nice objects in Vidan’s library. It would be nice to have more details in this town to look at when flying below 1000 ft. That is as far as I am going to go with criticizing this scenery.

Apart from this minor flaw – the town is beautiful. Houses follow the real locations, church has it’s distinctive shape and color. Every building is covered with phototextures. I am certain that this photos were taken in Denmark. Maybe even on this island.

I am on the other side of town. Now I can get on my imaginary bike or a tractor-taxi (“Traxa” – it is how you travel around the island) and go to airfield. Oh yes! Bikes. Why there are no bikes here? They most certainly should be!

Needle shaped eastern end of Tuno

Flying in SPAD

Mesh and photoscenery

On the road I can admire how well the mesh is designed. As I pass by perfectly placed buildings and trees along the road I watch how the terrain raises and drops around. Mesh resolution and it’s details are spectacular. I can say that the photoscenery is as good as the mesh. I am watching it from 2m (6ft) and is still clear (of course I am looking forward, not down).

The airfield is located at the other end of this small island. It’s runway is short (309 meters of grass strip) and drops towards the see at one end. Perpendicular taxiway starts at lower end and extends into parking for 7-8 airplanes. It is best to take Cessna 152 or something similarly small. There is a camping with several holiday houses next to the parking.

Blackbird over Tuno

It is hard to control it (bird is not a part of this scenery)

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Bird eye view

I flow this bird just for fun. I need more practice. It’s hard to fly a bird. Let me just switch to a plane…

… and we are good to go. As always – let me stress how much I like grass (I am not talking about a stimulant). It’s plenty of it here – the parking and the taxiway are covered in deep grass, flowers and other vegetation. While taxiing I watch stuff being scattered around – there are marking stakes, logs, pallets, barrels, etc. There is a grass roller laying behind a parked Cessna.

Tuno Ferry

Holiday houses – eastern end of island

As I mentioned earlier – the runway is sloping towards the sea. It is not a problem but it is noticeable and probably you will find yourself thinking if it is now wise to take off downhill even with a slight tailwind. The runway is just over 300m long and every knot of speed counts. But it is not a one-way runway. You may take-off uphill.

Colt on runway

SPAD on runway

SPAD approaching – lower end of runway

After I took off (towards island – uphill) I climbed over a small farm. It’s owner watches my takeoff with angry expression on his face. His sheep on the other hand do not mind at all. Sheep! Someone from Sumburgh crew should contact Vidan Design at once!

Photoscenery resolution and sharpness is satisfactory at all levels. At 300ft it is nice and from 500 up – it is good or very good. I like photosceneries and I like to fly low. Rarely is it possible to fly that low over a photoscenery – I am very happy it’s possible here.

Low

Tuno

Cliffs!

I am going to circle the island so I turn towards southern coast. Once again this mesh attracts my attention. There is an interesting drop between the meadow (10-20m over sea level) and beach. I even compared it with real world photos – it looks exactly as it should.

From my altitude (few hundred feet – almost a thousand) the town looks idyllic with it’s narrow streets, colorful houses and white church. Harbor looks even better with all the details I described earlier. I am flying relatively high – you shouldn’t fly too low here – someone may complain as you disturb his holiday time.

Northern coast consists of two colonies of holiday houses. Between them and Tuno By (the town) – there is a large forest in the central part of island – I like it, the density if correct.

Island size…

Low altitude view

SPAD does not offer a good view…

When I fly higher I can spend more time watching how buildings and trees are places. Well done Vidan Design! It’s great to see buildings in their real world locations.

Landing on a short airstrip can be challenging if you chose an aircraft that requires long landing roll. Sloping runway does not help. If you go uphill – remember that you need to actually climb during flare. From the other direction – your will be chasing ground that tends to run away (down) from you. The landing can end with a strong impact as you grew impatient and force your plane down. But you should definitely try it – with a little practice it is not that difficult.

Farmhouse surroundings

Vans flying east

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Summary (5*****)

I like this scenery. It gives a lot of fun and will be a good break after large airports with long, concrete runways. It is a small scenery, but the author worked hard to make it great. He succeeded.

Among the best features of Design Danish Airfields X – Tuno is it’s low impact on PC performance. I did not see any fps drops while flying here.

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Price to quality ratio (great)

8 Euro? Sorry for this comparison but it’s like a beer in London or two in Berlin. I’d recommend it even if it was more expensive. There is an added value – if you get more sceneries from Vidan Design – you can create a nice environment to fly around.

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Sky and clouds textures

This scenery was provided for review by Vidan Design

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