'Electra' Model 10A
For FSX / Prepar3D Published by Just Flight
Reviewed by Andrew Godden
Lockheed needs no introduction, having been one of the iconic
commercial and military aircraft. The Model 10 'Electra' competed
against the Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2 in the commercial airline
market, was popular as a private aircraft with royalty and the rich
and famous, and also saw service in the military. Most famously, it
was a highly modified Model 10 'Electra', the Model 10E which was
flown by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated around the world expedition
Just Flight have published a wide range of aircraft over the years
and provided the flight simulator community with great choice and
enjoyment in the pursuit of our hobby, and sometimes obsession for
some. The Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A was developed by Aeroplane
Heaven, an aircraft developer who also needs no introduction. So,
let's take a look at this wonderful classic aircraft.
The Lockheed Model 10 'Electra' is a twin engine, all metal
monoplane airliner and it was Lockheed's first all metal and twin
engine design. It is powered by a pair of Pratt and Whitney R-985
'Wasp Junior SB' radial engines, producing 450 hp (340 kW) each. The
Model 10 'Electra' has seating for 10 passengers and was used for
passenger, cargo, and military purposes.
The prototype made its first flight on February 23, 1934 and after
October 1934, when the US government banned single engine aircraft
for use in carrying passengers or in night flying, Lockheed was
perfectly placed in the market with the new Model 10 'Electra'. With
a production run across four main variants and limited experimental
and proposed variants, a total of 149 aircraft were produced.
Availability and Installation
The Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A is currently available direct
from Just Flight as a 'download only' product. It is priced at £14.99,
or the equivalent on currency cross rates. The download file size is
307MB and it requires 1GB of HDD space for installation. During
installation you are required to log in to your Just Flight account to
validate the installation and the installation process is intuitive
The model features listed by Just Flight for the 'Electra' Model 10A
• built over the most accurate plans available;
• authentic animations include realistic flap and aileron
operation, gear retraction, and opening passenger door and boarding
• Art Deco interior visible on the exterior model;
• animated and skinned pilots react to throttle and flight
• rivets, dents, and modelled panel mismatches bring out the
subtle nuances of the Art Deco style construction and finish;
• detailed radial engines with vibrating exhausts;
• two distinct models with metallic or matte finishes;
• authentic radial sound pack;
• high fidelity interior virtual cockpit with many unique
animations and functions;
• all instrumentation, switches and controls are modelled in
• 13 authentic liveries;
• easy-to-use pro quality paint kit (201MB) available; and
• easy-to-use Collins-based radio stack.
visual modelling of the 'Electra' Model 10A is excellent and is a
wonderful representation of this aircraft.
exterior modelling captures the distinctive beauty of this gorgeous
aircraft and the high definition textures definitely bring it to life.
Such is the quality of the textures and detail, you can virtually see
imperfections in the smoothness of various fuselage panels and the
finish on the various liveries display effects to portray reasonably
real and lifelike representations of this aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney R-985 'Wasp Junior SB'
interior is modelled on a standard passenger configuration for the
variant with a 10 seat configuration arrangement and representing the
typical Art Deco style of the period. The quality of the textures
display a reasonable representation of the aircraft's interior and
include scratches and evidence of wear and tear to give the cockpit a
less than pristine appearance. No internal cabin views are provided.
Flight Instruments and Systems.
The cockpit of the 'Electra' Model 10A is typical of
the aircraft and reasonably reflective of the era. The cockpit
represents the typical layout for the 'Electra' and the standard
analogue flight instruments are typical of the model range and
consistent with an aircraft of this category and age, albeit they are
supplemented with some more modern instrumentation and a Collins radio
stack. All elements of the cockpit are nicely detailed, and are clear
and easy to read, with various alternative cockpit camera views
available to provide more detailed clarity.
Models and Liveries.
View from the Copilot's Seat
View from the Copilot's Seat
The Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A is provided in a single model with
13 individual liveries (a selection only shown below). A paint kit for
aircraft painting enthusiasts is available from the Just Flight web
site. The liveries display quality consistent with the rest of the
model with surface textures, reflections, and shadings giving the
aircraft a reasonably realistic appearance.
Animations, Lighting and Sounds
Romanian Air Force
The typical range of animations for the primary and secondary
control surfaces and other moving elements on the 'Electra' Model 10A
are modelled and include:
• primary control surfaces –
ailerons, elevator, and rudder;
• secondary control surfaces – flaps;
• others – retractable gear, rolling wheels, elevator trim
tab, cockpit window open / close, cabin door and boarding steps.
Cabin Door & Boarding Steps
The lighting and lighting effects, and sounds on the 'Electra' Model
10A are good and are representative of the real world aircraft. The
engine sounds in the Virtual Cockpit View, particularly, produce a
throaty reverberating sound consistent with what you would expect from
the Pratt and Whitney R-985 'Wasp Junior SB' radial engines.
Landing & Taxi Lights
During flight testing, the Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A was easy
to taxi, aircraft rotation occurred at approximately 70 kts, and the
climb out was consistent with the expected performance for the
Landing Gear Retracting
Climbing to Cruise
The 'Electra' Model 10A can be a bit of a handful at times,
particularly at lower speeds, and care must be taken. However, once
established at cruise, and trimmed accordingly, the aircraft handles
very nicely indeed. A point to note though, this is a hands on flying
aircraft, so forget about your fancy, full control autopilot and GPS
Configured for landing, with full flaps (40°), and trimmed for a
descent rate of approximately 500 ft/min, the aircraft’s approach
speed was approximately 80 kts and it touched down at approximately 70
kts, with a landing roll out comparable with the specifications for
On Final Approach
The 'Electra' Model 10A is a reasonably large aircraft, and whilst
it is responsive, you do get the sense of the aircraft wallowing
around during turns. Nonetheless, the aircraft handles beautifully and
is a delight to fly. Overall, the aircraft model displays a reasonably
accurate rendition of the expected flight characteristics and
performance of the real world aircraft.
A 25 page manual is provided in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf) for the
'Electra' Model 10A and it provides all the basic information
necessary to familiarise yourself with, and operate the aircraft.
I will start this by simply saying, Aeroplane Heaven! Their company
motto is, "You're virtually there", and that is exactly how I felt
about the 'Electra' Model 10A, virtually there, but not quite.
Aeroplane Heaven have "...been developing software for flight
simulation for 14 years...", and yet, they are still getting some of
the absolute fundamental elements blatantly wrong. This begs serious
questions about quality control and the alpha / beta testing regime
they employ. After having, "...produced nearly 60 different commercial
releases...", as a flight simulator enthusiast, you expect a developer
with this production experience to get the fundamentals correct.
Whilst I credit them with producing a model which is visually
aesthetic and of a reasonable quality, it is another example of the
disappointing quality in other areas which we have somewhat come to
expect from products developed by Aeroplane Heaven.
To my point above, two major service packs have been issued for this aircraft since its release
in early September 2015 and whilst they correct major issues with
propeller pitch inversion, instrumentation, and lighting, including
taxi lights, some problems still exist. Of particular note, and from
everything I could research, the operation
and throttle quadrant labelling for the fuel mixture control lever,
appears inverted. Additionally, the engine sounds
when viewing the aircraft from the Outside View were so subtle to the
point of nearly being non-existent, and certainly not what you would
expect for a pair of radial engines.
Value for Money
On a value for money assessment, the Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A
is considered good. The identified quality issues impact this
assessment, even though some of them have been addressed in service
The aircraft model performed excellently within the existing
settings I have in FSX. I have most of my settings set very high and
there was no need to make any adjustments. There was no discernible
frame rate impact directly attributable to the Just Flight 'Electra'
Model 10A and FSX continued to perform smoothly.
This version of the Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A is for FSX / P3D
only. Other specified technical requirements are as follows:
• Windows XP (with SP3
installed), Vista, or Windows 7 (32 or 64bit);
• Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX (Acceleration, Gold, Steam
Edition, or Service Pack 2) or Lockheed Martin Prepar3D Flight
• 2GHz or any Dual Core CPU or similar, 2GB RAM, 512MB
graphics card, and 1GB available HDD space.
Review Computer Specifications
The specifications of the computer on which the review was conducted
are as follows:
• Intel i7 990X Extreme 3.46GHz;
• NVidia GTX980 G1 Gaming, 4GB, 1228/1329MHz;
• 12GB, Kingston DDR3, 2000MHz, XMP T1 CL9 HyperX;
• Windows 7, (64bit);
• Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX Acceleration; and
• additional major add-ons include: Active Sky Next, REX
Essential Plus Overdrive; Ultimate Traffic 2; Orbx FTX Global BASE;
Orbx FTX Global
VECTOR; Orbx FTX Global openLC EU; Orbx FTX Global openLC
Alaska/Canada; Orbx FTX Trees HD; Orbx FTX region series;
and Orbx FTX
Even with the identified shortcomings, the Just Flight 'Electra'
Model 10A is still a beautiful aircraft. Whilst the apparent
production quality control issues produce (the somewhat expected)
disappointing results, some of these have been addressed in the issued
service packs and hopefully further fixes will be issued.
The ease of handling and the overall performance characteristics of
the 'Electra' Model 10A make this classic aircraft a pleasure to fly
and one which will provide hours of enjoyable flying for enthusiasts
of classic aircraft.
A Lockheed Classic
A good product which displays a very good level of visual quality
and detail and represents good overall value for money.
High quality textures detail.
Very good documentation.
Good value for money.
Engine sounds in the Outside View are virtually non-existent.
Incorrect (apparent) fuel mixture control operation.
● External Model:
● Flight Characteristics (does it fly by the numbers):
● Flight Dynamics (does it feel like what it looks like):
● Value for Money:
The Just Flight 'Electra' Model 10A is awarded an overall
Mutley’s Hangar score of 8.9/10, with an "Highly Recommended" and a Mutley's Hangar Silver Award.