Drzewiecki Design Warsaw city X
When we think of add ons we immediately think of airports and aircrafts , when the range of add ons is a lot wider than just that. A while ago we reviewed Warsaw Chopin Airport by Drzewiecki Design. This same developer also developed a detailed version of Warsaw City. We just had to add this to our collection to make the review of Warsaw complete.
Warsaw a city with history
Capital and the largest city of Poland, Warsaw had in 2014 1.7 million inhabitants according to Wikipedia .Poland is split in two by the river Vistula , Warsaw is located near the center of Poland and so the river also cuts Warsaw in two. this could be clearly seen when flying around.
The city has quite a lot to offer for tourists from landmarks and several museums of World war 2 to churches and palaces and offers many possibilities for the shopaholics. All this and much more in the included manual.
The scenery can be bought from several flightsim stores, and let me tell you that they did a quick job on updating the installers, Prepar3D V3 was only released 2 weeks ago and they already updated few of their installers. I will test this scenery for Perpar3D V3, the download is a whopping 2,9 GB in size and once installed it takes about 3,4 GB of your flightsim installation. Installation is very easy just run the installer it doesn’t even require a key or any sort. The scenery is automatically activated in the flightsim scenery library, so no extra action is required.
There are 3 manuals , all in PDF format. I was surprised to see that Drzewiecki Design even included 2 charts for the 2 smaller airports something I wouldn’t have expected . I think they deliberately didn’t add the charts for EPWA airports cause I think Drzewiecki Design assumes you bought their Warsaw Chopin airport already, which you should.
- EPBC charts
- EPMO Charts
- Warsaw City X manual
the manual contains some facts and history from the city, a small installation guide , scenery features and a download link for the Season changer, To top that all off they added a list with all the small airfields with the specifications. Well done Drzewiecki Design well done .
- 13 airports – from a tiny heliport to an international airport
- 5000sq km photorealistic (1m/pix), up-to-date area of Warsaw city, perfect for IFR/VFR training
- Hundreds of photorealistic buildings from the city centre, including famous landmarks, bridges, stadiums etc.
- Additional POIs like large hospitals, large churches, fuel stations etc. and all VFR points perfectly recognizable
- State-of-the-art, hand-made, extremely detailed autogen for the whole area
- The whole Warsaw’s high voltage power line network with transformers, switches etc. (for VFR navigation)
- Road traffic on main streets and national roads
- Static aircraft, people, trains, vehicles and tons of other objects
- Custom-made charts of EPBC Babice and EPMO Modlin
A small map of the covered area *map from Drzewiecki Design’s official site
Just like every city Warsaw has a quite impressive skyline as well, sure it’s no New York or Hong Kong but still the city has a few large skyscrapers. Drzewiecki Design modeled these very well, although the textures are not super sharp so I wouldn’t recommend flying below 2000 ft but this helps out on the performance of course. I noticed that some buildings appear to be floating above other buildings something you will only really notice when flying way too low. What I dont really like are the windows reflections, when the sun is setting it can make the reflection abit too bright like overexposed.
As mentioned earlier Drzewiecki Design included the airports and smaller airfields as well, and i must say they look mighty fine, with some great details as parked AI aircrafts outside and inside the several hangars. Static airport vehicles and even static passenger and ground crew this is amazing !
Ofcourse not all airport have this same level of quality , the smaller airfields are still very well done but obviously dont have that much detail.
A list of airports and helipads with some information as found on the Drzewiecki Design’s official site
- Modlin (EPMO)– a base for low-cost carriers, with 2500m concrete runway and a modern terminal
- Babice (EPBC)– the largest GA airport in Poland with a massive traffic and a 1300m concrete runway, located close to the center of the city
- Chrcynno/Nasielsk (EPNC)– one of the oldest airports around Warsaw, currently being used by ultralights, paragliders and skydivers
- Sobienie (EPSJ)– a modern, private airstrip constructed as a part of a luxury housing estate and a golf course
- Góraszka (EPGO)– constructed in 1994; International Air Picnics were organized at that airport for many years. Unfortunately this airport will be replaced by a shopping mall soon.
- Konstancin-Jeziorna (PL077)– a private airport owned by an aircraft dealing company
- Konstancin Heliport (EP01)– a private, nicely located modern heliport with a hangar for two Robinsons
- Rêczaje (lite) (EP03)– a small private grass runway with one tiny hangar
- Kroczewo (lite) (PL047)– a former military airport – for the last few years the small grass runway is used by private ultralights and paragliders
- Trêbki Nowe (lite) (EP04)– a small grass runway next to a farm, used by paragliders; very close to Kroczewo airport
- Wincentów 1 (lite) (EP05)– an unregistered private airport, used mainly by paragliders and ultralight trikes
- Wincentów 2 (lite) (EP06)– an unregistered private airport, used mainly by paragliders and ultralight trikes, very close to Wincentów 1
- Zabia Wola (lite) (EP07)– 440m grass runway surrounded by trees, difficult final approach with a lot of turbulences
Outside the City center we find lot’s of different apartment buildings which are all very beautiful modeled. It’s here that you start to notice how huge the region is that Drzewiecki Design recreated it really is massive and covers 5000 square kilometers The ground textures look quite good, but just like in the city center don’t go below 2000 ft. you’ll find some interesting landmarks here like the sports stadiums
If you fly even further away from the center you’ll finally see the huge chimneys from the power plant up close, you could see these from miles away. You’ll notice that you just crossed the beautiful river of Vistula and give you a breathtaking view of the many bridges across. You wont find apartment blocks or main highways here, but single houses and we found a lot more trees here.
The scenery supports seasonal changes if you download the seasonswitcher from the official Drzewiecki Design forum. You can see difference in trees and ground covered by snow when switching season.
I was testing this scenery when I was in transition from Perpar3D V2,5 and V3 and in P3D V2,5 I noticed quite a huge amount of VAS was being drawn, without ever going to critical. The VAS remained about 600MB when landing and departing with the Ifly 747v2. I use the Ifly 747v2 cause this is the most VAS eating and PFS eating aircraft I have in my collection. The FPS were always quite high varying from 40-55 fps in external mode to 20-30 fps in VC. I’m happy to tell you in P3D with even all settings maxed out and using 4096 texture resolution, my VAS never got lower than 1 GB which is quiet amazing. My FPS never dropped below 50 FPS in external mode and not below 30 FPS in VC.
My system specs:
Intel I7 6700K overclocked to 5,0 ghz
16 GB DDR4 memory
2x GTX 980 in SLI
Windows 10 x64 pro
P3D v2,5 & v3
Overall I must say that I’m quite impressed with this scenery, it offers a lot of detail of Warsaw and has a very low hit on performance. It cant be easy remodeling an entire city and much more. For people that are still in doubt feel free to try out the free demo, which can be downloaded on the official site.