InstallingIf you choose to go with an iFalcon setup on your rig, the first thing you’ll need, post-1.08 patch, is the Realism Patch v. 5.0 Installer. This little gem will install 108i2, renamed Falcon4_RP5.exe in your root directory, and some of the basic realism patches. It’s based on Joel Bierling’s excellent program “F4Patch”.
Simply double click the F4_RP_v50_Installer.exe, let it run, click on Apply Patch when you’re prompted by the installer program, and let it patch to it’s heart’s content.
What you’ll see after it’s done patching is a pop up box that will tell you which patches were installed by default.
Rather than go into a long dissertation on what each patch is and what it does, I’ll leave that for you, dear reader, to read the “F4_RP5_User_Manual.” It comes in .pdf format and weighing in at a whopping 12.3MB, zipped, it’s a serious read. These guys aren’t kidding around about their realism.
One thing of note: To ease patching and un-patching Falcon, after running the RP5 installer initially, in the above written manner, go back to the F4_RP_v50_Installer.exe, run it again, and when prompted to Unapply Patch, Advanced or Exit, click on Advanced. Make sure that it’s pointing to the Falcon4_RP5.exe in the Executable window.
You DON’T have to do this, but I highly recommend it as it will really ease installing addons later such as F4Patch Skins, F4Patch Cockpits, F4Patch Sounds, additional campaigns and terrains, and so forth. If you don’t want to expand F4Patch now you can just double click on F4_RP_v50_Installer.exe and Advanced to access the patch files.
This will start up F4Patch and take you back to the patch screen. From there, go to and click on Expand Package You’ll then see a pop-up that looks like this:
When prompted to overwrite your existing F4Patch folder click Yes. (This time only!! When adding additional F4Patch features, such as F4PatchCockpits, F4PatchSkins, or F4PatchSounds, you will NOT click Yes to overwrite…but that’s for another time.)
This will create a new F4Patch folder in your …\Falcon4 directory and create a shortcut to F4Patch on your desktop if you’d like one. If you’d rather not clutter your desktop with anymore shortcuts you can run F4Patch from the F4Patch.exe in the Falcon4 folder.
You can now delete the F4_RP_v50_Installer.exe that’s in your …\Falcon4 folder. From now on when you wish to add or remove a patch from your install, click on the F4Patch.exe.
Now that you’ve got Realism Patch 5.0 installed and F4Patch expanded in your folder you may be wondering what ones to use. As I said, for a complete description of them you really should read the F4_RP5_User_Manual.pdf doc. For a quick briefing on a patch you can highlight it in the F4Patch interface and a description of it will magically appear in the window on the right side.
Highlight a particular patch to see a brief description of it in the description box on the right.
Click on the More Information button, if it’s highlighted, to view a readme file
You may, or may not, be wondering what I use for patches in RP 5.0. I use the default patches and also:
Airbase relocation, Interactive:
CAT III Fix v1b and v2b:
Memory Leak Sealed:
If you decide to use the new 3D models patch ((3D-Mod) 3D models Parent Patch) be aware that it takes a long time to apply the new 3D models. They look very nice however and they’re worth the time in my opinion. Make sure that you read and follow the directions very closely when applying or they won't be applied!
Lastly, RP5 places a new keystrokes file in the config folder of your …\Falcon4 directory. Go to the Controllers tab of the setup screen, click on Load to bring up the keystrokes files you can choose from.
Highlite and click Load again. Click on Apply on the controllers tab, and you're done.
Realism Patch 5.0 is installed, have fun!
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