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  • awstub's Avatar
    Today, 11:56
    I have only re-painted/re-skinned (whatever you may call it) a few airplanes. Some came with and some without, a paint kit. Some of the paint kits had layers and some did not. Each presented it's own challenge. I use Photoshop and all I really need to be happy are a wire-frame layer (so I can find things) and a panel line layer (so I don't have to waste a lot of time fighting to get them to line up between halves). Anything else is just a nice bonus. That said, when I choose to paint something, it's based on the model (and reference material I have for it), not whether it has a paint kit.
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  • Navy Chief's Avatar
    Today, 11:32
    I was thinking about this aircraft, wondering if maybe, just maybe it would work in P3D? So I installed it, but as with all non-P3D compatible aircraft, I do not see it in the Preview screen. Much as I like the looks of the Carenado model, I just can't afford to shell out the money. Anyone? Thanks, NC
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  • giruXX's Avatar
    Today, 10:59
    Here comes a funny little number
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  • giruXX's Avatar
    Today, 10:46
    That IS the P-51 from the "European Air War" starter sequence
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  • lefty's Avatar
    Today, 10:33
    Indeed, Uli. Sometimes known as the White Trainer Seaplane because it was built by J Samuel White & Co, who were based, of course in the Isle of Wight ! Over to Germany...:very_drunk: PS What IS that machine in your avatar ???
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  • rvn817j's Avatar
    Today, 10:26
    rvn817j replied to a thread TA-4J Skyhawk Released in Prepar3D V4
    RL - Great looking livery! I'm buying Dino's TA-4J as soon as your livery is available. Dino - Great job on the TA-4J and your support for the product is second to none! Thanks.
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  • giruXX's Avatar
    Today, 10:25
    Wight Trainer Seaplane
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  • rvn817j's Avatar
    Today, 10:16
    Scotth6 - I watched some of the 1v1 flights on Youtube and found them very entertaining. You're a trail blazer! I'm going to try and get myself in shape to do it next year. I'll stick with my TrackIR for now, but your experiences sound about what I expected. What I would like to see is a "touch sensative" HOTAS that shows your hands on your controls right in the VR headset and as you touch buttons / switches on the HOTAS that appears in your VR headset. What would also be very helpful is just a small fingertip "thingy" that could be used for pushing buttons / flipping switches on the cockpit panels in the VR headset (i.e., get rid of the bulky handset things). No more peeking out of the headset!
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  • narah's Avatar
    Today, 10:10
    Hi Dino, thank you for your detailed and much appreciated reply. The contributing factors for my comment were, that I like tandem seaters with both positions functional, like the pay ware PC-9/A, T-38, and T-28B and the wish to have a good Skyhawk in FSX (never had one since FS2K). But more the phrase “FSX limitation” which is not addressed to you personally. Most of the so-called limitations, like the proper simulation of Helicopters or a turboprop engine are well solved by some developers. I have considered the A4 as non-complex aircraft in RL, so I was surprised about a possible limitation in FSX. I appreciate your work like the Eurofighter, have no doubt about your skills and I can imagine your efforts. Thank you also for the explanation of the different application. Kind regards,...
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  • Bomber_12th's Avatar
    Today, 10:09
    It is sort of related to the glossy vs. flat paint argument on restored warbirds as well - glossy paint will always hold up better, be easier to clean and will last longer in good shape, but of course flat finishes are generally more authentic. Some guys will only ever choose glossy paint to save their investment and look showroom quality, while other guys will only ever choose flat paint for authenticity/accuracy. There are groups/organizations that simply do not want to invest the time and energy (or cost) to maintain a bare metal aircraft, while there are others that do so with a great amount of pride. There have been times where with restored bombers, like Aluminum Overcast, FIFI, or even B-25's such as "Maid in the Shade" and "How Boot That", that due to the condition of the original...
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  • lefty's Avatar
    Today, 10:03
    1916, Anzani engine. 2 built.
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  • menef's Avatar
    Today, 09:45
    Some in-game screens, (FSX) , I can't stop to fly it :-)
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  • Sundog's Avatar
    Today, 09:41
    Sundog replied to a thread TA-4J Skyhawk Released in Prepar3D V4
    Well, this is added incentive to get my PC fixed. I stupidly went to install Solid Works and I knew it wouldn't fit on my main drive, but I was watching TV at the same time and missed changing the drive path. Needless to say, I now have a locked drive that won't boot, so a reformat is in order. Fortunately, P3D is on a separate drive, but TacPack, etc, will have to be re-installed. I'm really looking forward to flying the OA-4M. :encouragement: RL, I'm not sure we'll ever know what the font is. That's something that I would simply trace over in a vector art program; I use Adobe Illustrator, but Inkscape is free.
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  • Shessi's Avatar
    Today, 08:34
    Hi Folks, Just uploaded to SOH. A few tex changes and additions from above.. Cheers Shessi
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  • gecko's Avatar
    Today, 08:02
    In WWII, a bare aluminum finish was generally more common than silver paint, though I think the British may have used silver paint at times, and P-51 eventually started coming from the factory with silver paint on portions of the wings. The bare aluminum would be in a couple of different finishes, depending on how it got that way. If the aircraft had never been painted and came that way from the factory, it would be quite reflective - at least initially. After a few months outdoors the finish would dull somewhat due to oxidation. If, as was often the case during that period where USAAF units were transitioning from olive drab to bare metal, the original paint was stripped off, it would have a more dull, burnished appearance. For modern restorations, it takes a LOT of work to maintain a...
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  • gray eagle's Avatar
    Today, 07:50
    Question, Does your model.shiny contain a variation of Banana Bob's I can remove the call for the shiny model in this texture and in P3D V3.4, I don't see any appreciable difference. Lots of rivets, yes. BTW what did you retire from? (In you avatar)
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  • Desert Rat's Avatar
    Today, 07:24
    relive your youth,
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  • scotth6's Avatar
    Today, 06:45
    Hi Jay, Re using your controls when using VR, it is really a combination of things, for me. I use a HOTAS Warthog controller, so it really is just muscle memory for the most part, which is what the HOTAS was designed for IRL. The HOTAS Warthog is ergonomically fantastic, so every button is reachable without adjusting your hand position too much, or at all in most cases. Then you have clickable controls in DCS, so no need to look outside the headset for that. Of course, when it comes to sims, the keyboard will always be used for some things, particularly if you are using IL2 sims, or even DCS with FC3 aircraft or FSX/P3D/X-Plane. Even with fully clickable cockpits I still need to use the keyboard occasionally for gear, view changes, and comms. For me I just see a little gap at the...
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  • sixstrings5859's Avatar
    Today, 06:43
    Coming along nicely. Thanks for the update on the Jug .
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  • Threedp's Avatar
    Today, 06:38
    I had the good fortune to see the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast' this past weekend and only afterwards did I figure out what has always struck me as odd about it. It's painted silver, not unlike the B-29 'Fifi' is painted a silvery grey. My question is simple: Why? My first thought is for preservation purposes, but there are plenty of bare metal WW2 aircraft still flying. The B-17 I flew in several years ago, 'Yankee Lady', is one such example. If they can do it, why not 'Aluminum Overcast' and Fifi'? In 'Aluminum Overcast's case, I would think that if you were going to paint it anyway, why not go iconic and pick an olive drab scheme? I know most B-17s were bare metal, but the ones that define our image of the air war over Germany are the ones from '43.
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