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    July 4th, 2015, 09:45
    Happy 4th of July back!! from Colourful Colorado, USA. :encouragement: BB686:US-flag:
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    July 3rd, 2015, 11:00
    Thanks for sharing your paints, Steve. I have enough hours in the Su-22 now, that I can almost land it...:biggrin-new: BB686:US-flag:
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    June 29th, 2015, 13:13
    Eric, you're just a baby..lol! I turned 62 last January. I've been with the SOH since the days of Netwings and CFS2 online. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Old Airman. BB686:US-flag:
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    June 28th, 2015, 13:28
    This is GREAT!!! New paints to put on the Lodestar, a revised FM... Makes flying the model very enjoyable in the developmental stages. OK, nuf' said. I already have too many posts in the FS9 Forum for one day.:frown-new: BB686:US-flag:
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    June 28th, 2015, 10:04
    Thanks for the updates, Milton. Reckon it's time for another re-fit, as it were. Steve's progress with the texturing is coming along very nicely too. :encouragement: She's gonna be a real beauty! BB686:US-flag:
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    June 28th, 2015, 09:58
    Nice shots Huub. The Bf-109G4 had a very blunt "all business" look to it, vs. the Spitfire IX, for example. which IMO had a smooth and refined look. The later versions of the Bf-109s had that boxy framed canopy, which seemed to fit in with the rest of the plane's airframe shape, despite the rounded wings, streamlined nose and prop spinner and removal of the tail struts. It's basic message was curt and to the point... "warplane"! As the Spitfire seemed to be just at home dancing amongst the clouds as it was strafing trains or decimating German fighters and bombers. BB686:US-flag:
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    June 26th, 2015, 11:35
    Ah HA! a "bumper"... that's it, it's settled then. lol! Wait a minute, aren't bumpers usually chrome? They are on cars and trucks, I'm so confused... :dizzy: Ok, back to the Lodestar. BB686:US-flag:
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    June 26th, 2015, 10:42
    Thanks for clearing that up, Milton. I still don't think that little "dealie" at the end of the fuselage is a tail wheel (JMO). Gee, there isn't even air in the tyre, it's solid rubber. :dizzy: More like a "bumper". Anyway... it's all good. :encouragement: BB686:US-flag:
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    June 25th, 2015, 12:59
    I wouldn't classify that little thing at the end of the fuselage in that shot as a "tail wheel". THAT only kept the pilot from scraping the fuselage on the runway on take off and landings. The C-1A did have a nose wheel. As far as the role the C-1A played.... that's a topic for another time. I was only offering assistance to a chap who may or may not have been confused about a "tail wheel" on the C-1A and how to make it steerable... maybe I'm the one who's confused. I just re-installed the G7_C-1A and it does indeed have a nose wheel. BB686:US-flag:
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    June 25th, 2015, 11:31
    The Grumman C-1A was the cargo version of the military Grumman S-2 Tracker and did not have a tail wheel. The nose wheel on the C-1A model casters and uses differential brake steering with the left and right main gear. I only have the S-2 and the S-2T Trackers installed at the mo... and this is the config for the contact points to make the nose wheel steering active. point.0 = 1.000, 14.087, 0.000, -7.868, 2950.000, 0.000, 1.050, 045.0, 0.200, 5.165, 0.800, 6.000, 6.000, 0.000, 150.000, 150.000 -- nose wheel steering //for steearable nose gear, replace point.0 below with the one above; activate by removing the //'s //point.0 = 1.000, 14.087, 0.000, -7.868, 2950.000, 0.000, 1.050, 180.0, 0.2000, 5.165, 0.800, 6.000, 6.000, 0.000, 150.000, 150.000 -- differential brake steering ...
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    June 22nd, 2015, 11:59
    Thanks, Milton. Takes the guesswork out of it. BB686:US-flag:
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    June 22nd, 2015, 06:31
    I solemnly promise not to obsess over your compromises during mission ops or rec flying, especially the bottoms of tail planes. :biggrin-new:
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    June 22nd, 2015, 04:04
    Your level of shine is fine Uncle, as well as the crew as is...don't knock yourself out over it. But that warpaint is looking great! :encouragement:
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    June 21st, 2015, 10:53
    "Meoooowww"...lol! Come on in, Firekitten.... Lots of good things happening here.:encouragement: BB686:US-flag:
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    June 21st, 2015, 09:44
    Man, that office looks good 'nuf for me. Looking forward to having a go with it. Very nicely laid out. BB686:US-flag:
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    June 20th, 2015, 12:55
    Been reading up on this plane just a bit. The initial cost for the radial powered version of the Mallard was around $115,000 per copy, but the PT-6 Turboprop version went for a cool $4 million. There were only 3 countries that flew the Mallard in the "civil" role, Australia, Canada and the US. Egypt was the only country to use the Mallard in a Military role. Nice to see the project coming together, wish there was more I could do to help things along but at this point, all I can do is research, fly the plane and compare the model's performance in FS to the real thing. So far, both the Lodestar's flight characteristics and the Mallard's, two completely different aircraft, are very close in handling and specification as per documentation for each. You couldn't ask for a better simulation....
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    June 20th, 2015, 12:26
    Nice paint, Willy... Definitely an early 50's flair, all she needs now is "Merc Air" across the side of the fuselage and the Merc Air logo on the nose just under the cockpit glass. :biggrin-new: BB686:US-flag:
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    June 19th, 2015, 03:06
    Looking good Steve. I'm planning to roll the Mallard out for some flight testing here as soon as I wrap up my bit with the Lodestar. Eager to see what you come up with for paint schemes on this beauty. Cheers -- BB686:US-flag:
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    June 18th, 2015, 13:37
    That's a fine looking office there, mrogers... BB686:US-flag:
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    June 17th, 2015, 19:10
    Well, the Ground Crew did a pretty good native number some years ago...still my favorite collection of 110's http://www.mrjmaint.com/RegsHanger/Groundcrew/homepage/CFS2/aircaft/110G2/Ground%20Crew%20Bf%20110%20for%20CFS2.php
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    I am native Spanish speaker... this is one of those cases where literal translation is exactly the way it is... Your moniker "The cat that walks like a man", in correct Spanish, is just that... "El gato que camina como UN hombre"....
    El gato que camina como hombre (sic)... is totally incorrect and would never be said as such in Spanish... I never heard such a saying... but I find it cute... where did you get it from?

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    Much obliged for 'the' textures, BB686 !!! Superb weathering too. Spot on!
  3. Yeah... some of the FS9'ers can be a tuff crowd to please here at SOH but give them all a bit of time to loosen up. This is really a fine place to be OleBoy, and I'm sure your Wilga repaints will inspire others to take to the virtual skies in FS9 with this snappy little plane all dressed up in your fine repaints.

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    In reference to my Wicked Wilga paint work. Thanks for the compliments. It's nice to hear someone finally say something to that affect. Least I know someone can appreciate them.

    Just what I've released so far, have had no less than 50 downloads and you're the first to say something positive. On those thoughts I've considered not releasing them at all.

    I know I'm fairly new here as a member,but this place is a tough crowd to hang with. The atmospher sure doesn't make me feel welcome. (sigh)

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