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    May 27th, 2015, 12:06
    Several times this has happened, not very often tho, and as stated before... I just bite the bullet and keep the model. As several have been less than satisfactory, I will add mods, change effects, add new or revised textures and get the model up to snuff, i.e. acceptable visual and performance standards. It was worth it to learn how to convert textures and re-write FDE's. BB686:US-flag:
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    May 26th, 2015, 10:21
    Nice shots of the Waco, Eric. Your brushwork? I saw a Waco that had a similar paint scheme like the one you pictured above, at an air show a year or so ago. The cockpit had the old style gauges, (black dial - white numbers and pointers). They looked brand new. The plane was fully restored, and was absolutely gorgeous. BB686:US-flag:
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    May 25th, 2015, 03:16
    Thanks again, Steve. Glad you didn't loose it all, always good to have you around, mate. BB686:US-flag:
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    May 24th, 2015, 01:09
    They could just be looking for a safe haven - pick up some vitals, don their gladrags for some merrymaking, refit and get a few barnacles scraped. Very nicely done pirate ship by Erwin Walker will find moorings and a warm welcome here. Wing_z; you're looking great in sim, Sir - very nice water textures, too! Payware?
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    May 22nd, 2015, 15:12
    LOL. Then we'll have ingenious folk inventing ways of adding aircraft to a ship sim. Seriously; Milton's Bounty project has positively widened the frontiers of thought regarding what can be possible for FS. NCGent's Naval vessels are awesome contributions towards making our seas realistic. DaveWG, Maarten, Chris; much appreciated, mateys :-)
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2015, 09:32
    Loving the addition of the X model - great idea! :-)
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    May 22nd, 2015, 08:53
    Still need to window dress. LOL. Fish, in the fish mongers, bread in the bakery... and flagons of RUM at your local!
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    May 22nd, 2015, 08:46
    Thanks for the warm encouragement - happy this will be of some interest/use, Gentlemen. Adding more details and items - ground polys and terrain adjustments to come. Lighthouse now happily working in both sims - Milton's awesome flag animation added to Admiralty building. Will probably add the flag at the harbour front, too.
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    May 22nd, 2015, 01:41
    Any HW with 64bit capability is also 32bit capable to begin with, so it would naturally adapt to your XP 32bit without any issues. The 64-bit architecture of your Win7 system is contained within its separate partition, which it has nothing to do with your XP partition. In the past i ran XP/x86 and and Win7/x64 in D-boot with no 32bit vs 64bit hardware issues between the two separate systems which shared the same HW. The architecture used by a system's hardware is determined only at the software level by the user's choice of system shell - am i gonna install Windows 32bit or Windows 64bit? Modern dual compatible HW doesn't care either way, so it operates well in both environments as designed. I now run XPSP3/x86 and W7/x32 for more legacy program flexibility between both systems. The only...
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    May 22nd, 2015, 01:33
    Gavin, I'm not familiar with the term "GRUB". But to answer your other question, you would do better to re-partition your current system drive and add a new 100GB D: drive there for installing XP. With Windows OS's, pre-Win7 platforms should always be on the primary drive. Is their native environment. The extra drive can then be reserved for moving your sims and games to for protection against system viral infections and system drive failures, or it can be deployed as an additional storage drive. The only problems i can foresee is that with dual booting Windows systems, the most recently installed OS becomes the default primary system. So XP will become the default automatically during the boot sequence and you'll have to standby to manually select Win7 during the boot process....
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    May 21st, 2015, 13:08
    Sweet! Thanks Steve! :encouragement: BB686:US-flag:
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    May 21st, 2015, 12:16
    You can also view and manage all of your Win7 updates by going into the "Action Center". Just click on the little flag at the bottom right on your toolbar. BB686:US-flag:
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  • bearcat241's Avatar
    May 21st, 2015, 10:34
    Exactly why i personally dumped the VM setup and have eternally adopted dual booting with XP, mainly for the sake of my beloved legacy sims and gaming. I want everything running normal in original operating system compatibility without the all the extra combobulations. Even though these legacy programs were originally designed for the Win98 platform, XP still does a marvelous job of accommodation as the the last truly compatible system for most of them.
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    May 20th, 2015, 13:38
    What a shame... I remember getting a wall calendar in the 2004 spring issue of Flypast, and there was a blurb about XH558 and how one could donate towards her restoration. The tremendous efforts of those who tirelessly and selflessly worked to get her majesty back to flying status. And the outpouring of donations... Only to have this gallant Vulcan relegated as a static display. The sky is really where she belongs. At least she had a brief taste of freedom, as well as the crew who flew her. And many had the chance to see her fly again. XH558 lives on in the virtual world of flight, I have the Vulcan for both sims and she gets a lot of air time. BB686:US-flag:
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    May 20th, 2015, 05:48
    Tim's AA-5B Tiger was initially an FS9 model. I have nearly all of his FS9 planes with most of them installed for that sim, but only his A1 Skyraider for FSX. BB686:US-flag:
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    May 19th, 2015, 13:16
    Actually I was referencing your pics of the 500, "Hangar Queen"... I'll get it right one of these times. :dizzy: Those pics of the D-18S really bring back some memories. I have her installed with some really nice repaints, and she still gets plenty of air time. Right along side the A-28/38 Grizzly... "Bad 'ol Bear!" BB686:US-flag:
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    May 19th, 2015, 07:08
    Any time I see or hear "FSX", I get kinda nervous.... I thought I saw Tankerguy stirring buckets of paint over in the paint shed... LOL! BB686:US-flag:
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    May 19th, 2015, 03:27
    Outstanding work, Nigel! "Sailing Ship Simulator 2015"....!! BB686:US-flag:
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    May 19th, 2015, 03:16
    After spending considerable time inside as well as outside this plane, I was going to suggest the mapping, but you already covered that. In comparison to the attention to detail as found in your superb XP-47 and XP-72 cockpits... there lies an excellent path to follow. It will be interesting to see what you come up with for the VC. Just a thought.. Is this just for FSX?? BB686:US-flag:
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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.

    You paint em'... I'll fly em'.

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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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