• bearcat241's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 19:14
    You'll have to start from scratch, but here's the "clean" stock qcb from CFS1. Its already set up for the ETO and includes all categories and the common allied and axis aircraft used in that theater. Just take the *.txt extension off the end. To avoid any loading issues, take native CFS2 models that match the aircraft types in the qcb and rename their folders to match the names in the qcb. These will become your basic "stock" models which always populate the AIRCRAFT directory.
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 08:29
    If you wish to experiment with the process used on Milton's PV-2, Here's the basic recipe (as I remember it). 1. Before you create the Alpha, switch -OFF ALL layers of the colour scheme IF they are intended to be gloss. 2. Make sure ALL other component layers are visible (shading, highlights, rivets, panels, weathering etc). 3. Go to your Channel dialogue BOX, make a Copy of Green Channel, name this Alpha 1 and invert. 4. Experiment making alterations to Brightness/Contrast until you're satisfied with the results. Generally speaking, the lighter you go, the more you'll have to go slighly minus on the Contrast slider in order to retain just a wee tad of Alpha in the dark areas.
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 08:02
    Oh WOW! That Alpha's spot on, Willy. :-) Man, you're doing some absolutely superb texturing. Thanks for your very kind comments, Sir.
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 25th, 2016, 07:51
    Fear not Wellis - really fine paints coming from your hangar. You won't need anything fancy - you'll be fine with light, flat areas. You'll wan't to 'white-out' any areas not requiring sheen. Milton's spot-on in his reference to wing and hull undersufaces needing less alpha intensity. I'll send you my e-mail address - If you like, I can send you alphas I'm presently working on for the TP Mallard. Keep up the good work, Wellis. :-)
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 24th, 2016, 22:42
    Spectacular work, Willy! :jump: You may wish to try selecting some of those panel areas in Alpha mode, Go to Brightness/Contrast dialogue BOX, then play around with both contrast and brightness values. Some darker, some lighter - great fun to do. :encouragement:
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 24th, 2016, 22:33
    Now that's what I call the great spirit of teamwork. Well researched, Sundog! :encouragement:
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 24th, 2016, 22:21
    Looking beautiful there, Wellis - I love these low-key, subtle paint schemes. :encouragement: Did you try adding a faint alpha channel? - If you're in the mood, start with pure white, then go to brightness/contrast settings, darken by about 10% and then do some minor adjusting according to your taste in sweetness. You'll be amazed at the depth, vibrancy and classy finish.
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 13:11
    Blackbird686 replied to a thread the end is near in The NewsHawks
    If I'm reading that thermometer correctly, you guys in Arizona broke a record today for warm temps. I believe the last record was 122 degrees, correct me if I'm wrong. Makes for lousy air density... BB686:US-flag:
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  • bearcat241's Avatar
    June 19th, 2016, 05:52
    Yeah, i remember him too...guess he retired from IL-2 as well, or maybe flying under a new moniker.
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 18th, 2016, 21:55
    Oh that's excellent news - maybe there'll be some nice video material as a result. Certainly would be indispensable for sound wav. resources.
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 18th, 2016, 16:17
    Nice shot iJay. :encouragement: She is a Gallant Bird indeed. BB686:US-flag:
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 18th, 2016, 14:52
    I have heard many different stories about the TSR2, some stating that it was an engineering marvel, others that say it had major design flaws which needed to be weeded out if the plane was to go into production. Over extended and over budget. One of it's outstanding attributes was that it was fast, it literally outran an EE Lightning on one engine. From what I understand, the Lightning, which was used as a chase plane, was in full afterburner... Anyhow, you are correct in your assessment about the FS9 Alphasim model not being freeware, the FS-2002 version is. For being such a dated model, one would think it would be tho... BB686:US-flag:
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 18th, 2016, 09:56
    The TSR2 project was solely funded by British Aerospace (BAC), without assistance from the British government. As well... without their input. It did fly circles around everything else at the time. I think it's available on the Alphasim/Virtavia freeware page site. BB686:US-flag:
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  • bearcat241's Avatar
    June 18th, 2016, 08:34
    No AP will fix this...you're thinking of modern times and "no-hands" cat launching. Firstly, bear in mind that flight simming is not an exact science and all the talk about authentic flight modeling can often be a bit misleading. CFS2 flight modeling is just a basket of imprecise algorithms giving you - at best - the closest guesstimate possible for historically modeling the flight performance of any specific aircraft or the accurate modeling of ships. Consequently, you get a lot of "robbing Peter to pay Paul" programming and design. This is why you get such things as bad carrier take offs from otherwise "normal" flight models on decks that are dimensionally well below historic specs. You're taking the right approach by looking outside the box for a quick fix, but it won't come with...
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 16th, 2016, 11:45
    To the best of my knowing, the FS9 version was never completed. I followed the threads regularly and the last post that I saw, it was still in the mapping stage. BB686:US-flag:
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 16th, 2016, 11:42
    Best wishes coming from a former Pacific Theater fighter pilot. I normally don't frequent this form too much but when I saw this I had to wish you the best of luck.:encouragement: BB686:US-flag:
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 16th, 2016, 05:10
    I have the 215 version of this model, using the sounds from my trusty ol' Harpoon that you did Nigel. Seems to fill the bill nicely. BB686:US-flag:
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  • Blackbird686's Avatar
    June 16th, 2016, 05:03
    FS9 only... at the mo. I never tried it in FSX but pretty sure there would be issues with the gauges, glass transparencies, etc. BB686:US-flag:
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 15th, 2016, 12:48
    I usually have a pair of these doing practice pick-ups and drops around my place, twice weekly, throughout the year. Had a laugh, a year or 2 ago, when 1 of them approached the beach, switched off, and there was the intructor and student with legs dangling out of the hatch and having a quick smoke. Miss the old cl-215s though - pair of them at a couple of hundred feet, listening to slight throttle/pitch changes on those big, throbbong P&W R-2800s is a heck of a sight and sound to behold. :wiggle: EDIT: Great Spanish vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w6N3LQ5uR8 Awesome one for R-2800 nostalgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov9fXzGipZ4
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    June 15th, 2016, 06:38
    Hmmm...hmmm...hmmm... Oh! More or less finished in there - just making sure things are cosy for long hauls. :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmOe27SJ3Yc
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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"....
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    Much obliged for 'the' textures, BB686 !!! Superb weathering too. Spot on!
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    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.

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