• nigel richards's Avatar
    November 24th, 2015, 22:26
    Think I've got OCD too - must be going viral, I guess :-( All good points re engine textures in dark cavities. You may also want to reduce the contrast between the dark cylinder areas and cooling fins otherwise they're notorious for creating a kind of shimmering moire effect which can be very distracting in certain views. All this is 2 minutes work if you're using layers. You have an excellent base for textures there - just remember; a HINT of detail goes a long way.
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    November 24th, 2015, 15:04
    WOW!!! Love it! Εργο τέχνης φίλε - Κυδός!
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    November 24th, 2015, 06:56
    Willy; you're spot on re 'black holes' that's the correct way to go (unless of course, the surface you're working on has a designated reflection map - in which case you'll get a sun-bright shine instead of a hole). It's the method used by fs for autogen trees - we'll get to the bottom of this :-)
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    November 24th, 2015, 06:04
    LOL! Hi Mal, great to see you guys too :-) Kind of you to shed some light on available sound solutions, never can have too many. The Pratt & Whitney sounds I have in mind are more than a year's development work and patient testing by Milton, Blackbird 686, Pete Ham, Maarten and Andy G46. Originally intended as Donationware, I have decided to christen Milton's beautiful model and include them in the offerings if he would like them :-}) LOL! Wonderful to see you too, my friend.
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    November 24th, 2015, 02:30
    With so much amazing creative input here on all of these wonderful textures, I think I have some suitable P&W Twin Wasps suitable for Milton's baby. It'll make a welcome refresher for most of your favourite Dc-3 models too:-) Re Wright Cyclone R-1820's - has anyone tried the Grumman 7 sounds on this model?
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    November 24th, 2015, 02:15
    Thanks Willy - glad to be back among great friends. Re the people cutouts - I think so but the program I use to remove shadows frome people and tree models is on the above mentioned list. The airstrip will take most traffic - have tried out all Miltons models of course, Dc-3, Curtiss C-46 (standing on the brakes when giving it throttle first!!!), Boeing 727; easy-peasy and our big faithful Douglas 4's and 6's for good measure. I'd love to see some of the PV-2's, Lodestars and Mallards you talented people have been working magic on too!!! Might just be able to squeeze in a few animations for good measure. :wiggle:
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  • nigel richards's Avatar
    November 23rd, 2015, 15:38
    Well and truly BUMPED :-) Greetings to all and apologies for delays - it's just that RW stuff that gets in our way now and again. Migrating from my beloved XP to Windows 7.0 has set half my scenery programs adrift, particularly sbuilder which I understand requires me to install certain modules to get it running again. Will continue the scenery - INCLUDING a landing strip for Willy, when I can get it all sorted out :wavey:
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  • bearcat241's Avatar
    November 23rd, 2015, 02:00
    Allen summed up step one - the "tool box". And you can also add this site to your resources: http://www.simmerspaintshop.com/forums/forum.php CheerZ!:very_drunk:
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    November 22nd, 2015, 15:04
    No one does until they put their hand in it. Its just like learning any other thing, such as mission-building for example: you study, ask a few questions here and there and you do. And the small cosmetic jobs such as this request make excellent labs for a beginner.
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    November 22nd, 2015, 04:22
    Its just a standard green scheme with white squares around the fuselage insignia and a simple "323" on the vertical stabilizer. You can touch up any Betty in your hangar with these minor cosmetics in less than 45 minutes.
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    November 21st, 2015, 03:48
    As is, Milton, doesn't bother me a bit.... when I first saw this from the inside I gathered it was the deflector glass on the outside, from photos I had seen. I did notice that it was missing on the external model of the PV-1. (Before version 1.1). Sorry I didn't catch this beforehand.....:culpability: BB686:US-flag:
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    November 16th, 2015, 13:33
    I've never modified the Betty's stinger. Consider changing your tactics. A high-side pass, overhead pass, belly attack or head-on will do the trick every time (remember your CFS2 training modules). As much as possible, aim for the engines or the cockpit for a quick kill. If you have to approach from the rear, aim specifically for the tail cone first as if it were "pay dirt" and hose it good. That'll kill the gun to allow you to work over the rest of the target. This only applies when you're attacking a single, a pair or a small element of four or so. For attacking a large formation from the rear you have to play it safe and come in hot from below or above for quick, accurate passes that take you through the formation with lots of energy to come around for another pass. You can't...
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    November 16th, 2015, 12:51
    Roy's B-25 series is a mainstay for me in both FS9 and FSX. One of the few freeware planes I fly in "X" but they both get regular air time in both sims. The quality, detail and engineering that he put into the Mitchell models is nothing short of amazing. BB686:US-flag:
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    November 14th, 2015, 18:41
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    November 14th, 2015, 09:49
    And she'll do it easily with no flaps. The superb design features of the plane, and it's amazing capabilities to handle grass and hard pack dirt runways is very impressive . :dizzy: BB686:US-flag:
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    November 14th, 2015, 06:28
    In any given public place, our threats can be standing undetected right next to us and strike without warning. I'm afraid that even the mighty MOAB's are rendered ineffective in this war that reaches into our grocery stores, entertainment venues, restaurants and workplaces. We can deploy asymmetrical tactics and resources forever in the fight against such, but what carnal weapon(s) can actually defeat this kind of spiritual ideology? This is the nagging dilemma that confronts the governments and people who seem to lack the intestinal fortitude to do what is necessary to defeat the ideology and the actions. The carnal approach only leaves two options: raise the stakes and declare a global police state and surely offend all freedom loving peoples or allow this thing to descend into a...
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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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    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.

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