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  • Mick's Avatar
    December 19th, 2014, 12:46
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Cold War Description: Fourteen skins for John Young's AI NAA B-25 Mitchell depicting U.S. Air Force TB-25s as they appeared during the late 1940s and the 1950s. This set includes improved and corrected versions of the four skins that were in my earlier release of Nifty Fifties TB-25s. This set depicts TB-25s of most major USAF commands and some Air Guard units. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit 14 USAF TB-25 Skins.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    December 19th, 2014, 09:59
    Finding out that the plane can be made flyable pumped up my motivation, so I painted some more skins. This is why I love SOH! If hadn't started this thread to ask if anyone would be interested in my first few skins I never would have found out how to shut the bomb bay doors and entrance hatches (L key, linked to the lights) and I wouldn't have a flyable TB-25. And I wouldn't have painted ten more skins. I just uploaded a package of fourteen skins. I included improved versions of the four originals; now the prop warning stripes line up properly with the props, and the two sides meet properly at he bottom of the fuselage. There are now TB-25s from most of the major USAF commands and a few Air Guard units. The full list is: two unidentified USAF units, Air Training Command, ...
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    December 18th, 2014, 06:21
    B-26 Invaders flown by Air America (or one of its its corporate siblings) also flew combat in that little dust-up, though I believe they were on the other side. When one of the pilots was shot down and captured it became one of the public's first indications that the CIA was doing more than just gathering intelligence in that corner of the world. That was before it became public knowledge that Air America (perhaps under an earlier name, I don't recall for sure) had flown the C-119 Boxcars that supplied the French Légion étrangère at Dien Bien Phu back in 1954.
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    December 18th, 2014, 06:04
    I know that there is a package of vintage auto scenery objects from the 1920s and 30s, though I don't recall who made it or where it came from. Almost certainly from either AvSim or FlightSim. At FlightSim, go to File Library / Search, and search the section FS2004 (ACOF): FS2004 Scenery Objects leaving the window that you'd use to specify a specific file blank. That will bring up the entire section. At AvSim, go to the Library, go to the box at the bottom of the page that's labeled "Use this box to view all files in a category!" and select "Flight Simulator 2004 - Scenery Design" and click the Change Category button. It will take a while to find the vintage autos package, but you'll find a lot of other things that you'll like too. Or you could search specifically for...
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    December 18th, 2014, 05:49
    Same to you Maarten, and to everyone here at SOH. :ernaehrung004:
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    December 17th, 2014, 12:06
    Mick replied to a thread DC-2 in FS 2002/2004 General Discussion
    Augghhh!!! How annoying! :sour: I thought we finally had a freeware DC-2. :crushed:
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    December 17th, 2014, 09:02
    Finally! A DC-2 for FS9 (and FSX) !!! :biggrin-new: We've needed a DC-2 ever since Golden Wings first appeared, and now we have one. :redfire: It's at Simviation.
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    December 17th, 2014, 06:52
    Will do, though I don't expect to make a serious search right now. These days my efforts are geared to setting up my "FS1954" on my current computer, and I have most of that job still ahead of me. I allowed myself to be distracted by the TB-25 because that was such a common aircraft on Air Force bases in the fifties, so a B-25 without a top turret has been high on my wish list for years. I will continue the distraction for another day or two though, since I feel compelled to add TB-25 paints in the markings of all the major commands whose bases I might wish to place a TB at. That will include ADC, TAC, ARDC, the Air Guard, and possibly one or two others. I hope to finish them today - but then, I'd hoped to finish them yesterday and I haven't even started yet. Soon, anyway.
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    December 15th, 2014, 14:48
    Here's a little enhancement you can make to your TB-25s. My aircraft.cfg file is set up to call on the model with the file name ending in 7. That's an unarmed glass-nose that looks like a TB, but I failed to notice that it has a tiny little pod under the outer left wing panel. I suspect it's a modern weather radar. To make that disappear from your TB-25s, simply edit your User Interface sections for the four TB paints to call up the model with the file name ending in 3. I was so pleased to find a B-25 model with no guns or top turret that I didn't even notice that little pod.
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    December 15th, 2014, 08:18
    I thought of trying something like that, but I figured it would leave an open hole where the turret used to be. Maybe not; maybe it's worth a try... I never knew that Mike Stone made a B-25.
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    December 15th, 2014, 06:42
    Those are some nice planes! But if looks like all the B-25s are armed with the top turret and guns in all the gun positions. I used the AI model for a TB because it doesn't have the turret or any guns.
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    December 15th, 2014, 06:36
    Yep, that's the model I used, and it's exactly that paint that I used as a shiny natural metal base. I then used the paint kit and a bit of fiddling to produce the new paints, which I found photos of on the web. They're mostly authentic, though they include a small bit of guesswork and artistic license on the fin tip colors, since most of the photos were black & white, and one or two didn't really have colored fin tips at all. What flight files did you use to make the plane flyable? I tried a couple different aircraft.cfg and AIR file combinations and I couldn't find a way to close the entrance hatch or bomb bay doors with any of them. I know how to adjust things like contact points and lights, but I couldn't get those animations working. Would you be willing to share your...
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  • Mick's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 06:36
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Cold War Description: Skins for John Young's AI NAA B-25 Mitchell depicting four U.S. Air Force TB-25s as they appeared during the late 1940s and 1950s. For AI use only, as the model seems not to be convertible to a flyable plane. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Nifty Fifties TB-25 repaints.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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  • Mick's Avatar
    December 15th, 2014, 06:28
    OK, it went up the pipe. Yesterday's upload went astray, but I just reloaded it successfully. It should be available this evening, I think.
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    December 14th, 2014, 13:09
    I've been fiddling on and off with something similar. The Pacific War rages in my Golden Wings and eventually the southeast of England will also be at war. The Donationware F4U Corsair package, available here at SOH, includes two very nice American air bases in the Solomons. Bill Lyons' Classic Goose package includes a couple of Japanese bases in the Marivellas - plus the fictional Marivellas Islands themselves. It's supposed to represent a slightly pre-war time period, as in the late lamented Cutter's Goose TV series, but the AI Bettys and Zeroes are of wartime vintage. There is a nice Midway scenery with both pre-war and wartime options (can't recall who made it.) There's also a scenery of the Marianas in 1945, complete with AI B-29s (can't recall who did that one...
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    December 14th, 2014, 09:23
    OK, up the pipe they go. Went. Gone. Glad I'm not the only one here who likes the nifty fifties! The plane is at FlightSim.com: http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=copyright&fid=176277 It has a lot of different models and paints that represent what must be pretty much every B-25 flying on the warbird circuit today.
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    December 14th, 2014, 06:58
    Do we have any other fans of the Nifty Fifties here? While recreating my post-WW2 sim "FS1954 - A Half Century of Flight," set in thelate 1940s and early 1950s, I was struck by the absence of a TB-25, a plane I've sorely wished for since I made my first FS1954 one confuter and almost a decade ago. During my hiatus from the hobby I continued to download planes and scenery that I thought I'd want of and when I got back into FS, and a spark of recollection steered me towards John Young's package of modern B-25 warbirds. Sure enough, one of the several models features the glass nose and absence of turrets and guns that characterized most TB-25s. I took a few hours off from setting up scenery and made a few TB-25 paints. Since I suspect that my interest in classic-era military might...
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    December 7th, 2014, 05:56
    Thanks Peter! Very nice work! :ernaehrung004: Thanks for the HU about sendspace too. I'd never heard of it, and it will be very handy if I ever get involved in collaborative development again. I haven't known of a service like that since they shut down Mega Upload.
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    December 5th, 2014, 06:28
    I adapted the flight model from Lee Holmes' DH.86 by patching in the User Interface, Contact Points and Lights sections from the Ito plane into the Aircraft.cfg file and substituting the Holmes AIR file. I don't have the expertise to vouch for the accuracy of the Holmes flight model, but at least it's not a jet! I've attached the flight files here. Don't forget to edit the User Interface sections if you don't have the same paints as I have.
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  • Mick's Avatar
    November 30th, 2014, 14:28
    It's in several parts. You can get them all at The Old Hangar Downloads: http://oldhangararchive.jrwilliamsart.us/ On the download list look for these: Note that some titles are similar, but the descriptions show that the contents are different. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ New Scottish Airfields
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