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    August 25th, 2015, 04:48
    Hi, and welcome! Others have cited lots of good references, but since you're new at his I suspect you might be looking for something more basic. The download sites have tutorials ranging from the most basic, like how to install downloaded scenery and aircraft, to how to build your own planes and scenery with the latest software. I suggest that you go to FlightSim.com (http://www.flightsim.com/) and select Articles from the menu bar near the top of the page. Select Tutorials from the drop-down menu. You'll see the most recent ones first and they're highly technical, meant for experienced developers, but if you go to the last page and work forwards, you'll find the basic stuff that a new simmer needs. I think that's the stuff you're looking for. And of course, always feel free...
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    August 23rd, 2015, 05:20
    I like and use both VC and 2D panels, and I'm very pleased to have that beautiful 2D panel. Thank you, Papi.
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    August 15th, 2015, 05:22
    Mick replied to a thread Avsim off line again? in The NewsHawks
    Well, it's not just you, though the details you wrote of differ from what I've seen. Yesterday I noticed that there were no new files since the day before, and that struck me as rather odd. Today I can't get in at all; I just get an error page that says "Unable to Connect..."
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    August 15th, 2015, 05:12
    I think the reason there aren't any more repaints is that the base textures are extremely difficult to work with because of all the painted-on detail - and they're the wrong base color for any authentic pre-war skins. The original paint jobs have pre-war markings over a basic color scheme of overall light gray, and that's completely wrong. There was a period in the late 1920s and early thirties when the Navy painted its planes with light gray on the metal surfaces (only) but that practice ended well before the first Duck rolled out of the prototype shop. Fabric surfaces like the wings were never painted gray until the introduction of camouflage just before WW2. One of the skins that comes with the plane depicts a Duck in the Philippines very early in the war, and overall gray is...
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    August 14th, 2015, 05:06
    The trick will be to distinguish between drones and model planes. We know the difference, but defining it in terms useful for law and regulations might not be so obvious. Like art and pornography, it's one thing to recognize one from the other, but quite another to define them legally. One might think that drones with cameras are causing problems while regular model planes are not, and that would undoubtedly be correct almost all the time, but one could operate a camera-less drone or a model plane in a dangerous manner. Folks who fly model planes are virtually all aviation enthusiasts and have enough knowledge of aviation to fly their models safely, without interfering with real aircraft. Some drone flyers might have this knowledge too, but many, perhaps most, are clueless,...
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  • Mick's Avatar
    August 8th, 2015, 05:20
    WooHOO !!! Britsim is back !!! It's not back all the way. The site has been set up and is functional, but there's no file library to speak of yet. But there will be as folks upload stuff. Great work Rob !!! :ernaehrung004: http://www.britsim.com/
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    August 7th, 2015, 11:40
    Give it a go! It will open up new vistas of aggravation - er, I mean enjoyment - in the hobby.
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    August 7th, 2015, 10:17
    Well, I guess that's that! Thanks for the information! This saves me the trouble of repainting the planes. I'll also feel free to fly them in the US with their British markings.
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    August 7th, 2015, 07:16
    I see that both of the skins provided with the model are of planes that were formerly operated in the US, and their registration numbers are provided. I feel inclined to repaint them as they appeared in the US, but I don't know what they looked like then. Does anyone know whether the planes received new paint jobs after they left the US? If their current paint jobs are the same as they wore in the US, does anyone know the size and location of the registrations on the planes? Better still - does anyone have pictures? If it's just a matter of changing the registrations I will do the repaints. If the color schemes changed, I'll paint them if they're within my capabilities, but if they're really complex I might not be talented enough to do them.
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    August 7th, 2015, 07:13
    You can use Paint; that's what I use for that sort of work. But Paint (like pretty much all other image programs) outputs 24-bit files, which FS cannot read. So you have to work through a program like DXTbmp (freeware from Martin Wright Graphics. Don't forget to DL the other required files, as noted on Martin's site.) DXTbmp will output in a number of formats (not all are FS formats.) DXT1 and DXT3 are fairly small files, but very lossy, so details tend to get corrupted, and the skins may have a generally soft, fuzzy look on the model in the sim. 32-bit textures are large files but suffer zero loss when manipulated, and look great on the plane in the sim.
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  • Mick's Avatar
    August 7th, 2015, 05:23
    Thanks Tom
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    August 7th, 2015, 05:09
    Hoping for that! It should make it possible for even a simple painter like me to contribute some skins. I hope so!
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    August 7th, 2015, 05:01
    You could just change the registration on one of the existing skins. That would be about a two-minute job. I wonder if there are any pics of those two planes Keith mentioned in the colors and markings they wore in the US. I asked Mr. Google but he couldn't help me. Love the plane! Great job! :ernaehrung004:
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    August 6th, 2015, 14:39
    It's a joy and a curse of digital modeling that we can have as many variants in as many liveries as we're industrious or obsessive enough to crank out and paint, and they'll all fit on a hard drive that lives in a box beneath our desk, or maybe in a carrying case. Imagine trying to make every variant of the Catalina in the colors and markings of every service or company that ever flew it in plastic? Just think of how big a house you'd need, to have all that shelf space! You'd have to build a whole new model for every paint job. Years ago I set out to model the Boeing F4B and the Curtiss SOC in all their versions and in the liveries of all the squadrons that flew them. I didn't get all the liveries done by a long shot, but I have quite a lineup of 1/72nd scale SOCs and F4Bs...
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    August 6th, 2015, 05:27
    Thanks! Glad you like it! That was one of my favorite shows as a kid. The Caniff estate recently had the TV show remastered and put on DVDs. The final volume was just released. Amazon has them. You can buy the three volumes separately or in a set. They are in original black & white, or course, but the quality is outstanding. Most of the episodes include most or all of the commercials. I had to chuckle at how things have changed when I saw that the prime sponsor of a show aimed primarily at the youth market was sponsored by a cigarette company! Steve Canyon his very own self told all us kids that the "Men of America" smoked Chesterfields. Or L&Ms, depending on the episode. If anyone from across the pond would like to see some great 1950s USAF planes in action, the DVDs...
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    August 6th, 2015, 05:12
    Thanks for the tip Tom, but bitmaps are huge files compared to JPEGs, and aren't we supposed to try to keep some control over the size of the files we put up on the server? That's why I always use JPEGs as display pictures, and when I remember to, I make them a little smaller than full screen size. For purposes of illustration, I don't worry about the lossiness of JPEGs. I only really notice it with large areas of red.
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    August 6th, 2015, 05:08
    Good luck! I can't remember the last time I heard of MS or MSN giving a hoot about how their policies effect their customers. Oh, wait! I do remember! It's was never!
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  • Mick's Avatar
    August 5th, 2015, 13:46
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Cold War Description: A skin for Kazunori Ito's Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. This is the F-102 seen in the opening sequence of the late 1950s "Steve Canyon" television series, inspired by the Milton Caniff comic. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Steve Canyon F-102.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    August 5th, 2015, 13:05
    I just uploaded a skin for the Ito F-102 Dagger. It's the F-102 seen in the opening sequence of the late 1950s "Steve Canyon" television series, inspired by the Milton Caniff comic. I was inspired to paint this plane because I just finished watching the series on DVD. For those who didn't grow up in the USA in the 1950s, "Steve Canyon" was a syndicated comic strip written and drawn by Milton Caniff, creator of "Terry & The Pirates." It depicts the adventures of Our Hero, Lt. Col. Stevenson B. Canyon, U.S. Air Force. For the first two years of the show Steve was a roving troubleshooter for USAF Headquarters, an ideal role to show different kinds of USAF aircraft in all sorts of situations. In the third season Steve was an air base commander. How he got the job, which has...
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  • Mick's Avatar
    August 5th, 2015, 12:51
    Well, that answers a question, and it shows that AS wasn't out of order in putting the eyeball turret on their -5. Not that I minded all that much, but I would've preferred the cheese box type - as Shessi has provided. I'm not surprised to learn that the Commonwealth forces used their ingenuity to produce variants different from what the USN had. I'm sure there are plenty of analogous situations regarding other American types in the Pacific theaters. Thanks for the interesting tidbits.
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