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  • Mick's Avatar
    Today, 06:44
    Well, I can't prove that it was universal, but in the many books I've read and the many photos I've sen, I don't recall ever seeing twin guns in either the waist blisters or the nose turret. Again I'm not not certain, but I have the impression that flying boats and amphibians were not mixed in squadrons, though there may have been exceptions, especially if a unit were in transition from the floater to the amphib - if that ever happened - I don't know if it did. My impression is that flying boat squadrons were based at seadromes and amphib squadrons were based at land bases, and the two weren't co-located all that often. If a suitable anchorage and water runway was available, I think the the flying boat was preferred. The amphibian was introduced because finding suitable places to...
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    Yesterday, 08:38
    Well, two of the photos I found of Navy Dark Sea Blue HUK-1s shows one hoisting a downed pilot out of the water, then a different one landing on a carrier.
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    January 27th, 2015, 11:09
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Cold War Description: Two new skins for A.F. Scrub's Grumman TBM-3W Avenger radar plane, plus an enhanced version of the original skin. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit TBM-3W Skin Pack.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    January 27th, 2015, 10:38
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Helicopters Description: A six pack of skins for Paul Dee's Kaman HH-43F Huskie. Includes Air Force HH-43Fs in shiney natural metal, natural metal with arctic high visibility colors and Aircraft Gray (aka "ADC Gray"), a Navy HUK-1 in overall Dark Sea Blue, and two Marine HOK-1s in Dark Sea Blue and Olive Drab. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Kaman Huskie Skin Pack.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    January 27th, 2015, 10:26
    I just uploaded a six pack of skins for Paul Dee's Kaman HH-43F Huskie. It includes Air Force HH-43s in shiny natural metal, natural metal with arctic high visibility colors, and in Aircraft Gray (also known as "ADC Gray" or "Dorsey Gray." There is a Navy HUK-1 in overall Dark Sea Blue, and two Marine HOK-1s, one in Dark Sea Blue and one in Olive Drab. The natural metal one is probably a bit too shiny (depending on your video card and what enviro.bmp file you're using) but I wanted to make it look different from Paul's original paint, which looks to me a lot like the silver paint finish that the Air Force's HH-43 fleet wore for a while in between the natural metal and Aircraft Gray periods. Now if someone who likes camouflage will paint us a skin in the Southeast Asia lizard scheme...
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    January 27th, 2015, 10:14
    I just uploaded two new skins for the TBM-3W, plus an enhanced version of the original one. It wasn't easy to find references for this bird! Mr. Google could only find a handful of pictures, and most of them looked very much alike. One of the images Mr. Google turned up was a profile drawing that was apparently used as the model for the stock textures. Alas, the profile artist left off some markings, so I added them. I also changed the marking to the Navy's standard style (or semi-standard, as it was of some planes, including the TBM-3Ws I painted, and I painted the radome white to match the photo of the plane that I found in a book. My extensive library of modeling reference material didn't offer much more than the web. I found the above-mentioned photo of the plane depicted...
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    January 27th, 2015, 06:59
    If my admittedly fuzzy recollection is correct, I first saw that hula doll on the dashboard of Heather Sherman's FS2002 rework of the old CFS-2 Grumman J2F Duck.
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    January 25th, 2015, 06:10
    Awwwwww.... :confusion:
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    January 24th, 2015, 15:37
    WOO-HOOOOOO !!!!! :applause:
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    January 24th, 2015, 06:03
    Remember that water is completely different in FS2002 and FS9. The Mallard definitely floats in FS2002, but "floating" isn't at all the same thing in the two sims. Milton explained why the Mallard won't float in FS9 (see his post above) and it has nothing to do with the landing gear or with the contact points.
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    January 23rd, 2015, 06:19
    Outstanding! I've had the Grumman XF5F with the Blackhawk skin since way back then, and now I'll have the perfect place to fly it. Those skins for so many additional planes will be a bonus. Now if only some modeler will be inspired to give us an XF-90, the plane the Blackhawks flew during the nifty fifties, when I was a kid who faithfully read their comics...
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    January 22nd, 2015, 06:33
    I tend to agree. It started out as freeware and now it's abandonware. After much thought, I've decided that in my humble opinion, abandonware is up for grabs. I'm just opining on that, but I know for sure that if I ever get so completely out of this hobby that I can't even be contacted, (not to mention if I should wind up dad) I wouldn't care what anyone did with my old freeware releases (of which there are many.) The only time I got really annoyed at someone messing with one of my releases was when he didn't bother to try to contact me (he said he didn't try because he didn't know if the contact information in my ReadMe file was still good; I guess it never occurred to him to try it and find out. Then he released it on a site that I specifically stated in the ReadMe that none...
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    January 22nd, 2015, 06:20
    Scrubby's been busy! At FlightSim.com, right next to the TBM Guppy, is his Gloster Meteor F.3 and F.8. Like the TBM it's listed as an FSX plane, but the fine print says it's good in FS9. http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=copyright&fid=184101
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    January 22nd, 2015, 06:12
    Fans of the nifty fifties will like this new one from A.F. Scrub: a Grumman TBM-3W "Guppy" Avenger AEW bird. It's at FlightSim.com, where it's listed as an FSX plane, but the fine print says it's also good in FS9. http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=copyright&fid=184097
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    January 21st, 2015, 06:51
    Try! Try! I hope you can do it! I know I'm not the only one who will be rooting for you!
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    January 20th, 2015, 06:41
    Oh, how very annoying! So it really can't be made to float properly in FS9. Thanks for your efforts Milton! I really appreciate it. Mick
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    January 18th, 2015, 17:43
    Ah !!! I see !!! I didn't spot the "AI" in the description. :culpability: That's OK - it will still live at Edwards in my Jet Age sim. In fact, it will be there all the time, making the occasional test flight whenever I'm there flying whatever - maybe the flyable XB-70, but more likely something not quite so modern.
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    January 18th, 2015, 06:00
    Looks promising. Off to grab it now. It's a bit modern for my tastes and my sims, but just a little bit. It can live at Edwards AFB in my FsJetAge sim that I'm working on, that will be set around the early sixties. Have you (or anyone) compared it with the one Massimo Altieri released back in 2003?
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    January 18th, 2015, 05:53
    Thanks Milton! I'll send it to you as soon as you reply to my PM and tell me where to send it. I've already made up a condensed, e-mail friendly version with no sound set and just one skin, zipped up and ready to send. I'm already glad that I forgot I'd posted the question back then.
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    January 13th, 2015, 05:50
    Ah ha! I started that thread with the same question four years ago, before my hiatus from the hobby. I'd forgotten that I'd asked the question way back then, and that the answer was that it can't be done. I guess the Mallard will have to remain a landplane. What brought it to my attention again is that I'd setting up my FS9 installations and when I downloaded the latest Cal Classics AI packages, I saw that the Mallard is included. Thanks for jogging my memory.
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Lifelong New Englander, long-ago lightplane pilot, longer-ago hang glider pilot, retired FS developer/texturer/repainter.
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