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    Yesterday, 06:19
    I think either Shessi or Gaucho has the answer. The paint shows up on the aircraft selection list, so the title line must be OK (it doesn't matter what that line says, as long as it's not the same as that line in another UI section.) So if the problem is in the aircraft.cfg file, it must be that the texture= line or the folder name. If you made no modifications of any kind to the textures, then it would almost have to be that the paint's folder name doesn't match the name in the title= line of the cfg file. Or perhaps a typo inserted a comma instead of a period between texture and the paint name, so it reads texture,paint instead of texture.paint. Look for any misspellings in either the texture= line or the texture folder name. If you're sure that the cfg file is OK, then the...
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    February 22nd, 2015, 16:02
    Oh my! I've been busily setting up scenery and AI in my developing sims, but it looks like it's soon going to be time to pick up the spray can and get on those early PBYs. There were So Many squadrons of them, all with their individual tail colors and markings, and each squadron with two to four sections, each with section markings in its own color. :encouragement:
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    February 22nd, 2015, 06:43
    Copy them into scenery\ocen\scenery. At least, that's how I interpret the instructions. I believe that's how I did it when I set up my current GW3 on my current confuter last winter. Just back up the entire scenery\ocen folder just in case my memory has failed me - and if it has, please let me know so I can update my instructions file! Easy enough to test - make the changes, check to see that Golden Hawaii is there, then check to see if New Zealand or anywhere else in Oceania is still there. If nothing is missing, you have a permanent Golden Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific is present too. I see that I no longer have a scenerytb folder at all, so I guess that can be deleted. That would make your permanent GH really permanent. As for the Marivellas, there's nothing special...
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    February 22nd, 2015, 06:31
    I live in New England, and I have FREEflow New England installed. The developers made a great effort to move stock airports and other scenery items that are near shorelines, and I had to make a few adjustments myself for some add-on scenery. Thank goodness it only affects scenery that's near a shoreline, so it wasn't an overwhelming task to correct my local region. Doing the whole country to wrk with UT would be a daunting task! It's a task I won't have to face, because it dawned on me that there's no reason to have accurate shorelines (or roads or anything else) in places that I'm not familiar with and wouldn't know the difference. So Southern and Western New England, where I'm familiar enough that inaccuracies really stick out and poke me in the eye (like my home town being...
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    February 22nd, 2015, 06:14
    In the Contact Points section, usually at the bottom of the section, you'll find two lines like this: static_pitch=10.300 static_cg_height=3.800 These determine the height and pitch angle that the plane will spawn into the sim at. Fiddle with these values until you get the plane to spawn so that it's sitting properly on the ramp. It will appear at that height and angle when it spawns in the water, too, but that's OK. It will make a little splash (more of a slight splush) as it settles to it's floating position, but that shouldn't be anywhere near enough to trigger a crash.
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    February 22nd, 2015, 05:59
    Golden Hawaii is a basic part of my Golden Wings installation. It was released before GW3 so isn't part of Golden Wings unless you make it so. That's easy enough to do. The big downside of a standard GH installation is that it disappears Oceania, so if you want to fly elsewhere in the Pacific you'd have to turn off Golden Hawaii. With a very little effort in moving files, it's easy to make a permanent Golden Hawaii that doesn't affect anything else. I got the instructions for that here at SOH. Since I can't find a link to that post, I've patched the instructions in at the end of this post. Bill Lyons' was never a stickler for historical authenticity, so there are a number of anachronisms. They're easy and fun to correct for those inclined to fiddle around with scenery and...
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    February 19th, 2015, 05:56
    Lookin' good !!! :adoration:
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    February 13th, 2015, 06:03
    Great news !!! :jump:
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    February 9th, 2015, 07:45
    I see that the progress bar is no longer featured on the pages. Does that mean we've reached 100% of the goal? I figured that there'd be a bump after the beginning of February, being that some jobs and most pensions pay out once a month. But it didn't look that close the last time I saw the progress bar, and I think that was just yesterday.
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    February 9th, 2015, 07:39
    Check here to find them on FlightSim.com: http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?searchid=33621212 There are four paints listed, but one is an upgrade/fix for another, so really there are three. I think that's all I did for the Stone model. I only did a few that I needed for my GW3 and FS54 sims, since so many others painted that plane in so many colors and markings. I'm sure they're in the library here too, but I've never had much luck finding anything in the SOH library.
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    February 8th, 2015, 06:22
    There are a number of photos in the In Action booklet of US Navy Cats with both the radomes and the underwing "yagi" antennae, just like in the photo of the UK plane. I have no idea whether they actually had both kinds of radar installed, or if the radome was added as an upgrade at a conversion facility and they just didn't bother to remove the yagi antennae. My guess is that the PBY was so slow, and so draggy, that there was little to gain by removing them, so in the press of wartime urgency they just didn't bother. OK, reading later posts I see that an explanation has been offered, and that there was indeed a reason to keep both radar systems. There is nothing like modeling, whether in wood, plastic or digital bits, to teach the little details of an airplane! I've built several...
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    February 6th, 2015, 17:56
    :redfire: HAWKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :icon37:
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    February 4th, 2015, 06:09
    Speaking of nacelles, when I perused my references for the pictures I posted above, I noticed that the PBY In Action booklet showed different nacelle configurations for different versions of the plane. Alas, it didn't dawn on me to scan the drawings that show the differences. (I could hook up the scanner again if that would be helpful.) Speaking of different versions, one of my biggest disappointments in the original release was that there wasn't an early flying boat with the flat hatches over the waist gun positions instead of the later teardrop bubbles. There are so very many colorful squadron tail color and pattern combinations that could be painted on such a model... And speaking of gun positions, I think if you look closely enough to see the super-transparent glass part, the...
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    February 3rd, 2015, 07:19
    Well, the cat was distracted from his mission of helping me do every little thing (thanks, other cat!) so I was able to hook up the scanner and scan some photos. I'm posting this one because it's all pretty colors. The tail is only partially visible, but you can tell that it doesn't stick up as much as a -6 tail would. And I'm posting this one because the tails of both planes are clearly visible.
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    February 3rd, 2015, 05:57
    OK, will do. I have a busy day ahead of me and I'll have to relocate the right photos in the right books or mags, then hook up the scanner (which lives in the closet due to lack of space on my desk), so I can't do it right now. Hopefully by this afternoon, if I don't get too much "help" from the cat. It might be late this evening in your time zone before I get it done. Watch this space...
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    February 1st, 2015, 14:42
    OK, me and my cat just spent the past twenty minutes sitting on the floor in my back room, perusing PBY references, many books and magazines accumulated over years of modeling. Here's what I found out. First, much to my surprise, there were indeed double machine gun mounts in one particular application. The late model "eyeball" nose turret had twin thirty calibers. They were mounted so close together that they look like one twin-barreled weapon, and it looks like a single mount from any distance, but there are two guns. There's a good line drawing and some photos in Squadron/Signal's PBY Catalina In Action. If Mr Google can't find a good photo on the web for you, let me know and I'll hook up my scanner and make some scans for you. As for the bullet radome on the pylon over the...
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    February 1st, 2015, 14:09
    Lemme see what I can come up with for pictures. Watch this space...
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    January 30th, 2015, 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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    January 29th, 2015, 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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