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    Today, 05:00
    Very nice !!! :ernaehrung004:
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    Yesterday, 08:30
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - World War II Description: A skin for Shessi's rebuild of the AlphaSims Cataina PBY-5 flying boat depicting a Catalina Mk.IVa of No.210 squadron, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Sullom Voe, Shetland in 1944. This is Alpha Simulations' stock RAF skin with the texture files edited as required to work with the modified model. This version removes the roundels from under the wings on the original AlphaSims skin. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Catalina Mk.IVA No.210 Squadron, RAF FIXED The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    Yesterday, 05:40
    Thanks for the information. I'm not very cognizant of the details of British markings in the WW2 period. I would've though that AlphaSims would be, but apparently not. I've come to expect them to make some mistakes when they paint American planes, but I didn't realize they were also error-prone on UK or Commonwealth liveries. If I'd bought the Cat back when it was payware, I'd be rather annoyed. I think when someone sells a product they have some obligation to get it right. But since I obtained it as freeware, I won't complain; as with all payware, I'm grateful for the gift regardless of any imperfections. Attached is a fix that removes the roundel from below the wings. Just drop the two texture files into the 210 Squadron texture folder, overwriting the originals.
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    July 27th, 2015, 14:52
    YES !!! One of my all time favorite WW2 planes! :redfire:
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    July 27th, 2015, 00:58
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - World War II Description: A skin for Shessi's rebuild of the AlphaSims Cataina PBY-5 flying boat depicting a Catalina Mk.IVA of No.210 squadron, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Sullom Voe, Shetland in 1944. This is Alpha Simulations' stock RAF skin with the texture files edited as required to work with the modified model. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Catalina Mk.IVA No.210 Squadron, RAF.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    July 26th, 2015, 11:38
    Here's an RAF Cataina Mk.IVA of No.210 Squadron, RAF, based at RAF Sullom Voe, Shetland in 1944. Coastal Command, I suppose, though I'm not certain about that. It's AlphaSims' stock RAF skin with the texture files edited as required to work with the new model.
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    July 26th, 2015, 11:33
    "Cannot find any wpn textures either. Have I missed an upload of Shessi's wpn and crew textures?" Everything is in the zip file on the download list. It's now slipped to the second page, but it's right there. There is nothing missing from the aircraft download or any of the skins. It sounds like you somehow have an incomplete plane; perhaps something was accidentally deleted, or something got lost in the downloading process. Maybe you should just start over with a fresh download of the aircraft, then add any of the repaints that appeal to you. That should give you everything you need (except the extra skins), ready to fly. Something else just dawned on me, something simple and easier to fix if it's what actually happened. Are you sure you didn't forget...
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    July 23rd, 2015, 12:54
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - World War II Description: A skin for Shessi's rebuilt AlphaSims PBY-5 Catalina flying boat in the U.S. Navy's Atlantic camouflage scheme of White with Gull Gray upper surfaces. It belonged to VP-63, a unit of Fleet Air Wing Fifteen, based at Port Lyautey, Morocco in 1944. By the end of the war FAW-15, with its PBY-5s and -5As equipped with magnetic anomaly detectors, had virtually closed the Straits of Gibraltar to U-boats. VP-63 flew both the PBY-5 flying boat and the PBY-5A amphibian. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit PBY-5 VP-63 Atlantic Camouflage.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    July 23rd, 2015, 10:07
    I've always been fond of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic camouflage scheme of White with Gull Gray upper surfaces. This PBY-5a belonged to VP-63, a unit of Fleet Air Wing Fifteen, based at Port Lyautey, Morocco in 1944. By the end of the war FAW-15, with its PBY-5s and -5As equipped with magnetic anomaly detectors, had virtually closed the Straits of Gibraltar to U-boats. Since VP-63 flew both the PBY-5 flying boat and the PBY-5A amphibian, there will be a VP-63 skin for the upcoming PBY-5A when it's ready. It will just be a matter of changing the individual aircraft number to one worn by a -5A.
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    July 23rd, 2015, 05:06
    Thanks for the explanation. I appreciate it, as I was wondering! Good luck with getting everything back up.
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    July 22nd, 2015, 05:10
    Are you sure it's just textures that are missing? Do you see bare trees, standing like those stand-up cards you see on tables in restaurants? Or do you just see a bare ridge with nothing on it at all? If the trees are completely missing, the problem isn't a missing texture - it's missing trees. That would happen if the scenery includes an exclude file that's excluding autogen trees from that location. It could be tricky to remedy that. First, be sure there should be trees on that ridge. It's possible that the scenery designed removed them because they shouldn't be there. If they should be there, you could find the exclude file, open it bglxml, (FlightSim: http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=copyright&fid=94057) and adjust the boundaries of the exclude zone (use a...
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    July 21st, 2015, 10:41
    Mick started a thread PBY "Jumpie".zip in Warbirds Library
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - World War II Description: A skin for Shessi's rebuild of the AlphaSims Catalina in the livery of "Jumpie," a PBY-5 flying boat flown by Lt. (jg) William Price of VP-72, based at Funafuti in July, 1944. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit PBY "Jumpie".zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    July 21st, 2015, 09:58
    I wish I woulda found this one a couple days ago! "Jumpie" was a PBY-5 flying boat flown by Lt.(jg) William Price of VP-72, based at Funafuti in July, 1944. Uploading as I type...
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    July 21st, 2015, 05:50
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - World War II Description: Six U.S. Navy skins for Shessi's revision of the Alpha Simulations PBY-5 Catalina flying boat. There is a sequence of four blue Cats that, along with the release skin, depict the changes in the US Navy's insignia and markings standards from Pearl Harbor through 1944, and there are two black Cat raiders. This version corrects the transparent stopped props in two of the skins originally uploaded. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit PBY-5 US Navy WW2 Six-Pack Fixed.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    July 20th, 2015, 06:07
    Argh! I should've foreseen that! It's only that way on the two skins of planes with the earlier, pre-war silver props. The other four, with black props, are OK. It's because those silver props were from the earlier, round-tailed Cats in their pre-war liveries. They were made highly reflective, so as to be very shiny. But the latest model doesn't have reflection enabled, so that dark alpha channel makes the blades transparent instead of shiny. I should've thought of that when I put the silver props on those two planes. Attached is a new prop blades texture that will paint the stopped blades as close to silver as I can get without reflection. Use it only on the VP-12 and VP-14 paints; the others use black props, with or without yellow tips. In case anyone has any sorting...
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    July 19th, 2015, 21:45
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - World War II Description: Six U.S. Navy skins for Shessi's revision of the Alpha Simulations PBY-5 Catalina flying boat. There is a sequence of four blue Cats that, along with the release skin, depict the changes in the US Navy's insignia and markings from Pearl Harbor through 1944, and there are two black Cat raiders. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit PBY-5 US Navy WW2 Six-Pack.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
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    July 19th, 2015, 12:51
    OK, the screenies are shot and the skins just went up the pipe. Here are some pictures. This first one was based at Pearl Harbor and shows the markings standard adopted after the outbreak of war. The second one shows the mid-1943 style of insignia that I'm rather partial to, and then one of of the black Cats.
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    July 19th, 2015, 11:24
    I've been busy! It's too hot and humid to go out and play, so I've been painting PBYs. I've converted some skins I painted for the original AlphaSims model to work with the mapping changes on the new model, and in some cases transposed the markings onto Shessi's new base textures (or an earlier version of them.) This is what I've cooked up: Two black Cats, one from VP-11 as it appeared while based in the Solomons in the summer of 1943, wearing the then-new and short-lived stars and bars with red outline style of national insignia, and one from VP-34 as it appeared while based in New Guinea after the red border was replaced with blue. They are both based on the original AlphaSims skins. All I did was adjust their black Cat textures to work with the new model, then make a copy and...
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    July 18th, 2015, 16:28
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - General Description: Skins for Shessi's upgrade of the Alpha SImulations PBY-5 flying boat in pre-camouflage U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard liveries. Included are the four section leaders of the two Navy VP squadrons that flew the PBY-5 before the introduction of camouflage, VP-14 and VP-52, and the Coast Guard's only pre-camouflage PBY. These skins are updates with upgrades of the ones I previously released for the original AlphaSims model. Due to mapping changes they will not work properly with the old model, and the old skins will not work properly with the new model. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit PBY-5 Pre-War Skin Pack.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts...
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    July 18th, 2015, 13:24
    The pre-war skins just went up the pipe and should be available on the download list soon. In the works are a blue Cat that was at Pearl harbor when the Japanese attacked, and a couple black cats. After that maybe a few more early war skins. To forestall inquiries and avoid getting hopes up, I should note that the screen shots show the cowl flaps open. That doesn't mean I found a way to open them; I didn't. The screenies are from last year's release of those skins for the original AlphaSims model. The cowl flaps didn't work on that model either, but they were stuck open instead of closed. The new skins have enhanced detail and colors as well as being adjusted for the new model's mapping changes, but I was too busy and too lazy to re-shoot all those screenies just to...
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