Tab Content
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 25th, 2014, 05:51
    This is very sad news! I flew many of Paul's planes, painted a lot of them, and over the years we became personal friends. Fly free good friend! May your journey west feature only gentle winds and clear skies .
    3 replies | 203 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 24th, 2014, 07:05
    This discussion reminds me of something I'd long forgotten. Some years ago, long before Golden Wings, Bill & Lynn Lyons released a texture set that was supposed to give FS9 (or might it even have been FS8?) an old, Golden Age look. It made all the buildings and facilities look very old and beat up, with broken windows and peeling paint. It looked great in its own way, but it looked totally unauthentic for the Golden Age. In the years of the Golden Age, those buildings and facilities didn't look old and beat up; they looked new and spiffy, because they were new and spiffy then. Those replacement textures didn't make the airports look like they looked in the thirties; they made them look as if they might look today if they'd been built back in the thirties and had been abandoned...
    12 replies | 315 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 23rd, 2014, 14:12
    I didn't know Tom was missing! :smile-new: Seriously though, I think GW is one reason many of us haven't made a move to FSX. Another reason is that we've seen the screen shots and saw that while FSX looks better than FS9 straight from the box, it doesn't look any better than a well-developed FS9 installation like many of us have. Missions, moving car traffic, animals and even moving aircraft carriers are frills that have little attraction for some of us.
    12 replies | 315 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 23rd, 2014, 14:09
    Well, before I can suggest anything I must ask what the fuel stations look like without their textures. I've never seen one undressed. Do they have the same shape and detail only all gray, or are they just blank gray boxes? Or blank 3D thingies like the trees look when they aren't textured? If the 3D objects are shaped like fuel stations, it doesn't matter what textures you use, you'll still have the same modern-looking fuel stations, just with weird patches of colors and fragmentary markings on them that are meant to fit something with a completely different shape. If the bare 3d objects are just rectangular boxes, they'll look like boxes with weird patches of colors and fragmentary markings on them that are meant to fit something with a completely different shape. My point...
    12 replies | 315 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 19:04
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Cold War Description: A dozen Cold War skins for Jerry Beckwith's North American P-51H Mustang. Includes planes of the U.S. Air Force, NACA and the Air National Guard of Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Cold War F-51H Mustangs.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
    0 replies | 74 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 19:04
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Military skins - Cold War Description: A dozen Cold War skins for Warwick Carter's NAA P-51D. Includes planes from the U.S. Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and the California, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin National Guard and Air National Guard. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit Cold War F-51D Mustangs.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
    0 replies | 66 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 10:09
    I continue to procrastinate about getting into the heavy lifting of rebuilding my post-WW2 installation of "FlightSimulator1954, A Half-Century of Flight" but I'm trying to motivate myself by painting planes to fly in that sim when it's ready. This time it's F-51D and F-51H Mustangs in Cold War liveries representing the U.S. Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, National Guard, Air National Guard, and NACA. The models I painted are Wozza's P-51D and Sparks's P-51H Here are a few of my favorites: This is Joe Foss's F-51D when he was a squadron commander in the South Dakota National Guard. Some Guard units at the time dispensed with the national insignia on the fuselage, and a few of them used the space for unit insignia.
    0 replies | 168 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 15th, 2014, 05:51
    Along similar lines, but simpler - if you have another control stick, perhaps an older one that you haven't been using, try that one and see how it works. If it works properly, that narrows down the problem to your present control stick and/or its software.
    12 replies | 466 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 13th, 2014, 05:44
    Woo-HOOO !!! Great job! Thank you for your efforts! :ernaehrung004:
    12 replies | 721 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 12th, 2014, 06:05
    Excellent! Or as they'd say in the Navy, Well Done! Now I have to put it into GW and check out your mods. Maybe today if I get a frew free moments.
    6 replies | 509 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 11th, 2014, 08:47
    Aw, I thought maybe we'd get a -1 out of this. To complete the set, so to speak. I Dunno. If you were to pull it and re-upload, you could replace the -1 fuselage textures with my -3 ones and call it an upgraded -3, which is what it is. Or even simpler, just delete the texture folders (paints that N3N affecionados must already have) and call it an upgraded -3. If you leave it the way it is, it's a -3 model painted as a -1 and called a -1, which is isn't. Not such a terrible thing, but not completely satisfying either.
    6 replies | 509 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 11th, 2014, 05:47
    Looks very good in the screenies. Goodness knows when I'll get a chance to see it in the sim. Hopefully soon! What changes did you make? A new crew is self-explanatory, but what else did you do? BTW, it's listed as an N3N-1, but it's still a -3. The -1 had a very different rear fuselage and vertical tail. I just checked out your textures and you seem to have re-instated Steven Grant's original metal panel lines as they would appear on a -1, but the model still has the shape of a -3, which had a fabric covered rear fuselage. The confusion goes way back to the original Steven Grant model; he modeled a -3 and erroneously called it a -1. Where I'm going with this, lest the hint somehow be missed, is that it would be very nice to see a model of a -1 with the fabric fuselage...
    6 replies | 509 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2014, 16:24
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Civilian propeller skins Description: Skins for the Rarewings General Aviation GA-43. This is a reload of an earlier release that seems to have gone missing from the library, so if you have the original you don't need this. Includes three slightly different Swissair liveries and one for a plane operated by the government of Manchukuo. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit General Aviation GA-43 paint pack.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
    0 replies | 75 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2014, 06:47
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category FS 2004 Civilian propeller skins Description: Skins for the Rarewings General Aviation GA-43. This is a reload of an earlier release that seems to have gone missing from the library, so if you have the original you don't need this. The GA-43J was the floatpplane version of the GA-43. The textures add the colored cowling that was missing from the original SOCATA paint, and cleans up a couple small items on the texture files. To check it out, rate it or add comments, visit General Aviation GA-43J enhanced textures.zip The comments you make there will appear in the posts below.
    0 replies | 109 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2014, 06:30
    The download I got included a paint for the prototype of the wheeled version, and SOCATA paint for the floatplane version. I don't know where I got them, but I think probably here at SOH. When I open the zip file, no AvSim or FlightSim placard jumps out at me, and that seems to rule out those sources. The only other place I get much stuff from is here. But I might have got it from the Rarewings site, which appears to be defunct. The SOCATA paint had the cowling silver, and black & white photos show it to be a dark color, probably red or black. On my copy of the plane I made alternate paints with the cowling in each of those colors. One of 'em is probably right, but I haven't a clue which one. Painting the cowling is the simplest thing possible; it would be simple even without a...
    2 replies | 264 view(s)
  • Mick's Avatar
    November 1st, 2014, 06:33
    Wow, what a job you've taken on! I have a glimmer of a clue about what's involved because I maintain and back up the Files, Links and Photo libraries for the Feline Vaccine Associated Sarcoma support group. We have nowhere near the amount of material that SOH has, but it's still a big, tedious job. A task like you're engaged in with the SOH library boggles the mind! Thank you, more than I can say! :ernaehrung004:
    12 replies | 721 view(s)
No More Results
About Mick

Basic Information

Date of Birth
February 11, 1948 (66)
About Mick
Biography:
Lifelong New Englander, long-ago lightplane pilot, longer-ago hang glider pilot, retired FS developer/texturer/repainter.
Location:
Easthampton, Mass., U.S.A.
Interests:
Anything about flight; cats; bicycling; XC skiing; snowshoeing; photography
Occupation:
Civil service: administrative law (retired)

Statistics


Total Posts
Total Posts
1,174
Posts Per Day
0.34
Last Post
In Memoriam: Paul Clawson (PutPut) November 25th, 2014 05:51
General Information
Last Activity
Today 05:50
Join Date
June 6th, 2005
Referrals
0