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    Today, 08:57
    Moving some equipment aside to make room in the hangar... The plan: Long Way Home for freight hauling, and Ready 4 Duty for coastal patrol (a rewarding pastime thanks to Henrik Nielsen's AI ships). Or to put it more simply: Ready 4 Download...
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    Yesterday, 14:24
    Well, I'll tell you... it's been 45 years since I first decided I wanted to fly Short Fuse Sallee. Today was the day. So... thanks! EDIT: re-posted to remove duplicate image after I tried to swap in a higher resolution one. Am clearly new at this...
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    October 29th, 2014, 16:21
    Wouldn't mind seeing that for the A2A P-51 as well.
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    October 29th, 2014, 16:16
    Absolutely stunning! And re: the other point - what else are hard drives and hangars for?
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    October 27th, 2014, 16:18
    Indeed - he occupies a large amount of space on my hard drive/in my hangar. My post above referred only to the couple that he's agreed to do as a result of my own requests. If we're talking about his total output, well, then, I'm not just rich, I'm drowning in wealth...:cool:
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    October 27th, 2014, 09:28
    @KellyB - just to set the record straight, the repaint is Jankees', not mine. Credit where it's due!
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    October 26th, 2014, 19:45
    If you mean Jan's, no, not yet. He explains why in post #512 in this thread. If you want to "roll your own," which some of us have done, you'll find instructions in posts 558, 586, 593 and 597. There are more, but if you go through those four and follow the steps in order, you'll come away with the best vintage VC currently available. Jan's is in a whole different league, but we're going to have to be patient. Hope this helps!
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    October 26th, 2014, 11:56
    Wow - between Sallee and Long Way Home, I feel undeservedly rich in repaints. Here's the reason for my connection with Sallee. Not necessarily the best WWII memoir by any means, but my first - read it together with my father when I was about 10, and needless to say it left an impression. I keep the Franklin Mint model (one of their more accurate ones) on my desk. Thankfully was able to buy it at a normal retail price before it went out of production. Looking forward (to put it mildly) to flying her. Many thanks for this!
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    October 26th, 2014, 11:44
    She's magnificent. Many, many thanks for taking her on. A long way from home here... though close to my home. War Bond tour, maybe? Apologies for my poor screenshot skills. Still - in P3D 2.4, she's a looker...
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    October 25th, 2014, 10:31
    Fictitious, as near as I can tell, though the serial number applies to a real C-47 that was on the roster during WWII and was eventually transferred to the South Vietnamese Air Force as an electronic warfare bird. I haven't been able to find any reference to the name or to CBI service outside the new comic, so I think that's the author's invention.
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    October 23rd, 2014, 15:56
    Oh, that looks magnificent! Had my pupils dilated once today (by the ophthalmologist) and then I got home, looked at your screenshots and... there they go again...! Very grateful to you for taking this on and standing by for the final version.
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    October 22nd, 2014, 09:25
    Have had the same experience after a (sloppy, I guess) landing - couldn't exactly figure out why, but this describes what happened, so I must have come down nosewheel first. IIRC I had it happen once in a parking spot on engine shutdown - am guessing my controls were set in such a way as to put pressure on the nosewheel. Reporting it here for what it's worth. Only an occasional behavior and hasn't in the least diminished how much I'm enjoying the aircraft.
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    October 16th, 2014, 20:17
    Are you guys by any chance using the C47 v1 interior model (C47_interior.mdl)? If so, in each of the texture folders you're using, you need to rename propdisk.dds to propdisk1.dds. See Nick's post #597 on page 24 of this thread. See if that helps.
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    October 15th, 2014, 11:18
    @Dougal - glad to hear you got it worked out. Even with Nick's and vonstroheim's guidance, it took me several tries, so you're not alone in finding it a little challenging. Now that you've got the basic setup, if you haven't already, have a look at those additional posts I mentioned and see about adding the version 1 exterior model and the propdisk file that gives you the spinning props. Made a lot of difference to me when I could look out the window and see the paint I was currently flying and the prop functioning, as opposed to the generic Microsoft default wing that isn't completely rendered. @Alky - agree with Nick. I'm sure the Version 1 aircraft is fine (I never flew it - I discovered Manfred through the Basler that came later), but it's much better to be able to use the...
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    October 14th, 2014, 15:57
    @Dougal - Nick's step-by-step guide is what got me up and running. But farther down the thread, see also posts 586 and 597 for instructions about how to get the exterior model set up so you can see your paint out the cockpit window, and for getting the spinning prop textures in place. I also recommend the substitute textures that Nick shared in a couple of posts that followed his step-by-step post. Hang in - it's absolutely worth the effort.
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    October 14th, 2014, 11:09
    There are several possibilities: -- .bmps not present in the panel.DC3 folder (make sure you've got all the required .bmps in addition to CABs) -- aircraft.cfg not pointing to the DC3 folders (make sure the flightsim.x reference for your texture includes "model = DC3" and "panel = DC3") -- problems in the texture folder (make sure all .dds files are present and that the texture.cfg text is correct) Unfortunately it's been a while since I assembled the new VC, so my advice is somewhat generic, but I hope it gives you a start. With luck, one or another of the more skillful (re)designers will stop by and give you more specific help.
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    October 14th, 2014, 11:03
    That's no problem at all - I'm grateful, and of course there's absolutely no rush. The book has only been out a week and the only reason I had it is that I paid Amazon about triple the cover price in shipping costs. Very nice package - his art is as good as ever and the format is somewhat larger than past titles. There's a "grand format" edition due out in a month, I gather with some extras, but I haven't seen any specifics about what will go into it. I'll keep your Assam Air Lines skin in business in the meantime, among others... EDIT: The more memorable aircraft in the book are the Burma Banshees (89th FS, 80th FG) P-40s (Phil Adair is a character and Lulu Belle figures prominently) but IIRC someone has already done a couple of those for the A2A WOP3 version.
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    October 13th, 2014, 21:17
    Just gave it a first quick test flight. What an absolute blast! This is the second recent freeware aircraft (Manfred's C-47 is the first) that makes it to the top of my list. Now I need to pick up Ant's T-28A for the trifecta... The Zlin reminds me of the lesson that it's much more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slowly. Extremely well done - highly recommended.
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    October 13th, 2014, 14:25
    @BertAtHome - thanks for checking. I'm stumped for the moment, but will try to do more file comparisons between the FSX and P3D installs and see what I can come up with. In other news... here's a repaint request. I'm always hesitant to make these since I've learned just enough about repainting to know how much work is involved (but not, unfortunately, to commit the time myself or to produce acceptable results). With that said... it'd be wonderful if someone could turn out a version of the CBI C-47 "Long Way Home" (last image on the linked page, scroll down, click to enlarge) featured in Yann and Romain Hugault's latest graphic novel, "Angel Wings" (first volume published last week in France, maybe an English version to follow at some future point but no guarantees). It's a pretty...
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