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    Today, 09:13
    Alan_A replied to a thread 200,000 + in FSX General Discussion
    True, but that was in the first full year of release, with in-store presence (back when that mattered) and advertising support. The fact that FSX is still generating sales at this level nine years after release, even at a discount, is pretty impressive. By way of analogy, think of a 2006 movie that gets re-released in theaters in 2015 and sells roughly the same number of tickets in a few months as it did in its first-run year. Given the way sales roll off even after a couple of weeks or months, that'd show an unusually healthy level of interest, even if the ticket price is much lower (because on the other hand, there are a lot of other things that people can spend their money on now). So to me this shows surprisingly robust interest in FSX. And depending on Dovetail's...
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    Yesterday, 20:23
    No, thank YOU! Most appreciated!
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    Yesterday, 19:26
    One more down vote on the prop textures - the new ones are seriously bizarre. But a major up vote on Jankees' work - really looking forward to flying those paints once the a/c is released and a non-horrifying prop is fitted.
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    April 15th, 2015, 20:39
    Ah, that makes sense. Sorry, I'm just coming up to speed on my Heron variants - been trying to master obscure Spitfires just recently (recon versions, field modifications and such) but my Herons are behind the curve. Would much rather stay authentic. I don't even like using Spitfire Mk V paints on the A2A Mk I/II, let alone the later versions, though I'll do it if I have to. So a correctly engined Heron is more than OK. With you on low and slow. Three things stuck with me about those Prinair flights: the captain finishing his preflight, turning to all of us lined up on the ramp and saying "OK, let's go to St. Thomas"; the St. Thomas-bound flight, where we slowly (it seemed) overtook a big tanker at about 4,000 feet, and the return flight, where we flew out over the harbor at...
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    April 15th, 2015, 19:22
    Oh, that's a beauty! Was just looking at Prinair Heron photos - had forgotten about the variety of colors. Thought immediately of Braniff, then discovered the Wikipedia entry makes the same comparison. I think mine was one of the red or orange ones, but at 40-plus years remove, I can't be sure. Doesn't matter. This one will do nicely. Am setting aside time to take her down to San Juan whenever you're ready. No rush, but when you're there, I'll be there. Thanks for taking her on!
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    April 15th, 2015, 12:19
    Alan_A replied to a thread C-97 in FSX General Discussion
    +1 - using the tanker for flight training so I can be ready to haul lots of stuff around remote parts of the globe... without looking too closely at the manifests... :cool: EDIT: and that was my SOH post number 377. A good omen, I think!
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    April 14th, 2015, 21:40
    I noticed the same re: outside views in flight - also using Track IR 5. I left a note in the other thread about high ground friction in P3D 2.5 but that may in fact be realistic, or may have something to do with Accu-Feel or with P3D itself (I've seen the issue in a few other aircraft). None of which keeps me from saying - what a fantastic piece of work!
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    April 14th, 2015, 21:37
    Alan_A replied to a thread C-97 in FSX General Discussion
    She's a beast, all right - but a beast with personality, which is all I ask for in a beast. Just had time for a brief circuit at KADW in P3D 2.5. She handles nicely and the sounds are terrific. I did notice she's very hard to get rolling from a full stop. Reducing the fuel load seemed to help and maybe the taxi friction is what goes normally with a full load. However, I've had the same issue in P3D with a few other aircraft, notably the A2A B-17, so I mention it here for what it's worth. I have Accu-Feel running so I need to test with that turned off as well. More work to do but I'd be interested to know if others have seen the same behavior. My testing time is limited over the next few days but I'll report back as best I can. Bottom line: really a pleasure, looking forward...
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    April 14th, 2015, 09:08
    Looking truly excellent. Standing by, patiently, for one or another of those Prinair paints...
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    April 12th, 2015, 11:54
    Gman - really glad to see you taking this on. I've been a Heron fan ever since a Prinair San Juan-St. Thomas round trip in '73 - my first-ever low-altitude, "real flying" experience. Picked up the FR version but, perhaps like others here, found it a little lacking in character. I'd put that down to my own maybe over-romanticized memories. Still, I haven't spent as much time in it as I'd meant to. If you can bring out some more of its personality, I'll be glad to jump back in. Another great example of SOH volunteerism - for which, many thanks!
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    April 8th, 2015, 10:50
    +1 for the photography option. I often fly military single-seaters in FSX/P3D in a photo recon profile - it's one of the few mission profiles that really works in a civilian flightsim (plus it's close to my heart for other reasons - note my avatar). The ability to produce actual results would be a fantastic enhancement.
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    April 6th, 2015, 08:12
    To me the textures in your second post look right - there's a clear difference among the flat-painted, painted metal and bare metal areas, but not so strong as to be exaggerated. I'm not sure that more shine on the bare metal would help, unless you're trying for that over-polished warbird-at-an-airshow look that you see on modern P-51s. But that show look never appealed to me, so maybe I'm just reflecting (so to speak) my own preferences...
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    April 2nd, 2015, 14:11
    Bjoern... bravo! :applause:
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