• ndicki's Avatar
    July 18th, 2016, 05:50
    Couldn't have put it better myself. CFS3 does not reply on any particular folder structure for textures, so simply add one folder per skin, and keep the file names the same as the original. So all the skin files would be called, say, Hurricane_MkI_XXXXX_t.dds, and obviously, you'd be obliged to have them in separate folders inside the aircraft's own folder. Having said that, make sure no other aircraft uses the same texture name, as CFS3 hunts through the entire install for texture files. That means that your playable aircraft would also have random skins. In practice, I actually dropped this idea, because it has two side-effects; first, every AI Hurricane, let's say, will have the same skin. It won't put one on this one and one on that. It decides which to use, and uses that one...
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    July 15th, 2016, 01:47
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category CFS 3 British Aircraft Description: Hurricane Mk.I S/N unknown, Paddy III, F.O. Edgar 'Cobber' Kain, 73 Sqn RAF, British Expeditionary Force, Rouvres, France, April 1940. Before he was killed in an accident shortly after taking off from Echemines airfield in another Hurricane on 7th June 1940, he had used this one among others to run up a score of 16 kills and 1 damaged in the course of the Phoney War and Battle of France. All four Hurricanes he used carried the letter P for Paddy, named after his fitter. Original model by Patrick Didier, modified for MAW by Richard -Winjeel- Mason. Virtual cockpit model by Mathias Pommerian, modified for fixed-pitch airscrew by Clive "Pat Pattle" Morley.
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    July 14th, 2016, 23:38
    F/O Edgar "Cobber" Kain's next. Before he was killed in an accident shortly after taking off from Echemines airfield in another Hurricane on 7th June 1940, he had used this one among others to run up a score of 16 kills and 1 damaged in the course of the Phoney War and Battle of France. All four Hurricanes he used carried the letter P for Paddy, named after his fitter.
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    July 14th, 2016, 09:10
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category CFS 3 British Aircraft Description: Hurricane Mk.I 277 Q, No.1 Sqn South African Air Force, Kenya, 1940 The original 4 Hurricanes supplied to the South African Air Force were transferred up to East Africa in the course of May 1940, and began operations on 19th June 1940 with an attack on the Italian base at Yevello in Abyssinia. Unusually, they still had the two-blade Watts airscrew and cloth-covered wings, but were fitted with the tropical Vokes filter. This combination was not seen elsewhere and is specific to this Squadron. Original model by Patrick Didier, modified to this version by Clive "Pat Pattle" Morley. Virtual cockpit model by Mathias Pommerian, modified for fixed-pitch prop by Clive "Pat Pattle" Morley.
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 14th, 2016, 08:07
    And that blasted door has gone too, so you can fly in the African skies with the window open. Uploading now.
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    July 13th, 2016, 12:24
    There are a number of candidates - J-3 Cub, Stinson Reliant, Fairchild F24 - all impressed types, so records and photos are few...
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 13th, 2016, 05:27
    As it says, this may shock you. It has rag wings, the Watts two-blade airscrew, and... a Vokes filter. That is a combination which any Hurricane buff will tell you the RAF never used. And they'd be absolutely right. The RAF didn't. The SAAF did. This is one of the 4 Mk I Hurricanes used by No.1 Squadron South African Air Force, based in Kenya in June 1940 to attack the Italians in Italian East Africa. Clive 'Pat Pattle' did all the hard work in GMAX - it even has a modified cockpit with no pitch-control lever. Uploading soon!
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 13th, 2016, 05:16
    Interesting to know! I think I'm going to have to fiddle about a bit here. Thanks!
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    July 13th, 2016, 02:25
    That was it! Thanks. I hadn't updated the shaders in that install.
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    July 13th, 2016, 01:44
    There's a tweak I used in my 1939 install that changes the perspective so that you no longer get the exaggerated "the nearer it is, the bigger it looks" views that CFS3 uses by default. I didn't apply it at the time - it's fairly recent - to all my installs, because I wanted to be sure it worked well... And of course, I now can't remember what it was! Does anybody know?
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 11th, 2016, 08:20
    Could start here: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/85_squadron.html
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    July 10th, 2016, 11:52
    Haven't really got around to them yet, but you never know...
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    July 10th, 2016, 11:50
    Really the only type for BOB was the metal-winged version, including many earlier rag-wing ones which had been refitted. The metal wing was introduced in April 1939, although few were actually available until a year later. Equally, the fixed-pitch Watts propellor was phased out well before the BOB started, so it's De Havilland variable-pitch props with rounded spinners, although some aircraft did have pointed spinners. The slightly longer constant-speed Rotol spinner came in late 1940/early 1941 really, so that's out for the real battle. Propellors were replaced before wings, so a rag-wing with a three-blade variable pitch prop is common enough until May 1940 but no later, but no metal-wing Hurricane ever had a two-blade prop. Hope that helps!
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 9th, 2016, 11:08
    Good to know! There are a few more yet...
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    July 9th, 2016, 06:04
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category CFS 3 British Aircraft Description: Hurricane Mk.I P3119 VY-X, A Flight, 85 Squadron, 60 Wing, Air Component BEF, Lille, France 1939. P3119 has factory-applied bright pre-war style roundels, typical of Gloster-built aircraft, on the fuselage and the mainplane undersurfaces. Glosters continued to use the pre-war colours well into 1940. The original Type A1 roundels on the upper mainplanes have been reduced in size and painted over using the duller wartime colours. The orientation of the Squadron hexagon indicated the Flight - 'A' Flight's hexagons were point-up, while 'B'Flight's were flat side up. The flash within the hexagon is unidentified, and the colours assumed. Equally, the presence of an Air-Vice Marshal's pennant...
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 8th, 2016, 23:48
    Bored yet? This one's from France in 1939. The interest, other than the Squadron markings, lies in the Gloster factory-applied pre-war roundels. It took Glosters until the middle of 1940 to start using the duller colours introduced at the time of the Munich crisis.
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  • ndicki's Avatar
    July 8th, 2016, 07:24
    Bit of this, bit of that - imported from MAW, ETO and OFF... no idea what's what! But cloud sliders on... 3?
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    July 7th, 2016, 07:56
    A new entry has been added to Add-Ons Library, category CFS 3 British Aircraft Description: Hurricane Mk.I L1833 NO-J, No.85 Sqn Royal Air Force, RAF Debden, Munich Crisis, 1938. Original model by Patrick Didier, modified for MAW by Richard -Winjeel- Mason. Virtual cockpit model by Mathias Pommerian. These textures by Nigel 'ndicki' Dickinson.
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    July 7th, 2016, 04:32
    And another...
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    July 5th, 2016, 04:20
    Just a patch... Not sure why, or why the code is painted over what appears to be an otherwise unpainted patch.
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