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  • Willy's Avatar
    Today, 09:52
    Actually, all I did to make that one was to convert the original pdn texture to a bmp, make it black & white, invert the colors to the make the shiny bits dark, the painted sections that I didn't want shiny, I repainted in a very light grey (240/240/240ish usually works for me, just enough to give a slight gloss effect) and then adjusted the brightness up to lower the shine. Once I get the hang of it for a particular aircraft (values are often different due to model reflectivity), I can do one in less than about 15 mins including time spent sipping coffee. Ed, can you see it this time?
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  • srgalahad's Avatar
    Today, 08:39
    Speaking of which, "Aluminum Overcast" has been here at CYBW since Wednesday (leaving tomorrow) and so far I've avoided the temptation to go for a ride (although at a bit more pricey $475 - don't know if that's Cdn or USD) but it's been fun to watch it flying overhead 3-4 times a day- in fact, she's overhead as I write this!. Checked the Lotto tix this morning, and no, I still can't afford the Mars :pop4:
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  • PRB's Avatar
    Today, 08:30
    PRB replied to a thread Mars - 2 days - $25000 in The NewsHawks
    Dang! The B-17 just cost 350 dollars! Even at two days, assuming 350/hr over two 8 hr days, that's still only 5600. Of course they don't teach you how to fly it.
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  • srgalahad's Avatar
    Today, 08:23
    No, that's not a new, super-quick trip to the red planet on a low-cost fare. However, it IS a flight experience that might never get repeated...
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  • Willy's Avatar
    Today, 06:28
    Ed, I'm seeing it just fine. Basically it's a work in progress alpha layer with the different panels on the fuselage having different shades of grey. I've been using it on my test textures.
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  • Willy's Avatar
    Today, 05:26
    Nigel, something like this? When I started having problems the other day, I went to the paint kit for an aircraft that IMHO has the best bare metal going and tried to figure out how it was done. Your work on Milton's Harpoon. Didn't really figure out much but it did give me some ideas that guided me to the direction that the T-33 ended up in. A lot of times, I'll see something I like and try to sort out how it was done and incorporate that idea into what I'm doing. Some times it works and other times I end up having to try something different. I'm trying to redo the base textures for the F-80 to match what I did with the T-33. Ed Wells made a great paint kit for the T-33 and I've got a lot of ideas from it and one of the things I'm doing with the F-80 is to try to make it...
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    Yesterday, 14:14
    Approved. You may use ground mapping radar systems if the plane has one. And glad to have you on board! O.T. - Where have I been? I didn't know those folks at Virtavia made an A-4 for FSX! Looks pretty nice too. Might have to purchase that one...
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  • PRB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:47
    Interesting before and after pics. The approach light towers are smaller. And the car is older... :) And that 727 laying down a black smoke screen! Good stuff.
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  • Moses03's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:15
    And here is a video with more great vintage planes landing at Love Field at the same time of the photo above. Don't you love Youtube? Starts out with the planes and then picks it up again at 2:06 into the clip. The other footage is of the downtown Dallas area where JFK was shot.
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  • Moses03's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57
    Found a photo of a Braniff Electra on final into Dallas Love Field (KDAL), runway 13L circa 1968. What is really neat about this particular shot is that my father used to take us to this exact same spot when I was a kid to watch the planes land. I could have very well been around when this photo was taken. Thought it would be fun to compare the old photo with what it looks like now. It was near this spot that I saw my one and only Constellation in flight. (I don't recall any obvious airline markings so it could have been a freighter). Note the baby blue Chevy Corvair (67-68?). Fantastic.
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  • Willy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16
    FSX native with spec textures really helps. Unlike the F-80 which is a portover and my main focus. The T-33 is at a point now that unless I learn a new trick, any more tinkering will probably just make it worse. So, I've saved that "recipe" and try to see if I can apply it to the F-80 and see what happens. My previous attempt at the 80 came out with some odd pinkish, purplish tints so I'm redoing the metal layer using the shades of grey from the T-33.
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  • Cees Donker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:48
    The carrier has a frequency you can tune into with the RFN gauge. It points you to the carrier and even has a ILS function. Hope this helps, Cees DaveB is the expert!
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  • Moses03's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05
    Hey Keith, is that a Comper Streak?
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  • Willy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:32
    I keep plugging away at doing bare metal from scratch and while I am making progress, I think I've still got a bit to go. But this T-33 paint I did for our up coming jet race is about where I'm at with it now. I need another "ah ha moment"....
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  • Willy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:28
    I was going to switch over the T-33, but ran into some "otto" issuses. Like as near as I can tell, it doesn't have one. So, I figured I'd go back to my old trusty Gee Bee. I did get this pic of it along with Taco checking his guns in the background....
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  • Moses03's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 19:37
    We rounded the Cape (Town), and now heading back up the continent. Acquired something a little more suitable for long distance desert flying. A working lavatory and full galley...
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  • Willy's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 16:49
    I thought someone said there's a beach around here???
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  • PRB's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 13:42
    Thanks for the scenery tip Mike! I'm reading this book right now. About half way through. The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War. An amazing story. To say those crews had "big giant brass ones" would understate it. The loss rate for these missions was 50%. And still they went out day after day, inventing a new way to deal with a new threat. By trial and error.
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  • PRB's Avatar
    June 23rd, 2016, 13:39
    Welcome Roman! Quite an interesting collection of aircraft you have chosen!
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