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    Mike Stone'Aircraft

    Garry Smith sadly passed away last year. Garry, along with Edward C Moore, ran the most amazing freeware site, http://www.ford-tri-motor.net/frontpage.htm

    This site has a range of Facts, Fun, & Fiction planes, textures & scenery, complete with sloping runways, ramps & even circular banked runways.
    Did you know that Henry Ford wanted to set up his own factory town in Brazil, called Fordlandia? Now you can fly there.
    There is also a 'Blackhawk Project' scenery, with hidded runways in a mountain!

    Garry also hosted his own catalogue of repaints, Milton's older aircraft, as well as a full collection of over 100 of Mike Stone's aircraft.

    Since Garry's passing on, Ed has graciously hosted the site, however, the links to Garry's catalogue, along with Milton's & Mike's aircraft are dead.

    It will be very sad to see these older add-on's disappear & fade away. These guys were the backbone of our hobby & motivated quite a few others to start developing for us.

    In my internet travels, I found a link to a collection of Mike's aircraft. Can anyone confirm if this collection is complete?

    http://aussiex.org/forum/index.php?/...ne-collection/

    Quote.." About This File

    This is my attempt to salvage the files from being lost for forever. Every model he ever made is in this file. I did get permission from Mr Mike Stone himself. I am not making ANY money out of this and I think his legacy should be honoured hence I have put it up for all those people that DID appreciate Mike's efforts."

    Mike Stone.. a much forgotten & unappreciated developer.
    His add-on's are not as detailed as others may be, but are really fun to fly.
    Remember, our hobby is meant to be Fun, Facts & Fiction!

    We need to preserve the legacy of our forgotten developers, including the late Garry Smith, who gave so much freely to our hobby, without thanks, & with often with much undeserved criticism, causing them to leave our hobby!


    Personally,
    I was getting very bored with the usual point-to-point flying, when I found the Ford site. To cut a long story short, I ended up being a beta tester for Garry, for an unreleased ' Death Star' project that also included some of Mike's planes. I've ended up flying my Ford Project install exclusively with all the Ford add-ons, with a few others, including all of Milton & team's collection.. I've added in Bill Lyon's add-ins as well, so I can use a skier to go down the ramps, as well as an Oldsmobile to drive around banked ovals.

    It's just my appreciation for those forgotten freeware developers out there.

    It would be great if we could preserve these aircraft. I've found one or two of Mike's planes for FS2002 that look interesting, such as a Ford Tri-motor on floats.

    Can we possibly send out a 'search party' to try find all these missing legacy planes, & maybe any ideas of how to preserve them?

    FS2004 still rocks!


    Regards,
    Robin.

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    I'll see what I have in my "dungeons".

    hertzie

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    Many thanks for your time taken.
    Much appreciated..

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    I don't have a complete list, but at 107 files, I think this should be pretty close. It has the Geobat, so I'm good!

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    Many thanks, Tom. You are a star!

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    Ford-Tri-Motor.Org still up and working!!!

    Greetings,
    Ed Moore here, sorry Garry passed before he was able to set up my access to his web-site. It is gone now forever.
    Did a check at my site, the trick is login with ORG. Downloads of Aircraft repaints, scenery and such work. Do have the float DH-80
    model for download. Good luck and take care.
    Warm Regards,
    Ed

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    Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated,
    And a big thanks for keeping the Ford site going for as long as you have.

    Kind Regards,
    Robin

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    There are 6,789 view and 1,345 downloads. If everyone that downloaded would send him $5 and those that viewed would send him $1 he would get a nice 'tip' for all his work.
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    Somehow, the link to Mike's planes above got a little bit corrupt.

    http://aussiex.org/forum/index.php?/...ne-collection/

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    Quote Originally Posted by napamule View Post
    There are 6,789 view and 1,345 downloads. If everyone that downloaded would send him $5 and those that viewed would send him $1 he would get a nice 'tip' for all his work.
    Chuck B
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    He was certainly not in it for the money!
    From his license readme... 'Any distribution of this software must be made freely available to the public, without restriction or fee of any kind.'

    At the moment, there is no way to get hold of Mike. Emails to him are returned.

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    Ford-Tri-Motor.net; Status currently, up & running!
    Greetings everyone,
    As of today the site is up and working!!
    All three Domains renewed for another
    year. All downloads are free! Please enjoy,
    Garry would be happy knowing his work is
    being enjoyed and used.
    Take care, now go have fun!!
    Regards Ed

    http://www.ford-tri-motor.net/

    http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforum...up-amp-running!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zswobbie1 View Post
    Somehow, the link to Mike's planes above got a little bit corrupt.

    http://aussiex.org/forum/index.php?/...ne-collection/
    It currently works for me.

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    Sorry Tom, I thought it looked a bit weird, & my PC gave a bit of a hiccup!I have to sometimes start up my laptop with a hairdryer! No joke!All good!

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    When you have a world wide web made up of eleventeen brazillion computers, you never can really know what might happen sometimes. I'm shocked it even works at all sometimes!

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