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  1. #1

    Just Can't Help Myself

    I wanted to fly today. I got interrupted over and over. Then when I finally created my flightplan, it was 3+hours in the C172 and I just didn't want to fly that long. So, I went to Skyvector. Currently I am at KCHS Charleston, SC from my last flight from Myrtle Beach. I started looking at the sectional and saw an airport, KDBN, W.H. Bud Barron Airport in Dublin GA. About 1 and a half hours. Just right. My next step is to search and see if I can find an FSX airport for it. No such luck! Ok, open up ADE and see what the 12 year old (or more) ACEs default FSX looks like. Not too bad. Now open up Google Earth and oh yah it's not very accurate if it was 12 years ago. The first thing I did was to replace the nicely surfaced closed runway with a ground poly of old broken concrete like it looks in Google Earth. Had to straighten out the taxiway to runway 32 which was not right and length it. Then I had to add the blastpads to 2/20. Fix the apron and add 11 more parking spots for GA and resize them all. Now I'm ready to fly and Google Earth had one of those nice 3D on the ground shots of the terminal not just the top down and that did it for me. The next 3 hours went into creating an accurate terminal in Sketchup WITH night textures added in MDCx. I was going to just resize and use some fsx default buildings but after doing the terminal I am going to try and get some accurate hangers as well since Google Earth lets me get down on the street and walk around the outside of the airport. When I am finished I will share it here and fly my flightplan from KCHS to KDBN.





  2. #2
    Yep, that's how it happens. You land at an airport, you like the surrounding area and so you look to see what the actual airport looks like and "BAM". . .hello Sketchup, lol
    USAF Retired, 301st Fighter Wing, Carswell AFB, Texas
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  3. #3

    Insomnia?

    Quote Originally Posted by falcon409 View Post
    Yep, that's how it happens. You land at an airport, you like the surrounding area and so you look to see what the actual airport looks like and "BAM". . .hello Sketchup, lol
    I saw when you posted this...I was sound asleep in my jammies dreaming something at "O-dark thirty".
    LOL!

  4. #4

    Today's updates

    I decided after seeing the PR background I created in SBuilder that this was so out of wack that I made 15 screenshots in Google Earth and made a mosaic of them as background in ADEx. Then I realigned everything the way it should look. I also made two more hangers with Google Earth Street View and Google Earth Pro both up so that I had aerial and on the ground views besides the screenshots. Well the day is done. My wrist is wore slap out from "mouse work" but I just checked it out in FSX and the taxiways and runways are all aligned perfectly with the photoreal so it was a good day's work all in all. More tomorrow and some hanger shots to share. Also made an iron fence that is entry to the apron by the terminal in Sketchup. Telephoned the office and found out where the beacon is located. Really nice guy who also clued me in that there is no Airstar FBO any more, just self-serve fueling. He was really interested when I told him what I was calling about. I've never had occasion to call somewhere like JFK, ORD or ATL but the mid-size and small airports I've found all are nice and very helpful people like Falcon 409 has also commented. Especially when you describe why you need the info that you are recreating THEIR airport and want it to be as accurate as the flight simulator will let you be. "Wiedersehen"

  5. #5

    Just About Done

    I spent most of the day finishing up the rest of the hangers: all custom but for a couple FSX airport objects that fit "the profile" and all but 3 are completed. I have been checking it in the sim and I think it looks good including the photoreal background. I will check it out and then send it to a couple "testers" in FSX and P3D and also post some screenshots here tomorrow as well. It's late again. So signing off.

  6. #6

    Finally Done

    Here are four screenshots of the complete airport: 2 from the air and two from the ground. I finished this morning and would like some feedback. The terminal has night textures. The hangers do not because the airport is basically open from dawn to dusk unlike larger ones. I have seen video of aircraft landing at night and the runways are lit as in real life but it is not lit up a lot. I tried a couple of times to realign the airport with the photoreal background with no success. When you open up FSX it is not perfect so I am not using it. It is included out of the scenery if you want to try but I am just going to fly it in FSX scenery. Let me know if there is something major that needs fixing. Otherwise, as we said in the Navy: "It's close enough for government work!" LOL

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/wa4l1...rport.zip/file













    Here is the mediafire link to download the airport:

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/hxtnb...rport.zip/file


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    Richard, in the third pic I see the misalignment I guess you're referring to. . .if that is a runway, when you select it it will give you a small node off the end of the rwy that allows you to rotate it. You can make adjustments that way to realign it. . .or in the properties for that rwy you can adjust the heading incrementally until it lines up correctly.
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    I wish to thank you sir, I sure appreciate your efforts and then sharing your hard work with all of us.

    Pat
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    Tried

    Quote Originally Posted by falcon409 View Post
    Richard, in the third pic I see the misalignment I guess you're referring to. . .if that is a runway, when you select it it will give you a small node off the end of the rwy that allows you to rotate it. You can make adjustments that way to realign it. . .or in the properties for that rwy you can adjust the heading incrementally until it lines up correctly.
    Thank you for helping. I took screenshots in FSX and then put those images into ADEx and aligned them but then when FSX is opened it doesn't go where it belongs. I have had this issue before with some other airport(s) can't remember now which ones. KASH worked beautifully. I have created 6 photoreal background shots in SBuilderX a bit ago. Tomorrow I am going to see if I align the runways and taxiways on top of the photoreal from a screenshot in FSX what happens. If they stay put where they belong then I will use this 6 set photoreal background and reposition hangers and aprons. Then I will release the airport with the photoreal background because it is so much more accurate than the 10-15 year old FSX is. More tomorrow. Its an early morning so that's it.
    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by p14u2nv View Post
    I wish to thank you sir, I sure appreciate your efforts and then sharing your hard work with all of us.

    Pat
    I have had so much help here as well as enjoyment from others work they shared I started a couple years ago to give back.
    Last edited by tgycgijoes; May 11th, 2022 at 18:53.

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    If you have about 15 minutes or so free and can get on TS, I think I can help with the alignment problem. Just PM me if that's possible.
    USAF Retired, 301st Fighter Wing, Carswell AFB, Texas
    My SOH Uploads: http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforum...erid=83&sort=d

    Current System Specs:
    FSX/Accel | Windows10 64bit
    Motherboard: MSI760GM-E51(MS-7596)
    CPU: 3.9GHz AMD FX-4300 Quad-Core | RAM: 16GB DDR3 1333
    GPU: NVidia GTX 970 (4GB GDDR5)

  11. #11

    Just Replied

    Quote Originally Posted by falcon409 View Post
    Richard, in the third pic I see the misalignment I guess you're referring to. . .if that is a runway, when you select it it will give you a small node off the end of the rwy that allows you to rotate it. You can make adjustments that way to realign it. . .or in the properties for that rwy you can adjust the heading incrementally until it lines up correctly.
    Just sent you a PM thank you.

  12. #12

    Final Update

    Yesterday and today I got some clarification from the airport manager at Bud Barron Airport. Really nice and helpful. Since I was not able to find a detailed airport diagram, just a simple sketch on Airnav, I called the airport. Google Earth shows taxiway signs. I was able to get the designations on the phone and sketched them as we talked. Also found out that all the taxiways are lighted so I corrected that as well. Hope you all enjoy flying it. Another nice, small general aviation airport. There are 18 single engine; 1 multi-engine and one helicopter based on the field if you want to do an ai aircraft to add. The Multi-engine is a Beechcraft Baron; there are Piper Cherokee, Cessna C172 Skyhawk and a Beechcraft Bonanza today according to Flightaware. Yesterday there was a Cessna C182 Skylane so there's a start for your AIFP3 flighplans. I'd go to Flightaware and write down the registrations and types and where they are going to. Do the same tomorrow. That is how I do it for small or large airports.

    Here is the update. Replace the 3 bgl files in your scenery folder.

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/ugjtd...pdate.zip/file

    And that's a wrap!

  13. #13

    Photoreal Scenery

    Falcon 409 and I spent a few hours on Teamspeak as he coached me through SBuilderX compile of photoreal scenery the right way. My frustration was that I was doing it all wrong and he helped me get it right. After I align taxiways and hangers with the photoreal background I will create a new KDBN W.H. Bud Barron airport to share here and also on AVSIM which has given me so much all these years of flightsimming. Watch here for some photos and the download link next week. Hope you all have a great weekend.

  14. #14
    Richard, check your PM's
    USAF Retired, 301st Fighter Wing, Carswell AFB, Texas
    My SOH Uploads: http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforum...erid=83&sort=d

    Current System Specs:
    FSX/Accel | Windows10 64bit
    Motherboard: MSI760GM-E51(MS-7596)
    CPU: 3.9GHz AMD FX-4300 Quad-Core | RAM: 16GB DDR3 1333
    GPU: NVidia GTX 970 (4GB GDDR5)

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