Since I had to stay up for a while to let the ferrets have their daily time out of their cage to run, romp and attack my toes...I spent some time looking through the huge folder of Photoshop repaint templates, sorting out the ones that I am/will be using and those that are no longer active. Found a partially completed paint kit for Greg's Albatross...and that got me to fire up the big beautiful amphib. While I had it in the air, I got to thinking about how much better the bare metal skins would look if the MDL were to be tweaked for reflective texturing.
So, that's what I did. Adjusted the glass and gave it a bunch of specular shine, then ran the MDL through MDLC117 to add reflective texturing. Still need to take the MDL into a hex editor to fix the prop disk material and the vc thingie (have to remove the reflective from those areas to make them work properly, otherwise the prop wash is way wonky and the vc gauges don't look right).
Would anyone else be interested in having a reflective MDL for the Albatross? Would any of you skinners who are very adept at bare metal work be willing to put such an MDL to use and whip up some nice new skins for the plane? Who else would I need to contact for permission to upload a tweaked MDL file?
I will also put together a dedicated sound pack for the Albatross...a true twin engine number with individual left and right engine sounds.