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The Western Chugach - Part 2 General Information
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:10:09 PM »
"The Western Chugach - Part 2: Cooper Landing & Quartz Creek Airport (JLA)"

Many of you have enjoyed The Western Chugach - Part 1 scenery package over the last three years.  At that time, I indicated there would be more.  Well, The Western Chugach - Part 2 (TWC - 2) is now here!

Though many of the RTMM Scenery locations are not always similar to real life, The Western Chugach (TWC) scenery series was developed to add realistic detail to bush scenery.  Unfortunately, as good as it is, ORBX SAK depicts very little terrain/object detail in this popular fishing, camping and hiking area in terms of settlements, towns, creeks, small rivers and campgrounds. 

The philosophy of The Western Chugach sceneries is to fill in that gap by using mostly existing RTMM objects together with hand crafted terrain/ground polys to create a "photo-similar" look to real life.   This means that, from the air, the area looks a lot like real life but, since most individual building objects are not scratch built to match the real thing (like we did in RTMM's Halibut Cove), most of the buildings just have "rough similarity" to the real thing.  However, many ground polys are hand-crafted to be a close match to the real life grass, gravel, dirt and pavement look of specific points of interest.   To enable the user to get a good understanding of what buildings are on the ground in real life, documentation and maps are provided to connect the real life names to the key TWC buildings in the scenery.

The Cooper Landing and Quartz Creek areas of The Western Chugach include some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska.  Straddling the Sterling Highway and on the banks of the fast-moving Kenai River, Cooper Landing features world-class salmon fishing, drift boat fishing, whitewater rafting/boating and excellent hiking and biking trails.  There are numerous fishing lodges, bed and breakfasts as well as the world-famous Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge which is one of Princess Cruise Line's Alaska cruisetour options.

Shown below is a high level map of the area that also indicates how TWC-1 fits in with TWC-2:



Key Features of The Western Chugach - Part 2:

- Integrates perfectly with TWC-1 but is significantly bigger covering almost 400 square miles

-Many, many more season-sensitive, hand painted and annotated (with autogen foliage to maximize frame rates) photo-similar ground poly areas (points of interest) than TWC-1 including residential areas, town areas, and non-residential/town areas like campgrounds, boat launch areas etc.

-Key missing water vectors (Russian River, Juneau Creek, Cooper Creek, Stetson Creek, Quartz Creek, Crescent Creek) have been hand crafted into their proper topographical locations

-New special effects to provide water trails and whitewater to help depict fast water movement in appropriate areas such as the Upper Kenai River, Kenai River Canyon, Juneau Falls and the Russian River Falls

-Significant increase in the density of the area's autogen vegetation to be more representative of the look of the Chugach National Forest. 

-Quartz Creek Airport (JLA) enhancements focused on more realistic visuals including a custom textured gravel runway, working windsock and enhanced surrounding areas including dense border foliage.

-Over 70 new objects including scratch-built models of the Russian River Ferry, the Chugach Electric Powerhouse and the centerpiece of Cooper Landing: The Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. 

- AI features include Floatplane departures from a dock just south of JLA in Spring, Summer and Fall and the Russian River Ferry also departs in Spring, Summer and Fall from its normal dock next to Sportsman's Landing.

-Detailed documentation that includes a list of all the key modeled real-life locations (many by mile marker) and, if available, hyperlinks to the real-life web pages.  Also included are two "zoomable" maps to help the user pinpoint the location of a specific building, campground etc.

- Supports the RTMM Season Switcher to control seasonal object placement, density, and  floatplane or ferry AI activity. 

-Special Features: 

A twenty mile Kenai River tour that can be done by boat or taxied by plane   (e.g. the Aerosoft Beaver).  At a sightseeing speed of 8 -12 knots, this tour can take two hours!  This tour is one
of the few exceptions to reality in TWC-2 since it is illegal to have any motored vehicle in most of the Upper Kenai River.

A visual Air Tour topographic map to help the pilot fly to/past all of the TWC-2 points of interest which can  take over an hour at a 75 to 80 knot sightseeing speed. 
   
The Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Project including Chugach Electric's Cooper Lake Powerhouse and access road, the Cooper Lake Intake building, the penstock location, Cooper Lake Dam, the dam spillway, the new Cooper Lake siphon outlet, access roads and the new Stetson Creek diversion dam/bldg.  Also included are links to documentation supporting the new diversion dam and why it was necessary to spend $23,000,000.

For those of you who have been to the RTMM Missing Cabins in this area, you will have some idea of the size of it.   TWC-2 encompasses 11 of the RTMM Missing Cabins.  They are noted on the Air Tour mentioned above.  If you have been to these cabins, you will want to return because it is a whole different experience with the creeks and Russian River in place.  It is much easier to find most of them even without using a flight plan, moving map (like Plan G) or coordinates.  The creeks and Russian River also provide a more overall realistic experience when looking for the cabins. 

Use the link below to see 25 TWC- Part 2 pics.  These pics just capture a small part of this large scenery area.  Click on the link below and then click on the first picture.       
                                   
The Western Chugach - Part 2 Picture Album link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ti1rgvco22q4zm7/AADBqZ_FT7CcmXK9ttxRkJNWa?dl=0

The Western Chugach - Part 2 is available in our scenery library under the letter "T"

Rod

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2018, 12:09:03 AM »
 :o   :o    :o

Wow!!!

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 09:48:03 AM »
I can only echo Jeff's statement WOW or maybe WOW WOW

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 10:53:31 AM »
Simply Love It Rod!
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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2018, 02:18:48 PM »
Rod,
That‘s so amazing!!!
TWC 2 will be my virtual summer residence!

I think the Chugach National Forest needs protection against wldfires and also do the beautiful modelled towns and settlements in this area.

So, I will send a helicopter fire attack team immediatly into this area to protect as soon as the scenery is released.

Ok boys....let‘s start the engines......heading north! ;D ;)
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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2018, 03:07:13 PM »
Klaus, “ Ride of the Valkyries “ is ready and speaker sound turned up to INSANE!
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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2018, 05:52:39 PM »

.....So, I will send a helicopter fire attack team immediatly into this area to protect as soon as the scenery is released.

Ok boys....let‘s start the engines......heading north! ;D ;)

Sure lucky there is a small helipad at the local med center for any injured firefighters or civilians.  Also, there is an emergency helo pickup area (can be blocked off when needed) at the Kenai Princess RV park.....there are lines designating the spot....look really close at the Kenai Wilderness Lodge 1 pic, at the river end of the RV Park  ;D

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 06:39:13 AM »
That‘s beautiful, Rod! :)

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 09:06:42 AM »
It's gonna be epic!

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2018, 05:43:00 AM »
Looking forward to it! I won't be able to sleep until it's released  :)

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Re: The Western Chugach - Part 2
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2018, 09:05:49 PM »
Don't miss the TWC - Part 2 Video Trailer #1 just posted by FSRobert.  Here is a link to the thread:

http://forum.mistymoorings.com/index.php?topic=3960.msg13922

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