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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 / Re: Community Folder Organization
« on: December 01, 2020, 12:37:28 PM »
With you all the way! It's not just the addons themselves that MS/Asobo keep breaking - almost every repaint I have downloaded or tried to add my own has been broken by at least one update, some even break every time and I spend hours trying to fix.

Oh, and they blatantly ignore any attempts at us creating authentic repaints because they insist on using mirrored aircraft parts. Data load hasn't been a problem since FS2002/4 when we started creating HD and UHD texture sheets at 2048 and 4096 pixels.


Screenshots / Re: Oooops!
« on: October 01, 2020, 10:10:04 AM »
I did discuss this on the msfs zendesk bug reporting. On thing that struck me was that the annoying female controller sounded too much like my last ex-wife...

The best synth voice I have heard is actually on my Honda satnav and it's th "UK male" voice. At least that one knows where to put the pauses.

Screenshots / Oooops!
« on: October 01, 2020, 03:02:32 AM »
After taking some close up shots on finals and short finals, I buggered up the landing. I just love ATC's response...

Misty's Place / Re: OMG
« on: September 26, 2020, 05:05:23 PM »
Congratulations and "Blue side up!"

That's already been done Karl - The modelers can do it with their 3D models during the build and I think that may be why the Asobo models use the decal system of adding liveries. You can add a texture to the mdl quite easily apparently. but it also means you could never really make freeware liveries anymore - you've seen the price of some of these modeling programs? Oh, and you can create those horizontal lines that wrap around the fuselage ends on the 3D mdl - I vaguely recal a program called FSRepaint - I used that to generate the multiple thin lines along a PA 31 rear fuselage.

Although... Blender is GNU software and I used Blender to extract the wireframes. I wonder if I could pour a bucket of paint into the Blender.... something for another lifetime perhaps?

One-Eye exit stage left, thinking arcane thoughts...

Well, it's definitely better to have teeth extracted than do the default C172. At least a couple of Ibuprofen remove the pain of extracted teeth. First pic below should show just how many sections of the texture sheet need butting up to match the "stripes" More to the point - some of the wire mesh areas are at different scales to others and the angles between one piece and the adjoining section are all skewed beyond belief.


At least the sun's glare hides a load of sins...

Msfs 2020 that is.

Darn that sim is annoying! Worse than the tax man. Making repaints is easy enough for many people because they are happy just changing the colours of the "decals" and likewise adding the pretty but simple to do airliner liveries. But when it comes down to "Eagleskinnering" it starts to get complicated. One of may favourite liveries has always been the American flag fluttering down the sides of a fuselage. Remember this? I did it for the A2A C182 - the second one below it is the result of hours and hours of fiddling with the flag split over 16 different parts of the wireframe (so far) and I have only just covered the front half of the fuselage.

But the learning curve doesn't just end with locating the split lines on the model - has anyone seen the fun and joy involved with creating an repaint set of folders in msfs 2020? Deep joy!

Still - I do think the third party devs that I am speaking to (and who are still listening) are making more logically structured texture sheets.

Anyway, the two lower specimen images are very much w-i-p, but I am getting there, so doing a mod for Misty shouldn't be too difficult once we get some decent aircraft on offer.

Misty's Place / Re: Kicks the door in...
« on: September 02, 2020, 05:23:22 PM »
I have now had the opportunity to have a fly or three around Ketchikan, Bella Coola, Annette Island some more. There are a couple of odd terrain "funnies" to be found, fly north from Bella Coola a mile or two...

But the region is fairly gentle on my PC - I barely notice FPS drop or increase changing the visuals from high to ultra and back. The only problems seem to be high density areas such as a few miles around New York. Even ORBX London City and Landmarks hardly eat FPS. Building new sceneries might be a bind, but apparently "porting" is possible.

We shall see.

Naaahhh... 32's just fit the desk - 42's would have been "interesting"

Misty's Place / Is your pit a tip? MSFS Encounters of the first kind...
« on: August 28, 2020, 01:52:16 PM »
Well, Old One-Eye's is becoming homelier by the day. One day, once I have understood the dark and arcane art of creating liveries, I may even add some of the features you see here. Dogs optional of course.

Yes, that is a very fine 19 year old single malt - I have run out of Uncle Elmer's number 5 (that was something One-Eye used to smug... erm... deliver to any bush field from his days at Emma Field for those who remember)

Three monitors? Yup - all connected to a dual Geforce 1070, so all work in harmony. But as we have all already discovered, the Fjords are currently very poorly populated, Perhaps there's a secret deal between MSFS and ORBX - have you seen what they have produced already?

As for MSFS - there will be a few grumbles and complaints for a while yet, but the weather and that fraught butt-clenching flying is here already. Just select a typical alaska type day and fly around PNW looking for Cushman and Bear Gulch... some lovely One-Eye delivery weather there! Won't catch the rev'noo in the air on days like that!

Which is why we need a Beaver (The DHC2 kind, ya dirty minded lot!) Half a ton, anywhere, any place, any time.

Have fun until someone get's into Alaska - but never forget - the crash average in real Alaska is between one and two aircraft a day.

(probably mostly folk avoiding that Beaver "Dirty Gertie" that keeps dodging around with no lights on and below the radar...

Misty's Place / Re: Kicks the door in...
« on: August 27, 2020, 11:41:37 AM »
I am getting used to 2020, but it is rather lacking the most important bush plane going - the DHC2, of course. The other annoyance is that to get real weather at a time that suits me would mean me having to fly later in the day. Time zones...

There are too many glass cockpitted aircraft nowadays, lets get some traditional life going...

Misty's Place / Re: @Robert: Video
« on: August 27, 2020, 11:34:09 AM »
Not the cat, the SF260.

Electric power? Nice - my first powered SF260 had a 10cc glow fuel engine - early 70's. But there are some petrol powered versions of the model with smoke too - pretty.

I designed the paintscheme for the real world owner  of DESIC about 10 years ago. perhaps less. It was a fun job. I know a few model companies looked at this particular plane. 90" just under 8 feet span... Very nice!

Mind you, very few approached the owner for permission as far as I know, and no one contacted me, so the liveries may not all be 100% accurate copies.

The current owner has it registered in UK - look for G-RAZI.

Misty's Place / Re: @Robert: Video
« on: August 27, 2020, 09:17:40 AM »
Oooh - I recognise that! It's my paint design on D-ESIC now owned by my friend Paul, who bought this a cople of years ago and is now a UK registered aircraft.

That's not you or Steve is it?

Misty's Place / Kicks the door in...
« on: August 26, 2020, 02:51:05 PM »
"Honey, I'm Hoooome"

Hi everyone, Old One-Eye is back after years of retirement. Unfortunately with msfs 2020 though, and I am pretty sure most of you active folk are a bit miffed (to quote John Cleese) that the 2020 version of our "Airspace" means a lot of work.

So, how are you all? Surviving I hope. Any plans for 2020 activities? It may all seem like eye candy at first and I am experiencing too many bugs for my liking - but it will get better and our home could probably benefit from a bit of polishing.

Or at least a couple of good bottles of 15+ year old single malt of your choosing...

Misty's Place / Re: The power is out!
« on: January 16, 2017, 03:45:44 AM »
That sucks!

I live fairly safe here - power outages are exceedingly rare in urban Germany. It is even rarer for the telephone landlines to go down, because they have a completely different power net and voltage. Besides, even if my nearest transformer were to go down, there'd be a re-router kicking in to supply us from a different part of the net.

But if it ever should happen here, I guess I'd be woken by the UPS alarm going off. Hmmm. Then again, that might not happen as the backup batteries are long overdue replacement - however, as I have now retired and no longer work with my PC, that isn't likely to happen any more  ;)

Still, reading this thread has served to remind me just how truly rich some of us are; the last power failure I experienced was 17 or 18 years ago, in Greece. I was day-boss at an Internet Café at the time and we had 10 UPS in place plus a modestly large (and noisy) (and expensive) petrol generator out back. A recent visit to a local D-i-Y home store was a surprise too - a modern Honda or Briggs and Stratton powered generator is almost cheaper than a quality UPS with a half hour backup battery.

Times they sure are a changing!

...and remember, electricity doesn't come out of a hole in  the wall. Er... oh, it does?

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