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Misty's Place / Flying BC
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:15:48 PM »
Here's a short video found by a friend.  Beautiful country.  Love to get there one of these days.  Only been as far west as Manitoba.  Not quite as green.

Misty's Place / Glacier calving
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:55:25 AM »
Don't know how many of you folks have seen this but it's definitely one time when the word 'awesome' is probably inadequate.

In 2008, the calving of Greenland's Ilulissat Glacier was caught on film.  Imagine the whole lower tip of Manhattan breaking off into the sea.  That's a rough estimate as to the size of the event.  Impressive doesn't really cover it.

Screenshots / PNG
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:49:00 AM »
Rather than hijack Jeff's Africa thread any further, here's a shot of some Pacific bush.  The volcano is just across the water from the end of the Tokua, Papua New Guinea airstrip.  It's got about 4 stages of eruption - the white and red burst shown here, a plume of black smoke, a narrower black plume with flying rocks and a black smoke/red burst.  Very neat.  Just off the port wingtip at about 10 o'clock, there's another sea level 'eruption'.  I don't know whether it's a blowhole or simply steam but it certainly adds to the activity in the area.

There are 39 airports and 18 waterports/helipads scattered throughout the region.  They're all based on real locations and range from sea level strips to some at over 11,500', all short to medium length.  There's even a helipad at 11,527' for Klaus to play on!

For those interested, the package is Raw Grit: PNG Bushpilot/Extreme Bush Pilot from Pacific Island Simulations.  I've only scratched the surface but it looks like a lot of challenging fun.

Love the tail paint on the Twotter.  Skin also available at PIS.  All settings are default for water.  Haven't played with that, yet.  Did add a PNG mesh, though.

Help and Troubleshooting / Managing Aircraft
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:56:39 PM »
I know how to add new textures to a SimObject folder but, if I want to delete a scheme, can I just reverse the process? We've all got various aircraft that we look at and say 'what colour-blind moron picked that scheme to include in the package?'.  I also can't see me having any use for a Chilean or Ghanaian scheme on a plane so can I get rid of it by removing/moving the texture folder and thumbnail (if external to the folder) and editing the aircraft.cfg to reflect the change (making backup files first, of course)? Will it work on default FSX aircraft? Some of the stock airliners use what appears to be the same thumbnail which is obviously incorrect.  They can be replaced with new screenshots but, since I haven't even loaded one yet, I don't know if I'd even bother.  I'd probably use payware replacements in any case.

For example, I have the Flight1 DC-2 and there are at least 40 textures for it.  Obviously, there is no way I'm going to need every one of them so I'd like to 'trim the fat' a bit.  I have no intention of removing any stock folders or AI aircraft (it'd probably screw something up somewhere else) but I'd like to cut down the visible aircraft options in the selection screen.

Help and Troubleshooting / Managing Scenery Library Entries
« on: February 03, 2013, 09:30:45 PM »
Did I, or did I not, see a trick for quickly moving an entry up or down the library? It sure gets to be more than a nuisance if you have to shift things ten or twenty or fifty places, particularly as your library grows.  There are over 100 sceneries for RTMM alone and I'm not looking forward to the point when I have to shift a newly entered Yes Bay Lodge below Yakhoun Lake Cabin, just to keep things alphabetical!

Screenshots / A Couple of Test Shots
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:32:16 AM »
Just messing around for a while.  Very rusty.  Got down at Misty's with the Scout but ended up in the drink! Really need rudder pedals (hopefully next week) and TrackIR.  Hate the FSX view system.

General Discussion / Mapping the RTMM Area
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:02:03 AM »
I know that the various locations created by the team usually come with route maps and there are the general area ones in the map room but does anyone have a simple map of the territory covered by RTMM.? All the maps we have now are very 'busy' and I'm finding it difficult to wrap my head around the relationships between all the sites.  I know Misty's is 'just a stone's throw' from PAKT but where the heck do Dog Salmon Creek or Big Hydro fit into the picture?  Is there a map without contours and colours and lines and all that stuff that I could use to plot things on? Nothing quite as simple as an outline map but one that maybe has the main cities marked or the water/land features labeled? I'm just a poor city boy and this really is the wilderness.  (I have seen the Atlantic Ocean, though!)

Help and Troubleshooting / Installing AI traffic
« on: January 26, 2013, 08:24:15 PM »
I'm trying to install the 3 sets of AI Shipping Project objects into FSX but I'm getting nowhere.

The automatic and/or manual installer on all three gets me to the point where the screen says that I will next be able to choose my FSX master folder but when I press the good old 'any' key  ;) , I get the error message shown.  The only way out of that screen is by closing it (the 'any' key doesn't work there either).

So far, the other manual AI installs are working fine.  It's just seems like the auto installer files are buggy.

Any suggestions?


Screenshots / Unexpected Guest
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:15:54 PM »
An unusual visitor from Sproat Lake, BC.  Lots of room for landing or takeoff, but it may require some assistance to turn around!

General Discussion / It's about time!
« on: January 24, 2013, 10:37:13 PM »
Finally, nearly two years after taking early retirement, I have a new computer hot enough to run FSX at a decent level.  It may not be optimized for the sim but, to be honest, that really wasn't my top priority.  I'm also a big fan of strategy games likeTotal War, Combat Mission, Men of War and the like, so they were my real impetus behind the acquisition of a  new system (besides the fact that my old one was giving obvious signs of mortal illness or mental decrepitude at the least).  The fact that FSX plays well (so far) is an added bonus.  Don't get me wrong, I'll be spending a lot of time in the air but, since I haven't flown properly for about 7 or 8 years, it's going to take a while to get back up to speed.  Definitely need some rudder pedals, a new joystick/yoke and the latest version of TrackIR.

I'll tell you one thing - the venue has certainly gotten larger in my absence.  When I deleted FS9 way back when to gain some drive space, it covered about 70 GB.  So far, after installing  the main game, two sets of FS Global terrain data, ORBX PNW, PFJ, NRM, CRM, Australia Gold, NZSI, two of their airports, a couple of planes and RTMM's Misty Moorings and Nina's Landing, I'm already over 120 GB! I've still got REX and FEX, two dozen more ORBX products and umpteen payware (including Tongass Fjords, which is buried somewhere) and freeware products to think about.  My secondary drive is 1 TB and I don't think it's going to be big enough, particularly with all the other wargames I intend to install.  I've already planned for a 2 TB external drive and I'll have to see what I can shift over there.

I can now start to contribute more to this excellent forum and not feel so much like a parasite, taking and not giving.  I've only had a brief glance at Misty's and Nina's so far but it's already obvious why RTMM is so highly regarded.  Can't wait to take a boat out for a closer look! Well done, folks.



(I'll shortly be posting (I hope!) a picture over in Screenshots of one of my favorite aircraft, in a most unusual place.  ;) )

Misty's Place / A little movie
« on: December 09, 2012, 04:33:02 PM »
Although somewhat southwest of our usual haunts, here's an impressive view of southern Vancouver Island from the air on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Cowichan Lake is awesome.

The wingtip camera mount sure makes the plane look weird, though.

Misty's Place / Frankenstorm
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:47:57 PM »
Just checking to see whether our East coast members are okay.  Here in Toronto (about 350 miles from the landfall) we got some pretty nasty winds overnight (one dead) but not a lot of rain.  It has been raining off and on for about a week, with a couple more days scheduled, but not really a lot of accumulation in total, although, stay away from the rivers.

Four of my cousins and their sister-in-law were down in NYC for several days and I haven't heard whether they got back safe yet so I'm a little worried.

Nasty business overall.

Misty's Place / Beaver at 60 and more...
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:12:13 PM »
Have you guys seen Michael Prophet's site? Hundreds of gorgeous large colour pictures of bush planes and old propliners with several specialty topics, like the Beaver at 60, Curtiss Commando, DC-3, PBY and much more, including airports, old cars, vintage ads, girls(!).

Here's the Beaver link.

Here's the main site.  I'm going to be here a while saving pictures!



Misty's Place / Terrafugia Transition
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:03:37 PM »
How'd you like one of these in your garage?

Cute but weird.  Or, weird but cute.

Misty's Place / Is it just me?
« on: February 19, 2012, 06:16:55 PM »
Although I appreciate the huge variety of aircraft we are able to fly in the various flightsims, there's always been one thing that 'bothers' me slightly and it can sometimes take away some of the immersion I may feel.  It's not something that really affects the larger airports where you expect things to be up-to-date but it can be quite noticeable at smaller venues.

Have you ever flown your 'vintage' aircraft (Beaver, DC-3, Trimotor, whatever) into a small out-of-the-way field miles from civilization, shut it down and then looked at the vehicular scenery? It's like culture shock.  BMWs, Lexus, Pajeros, Ferraris, SUVs, minivans and the like.  Why can't we have a 1960's pickup or a Beetle or an old Mack in the background for a change? They don't have to move (although Orbx seems to be including that option in some of their latest packages, using older vehicles for the most part) but I think it would be more appropriate to the 'feel' of a place.  I know some developers (Golden Age Simulations, for one) often include vintage scenery with their products and include period appropriate 'set dressing' as a bonus but too many addons seem to add 'chrome' as an afterthought.  Would you really expect to see a Mercedes-Benz in the lot of a gravel field in the middle of bush country, no matter how modern your bird is? It tends to break the ambience, for me at least.

A big part of the appeal of flightsimming is using your imagination to enter a world most of us will never know.  I've only flown once, on an L-1011 well over 40 years ago (filet mignon for lunch!), but that doesn't lessen my 'joy' of flying, whether in a combat sim, a space shuttle or a Martin Mars.  Part of that enjoyment comes in merely looking around in the enclosed world of the sim and this 'problem' I've mentioned is sometimes just enough to diminish that pleasure.  It'll never destroy it but I'll always feel a bit of disappointment that my fantasy world isn't quite perfect.

We now return to our regular scheduled programme.

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