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Object Libraries for RTMM / Scenery design / objects questions
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:00:06 AM »
Hello all,

This should possibly have gone in the "object libraries" subforum, but it doesn't seem very active and seems more geared towards helping users with library install issues, so I'm going to try it here.  Feel free to tell me to move it.

So, I've been bitten by the scenery design bug.  It all started innocently enough - I was cheating on Misty's in warmer climes, flying around Papua New Guinea playing with Air Hauler, running a bush operation in my trusty Beavers in and out of ORBX's completely awesome sloping, slanting, rough mountain strips that come with the Tapini and AYPY "experience" packages.  The Tapini strips had AFCADs but no runways in the AFCADs so I learned how to add a zero-width runway using ADEX.  Easy nough.  But the AYPY strips are even more fun, and had no AFCADs at all, so I learned to make an AFCAD from scratch.  Also easy enough.  And then I realized via Google Earth that there are a couple "missing" bush strips around the Kokoda track that ORBX didn't build.  So... I learned how to create photoscenery using SBuilderX.  I thought it would be a real challenge to build an accurately sloping, slanting strip, but it turns out that if you place the photoscenery in its real-world location, ORBX's mesh is accurate enough that it just works perfect, clings to the mesh.  Of course blend masks, autogen annotation, and object placement went along with that.  Annnnnd... now I'm hooked ;-).

So I was going to attempt to build some similar sloping, slanting rough mountainside bush strips in Misty's world.  Of course if I end up with anything worth sharing I'll be glad to, though that may be questionable lol.  I'm just in the scouting location phase now, but I'm wondering about a couple things:

1.  These won't be real-world strips so I can't just use photoscenery for my runway image.  I assume creating a custom texture poly in SBuilder using satellite imagery of a gravel or dirt runway is the way to go for this?  Or do you guys use a different technique? 
2.  Along those lines, is there a collection of runway photosceneries somewhere that I can use for textures?  Or am I making my own out of actual gravel runway imagery from Google Earth?  That's fine too, would be fun.
3.  Objects:  now this is where I'm fuzzy.  I've been using Misty's scenery for a year or two so I have the object libraries installed.  To use objects from those libraries, would I just add them using the Sbuilder Object Library Manager? 
4.  General question about objects:  does the end user (if it's not me) need to have the library installed?  Or, if I just use a couple objects from a library, can I include them in my scenery folder somehow?
5.  Is there a catalog somewhere of the objects available in each library, or is it a matter of adding them to SBuilder and just browsing thumbnails?
6.  And lastly (whew), can anyone recommend a good runway edge marker object - like a nice white cone or something - that I can use on my PNG strips?  I've been sticking with default FSX objects thus far for convenience, but there doesn't seem to be anything suitable in default FSX... just an orange traffic cone which is invisible from any distance.

Thanks much for any guidance on any or all of these.  Newb questions, I know... I've done my best to search but just can't find these answers.

A good old fashioned biplane barnstormer airshow, on a nice blue sky fall day...  (will have to add screenshots later):


Thought some of you might enjoy a couple snaps I grabbed today at work, descending on the RNP 29 into Ketchikan.  I don't know if anyone's posted real pics of the area here before...

First one taken over Annette island looking NW, second one taken a little further NW, looking right up Bostwick inlet. 

I guess it'll look familiar to most here ;-).

General Discussion / Re: Banned by Alaska Adventures
« on: March 27, 2016, 02:57:03 AM »
I've been sticking with Laphroaig for a while, but I know it's not for everyone.  I've never heard of Speyburn, might have to give that a try!

General Discussion / Re: Banned by Alaska Adventures
« on: March 25, 2016, 08:16:59 AM »
That's hilarious.  I found their obsession with landing rate to be bizarre as well, and completely unrealistic.  I can't tell you how many landings I've made in the real world, in everything from J3 Cubs to 737s, but I can tell you I don't know the touchdown descent rate of a single one.  I mean that's just... bizarre.

Then there's the fact that fsx doesn't actually seem to do a realistic job of figuring this out in the first place.  I've seen a disparity more than once  in the reported "quality" of landing (based on landing rate), in that the report didn't match the landing that that sight picture and energy state would have yielded.  It's not a huge surprise.  Even a level D sim can't nail this precisely; it's certainly good enough to teach a new hire how to land the plane safely, but you'll never learn how to brush one on from a sim.  So to expect what really just amounts to a video game to be able to do that accurately is kinda silly.

So... Yeah.  Sucks that they're obsessed enough with it to ban you, though I guess there's a limit to how nasty you can get with folks in their forum before they toss you lol.

Ah, neat, I didn't know about that file.  Nice job putting it all together.  I still can't believe how accurately ORBX modeled all this...

General Discussion / Found a couple uncharted strips with cabins...
« on: March 22, 2016, 04:52:52 AM »
Hi all,

So I was flying one of the Alaska Adventures tour flights tonight, taking a DC3 from Yakutat to Wood Lake research center.  I decided since the weather was decent, instead of using the AKA route, I'd stay low and just run down the coast to Cape Spencer and follow the water in to the northeast, then pick up the valley into PAWL.  Figured I'd get some great views and I did...  Harlequin Lake and the Yakutat glacier, down over Dry Bay, past the Grand Plateau and Fairweather glaciers, over the La Perouse glacier, great shot of Mt. Fairweather, then left past the Brady glacier and on in.  Great fun.  (Wood Lake is awesome scenery btw.)

Anyway, over the southeast corner of Dry bay, I found a couple uncharted dirt strips with cabins / buildings.  There are quite a few strips and cabins near there, but these don't appear on a sectional or on the RTTM Google Earth kml.  (Actually the cabins are on a sectional, but not the strips).  The strips look to exist in real life though, if you zoom into google earth on these coordinates you'll see them both:
N59 5.989 W138 25.173

They're modeled very true to life in the scenery; ORBX continues to amaze me... 

Anyway, if someone was looking for more unmarked but existing strips to play with ala "Navmans retreat", these might be fun.  Scenic flight out from Juneau, Gustavus, Wood lake, or down from Yak.  Not that I'm meaning to put you guys to work or anything   ;) ... just throwing these out there in case no one's noticed them before.

General Discussion / Re: Alaska Adventures
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:42:41 PM »
Doug, what hub were you assigned? I got PACD, Cold Harbor...the freaking Aleutians. Some of those legs are 300-600 miles. I sent in a request for a change 'cause I'm a bush pilot not a heavy metal guy. One of the allures was to be able to fly in RTMM land, but, playing Devil's advocate, how would they know. I don't know, but I assume, that you have to book flights from your own hub, which is why I requested a change. I'm sure Norm will chime in in a day or two.


I got based in Juneau, which is cool because I love Juneau, it's one of my favorite places in real life.  But here's a secret - I haven't done one AK Adventures flight to or from Juneau yet!  Shhh...  ;-)

Point is, it doesn't seem to matter.  Fly where you like!

General Discussion / Re: Alaska Adventures
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:24:53 PM »
Hey Doug, where do I find your videos on Twitch?  You mentioned a link but I didn't see one, am I missing it?  Or, what do I search for on Twitch?  I'd like to check it out...

Sounds like you're doing the other DC-3 tour, the one up north.  I'm doing the short field hops in a DC-3, all down in RTTM's neck of the woods.  Experimenting with videos and having problems; they look great when I watch them on my computer, but when uploaded to YouTube even at 1080p, they are overly compressed with muddy colors.  I'm going to try some different codecs...  But anyway, here's a DC-3 landing at the Bowser lake strip, the Elliot Fire base.  It's around a 1400ft strip, and I'm thinking that's about as short as she'll do, without a decent headwind anyway:

General Discussion / Re: Alaska Adventures
« on: March 06, 2016, 10:50:58 PM »
Not my cup of tea. Not being able to use the plane of my choice was a game changer for me. And I spent $300 virtual money on a plane I didn't want or need just by clicking on an icon to see what it was. Now I can say 'been there, done that'. Tried to contact them by email and got a missing .dll error. Now I really am done.

I've been messing with them as well.  I was annoyed at first as well, that the trips seemed too structured, I couldn't choose my own routes or planes... then I figured out how you can.  In their "Blue Box" acars software, there's a check box near the top left labeled "charter flight".  Tick that, then you can choose any departure location and destination you want, flown in any plane you can choose from their menu.  Admittedly that's not quite the same as choosing ANY plane you want, but there are entries in there for everything I fly, or close enough anyway.  (Beaver, super cub, DC3).  I just pick an entry that's close to what I'm going to use.  I figure if they really care, they can deny the pirep, cause I surely don't care that much lol... But it hasn't been a problem. 

I've been working my way through one of their tours as well, the short fields in a DC3 one.  Doing that led me to Manfred Jahn's freeware C47/DC3 and man, what a beautiful piece of work it is.  The new high def vintage virtual cockpit they're about to release for it is amazing, puts every payware DC3 to shame (even the currently available version does that, it just has a more modern cockpit).  That tour uses a lot of RTTM scenery.

My only gripes with them, really, are that not ALL of the RTTM scenery locations are available in their system, though most are.  And there's no real instructions I've found on how to use their site and system.  I've been using their "destinations" link to see if where I want to go is available before trying to set it up in Blue Box.  And Blue Box itself is glitchy for me - it likes to lock up when I send a pirep, but the report gets sent anyway, haven't had one lost yet.

So anyway, it's been kind of fun, adds a little extra dimension to this stuff, once you figure out the system.

General Discussion / Re: FREEWARE AWARD 2015
« on: February 17, 2016, 10:50:10 PM »
I seem to remember I initially was there in the fall and it was frozen.  I changed to summer so I could land ;-).

General Discussion / Re: FREEWARE AWARD 2015
« on: February 16, 2016, 07:46:22 PM »
Agreed.  I think you guys deserve every award out there, but whether you get them or not doesn't change what you've built.  This isn't just a freeware addon anyway, it's more than that, an entire virtual "environment".  I'm personally loving the "here 2 there" aspect most of all.  I mean, I've been flying jets into Ketchikan for a while now and I never even knew about Misty Fjords right around the corner... and now I'm planning to rent the Wilson lake cabin for a week with the kids when they're a little older.  That approach from Punchbowl lake down to Wilson is magic lol.  You guys have REALLY created the authentic feel for this stuff...

General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm new! (introduce yourself here)
« on: February 08, 2016, 07:10:09 AM »
Hi there folks.  I've just discovered Misty Moorings, and all I can say is... WOW.  Seriously.

You guys have created an absolutely beautiful "world" here!  I can't even imagine how much work went into all this.

In real life, I fly for the hometown airline up in Southeast.  And while it's great fun flying 737s in and out of places like Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg etc, I spend a lot of time looking out the window on nice days at all the amazing places we're passing by, and hoping I get the chance to explore it all someday.  I was initially skeptical of desktop simulation, but I had no idea how far it had all come - the aircraft, the scenery, the weather... crazy!  I've just done a couple RTTM hops, but I can see that your flight plans and scenery will actually be an incredibly fun way to get acquainted with all the terrain I've always wanted to know better.  I can tell you the next time I'm descending on the RNP 29  to PAKT I'll be looking up Bostwick inlet and picturing Misty's Place ;-).

The hop I flew was in the Flight Replicas Super Cub (I used to instruct in a Cub, always had a soft spot for them) from Ketchikan to the Anan bear observatory.  I did it at dawn, in the fall, in Active Sky Next weather which thankfully wasn't windy up there tonight, but otherwise classic Southeast - ceiling ragged, up and down, in and out of rain showers.  Left the door open the whole way... guess there are some advantages to virtual flying ;-).

Anyway, point is, I was blown away at how immersive it all was... the way the cub tended to yaw around in the bumps, the up and down weather, the unbelievable scenery, ORBXs and yours.  And the storytelling you put into it.

Sincerely guys, thanks.  REALLY well done, you've knocked it out of the park with all of this.  I look forward to lots of exploration!

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