Just posted the AAL 747s and the NWA update to AVSIM. I am billing it as an 'expansion' and added one additional serial to reflect when NWA converted the 3-holer upper decks to 8-10 windows.
From some of the confusion I saw in recent posts about the FAIB aircraft not appearing, make sure you have the right model (GE/PW/RR), and make sure you have the correct version (FSX/FS9). When using AIA models, I lumped all variants of a series into one aircraft folder, but with the FAIB models, I keep all engine variants in separate folders.
FS9 models will appear in FSX, but the models are non-reflective, so anything alpha'ed out like antenna variations, will appear as holes in the fuselage spine. FSX models will absolutely not work at all in FS9. Everthing FAIB I have painted thus far is set up in both FSX and FS9 (I still dabble in both), and they work just fine.
I'd like to thank you very much and from the deepest of my heart for your outstanding participation to the community. Their quality is simply the best.
Regarding the FAIB differences versus the AIA models, I'd like to say, that this might be the reason for why they're working much better in FSX and P3D - the separation between FS9 and FSX/P3D textures does add a lot to improving frames. At least that's what I watched when installing them for trial.
Sorry I kind of dropped off the edge of the earth almost two years ago, but I got promoted at work, with a huge extra time commitment. However, life has changed a bit. I took a early medical retirement for some issues linked back to my military service, so I have a lot more free time right now while I sort out pensions and veteran benefits and stuff like that.
That being said, I have been fiddling around with that very complex FAIB 747 series.... This package will have 19 variations for the FAIB 747-100 and -300 PW models, to include -146, -146B, -146SR, 146B/SR/SUD, and two early -246Bs that had the big dome antenna. more to follow.
Post by goldwing747 on Aug 7, 2017 20:55:07 GMT -6
I echo the sentiment from the members. I've been a fan of your work for a while now and it is great to see your awesome paints again. Welcome back and I look forward to more of your masterpieces! I'm hoping that Pan Am will be on your list of repaints to come!
For some reason I can't upload pix of upcoming project stuff, so just close your eyes and visualize......
Filling in the Caribbean.... -Belize Airways full fleet (5x 720-020 using the CalClassic model) -Grenada Airways 707-320C (NAAI) -Air Haiti 707-320C and DC-6B (NAAI, JMAI respectively)
-Union of Burma Airways, AIA 727-100
... and a whole slew of old-school Hang Khong Viet Nam from late 60s to early 70s, JAI C-47, JMAI DC-4, DWAI 707-320 (using the -420 model with the Conway engines), AIA 727-100, and DWAI Caravelle
Out sometime next week.
Also, I have two more original aircraft projects coming by the end of September. They are still FSDS and FS9-native (sorry) but they will work just fine in FSX. I think they may be the last FSDS models I release as I am transitioning into Gmax. One is the Lockheed Constellation, and is quite involved (pretty much everything from the C-69 to the Starliner, and all major military variants). The other is a quick-and-dirty C-46 Commando, which will lend itself well to 1970s South America and Africa, even into the 80s and beyond (Everts operated one last C-46 until just a few years ago). Quick and dirty in the sense that it is one model with probably a couple of antenna variants, but it is also my first tail-dragger project, so I am re-learning FD editing in a different direction.
There will be more FAIB 747s, but the paint kit is not for the faint at heart, so they will trickle out of the paint shop over time.
Post by mikeblaze on Sept 11, 2017 18:49:59 GMT -6
I just uploaded an update to the C-46 today, with corrected models and 24 more repaints, and a little surprise for the extreme retro-heads, a Douglas C-124 Globemaster II package, three models and repaints, a heavy lifter for the 50s through the 70s.
Post by trident777 on Sept 12, 2017 1:40:53 GMT -6
Just downloaded the C-124; great work as usual. Thanks for this awesome aircraft. I've got all you transport models, though not the jet fighters as I'm a heavy aircraft buff. One question; will you be doing the C-133 sometime in the future?
Post by mikeblaze on Sept 19, 2017 16:43:11 GMT -6
The C-133 is indeed in the shop, no time frame at this time, but that can change from day to day....
However, the long-suffering Connnies are very near to the start of release. My inherent problem is that I want to put out the most product possible, so I usually wind up with a ton of release repaints, when I can just release the models like everybody else, and upload my paints later. My first package for the Connies will likely be the military C-121 and variants (EC, WV-2, NK, Batcat, etc.), as I have all of that painting done, just a few little tweaks of the physical model.
In the spirit of changing gears with the agility of a mountain goat (my metaphor, lol), I decided that all of my DC's, Commandos, and Connies needed a good home in the 1970s-1980s AI world, so I started fiddling around with Central/South America and the Caribbean basin. I haven't uploaded anything yet, but I am up to 108 unreleased repaints, and one new secret model which has been lacking in the AI world forever, but is totally at home in the islands. Easy model, it doesn't even have retractable landing gear, thank God for small favors, lol. That's your only hint for now. Now I have to release the Connies, as I have done some paints for this little part of the world already.
More to follow.....
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Post by mikeblaze on Sept 19, 2017 16:59:32 GMT -6
If you feel like scrolling, this is the repaint tsunami that is coming..... A few random paints for WestPac airlines to showcase Christian P.'s very nice Viscount model. I think the flighplanners will go slightly mad over these. Please take note the very last item, it's the Easter Egg.....