The cost of a website is not really that expensive in the grand scheme of things, but the down side to all of the painters getting their own websites is that it is hard to keep track of who painted what, what is truly available, and there is a higher risk of artistic fratricide and duplicated effort that could go to other projects. I barely have time to paint at the velocity I do sometimes, and trying to go to the last extent possible to see if somebody else has already painted what I am planning, it can be quite a pain in the neck.
Anyways, enough soapbox, other than I still have found the majority of the paints I have in my AI traffic world on AVSIM and Flightsim, so they are fine resources. With a very few exceptions, I upload exclusively to AVSIM.
Just finished MEA and TMA, they will get uploaded tomorrow with some unreleased BAW (744, 772 in Landor). AVSIM did pull all three of the BAW files I mentioned earlier, so I can clean up a few things, and re-upload the whole fixed project again sometime this weekend.
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2019 3:03:06 GMT -6 by mikeblaze
I found the paint I was talking about with the reversed right side tail reg, 9M-MHI was the culprit, MAS for the Boeing 742 RR. I suggest checking the other MAS paints to make sure there's no errors with the tail regs.
EDIT: All the old MAS colored 747s seem to have reversed right side tail regs, however the NC ones do not seem to be affected.
I found a small but global error on my KLM paints. The "Flying Dutchman" text only appears on the port side, the starboard side got inadvertently displaced pre-production and I didn't catch it. This affects all of the 1976 and later paints I did (about 20-25).
So, I am going to do something a little different, incorporate the fix in my upcoming 747-400 KLM release, it will be done in separate FSX and FS9 packages, and they will be big files. In this manner I will be releasing a substantive package without uploading a service pack simply for the sake of uploading a file.
I will also address the black nose cap not appearing on late-1980s and forward liveries, this was brought to my attention via PM. I'm not doing any mainline KLM livery work past 2003, JB has an excellent package available on his site for that. However I am doing KLM Asia 744s up through that time period, because nobody else has yet for the FAIB models, and I am color-matching my 2003 KLM Asia scheme to JB's current work.
Lastly, I would like to float a test thought out there, how many dedicated FS2004 users are truly left? I am MSFS-free, using P3D entirely now (v3 for retro and v4 for current), and just painting for FSX-native and forward would take a huge load off, and maybe even give me more time to check my work, lol.
Sound off and let me know.
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2019 13:32:41 GMT -6 by mikeblaze
Just uploaded KAC with 8 variants, two each of 1979 original issue, 1992 old livery with POW stickers, and 1994 new stripe, plus two GIA leases I missed with my GIA package. I'll post the link when it comes up.
I gotta tell you, the FAIB 767s are the hardest paint kits I have ever worked with, they make the 747s look easy. I have been fiddling around with a really easy one, 1990s DLH, for when they flew for a year or two on the EDDF-KPHX route, and that may be out by next week. I have only done one FAIB 767 to date, the contemporary AZW, because there is no cheatline stripe on it that has to be worked around the bottom of the fuselage. Once I get the Middle East and Asia cleaned up a little bit, I may break from the 747s and get aggressive with the 767s, the painting field is pretty much wide open except for a handful Brian has put out.
For non-painters, here is a relative story. It's like whittling a piece of wood and checking it with calipers, one stroke at a time. The process of aligning the bottom stripe to match the side stripe is to move it one or two pixels, or rotate it a half-degree, and check in the model viewer, again, and again, and.... you can imagine the tediousness of it. And to add to the fun, the top/bottom fuselage sections are not mapped to the same angle or scale as the sides, so pieces have to be slanted and otherwise deformed. I've gotten it down to a one-pixel offset or less transitioning between parts, but it requires patience I didn't know I possessed at all in life until now, lol.
With a fair amount of experience in modeling, I would have used traditional left/right texture-mapping, like on FAIB 737/A32x stuff, and had the belly mapped separately like it is on those models, for any belly logo needs.
The FSPX models offer optional four-sided texturing for most aircraft (the X_Con model variants), so if the painter is quite mad (and gutsy), the ability to do four-sided painting is there. I have been pretty gutsy all of my life but rarely crazy enough to make extra work for myself (BAW/KLM notwithstanding, lol), so you will very probably never see a four-sided FSPX repaint from my shop.
Lastly, don't mis-read my honest assessment of the FAIB paint kits. Erez Weber is an excellent artist, creatively and technically, and he has produced a series of phenomenal models with stunning, detail-laden paint kits that reward artists and the FS community in general. If I am not geek enough to readily grasp painting his big aircraft without some level of occasional misery and frustration, that's a me-problem, not a him-problem.
So, back to what I have pending before I may take a jumbo halt and focus on the 767:
IAC, all base liveries on the main texture are done, just need to research Hindu spelling of the named aircraft, and that will be ready for serial production PIA, 70s/80s liveries done and serialed, still working on the tribal tails for the late-use aircraft ALK, haven't touched it yet, but I really want to ELY, they are available on JB's website, but I might do my own package, I have one small bit of input on how they turned out that I will not voice here. SYR, cgold has an excellent SP example rattling around in his Dropbox somewhere, among other fine 80s-2000s SP paints
And of course, the long suffering re-boot of BAW/KLM to fix the little stuff.
I estimate this will take me into March, and then it might be a 767 spring.
BTW, we have snow on the ground within 10 miles of my house, and the fire department I retired from has four feet of snow on the ground. We are breaking snowfall records in-state that go back to 1915. I personally love the weather, but all of my desert rat friends (and desert rat wife) are freezing to death right now. I feel a little bad for any of you Euros coming to our normally sunny and temperate state to get away from your winter-frozen Continent.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2019 20:34:33 GMT -6 by mikeblaze