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Bluebottle
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Posted: Dec. 12 2013,23:07

There will be at least one 2048 sheet I think.
It is a bit of a no-win situation because some people don't like the aliasing caused by oversized texture sheets with no mip-maps so somebody is going to be unhappy either way.

It should be much more painter freindly but there are going to be a lot of objects that seem to be ignored and left out of all the similar models I've seen - maybe I will find out why before I've finished :)

Alvaro: Yes, the way FSX models the airflow on the Bell is really frustrating. I can't promise that we can solve that in time.


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Posted: Dec. 13 2013,08:37

A free upgrade sounds truly magnanimous - it's such a long time ago that I paid my Ł35 (Weston Sim Show, 2010?) that I'd honestly be prepared to shell out again! But then, I'd have to get a new system to run it - decisions, decisions...
Cheers - Dai. :cool:
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Posted: Dec. 13 2013,10:23

Sorry Dai, maybe I worded something wrong - we will be charging for it.

It is intended as an expansion for the existing files, to add the models, panels and some extra features.


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Posted: Dec. 13 2013,12:33

Quote (Bluebottle @ Dec. 12 2013,23:07)
There will be at least one 2048 sheet I think.
It is a bit of a no-win situation because some people don't like the aliasing caused by oversized texture sheets with no mip-maps so somebody is going to be unhappy either way.

It should be much more painter freindly but there are going to be a lot of objects that seem to be ignored and left out of all the similar models I've seen - maybe I will find out why before I've finished :)

Alvaro: Yes, the way FSX models the airflow on the Bell is really frustrating. I can't promise that we can solve that in time.

Ok Mark. Enough if you´re having that in mind as a future update.

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Posted: Dec. 13 2013,19:21

No worries, Mark - you did say that you wouldn't be charging the same as a new aircraft - my bad. Now where's that piggy bank...

Cheers - Dai. :cool:
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Posted: Dec. 13 2013,21:19

I've moved inside the cockpit now and started on the VC.

The main panel doesn't look like much yet without the detailed textures and bumps go on. Things like the peep hole windows have been cut into the altimeter on the top right and the clock has its LCD face and buttons and some of the gauge animations are working.

I'll try to have something a bit more interesting to see next week.  :laugh:



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Bluebottle
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Posted: Dec. 18 2013,10:46

Does anybody actually use the HSI ?

I want to put the most useful set of gauges into the cockpit. They can't be changed because they are 3d and baked into the model

I've never flown an ILS in a real helicopter and can't think of a time I ever would. Almost all the aircraft I've ever seen have had a standard heading indicator instead and that would free up resources for more interesting/useful stuff.

Opinions please


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Posted: Dec. 18 2013,16:43

I use the HSI for VOR's and in GPS mode. I have done ILS's, but not often. I mostly use it in GPS mode so I don't have to have the GPS visible all the time.

If you're going to do new gauges, maybe an updated HSI with numbers in the corners for Course and Heading, so you can get them more exact without the hardware panels that I have. Might help some users?


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Posted: Dec. 21 2013,11:13

Thanks Tigerclaw
And thank you everybody for comments on the other thread - it looks like the HSI is staying and I've added a Rad Alt.

These pics are from another thread but I want to keep this one up to date. They compare the existing panel with the apha version of the HD add-on that I'm running at the moment. The new is one slghtly clearer to read    :)


Old panel



HD version


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Posted: Dec. 21 2013,14:43

I am glad to hear you are adding a radar altimeter! That is the one gauge that I felt should have been in the original FSX Dodo. HSI or no HSI is no big deal to me because I usually use GPS or IFR (I follow roads) when flying helicopters though sometimes I do like to track a VOR.

Thanks for the efforts to revamp this fantastic model!


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Posted: Jan. 16 2014,14:55

This shot was while I was checking the model in the sim today. Gives an idea of where I'm up to with the VC panel.

A few things are still missing and the textures are only basic so far - not to mention some out and out mistakes like the upside down R on the rotor needle   :O  but the pip on its pivot point shows up if you look closely.
All the screws etc are 3d (including the tiny ones on the dial faces) and the holes in the dial faces are where the various flags will show through.

Onward and upward





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Posted: Jan. 16 2014,17:18

Awesome work Mark, great stuff!!

BR

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Posted: Jan. 18 2014,20:33

Yes, for me the HSI is a must. Bendix/King 525A is a likely candidate. Flying an ILS in a helo keeps your attention. :cool:

Edited by TeddJones on Feb. 12 2014,01:59

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Posted: Jan. 18 2014,20:45

Very nice work Mark, the gauges and instruments look great. Was wondering if the movement of the instruments will stay the same? Some of us use Reality XP instruments because of the smoothness compared to the stock instruments, as well as the graphics.

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Posted: Jan. 19 2014,14:25

Looks super, well done on the work so far.


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Posted: Jan. 19 2014,18:54

Thanks chaps

The gauge movement should be smoother and more fluid, particularly in the VC. I've been playing around with something that is probably the same technique that RealAir use in their "smooth gauge technology" - might not be, I don't know but eigher way it performs better than simply adding a gazzilion animation frames :)


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Posted: Jan. 25 2014,14:11

Looks great!

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Posted: Feb. 11 2014,18:40

Saving my pennies to be ready also !!

cheers Brianh


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Posted: Mar. 10 2014,15:41

Isn't it about time for the monthly update?   :D
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Posted: Mar. 10 2014,22:24

It probably is  :laugh:

We've been very busy with commercial stuff but I've squeazed in a lot of work on the new model.

At the moment I am working on modelling the cockpit controls and avionics. It doesn't make for good screen shots as nothing is textured and the fine detail is in the bump map.


I'm almost ready to start on the textures and then there will be something to take screenshots of.

This the collective so far, should give you an idea of how smooth the curves are and the complexity of the  switches compared to the old ones




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