Several times I started to design things in GMax and FSDS without getting very far. I feel much more comfortable with Visual Basic, PHP or installer scripts. Then something happened that brought me back to aircraft design.
I contacted Ralf Kreibich, who had published a nice F-84 package, and asked him if he would consider doing an RF-84 model as well. I loved his answer - he enclosed the already finished RF-84 model.
We started talking and I learned that Ralf was planning to retire from his hobby. He sent me some additional planes. After seeing them in FS I was stunned. Such beautiful models and they should not be made available?
After I told Ralf that I thought these models should be published, he said that he had made up his mind and would not publish any more. But he sent me the sources and trusted and authorized me to edit and publish them.
So here we are. My plan is to publish all of Ralf's models. I have teamed up with Ray Parker, who is an artist when it comes to aircraft painting. He will make Ralf's models shine. I decided to start with an aircraft I have been looking for for years - the F-104G Starfighter. Later models will be the already mentioned F-84 Thunderstreak, the RF-84 Thunderflash, the F-102 Delta Dagger and the Ja-35 Draken.
All Tornados in the MAIW packages use the great model by Fernando Martinez.
Used in an FSX environment, this model has one shortcoming: the cockpit glass appears grayish opaque. Fortunately, this can be fixed by adding an alpha channel to the cockpit glass part. This is a simple, but tedious task that needs to be done 283 times.
Thanks to the friendly folks at MAIW for allowing me to provide the modified textures. You can find the following packages in the download section:
RAF Tornados from the Coningsby package (x_FSX_Cockpit_MAIW_PAI Tornado RAF Coningsby.zip)
Royal Saudi Tornados (x_FSX_Cockpit_MAIW_PAI_Tornado IDS_ECR Saudi AF.zip)
German & Italian Air Force Tornados (x_FSX_Cockpit_WoA_PAI_Tornado.zip)
Ray Parker's Tornado repaints - thank you, Ray (x_FSX_Cockpit_Ray_Parker_Tornado_Repaints.zip)
The MAIW Eurofighter canopy fix
All Typhoons in the MAIW packages use the great model from Nick Black.
Like the Tornado this model has an opaque canopy glass when used in FSX. I tried to fix it like the Tornado, but never found the right piece of texture. Luckily Gavin Cole did not give up and found the right part so that we can fix this issue by adding an alpha channel where needed. Great job, Gavin!
Thanks to Andy Nott for allowing me to provide the modified textures. You can find the following packages in the download section:
German Air Force Eurofighter (x_FSX_Cockpit_MAIW_NBAI Eurofighter Germany.zip)
Italian Air Force Eurofighter (x_FSX_Cockpit_MAIW_NBAI Eurofighter Italy.zip)
RAF Coningsby 121st Expeditionary Air Wing (x_FSX_Cockpit_MAIW_NBAI Eurofighter RAF Coningsby.zip)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter (x_FSX_Cockpit_MAIW_NBAI Eurofighter Spain.zip)
The MAIW A-10 Canopy Fix
The A-10, already used in the very first MAIW package, is the work of Rysiek Winawer.
It also has the problem that the cockpit glass appears opaque when used in FSX, but for a different reason than the Tornado. In this case the glass is not textured at all, which works fine in FS9, but makes the cockpit opaque in FSX. This can only be fixed by texturing the glassy parts.
Rysiek provided me with the sources of the A-10 model to make the necessary modifications. Thank you very much for your trust, Rysio! I have already finished the model update. The result is as expected - a wonderful model with a transparent cockpit.
In the next few days I will complete the program which, when pointed to your MAIW aircraft folder, will backup and replace the current model with the updated one. You can find the installer in the download section.
This page was last modified on Monday, 11 September 2023 - 19:36