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      Post #10287, posted on 04-19-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Ok, my younger brother has got me hooked on MS Flight Sim, it's just fantastic! I really love being a PC pilot. But I have question. How on earth are the models drawn? What software is used? I searched google and found one - Abacus FS Design Studio V2. Does anyone know what others are around?

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      Post #10291, posted on 04-20-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      3D Studio Max is another one. It's very good and used by a lot of designers I believe.

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      Post #10298, posted on 04-20-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey Gebbw,

      If you are interested - I know where there are some downloads for some of TEAL's seaplane bases as well as a SOLIENT in their colors.

      If you ever get into doing scenery let me know - I need some seaplane bases at Wake, Midway, Guam & the Philippines.

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      Post #10307, posted on 04-20-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey Jester

      Yeah I'd bee keen on the TEAL stuff. I have already found the Solent 4, and have downloaded some secenery for the bases, but let me know. Also, been looking for a TEAL electra and I found one but I think the titles are incorrect, but still it looks pretty good.

      One problem I have at the mo is that I'm on a dial up internet connection, so downloading stuff is a bit of a nightmare - hopefully will persuade the other half to get a broadbank connection soon!

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      Post #10312, posted on 04-21-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Yea I know the feeling - we just got DSL in my area not long ago. Was like night and day!

      For downloads, AVSIM.COM is about the best place around. If you need any more info about something drop me a line. If you want to try any of the other seaplanes we have the B314 & S-43 on our website for download.

      We have found several downloads that put seaplane bases all over the world with a NDB beacon for each base. One of them has several around Australia and New Zealand.

      Was planning to do a Transpacific flight following the "China Clipper" but there are no water spawn points or fueling stops at Wake, Midway, Guam or the Philippines. We did find one for Hong Kong. If you ever find any for these islands with water spawns PLEASE let me know.
      If you want to read more about these go to the PAN AM VA WEBSITE and go to the FORUMS and then inside to the mini-forum I moderate - "CLASSIC CLIPPERS." The stickies at the top show all the downloads we have found so far and give a discription.

      If you need it fast PM me you mailing address and I will send the stuff out to you on a disk. No big deal - will be a hell of lot faster than Dial Up I can tell you! LOL!

      You need to just break down and join the PAN AM VA and do some flying boat flying with us. I am working on some good historical routes that the PAN AM flying boats operated on in the Caribbean, South America, Trans-Atlantic & Trans-Pacific.

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      Post #10321, posted on 04-21-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Jester!

      I'll head back to the PAN AM site and have a good look around. Still finding my feet in FS a bit, I've been trying to update scenery and stuff like that for local airports here in NZ, but figuring out what peices I need is a bit of a puzzle. Which leads to dumb question time. What is a mesh? From what I gather it gives definition to landform? And what is a 'Land Class'? arrgghh!!!me confused.

      I am wanting just to load some scenery for Auckland, and these are two separate peices I need apparently. I have have found them, and will try to install them. Also came across some scenery for the Cook Islands, so that will be good cos eventually I wanna fly the Solent to Aitutaki. At the mo however it is one step at a time until I figure out all this scenery stuff!

      I think should go back to making models! at least I know how to do that!!!!

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      Post #10324, posted on 04-21-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Yea it's kind of daunting at first but it will come to you. Sounds a lot worse than it is.

      The Mesh and Land Class Downloads upgrade the actual ground and some of the background scenery. Be careful of these if you have a lower end machine - this really eats up your frame rates. Biggest part of the time you don't need these as when flying you are going to be high and aren't going to see the ground that well anyway. I don't use them personally.

      The regular senery downloads like for airports or other features are usually all you need. Plus like I said - useing just these helps with the fram rates but be careful aslo - some of these are FR hogs to if you have a low end machine.

      If you want - give me the file names for the downloads and I will check them out and let you know what you need to do.

      If you do have trouble - drop me a line - I will see If I can help.

      P.S. Don't cheat and use the GPS!

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      Post #10327, posted on 04-21-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      Jester, just out of curiosity, are there any hardware/software requirements to join the Pan Am VA site? The site looks really tempting!

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      Post #10328, posted on 04-21-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      We fly useing the realtime Air Traffic Control system called VATSIM. You will have to sign up for that seprately and have the number they issue you before you join. Usually doesn't take long for them to get back to you. We also have a TEAMSPEAK server to talk between pilots at events and for other meetings. Everything you need you can download from our site for free. All you need is a willingness to learn and a love to fly. Some of it looks complicated but isn't really that hard once you get going. If you need help with anything just ASK.

      Click on the "JOIN" button at the top of the page and read the "POLICY MANUAL." It will explain everything you need to do and get, how the VA is set up. There are many knowledgeable people there to help you out if you get in any trouble plus there are several Training Officers to help you.

      We are working on getting a Dynamic Route Finder going so you will be able to pick a City and find the historical times and routes to fly for your selected aircraft that PAN AM pilots actually flew. If you look in my other post on the PAM AM VA you will see we have a fine FLeet and it is growing every day. The Fleet is run on the "CAT" system so you have to have so many hours in to fly certain types of aircraft. It is explained in the Policy Manual.

      If you are interested in "Propliners" of the 1930's - 50's drop by the "CLASSIC CLIPPERS" mini-forum that I moderate inside the main forum. We have lots of interesting stuff going on there.

      Go ahead and sign up, you won't be sorry I assure you. Look forward to flying with you soon. Tell them ANDREW PAA142 sent you.

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