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Recent content by ozzman1997

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    P3D v5 Multi cockpit rendering in P3D/FSX

    From my limited understanding, the sim renders everything within a given field of view regardless of whether it's obscured by other objects or not. This is because the Z-buffer needs to load the distance of every piece of geometry from the camera position to display surfaces in the correct order.
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    P3D v4 Airport ground poly...Y and Z axes flipped(?)

    So I decided to try my hand at scenery design and put together a rather basic ground poly. It was constructed in 3ds Max oriented with the positive Z-axis up, as all FS models should be (to my knowledge anyway.) After importing it to MCX as an MDL file, it looks just fine. But once I compile it...
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    Weathering for Aircraft Wings?

    The smudge tool in Photoshop usually works pretty well, what I like to do is just paint in some dirt spots along seams and "drag" bits of it backward with one of the dry brush presets. Then set the layer blend mode to "multiply" and clip/fade/mask the effect to taste.
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    FSX:SE Z-sorting 2 objects that contain material with alpha transparency

    Ah, I didn't realize at the time of writing that the FSX SDK didn't have that material option yet. It's been so long since I've worked with the FSX tools that apparently I forgot it didn't exist back then. o_O Looking back, it seems that LM introduced that feature in order to solve Z-fighting...
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    FSX:SE Z-sorting 2 objects that contain material with alpha transparency

    I'm no expert in alpha sorting, but the only thing I can think of would be to try adjusting the material's Z-bias setting...set it to -0.1 or -0.2 and see what happens.
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    Tool for scanning cockpits.

    I could see this being useful for getting overall dimensions and placement of cockpit features correct by using the scanned geometry as a 3D guide, but I highly doubt that it could magically create a coherent mesh that is able to be separated on an object level and UV mapped. This is what Asobo...
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    P3D v4 Chevrolet Suburban - Released

    This is awesome...I'm just imagining the crazy stuff that could be done with it: Start with a shiny new Suburban sitting outside the Bing Maps version of a major CEO's multi-million-dollar home (playing as a chauffeur avatar of course) jump in and hit the road, fighting traffic all the way to...
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    P3D v4 Self-defined code for doors, bonnet and tailgate

    I don't think we'll ever see a "true" wheel-driven vehicle system in P3D, but what Bill suggested should be a decent approximation, at least for the purposes that you intend to use it. Are you planning on modeling a transmission system into it as well? Because your engine RPM won't always be...
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    P3D v4 3DS MAX - GEAR AND SUSPENSION ANIMATION TUTORIAL USING LOOK-AT AND IK LIMB TOOLS

    Wow, I always dreaded animating torque-link-style because I could never figure out how to do it without creating a dependency loop...compression struts usually aren't too much trouble but those pesky torque links always gave me a headache. So what I usually did was just manually rotate them...
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    P3D v4 Easier Way to Animate Landing Gear with Dummy Nodes

    I always make a habit of saving before using the "reset Xform" tool because sometimes it flips the object so that its local axis aligns with the world (no idea why...) I find it much easier to just create a primitive with a "world" orientation and attach the other object to it, then delete the...
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    3dsMax 'Selection Lock Toggle'

    I can't believe that I knew nothing about "Isolate Selection" until recently Bill. My usual go-to was always "Hide Unselected", but the isolate button puts your selected object(s) within their own "frame" where the view gimbal always rotates around the center of it, which makes working on small...
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    FSXA Interior shadow issue

    Check the material settings for your exterior fuselage. When using certain combinations of source/destination blend modes (like default transparent) it can kill your shadows.
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    How many textures?

    To get the correct sizing, one thing you can do is apply a bitmap to your object while unwrapping that visually shows you what the final resolution will be like. You can find a bunch of them on Google images, but most aren't 4096*4096 in size...so you can either find one and tile it in a higher...
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    P3D v4 PBR worth it?

    I think their reason for pushing PBR out before V5 was just to let developers/artists test the waters now and decide whether or not they want to pursue it, as well as making updates to aircraft and scenery from V4 to V5 as quick as possible (as there will probably be other new features added.)...
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    Proton Stingrey is launched!

    Nah, I'm still at the mercy of my instructor's solo endorsements for now. Tried 4 times over the summer to get a check ride scheduled and the weather never cooperated...so with about 80 hours of flight time under my belt (and around $10,000 later) I'm waiting for spring break to try for another...
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