FSXA Aircraft Elevation

I have successfully created a cradle for my SOC Seagull seaplane to rest on when on land from actual photos. Drew it in Sketchup 2016; converted to a 3D Collada file; imported into MDCX and exported to an FSX MDL. After quite a number hours of work I was able to merge the cradle MDL with the SOC MDL in the correct position AND export it as an FSX MDL. It works perfectly visually when the aircraft is selected and its rotates in the FSX screen. When I created the cradle MDL, I made the model parts gear visible so that I can I hope make it disappear by retracting the landing gear in the sim though it actually has no gear. Will this work? Secondly, when I place it on the apron the aircraft is sitting on the original float position with the cradle under the ground. After reading the MS Aircraft.cfg SDK doc I am supposed to change the 4th number in each of the contact points but after experimenting that was not successful. I am attaching the aircraft.cfg for the SOC Seagull (with Paul Clawson's README permission) for help from someone who knows more than I do and that is not hard to find LOL!!!!!

Code:
[fltsim.0]
title=SOC-3
sim=SOC-3
model=
panel=
sound=
texture=
kb_checklists=
prop_anim_ratio=-1.76
kb_reference=
atc_id=9061
atc_airline=
atc_flight_number=
ui_manufacturer=Curtiss
ui_type=Seagull
ui_variation=US Navy
ui_typerole="Single Engine Prop"
ui_createdby="Microsoft Corporation"
description=The SOC Seagull was a United States single-engined scout observation biplane aircraft designed by Alexander Solla of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation for the United States Navy. The aircraft served on battleships and cruisers in a seaplane configuration, being launched by catapult and recovered from a sea landing.  It served well into WW2 as it's intended replacements didn't perform up to par.
atc_id_color=0x00000000
atc_heavy=0
atc_id_font=Verdana,-11,1,600,0
visual_damage=0

[General]
atc_type=Curtiss
atc_model=SOC-3
editable=1
performance="Max Speed\n165 mph\n\nEngine\nPratt & Whitney R-1340-22, 550 hp\n\nMaximum Range\n675miles\n\nService Ceiling\n14,900ft\n\n\nFuel Capacity\n95 gal        \n\nEmpty Weight\n3633lb\n\nMaximum Gross Weight\n5306lb\n\nLength\n31.1ft\n\nWingspan\n36 ft\n\nDesigner: P.Clawson \n\nDate 2/2009
Category = airplane

[CameraDefinition.0]
Title = "Right Float"
Guid = {B0CA7E72-F3D9-F748-8BF5-108D197B2469}
Description = "View from the aft end of the right float looking forward"
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel14,900ft
SnapPbhReturn = FALSE
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = FALSE
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = .5
ShowWeather = Yes
InitialXyz = 1.5, .5, -3.9
InitialPbh = 0, 0, 0
XyzAdjust = TRUE
Category=Aircraft
MomentumEffect=TRUE
ClipMode=Minimum
[CameraDefinition.1]
Title = "Right Wing"
Guid = {C690EAFD-223A-42d0-99E0-681ADF93BB59}
Description = View from the right wing looking at the cockpit
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = FALSE
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = FALSE
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 1.0
ShowWeather = Yes
InitialXyz = 14.5, 0.6, 0.0
InitialPbh = 8, 0, 270
XyzAdjust = TRUE
Category=Aircraft
ClipMode=Minimum
[CameraDefinition.2]
Title = "Left Wing"
Guid = {3A09FD6C-D406-4d8f-A5CD-FA4F5E0C12ED}
Description = View from the left wing looking at the cockpit
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = FALSE
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = FALSE
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 1.0
ShowWeather = Yes
InitialXyz = -14.5, 0.6, 0.0
InitialPbh = 8, 0, 90
XyzAdjust = TRUE
Category=Aircraft
ClipMode=Minimum
[CameraDefinition.3]
Title = "Tail"
Guid = {D8D67955-2E9B-4e75-9D8B-8EFFBBFAC64A}
Description = Looking forward from behind the aircraft
Origin = Center
SnapPbhAdjust = Swivel
SnapPbhReturn = FALSE
PanPbhAdjust = Swivel
PanPbhReturn = FALSE
Track = None
ShowAxis = FALSE
AllowZoom = TRUE
InitialZoom = 0.75
ShowWeather = Yes
InitialXyz = 0, 3.5, -19.5
InitialPbh = 11, 0, 0
XyzAdjust = TRUE
Category=Aircraft
MomentumEffect=TRUE
ClipMode=Minimum






// ACM V2.5
[WEIGHT_AND_BALANCE]
max_gross_weight = 5306
empty_weight = 3633
reference_datum_position = 0, 0, 0
empty_weight_CG_position = 0, 0, 0
empty_weight_pitch_MOI = 4635
empty_weight_roll_MOI = 3939
empty_weight_yaw_MOI = 7143
empty_weight_coupled_MOI = 0
max_number_of_stations = 2

station_load.0 = 170, -4.09, 0, 0.80
station_load.1 = 170, -7.52, 0, 0.66


[lights]

//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit, 5=landing

light.0 = 3,  0.741, -16.94, 4.853, fx_navred
light.1 = 3,  0.741,  16.94, 4.853, fx_navgre
light.2 = 4,  -4.4, 0.0, 2.55, fx_vclight,


[GeneralEngineData]

//0=Piston, 1=Jet, 2=None, 3=Helo-Turbine, 4=Rocket, 5=Turboprop
engine_type = 0
fuel_flow_scalar = 1.0
min_throttle_limit = 0.0
engine.0 = 5.99, 0, 0,

[effects]
wake = fx_wake
water = fx_spray
dirt = fx_tchdrt
concrete = fx_sparks
touchdown = fx_tchdwn_s, 1
windshield_rain_effect_available = 1

[fuel]

//Longitudinal (feet), Lateral (feet), Vertical (feet), Usable(gallons), Unusable (gallons)

fuel_type = 1
number_of_tank_selectors = 1
electric_pump = 1

Center1 = 0.02, 0, 0, 35, 0
Center2 = -0.01, 0, 0.05, 35, 0
Center3 = -0.03, 0, 0.08, 25, 0


[contact_points]
static_pitch = 0
static_cg_height = 6.8
tailwheel_lock = 0
gear_system_type = 3
max_number_of_points = 9

point.0 = 4, 9.3303, 1.5593, -7.0931, 2200, 0, 0, 0, 0.5, 2.5, 0.89, 0, 0, 3, 0, 0
point.1 = 4, 9.3297, -1.7982, -7.0446, 2200, 0, 0, 0, 0.5, 2.5, 0.891, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0
point.2 = 4, -7.4755, 1.607, -7.1868, 2200, 0, 0, 22, 0.5, 2.5, 0.891, 0, 0, 3, 0, 0
point.3 = 4, -7.4278, -1.7978, -7.0935, 2200, 0, 0, 22, 0.5, 2.5, 0.891, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0
point.4 = 4, -1.6109, -14.5108, -5.4317, 1575, 0, 0.000, 0.000, 0.800, 2.501, 0.850, 0.000, 0.000, 0
point.5 = 4, -1.5708, 14.4624, -5.4355, 1575, 0, 0.000, 0.000, 0.800, 2.501, 0.850, 0.000, 0.000, 0
point.6 = 2,  -6.90   25.0,  4.50, 1800, 0, 0,  0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0,   0.0, 0.0, 6
point.7 = 2, -30.23,   0.0, -0.00, 1800, 0, 0,  0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0,   0.0, 0.0, 9
point.8 = 2, 12.3315, 0, -6.0708, 1800, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0


[keyboard_response]
elevator = 100, 180
aileron = 200, 1000
rudder = 200, 1000


[forcefeedback]
gear_bump_nose_magnitude = 6000
gear_bump_nose_direction = 18000
gear_bump_nose_duration = 250000
gear_bump_left_magnitude = 6000
gear_bump_left_direction = 35500
gear_bump_left_duration = 250000
gear_bump_right_magnitude = 6000
gear_bump_right_direction = 00500
gear_bump_right_duration = 250000
ground_bumps_magnitude1 = 3250
ground_bumps_angle1 = 8900
ground_bumps_intercept1 = 5.0
ground_bumps_slope1 = 0.48
ground_bumps_magnitude2 = 750
ground_bumps_angle2 = 9100
ground_bumps_intercept2 = 0.075
ground_bumps_slope2 = 1.0
crash_magnitude1 = 10000
crash_direction1 = 01000
crash_magnitude2 = 10000
crash_direction2 = 9000
crash_period2 = 75000
crash_duration2 = 2500000

[airplane_geometry]

wing_area = 250.0
wing_span = 36.19
wing_root_chord = 5.21
wing_dihedral = 3
wing_incidence = 0.0
wing_twist = 0.0
oswald_efficiency_factor = 0.65
wing_winglets_flag = 0
wing_sweep = 3
wing_pos_apex_lon = 1.76
wing_pos_apex_vert = 3.81
htail_area = 49.4
htail_span = 14.84
htail_pos_lon = -13.17
htail_pos_vert = 1.37
htail_incidence = -2.0
htail_sweep = 15
vtail_area = 30.65
vtail_span = 5.27
vtail_sweep = 25
vtail_pos_lon = -13.51
vtail_pos_vert = 1.27
elevator_area = 23.0
aileron_area = 12.3
rudder_area = 9.6
elevator_up_limit = 25.0
elevator_down_limit = 25.0
aileron_up_limit = 25.0
aileron_down_limit = 25.0
rudder_limit = 25.0
elevator_trim_limit = 22.0
spoiler_limit = 0.0
aileron_to_spoileron_gain = 0
spoiler_handle_available = 1
min_ailerons_for_spoilerons = 0
min_flaps_for_spoilerons = 0
spoilerons_available = 0
auto_spoiler_available=0
positive_g_limit_flaps_up=0.000000
positive_g_limit_flaps_down=0.000000
negative_g_limit_flaps_up=0.000000
negative_g_limit_flaps_down=0.000000

[electrical]
max_battery_voltage = 24
generator_alternator_voltage = 28
max_generator_alternator_amps = 50
engine_generator_map = 1
electric_always_available = 0

[Reference Speeds]
flaps_up_stall_speed=52.0                  //Knots True (KTAS)
full_flaps_stall_speed=39.0                  //Knots True (KTAS)
cruise_speed=109.0                 //Knots True (KTAS)
max_indicated_speed     = 173.0                 //Red line (KIAS)

[flight_tuning]
cruise_lift_scalar=1.0
parasite_drag_scalar=0.8
induced_drag_scalar=0.8
elevator_effectiveness=1.0
aileron_effectiveness=1.0
rudder_effectiveness=1.0
pitch_stability=1.0
roll_stability=1.0
yaw_stability=1.0
elevator_trim_effectiveness=1.0
aileron_trim_effectiveness=1.0
rudder_trim_effectiveness=1.0

[piston_engine]
power_scalar=1.0                              //Piston power scalar
cylinder_displacement=149                    //Cubic inches per cylinder
compression_ratio=6.0                          //Compression ratio
number_of_cylinders=9                           //Number of cylinders
max_rated_rpm=2300                             //Max rated RPM
max_rated_hp=550                               //Max rated HP
fuel_metering_type=1                          //0=Fuel Injected, 1=Gravity Carburetor, 2=Aerobatic Carburetor
cooling_type=0                                 //0=Cooling type Air, 1=Cooling type Liquid
normalized_starter_torque=0.3                  //Starter torque factor
turbocharged=1                                 //Is it turbocharged? 0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
max_design_mp=36.5                             //Max design manifold pressure, (inHg)
min_design_mp=10                               //Min design manifold pressure, (inHg)
critical_altitude=5000                         //Altitude to which the turbocharger will provide max design manifold pressure (feet)
emergency_boost_type=0                         //0=None, 1=Water Injection, 2=Methanol/Water injection, 3=War Emergency Power
emergency_boost_mp_offset=0                    //Additional manifold pressure supplied by emergency boost
emergency_boost_gain_offset=0                  //Multiplier on manifold pressure due to emergency boost
fuel_air_auto_mixture=0                        //Automixture available? 0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
auto_ignition=0                                //Auto-Ignition available? 0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
max_rpm_mechanical_efficiency_scalar=1.0       //Scalar on maximum RPM mechanical efficiency
idle_rpm_mechanical_efficiency_scalar=0.8     //Scalar on idle RPM mechanical efficiency
max_rpm_friction_scalar=1.0                    //Scalar on maximum RPM friction
idle_rpm_friction_scalar=1.2                 //Scalar on idle RPM friction

[propeller]
thrust_scalar=1.0                             //Propeller thrust scalar
propeller_type=0                               //0=Constant Speed, 1=Fixed Pitch
propeller_diameter=9.25                         //Propeller Diameter, (feet)
propeller_blades=2                             //Number of propeller blades
propeller_moi=19.0                             //Propeller moment of inertia
beta_max=24.0                                  //Maximum blade pitch angle for constant speed prop, (degrees)
beta_min=11.5                                  //Minimum blade pitch angle for constant speed prop, (degrees)
min_gov_rpm=800                                //Miminum governed RPM
prop_tc=0.1                                    //Prop time-constant
gear_reduction_ratio=1.0                       //Propeller gear reduction ratio
fixed_pitch_beta=0                             //Fixed pitch angle of fixed pitch prop, (degrees)
low_speed_theory_limit=80                      //Speed at which low speed theory becomes blended in (feet/second)
prop_sync_available=0                          //Prop synchronization available? 0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
prop_deice_available=0                         //Prop de-icing available? 0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
prop_feathering_available=0                    //Prop feathering available?  0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
prop_auto_feathering_available=0               //Prop auto-feathering available?  0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
min_rpm_for_feather=0                          //Minimum RPM for prop feathering
beta_feather=0                                 //Feathering pitch angle (degrees)
power_absorbed_cf=0                            //Coefficient of friction for power absorbed by propeller
defeathering_accumulators_available=0          //Defeathering accumulators available? 0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
prop_reverse_available=0                       //Prop reverse available?  0=FALSE, 1=TRUE
minimum_on_ground_beta=0                       //Miminum pitch angle on ground, (degrees)
minimum_reverse_beta=0                         //Minimum pitch angle in reverse, (degrees)

[brakes]
parking_brake = 1       //Parking brake available
toe_brakes_scale = 0.68     //Brake scalar
auto_brakes = 0
[hydraulic_system]
normal_pressure = 1000.0    //PSI
electric_pumps  = 0         //no electric pumps
engine_map      = 1        //pumps on Eng1
[Views]
eyepoint=-4.8, 0.0, 2.55      //(feet) longitudinal, lateral, vertical distance from reference datum

[Flaps.0]
type=1
span-outboard=0.500000
extending-time=3.000000
system_type=0
flaps-position.0=0.000000,0.000000
flaps-position.1=40.0
lift_scalar = 0.5                                    
drag_scalar = 0.5
pitch_scalar= 0.1
system_type = 1        


damaging-speed   = 200                                  // KIAS
blowout-speed    = 250                                  // KIAS
                                       //0=Electric, 1=Hydraulic, 2=Pneumatic, 3=Manual, 4=None

[Radios]
// Radio Type = availiable, standby frequency, has glide slope
Audio.1=1
Com.1=1, 1
Com.2=1, 1
Nav.1=1, 1, 1
Nav.2=1, 1, 0
Adf.1=1
Transponder.1=1
Marker.1=1

[direction_indicators]
//1 Type: 0=None, 1=Vacuum Gyro, 2=Electric Gyro, 3=Electro-Mag Slaved Compass, 4=Slaved to another
//2 Indicator number of slaving indicator if Type = 4
direction_indicator.0=1,0

[attitude_indicators]
//Type: 0=None, 1=Vacuum Gyro, 2=Electric Gyro
attitude_indicator.0 = 1
[turn_indicators]
//Type: 0=None, 1=Electric Gyro, 2=Vacuum Gyro
turn_indicator.0=1    //Turn AND Bank
[airspeed_indicators]
airspeed_indicator.0 = 1, 0
[vacuum_system]
max_pressure=5.15   //PSI
vacuum_type=1       //Type: 0=None, 1=Engine pump (default), 2=Pneumatic, 3=Venturi
engine_map=1
[pneumatic_system]
max_pressure=0.000000
[pitot_static]
vertical_speed_time_constant = 1                //Increasing this value will cause a more instantaneous reaction in the VSI
pitot_heat = 1.0    //Scalar on heat effectiveness, 0 = not available

[exits]
number_of_exits = 3
exit.0 = 0.4 // (0=Main 1=Cargo 2=Emergency)
exit.1 = 0.4 // (0=Main 1=Cargo 2=Emergency)
exit.2 = 0.4 // (0=Main 1=Cargo 2=Emergency)

[autopilot]
autopilot_available=1
flight_director_available=0
default_vertical_speed=700.0
autothrottle_available=0
pitch_takeoff_ga=8.0
max_pitch=10.0
max_pitch_acceleration=1.0
max_pitch_velocity_lo_alt=2.0
max_pitch_velocity_hi_alt=1.5
max_pitch_velocity_lo_alt_breakpoint=20000.0
max_pitch_velocity_hi_alt_breakpoint=28000.0
max_bank=25.0
max_bank_acceleration=1.8
max_bank_velocity=3.00
max_throttle_rate=0.10
nav_proportional_control=9.00
nav_integrator_control=0.25
nav_derivative_control=0.00
nav_integrator_boundary=2.50
nav_derivative_boundary=0.00
gs_proportional_control=9.52
gs_integrator_control=0.26
gs_derivative_control=0.00
gs_integrator_boundary=0.70
gs_derivative_boundary=0.00
yaw_damper_gain = 0.0

[stall_warning]
type=2
stick_shaker=0
[deice_system]
structural_deice_type=0     //0 = None, 1 = Heated Leading Edge, 2 = Bleed Air Boots, 3 = Eng Pump Boots
[WEIGHT_AND_BALANCE]
reference_datum_position=0.000000,0.000000,0.000000
empty_weight_CG_position=0.000000,0.000000,0.000000

[launch_assistance]
launch_bar_pivot = 5.0, 0.0, -1.0
launch_bar_lug = 5.0, 0.0, -4.5
 
Have you adjusted the value of static_cg_height accordingly?
No I was trying to adjust the Contact Points according to the Aircraft CFG SDK and that did not work at all. I will try the static_cg_height and see what happens and get back here. Thank you.
 
That made no change at all either raising or lowering it. I believe from the SDK that it is the contact points but how?
 
Well, to be honest... the values I see for all of the vertical entries don't make sense.

You have defined 3 wheel contact points... each at a different elevation. Also the first one is 25 feet to one side and the other two are in the centerline. Their lateral positions also don't make any sense. In short... those don't work at all.

Code:
point.6 = 2,  -6.90   25.0,  4.50, 1800, 0, 0,  0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0,   0.0, 0.0, 6
point.7 = 2, -30.23,   0.0, -0.00, 1800, 0, 0,  0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0,   0.0, 0.0, 9
point.8 = 2, 12.3315, 0, -6.0708, 1800, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0
And I won't even start on the float entries... they don't make sense either.
 
Well, to be honest... the values I see for all of the vertical entries don't make sense.

You have defined 3 wheel contact points... each at a different elevation. Also the first one is 25 feet to one side and the other two are in the centerline. Their lateral positions also don't make any sense. In short... those don't work at all.

Code:
point.6 = 2,  -6.90   25.0,  4.50, 1800, 0, 0,  0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0,   0.0, 0.0, 6
point.7 = 2, -30.23,   0.0, -0.00, 1800, 0, 0,  0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0,   0.0, 0.0, 9
point.8 = 2, 12.3315, 0, -6.0708, 1800, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0
And I won't even start on the float entries... they don't make sense either.
These are not my entries, these are the original designed values by Paul Clawson the creator of the aircraft and they DO work because I can put this aircraft on a catapult of a cruiser or a battleship at sea and with Rob Berandregt's catapult gauge launch it. I am trying to put the model I merged a cradle with on an apron after landing at a seaplane ramp since it is not an amphibian. It is possible to rest it on the apron with these values and sits there level. My problem was trying to raise it up so that the cradle it is sitting on visible. If you want to help and think that redoing these will make a difference, I can pack up the entire aircraft for you and include my model.dolly since Paul already gave blanket permission in the original README as long as it is not used for commercial purposes which I am not doing. Let me know and I will put it in a mediafire link and give it to you here.
 
I may have the sign relationship backwards (I don't think I do, but I might)... however...

point.6 = 2, -6.90 25.0, 4.50, 1800, 0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 6 -- This one is 6.9 feet aft of the RDP, 25 foot to starboard of the centerline and 4.5 feet above the waterline.
point.7 = 2, -30.23, 0.0, -0.00, 1800, 0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 9 -- This one is 30.23 feet aft of the RDP, on the centerline and waterline.
point.8 = 2, 12.3315, 0, -6.0708, 1800, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0 -- This one is 12.33 feet fore of the RDP, on the centerline and 6.07 feet below the waterline.

*centerline and waterline are the 0' plane defined by the RDP.

They are all shorter than the float distances, so I do not believe they come into play.

The lowest point defined by any of the float entries is over 7 feet below the RDP. You would have to determine the position of the bottom of that float AFTER the aircraft is in the cradle and add the additional distance to all of the float entries.
 

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
It would be nice to see one of Paul (Put-Put) Clawson's models revived. He was a good friend and we all miss him. Post some pictures of your work please.
 
I may have the sign relationship backwards (I don't think I do, but I might)... however...

point.6 = 2, -6.90 25.0, 4.50, 1800, 0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 6 -- This one is 6.9 feet aft of the RDP, 25 foot to starboard of the centerline and 4.5 feet above the waterline.
point.7 = 2, -30.23, 0.0, -0.00, 1800, 0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 9 -- This one is 30.23 feet aft of the RDP, on the centerline and waterline.
point.8 = 2, 12.3315, 0, -6.0708, 1800, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0 -- This one is 12.33 feet fore of the RDP, on the centerline and 6.07 feet below the waterline.

*centerline and waterline are the 0' plane defined by the RDP.

They are all shorter than the float distances, so I do not believe they come into play.

The lowest point defined by any of the float entries is over 7 feet below the RDP. You would have to determine the position of the bottom of that float AFTER the aircraft is in the cradle and add the additional distance to all of the float entries.
According to the Aircraft.cfg explanation from Microsoft online, in the above 3 points the first entry "2" means scrape point. The entries 0-5 are "4" for float.
 
Sorry, read the number wrong from the SDK... I saw "Wheel, 2" instead of "1 = Wheel"... I'll still state there should be symmetry in the entries.

If you set static_cg_height to the needed elevation for the aircraft... and then load the aircraft into the sim and go into SLEW mode... does the aircraft sit at the correct elevation in slew mode?
 
It would be nice to see one of Paul (Put-Put) Clawson's models revived. He was a good friend and we all miss him. Post some pictures of your work please.
I did have a couple of times that I asked Paul for help with something going back to my FS9 days and he was ALWAYS a gentleman and yes he did some great models still flying. Great guys like Tim Conrad and Milton Shupe to just name two others. So many more who make this a tremendous hobby on the free side. I will be creating a brand new post at SOH with this aircraft and what I am doing with it not done before. I am also waiting for information to totally update the textures. I am in FSX(A) so they will not be PBR but will have bump and spec files to enhance them as well as alpha channels where they should be on the real aircraft. that's the plan anyway.
 
I adjusted the static cfg height when you first suggested it though I did not go to slew mode and nothing happened at all.
 
OK...I just adjusted the static cfg height from the designed 6.8 to 10.25 and when slew mode is activated the aircraft comes up and the dolly is exactly on the apron as it should be. When the slew mode is de-activated it settles back down to the regular position of a slighly "submerged" float as it should. I can maneuver the aircraft in the slew mode around with the keyboard arrows but as soon as slew mode is off it settles down. Now what do we do? I also created a FSX bgl of the seaplane dolly and added it to ADEX. I then put it at an airport on a parking spot and I can put the aircraft on the dolly though it is sitting on the apron not the dolly unless I again slew. I maneuvered the aircraft in slew from parking into the water but as soon as I slew off it flies off not settles into the water. Is FSX going to do what I WANT or is it just not possible to do this because of program limits. I also just posted a thread in MDCX about getting the dolly animated as a "landing gear" and disappear when it is retracted.
 
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