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FSX Can't Import MDL

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Long story short -- I'm doing a livery for someone and I always use MCX to load the MDL's. In the 100+ liveries I have done this is the first time I've come across this.

It's the Feelthere ERJ-145 aircraft (FSX) and when I try to import MDL I get this (using MCX 1.4);

8:11 AM MDLReader Error The file erj145.MDL is of a non-supported MDL format

I only have P3D V5 -- I have done other FSX aircraft like Wilson Citation, and such.

Not quite sure how to handle this or am I out of luck with being able to see the model? I just need it for when I'm painting texture I can reload it quickly to see the layout.
 

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Some authors create non-standard MDL files just to avoid them being loaded into MCX. Perhaps this is one of those.
 

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Hi,

As the message says MCX can not read the MDL file because it is not a FS2004, FSX or P3D MDL file. Without seeing the file I can't tell you way this is the case, but since this is a payware model it will be hard to send the file for debugging.

Usually when developers modify their model so that MCX can not load it you will not get this message, but another one.
 
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I had a feeling --
Hi,

As the message says MCX can not read the MDL file because it is not a FS2004, FSX or P3D MDL file. Without seeing the file I can't tell you way this is the case, but since this is a payware model it will be hard to send the file for debugging.

Usually when developers modify their model so that MCX can not load it you will not get this message, but another one.

Is there anything I can do to see why? Since I have the file in my possession?
 

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Well it seems likely there is a “paint kit,” have you looked for one? Granted, it is not a 3D view, but I’ve completed liveries just by editing a paint kit. Also, there are other alternatives.

Owls Nest released an AI traffic editor, that includes a model viewer. I will observe that the view window and interface are very similar to MCX, but it is unique software and perhaps not subject to the hang.

Also there is FSRepaint, it is payware and as you might expect, it has an excellent viewer.
 
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Well it seems likely there is a “paint kit,” have you looked for one? Granted, it is not a 3D view, but I’ve completed liveries just by editing a paint kit. Also, there are other alternatives.

Owls Nest released an AI traffic editor, that includes a model viewer. I will observe that the view window and interface are very similar to MCX, but it is unique software and perhaps not subject to the hang.

Also there is FSRepaint, it is payware and as you might expect, it has an excellent viewer.

Paintkit isn't the issue -- just the way they mapped this it's easier if I can load it in a 3D viewer and do it that way.

With that said; AI Traffic Editor can't load it either -- just spins. At this point I've wasted enough time as I have done 100's of other planes without an issue, including other Feelthere planes. This one just doesn't appear to like viewers.

Thanks for help all!
 

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Is there anything I can do to see why? Since I have the file in my possession?
I am afraid not, I would have to check the MDL file with a hex editor or use the debugger to see how it is loaded.
 

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It probably wouldn’t be too hard to “hack” the model, such that it opened in MCX, you’d have to do it yourself though, anyone else would be a infringement.
 
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