Want to make a runway

I have made many " runways" with different lengths and textures but I am never satisfied. Do you know what would be the best way using FSDS 3.5 for FSX?. I want to use them in many places by just dropping them over flat surfaces....:confused:
 
Hi,
Can you explain why you are not satisfied?
Hi Jean-Pierre.
The main problem is the "texture" I place on top, most of the time comes out "Stretched" to the point that it really looks bad. If I make it in small sections it is better but then placing them together becomes a real problem....
 
Hi Solid, in Gmax exist the tiling function, the textures are tiled along the axis you want . or divide the plane in many parts and apply the same texture to every segmented plane though this method don't know how can be the output.
 
Hum, FSDS is not the better tool to make runways... And, unfortunatly, textures are not my specialty...
You said that the texture is streched when applied on the runway. Thats probably normal because FSDS use an image that looks normal in the texture file and applied it to a very long object.

Why not compressing texture in texture file in place? Make a 10000 pixels runway texture that look normal and resize it to fit in a 1024 pixels texture file... in the final runway the texture always strech but look normal.

EDIT : the tiling function also exist in FSDS if the pattern is continuous. But for numbers, marking, tire traces etc. I dont know.
 
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not for markings, etc, indeed, this have to be done with other layers or lofting method. for lines marking etc, or the segmented plane in many parts so you can assign the textures individually but as said above don't know if the output would be correct.
 
yes- 3dsmax- of course.....if you have the money to buy it.

the 1,000 pixels ideas is very good.
Take a pic in Google Earth as close as you can get and still be a sharp image. Maybe take two pics.

Use these to make your textures with.

Will have to tile your rwy.

i would also take a full length pic .... make it a bmp and use as a backdrop in FSDS.

make sure you know the length of the rwy.

install this as backdrop in topo down pane. Scale according to length of rwy.

Now- make as many tiels as need to look good and not streched to match the backdrop.

stick a fork in ya... you're done. a beer and pretzels please. :) Bob
 
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I have made many " runways" with different lengths and textures but I am never satisfied. Do you know what would be the best way using FSDS 3.5 for FSX?. I want to use them in many places by just dropping them over flat surfaces....:confused:
Is it possible there are runway scenery objects in the default library of fs9 or fsx that can be placed using the SDK scenery placement tool? It seems I have seen a runway object while searching through the object library for other things. Maybe I was seeing a delusion. Dan Culver
 
I think I have seen that too, but they are fairly generic.

There are things you can do to rough up the edges to look more realistic, but I understand that can be a bit involoved. A friend showed me how he did it in Gmax. Looked good but very involved. Interesting, however. Not sure if it is all worth it.

Other than that too add stuff to rwys you might try making black smudge marks as you see fit to look like tire marks (done in your photoshop or psp then alpha channel this with dxtbmp or photoshop, etc, turn this into a dxt5 or dds- your choice. Should should now be a texture sheet with an alpha channel (see-thru). (will see black marks only.) Use FSDS 3.5 to place this on top of your rwy here and there. Try what I described above. it ain't perfect, but according to my screenshot ... it isn't half bad.

other programs that handle ground poly a bit better would be better to use, perhaps. but this seemed to work for me. Give it a try. Bob
 
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I use Airport Design Editor (ADE) to make terrain landable - usually with MegasceneryEarth providing the "runway" image, typically a bush landing strip. You have to create a "real" FSX airport object to do this to satisfy ADE. After that add an Airport Background with Flatten attribute. You can slope the background if you wish. You can create all kinds of fancy runways etc. and perhaps export them (no idea if that is possible) as BGL? Not sure what the original post was getting at but perhaps this helped.
 
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