Saturday, August 25, 2012

F-35 Version 2.05 Release

I have decided to pack all the recent fixes and updates to an official release, which will also limit the need to download files and patches from Mediafire (as it looks that some of its ads/pop-ups could been malicious). Version number is 2.05 and is being uploaded to SimMarket as I write.

Please remember that the installation of version 2.05 will overwrite all aicraft.cfg files - that is will delete the entries of any third party liveries you may have installed. You will need to re-add the entries in the .cfg files as needed.

Version 2.05
  • Added Royal Netherlands Air Force repaint
  • Fixed miscellaneous problems with F-35C model
  • Added paintkit (in the form of an uncompressed .bmp file without any nationality or squadron marking, no layers-sorry). These uncompressed .BMP files are stored in the “Paintkit” subfolder of each aircraft in the “SimObjects/Airplanes” folder of you FSX installation. The .BMPs are stored in .ZIP files to reduce footprint, as we believe most users will not need them.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Warning! Possible Virus threat?


Myself, and several users, have checked the files with different antivirus software, and the files look OK. I believe the menace is in some malicious ads or pop-ups which may appear in the Mediafire page when downloading. So, seems there is no fault from my side, but please remember to navigate pages with an antivirus software activated and always check the file you download.

Warning! I have received a second notice from a user that some my files could be potentially be infected by and unidentified virus. The first user reported a virus warning from the paintkit of the F-35, while another was just hit by a virus after downloading some of the F-35 quick fixes. I am not sure if there is actually a virus in my files or if the virus threat resides in a Mediafire ad or pop-up.

I always scan my files with my default antivirus, which is AVG (Free edition) and I have just installed also AVAST as a "second line" protection (Free edition, too) and they both report that my files and my system are free from viruses. 

I also, do not understand how a virus could infect an FSX addon without any .exe file... so I tend to believe that these threats could come from Mediafire...but I am not an expert in this field.

For the moment, I am not taking any actions as I am waiting to know more about this - I just wanted you to know.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

F-14D Tomcat 2.00

Here are two screenshots of the new F-14D - external model still needs more work, especially in the cockpit area and in the animations (by the way, this time I think it is better to control the wing sweep manually with flaps controls...but still TBD).
Do not expect anthing to be ready before late Autumn, anyway, as there is plenty of work to do on the virtual cockpit.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

F-35 Project - Updated to version 2.02 and clean textures for repainters

I have just uploaded a small update to the F-35 project to SimMarket - it should be available in few hours. It is a full install, 126Mb - as far as I understand, previous customers will be notified by email, while new customers will get directly the new installer.
Version 2.02
  • Added clean configuration to F-35C. This was left out from initial release due to poor quality of the modeling, but has been added due to popular request. We apologize for the lower quality of the model, which we do not consider up to part with the rest of the package.
  • Fixed typo in VMFAT-501 texture set
  • Changed landing gear strut textures
  • Added AF-6, BK-1 and CF-1 texture sets
  • Fixed minor bug on -C aircraft configuration that made the JDAM-only model unavailable to the user
Yes, I finally bent to popular will (vox populi, vox dei as the Romans said) and added the much awaited "clean" F-35. I still consider the quality of the mesh very poor, so I though it was better to leave it out of the package and provide it as a separate dowload. Then, I saw that most of the users did not download any of the updates - because probably they never visited this blog. And in the end, you cannot see the modeling defects from most of the angles (basically you see the bad polygons only if you fly upside down)... so I decided to include that in the package.
This update includes all the previous fixes, plus another repaint of the F-35A. Speaking of repaints, here is the link to the repaint "kit". It is not a proper repaint kit as I do not work with layers (yes I am a dinosaur in that respect) so they are basically "clean", uncompressed bmps. I hope they are enough for the repainters to work on it, although, I am not sure that we will see much color on the real F-35... apart from the very first prototypes, all the other schemes are gray only - maybe the radar-absorbing, robot-disposed paint used for the F-35 does not allow much in terms of colors... we'll see. Anyway here it is:

F-35 PAINTKIT (No layers, plain, uncompressed .bmp without nationality or unit markings)

As a note to repainters, I do not plan to do any more repaints - that is all from my side.
That's all for now...and probably for a while: I am in vacation, and, for what concerns my FSX hobby, I am moving full-time on the Tomcat. I hope I will have some great news for the old feline soon.