Two of our main products will be discounted fora short period at the simMarket.com shop. Both Vancouver V3 and Tongass Fjords X will be there with a 50% discount, from December 9th till 15th ONLY ! Vancouver V3 will remain discounted at our own shop for the entire month of December.
Get 50% off, go to simMarket next week !
in the entire month of December 2013 we will have a couple of our best selling product ‘on sale’ again for ‘Holiday Prices’! Please check out the shop starting December 1st and order those products you always wanted to have but were afraid to order….. you’ll get some nice discounts now !
As to our new Avro Anson….. it will not be available in time for the Holiday Season, but we’ll provide customers with a nice ‘Early Birds’ DISCOUNT once it gets published… SO STAY TUNED !!
Wishing you Happy Holidays,
Francois and the development team at FSAddon Publishing
Kurt Stöckli from Switzerland (Design4FS.ch) has released his second glacier pilot title, now including the FSAddon Fieseler Storch in a special (civilian) wheel/ski versions and with 4 new paint schemes. The product contains a number glacier landing areas, missions and user manuals in English, German and French!
Prerequisite for this product is the Switzerland Professional for FSX product by FlyLogic.
Glacier Pilot Volume 2 is ow available from the FSAddon webshop here!
The D-Day Project is more and more taking shape and we are aiming to have a large (first) part published well before the 70th Anniversary of the landings in June next year.
Hope to see many of you at the stand !!
November 2/3 at Lelystad Airport, Aviodrome Museum, The Netherlands.
Luck of a Lancaster
In between travel and 3D modeling I also get to read stuff…… usually as part of the research I do for various projects, sometimes just because I am interested in many things. Here’s a book I recently received for review from Pen & Sword Publishing, about one of the few remaining Lancaster bombers.
“….During her career, well over two hundred airmen flew in J. None were killed while doing so, but ninety-six of them died in other aircraft. This is their story, and the story of one lucky Lancaster…..”.
200 pages, hard cover. That may not seem like much. It is less than one page for every man that served on the Lancaster bomber with registration W4964, WS-J, aka J-Johnny Walker. Still, it took me quite some time to read the book. Where ‘read’ is probably not the proper word. I rather ‘researched’ it. And that takes time.
And I’ll be there, showing the initial work on the FREEWARE D-Day Project and ready for all to explain what we’re doing….. in Dutch, English, German and French….. so don’t be shy and drop by! You may also want to check our FSClassics website, where I am keeping you up to date on developments.
I’ll have a little stand in the ‘clubs hall’ past the Restaurant and behind the Cinema ! November 2 and 3 at Aviodrome, Lelystad!
Hope to see many of you there and have a great weekend !
Simon has now finished work on his Mk1 model (and continues working on further models and liveries) and the Anson now flies around on my desktop !
Here’s a few pictures of Beta 1……. as usual, no guarantees and no dates for release, but as you can see, we have something tangible !
Many people have complained about the adjustable night lighting of the Lysander’s panel not working. Strangely enough I am CERTAIN that we tested it and that it worked when the model was published. However, even on MY OWN installation it stopped working.
Until now I haven’t found a reason why, and I didn’t have a solution. Until now.
One of our readers has found that by copying the contents of the Lysander ‘effects folder’ into the main FSX effects folder, the lights can be turned back on !
I am no expert in these things myself, so please allow me to copy his text from the support forum to this article. Please try it and – hopefully – enjoy the instrument panel lighting again!
If the panel lights do not work try this…..
Look in either of the Lysander aircraft folders (possible path C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\FSAddon Lysander or wherever you have installed your FSX) and you will see an Effects folder.
From inside that folder copy the following files to your main FSX Effects folder:
also copy the following textures from the aircraft effect/texture folder to your main FSX Effects/Texture folder. There are two, but one of them might already be in there. I suggest to never just overwrite a old file with a new one unless you back up the original first.
fx_2.bmp (might already have)
Restart FSX (or regenerate the aircraft) open up the aircraft and left click/right click the gauge lighting switch to adjust brightness.
Many thanks to ‘Jeepinforfun’ for finding and sharing this !
Yup, Summer is over. It started with a first stay in our beloved Savoie in the French Alps, it took us back to Holland to tend to some business and Dad and his 94th birthday, and then back to France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania, and back the same way. No, not all on the motorbike…… we drove some 8000 km in the Merc as well.
But now we have said farewell again to our mountains and BMW bike and are back in Holland. Next stop: prepare the Courseulles-sur-Mer D-Day scenery……. and the documentation for our new Avro Anson plane that Simon is about to upload !
The Overlord operation could not have done without ‘the Navy’ of course. How else would ALL of those men and machines been taken across the Channel and landed on the beaches and in the harbours in France. Now that I am building a model of the Mulberry harbour, I also need ships to USE those harbours of course.
And what better ship to start off with than the venerable Landing Ship, Tank, or LST. These were the ships affectionably called Large Slow target by their crews and responsible for landing all the men and their equipment early on during D-Day and the months to follow. After starting my research and initial modelling I was lucky enough to happen upon the US crew of the LST Memorial in the US. They are volunteers, operating one of the very last remaining LST’s in the world and have done a awesome job of restoring the ship, opening it to the public AND sailing it on tours! They are on one of such tours at this very moment, docked in Charleston.
Should you live in that area be sure to pay the ship a visit and maybe donate a few dollars to help them preserve this iconic landing ship!
Surviving Trainer and Transport Aircraft of the World
This is actually part three of a 3-volume series on surviving World War 2 aircraft. The reason I like it is that not so many people know about these wonderful aircraft that in many instances were even MORE important to the outcome of the war then all the iconic and better known aircraft such as the Focke Wulfs, Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitts together!
Let’s face it; without trainer aircraft there would not have been pilots to fly the fighters and bombers….. or not enough aircraft remaining in one piece to fight with. And without transport aircraft those huge armies would have been starved of food and ammo long before they got to end their fights.
Don Berliner’s book covers surviving aircraft like transports, trainers, recce planes, liaison and utility aircraft, gliders, amphibian and even a few early helicopters. And not only from the US. Countries of origin and/or location vary from the US and UK to Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy and many others. Obviously the book is by no means covering ALL types and models, but it does give a very reasonable overview of everything that was used in the above categories.
Here are a few shots of the 3D objects I am currently working on! I also received some wonderful objects for free already, thanks to enthusiastic freeware developers supporting our ‘ cause’. And I have received aerial photos of the Mulberry harbours, shot on June 22nd and in July, very valuable as reference to the various stages of construction ! Stay tuned for more …..
For many years both FranceVFR and FSAddon Publishing have been known among the best Flight Simulator add-on developers and publishers in the world, each having built their very own loyal customer base. And for many years too they have been in touch, appreciating each other’s products and each others passion for quality and detail.
About a year ago they discovered that they also have a passion for history and that ultimately resulted in the plan to build part of the second world war in Flight Simulator X. FranceVFR bought old aerial photos from the entire Normandy region, stretching from Le Havre in the east all the way to St. Malo in the south west, including all the famous D-Day beaches and towns like Cherbourg, Caen and St Lô. And FSAddon Publishing already had a fair number of WW2 aircraft available PLUS tons of knowledge and research on ‘the landings’.
The new product has now been released and is called Normandy 1944 for FSX. And it is very special. Not ONLY because it is the first ever scenery covering history, not only because it uses original black-and-white aerial photographs, and not only because it covers a large area of famous land. It is special because of the intentions of the project.
The two publishers are looking to build a community around this ‘base product’. A community of flightsimmers that are also very much interested in the WW2 history, its aircraft and its operations. A community that will be served not only by this – and further – commercial project, but ALSO by the many freeware sub-products that are planned. And they hope that it will also revive more interest in freeware scenery building, using the Normandy product as a base.
FSAddon is hard at work at building the first of an entire series of add-ons, where each add-on will cover 4 distinct moments in time: before the landings, D-Day itself, the situation after establishing the initial beachhead and ultimately Normandy after the German forces were driven out. The flightsimmer can select the period by switching scenery activity via the Scenery Library.
At the same time FranceVFR is working at developing and adding autogen for the area….. a huge task that will certainly also take quite a bit of time.
Normandy 1944 for FSX Base Pack consists of the entire area of Normandy in BW aerial photo texture, special mesh for the region, 4 BW versions of FSAddon aircraft and a freeware Higgins landing boat, courtesy of Bruce Fitzgerald.
Part of the project too is a dedicated website from FranceVFR, named FSHistoric.com and inclusion in the FSAddon website FSClassics which is also dedicated to history in FS. Also available will be dedicated forums both in French and in English for the users and enthusiasts of the products!
Normandy 1944 for FSX is available from the FranceVFR shop here: http://www.francevfr.com/product_fshnor.htm
We’d prefer it if you buy it directly from us of course, so we get paid in full, enabling to continue our work on FSX. But if you so desire, you can also buy it from simMarket or Simware (Aerosoft).
The Full Versions of the included aircraft are available from FSAddon’s shop here: http://silvercloud-store.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=168
FSHistoric and FSClassics (both still very much under development) can be found here: http://www.fshistoric.com/ and http://fsclassics.com/
First ‘bonus’ add-on to be published later this year will be the town of Courseulles-sur-Mer – Juno Beach, with the rendition of the first two phases of
A little Youtube video on the Work in Progress can be found here:
Also planned is the release of a number of the objects used, which can then be used freely by other freeware developers to build further scenes.
Work in progress is on the Mulberry harbors and on the ALG’s ( Allied Landing Grounds or temporary forward airfields) which will be partly commercial products.
FranceVFR and FSAddon hope that many simmers will join them in this major adventure of using FSX as an educational and adventurous ‘tool’ in addition to
its regular use!
You may have noticed the GoFlight ad in the right-hand column of our site already. We’re now helping some of the best flight simulator cockpit hardware getting onto the market. Of course you all know GoFlight, one of the earlier companies starting to make real hardware to complement the aircraft panels on our monitors and increase the reality level of our hobby.
What you maybe do not know is that they have expanded and improved over the years, amidst an ever growing number of competitors. The GoFlight products are still some of the sturdiest and best quality items you can find on the market and FSAddon is happy to recommend them……. and hey, mabe even make a $ or two from you buying through our links !?
Here’s my personal favorite (being a GA person and all…..):
Just in case you haven’t checked it for a while, but our semi-automated Flightsim Gazette newspaper is getting better and better, now able to gather flightsim news all by itself, helped a little here and there by its editor. The Paper.li newspapers are like the modern-day ‘drones’, cruising on autopilot and improving all the time.
In the Flightsim Gazette which is updated twice daily you find a collection of FS news gathered from the major FS news sources, forums and websites all over the world. Scein there are many people writing about FS, why waste time in repeating writing the same news, eh? With the FSAddon Flightsim Gazette you have an increasingly complete overview of what others write on our hobby ! Enjoy !
FranceVFR has now finished the Beta Installer of the soon to be published Base Package of Normandy 1944. I will test installation and completeness next week. Last things to be finished are basic documentation and supporting websites and web pages. We hope to release the Base Package before the End of June !
Since the additional FREE add-ons to the package are not ready yet (I don’t want to deliver a partially finished first add-on) you’ll have to wait a bit longer yet for that. But the Base Package contains LOTS of goodies such as a complete mesh (altitude definition) of the entire Normandy area, original aerial photographs covering the Invasion Area and more, 4 free aircraft (black-and-white versions) and anti-aircraft effects over Caen airfield Carpiquet.
The add-ons that are now under development will ultimately cover major parts of the beaches, the artificial Mulberry harbors, ships, temporary airfields (ALG’s) and much more.
The first FREE add-on is still planned to be the Courseulles-sur-Mer area of Juno Beach (Canadian sector) with Mike Beach in particular detail.
STAY TUNED….. we know it is a long wait, but unfortunately it is a lot of work and we ALSO have a living to make on the side of all this ;-)
Since I am working on our own Normandy 1944 scenery product for FSX, the book I recently received for review fits wonderfully into my current research and reading and I wanted to share my views on it with you.
Tigers in Normandy by Wolfgang Schneider and published by the Pen and Sword Publishing company in the UK is an excellent book that meticulously traces the whereabouts of ALL German Tiger tanks in Normandy during and after the allied invasion. It was originally written in 2004 under the title “Tiger im Kampf: Die Einsästze in der Normandie”. Schneider, a colonel in the present German army, has done a LOT of research and included many accounts by soldiers involved at the time.
Especially interesting is the fact that this book is not only about German tanks and troops, but also viewed, analyzed and written by a German officer, whereas the majority of history books and movies dealing with this period and battlefield are always seen from the ‘allied side’. And although it focuses on the German side of the battles and operations, it is not ‘taking sides’ as such and Schneider provides some interesting analyses of some of the people and their actions.
Admittedly, I am more specialized in aviation and air warfare myself, and so some of the facts that surprised me will be well known facts for ground war specialists, but I think the book is interesting for those of us who are not so familiar with what happened on the German side in those Summer months in 1944.
Simon Smeiman has sent me an update of our Sling2 EFIS panel. It is a simple zip file (ATTACHED to the freely accessible files in our shop) that you can unzip into a temporary folder, and then copy (and overwrite) the existing files in the model.
There is also a separate little document included explaining what to expect and what NOT to expect from the ’3D glass panel’ in the model.
Somehow the updated Model 6 mdl files also got copied to the Mk3 version. So to address the problem one will need to delete the 4 Model 6 files from the model folders from the Mk3 Hudsons.
I will recompile the exe and upload the corrected file to the shop. After that is done (later tonight) you can either simply delete the 4 offending files, or re-install the new download.
These need to be removed from the ‘model’ folder of GFA LH HUDSON MK3 CIVIL :
GFA LH LODESTAR Mk6 Civil.mdl
GFA LH LODESTAR Mk6 Civil_Interior.mdl
These need to be removed from the ‘model’ folder of GFA LH HUDSON MK3 MIL :
GFA LH LODESTAR Mk6 MILITARY.mdl
GFA LH LODESTAR Mk6 MILITARY_Interior.mdl
Sorry for the inconvenience !
COME AND GET IT ! It’s ready now and FREE for existing Hudson owners : http://silvercloud-store.com/index.p…oduct_id=29896
Simon has put a lot of effort and work into this expansion of our popular Lockheed Hudson and we hope you’ll enjoy it. NOTE: there’s a special Paratrooper effect that needs some special attention. Please check the manual ! Small donations are of course always appreciated and very welcome.
In the few hours per month spare time I can find I like to read. And what better than to read about one’s preferred topic. In my case that still has to be the WW2 campaign in Normandy. And even better than to just read about it, is to SHARE what one reads and learns. So I enlisted as a reviewer for Pen and Sword Books in the UK, one of the best dedicated publishers of military history titles.
Today I received the hefty book of Tigers in Normandy by Wolfgang Schneider. Filled with information AND photos of the famous and most dreaded German tank of that era. I’ll report back while reading !
Yup, I finally managed to finish the manual and packaging and the light sports aircraft Sling 2 from South Africa is now available in our store. I’ll make the simMarket and Aerosoft versions sometime later next week.
But that’s not all. Simon also built modesl of 2 autogyros and customers of the Sling get those added FOR FREE !! These things are really fun to fly in FSX and wonderful little scenery tourers !
The SLing itself is for FSX and Prepar3D (installers included) and has all the ‘Smeiman Features’ and animations, including a working ballistic parachute in case your fuel runs out !
Check it out in our store: www.silvercloud-store.com
ONLY Euro 14,95 for THREE AIRCRAFT !
The Sling package is ready now…… Installer tested, documentation finished. But as we are releasing two extra FREE autogyros with it, there is a little more work to do before I put it in our shop……. and later in the simMarket and Aerosoft shops too. Once ready I can re-focus on the ‘bunker building’ for the Crourseulles-sur-Mer bunkers and hedgehogs !
So just a little more patience please….. stay tuned !
I am now working on the Pilot’s Notes (User Manual) for Simon Smeiman’s latest aircraft, the Sling 2. Should be ready this week and then we’ll release the new FSX aircraft in our shop. Buyers of the Sling don’t get just this one GA aircraft. They ALSO get – for FREE – two wonderful little autogyros that Simon made as an experiment, the RAF 2000 and the Magni M24 Orion ! So you’ll get not one but three aircraft to add to your stable for the price of ONE !
Also coming soon is an Expansion Pack for our wonderful Lockheed Hudson/Lodestar, to be released within the next few weeks as well.
After that it is full steam ahead on the Avro Anson, which will be a nice add-on to our WW2 series and our upcoming Normandy 1944 packages!
AND….. we already have a new project in our sights after the Anson is finished…… an aircraft that will land on water and climb out of it all by itself, an aircraft made famous by the famous writer and flyer !