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  1. I cannot really help totally since I do not have that simulator, but I can tell you that I did an internet search with bing yesterday and found a topic that said yes it works, but there were problems installing it is all with some sort of installer. Scott
  2. After a little search, I found the following statement by myself in 2008, so I'm sure with todays computers one can get even better looking terrain without too much FPS lose. Anyway, here is the statement ... " I've got to say, if anyone is using the default mesh for the Mt Cook area, you're missing the top 2,000ft." The attached sreenshot gives you an idea of what a person is missing if using default mesh. Moderators, please do not enter this into this months contest. Thanks! Scott
  3. Whoops, sorry Aharon, I didn't quite finish what the 1000' was about. When flying at Mt Cook, default terrain mesh shows the elevation of it at least 1000' less than actual elevation. Scott
  4. Hey Aharon, I'm not sure if Aerosoft sells any terrain elevation data/mesh for FSX, so if they don't, you can always get some detailed elevation data at such places like Simviation. Hope that helps! I know having such mesh is a must for any virtual glider pilots like myself. For comparison it adds at least 1000' than what default FSX terrain mesh shows. Scott
  5. Thanks, Peter! Yes, I forgot to explain how to get to an actual thermal, which is fundamental . And I almost asked you if you had your directions wrong, well, until I drew it on paper and realized I was getting headwind and tailwind mixed up. So, thanks again! Scott
  6. Hello Peter, and mark767. Peter, doesn't the cloud lean with wind present? Maybe mark767 is missing the thermal by relying on the cloud/shadow of cloud. I'm not the best one to ask about thermaling, but as a rule of thumb for me, I try not to turn too early, one needs to stay straight until you hear the variometer slow down and then you can start to make your turn sometime after that. After that you can then start to get "comfortable" in the thermal. I have yet to have the experience of CumulusX! with thermaling since getting the paid version, I've just been slope soaring and enjoying the challenges of that when I have a chance. Not to say thermaling doesn't have it's challenges, I should just break down and give thermaling another chance with the added wing simulation that I didn't have with the free version. Scott
  7. Forgot to mention a couple of things. I didn't use the Preview DirectX 10 mode yet, so I am unaware as to what the reflections can do there. Also, I believe I can make the reflections that I did a little darker for you, and maybe I should do it anyway for my download so there is at least a few options a person could have, depending on their taste. Scott
  8. HEY!!! I made some headway today! I am going to attach for download of some clearer reflections, but I still think there could be some kind of tint to it. I may try at it again tomorrow, to see if I can get rid of the tint. Anyways, here it is below. And as far as P3D, I owned one of the first versions, but never went back to it because of ,if I remember right, we couldn't get real-world weather at the time but I cannot remember. Scott Clearer_Reflection.zip
  9. No, I do not run FSX in Preview DirectX 10 mode. I haven't really flown in a while, but used to, there was a problem viewing other aircraft in that Mode, so I stayed away from it. But now if I remember right, Wolfgang Piper may have updated all of his many aircraft for it, and since they are the ones I mostly fly, I should give it a go. Is there much that I am missing by not flying in DX10 Mode? I should just try it anyway, since I'm pretty sure my current computer specs can handle that and more. I am going to run some more tests tonight or tomorrow, and if I'm lucky, I can post a download of my reflection files. Scott
  10. Well, I forgot to answer your questions. Yes I have edited the .dds files. Not sure about the tint if it is changeable, did you mean from the outside of the aircraft? From the aircraft selection menu, it appears to have a slight blue tint to it, but it seems to have disappeared after changing the reflection files. Also, I'm getting a bad shadow "bubble" with my current modifications as shown in the following video. I may have time tomorrow to look into it further. Scott
  11. Hello again Peter. I found the download last night as I was not making any headway trying to change it myself, but I couldn't see much difference between it and the original. But I will go ahead and attach it to this reply to see if you may have better results. I am going to fiddle with this more today to see what maybe I'm doing wrong, maybe I'll get it right or just somewhat better by the end of today. Scott less-reflections (DiscusX).zip
  12. Sorry priel, I'm finally getting around to this and found out that I never got around to "correcting" this install of FSX on my new computer as the canopy reflection is appearing to be the original, so I am going to make some time before the end of my day to see if I can remember what I did to change it. I'm not sure what would be faster for me, to search the old hard drives for the reflection, or to just fix it myself. So, at this time, I'm going to try to fix it myself. THANKS for your patience in this matter. Scott
  13. Maybe I can help since no one seems to be offering. I remember when I first received the aircraft, and the canopy being hard to look through to see what was going on outside. I'm not at my main computer at the moment to see if I fixed it myself, or downloaded the texture fix from somewhere. I'll let you know what I came up with later this evening, or tomorrow sometime. Scott
  14. Hello Karen. How close are you to making a decision to possibly close SOAR down? Have you gotten many people expressing interest in the site? How does one archive the message board to save all the wealth of information contained here for soaring enthusiasts? Scott
  15. Thanks for the kind words, Karen! Hopefully someone will step in for at least 2-5 more years. I haven't been paying that much attention to how many new products Aerosoft is producing for FS2004, but I think FSX is still doing strong. Wolfgang Piper is for sure adding and updating for FSX, and I think FS2004 as well. I cannot say how much we appreciate his long term devotion to most if not all of the Microsoft Flight Simulators. And I'm very pleased with Peter Lurkens for his continuing progress of CumulusX!, I'm not sure where soaring in FSX would be without it. I should probably mention that he also did work in FS2004 with Cumulus! as well. So a BIG THANKS goes out to them both for keeping things alive for us soaring enthusiasts. I'm wondering what SOAR would have done without these two people. Anyway, when someone else does step up, I can possibly help out just a little here and there, but you are listening to a person that had no clue how to manage a website fully, and I still have some problems. So if you need to have help, I can either have the answer or point to someone that may. I forgot to mention the most important two people that has almost been with SOAR since it's beginnings. Don & Karen, THANK You so much for not giving up on the site. You two will definitely be missed when you go, but I will keep in touch. Scott (sf4JC) Frerking