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  1. It appears to be confirmed: http://kotaku.com/5929141/microsoft-shuts-down-vancouver+based-studio So apart from a few people enjoying their Schadenfreude, where does it leave us? No different. We still have FSX and FS9... Now... about Aerosoft's plans?
  2. Fun to fly but toothache to paint - the cowling louvres are mirrored and totally jumbled up. You can only paint this model adequately (i.e. anything with colour variations over the engine louvres) if you have the original 3DS files and 3DS Max - and then create new UVs every time. Actually the flight model is really fun. A bit slack on the "Lomcevoc" aerobatic manouever, but hardly any FS dynamics are able to apply sudden torque like in the real world. That manouever can tear engines out of their mounts in real... All in all an "I like" kind of plane, even if it falls into the "not a painter's friend" category
  3. Oh very funny - Megaupload site has been closed by the FBI for piracy... and the other one's missing too - "Firefox can't find the server at www.multiupload.com". Why can't you host legal files on legal sites please? I am sure Aerosoft would give a few bytes free... Actually I like the model, even if there is a very nasty flaw along the lower edge of the fuselage mapping that causes straight lines on the texture to kink and twist when wrapped to the model. I have had the CTD issue with the US paint too (I have V.1.2) but this doesn't happen all the time. I notice that there are no alphas on some of the external textures so some parts have shine and others not. Definitely a fun to fly model, but it is toothache to paint. Not impossible, but painful nevertheless
  4. Spring has sprung and NOW we get the ski version But nevertheless - thanks! This is one enjoyable plane - an acquaintance of mine was the PZL quality manager years ago - he regaled me with tales of the odd development history.
  5. The Beaver thread in the previews section? There were several pages on this preview and now they appear to have been trashcanned?
  6. @Emi: In the opening "Options" screen - select a screen resolution smaller than your monitor and only then uncheck the fullscreen box. If you leave it the same size as your main screen, you will have problems trying to resize smaller.
  7. Oh yes... some German gent has made an Icon A5 for FSX already. I believe it is in the Avsim Library
  8. I was a BT for a fair few products - it's been so many years now (2, 3?) I'd feel it wrong to claim any reward - after all, if you check my account and see just how many "foc copies" of Aerosoft products I have received... I won't refuse a freebie, but if you want and can, I'd ask you to give the value of "this award" to your favourite charity - and yes, I realise that means you spending real money instead of virtual money on my "award".
  9. Let's just take a Devil's Advocate look at the Icon - it is a pretty plane for an LSA. Very pretty. The wing folding makes it practical for loading on a small trailer, so it can be towed as easily as a glider. The planned cost is not that much, so it will appeal to the lower budget sports pilot. Also - they have some very serious people on the Icon staff, heck, even I recognise the name "Phil Conduit" and I am an Airbus man... All you declaimers saying it hasn't progressed in several years - have you actually tried to get an aircraft certified for safe and legal flight? Even companies with CLOUT like Airbus and Boeing need to fly the 'arris off just one or two "proofs of concepts" before the authorities will let them go into production. Even the first A321 took a couple of years to start selling in "market qualntities". So don't knock thinks when a really small company tries to get their new plane on the market - they have a LOT more work before they can go into mass production. Although.... jumping on the Microsoft Flight bandwagon may not have been a very wise move. I can see it now: Oh... they needed extra advertising for their game, so they built a real plane from the game...
  10. Well... these "avatars" are really the XBox live ones - wht is interesting in Flight is that you can change your pilot and choose between 3 chaps and a chapess. That's something for the plane devs to come up with - and yes, I know Aerosoft give us a dozen different choices of Beaver Pilot. "Dingggg!" Hey Mathijs - did you not © that idea? Here's my own eggs box character: Yes - a bit plain and not at all extrovert, like Mathijs' Ah well - haven't had time to practice.
  11. Time to take another look at the Microsoft Flight website folks - if you haven't already. Beta is up and running and there are still vacancies. The public blurb is that it will be released as a freebie in "Spring" but free only means Hawaii Big Island. It's going to be a game with DLC (downloadable content) which means you will probably have to buy your way round the world. Same goes for your hangar - no more freeware. Not even paints. You will have to buy your content and DL it from M$. There's a good commentary/write up from Robert Randazzo of PMDG on Avsim. He airs a few comments about MSF. You might want to read this yourselves. - http://forum.avsim.net/topic/358874-some-thoughts-on-flight/
  12. Latest info is "Spring" - so that means any time from March 21st (ish) to June 21st (ish)
  13. She really is in need of a proper rebuild in 3DSMax, apart from the need for several different paintkits (which I am compiling just for the fun of it). Needs all sorts doing to it... new rivet lines, bump maps, specs - man those specs! BUT next to the Christen Eagle, I think I have flown the Beaver quite a lot more than many other models. I also need to rework the skins I did for the RTM version and much much more. I've loved Beavers since I worked on them in the 1970's. Horrible cranky noisy... and so full of character that you love them like toothache - you just can't stop feeling them, sticking your tongue in, grabbing the paint brushes... There were some freeware soundfile mods too. Just got to love that old Beaver. P.S. I don't think you ever expected to see your leather seats (from your Elise, no) to ever get that much wear, did you. Sorry 'bout that
  14. I haven't been here in months, so I thought it time to drop by and visit. I don't know if readers are aware, but "Misty Moorings" is back for FSX and there is a whole shedload of stuff going on there that is fun and especially ideal for the Aerosoft Beaver. And despite her age, "Misty's Beaver" is performing stalwart work providing bush services in Alaska. Here's a repaint I have recently completed - I still need to do the Skis version though: And for those who don't particularly like working girls, the amphib and floats are "clean" too - for the tourists of course
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