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It’s About Time.

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Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Flightbeam KPDX, FSX SP2, KPDX

Beta Testers Wanted

In the last Heron’s Nest update, I said all that was left was to add a staircase from the top of the island leading down to the float hangar. So, here you go…

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With that out of the way, it’s time to move on to testing. I’m looking for about 5 testers to check out the Heron’s Nest, but also for general testing on my other upcoming projects. Ideal testers would:

  • Own more than one version of the sim – targets include the original FSX/Acceleration, FSX Steam Edition, and Prepar3D v2.
  • Have previous testing experience, especially on projects I’ve been involved in.
  • Take testing seriously, but be willing to have a little fun with it, too.

If this sounds like you, drop me a comment below so we can talk. If you don’t meet the above criteria, but feel you’d be a great tester anyway, let me know that as well.

Either way, we’re nearly there!

In the last Heron's Nest update, I said all that was left was to add a staircase from the top of the island leading down to the float hangar. So, here you go... With that out of the way, it's time to move on to testing. I'm looking for about 5 testers to check out [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Heron's Nest, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2

Heron’s Nest: The Latest

Amidst the flood of paying work lately (and mind you, I’m not complaining), I’ve managed to squeeze in a few hours here and there to push the Heron’s Nest towards completion. There were two things left on my mental list that had to be checked off before I could move to final testing and installer: adding some more ground interest around the house, and putting in a steel staircase descending the hill to the float dock. Happily, item one is now complete. Here are a couple of shots of the cottage now that it’s been filled in with all vegetation and a flagstone walkway.

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Item two, the steel staircase, is modeled, and I’m working on finishing the texturing for it. I’ll post shots once it’s ready.

Amidst the flood of paying work lately (and mind you, I'm not complaining), I've managed to squeeze in a few hours here and there to push the Heron's Nest towards completion. There were two things left on my mental list that had to be checked off before I could move to final testing and installer: [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Flight Simulator, Freeware, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Heron's Nest, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, New England Scenery

Your Own Private Island – Free!

At the recent FlightSimCon, we announced the upcoming release of iBlueYonder’s first branded scenery package. Fans of our Cushman Meadows/Bear Gulch scenery (done a while back for Orbx) know that from time to time, we like to play around with “what-if” scenarios for private bush airports. Since our geographic focus has shifted to the New England region of the US, we thought why not do a little virtual homesteading on one of the rocky, windswept islands off the coast of Maine?

Introducing The Heron’s Nest, a rough dirt strip gouged into the crest of Outer Heron Island, Maine. It comes complete with a cozy little cottage, a barn hangar for parking your ride, and nature, nature, nature. If the undulating dirt strip gives you the willies, you can also fly in on floats and park in the water hangar in the protected cove near the cottage.

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hn_announcement_5How soon will this be ready for release? We’re aiming for mid-July. The original plan was to release it at the FS Conference, but we ran into a glitch that held up testing. If the FS gods are willing, the beta test will resume in earnest in a few days.

How do you get it? That one’s easy; just sign up for our mailing list using the form on the sidebar to the right of this page. If you’re already on the list, then you’re golden: all members of the iBY mailing list will receive a link to download The Heron’s Nest free of charge. It’s our way of saying thanks for sticking with us through the rocky process of creating an all-new company.

Tell your GA-loving friends, too. Once the scenery has been released, anyone signing up for the list will automatically be sent a download link.

Now, back to the testing center!

At the recent FlightSimCon, we announced the upcoming release of iBlueYonder's first branded scenery package. Fans of our Cushman Meadows/Bear Gulch scenery (done a while back for Orbx) know that from time to time, we like to play around with "what-if" scenarios for private bush airports. Since our geographic focus has shifted to the New [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Bush Flying, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2, Uncategorized

More Nantucket Dev Shots

Work on Nantucket continues! There was a brief slow-down on actual modeling this past month while I switched modeling tools from an old version of 3DS Max to an open-source tool called Blender. I’m happy with Blender’s capabilities; it’s faster to use, very powerful, and now that I’ve gotten used to it, quite efficient.

The most exciting part of any project for me is the start of texturing, dressing up all the bare meshes with the clothing that gives them character. Here are a few shots of the US Post Office, with some outlying buildings nearby, and the t-hangar. Next up, the cargo ramp!

 

Post Office, front

Post Office, front

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Post office, rear with outbuildings

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T-Hangar

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T-Hangar electrical panel details

Work on Nantucket continues! There was a brief slow-down on actual modeling this past month while I switched modeling tools from an old version of 3DS Max to an open-source tool called Blender. I'm happy with Blender's capabilities; it's faster to use, very powerful, and now that I've gotten used to it, quite efficient. The [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3d V2

Ground Poly Tutorial

Today’s Fanboy Friday is aimed directly at budding FS scenery developers. A couple of years ago, I did a tutorial for simpilotnet that detailed how I went about doing airport ground polygons at the time. Although it was a popular page, the site hosting it seems to have gone belly-up. After scouring my hard drive, I finally found the original doc & images, so I’ve converted them to a PDF.

If you’ve ever wanted to build ground polys, especially runways, like those you’ve seen in some high-detail payware airports, this PDF shows you one way to do it. Since writing it, Arno Gerretsen of FSDeveloper has added a ground poly wizard to his ModelConverterX utility, so the use of the FS2002 game pack to generate the ASM files isn’t required anymore. For more info on that, head over to FSDeveloper and check out the docs for MCX.

You may find that you have questions after reading this tutorial. If you do, please use the comment box below. Bear in mind that I’m pretty busy these days, so I may or may not have time to answer. You can always get good feedback at FSDeveloper in a timely fashion as well.

Enjoy!

Download the Ground Poly Tutorial

Today's Fanboy Friday is aimed directly at budding FS scenery developers. A couple of years ago, I did a tutorial for simpilotnet that detailed how I went about doing airport ground polygons at the time. Although it was a popular page, the site hosting it seems to have gone belly-up. After scouring my hard drive, [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Flight Simulator, FS Utilities, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, Tutorials

Fanboy Friday Lives!

Hey, it’s been a while! How’re things?

Life sprung up and swallowed a whole bunch of my time these past few months, but there’s just too much happening in the FS world right now not to blog about it. And what day better than good old Friday, the gateway to the weekend. In no particular order, here are some recent FSX developments that have lit my fires:

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Hey, it's been a while! How're things? Life sprung up and swallowed a whole bunch of my time these past few months, but there's just too much happening in the FS world right now not to blog about it. And what day better than good old Friday, the gateway to the weekend. In no particular [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Aircraft Reviews, Fanboy Fridays, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX SP2, FTX NA Blue, ORBX, Orbx PNW, Product Reviews, RealAir