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A Great Little Free Plane for Your Free Island

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I just saw a mention on Facebook from my friend, Flight1 staffer Jeff Smith. Looks like they’ve released their Cessna 162 Skycatcher for free. Jeff pointed out that it’s a great complement to our Heron’s Nest 2.0 scenery.

More info on the free Skycatcher here: http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=skycatcher

And of course for your copy of the Heron’s Nest 2, check out the product page.

I just saw a mention on Facebook from my friend, Flight1 staffer Jeff Smith. Looks like they've released their Cessna 162 Skycatcher for free. Jeff pointed out that it's a great complement to our Heron's Nest 2.0 scenery. More info on the free Skycatcher here: http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=skycatcher And of course for your copy of the Heron's Nest [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Bush Flying, Freeware, FSX, FSX Scenery, Heron's Nest, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Your Island is Ready

After a total rebuild and a whole lot of tweaking and testing, version 2.0 of The Heron’s Nest is a go! Rather than deliver it only to mailing list subscribers, we’ve decided to open it up to everyone for download, absolutely free.

Get your copy here: http://iblueyonder.com/portfolio/the-herons-nest/

And here’s a sampler…

After a total rebuild and a whole lot of tweaking and testing, version 2.0 of The Heron's Nest is a go! Rather than deliver it only to mailing list subscribers, we've decided to open it up to everyone for download, absolutely free. Get your copy here: http://iblueyonder.com/portfolio/the-herons-nest/ And here's a sampler...

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, Announcements, Bush Flying, FSX, FSX Scenery, Heron's Nest, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Hot New Tech for Decrepit Old Stuff

The hottest buzzword in 3D rendering and gaming at the moment is PBR, short for physically-based rendering. It’s a deep, highly wonky topic, but at a high level is basically an attempt to re-create how light plays over real-world surfaces using mathematical formulas and sets of texture maps. For any given material you could have, for instance, a base color map, a map representing how glossy each pixel of a surface is, one for the specular color of each pixel, and so forth. Wait, wake up! I swear, this is not only cool, it’s a sea change in how we create realistic looking things in a digital environment.  [click to continue…]

The hottest buzzword in 3D rendering and gaming at the moment is PBR, short for physically-based rendering. It's a deep, highly wonky topic, but at a high level is basically an attempt to re-create how light plays over real-world surfaces using mathematical formulas and sets of texture maps. For any given material you could have, [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, FSX, FSX Scenery, Heron's Nest, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Nantucket is Getting Livelier Soon!

One of the challenges of being a small design studio (I like to think of us as “boutique”, because it sounds better) is the creation of assets that larger developers already have lying around on the shelf. For instance, slowly but surely we’re working to bring new, reusable libraries of objects online that will speed development of future projects.  [click to continue…]

One of the challenges of being a small design studio (I like to think of us as "boutique", because it sounds better) is the creation of assets that larger developers already have lying around on the shelf. For instance, slowly but surely we're working to bring new, reusable libraries of objects online that will speed [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Flight Simulator, FSX, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3D V3

Exploring Nantucket: The Brant Point Lighthouse

Today’s Nantucket destination is perhaps the unluckiest spot of real estate on the island, the Brant Point lighthouse. If not for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, this poor lighthouse might have been the oldest on Nantucket.  [click to continue…]

Today's Nantucket destination is perhaps the unluckiest spot of real estate on the island, the Brant Point lighthouse. If not for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, this poor lighthouse might have been the oldest on Nantucket.  The whaling industry on Nantucket was booming by the mid 1700's. In order to improve safety for [...]

Filed Under: Flight Simulator, FSX, Getting to Know Nantucket, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

Nantucket Island SP1 Released

For users of Nantucket Island 1.0, we’ve released a service pack that fixes commonly reported problems and adds some enhancements as well.

NOTE: If you purchased Nantucket on or after February 1, 2017, this update is already part of your 1.01 download. There is no need to download it again.

For users who purchased Nantucket 1.0 before February 1, 2017, log in to the My Account page, and under “View Details and Downloads”, you’ll see a link to download SP1. If you purchased from another vendor, follow their procedures for getting your update.

Changes include:

  • Added designated Cape Air and seasonal airline parking
  • Added ILS to rwy 24 and 06 per airnav.com data
  • Fixed texture draw issues with tower glass, fence by terminal
  • Fixed flickering in native P3D ground poly
  • Enhanced bump and specular mapping on P3D ground for added realism
  • Added rain effects to native P3D ground
  • Hardened apron surface in front of terminal
  • Removed a few bushes from water near NW point of island
  • Added missing runway 12 number marking
  • Information on Viva and AutogenConfigurationMerger added to manual

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For users of Nantucket Island 1.0, we've released a service pack that fixes commonly reported problems and adds some enhancements as well. NOTE: If you purchased Nantucket on or after February 1, 2017, this update is already part of your 1.01 download. There is no need to download it again. For users who purchased Nantucket [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3D V3

Official Nantucket Video Released

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Our good friend Alexander Ther (ateh one) has created another of his masterpieces. This time it’s the official video for Nantucket, and it’s a beauty!

Find out more about Nantucket Island for FSX & Prepar3D here.

Our good friend Alexander Ther (ateh one) has created another of his masterpieces. This time it's the official video for Nantucket, and it's a beauty! Find out more about Nantucket Island for FSX & Prepar3D here.

Filed Under: Flight Simulator, FSX, FSX Scenery, FSX Videos, KACK, Nantucket, Prepar3D V3

The first review of Nantucket Island is in! Joe Lawford of Mutley’s Hangar has posted his take on the scenery in a comprehensive review at http://www.mutleyshangar.com/reviews/joe/bs-kack/bs-kack.htm. Looks like he’s enjoying island life, and it shows from the screenshots.

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The first review of Nantucket Island is in! Joe Lawford of Mutley's Hangar has posted his take on the scenery in a comprehensive review at http://www.mutleyshangar.com/reviews/joe/bs-kack/bs-kack.htm. Looks like he's enjoying island life, and it shows from the screenshots.

Filed Under: FSX, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3, Product Reviews

Nantucket Released!

We’re proud to announce the release of Nantucket, a project years in the making. This scenery for FSX and Prepar3D v3 covers over 100 square miles of the islands of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget with 5-season phototerrain, and includes full custom autogen that reflects the character of the area. A highly accurate rendition of Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) is the central focus, and we think you’ll love the detail.

Check out the screenshots and purchase your copy on the Nantucket Island product page.

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We're proud to announce the release of Nantucket, a project years in the making. This scenery for FSX and Prepar3D v3 covers over 100 square miles of the islands of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget with 5-season phototerrain, and includes full custom autogen that reflects the character of the area. A highly accurate rendition of Nantucket [...]

Filed Under: Announcements, FSX, FSX Scenery, KACK, My FS Products, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3

KACK Preview Pics – Now in P3D3!

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Every once in a while, I still get that wow factor from flight simming. You know the feeling; where just for a moment, you forget all about software, tweaks, and settings and are just… there. Lately, I’ve had a whole bunch of those moments. Granted, using an Oculus Rift VR headset has provided a whole slew of them. But the other component is Prepar3D v.3.3. People, if you are fence-sitting about Prepar3D at all, let me nudge you off that fence. This sim is nothing short of amazing, especially from a graphics perspective.

All this is a fancy run-up to something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and that’s provide some new screenshots of Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) – this time in P3D. In addition to the modeling and textures, look at the tree shadows now! We finally have those available, as well as dynamic reflections on the glass, bump maps and specular highlights on ground polys, and some really beautiful HDR lighting.

Okay, I’ll shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.

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Every once in a while, I still get that wow factor from flight simming. You know the feeling; where just for a moment, you forget all about software, tweaks, and settings and are just... there. Lately, I've had a whole bunch of those moments. Granted, using an Oculus Rift VR headset has provided a whole [...]

Filed Under: 3D Graphics, FSX, FSX Scenery, Hundred Dollar Burger airports, KACK, Nantucket, New England Scenery, Prepar3D V3