Fortunately only two of us are in that position.The main difficulty with anything derived from photographs is appearance on screen. The colours have been changed several times, so that they look correct on my FSX machine setup. If seen on this machine the colours are not the same.
I was down there a few days ago, specifically to see how the real world colours agree with those on my monitors. I was surprised how close they are. OTOH if I displace the scenery to the Instrument panel monitor, immediately below the THTG screens, the buildings have a more pinkish cast.
One very pleasant surprise is that Ted's terminal apes the real buildings in that the apparent colour changes as the sun's position changes. Or as cloud affects it.
One of the areas that doesn't show up in Mike's shot is the roadside view of the terminal. He's gone to a great deal of trouble to get the stained glass windows accurately portrayed. His King Willams and Castle Rushen aren't in shot either.
One area where he scores heavily, in comparison to most other current object designers, is the low framerate impact his objects have. It takes him considerably longer to get this effect but it's worth the effort. The overall fps impact is influenced more by the objects not created by Ted. Th other buildings play a part but AI is the biggest culprit. In particular, the metal cargo sheds are stock items. The ex Manx hangars were produced by yet another very co-operative designer. Of site, the least representative are those Tony used to locate at the Strix and shoe factories.
Overall, the scenery compares very favourably with any of the various Payware airfields on offer. When you consider that this was the 50th FSX airfield he'd provided, with another currently awaiting testing by Mike and myself, his output has been astonishing. I know the tremendous number of hours he's put in, whilst running a one man business, playing golf and running in international full marathon events. What I don't know is how, as a married man, he gets away with it!
Gerry Winskill Bones wrote:
Nice screenshot.I'm quite impressed with the IoM scenery considering it was created from little more than photographs. For most users it will be quite acceptable but I find a disadvantage in that having worked at the place for so long the very slight differences in scale or proportion create a far greater reaction in my mind that something's not quite right. What I think is happening is that he's got it so close to the real layout that it registers in my head that it's Ronaldsway but then there must be something going on in my memory cells because I get a strong signal that it's not right. Weird. The building colours are slightly out too - more a mushroom colour (yellow blending towards brown) than any tone of red: http://www.island-images2.co.uk/Aircraft/Air08/GD140921.html http://www.island-images2.co.uk/Aircraft/2005/DK071319.html By comparison the metal cargo sheds are a much deeper colour: http://www.island-images2.co.uk/Aircraft/2007/FA111133.html bones bones@xxxxxxx http://woodair.net -----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Brook Sent: 24 September 2008 23:32 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] IVAO session 24-09-08 bones - Good session tonight, thanks! Sorry that I missed John Hill, I've not chatted to him for ages. This is the screenie that I took whilst we were talking after I had shut down: http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b154/Diamond193/1-0006.jpg Note the frame rate. I've completely refurbished two old P4 pc's that I have had for years and have also rebuilt another old P4 that I was recently given using bits sourced from eBay (at minimum cost*). All these machines are now fully networked together and I've exploited my new-found super-computing power as I described during our chat. By distributing all the various add-on programs that I use to complement my 'flying' over four of these machines, I have dramatically improved the whole FSX/Vista/Horizon experience to an extent that I would not have believed possible even two months ago! Reducing the 'load' on the 'flying' machine is a definite plus. It bodes well for the future. M. * a total of less than GBP40 <g>