I recall that the Isle of Wight scenery produced by the VFR Add-ons group was of similar intent - this being a demo area to show the full potential of the FS Library system. Similarly the VFR Scenery group wanted to release a demo area of the England and Wales scenery for FS98 and we chose the Isle of Man for the demo material. The difference with Alderney is twofold. First it isn't free like the Isle of Man and Isle of Wight sceneries were. This is understandable considering Darren has to feed his kids whilst he continues to work on FS scenery design. In this respect I can see parallels with John Farrie who wanted to continue full time on FS design rather than find a job and relegate his FS work to his spare time only. This is obviously a difficult decision to make and I respect both for choosing as they did. The second point about the Alderney scenery is that it is not a question about the size of the product but of its quality. The problem here is that assessment of quality is a personal matter and some people can appreciate it more than others. Just as some people couldn't tell a fine wine from a bottle of plonk there will be FS users who would never see the finer nuances of detailed scenery because they haven't developed the subtle appreciation of it. Whether users wish to purchase the scenery or not based on their budget restraints is entirely understandable. It's rather different, and somewhat unfair, to criticise the scenery itself just because of its pricing. bones bones@xxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Lucas Sent: 09 April 2009 10:26 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Red Alert I have been watching this correspondence with interest. Although I am personally unlikely to purchase the Alderney add-on, because it is an area where I seldom fly, I am inclined to agree with those who describe it as a showcase for VFR third-party scenery and Darren's skill in producing it. In relative terms you could argue that it is expensive in Â£ per square mile covered, but in absolute terms it is a modest outlay for a remarkable bit of scenery. I hadn't thought about the social philosophy articulated by Gerry but I would certainly subscribe to his comments. Mike L Gerry Winskill wrote: > Frank, > > See my reply to the FT. > > Not that it's anyone else's business but I live entirely on my UK > company pension, plus OAP. Beyond that I'm not prepared to go. It's a > bit early in the day to take offence but I've managed it! > > The designer of the scenery isn't retired, has a young family and was > made redundant by Horizon. The business he's just set up, so I > understand, will be his only source of income. Although not a charity, I > regard my modest investment of Â£17 as going to a deserving cause. > Fortunately I can afford it. I must admit that I hadn't thought that I > should expect to get my money's worth out of any charity to which I've > given. > > In addition, spending such a modest amount on this piece of Payware > somewhat reduces the feelings of unease I have about the large volume of > Freeware scenery that has brought me so much pleasure, over many years.