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Tom_Weiss

After making clean versions of real life Air Show T-6s with a worn version added,  I started on the really weathered ones.

These have "glossy"  surfaces that are pleasant to look at in-sim, it is a compromise between realism (matte surface) and making the skin look good. I still tried to make them realistic and the weathering is of the dirty surface kind rather than worn out kind.

These 3 have only a weathered version as there never was an air show version of them, sources were one or two photos or drawings and thankfully for 2 of them ( USAAC and the Israeli ) a plastic model, sometimes a plastic model is the best source if the model maker is faithful to the original,


A2A%20T-6%20AdA%20Algeria%201957%20Tabes
A2A%20T-6%20AdA%20Algeria%201957%20Tabes
A2A%20T-6%20AdA%20Algeria%201957%20Tabes


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3281-a2a-t-6-texan-504-laredo-army-air-field/


 A2A%20T-6%202nd%20AGTG%20Laredo%20AAF%20
 A2A%20T-6%202nd%20AGTG%20Laredo%20AAF%20
 A2A%20T-6%202nd%20AGTG%20Laredo%20AAF%20


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3285-a2a-t-6-texan-heyl-haavir-1/

A2A%20T-6%20Heyl%20HaAvir%201%201.jpg
A2A%20T-6%20Heyl%20HaAvir%201%202.jpg
A2A%20T-6%20Heyl%20HaAvir%201%203.jpg

As I have quite a nice backlog of requests, more are on their way 🙂

Tom_Weiss

I've done for the A2A P-51D another request, Petie 2nd - this is the second time I did it also as a request, then it was for the A2A P-51H , I did it back in October 2015.

for the P-51D most of the markings had to be redone so that it looks like the current Airshow version.

the P-51H was painted by the USAF Museum to look like the P-51D.


1 weathered (dirty) and 1 Airshow version

 

  A2A%20P-51D%20PETIE%202ND%201.jpg  
  A2A%20P-51D%20PETIE%202ND%202.jpg
  A2A%20P-51D%20PETIE%202ND%203.jpg
  A2A%20P-51D%20PETIE%202ND%204.jpg


1 weathered (dirty) and 1 Airshow version

  A2A%20P-51H%20Petie%202nd%20W.jpg  
  A2A%20P-51H%20Petie%202nd%20C.jpg

 

Tom_Weiss
In making these, I am following a sequence of skins where one builds on the previous one, next in this sequence will be a US Marines T-6 .
 
Usually I release weathered and "Air Show" versions, this time I'll release first ten skins in "clean" so that I can get the specular and alpha templates right, only then I will make a weathered template and add to all those 10 a weathered version.
 
to enhance the colors of this latest (US Navy VU-10), I tweaked further the template.
 
I plan to release a skin every 2-3 days, real life day to day schedules permitting :D

2 options : with and without Mipmaps.

 

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3266-a2a-t-6-texan-rnzaf-nz1076/
A2A%20T-6%20RNZAF%20NZ1076%20%201.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3265-a2a-t-6-texan-navy-n2346g/
A2A%20T-6%20US%20NAVY%20N2346G%201.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3263-a2a-t-6-texan-usaac-n2550/
A2A%20T-6%20USAAC%20N5550%203.jpg


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3260-a2a-t-6-texan-marines-n996rh/
A2A%20T-6%20US%20MARINES%20N996RH%201.jp

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3257-a2a-t-6-texan-us-navy-sb-290/
A2A%20T-6%20US%20NAVY%20SB%20290.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3256-a2a-t-6-texan-us-navy-n45ck/
A2A%20T-6%20US%20NAVY%20N45CK_1.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3254-a2a-t-6-texan-us-navy-vu-10/
A2A%20T-6%20US%20NAVY%20VU-10.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3253-a2a-t-6-texan-rcaf-double-trouble/
A2A%20T-6%20RCAF%20DOUBLE%20TROUBLE.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3250-a2a-t-6-texan-us-army-air-corps-44/
A2A%20T-6%20US%20Army%20Air%20Corps%2044

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3251-a2a-t-6-texan-usaf-ta-144/
A2A%20T-6%20USAF%20TA-144.jpg

any problems, please let me know.

 

Tom_Weiss

the old versions did not work so well in DCSW 1.5 or 2 , so I updated them to work better in them

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2851-dcs-world-su-25t-iaf-the-bat-sqn/12.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2870-dcs-world-su-25t-iaf-the-flying-dragon-sqn/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2800-dcs-world-su-25t-iaf-the-hammers/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2798-dcs-world-su-25t-usaf-california-ang/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2792-dcs-world-su-25t-usaf-oregon-ang/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2332-dcs-world-su-25t-usaf-redhawks-ang/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2803-dcs-world-su-25t-vfa-21-tomcatters/

any problems, please let me know

:)

Tom_Weiss

thanks to the fact that M2M (Metal2Mesh) made the model for DCS as well, I was able to make the skins for both sims -

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3243-m2m-mirage-2000c-ada-israeli-air-force-1/

 
 
   

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3242-m2m-mirage-2000c-ada-cigognes/

   
 
 

 

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3240-dcs-mirage-2000c-ada-cigognes/

   
   
   

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3241-dcs-mirage-2000c-israeli-air-force-1/

   
   
   

 

I hope you guys like them

:)

Tom_Weiss

between the DCS Razbam and P3D FSX Metal2Mesh Mirage 2000 I chose the P3D version, since both use the same model, I don't need to get the Razbam to make skins for it, otherwise it would be a bit expensive :D

so I am reworking the templates to fit fit the kind of work I like to do, which does not work in the original template, this is the WIP , after a few days work :

  Prepar3D%202016-02-26%2018-27-13-97.jpg
  Prepar3D%202016-02-26%2018-26-32-02.jpg
  Prepar3D%202016-02-26%2018-25-44-01.jpg
   Prepar3D%202016-02-26%2018-26-21-07.jpg  

the DCS version
  DCS%202016-02-26%2018-14-48-09.jpg  

the skin no longer reacts as in the original to the light conditions.

:)

Tom_Weiss

 all done thanks to that wonderful option that Adobe Photoshop has, ACTIONS,  the best friend of any skin maker IMO :)

-


  I uploaded to the server new files ,  they replace the existing templates with updates not new versions.

  they come in 3 versions:
 
  painted aluminium

  2016-1-19_16-28-23-116.jpg

  weathered (dirty)

2016-1-19_17-0-32-275.jpg

  2016-1-19_16-27-27-196.jpg

  Air Show

  2016-1-19_16-32-30-480.jpg  

  not all have all three versions, some have and some have only the weathered

  you can find them here, in this category

  http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/category/419-a2a-p-51d-military-civilian/


here are some screenshots I took of Miss Stephanie today

 
 
   
   
 

and for a change :

   

 

 

Tom_Weiss

you can download them here:

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2542-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-641gviap/  

  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20641GvIAP%201.jpg  
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20641GvIAP%202.jpg  
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20641GvIAP%203.jpg


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2782-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-worn-out/

 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20WORN%20OUT%202.j
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20WORN%20OUT%201.j
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20WORN%20OUT%203.j

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2781-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-blue/

  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20BLUE%203.jpg
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20BLUE%202.jpg
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20BLUE%201.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2873-dcs-su-27-mirgorod-afb-ukraine-af-worn/

 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20MIRGOROD%20AB%20
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20MIRGOROD%20AB%20  
DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20MIRGOROD%20AB%20

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2731-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-in-su-35-dark-grey/

  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20Su-35%202%201.jp
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20Su-35%202%202.jp  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2874-dcs-su-27-flanker-in-su-35-bluegrey/

  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20Su-35%201%202.jp
  DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20Su-35%201%201.jp  

a couple of new skins uploaded:

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3207-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-plaaf-standard/

DEC%202415%20DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20PLA
DEC%202415%20DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20PLA

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3208-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-plaaf-k2s/  

 DEC%202415%20DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20PLA
 DEC%202415%20DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20PLA

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2808-dcs-fc3-su-27-flanker-ukraine-af/

 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20VERY%20WORN%20OU
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20VERY%20WORN%20OU
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20VERY%20WORN%20OU
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20VERY%20WORN%20OU

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3210-dcs-fc3-su-27-israeli-air-force-pack/

 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20ISRAELI%20AIR%20
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20ISRAELI%20AIR%20
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20ISRAELI%20AIR%20
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20ISRAELI%20AIR%20
 DCS%20SU-27%20FLANKER%20ISRAELI%20AIR%20

a USAF ANG Flanker skin pack uploaded:

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3214-dcs-fc3-su-27-usaf-ang-pack/

 

 

:)

Tom_Weiss

here they are :)

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2363-dcs-fc3-f-15c-redhawks-1/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20F-15C%20OREGON%20ANG  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2730-dcs-fc3-f-15c-tiger-meet-1981/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20TIGER%20M  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2364-dcs-fc3-f-15c-redhawks-2/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20OREGON%20  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2365-dcs-fc3-f-15c-oregon-ang/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20OREGON%20  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2366-dcs-fc3-f-15c-iaf-spearhead/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20F-15C%20IAF%20SPEARH  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2720-dcs-fc3-f-15c-california-ang/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20F-15C%20CALIFORNIA%2  


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2864-dcs-fc3-f-15c-usaf-27fs-maloneys-pony/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20MALONEYs%  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2859-dcs-fc3-f-15c-jasdf-303-sqn-komatsu-ab/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20JASDF%20J  


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2369-dcs-fc3-f-15c-jasdf-1/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20JASDF%201
 
http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2854-dcs-fc3-f-15c-iaf-the-bat-sqn/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20IAF%20THE  


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2367-dcs-fc3-f-15c-ferris/
DEC%201215%20DCSW%20F-15C%20FERRIS.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2729-dcs-fc3-f-15c-36th-tfw-bitburg/
 DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%2036th%20TF

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3028-dcs-fc3-f-15c-57th-fis-iceland/
 DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%2057th%20FI

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2362-dcs-fc3-f-15c-digital-splinter/

  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20DIGITAL%2  

  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20DIGITAL%2  

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2370-dcs-fc3-f-15c-1st-fw-iceland-deployment/

 DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%201st%20FW%

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2368-dcs-fc3-f-15c-iaf-the-hammers/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20THE%20HAM
 
http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2869-dcs-fc3-f-15c-iaf-the-flying-dragon-sqn/
  DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20THE%20FLY  


 DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%2095th%20FS

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3209-dcs-fc3-f-15c-usaf-aggressors-pack/

DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20USAF%20AG
DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20USAF%20AG
DEC%201215%20DCSW%20%20F-15C%20USAF%20AG

as requested - An F-15C Eagle with no markings uploaded :

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3212-dcs-fc3-f-15c-with-no-markings/

 

:)

Tom_Weiss

I edited the skins to enhance the weathering so that it is now worn out and weathered as well

 


 
 

 

I added the new versions to the existing packs

you can download them here:


http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3033-dcs-bf-109-k4-idf-avia-s199-tayeset-101/

 

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3039-dcs-bf-109-k4-usaac-bob-baseler-hoimann/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3032-b-109-k4-raf-318-sqn-wl/

http://www.crimeanairwars.com/Frontpage4/DCSW BF109 RAF 318 Sqn LW 1.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3041-dcs-bf-109-k4-usaac-captured-irmgard/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3032-b-109-k4-raf-318-sqn-wl/


http://www.crimeanairwars.com/Frontpage4/DCSW BF109 RAF 318 Sqn LW 1.jpg
RED_2.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3035-dcs-bf-109-k4-idf-avia-s199-tayeset-101-2/

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3036-dcs-bf-109-k4-saaf-1-sqn/

 

 

Tom_Weiss

I did a "refresh" of the templates - updating the template to the way I wrap it up nowadays, which enhanced the overall look without any changes to the weathering, only a new exhaust effect was added, I could not resist doing it :)

this is the first part, the second if all goes well I'll release next week, finishing these updates

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2992-a2a-p-40-rnzaf-wigram/
 A2A%20P-40%20NZAF%20WIGRAM.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2977-a2a-p-40-raaf-black-magic/
 A2A%20P-40%20RAAF%20Black%20Magic.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2991-a2a-p-40-rnzaf-14sqn-at-norfolk-island/
 A2A%20P-40%20RNZAF%2014Sqn%20at%20Norfol

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2986-a2a-p-40-usaac-renee/
  A2A%20P-40%20USAAC%20Renee.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2200-a2a-p-40-tomahawk-iib-400rcaf-sqn-odiham-1941/
  A2A%20P-40%20400%20RCAF%20Sqn%20Odiham%2

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2976-a2a-p-40-flying-legends-little-jeanne/
  A2A%20P-40%20Flying%20Legends%20Little%2

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2173-a2a-p-40c-chuck-older-avg/
  A2A%20P-40%20Chuck%20Older%20AVG.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/3022-a2a-p-40-fo-neville-duke/
  A2A%20P-40%20FO%20Neville%20Duke.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2436-a2a-p-40-tomahawk-iib-fsgt-dennis-copping/
  A2A%20P-40%20F%20Sgt%20Dennis%20Copping.
 
http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2860-a2a-p-40-texas-longhorn/
  A2A%20P-40%20Texas%20Longhorn.jpg

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2175-a2a-p-40c-raf-wo-david-brown/
  A2A%20P-40%20RAF%20WO%20David%20Brown.jp

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2189-a2a-p-40c-robert-neale-avg/
  A2A%20P-40%20Robert%20Neale%20AVG.jpg  

 

Tom_Weiss

I updated all my P-51D skins to better work with the new DCS v1.5 shader, restoring a more natural looking aluminum reflection and color tone , I did not upload new packs nor changed the file version,  but all skins in them have been edited and updated.

download, unzip then paste overwriting the existing files

any problems, please let me know

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/category/414-skin/

  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS%  
  UPDATED%20DCS%20P-51D%20MUSTANG%20SKINS% 

Tom_Weiss

A couple of guys connected to the developers kindly suggested a couple of ways to update the skins, unfortunately as it so often happens, there is no magic trick to do it, the new shader (if that is what is doing it) treats reflections in a different way than in v1.2xx.

Thankfully, when I made the skins updates earlier this year, I anticipated that the developer more likely than not, would not release v2 (now v1.5) in a compatible format, the skins were organizes for easy editing. The DCW 1.5 "shader" tends to a "chromium plating" look, something that looks neat in a '50s Cadillac  :D

Although I could easily make the skins more weathered - I chose a more 'clean' look as there are some issues with the DCS P-51D model that would make this a bit more work intensive, I'll release the updates of all the skins in a week or so.

Here is a preview of how they look now:

 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%201.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%202.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%203.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%204.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%205.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%206.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%207.j
 DCS%20P-51D%20v15%20skins%20update%208.j

 

 

Tom_Weiss

First Flight

After a busy week, today I managed to give this skin its first flight

 A2A%20P-51H%20%201.jpg

a RAF P-51H, one of the few sent to the RAF for testing, if not the only one
 Prepar3D%202015-09-23%2017-23-17-37.jpg  

this skin is nearly ready - only an Air Show version needs to be added and I can upload it:


 Prepar3D%202015-09-23%2017-25-02-71.jpg
 Prepar3D%202015-09-23%2017-23-45-31.jpg
 Prepar3D%202015-09-23%2017-24-01-49.jpg 

:)

Tom_Weiss

I had such a good experience installing Windows 10 on my 4 year old Thinkpad that I decided to give a try on my desktop, since I made a complete backup, no harm in doing so.

It is real hard work doing it - besides installing a new OS with all the apps and stuff that needs to be there, I had to set up a clean install of P3D and add all the add ons to it. In all it took 5 days and all my free time to do it.

I did not set up DCS yet since v1.5 will be released soon and I made a bare bones FSX install only to test some skins on it, my main flight sim nowadays is P3D v2.5.

here is a test I made to gauge the imagine quality of a couple of skins I am very familiar with

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P3D%20WIN%2010%20image%20quality%20test%

:)

Tom_Weiss

fully weathered,
natural metal (aluminum) finish
painted metal (grey) finish

and

Air Show (Mint condition)

completely new versions of :

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... 51d-stang/

Image

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... ld-crow-1/
Image

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... d-n51jb-7/
Image

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... iss-kandy/
Image
http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... -sqn-cv-p/



Image

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... geraldine/

Image

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... 1d-rascal/


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http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... s-tugboat/

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http://www.lockonfiles.com/forums/topic ... ent-312745

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the last update ...

http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2 ... -willy-ii/

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the end :D