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Completely revised and now available in the AVSIM library.File Description:If you liked the first release of the Duck, you're going to LOVE this one. All new repaints. Additional textures. New special effects. Sounds by Mike Hambly. Panels by Bill Morad. Much, much more including a special surprise we call "Lulu." Over 300 hours have gone into making this revision top-notch for FS2002. Duck season is now on; download yours today. (JW) Filename: ddg-j2f-6-v2.zip.zip License: Freeware, limited distribution Added: 24th August 2002 Downloads: 62 Author: Heather Sherman and the Duck Design Group Size: 16931kb Myself and others put a LOT of hours into this. Hope you like it.Cheers!Heather

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Thanks Heather!I loved the first one, can't wait to give this one a fly!

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I had so much fun flying the one you sent to me...I can't wait to download this one. Many thanks to you and your crew for all the hard work and effort.Keep em flying...

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Hi I get this error loading the Grumman Duck - have rechecked all load instructions, cannot see where I went wrong.Denis

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Hi Heather,I gave the duck a try and it looks great, the sounds are great and I love the panel. I see that there is a photo of my girlfriend taped to the panel so I can see her when I am flying. Cool!, but who is she?

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There is a gauge that requires a sound that you don't have. that's what brings up that message. just click ok and it should work.Brian

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Thanks Heather ! This is a great plane to fly ! The only tricky thing is the water landing - it took me about a dozen attempts before I got it down in one piece ! This isn't a criticism, I love the challenge !

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Thanks guys.Being an amateur at this stuff made me labot all that much more to make sure there were no problems before uploading it. Didn't want to embarrass myself TOO badly.I had uploaded this from a friends house (with DSL) yesterday afternoon and was unable to check my email until this morning, just knowing I was going to have a load waiting for me with all kind of problem complaints. Well, it was a pleasant surprise this morning when I didn't find any!!I really hope you guys like this plane, it was a real chore, having learned more along the way about what goes into this than I ever wanted to know.Denis, now that I know what that is (thank you Brian), I will start searching it out right away and have it available soon. I had that same message show up in another computer I had tested the upload file on before sending this out.I had fully expected there to be a problem or two and wanted to wait a few days so that they could all be addressed together in a single patch. I am certain many of you have noticed, who have flown amphibs, that there is a problem with FS that makes water like glue when trying to get some aircraft free from a standstill; often requiring full power and then quickly backing off the throttle once moving.Bill Morad, the man behind the main construction of the Duck panel, is currently working on a gauge that won't fix this problem, but, once you are moving, limit the taxi speed to prevent a surge to higher, undesirable speeds if taxiing is all you wish to do. The slow function will keep the aircraft around 6-8 knots and the fast around 13-15 knots. This, and hopefully that missing sound file, along with corrections for any other problems that may crop up between now and then, will be addressed in an upcoming patch.The girl on the panel -Of course, the one in the bathing suit you surely all know as THE pin-up girl of WWII, Betty Grable, tha gal with the million dollar legs.The one in uniform is, drumroll please, Vera Lynn. The singer of reknown for White Cliffs of Dover, We'll Meet Again, Auf Wiedersehen, etc, etc.The one in the civilian liveries is, yours truly, me (dated by a few years).One small problem that I forgot to address in the trouble-shooting section until it was too late is the tendency of an image of "LULU" to remain, even after turning "it" off if you have gone to any other views other than the cockpit. Simple fix, right click on the image with your mouse and select "close window." That will make it go away. I will talk to Bill morad who set it up for me, if he can fix that where LULU will appear ONLY while in the cockpit.As we speak, I am finishing up yet one more repaint for this plane that I did not have finished in time for the upload. We were talking about holding off one more week while Bill put together an all new read_me in PDF format but afte all this time and teasings with screenshots and the like, I was afraid you guys would lynch me if i made you wait any longer.Kind of an unusual plane for the general aviation buff, but she's a great lady of the classics. Have fun!Regards,HeatherCEO of the DDG

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Heather, Thanks a ton, hon! ;-) Flew your Duck for several hours and many take offs and landings last nite. Found "lulu" right off but didn't see any problems with it, in fact I've had no problems at all, just a lot of fun flying the Pink Lady! Thanks again,Rob[table border=2 bgcolor=#eeeeee][tr][td]http://avsim.com/flightdeck/images/Radar_small.gif[/td][td]Beta tester for Radar Contact] the premier ATC adventure add-on for FS

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Hello Heather and Duck Crew,Just wanted to let you know that I also experienced the same problem as one of your beta testers (the planes spins wildly out of control as soon as it loads). I replace the .air file with the Sikorsky that you mentioned in the readme file and that worked well.I also can

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Heather,You and the DDG are to be congratulated on one of the most original and delightful uploads in recent memory! I litterly danced and giggled like a 12 year old with your version 2 Grumman Duck (believe me, at 52 years old its not very often I run across anything that makes me act that way!). Your Duck is absolutely wonderful!I'm not going to wait for my Bear Picks for the month of August to give you this, as I can't think of anyone more deserving of my highest award than you and the DDG, thank you all for sharing this outstanding FS aircraft with us!http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d690f5203db3865.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d690f6604383c00.jpg

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Hi Heather,Just to say, and add, my 10 Bobs worth. Thanks very much to you and all the crew at Duck Group HQ for a great aircraft. I remember reading your first post when you asked about the film, who would have guessed it would lead to this.The download went smoothly as did the install, everything works great with no problems whatsoever, not even with Lulu.The time and effort put into the project by you and all the other Duck helpers has resulted in a great aircraft with many features, that in some cases puts M/Soft and some third party Payware to shame.Wonder what the next project will be?.Very best regards and many thanks.Peter.

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I'm one of those guys with an incompatible computer, both of them. and all three operating systems. Win2k and 98 on an AMD k6II 500mhz with 3dnow and mmx, Direct x 8.01band win 2k in an AMD k6II 1.53Ghz (1800 series) with 3dnow mmx and all sorts of initials I cant remember off hand, Dirext x 8.0.Not only does it bounce on the ground flop loke a fish and eventually explode, but if i switch aircraft in the air to the Duck it flops like a fish and some how gains altitude around 1000' a miniute adveraged out, Its beutiful when paused, I'll look for an air file to "borrow" from another amphib for my own use, hopefully something that starts off near the correct speed paramiters.My apoligies for not being around after the first version, had some medical issues and work to deal with.Having fun

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Hi Kenny,This is the first problem I have seen regarding the playback of the Mp3 files.My first question may sound stupid, but by process of elimination, can you play Mp3 files on your computer to begin with.If not, here's one thing you might try. There are many downloadable utilities available that will convert Mp3 files to wave format. As a test, try converting one of the music files to wave, keeping the same filename and edit the panel.cfg file in the music section to read ***music title***.wav instead of mp3.The wave files will be large but this should work if your system cannot playback Mp3's.Good luck!Heather

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Oh my God!I just sat here for a few moments in utter shock staring at this!I don't know what to say. Thank you seems like so little. I remember discussing in another topic, when the first version made one of the picks of the month, how that I was almost embarrassed by that one after all the work put into the 2nd version. Was wondering if we'd make it to pick of the month again.I am SO glad that so many of you like what we have put together. My only frustration are the few cases with the "flopping" Duck.This project was NEVER intended to go this far and I have certainly learned a lot and had quite a few headaches along the way, but to see the response it has received makes it all well worth it.I swore that this would be it. I want to learn scenery and leave this business to the "experts." But now you all have me thinking real hard about another classic; perhaps a Lockheed Electra or a Beech Staggerwing. Can anyone tell me what kind of airplane the "Mr. Mulligan" was? I remember seeing a model of it when I was a kid and REALLY liking that airplane.Bear, for the Gold Award I am honored, and very tickled and believe I can say the same for the rest of the team who brought this to bear (pun intended).Thank you!Sincerely,Heather Anne Sherman

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Heather,As you can see, I don't post here very often. Your Duck, however, has left my jaw sitting on the floor, and I must weigh in on this one. I usually don't go in for amphibs, but you've corrupted me. :-) A thousand thanks for your hard work. You say you're an "amateur"? I don't think that applies anymore. I've also been following the threads about the bad emails and demanding users out there. I'm so sorry you've had to deal with rotten eggs like that. There are tons more of the rest of us, though, than them. Thanks again.John DC-3 Airways 2nd Officer

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Hello HeatherThanks very much for all the hard work you and your guys put into this freebie plane, very much appreciated.Unfortunately, I was another of the people with the "Catherine Wheel" bug. When the plane loads just sitting there on the tarmac idling, the plane immediately starts wildly spinning out of control before crashing. It's weird that some people experience the problem but most don't?To fix it I had to replace the Duck airfile with the Goose airfile, probably not realistic I know, but it did rectify the problem for me.Incidentally, the Grumman Goose I was using had a little problem in that it didnt show the water wake on landing, I had tried tinkering with the Goose cfg file effects section but didn't manage to fix it.I noticed that with your Duck the wake effect did work so I cut and paste it straight into the Goose effects section and hey pressto it fixed the problem, looks so much more realistic now.Anyways thanks again, my hybrid Goose/Ducks are flying nicely now :-) regards Geoff

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This little plane looks like the way to tour Hawaii! great job, I am having a problem though. I can only fly the plane if I start it with the flight situation you provided. Any other way I load the plane and on take off it rolls hard right and flips over and crashes even with hard left aileron and left rudder applied. Kind of strange. So for now I will explore Hawaii with LuLu dancing away. Thanks for putting a little laughter in my day!http://ftp.avsim.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboa...25b2aaaa7ec.jpg

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CONGRATULATIONS Heather and the DDG team!! Even just seeing the screenshots, I KNEW you'd be getting some serious kudos for this plane. Obviously an honor very well deserved. -Lindy :-beerchug Cheers!

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Hi Heather and Crew,Thanks to all of you for the hard work on the new Duck. Really appreciate the work all of you put into her. Excellent job with the documentation as well, text files in each folder explaining where things go. Nice touch.I must be one of the unlucky ones, not only do I have the problem you mention in the readme about the plane spinning out of this world as soon as it loads, but the music player sounds like the techno background noise of a punk rock band. :-lol They play just fine outside FS2002. Turn off crash detection and watch her bounce to the techno music! Pretty wild. :-kewl Sorry Heather didn't mean to abuse your baby.No matter, I changed the air file to the one from the original Duck and she flies just fine. Maybe one of the newer air file mentioned in this thread would be better. I'll have to check that out.As for the music, heck thats OK, as long as the engine keeps making her music and Lu Lu is dancing I'm a happy guy.As a parting thought the file would be approximately 1.25MB smaller without the hidden thumb.db files. Seems to happen in many of the newer uploads. Not a complaint just an observation. ;)Thanks again to the entire Duck Crew for job well done.Yes Heather I do like it.Pepe

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Hi Heather,Dl'd the Duck and am impressed up to a point. The visual model is just fine, but the prop needs to be redone. Last time I looked at a spinning prop in real life I could not read the manufacturers name on the blade. This may sound nit-picky but just a tweak on this and it will be as close to perfect as you can make it.Thanks for your attention. :-smile12JAugust

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WOW! I'm completely blown away! Anyone reading this thread who has not downloaded this package should immediately do so! I've been flying around all day listening to the music, landing and taking off in the local lakes and generally having a blast! The music is great. I'm a fan of that era big band music and your selections were just right.On thing though, would someone have pity on me and tell me how to"turn on" Lulu!

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