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Hi,I hope you're not trying to reproduce all of the DC-3 models and variations, you'll never do it! You know what it's like - somebody will always be asking for something ! :-lol I love the DC-3 (I've clocked over 1300hrs using your R4D software over the years...Not to mention over 1000hrs on Briefing Time...Oh dear, oh dear...) but I'm more than happy with just the stars of the show! R4D & B-25.I used the new ambient landing light effect on the R4D and even Briefing Time and it looks really nice! So please don't forget to put the existing MAAM babies at the front of the que. They really could benefit from the extra development time, interactive VC's etc. And while I'm on this subject, if it's too much work presently to overcome the GMAX metric,imperial measurement problem would it be easier to add click spots at strategic points in the VC to call up Bill's gorgeous 2D windows? This really would liven things up temporarily in the inert VCs I think. Just an idea. Anyway, don't think I don't appreciate the add-ons, I do, but I'd rather see the MAAM aircraft advance even further. And fly even more of them - N3N anyone?Whatever you do though, I'll be flying them for ever anyway..:-wave All the support in the world, Ian :-sword

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Hi Ian,One of those guys who doesn't like key commands, eh? OK, your wish is my command. Add these lines to the VCockpit01 section of BT's panel.cfg...gauge10=MAAM_B25!Icons_Pilot, 5, 650, 27gauge11=MAAM_B25!Icons_Copilot, 33, 650, 27This will add the icon sets to the left side of the VC. One caveat about this little work-around; the top and bottom icons will not operate correctly in the VC. The CP, AC and enlarged panel icons will give you strange overlaps of the 2D and 3D panels, and without reprogramming the guage, there is no solution to this. But all the others will call up the pop-ups and windows over the VC.For reasons I can't figure out, when I placed the icons in the R4D they were non-functional. Maybe Fred can tell us why. So I guess only have your wish is my command. Sorry, sire!BTW, I recently bought the new CH Throttle Quadrant (Love it! Makes ground steering with throttles a piece of cake!) While programming the 12 new buttons I decided to use the first four to call up windows 5 through 8. Those are the 2D pop-ups - I'm not wild about those key combos, either. ;-)Now, how about sharing your ambient landing light fix with the other forum frequenters?Bill Rambow MAAM-SIM - Rambow, Visser, Banting, Young, Womack, Sodja & Beaumonthttp://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/maamsim_logo2.gif


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Hi Bill,Thanks for the VC Icon co-ordinates, I'll give them a whirl, cheers. I've been holding off buying the throttle quadrant for just such a recommendation. Since the R4D and BT are all I'm currently flying (with the exception of RealAir's Spit XIV) you'd think I'd have added the new gadget to the yoke and pedals ages ago. I'd heard it was difficult to programme and I get frustrated with peripherals quite easily if they don't immediately do what I want them to. The added switches assigned to the windows is a definate winner. Thanks.For those who haven't tried this yet, here are some configuration lines which will add those wonderful ambient landing light reflections to the business ends of your MAAM ships.For R4D-6, just alter the light entries in your Aircraft CFG to look like this (BACK-UP YOUR ORIGINAL CFGs FIRST!);{LIGHTS} (in square brackets) //Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit, 5=landinglight.0=3, -11.05, -44.80, 2.55, fx_r4d_navred, // left wingtiplight.1=3, -11.05, 44.80, 2.55, fx_r4d_navgre, // right wingtiplight.2=3, -46.90, 0.13, 3.97, fx_r4d_navwhi, // tail lightlight.3=1, -27.10, 0.00, -0.40, fx_r4d_beacon, // dorsal beacon light.4=1, -40.58, 0.10, 15.35, fx_r4d_beacon, // vert-stab beaconlight.5=5, -1.50, -16.35, -0.20, fx_r4d_landing,light.6=5, -1.55, 16.35, -0.20, fx_r4d_landing, light.7=4, 9.50, 0.00, 3.90, fx_vclightD,light.8=4, 6.80, 0.00, 3.90, fx_vclightD,light.9=2, -2.0, 0.00, 3.10, fx_r4d_cabin_7,light.10=2, -8.5, 0.00, 3.10, fx_r4d_cabin_7,light.11=2, -14.5, 0.00, 3.10, fx_r4d_cabin_7,light.12=2, -20.5, 0.00, 3.10, fx_r4d_cabin_7,light.13=2, -25.5, -1.00, 3.10, fx_r4d_cabin_7,light.14=5, 9.70, -19.10, -1.20, DC3_night_light1,light.15=5, 9.70, 19.10, -1.20, DC3_night_light1,And for Briefing Time it works just as well;{LIGHTS} (in square brackets)//#1=beacon #2=strobe #3=nav//#4=cockpit #5=landing #6=taxi//#7=recog #8=wing #9=logo//index,type, long, lat, vert, fx_filename//------------------------------------------------ light.0= 3, -2.50, -33.90, 2.50, fx_navredlight.1= 3, -2.50, 33.90, 2.50, fx_navgrelight.2= 3, -28.85, -10.82, 6.57, fx_navwhilight.3= 3, -28.98, 10.70, 6.63, fx_navwhilight.4= 1, -21.40, 0.00, 4.00, fx_beaconh light.5= 4, 9.50, -1.0, 2.90, fx_vclightDlight.6= 5, 0.80, -19.10, 2.50, fx_landinglight.7= 5, 0.80, 19.10, 2.50, fx_landinglight.8= 2, -12.70, 0.00, 4.50, fx_navwhilight.9= 2, 5.20, 0.00, -3.00, fx_navwhilight.10=2, -21.40, 0.00, 4.00, fx_navredlight.11=5, 9.70, -19.10, -1.20, DC3_night_light1,light.12=5, 9.70, 19.10, -1.20, DC3_night_light1,//---------effects below controlled by XML gauge-----------------//---------------port flash---------------------light.13=8, 3.45, -9.55, 0.00, fx_B25_BlueFlash1dlight.14=8, 3.25, -9.55, 0.00, fx_B25_BlueFlash2d//---------------starboard flash----------------light.15=9, 3.45, 9.50, 0.00, fx_B25_BlueFlash1dlight.16=9, 3.25, 9.50, 0.00, fx_B25_BlueFlash2dYou will have need of the Effects file ' DC3_night_light1.fx ' which will be in your Effects Folder if you've downloaded and installed the 'MAAM-SIM OY-BPB' add-on recently released.If you've any probs, the chances are I've left something out so give me a holler! We'll get to the bottom of it!P.S I just want to print the word ' QUEUE ' cos' I spelt it wrong last time and it really irritated me!Funny that... Sir John :-sword

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Queue? Isn't that James Bond's boss? ;-) Thanks, Ian. Works and looks terrific!http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/llg_3.jpg http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/llg_4.jpg http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/llg_2.jpg http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/llg_1.jpg Cool wash over the XC's floats, too. Just cut and paste Ian's section in each plane's aircraft.cfg, including the R4D, Passenger, Cargo, and Amphib DC-3's and BT.Not to worry about the Quadrant setup. It comes with a leaflet suggesting you donwnload the new Control Manager 3.5 from the CH site. Do it. It not only gives you a new calibration interface...http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/ch_cal.gif...but it also comes with a Power Point presentation that takes you step by step through the full assignment routine for twin-engine Flightsim Yoke, CH Pro Pedals, and Throttle Quadrant... http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/ch_pp1.gifhttp://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/ch_pp2.gifYou can get one for four-engine setup, too.Now I have a question: Where does FS9 store the controller assignments? Even though the setup is not rocket science, it is time consuming, and I would like to back up my setup in case it goes south at some point. Bill Rambow MAAM-SIM - Rambow, Visser, Banting, Young, Womack, Sodja & Beaumonthttp://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/maamsim_logo2.gif


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Hi again,Thanks for the info, Bill. I'm going to treat myself to one of these quadrants at some point for sure...right after I figure out how to fix the left toe-break on my CH-Pedals which for some reason remains permanently switched on on all of a sudden. I'm somewhat reluctant to open the casing in case everything springs out everywhere..doh...Anyway, I think all the information regarding your joystick,yoke etc, is listed near the bottom of your main FS9 cfg. Just back the whole file up as usual while things are really sweet and drop it back in when things go ape. I have never yet lost any customised tweaks or peripheral assignments in FS while doing this.Ian :-sword

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Yep, in your FS9.CFG, Bill.Hey, you know you can pull those knobs off, don't you? So that you can put the big black ones in the middle for throttles?Gotta be done ...Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumonthttp://www.swiremariners.com/newlogo.jpg


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For once it's you in the US who are getting ripped off, rather than us in the UK, Bill! :-hahThe CH TQ sold in Europe comes with two black, two blue and two red (shaped as appropriate) stuck on the levers and another two blacks in a little plastic bag. To swap from two throttle to four, you pull off the bits you don't want and shuffle as appropriate, then reassign the levers in FS. All the US adverts I've seen have offered *either* a two-throttle *or* a four throttle quadrant. The difference is the plastic bits stuck on the top of the levers!!!I kinda hope someome from CH can come along and tell me I'm talking tripe, because they're normally very good and I really am surprised by this one.Ian P.

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How do you want that tripe served, Ian? :-)Mine indeed came with pairs of blue and red knobs along with a quartet of blacks. I was simply razzing my Dak obsessed partner about the different arrangement of the Douglas versus the Mitchell. The proper arrangement is demonstrated here...http://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/br_desk.jpgBill Rambow MAAM-SIM - Rambow, Visser, Banting, Young, Womack, Sodja & Beaumonthttp://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/maamsim_logo2.gif


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Your point is taken, Sir Rambow, with knobs on :D You'll note, Ian, that B-25 fliers are a different breed. Dak men don't need little labels all over the place to tell them where the gear lever is .... oh no ..... flipping the wrong switch is second nature to us, we don't need to be told we screwed up.I wonder if Vicki (Bill's lovely wife) has a little label off-camera saying "Your dinner is in the dog"?On the subject of wives, I wonder how many of you have seen this little gem that Tim Westnutt winged across from Tulip-land the other day:http://www.marleentimmer.com/worteldrie/flash/emer.html Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumonthttp://www.swiremariners.com/newlogo.jpg


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So why advertise a "2 throttle version" and a "4 throttle version" :-hmmm My faith in CH Products is, however, fully restored.Just for the record, mine is set up as TTPPMM, regardless of whether I'm flying the R4D/DC3 or B25. Sorry to disappoint! :-hahIan P.

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Those labels are for the benefit of the unwashed masses at WW2 Weekend who will be usiing the rig. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;-) That said, how many unlabelled switches have you seen in a cockpit? Just in case you find some, I will pass on advice given meby Russ Strine when I first started crawling all over Briefing Time taking pictures. When I asked him what it would be safe to move in order to get clear shots or shoot controls in different positions he said, "Don't touch anything that's red and think long and hard about moving anything yellow."Having witnessed the mains retracted on the Yankee Air Force's lovely C-47 whilst taxiing at KRDG by some ham-handed co-pilot, I take this advice very seriously! This disaster, which destroyed a prop and engine occurred one flight before I was supposed to be getting a free ride on her. :-( The only thing that saved the second mill was the old girl's assymetric retraction. When the first prop started eating the tarmac the second was still up in the air and the retraction process was halted just in time. I wonder if that guy is still the CP?Bill Rambow MAAM-SIM - Rambow, Visser, Banting, Young, Womack, Sodja & Beaumonthttp://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/maamsim_logo2.gif


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Hi MAAM,I digress here perhaps... But I was thinking if you're not completely sure which MAAM ship to model next, how about a full blown simulation of Bill Rambow's MOTORHOME? After all it's a semi-permanent exhibit at the Museum, or so I've heard. And I'm sure it flies and everything... I can just see it now... Photorealistic panel with passenger views... Fully animated virtual cabin with flushing toilet... Avionics could include a functioning video panel with a DVD option, or even a channel switching tv...What do you think? :-lol Ian :-sword

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If flying Cutty Sarks can be done for FS, why not a flying motorhome? Must I include the hole I punched in the fiberglass rear against the museum gutter getting out of my tight parking spot last year? :-madBill Rambow MAAM-SIM - Rambow, Visser, Banting, Young, Womack, Sodja & Beaumonthttp://www.fssupport.com/maam_sim/maamsim_logo2.gif


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Hmmmm,Perhaps two models then? Before and after the 'prang' versions? I'm sure Jan could do it... HE CAN'T BE VERY BUSY AT THE MOMENT... :-lol Ian :-sword

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