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Cargo hauling with the 777...(If you like flying off the beaten path)

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Hey fellow 777'ers,

Ever since they moved the "Where is your 777 now" and the 777 repaint thread to the screenshots forum, I'm not sure how many of you get out to that forum and see what some "retired" painters do when they've been so inspired by a commercial release they tend to paint it more than they fly it.   :Silly:

 

I have not flown a single other bird since I got this beast!  And, like I typically do, if there is a paint I want to fly and its not out there, I paint it, fly it and of course share it with the community. (reference: EMB 175/195, LevelD, etc)

 

Well, Steve's paintshop has been busy, and for those here that have only been here since this wonderful 777 came out are thinking "Who the heck is this guy?".  Let's just say I've painted a few planes in my day, and let my work tell the rest of the story.

 

If you haven't visited the screenshot forum, these are what I've painted so far, cargo wise:

 

http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?Location=AVSIM&Proto=file&ImageID=397505

 

http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?Location=AVSIM&Proto=file&ImageID=397336

 

http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?Location=AVSIM&Proto=file&ImageID=397171

 

http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?Location=AVSIM&Proto=file&ImageID=397108

 

http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?Location=AVSIM&Proto=file&ImageID=396335

 

http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?Location=AVSIM&Proto=file&ImageID=395993

 

The last pic is just to show you that while I specialize on photo tails, I can paint the rest of the plane too.  :LMAO:

 

This one is just about ready (and you can see the rest of the plane in the screenshot forum)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v144/Steve_Dra/777Tiger5.jpg

 

All of these liveries happen to be fictional, and in our virtual world, that's ok.  One thing this retired painter enjoys is painting what he likes, and I like all these cargo hauling companies...and flying cargo!  Its a pretty fun variation too, like the title of this post says "Fly off the beaten path"  

I tend to fly to all sorts of odd places that need an emergency generator, a critical part that only the 777 can haul,etc.  If you never tried it and are kinda' getting tired of those runs you make with your VA or favorite airline over and over again...give it shot.  Fly to the Marshal Islands to deliver parts for a desalination plant, Take a pride of lions to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi so the wildlife society can reintroduce them into the wild....be creative, fly to places your shiny BA, AA, SA, Emirates tube liner wouldn't be caught dead in, hehe.  Its challenging, you do a lot of your own flight planning, and its pretty satisfying to get into a minimum length airport with a huge bird (and unstable or man-eating cargo) verses those 2 mile long, smooth, navaid galore mega airports. :)  

Anyone here heard of CRAF?  (Google it) 

Just want to invite you to explore other types of flying and other parts of the world if you find yourself a little bored with flying routes you've just about memorized the J-route numbers for. Hehe.

 

To that end, I've given the community the planes to fly cargo all over the world.

 

You can get all the paints above by clicking the link in my signature (the last pic's plane is coming soon).

 

Since I can't post screens here and don't want to make a post here every time I release a paint (which can be pretty frequently if you've known me long enough), I encourage you to visit the screenshot forum and see what I may be painting next.

 

I can tell you that I'll never paint to the frequency I did in the old days (back when some of you were in diapers), and I'm not really taking requests. That's not to say I never consider them, but I want to be clear that I'm not seeking to paint every airline that ever existed (been there, tried that, only got about half of them done :Just Kidding: ), so please don't be upset if I don't paint the livery you want, no matter how many times (and ways) you ask me.  

 

Just think of me as a retired painter who used to paint like that, got burned out, and just wants to share some of his favorite liveries with this great PMDG community.  Right now as you can see, I'm on a cargo kick.  When the -300 comes out, who knows?  In fact I'm not sure if I'll be a day one owner since I'm having so much fun hauling cargo and they don't make a -300F that I know of, hehe.

Anyway, the liveries are there, the cargo world is there...if you want to challenge your piloting and navigation skills...I'm giving you the liveries to do it.

  

Have fun with them guys, and if you haven't...try grabbing some screens and post them in the "Where is your 777 now" post over in the screenshot forum.  There is even a "Where is your 737 now" post there too,  Its a great way to show where you've been, and start interesting discussions with your fellow captains.

We all have a passion for flying, and a passion for the 777...I share them just the same.  But I also have a passion to paint what I like, fortunate enough to have acquired the skills to do it, and probably my greatest passion is to share my efforts with my community.  Been doing it 11+ years...I think I can say that with confidence while not sounding too arrogant.  :smile: 

 

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Those are some amazing repaints and I enjoyed reading your post! I fly for a VA and I do get the urge (especially after reading this) to do a flight that doesn't end up in a major airport. Maybe Santiago, Chile to New Caledonia with a stop in Easter Island! Thanks for the post and awesome repaints!

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Look great Steve. And many thanks for sharing your work

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Steve is the man.  I wanted an FS9 195 done but for my FSX and a quick message and Steve hooked me up.  Quality work.  For FREE.  Take that, McFlat.  ;) 

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Take that, McFlat. ;)

LOL great comment, I agree 100%

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LOL great comment, I agree 100%

 

I mean his work is good, don't get me wrong.  

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I mean his work is good, don't get me wrong.  

it's ok, I knew what you meant.

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Wow this is a fresh post, awesome to read!   I did google the CRAF.   Steve, is there anyway to see in what they are involved in and when they are flying what?   It would be grand to follow them around in the virutal skies!

 

Kind regards

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Steve has some LEGENDARY LVD paints. I bet I flew each of them at least once. This batch is even better (the Flying Tigers brush metal is just freaking awesome). I was afraid to touch my monitor while looking at it for fear of burning my hand on the hot metal baking in the virtual sun!

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Thanks for the comments guys!

Hope you enjoy my repaints and hope to see you in the virtual skies :)

 

 

 


Steve has some LEGENDARY LVD paints. I bet I flew each of them at least once. This batch is even better (the Flying Tigers brush metal is just freaking awesome). I was afraid to touch my monitor while looking at it for fear of burning my hand on the hot metal baking in the virtual sun!

 

Hey Al, I'm really hoping one day we'll have a PMDG 767 to fly around in...my LVD textures will surely make their way on to a PMDG masterpiece :)

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Thanks for the comments guys!

Hope you enjoy my repaints and hope to see you in the virtual skies :)

 

 

 

 

Hey Al, I'm really hoping one day we'll have a PMDG 767 to fly around in...my LVD textures will surely make their way on to a PMDG masterpiece :)

 

Still waiting for that FedEx 777, I've taken the partial one for a spin today. See the Where is your 777 now? thread for my screenshot! :D

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Still waiting for that FedEx 777, I've taken the partial one for a spin today. See the Where is your 777 now? thread for my screenshot! :D

 

LOL...too funny...I JUST replied to it...and said pretty much the same thing....TOOO WEIRD!


Wow this is a fresh post, awesome to read!   I did google the CRAF.   Steve, is there anyway to see in what they are involved in and when they are flying what?   It would be grand to follow them around in the virutal skies!

 

Kind regards

Hey Werner, I'm not sure about that, but I'd like to know that as well.  What I do know for certain is that the CRAF air fleet flies the US military all over the world...I flew on their birds a few times.  World Airways DC-10 (old red/gold paint) and an ATA L1011 (old colors), oh and a Flying Tigers DC-8 back on 1975 (yeah I'm that old)  :lol:


 

 


Maybe Santiago, Chile to New Caledonia with a stop in Easter Island! Thanks for the post and awesome repaints!

Go for it...I think you'll find it exciting!  Thank you for the complement.


Steve is the man.  I wanted an FS9 195 done but for my FSX and a quick message and Steve hooked me up.  Quality work.  For FREE.  Take that, McFlat.  ;) 

Hey Craig it was my pleasure.  I need to one day revisit my Embraer paints and make sure I have them all in both fs9 and FSX versions....Its hard to back to small texture maps though when you get used to the quality you can achieve on 3 4096x4096 maps to paint just the fuse.  I've painted whole planes (wings too) on ONE 1024x1024 map.  Not fun!


 

 


Look great Steve. And many thanks for sharing your work

Thanks Julian.  If your avatar is accurate in the sense you play guitar, I do as well.  :wink:

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If your avatar is accurate in the sense you play guitar, I do as well.

I do, but not very good. Put on a Jeff Beck cd, then play it backwards...that's me :lol:

The Avatar is my music idol, if we are  allowed one in our later years, it is the late Peter Ham of Badfinger fame.

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I do, but not very good. Put on a Jeff Beck cd, then play it backwards...that's me :lol:

The Avatar is my music idol, if we are  allowed one in our later years, it is the late Peter Ham of Badfinger fame.

Ahh. I got ya :)  Remember "Good" is a relative term.  I'll go into a Guitar Center play room, start playing a bit, think I'm sounding pretty good if I do say so myself...then some kid (most people are kids to me since I have more time behind me than ahead of me...fact of life)...some kid will come in and grab a guitar and blow me away...like I want to gently put the guitar down I'm "playing" and pretend I was just looking at it as a gift for someone  :( .  Its like I dont even know how to play...but I;m ok with that...its a hobby and a recreation.  It makes me happy and makes me feel good when I can nail the few songs I do know, house of the rising sun, sweet home Alabama, any Bob Segar, etc.

Anyway...flying, music, painting planes...all passions...I just divide my time as to the intensity I want to devote to each.  I pick up the guitar on long flights over the pond and I'm still in the cockpit. hehe.

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Anyway...flying, music, painting planes...all passions...I just divide my time as to the intensity I want to devote to each. I pick up the guitar on long flights over the pond and I'm still in the cockpit. hehe.

Same here Steve. Cannot paint though, to save myself :)

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The paints look awesome Steve,

 

Would you consider doing more non-fictional 77F paints?

 

Alex

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Hey Steve,

 

Have you done any paints for the new-ish Aerosoft Airbus X?  I have a love affair with Skyservice.  They don't fly passengers any more but I remember flying on one of these 320s as a kid and I'd love to see a repaint.  

 

Skyservice_Airbus_A320_Zammit.jpg

 

No worries if you don't have time, and I really don't want to derail the thread.  I love your work.  I can't wait to see what you come up with once the PMDG W is out! 

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Hello Steve,

 

it's good to see you painting the 777X. I think the first time I downloaded one of your repaints was for the FFX 737, probably Lufthansa. Back then Erik Cantu's models and your repaints were a fantastic combination. I am not sure how many still remember FFX.
The repaints you did for the Level-D Simulations 767 really enriched that addon. Your skills and techniques regarding photoreal textures must have been a milestone for lots of users and painters. :smile:

 

Do whatever repaint you want to and at the pace you choose, don't let the community make you loose the fun doing those repaints. It would be a shame seeing your splendid repaints vanishing again, now that we have got you back. :smile:

 

Regarding you last paragaph, I or lots of other people should cut a few slices off from your mentality. In my eyes that certain attitude makes the flight simming community quite fascianting but somehow I have the impression this got lost over the years a bit. Maybe it's turning up again.

 

Looking forward to your upcoming releases, whatever product, aircraft or livery it is.

 

best regards,

Christian

 

 

 


I can tell you that I'll never paint to the frequency I did in the old days (back when some of you were in diapers), and I'm not really taking requests. That's not to say I never consider them, but I want to be clear that I'm not seeking to paint every airline that ever existed (been there, tried that, only got about half of them done :Just Kidding: ), so please don't be upset if I don't paint the livery you want, no matter how many times (and ways) you ask me.


Just think of me as a retired painter who used to paint like that, got burned out, and just wants to share some of his favorite liveries with this great PMDG community. Right now as you can see, I'm on a cargo kick. When the -300 comes out, who knows? In fact I'm not sure if I'll be a day one owner since I'm having so much fun hauling cargo and they don't make a -300F that I know of, hehe.

Anyway, the liveries are there, the cargo world is there...if you want to challenge your piloting and navigation skills...I'm giving you the liveries to do it.



Have fun with them guys, and if you haven't...try grabbing some screens and post them in the "Where is your 777 now" post over in the screenshot forum. There is even a "Where is your 737 now" post there too, Its a great way to show where you've been, and start interesting discussions with your fellow captains.

We all have a passion for flying, and a passion for the 777...I share them just the same. But I also have a passion to paint what I like, fortunate enough to have acquired the skills to do it, and probably my greatest passion is to share my efforts with my community. Been doing it 11+ years...I think I can say that with confidence while not sounding too arrogant. :smile:

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Same here Steve. Cannot paint though, to save myself :)

You'd be surprised what you can do when you give it a shot. I taught myself to paint, and started when I got tired of requesting a paint the FFX painters wouldn't paint.  Took me over a month to do my 1st repaint, and it was horrible.  But I got better. :wink:

Start small and work your way up I always say....same applies to flying.  We didn't start off flying these big ones...we started flying Cessna's and Piper's, then progressed (well you know what I mean).  Start your 1st paint project as wanting to change the registration number on your favorite plane.  I'm not going to lie and say its "easy" because its not when you are just starting out.  Anyway...view the dozens of tutorials on youtube (including mine here on how to paint a photo tail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zsCmBiCnSE). As an educator in real life, its my intense desire to create a whole series of paint tutorials, nuts to bolts on how I paint. Sharing knowledge is actually more gratifying than sharing my paints...because when I teach someone something, its something they can go off and apply with their unique style.  That's gonna have to wait until I "really" retire a few years from now. :Whistle:

(Been teaching various things from SH-3 Seaking avionics/ASW gear in the Navy, to helpdesk reps at Lotus, to my current job 27 years later...docs and nurses how to use their Electronic Health Record).

Oh and if you think you have to spend a fortune to get a good paint program...get what I use...Highly suggest the 64bit version for memory considerations.

I got mine online for 29.99.  I don't want to drop advertisements here on Avsim, but google "paintshop pro for 29.99" and you'll find it.  Paintshop Pro X6 64bit...with a little practice (and alot of patience), you can be painting just like me!

Be advised, while I'd love to teach every one of you out there how to paint...I'm not in a position to.  I'll help as best I can, but I can only do so much as I hope you understand.  Like I mentioned...one day...I'll be making tutorials.  Your venue would be the Painter's forum here on Avsim...packed with many great poeple waiting to help painters of all experience levels.

 

 

 

Would you consider doing more non-fictional 77F paints?

Hey Alex, I already have a few in the hopper...what were you thinking of?  A little painter's secret:  Most painters I know have several projects going on simultaneously. The reasons are much the same we all fly multiple aircraft types.  I can't speak for others, but I get a little bored sometimes when I get on a paint that is tedious. And besides, a lot of times I'm waiting for permission to use a photo, waiting for feedback on a pre-release (Steve's check airman program...LoL), or a file from another painter in our loose network.  So instead of sitting around twiddling my thumbs, I start another project (or work on an existing one).  That is one way I'm able to crank them out so fast.  Plus after years of painting, I have the logos, fonts etc of most of the airlines out there, so it's just a matter of grabbing them off my last project and applying them to the new one.

And if you ask me what planes I have in the "hopper" or tucked away in the back of the paint hangar, that is a closely guarded secret.  Long ago, I made the mistake of post previews of a lot of them I had in the "hopper", that for one reason or another, I could never release (Never got permission to use a photo, never found the right font, just threw my hands up trying to paint on a texture map that was poorly laid out, etc).  So I don't preview them anymore.  For those waiting for the Landor I previewed long ago, she is coming, I promise.  Just like PMDG, there are a lot of things that can delay a paint release.

Anyway...I know I more than answered your question, hehe.  If anyone is wondering, I will say without a doubt I will be doing my own FedEx (if that was the one you were asking about Alex)

 

 

 

Have you done any paints for the new-ish Aerosoft Airbus X?  I have a love affair with Skyservice.  They don't fly passengers any more but I remember flying on one of these 320s as a kid and I'd love to see a repaint.  

Hey Craig, I don't have the plane, but that is another thing on my bucket list... to be as comfortable in an Airbus cockpit as I am in a Boeing.  The package looks excellent (Froogle review), and if there were 126 hours in a day I might learn to fly them, then of course want to paint them...so short answer, no for now.  :wink:

 

Hey Christian,

Good to see you!  Yeah painting is a very rewarding hobby, and the rewards of seeing our community enjoying my work are a great incentive to keep it going.  Burnout is a real concern, because just like flying, it is very addictive, and sneakily so.  And when you see your first creation move off the 2d map you paint on into the full, 3d version of it in flightsim, the feeling is indescribable. I still get a kick out of it a few hundred paints later...especially when you get a tricky one done (read: METAL!).  With metal, you work on multiple maps to get the paint done, then the reflections and specular details.  I'm just glad most modelers are moving away from individual light maps. :Applause: (Read:PMDG..THANK YOU!)

Yeah I put some serious time and effort into the LevelD paints...it still to this day is one of my favorite planes in real life and of course their rendition of it in FS.  I have been flying the panel since Eric  Ernst built it waaaaay back in fs98 (I think, maybe FS2000?).  Anyway...awesome package, awesome people to work with (Actually met Gary Hayes their painter at KATL when he was coming back from overseas in the military.  Bought him lunch at the airport..He' got excellent paint tutorials on how to paint the LevelD bird in Photoshop.

 

Anyway, I hope PMDG finds it in their heart to do a 767.  Based on the feedback I see here, it could be a hit! (I know...have to face the market reality...but hey..I can always ask).  I've already committed to move all my LevelD paints over to their 767, with enhancements of course.

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I think the first time I downloaded one of your repaints was for the FFX 737, probably Lufthansa. Back then Erik Cantu's models and your repaints were a fantastic combination. I am not sure how many still remember FFX.

 

I remember FFX, FFG and SGA, hehe.  I remember that Lufthansa as well...if it was the -300/400, then it was reg D-ABEK...I thought it was hilarious when I saw that registration...I just had to paint it. :LMAO:   Vanity?  Well...maybe a little...after all they named a plane after me!

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[...] Hey Alex, I already have a few in the hopper...what were you thinking of?  [...]

 

 

Hi matey, thank you for your response,

 

I was maybe thinking of ~German Cargo (AEROLOGIC) or Lufthansa Cargo. If you have that on your list of course,

 

 

Alex

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Hi matey, thank you for your response,

 

I was maybe thinking of ~German Cargo (AEROLOGIC) or Lufthansa Cargo. If you have that on your list of course,

 

 

Alex

 

 

Hey Alex,

I've had the tail done for Lufthansa cargo for a long time now....just need to finish the rest of the plane.  This is by far my favorite plane and I've taken her around the world already.  

Yes, Lufthansa is in my hangar.  The rest of the plane I use right now is already in the avsim library..I can't remember who painted it and I have to get to work now..his paint is excellent, I just added my tail to his paint. :wink:  Aero Logic may come as well as it fits the criteria of what I paint (There is a method I use to determine what I paint believe it or not, hehe)

Send me your email address and the tail is yours.

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Hey Alex,

I've had the tail done for Lufthansa cargo for a long time now....just need to finish the rest of the plane.  This is by far my favorite plane and I've taken her around the world already.  

Yes, Lufthansa is in my hangar.  The rest of the plane I use right now is already in the avsim library..I can't remember who painted it and I have to get to work now..his paint is excellent, I just added my tail to his paint. :wink:  Aero Logic may come as well as it fits the criteria of what I paint (There is a method I use to determine what I paint believe it or not, hehe)

Send me your email address and the tail is yours.

2014-5-11_21-47-7-183.jpg

 

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Cool stuff Steve,

 

All the best

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Hey Alex,

I've had the tail done for Lufthansa cargo for a long time now....just need to finish the rest of the plane.  This is by far my favorite plane and I've taken her around the world already.  

Yes, Lufthansa is in my hangar.  The rest of the plane I use right now is already in the avsim library..I can't remember who painted it and I have to get to work now..his paint is excellent, I just added my tail to his paint. :wink:  Aero Logic may come as well as it fits the criteria of what I paint (There is a method I use to determine what I paint believe it or not, hehe)

Send me your email address and the tail is yours.

2014-5-11_21-47-7-183.jpg

 

6868f9d1-d7c4-440a-80c2-f066a7590fbe.png

 

 

Steve,

 

I have to say, I admire your paints very much! I'm not a very big simmer anymore, more of a distant admirer of simming (except when it comes to beta testing), but your paints and trip descriptions evoke some nostalgia- I want to try them out. FSX had become boring for me!

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