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Having no experience with XPX, but intensely curious to try my hand at flying the 6, could anyone recommend a good starter set of add-ons that would complement this bird nicely?

 

What kind of weather, texture, and airport scenery packages would be good to jumpstart a fresh XPX install to really enjoy the sim?

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Skymax pro v3 , real weather connector, real terra haze, xcamera.. for a start

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Skymax pro v3 , real weather connector, real terra haze, xcamera.. for a start

 

 

Yes and there are a TON of great quality FREE airports over at x-plane.org as well.

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NOAA Weather plugin is still the best in doing the weather injection, including turbulence where reported in SIGMET reports.

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Thx for the link to that fix Felipe, I wasn't aware of it.

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Thx for the link to that fix Felipe, I wasn't aware of it.

 

Anytime.

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Skymax pro v3 , real weather connector, real terra haze, xcamera.. for a start

Skymaxx pro is a real eye-candy cloud enhancement. The best clouds shape for X-Plane. But has some disadvantages compared with default clouds or other cloud enhancement add-ons, especially on higher flight level. I recommend to compare to avoid any disappointment.

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Skymaxx pro is a real eye-candy cloud enhancement. The best clouds shape for X-Plane. But has some disadvantages compared with default clouds or other cloud enhancement add-ons, especially on higher flight level. I recommend to compare to avoid any disappointment.

 

It's a trade off for sure but does SMP really have poorer high altitude rendering ability than default clouds?

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The coverage is limited and this visible at higher altitude, some people don't like it. For lower altiudes SMP is a perfect add-on. Just my humble opinion.

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The coverage is limited and this visible at higher altitude, some people don't like it. For lower altiudes SMP is a perfect add-on. Just my humble opinion.

 

Yes I know though increasing to max range can/will have a massive impact on performance depending on the cloud cover. Haven't really messed with the default clouds; is the coverage better?

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Sure, it is all depending on hardware. But even if you have a high performance PC and increased the coverage range to the maximum, it is visible that the clouds end before the horizon. The coverage of default clouds is better, but the shape of the clouds is worse. Considering the service ceiling of the DC-6, you're going to be fine with SMP. Using jet airliners at e.g. FL330 may decrease the experience.

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All of MisterX6 airports are a must! They're all free from the .org forum, but quality is definitely on par with many payware offerings.

 

As above, Real Terra Haze is a must as well. And the HD runway textures, which are again free on the .org forum, I think they're in the popular downloads list.

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While I agree that there are many great addons out there - and I used all of those mentioned here at some point - I am down to standard X-Plane + HD Mesh/Scenery v3 + Airports/Planes again.

 

I had Skymaxx v2, v3 with and without RWC, Real Terra Haze, photoreal scenery generated with Ortho4XP and G2XP, NOAA plugin, FSGRW etc...

But at some point I remembered one of the main reasons why I changed to X-Plane in the first place: Being able to have a great looking and smoothly running sim WITHOUT the need to use many plugins/addons or to tweak CFGs.

 

That being said, I may give Active Sky next a try when they keep their promise to release an X-Plane addon. :rolleyes:

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While I agree that there are many great addons out there - and I used all of those mentioned here at some point - I am down to standard X-Plane + HD Mesh/Scenery v3 + Airports/Planes again.

 

I had Skymaxx v2, v3 with and without RWC, Real Terra Haze, photoreal scenery generated with Ortho4XP and G2XP, NOAA plugin, FSGRW etc...

But at some point I remembered one of the main reasons why I changed to X-Plane in the first place: Being able to have a great looking and smoothly running sim WITHOUT the need to use many plugins/addons or to tweak CFGs.

 

That being said, I may give Active Sky next a try when they keep their promise to release an X-Plane addon. :rolleyes:

Funny because one of XPs greatest strengths is its ability to be modded. To each his own.

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Absolutely! It's nice having the abiltiy to extend the sim in all those ways.

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Soundmaxx ($19.95) is excellent too - adds really immersive ambient sounds to airports, so they feel much more 'alive' than anything in FSX/P3D   (I love and use all 3 platforms BTW).

 

I personally think XP10s default clouds can look amazing if configured well.  There's much more of a sensation of flying through the clouds, than in FSX/P3D, where even in heavy clouds, they always seem set back from your aircraft.

 

X-Camera (free) is a must, especially if you use TrackIR.  There are some fantastic free airports, mesh, textures, etc for Alaska at the .org site, which is where I'll be flying the PMDG DC-6, when I pick it up.  :)

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Default clouds look good but they kill performance. I get better performance, with more clouds, using SkyMaxx Pro.

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Default clouds look good but they kill performance. I get better performance, with more clouds, using SkyMaxx Pro.

That was true for older X-Plane versions. I. The latest releases you can crank the default clouds much more up than before without fps impact

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Just be wary of Sky Max Pro. Without Real Weather Connector you may suffer poor weather blending between wx stations (as you will with default). SMPro is also a beast of a machine hog. I have spent many frustrating hours trying to get it right.

 

I've seen videos of Ultra Weather which may not look as good but seems to offer better representation of clouds in different areas.

 

I have to give a shout out for G2XP. This is donation-ware and grants you the ability to download photoscenery for the area you are flying over. I use it for areas on final and climbout. Coupled with OSM (Open Street Map) and W2XPlane (for building models), I get an often jaw dropping scenery experience (think ORBX on the fly).

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