Steve Dra

LH 748 Brandenburg almost ready

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Releasing this one tomorrow.

Added a lot of details, gave her some wear in the tail and APU area.

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Here she is on a dawn test flight...tail again, with the logo light on.

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Here is the nose....landing light splashes of course

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Airborne....just love this angle and lighting

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A view from the wing...

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And the other side....

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I added grime around the cargo doors where ground crew would be handling the access panel and such....

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And the ring the jetways leave on the L1 and L2 doors.  I also used a paint method to enhance the 3d look of the blanked windows...I think it looks better than just the bump map kick in.

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Finally, when looking close up on this bird, I noticed that the top of the "h" is painted over the wear plate, but under the door frame...I painted this detail.

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Should be uploading her tomorrow (Saturday).

 

 

 

 

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Unglaublich!

Great work, Steve.  I like the subtle touches, the 'grime' around the cargo door ctrl panel - we can't all wear white gloves like they do in Japan..  🙂

Look forward to flying "Me".

-Scott D-ABYA.

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Thanks guys....packing her up for release.  Not sure if I'll do the new Lufthansa colors...they changed my favorite livery of all time after all. 🙄

50 minutes ago, psbrandenburg said:

Look forward to flying "Me".

Lol Scott.  If I had a good photo of your mug you know you'd be in the pilot's seat. :wink:

Will send you an advanced copy to check out while I get her ready for release.  Check your PM soon.

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22 minutes ago, Steve Dra said:

Thanks guys....packing her up for release.  Not sure if I'll do the new Lufthansa colors...they changed my favorite livery of all time after all. 🙄

Lol Scott.  If I had a good photo of your mug you know you'd be in the pilot's seat. :wink:

Will send you an advanced copy to check out while I get her ready for release.  Check your PM soon.

There is no such thing as a good photo of my mug.  Just throw Manfred von Richtofen in there and we'll be good..  😉

-Scott D-ABYA.

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Hey Steve: Thanks for creating this specific livery. 747-8 SIM would not be complete without Lufthansa, the launch-customer, and probably the primary reason 747-8 was conceived. BTW, I have traveled countless times in Lufthansa, including at least a couple of times in their 747-8. This logo brings back a lot of memories personally for me. I also realize, your job to create a livery is tremendously more painstaking than us using a few hours to fly it! Hope, someone here will pick up this marvelously detailed livery and post a few good shots of it from the Virtual Sky soon. Appreciated.

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Thanks guys!

1 hour ago, P_7878 said:

Hope, someone here will pick up this marvelously detailed livery and post a few good shots of it from the Virtual Sky soon.

Yeah that is more or less freeware painter currency, LOL.

Decided to tinker just a bit more and add the white strips you see on the rudder edges...

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Hey guys who replied to this post...check you inbox here at Avsim. :wink:

(If you posted AFTER this post, you'll be able to get the paint by clicking the link in my sig when she's posted to the library...getting that done soon)

And for those who've been following my paints for the last 17 years, you should know what a screenshot like this indicates. 🙂

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6 minutes ago, Steve Dra said:

 

And for those who've been following my paints for the last 17 years, you should know what a screenshot like this indicates. 🙂

 

Yep - when you see "Grumpy Joe" you know it's time to go flying!  (He has that "disappointed dad look")

Thanks Steve!!

 

-Scott D-ABYA.

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Beauty.  Sehr Schön..

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Vielen Dank, Herr Drabek!

 

-Scott Brandenburg.

 

 

 

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The images above look as good as those I've seen in the Lufthansa (in-flight) magazine...🙂...Just fantastic!

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Thanks guys!  I was just about to upload but when I was QA'ing it one more time, the lufthansa.com text in the back was just bugging me.   Looking more closely I saw most of the letters were ok, but the "a" is quite unique to the Lufthansa font and not replicated well in any commercially available font.  You can see the font I found (garmond I think) was close...but not good enough looking at the inside hole shape of it (for those that even can notice it) 🙂 

So I replaced it with a scaled down version from the raster-type main LH text in the front.  Since the rest of the lufthansa.com was created as a vector font, a trick painters can use to control the thickness of the font precisely is using the "Stroke" parameter as needed (the bold version of the font is a fixed thickness and rarely the right thickness for the job).

In the screens below, you can see the font with the stroke off, then set at 8, which is perfect for this text.  The "Stroke" of a vector is the outline of the shape, and in a good painting app you can control its thickness (obviously, hehe).  I also made the text a bit taller and realigned it to more closely match the real thing. 

Took a bit of work but I think the finished product is much better than the 1st go at it (was it too nit picky?  maybe, but like I said...it was bugging me)

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15 hours ago, himmelhorse said:

Steve,

May I please PM you?

regards

Tony

Sure Tony.

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3 hours ago, Steve Dra said:

..but not good enough looking at the inside hole shape of it (for those that even can notice it) 🙂

True, I personally wouldn't be able to notice, only the "perfectionists"...🙂....will...

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20 minutes ago, P_7878 said:

True, I personally wouldn't be able to notice, only the "perfectionists"...🙂....will...

Hehe....I tell ya....when you stare at the paint for so long like most painters do, you start to see things you can tweak just a bit to make it look much more realistic.  

For example...while I was in the paintkit making that adjustment to the lufthansa.com in the rear...I did these things as well...to "polish her off" as it were.  NOW I'm satisfied with it...packaging and uploading as I type.

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I also did a final color correction for the gray, and its as close as I hope to ever get.  Folks who don't paint LH regularly have no clue how hard it is to get right. 

Pictures on the internet skew the color so bad...you can't go by them, and even if you put the exact RGB code for the gray into your pallet, the sim lighting engine can whack it in more ways you can imagine LOL.  HDR settings alone will have folks swearing the color is either too light or dark...so the best I can do is adjust it with no HDR, date set to the exact middle of the solar year at the airport I check for color, at 12:00 noon, with no 3rd party shaders or color correction on my monitor.

Of course, what layer you put it on in the paintkit will also effect it.  There are 2 layers that skew all colors under it, the weather and shadow layers.  Sadly you have to put the gray layer under them so they merge correctly with the effects those layers give over the whole fuselage.  Just setting the layer to multiply, darken or overlay won't quite do it, as much as I'd like to do that (its easier).  So you have to adjust the exact RGB value to compensate for their effects.  Anyway...enough rambling about painter's problems...you guys just want the plane! 🤣

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7 hours ago, Steve Dra said:

In the library now guys!

Thanks again Steve

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11 hours ago, Steve Dra said:

...HDR settings alone will have folks swearing the color is either too light or dark...so the best I can do is adjust it with no HDR, date set to the exact middle of the solar year at the airport I check for color, at 12:00 noon, with no 3rd party shaders or color correction on my monitor...

Great job, Steve!  Thank you so much! Yes, you are right, it is very difficult to save the correct gray color, especially since its display depends on the sky textures, which are different for everyone and very rarely performed with regard to the preservation of neutral lighting.
Under the spoiler are three screenshots that I made with the same texture at the same time of the day. Initially, the runway, the plane and the fence in the background are gray. At the same time, the pixel responsible for the shadow cast has a different color. You can compare how the perception of gray changes.

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Regards

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