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Introducing simwestFOTOREAL

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What started as a simple little add-on for myself turned into a major, multi-year project.  The goal was not perfection but really 3-parts: immersion, performance and enjoyment.  I think I have accomplished this but the only way to make sure is to let others try it.

So I am seeking beta testers to fly simwestFOTOREAL.  We need all types of simmers with all types of platforms.  So if you fly with P3Dv4, v3, v2, v1 and/or FSX or FSX:SE and are interested in beta testing please send me an email at...

‘projects @ simwest . com’  (FYI - there are no spaces in the email address).  Please type ‘BetaTester’ for the Subject line.

Here are some development shots:

San Diego, California, USA is where I live so I thought it best to start there. 

SWF_SanDiego_day.jpg

 

Point Loma in San Diego showing KSAN ahead and to the right is North Island Naval Air Station. 

SWF_PointLoma_day.jpg

 

The town of Big Bear, California in the San Bernardino mountains.  It’s been said in winter you can ski the slopes in the morning and hit the beach for some sun in the afternoon!

SWF_BigBear_winter.jpg

 

Big Bear at a winter’s night.  Looks like the slopes are in full operation.  As you can see night lighting is "baked" into the scenery... not placed on top.

SWF_BigBear_WinterNight.jpg

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

SWF_ALBQ_winter.jpg

 

KABQ, Albuquerque, New Mexico

SWF_KABQ_area.jpg

 

Calexico, Mexico

SWF_Calexico_Mex-2.jpg

 

200 Miles North of San Diego, California is the seaside town of Santa Barbara.

SWF_SantaBarbara_dawn.jpg

 

Santa Barbara, nightfall.

SWF_SantaBarbara_dusk.jpg

 

"The Valley" (San Fernando Valley),  is an area north of Los Angeles.  Who can remember the song 'Valley Girl"!?  Here we are at 30,000 feet.

SWF_TheValley_30000.jpg

 

Yuma, Arizona

SWF_Yuma_AZ-2.jpg

 

The idea of simwestFOTOREAL was to serve as a scenery “base” where one could fly with it on its own or add higher detailed add-on airports.  Here is California’s Ontario airport KONT with the default airport.

SWF_Ontario_before.jpg

 

We then “dropped in” Shez Ansari's superb KONT.  While we can’t guarantee all add-ons will match this good, but this one turned out nice.

SWF_Ontario_shez.jpg

 

Even little "fly-over" towns that you may never see are modeled.  This is small town of Holt, California.

SWF_Holt_day.jpg

 

Palm Springs, California

SWF_PalmSprings_dusk-1.jpg

Well, no need for more as I am sure you get the idea.  Thank you for checking us out.

Clutch

 

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Hi Clutch,

What a superb effort - from San Diego all the to Albuquerque to Santa Barbara - holy smokes - what an area to cover... Better start buying those Terabyte drives - fellas... I'm a poor choice for a beta tester - but - simply WOW - thoroughly impressed... Normally - I'm not a fan of photo real but that looks simply flawless... LOL - I guess you've truly mastered Arno's ScenProc... I wonder how long that would take to crunch... This looks like it will give ORBX's "True Earth" a run for the money... Best of luck to you...

Why can't any of the developers be from the Northeastern US [sigh] - LOL...

Regards,

Scott 

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WOW!  Will you be able to provide seasonal? 

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Try and drop in my KNYL Yuma scenery and KLGB scenery into it too. Looks like it would blend nicely.

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On 11/19/2018 at 3:32 PM, scottb613 said:

What a superb effort - from San Diego all the to Albuquerque to Santa Barbara - holy smokes - what an area to cover... Better start buying those Terabyte drives - fellas...

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Just to get a rough idea, Clutch, how large is California with its autogen? Is it at 1m/pixel?

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Thank you guys for the words of encouragement.  Just to answer a few questions, the shots just represent what we are working on not that is it entirely one add-in.  If popular, we would roll out areas across the USA state-by-state (or by large area).

Seasons are planned based on area.  For example, in southern California we added winter snow for mountain areas but not entire fully developed seasons where it is mainly wet/dry seasons.  Else, that can make a release up to 5 times larger to include PR for each season completely.  I'm all for seasons, I actually prefer them but it will just depends.

At 1m/pp, that could make California 60-80GB, throw in all seasons up to 150-200GB (guestimates).  Thank goodness HDD are droppin' in prices!

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