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MD-80 Hi-res VC project [WIP]

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Hi fellow users of the mighty Maddog MD-80

Thought I'd start my own topic to continue talking about my High Resolution Virtual Cockpit project for Leonardo's MD-80. We all know the aircraft is great system wise, but many of us felt disappointed with the texturing not being on par with MSFS next gen rendering engine and GPU capabilities of today.

To that effect, I'm actually doing an entire overhaul of the VC textures. I'm not repainting everything from scratch of course, but using a whole bunch of enhancing softwares I have access to and different techniques to higher up the resolution with much greater and finer details. Some of the VC parts/details were so low-res due to too much VC parts that are big on screen and close to the camera all crammed into only two small 4K textures for example, that enhancing techniques failed to give acceptable results, meaning I decided to repaint them from scratch which is time consuming for someone that has knowledge of photoshop and how texturing works but is not a texturer/artist 😅

For optimization purpose, the mod will normally come in two iteration: one with needed textures going as high as 8K and another one going as high as 16K to allow some of our lucky friends with beasts of war to fully take advantage of their bigger amount of VRAM. 

Work is taking more time than I initially thought but progresses are going well. Some people have contacted me already for beta testing and I expect to send them both version for testing very soon.

Here's a couple of comparison shots:
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  • Managed to get rid of those horribly pixelated faked shadows that were especially bad looking during night time but day also

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  • Especially worked on replacing all the windows/windshield seals because originals were too low-res to enhance and looked like snail skin more than anything else lol. Tried to paint the seal/part to the green color you see on a lot of cockpit real pictures. Added some handmade HiRes weathering to them (currently not finished, time consuming)

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Stay tuned, a first version will be released pretty soon. Subsequent versions will focus on smaller details everywhere (like replacing all the screws by Hi-Res counterparts, replace air masks hose textures, almost entirely remake PBR texturing etc)

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Very nice! I look forward to flying with these! TIA

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Great job ! Thank you for your hard work.

Pierre

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3 hours ago, alanlj44 said:

Hi fellow users of the mighty Maddog MD-80

nice work.  however, best to first check with the dev if distributing vc textures would be allowed.  livery textures can be distributed but some devs don't like other texture mods floating around without permission.    

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Excellent work!

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Great looking mod, thank you for all your work on this.

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Great work ! 👍

cheers 😉

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oh Yess this is really what we  needit !!!

Great !!

brds

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Awesome work. You should send a bill to Leonardo for completing their product.

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4 hours ago, kdfw__ said:

however, best to first check with the dev if distributing vc textures would be allowed

That is good advice indeed! I will ask them right away.

Thanks for all the support from everybody ♥

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Fantastic work you are doing -- crossing fingers Leonardo will also appreciate the effort !

Cheers,

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Nice work make sure to ask permission from Leonardo 😉

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This is VERY MUCH needed!

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Looks great thanks for doing this!

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Posted (edited)

Project is about to be released in any moment now at flightsim. Thanks for all the people who offered their help to beta-test, however I found friends close to home who brought along their PC so we could test a few specs live. Admittedly, having 4 PC running MSFS in the same small room was pretty fun and unusual! (and did warm up the room pretty fast lol).

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