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Does anyone have a fuel dump gauge?

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Hi all, I posted a message over at the FFDS forum and it was suggested that I check here for help. I'm modeling a glider in gmax that has 2 water ballast tanks in each wing along with 2 fuselage tanks. Basically depending on which 2 wing tanks are being dumped, one of the fuselage tanks will dump also so the CG stays in acceptable limits. The water dumps are controlled by 2 different knobs in the cockpit. I'm looking for the XML code that will allow me to name these parts in gmax so that when I export the .mdl file I can click on the knobs in the vc and have this start the "water dump" effect. I know nothing about XML programming and have on idea where to start,or even if it could be done.Thanks,Darrell

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I've been working on an upgrade to mine. The first version is in the library here (dsd_fuel_dump.zip) It does not allow for control over which tanks are dumping fuel, but the new version will. PM or e-mail me and I will send you the new version, along with some instructions on how to make it work...Doug

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See Darrell! I told you someone here would have what you're looking for... ;)

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Doug,If possible I am in for your gauge with transparant bitmaps.I made a quite considerable change in the look of my overhead.Jan"Beatus Ille Procul Negotiis"

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Doug, is that gauge dependent on FSIUPC or a real stand alone fuel dump gauge? Have been looking for that for years myself...Mathias

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Oh it certainly uses FSUIPC. Don't think there is any other way to do it - at least not without a bunch of hacking that would be way over my head... My gauge has a freeware accreditation with FSUIPC built in, so it really shouldn't be an issue.Doug

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:-lol Yes you did Bill! Thanks!I got the gauge Doug, haven't had time to try it yet, but it sounds like what I may be looking for!Thanks,Darrell

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Just for the record... Doug's gauge works GREAT! (as does everything he puts out *grin*)

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Doug,Another great yes from worlds happiest fueldumper!Jan"Beatus Ille Procul Negotiis"

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Jan,Glad you like it. I'll have a look at your suggestion this weekend. I don't think it will be that hard to implement.If all goes well, I will upload it Sunday evening...Doug

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Btw.I get at startup a FSUIPC message, "not accredited", tough everything works ok{?)Jan"Beatus Ille Procul Negotiis"

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Dough,do you by any chance have an XML gauge file as a sample for me to trigger your "invisible" fuel dump gauge?I can't seem to find one that just cycles L:vars as a template to start from. No need for bitmaps as I have my own switches...

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Defining a click section that looks like this should do it:(L:dsd_fuel_dump_control, bool) ! (>L:dsd_fuel_dump_control, bool) Doug

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Thanks Doug :-) Another satisfied tester can now chime into the common tune here:It works !!!!!The only thing I don't like about it is the reliance on FSUIPC. Somehow I always imagine that any C++ gauge should be able to do the same as FSUIPC does without having to rely on it. But I guess it is the know-how Peter Dowson has acquired over the years that most of us are lacking ... I only know of one case where a formerly FSUIPC-reliant gauge was turned into a stand-alone gauge, and that with something as increadible as a weather radar! But then again it was Alain Capt who managed to do that.I will never reach the format of a Pete Dowson or Alain Capt, I fear, though I won't give up trying to reach at least 10% of their programming expertise ;-) Thanks again Dough for helping me out!

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