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Mission you desperately - a naiive but hopeful question

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Is it possible to extract an object from a Bgl and use it on its own? Let me explain - a few years ago Bill Honnold and Don Humphreus produced a great Santa Barbara scenery for FS98, complete with mountains (they were simply pyramids, but for their time were as exciting as mesh is now). Along with at least one scenery guru, I've since tried to contact both designers but to no avail. (Who knows? They may even read this...) Since then, Al Wheeler produced his superb CCCoast which extends to Santa Barbara, but doesn't have the Santa Barbara Mission, which was one of the really good buildings in Bill & Doug's SB98 scenery. I've tried using the bgl from SB98 which includes the Mission in FS2k2 but the other features conflict (I know, I know, but I'm so desperate I'll try anything). To get to the point - is it possible to somehow identify and extract from the full bgl just the code for the Mission and use it on its own in 2K2 scenery? I wouldn't post it or anything, I'd just love to see the Queen of Missions again in MSFS. (I've even toyed with the idea of creating and uploading all the California Missions as a scenery series, which would be a great landmark feature for Californa VFR touring, but then I wake up to reality where I have trouble tying my shoelaces.....)If you have been, thanks for reading :-)

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Hi Michael,Hypothetically, this is very possible. You will need a scenery disassembler. Try BGL Analyze 2.1 by Winfried Orthmann or ScDis 2.2 by Takuya Murakami. There is also a macro extractor floating about, but I have forgotten its name, as I could never get it to work. And, this is pretty much typical. While it should be possible to do, you may find that it is complicated, sometimes difficult, and does not give good results. Unless you learn SCASM, and simply copy the relevant parts out of the file. Probably the best thing to do is just to start over and make it yourself with Easy Object Designer or NOVA. It may seem daunting at first, but is in fact quite simple once you set yourself to it.My shoelaces are always coming untied as well, but I suspect this has more to do with the shockingly low quality of laces nowadays.Best regards.Luis

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One Photorealistic mission coming up!I fancy a trip anyway!!!!

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I believe it's under construction.I was by there Saturday.Foreman told me the domes were due today.I've decided to immortalize Jean!

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Many thanks for your very quick reply and for your informative advice Luis. After contemplating it for some time, I think in this instance discretion is the better part of valour! Your reply does show what a wealth of expertise we have in the FS community, and once I master these pieces of string, I'll take a look at the programs you mentioned. (I could always wear slip-ons, I suppose ) :-walksmile Mike

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Just astounding, Ihor. Very beautiful. You are a great guy.I do not even fly in California, but if you decide to offer this to the general public, it will be installed on my computer immediately.By the way, if you are taking requests, could you consider the White Cliffs of Dover and Etretat?Best regards.Luis

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Luis is absolutely right, Ihor, it's breathtaking - in one bound you've advanced the standard of FS buildings by a quantum leap. And to think that I'd hoped to perhaps be able to restore a representation of Santa Barbara Mission into FS2K2 - instead, you've built the real thing..... :-eek PS I've seen some v-e-r-y interesting architecture on a picture CD over the last few evenings - I suspect Southern California's going to get even busier in the future......;)

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Hi LuisPerhaps we are of a like mind - when I see a beautiful creation like Ihor's, even if I don't fly in the area where it's located, I just feel happier knowing it's there if ever I do. I spend nearly all my FS time in California, but of late I'm spending a lot of time enjoying the (new) sights of Manchester, England - wonder who's to blame for that ;)

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We'll be travelling all over England & Scotland last two weeks of June & Ist week of July 2002. Two Digital Cameras, a total of 296Mb of memory! Now that'll be a CD. 600+ pictures,! There are places I have to show Jean. Idyllic rural settings, Cornwall, Devon, Kent, High Wycombe! amongst others.The Santa Barbara Mission Scenery will contain a Scenery Easter Egg.

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High Wycombe? :-hmmm (But if you're really around, call in for a cup of tea - or a :-beerchug - and a postage refund plus blank CD!) Intrigued by the thought of an Easter Egg - now, what might it be ?

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Me too -a million thanks Ihor, logging out, going scenery viewing and egg-hunting :-outta

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Help Ihor !!! I installed your wonderful Mission but after a (very enjoyable) hour cruising low & slow around Santa Barbara last night, I could't see it? Could you pls give me the coordinates of the Mission just in case I'm looking in the wrong place? I wondered if perhaps it's subterranean, as I'm using Orlando's mesh, but as you use it too I don't think that's the problem. Perhaps it's being excluded by Al Wheeler's CCCoast (but then again, I've assigned your Mission the highest scenery priority so it shouldn't?). I've checked and re-checked my scenery config but that looks ok. I'd be grateful for any suggestions.PS on my travels I saw some curious structures in a semicircle that glowed at night - am I on the right track for the Egg?

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Ihor, Had relatives down from up North for the weekend so no simming! Every lull in the conversation had me thinking "Hmmmm.....I could just nip upstairs to my PC and try to find Santa Barbara Mission, I bet no-one would miss me for 5 minutes" but my good manners (plus threatening looks from Mrs V which translated to "Don't even think about it Crid :-grr !") stayed me downstairs as a proper host should. Well, guess what I'm doing tonight! Can't wait! California here I come....

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Hi all,I just downloaded and installed your final version of the SBA Mission, Ihor, and it's great. Thanks much.I checked this morning and my scenery doesn't exclude or conflict with it ... either the version I uploaded or the one I'm working on now. The nearest exclude is down near the harbor and well out of the way. Priority doesn't seem to be a problem either. The coordinates for the Mission are N34 26.61, W119 43.08.I'm using Matt's landclass and no third party mesh right now.Al Wheeler

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Took Jean to work this morning, her car is in the shop!.Photographed the logos for some of the LA downtown buildings.I'm updating the Micosoft bmp files right now!Thanks Al! feel free to include it, if you want. I appreciate the work you've done on Central California, Hearst Castle & Morrow Bay.

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Wow - a scenery guru supergroup in the making? I can forsee a Golden Age, with wondrously enchanting California sceneries unfolding....:-wink2

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Ihor,Thanks for the comments. Your mission would certainly be a great addition to my Cen. Coast scenery. I'm still working on it for another upload but it's slow going. We're into our "summer" four months here in Seattle and that cuts into my inside time somewhat. Actually, though, since the mission is a stand alone BGL I think it'd be nice if you uploaded it to Avsim and/or Flightsim.COM so people that aren't aware of your web page didn't have to wait for me to have it.Al Wheeleradwheeler@attbi.com

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