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Guest R_Driscoll

Isle of Wight and Southampton

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Below are shots of a pleasant romp around the IOW from Southampton. Last time I flew here I didn't have all of the scenery installed - I can't believe the difference! I have now flown over this area several times.Many thanks to Lars, agtim and all the other developers of this area! :-rotor http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/5952.jpgTake off from Southamptonhttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/5953.jpgHope I packed my umbrellahttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/5954.jpgThe Needleshttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/5955.jpgThe IOW cliffshttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/5956.jpgAnd back home for breakfast.

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Yes, that's the weather we love to hate :-hah Actually, I do like dreary weather in FU3. "Flying Rain" Naji loved it too. However, there's a limit when it gets too much for any measure of VFR. I like to see heavy clouds roll in but it's not much fun to fly in a total white-out.A couple of loosly related questions:1) Why do the Needles turn black in dreary weather? My guess is that the polygons aren't textured.2) Where is Stonehenge? I installed it without adding the ficticious airport since I figured I would spot it somewhere around Southampton.If someone provides bearings and approximate distance I'm sure I will.Hans Petter

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I already replied to this but my reply didn't show. Try again ...The Needles are black because they are untextured. It makes no practical difference in fine weather (unless you look closely). I make all of my models in textured format for this reason - they will blend better in any weather.As to having time to fly (Andy) - if I didn't have time to fly I wouldn't be here! But a lot of my flying I must admit is about 6 inches above the tabletop so that I can see the models I am working on and fix them. I miss Seattle at the moment - all of my effort has gone into UK-South, and this region is now well-developed and starting to sing, but I must get back to SkyHarbour and the mountains soon. That's the area I like best. I want to redo Sky Harbour, McChord and Grays into the improved modelling format that we now have for UK-South. But mostly, I want to spend some time flying again without having to worry about what's wrong with the latest upload, or how to improve some models.Stonehenge! How should I know where it is? Well, its nowhere near Southampton - that just happens to be the nearest airport. You steer roughly NW for a long time to get to the middle of Wiltshire, and its near another airport there that we haven't 'made' yet. Download Glidernut's specific icon in "POI.txt" (look for the discussion on Stonehenge a few weeks ago on this forum), and that will make it easy. Or, install the temporary airport, figure out how to fly there by IFR, then delete the airport from the packagesStonehengeUK-Southinner directory. Hope you find it! Its quite small!RobD.

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