Svalbard4XPlane is coming soon!

I’m proud to present to you my newest creation: Svalbard4XPlane – A Custom Base Mesh Scenery for X-Plane. The mesh will represent the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic ocean with a very detailed terrain model and in a photorealistic look, even it is not a orthophoto-mesh.

My Svalbard Base Mesh will be bundled together with Overlay Sceneries from my new partner Stairport Sceneries. Detailed information will follow within the next few weeks!

News about Antarctica4XPlane

It’s been awhile, since my last news about Antarctica4XPlane, my Antarctica Base Mesh for the X-Plane Flight Simulator. It’s winter on the southernmost continent and due to the darkness and rough weather conditions at this time of the year, almost all antarctic researchers went home for a break. But why not use the opportunities of a flight simulator to train your skills for the upcoming season. Walter did it and created this great video:

Walter, thank you so much for your continuous support of my projects, especially Antarctica4XPlane. I really hope, that I can continue the development of Part 3 as soon as possible. The timeline depends particular on the release date of new elevation models for the antarctic continent.

A tool to edit X-Plane Meshes

Besides the development of new X-Plane Meshes, especially for remote areas like the Antarctic continent, I begun to develop a new tool to edit existing X-Plane Meshes.

Some background information: Developers of X-Plane Scenery Add-ons often encounter the problem, that their overlay scenery doesn’t fit well into the underlying X-Plane Base Mesh. My new tool can assist in such cases with the following features (not a final and exhaustive list):

  • Manipulation and exchange of in DSF files encoded elevation models (the X-Plane default Meshes include elevation models with a horizontal resolution of 3 Arc-seconds; the tool supports the replacement with a higher resolution model, optionally pre-processed e.g. smoothed areas around runways)
  • Encoding of the Elevation Model so that is supports a sub-meter vertical resolution (the vertical resolution of the default X-Plane Meshes is limited to a maximum of 1 meter; the tool supports the encoding so that higher vertical resolutions are possible)
  • Supports the increase of the density of the Triangulated Irregular Network so that the Base Mesh well represents the underlying elevation model (this happens by user input with e.g. point clouds and / or automatically by subdividing the existing TIN)

These are just the key features. For more information, consult the development thread or write me a message – especially when you are a X-Plane Scenery Developer, who needs a custom edit of an existing X-Plane Base Mesh.

HiRes Digital Elevation Mosaic

In the last few weeks I focused a new project that is somewhat different than the previous ones. This time, I do not develop a final X-Plane Mesh Scenery, but a source for you, to build your own (Photo-)Mesh: A HiRes Digital Elevation Mosaic out of more than a dozen sources (with a resolution of at least 10 meters). It is seamless and without any voids and has a grid spacing of 20 meters. It covers in the current version Italy, Austria and Slovenia.

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The project is motivated by the fact, that more and more regional HiRes Digital Terrain Models are available under a open data license, but there does not exist so far a single source (the collection and examination of the single sources is arduous). Specifically, my DEM Mosaic is not just a simple overlap of different sources: I try to achieve an unrecognizable transition (blending) between the different sources. Besides the local HiRes sources, I compile other sources with good resolution into the DEM Mosaic (to fill gaps, where no local HiRes Elevation Models are available and to fill 1×1 degree tiles where necessary).

Please consult the development and discussion thread for further details.

Prince Edward Islands Mesh

As announced in November 2016, I’m working on Meshes covering Subantarctic Islands. Now I’m proud to announce, that I finished the first couple of islands: The Prince Edward Islands. Two sub-antarctic islands in the Indian Ocean, named Marion Island and Prince Edward Island.

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This base mesh is an addition to my Antarctica4XPlane mesh sceneries, due to the fact, that the Prince Edward Islands are a great place for a stopover when you are on your way to the antarctic continent. You’ll find all download links in the Sceneries-Section of my website.

New Antarctica Sceneries

The current season in Antarctica is approaching its peak and it is thus an appropriate time for the release of further research stations: I’m proud to announce that Paolo released two brand-new Research Station Scenery Packages in addition to my Antarctica Mesh Scenery.

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The packages contain amongst others: Comandante Ferraz Station and Machu Picchu BaseMcMurdo Station (on the image above), Scott Base and a station at Marble Point.