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!
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.
Today I have the pleasure to announce the release of the Bergen Airport for X-Plane. It was developed by one of my new development partners: Stairport Sceneries.
For the realization of their Bergen Airport, I had the opportunity to provide them a high realistic elevation model for the airport area, especially the sloped runway. The realization of this custom mesh was a first test case for my new tool to edit X-Plane base 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.
Related to the Antarctica4XPlane project, Nino finished an incredible work, to gather and systemize information about the antarctic continent. The result is an Antarctic Catalog containing especially information about Airfields, Research Base Stations and Airplanes.
Read more about his project and the result of his work here…
As an add-on for my Prince Edward Islands Mesh, community member Ralph developed and released his Prince Edward Island Adventures Scenery for X-Plane. The Scenery Package contains the SANAP’s Meteorological Station at Marion Island, as well as two fictitious airfields. Details can be found on the download page.
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.
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.