Here you’ll find an overview over my Custom Sceneries for X-Plane 10 and 11, released under the brand Maps2XPlane. Some of them are Freeware others are Payware. In addition, I make suggestions for suitable add-ons from third-parties.
Due my development focuses remote areas, not covered by X-Plane’s default landscape, the arctic polar regions are of particular interest for me. I have many plans for the northern hemisphere, starting with the following sceneries:
The Norwegian archipelago Svalbard is one of my first payware Base Meshes for the flight simulator X-Plane 11 and it will be distributed under the brand Svalbard4XPlane. The scenery package not only contains the base mesh, but also overlay sceneries from my development partner Stairport Sceneries.
The key features of the Svalbard4XPlane base mesh are: Coverage of the complete Svalbard archipelago with an area of about 61.000 square kilometers. High resolution terrain model and detailed outlines like coastlines, glaciers and so on. Where required, manually modeled terrain details e.g. around airports. Generic, but photorealistic texturing for a summer and a winter-representation of the landscape.
The included overlay sceneries are: The Barentsburg Heliport (ENBA) and the Pyramiden Heliport (ENPY), the Ny-Ålesund Airport (ENAS) and the Svea Airport (ENSA), and of course the main airport Svalbard Airport, Longyear (ENSB) as well as the nearby main settlement of Svalbard, Longyearbyen.
The Antarctic continent is another region completely missing in the default world of X-Plane 10 and 11. My freeware Antarctica Base Meshes, which I develop under the brand Antarctica4XPlane, were inspired by my good friend Nino, who supports the project since its beginning.
As add-ons I can recommend a lot of overlay sceneries from third-parties, like the ones from my dear development partners Paolo and Walter, who contributed many Research Base Stations Sceneries over the last couple of years.
South Orkney Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Part 1 of Antarctica4XPlane covers the South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula down to -74 degrees. In addition to my mesh I suggest my Signy Research Station and my Port Lockroy Base scenery.
There are also two very nice scenery packages from Heinz: A skiway and a mobile weather station near the Rothera Research Station and an Expedition Scenery Package located on the Arrowsmith Peninsula.
Last but not least, a history and geography lesson at its best: The Wilkins Airstrip on Deception Island by Walter in cooperation with Cami De Bellis.
Victoria Land and Transantarctic Mountains
Part 2 of Antarctica4XPlane covers the Victoria Land and the northern parts of the Transantarctic Mountains down to -81 degrees.
As add-ons for this part of my Antarctica Base Mesh I recommend the following sceneries from Paolo: McMurdo Station, Scott Base, Mario Zucchelli Station and Marble Point. If you’re looking for a special challenge, than visit Walter’s Lower Erebus Hut Volcano Observatory.
In conjunction with with my Antarctica4XPlane project, I’m also working on the realization of Subantarctic Islands Sceneries, which are missing in the X-Plane 10 and 11 default world or are at least not well formed.
Prince Edward Islands
The Prince Edward Islands consists of two South African Subantarctic Islands in the Indian Ocean, named Marion Island and Prince Edward Island. A great place for a stop-over when you’re on your way to the Antarctic Continent.
This Base Mesh Scenery for X-Plane was inspired by Ralph, who developed a Prince Edward Island Adventures Scenery Package, which I can recommend as an add-on.
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
[work in progress] Heard Island and McDonald Islands are Australian territory and are among the most remote places on Earth. Another great place for a stop-over when you’re on your way to the Antarctic Continent.
This Base Mesh is currently in the beta phase and will be released together with overlay sceneries by Pedro and Ralph.
First of all, I’d like to mention, that my dear friend Nino offers us a great overview over the antarctic and sub-antarctic locations above, plus a lot of additional information around Research Bases and Airfields as well as Airplanes which are in use on the antarctic continent and its surroundings, in his comprehensive info catalog. Read here more about the idea and the goals of his project or click here to open his catalog directly.
[X-Plane 11 only] In addition to my Antarctica Base Mesh Sceneries, I recommend to use my Antarctica Maps for X-Plane 11 (because X-Plane 11’s default map doesn’t show any terrain for the Antarctic Continent).
[X-Plane 10 only] In addition to my Base Mesh Sceneries, I recommend to use my Planet Map Replacement (because X-Plane 10’s default planet map doesn’t show the Antarctic Continent) and my FlyWithLua script to change the color of the Antarctic Ocean (because with the X-Plane 10 default settings the in the mesh included bathymetry data wouldn’t be recognizable).