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Fleet of Fancy #4: The Smugglers for VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain and DC-3 Airliner

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Introduction

A collection of liveries (does not include the plane) applicable to the VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain and DC-3 Airliner add-on aircraft for X-Plane 11 & 12.  Depicting the real-life paint schemes worn by aircraft involved in acts of smuggling around the world, the following registrations and their areas of operation are represented:

 

1. B-809 - South and North Vietnam
2. CF-ETE - El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama
3. HA-LIE - Hungary and Germany
4. HK-1505 - Colombia, Dominican Republic and Bahamas
5. HK-2581 - Colombia, Belize and Mexico
6. N101MX - Jamaica and Florida
7. N123BA - Honduras and Bahamas
8. N133AC - Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and Florida
9. N140T - Mexico and Tennessee
10. N2111M - Colombia and Jamaica
11. N226 - Venezuela, Turk and Caicos Islands and South Carolina
12. N28343 - Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica and Mexico
13. N3139F - Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Bahamas
14. N33649 - Venezuela, Bahamas and Florida
15. N341W - Colombia, Cayman Islands and Florida
16. N3749Q - Colombia and Guatemala
17. N3753N - Florida, Turk and Caicos Islands and Colombia
18. N49454 - Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala
19. N4996E - Jamaica, Bahamas and Florida
20. N49FN - Colombia and Florida
21. N50314 - North Carolina, Florida, Jamaica, Bahamas and South Carolina
22. N567M - Texas, Mexico, Tennessee, Bahamas, and Colombia
23. N717A - Honduras and Jamaica
24. N75T - Colombia and Mexico
25. N795M - Belize and Georgia
26. N87664 - Colombia, Bahamas and Pennsylvania
27. N99435 - Venezuela and Puerto Rico
28. PP-CED - Peru, Panama/Costa Rica and Florida
29. TG-SAB - Jamaica and Texas
30. ZS-LJI - Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique

 

Plus, a 400-page guide to re-enacting the historical events surrounding the liveries above.  Each scenario provides the following guidance:
* Real-life background information and/or a creative situation presentation
* Aircraft payload and fuel weight requirements
* An aircraft failure rate appropriate to the airframe age at the time of the event
* Start, intermediate and ending locations at default X-Plane airports ...no add-on scenery is required
* Detail flight plans specifying the route, flight parameters and potentially other requirements
* One or more graphical navigation references, each with an associated online map provided by skyvector.com
* Revelation of the real-life outcome of the scenario
* Bibliographic and circumstantial references

 

Other features of the Flight Scenarios guide include:
* The Portable Document Format (PDF) file allows a rich presentation across many hardware platforms
* A fully populated Table of Contents
* Three lists of the scenarios sorted by region, duration and difficulty to provide quick access to a desirable scenario
* Over 130 embedded Internet links
* Numerous photographs of related real-life subjects
* Many images derived from screenshots of X-Plane activity
* Separate instructions for the setup of custom navigation aids (in the form of Non-Directional Beacons within the simulator), which are required to successfully complete five of the scenarios

 

Also, two bonus liveries associated with the list above:
31. N19924, supposedly seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency but for which no additional information could be learned
32. N87664 (again), when it served the legitimate Canadian carrier Millardair and was registered as C-GGCS

 

View the Google Photos gallery for this collection at:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/eZsxg9YzpA2tkzXs9


Description

* These add-on liveries are for application upon the VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain digital model for X-Plane 11 & 12.   Obtain it from:
https://www.vskylabs.com/p/vskylabs-c-47-skytrain/
* This package is also compatible with the VSKYLABS DC-3 Airliner digital model for X-Plane 12 only.  Obtain it from:
https://www.vskylabs.com/p/vskylabs-dc3-airliner/
* Only the aircraft's exterior is being modified by this package.  Interior textures will remain the developer's default.
* Some liveries represent passenger door equipped aircraft, which are painted as such but do not visibly align with the animated cargo door objects.
* Proprietary normal/bump maps are included, implementing Physically Based Rendering ("PBR") when appropriate.
* Custom ski textures are provided.  Skis are activated in the simulator by a knobbed lever near the captain's left shoulder.
* Exclusive night-time textures (LITs) are provided, with guidance on their optional activation.
* Optional replacements for the spinning propeller texture (whose tip color is red by default), along with installation instructions.


Prerequisites

1. X-Plane version 11 or 12
2. A legal copy of the VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain or DC-3 Airliner model, which needs to be already installed into your X-Plane's aircraft repository
3. Adequate free storage space for the installation of this package (around 451 Megabytes)
4. Familiarity with using your operating system's file manager to move folders
5. Optionally, a text editor to revise select .obj files


Installation

Instructions are provided with the included "_read me" text files.


Disclaimer

* This package contains the original artwork of Robert W. Heyen and it is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, VSKYLABS or Laminar Research.
* Only you may use the graphic files including with this package on your own computer for your own personal entertainment.
* Any component or content of this package may not to be sold in a commercial product, or included in any payware or freeware package without specific written permission from Robert W. Heyen.
* View the file named "the eula.txt" for details regarding the licensing agreement in affect.


Support

* Please do not contact VSKYLABS or Laminar Research with questions regarding this package.
* Requests for help should be sent by e-mail to dcthreepainter@yahoo.com.


Feedback

* Positive reviews and comments are always welcome.
* Constructive criticism is solicited ...but read the "the notes.txt" first!
* Support future updates to this package and the development of new liveries:
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