• Interview With James Lambe

    James Lambe Interview

    FSX and X-Plane Aircraft Repainter

    Development

    James, could I begin by asking how you began developing for flight simulators and what started your interested in it?

    I had been using the Gold version of FSX for awhile. Then I saw for the first time, ORBX PNW on YouTube and was impressed so much that I purchased it. So my real love for flight simming started from the PNW and the San Juan Islands. At that time there was not a lot of smaller type GA passenger aircraft around from the developers, but one did catch my eye at the time. That was the Flight1 Pilatus PC12. Although a carry-over from FS2004 the F1 PC12 had been adapted for FSX and was a fantastic simmers aircraft to fly. It had so many variations from passenger to police, I was hooked on it.

    I was a member of the Orbx forum and the screen shot competition was just in its infancy. I did not like the idea of flying for a real company, so decided to have a go of painting my own livery, but a fictitious one. I had been interested in logo design for awhile and had been learning a software package from Microsoft called PhotoDraw 2000 since 1998. So my instinct was to create a livery using my own design logo. I entered the shot in the competition; did not win but was surprised at how many fellow simmers wanted to know where to get the livery. So the learning process of how to upload a paint was begun.

    I was a member of OZx and my friends from Australia were a great help in getting me started and encouraged me to do more Australian liveries. Although I was a big fan of ORBX Australia, the PNW kept calling me back and Misty Moorings was dragging me further into the vast wonderful Canadian fjords. It was there, that I came up with my logo for a fictitious Canadian company that would be the main starter of my adventure into aircraft repaints. That fictitious company is called "McKinnon Air Services".

    James Lambe - McKinnon Air Services

    James Lambe - McKinnon Air Services logo

    Could you tell the readers a bit about your designs and what you do?

    I design all the logos that are fictitious on my paints myself. I am a vivid observer of logos in advertising or online/newspapers. That's where I may first get an idea and then play around (doodle) with the idea until it starts to look like a real logo. I use PhotoDraw2000 as it is so easy to use. Also the logo has to portray a sense of reality as it would not appeal to us users. The logo can be a combination of designs or just words or a combination of the both. If it is a passenger aircraft, then the design must be realistic for the type. If it is a cargo aircraft then I like to use more then one logo, to portray the main carrier and the holding company.

    Passenger:

    James Lambe - Air Cote Medi     James Lambe - Euro Linx

    Cargo:

    James Lambe - Citylink Air Cargo     James Lambe - Sandhills Air Cargo

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    2 Comments
    1. jmbiii's Avatar
      jmbiii -
      James is very correct on the Caranado repainting. I have one or two that are my favorite to "fly" and have painted versions for my own enjoyment. Straight line designs are easier than ones with curves, but still time consuming. Right now I'm slowly attempting a repaint of the 1500th production PC-12 that was recently delivered to the RFDS (it may be a futile attempt. Search for a picture of it).
      I believe Caranado/Alabeo is missing the boat by not providing a layered paint kit for their aircraft.
      More repaints would lead to greater sales.
      Keep up the great work, James !

      JMB
    1. jaydor's Avatar
      jaydor -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmbiii View Post
      James is very correct on the Caranado repainting. I have one or two that are my favorite to "fly" and have painted versions for my own enjoyment. Straight line designs are easier than ones with curves, but still time consuming. Right now I'm slowly attempting a repaint of the 1500th production PC-12 that was recently delivered to the RFDS (it may be a futile attempt. Search for a picture of it).
      I believe Caranado/Alabeo is missing the boat by not providing a layered paint kit for their aircraft.
      More repaints would lead to greater sales.
      Keep up the great work, James !

      JMB
      https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-n...s-1500th-pc-12
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