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    Trevor Guest X-Plane Developer Interview

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    Review: Mega Airport Madrid Professional

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    Review: Carenado S550 Citation II For X-Plane 11

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    July 3, 2019, 4:11 pm

    Review: Aerosoft - Manchester Airport

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    June 30, 2019, 8:53 am

    Tutorial: Beyond Plane Maker Part 2

    If you've learned to use Plane Maker, you know how to create and add aircraft of your own design to X-Plane. But Plane Maker's built-in abilities limit the shapes you can use. To create truly realistic aircraft you need to go beyond Plane Maker and use a 3D CAD program like SketchUp to create the parts you need. In this tutorial Ray Hill goes over the basics of how such parts are created and then integrated into Plane Maker aircraft.

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    Flight Sim World - One Year Later

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    Review: Aerosoft - Mega Airport Rome

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    Tutorial: Beyond Plane Maker

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