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Thread: Compare FSX to FS2020 Baron in NE Sandhills

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    This is just south of Cole Mun NE57. Even with my enhanced mesh, these hills still look pretty flat. I am up just 1000 feet over this terrain.


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    The Nebraska Sandhills are not high relief hills but rather a field of constantly undulating sand dunes that have become fixed by a cover of grasses. The tallest in the whole field, would be less than 500 feet, and mostly they are 50-75 feet up and down across 100 miles. You could go from Bartlett to Alliance, and almost the entire trip is within the Sandhill complex.
    The attached map shows the extent. Within the orange box you will note a peach shaded area. This is the Sandhill complex. This is the largest field of fixed dunes in the Western Hemisphere. Driving across them, particularly in February to April, is somewhat disconcerting, as the road goes up and down like being on a boat in rough seas, and this continues for 100 miles. In the middle of them, there is not anything to break your line of sight, no trees or buildings. In those months, the grasses are brown, so it is like a brown sea.
    If you enlarge the second screenshot, you get the feeling of flying over a brown sea. This is accurate.
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    Last edited by plainsman; 09-25-2020 at 08:54 AM.
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    Yes, it's very interesting from the air. I've driven it in a Miata and agree, it's somewhat like boating in a runabout on a blustery day. But never "flew" over it before yesterday.


    These two shots are at a little over 17K.

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    Though I almost never "fly" this high, it makes a fun change of pace/ Thanks for starting this link! I'm having fun

    Michael

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    I just did a flight between Gordon (KGRN) and Ogallala (KOGA) at 7500'. Interesting area, I guess I always though Nebraska was farmland from one end to the other but this is a rather vast area that's not. You can see the dunes in google earth (and photoreal of course) but not so much with landclass type scenery. I'm running OpenLC NA and Vector for that area.

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    Actually, in the NW there is also the Pine Ridge, Pine forested slopes, from Chadron over to Crawford.
    The Sandhills are ranching country. The ranches are quite widely spaced, so neighbor is a long range version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plainsman View Post
    ...so neighbor is a long range version.
    Sounds like my kind of place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverheels2 View Post
    Better is the enemy of good enough.......is it an aviation simulator, or a scenery simulator?
    IMHO, a good "simulator" must simulate at least one of the two well. A great "simulator" can only be "great" if it simulates both very well! I hope "great" is what all sim designers are attempting to achieve!

    Michael
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