Hello everyone, my name's Neil. I didn't get into to FS9 until a year or so ago and I was given the Shockwave WOP P-51D/H disc as Christmas gift this past year. First let me say how very impressed I am with the sim. Until I got the WOP Mustang I had been using Warwick Carter's handsome P-51D and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the WOP P-51 bumped things up to a whole new level. The cockpit is a work of art and the flight model has taught me a great deal about the real-world aircraft (especially about how weight is such an important factor in the aircraft's handling and manuverability. I'm treating her as if she was a modern day warbird, so I always have to remind myself to delete the fuselage fuel, guns, and ammo). I also think the sound files are first rate. My compliments to the Shockwave team for producing such a superb FS2004 aircraft are heartfelt and sincere; from a lifelong Mustang fanatic I say a hearty "Bravo, Shockwave!"
Now, on to my questions...
First, is it possible to use the skins that many skin artists are producing for the Shockwave WW2 Fighters Mustang on the WOP Mustang? I've found a couple (by Bomber_12th) that seem compatible for both sims, but many for the WW2 Mustang that do not. There was one for Dennis Bradley's long-lost CF-BAU that used to fly out of the CWH Museum at Mount Hope, Ontario as well as a 339th FG Mustang "Worry Bird" that I wanted to use but neither seemed to show up when I went to use them.
Second: skinning. Where's the best place I can learn to make some for myself? I'm eager to learn. I have both PhotoShop 7.0 and PaintShopPro PhotoXI on my system. I did tinker with a 339th FG skin for my own use, but I found that the lettering on the noseart came out somewhat pixilated and coarse looking (see attached image). Can any one recommend a font library that would be suitable, as well as files for WW2 US Stars and Bars and Canadian postwar roundels?
Finally, and this is more of a general FS9 question, is there any way at my end to eliminate the "forward creep" that occurs when doing the warm up, mag check, or prop govenor check while the parking brake is engaged?
PS. If Shockwave decides to go ahead with a T-6/SNJ Texan/Harvard sim, I'll be one of the first guys standing in line to fire it up