Good spot by Manfred. Yes the C-121 lacked the "afterbodies" behind the props on the civil versions. They apparently improved cooling but nobody seems to know why the military didn't use them. Anything in Marson?
The other difference is the taxi lights, on the nosewheel strut on the C-121, on the door on the civil versions.
Don't think there's a model update and the handling/performance manual will be the same for both. Same 3,400bhp engines.
I copied only the model folder into my L1049H folder, adjusted one of the paints to that model in the aircraft cfg and this is the result. The spinners look no different but two sets of taxi lights are visible, which I assume is not correct. Have I made some kind of error?
Postscript. Bill has solved the taxi light issue and progress is being made with the other one.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2021 7:06:32 GMT -5 by connieguy
Yes, you're right Manfred. This problem arose partly because of confusion on my part as to what constitutes a spinner afterbody, and also because it is necessary to comment out a line on taxi lights in the aircraft cfg. Thanks to you for making this fine aircraft even more realistic and to Bill for the suggestion about the cfg.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2021 11:42:00 GMT -5 by connieguy
I have done a fifth repaint so that we have two aircraft of the 41st and two of the 76th. I do not think of myself as a painter and this is definitely the last. This is CN 4173 USAF 54-154 'City of Winnipeg', delivered to the 41st on 24th Sept 1955 just over a week after they had received CN 4172, 'City of Charleston'. The paint is based on a photograph taken at Prestwick between that date and the aircraft's transfer to the ANG on 31 July, 1962. It is seen here at Al Pingel's new (old) KCHS, which is progressing well.
There has been comment on the fact that there is some shine on non bare metal areas like the radome. The alpha is pure white in that area but I have always experienced this with FS9 and with all aircraft as far as I can remember.
Last Edit: Feb 1, 2021 16:38:49 GMT -5 by connieguy
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Feb 1, 2021 10:30:55 GMT -5
That is known as “specular shine”, and simulates the glinting of the sun off of a shiny object. It’s different from bare metal reflection, where the scene is reflected in the metal. I guess the maintenance crew have shined up the radome recently.
It’s built into the model and there is nothing you can do about it.
Comparing Weight and Balance in the aircraft cfgs of the L1049H and Manfred's R7V-1 the latter carried a lighter load. Should that part of the aircraft cfg therefore be copied to the cfg of the L1049H? If I actually flew any but the military versions I guess it would also be necessary to have it in a separate folder? The C-121Cs were Lockheed type 1049F-55-96. That means they had DA2 engines (the R7V-1 had DA1s) and the type 96 internal arrangement - Cargo - Transport - Overwater (1953) 80 passenger + 8 crew, including 3 relief crew. The R7V-1s were type 1049B-55-75 but the engine designation 55 covered both the DA1 and DA2. 75 internal meant 73-106 passengers and 8 crew. The L-1049H had the slightly more powerful EA series engines which were also used in the Starliner. It may be that in FS9 terms any differences between the engines are negligible. As I have pointed out before, the Connie Team flight model produces results very close to those in the real world USAF C-121 manual. (Marson, Constellation, 2nd ed, vol. 1, 104, 114
Last Edit: Feb 2, 2021 7:47:11 GMT -5 by connieguy