Some time back while going through a USB stick of my late brother's I found this repaint for a Gibbes Sepik Airways JU-52 from the 1950s. I recall my brother trying out how to do some repaints shortly before his death ten years ago and perhaps this may have been one. Have been unable to find any JU-52 repaints for this airline anywhere on the net. Either way it is nice to have an Aussie repaint for this aircraft although the Gibbes aircraft did not have the spats fitted.
So I decided to see if it would work in FS9 and after a lot of fiddling with the .cfg file I finally have it working. I do plan to replace a lot of the Metric instruments with Imperial units as Gibbes would have had to do this to have his JU-52s placed on the Australian register. To do this I gather I would have to create a brand new JU-52 folder with just this repaint in it. Otherwise I think I would have every repaint in the folder with the modified panel.
Have created a separate folder for this aircraft and all works fine.
Looking through the Panel .cfg file I can see the instruments that I would like to replace. Would appreciate some advice as to which "Window", for example [Window00], I should use to swap the instruments.
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Apr 14, 2021 9:32:29 GMT -5
Hi, You can have multiple panels in the same folder. Just name the new folder something like panel.imperial and in the aircraft.cfg file specify the Gibbes livery as panel=imperial.
I’m not sure I understand what you mean about which Window section to use. If you are swapping gauges, you use whatever section the original gauge is located in. If a metric altimeter is listed in the Window00 section, you just swap the gauge names and folder names in that line, leaving the gaugenn and numbers alone.
In general, Window00 is usually the main 2D panel, while the VCockpit sections define the VC. The other sections are pop up subpanels, and in some planes also include static side views.
Hi Tom Thank you for your reply. Worked out that [Window00] is the one to use and have successfully swapped four gauges so far. Having grown up with the Imperial system and learning to fly back in 1967 I find the Imperial gauges much easier to cope with that the European Metric ones.
I did look at having multiple panels in the same folder but have found it easier to have a separate aircraft for the Gibbes Sepik repaint.
Like Tom said, the multiple panel folders would be the best solultion, but if you want something completely different so you can have all the "imperial" airplanes in that one folder, that's fine as well. You can probably move the BEA model (Model.bea) over there as well since they may have used the imperial instruments as well. I'm glad you got the chance to figure out the swapping.
If you want to use the model without the spats, the model folders "Model.aif" and "Model.apt" have no spats. They are for Air France and Aero Portuguesa, respectively. You can move either folder by itself to your Gibbs aircraft folder and rename the folder from whatever it is to: "model.no_spats". You can then copy the BEA model folder there as well and name it to: "model.spats". You can then adjust the "model=" line in your aircraft.cfg file to the model you would like to have. Remember you can have multiple models use the same texture, but you would need to have separate entries in the aircraft.cfg file.
[fltsim.x] title=Junkers Ju-52 British European Airways (No Spats) sim=Ju52_v60 model=no_spats panel= sound= texture= KB_checklists=Ju52_v60_check kb_reference=Ju52_v60_ref atc_id=G-AHOF atc_id_color=0xffffffff atc_airline=BEA atc_flight_number=1155 atc_parking_types=GATE,RAMP ui_manufacturer=Junkers ui_type="Ju-52/3m" ui_variation="British European Airways (No Spats)" visual_damage=1 description="The Junkers Ju52/3m has modern radio equipment, and is powered by 3 × BMW 132A-3 radials, rated at 660 hp each. The internal fuel capacity of 2.440 liters make a range radius of 1000 km possible at cruising speed at 4500 m."
[fltsim.x] title=Junkers Ju-52 British European Airways (Spats) sim=Ju52_v60 model=spats panel= sound= texture= KB_checklists=Ju52_v60_check kb_reference=Ju52_v60_ref atc_id=G-AHOF atc_id_color=0xffffffff atc_airline=BEA atc_flight_number=1155 atc_parking_types=GATE,RAMP ui_manufacturer=Junkers ui_type="Ju-52/3m" ui_variation="British European Airways (Spats)" visual_damage=1 description="The Junkers Ju52/3m has modern radio equipment, and is powered by 3 × BMW 132A-3 radials, rated at 660 hp each. The internal fuel capacity of 2.440 liters make a range radius of 1000 km possible at cruising speed at 4500 m."
This would give you BEA with and without spats. Notice the entries that I changed which are bold.
If you're using the Oliver Fischer model, then the changing of the panel may be more complex but not impossible. That one has a BEA paint with a spat-less model as default, but still uses the more complex metric gauges.
The Primavesi model is wonderful and I look forward to your work!