OK - thanks.  And by the way, your panel looks good! I see that AC3D will
import and export 3ds, and there is a 14 day free trial, so I guess I will
do that for now.

Thanks again,

R  :-)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Martin" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "FlightGear developers discussions" <flightgear-devel@flightgear.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 9:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Flightgear-devel] 3d panels - newbie


> It is best to work with the native format of the model.
>
> Updating a model using a different modeller may make it uneditable for the
> other current contributors.
>
> However, for all I know, the Hunter / Seahawk may have been made in
software
> other than 3DS and then exported. - In which case it would be best to get
the
> original source files.
>
> Dave Martin
>
> On Tuesday 04 Jan 2005 20:46, Richard Hornby wrote:
> > So I guess I would have to use the editor appropriate to the original
> > aircraft.  If a 3ds model, is there a basic editor which could take a
3ds
> > file, import, do the stuff, and re-export?  I do NOT have the time to
> > learn, or the cash to splash, on 3ds itself!
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > R
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Dave Martin" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > To: "FlightGear developers discussions"
<flightgear-devel@flightgear.org>
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 8:22 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Flightgear-devel] 3d panels - newbie
> >
> > > On Tuesday 04 Jan 2005 19:09, Richard Hornby wrote:
> > > > Is there a guide to building 3d panels to go with existing FG a/c?
> > > >
> > > > I have studied the file structures of  both the Hawker Hunter (pls
> > > > bring back the Skyhawk in 0.9.8!) and the C172 and they seem quite
> > > > different.
> >
> > Is
> >
> > > > there more than one way of doing this?
> > >
> > > The C172p is a .ac format file while the hunter IIRC is a 3ds file.
> > >
> > > > And do I need any additional sw besides a hex editor, XML editor and
> > > > the GIMP?
> > >
> > > Ideally you need a 3d modelling app too. Anything from the FOSS
Blender
> > > to
> >
> > the
> >
> > > quick and easy AC3d to behemoths like 3DS will work.
> > >
> > > I'm working on one at the moment, possibly for the lightplanes.
(mostly
> >
> > built
> >
> > > with AC3D / GIMP etc).
> > >
> > > Screenshot of my panel mocked-up
> > > http://www.cyfinity.com/fgfs/3dkitmockupfinal.jpg
> > >
> > > Dave Martin
> > >
> > >
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