Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Month's break

I've been having a bit of a break from modeling this past month. After radio therapy in February and a computer upgrade I've been finding it difficult to get back into modeling in 3DS Max. I suspect there may be further interruptions coming up on the health front. :(

I have spent a bit of time flying in FSX these last 4 weeks especially with some great recent releases such as FTX AuBlue, the RealAir Spitfire and a few other aircraft.

I have also been playing around with the CFS3 scenery SDK and CFS3, testing the boundaries and finding the bugs in CFS3 and it's terrain engine. I have a preliminary Eastern Front theatre mapped out and being tested before further developing. Whew!! talk about an ordeal.... the CFS3 SDK documentation is lacking to say the least. The only way to check it out is by endless testing and flying. I have found one possible major bug in CFS3 which will probably prevent any theatres which straddle the meridian W7°, such as Spain, parts of the British Isles and the Faroe Islands. The problem appears to be hard coded into CFS3 :( I'll investigate further.

Anyway I'll post more on this on my CFS3 scenery blog, now re-named CFS3 Worlds.

Hopefully I can resume modeling soon.



EDIT: Stop Press - I successfully managed to resolve the issue with meridian 7°W on the Spain mesh. So the prospects of a Spanish theatre and a Scotland Norway theatre look good. There still appears to be a bug in CFS3 which causes theatres larger than 1835km to crash in the NE corner of the map.