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Old 08-21-2019, 03:36 AM   #11
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Hi Dman, theres no secret, this is my way basically follow these steps:


1. Texture/ Draw in the tail graphics you want onto the template, it will look normal on the template.

2. Look at it in Model Viewer and using rivets or obvious points of reference guestimate where you have to move the Rudder portion to align with the tail.

3. Cut the Rudder portion and paste onto another layer and then you are ready to go.

4. Basically you are moving/ sliding the Rudder portion of the tail up and down, left and right until you get alignment. The process can be frustrating , but just be patient.

5. So do a "bold" adjustment and then look on Model Viewer and then start fine adjustments.

6. Rinse and repeat until your happy with it.

7. I try and line up the edges to the pixel, so you need to zoom in and out continuously.

Thats it, no secret, just patience and technique. There are other ways but this is my way.

A lot of planes in DCS are similar but have their different quirks, you just have to find them and solve them. Some planes dont have any offset distortion at all.

Happy skinning.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:11 AM   #12
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Thank you!
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:27 AM   #13
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The Navy Blue tail was a pain to pin down, a couple more pics to show some progress. Also playing with the RoughMet on this one.



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Old 08-23-2019, 07:49 AM   #14
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More progress, the lines around the cockpit are white as they should be, the pilots names are on, the pilots helmets and flying suits are partially done, need to do the Normal maps and RMs for those,to give better textures. So far so good.





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Old 08-23-2019, 05:47 PM   #15
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Looking good! Dealing with dark blue colors in DCS is quite the challenge. You paint it and view it in Model viewer and it looks correct. Then you get it into the sim and it looks black.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:06 PM   #16
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Thanks Bananimal, your absolutely right about working with , in my case , Navy Blue. I have found that the trick is to stick within the limits of the materials values ( for this I used a "Painted metals" ) and "seemingly" the method is to use a colour a few shades lighter than what you trying to achieve. You go lighter till you find the right fit.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:47 PM   #17
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Strut #1 Looks Amazing Brother!! I know it's still WIP, but the dark grey wasnt used on the 3 show birds, gloss gull gray was and the dark grey was the line birds.The Blue is perfect.I'm glad my pics helped you. Great to see something I grew up with and had my hands on come to life. Cannot wait to see your other Gunfighters.

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Old 08-24-2019, 03:06 AM   #18
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Thanks Backdraft, thanks for confirming the colours, ive been making layers of grey to fit the colour patterns they had, you will see what ive come up with next pic that I post, Glad you like the Blue, it was hard to make. Looking forward to handing them off to you.
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:46 AM   #19
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Backdraft - Using Federal Standard 595c Light Gull Gray FS 16440 I have given the VF-124 No 453 a good coat which resulted with the following, compared with two pictures I have posted and referenced from that great book "Colours and Markings of US Navy F-14 Tomcats by Bert Kinzey" I reckon I have got pretty close. Anyway, just a bit of tidying up stuff, center the "Gunfighters" name on the tail, darken the yellow numbers a bit, paint the tanks and launch rails etc and some smoothing etc, and she will be ready soon.







It looks good in game so far, will get onto the tanks and rails etc asap


And the helmets are done.
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Old 08-25-2019, 09:19 AM   #20
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Excellent job dude as always!
I know that is it a WIP, but I suggest to looking the stencil in the left side: some stickers doesn't exist on original picture and also the positions of the others same a bit different. But the skin is absolutely amazing!
I've the same books ( Atlantic and pacific) and are a absolutely precious source! Well done and keep on
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