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Those darn sloped airfields

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Well, whether MS at some point decides to have sloping runways or not in Flight Simulator, there are still a lot of headaches just in the surrounding scenery. As I work on Butler Field (which has no AFCAD so the runway follows something like the real slope), I find it very tricky to get the hangers to sit flat while keeping the runway slope. Either the buildings have to embedded in the slope (which looks just plain wrong) or I have to put them on individual flattens. Even at TMVL of 21 the 19m resolution is very crude for such fine placement and I’ve yet to find a compromise that works. As a free bonus, for some reason my objects are sitting on the ground, but often hovering at all four corners. Oops. I’ll plug away some more.

  1. Saturday, April 29th, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Jon,

    If the slope is not very steep, it might work to give your buildings just a little basement below the ground level. This should prevent them from floating. This technique is also used in some of the default buildings by MS.

    Of course for a very steep slope this would look strange, as the door of your hangar would be above the ground.

  2. Sunday, April 30th, 2006 at 7:29 am

    Thx for the reminder Arno. That technique is a good one, but in this case the challenge is that there are hanger doors on both sides of the building, so it looks odd if they aren’t flush with ground level . . .

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