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  1. My hobbies were my vocation as well. Landscaping and garden creations inspire me every day. This is my back yard. My other main hobby is recreating the early 1820's American Fur Trade period and playing my piano. My camp Piano area
    8 points
  2. You're into music Adam? Who would have guessed?
    6 points
  3. Just in case there is an urgent need.
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  5. That's the beauty of working in a Living History Museum. You get to learn and do the old crafts, but you also learn the history, the social aspects. You learn a lot, spend many, many hours in research, and then teach (show and tell) at least some of what you learn. In addition to the hat shop, I was the #2 blacksmith, worked on the farm, did the cider making in the Fall, and learned broom making, though I never practiced it. Although as a man I never actually do cooking and food prep/ preservation I had to be knowledgeable about it so I can support those who actually do it. That doesn't include programs like Decoration Day (1868) or Independance Day (various years). This was my second choice as a career, but it proved very rewarding. Ken
    5 points
  6. With Orbx Paris Cityscape (clik link to get the fullsize picture) https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/9946/wPgc42.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/822/FfdWQy.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/7636/cdnuQt.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/4066/9phoI2.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/3638/eW2rgJ.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/9965/Hc6KVw.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/1629/fZN6SM.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/2024/VhszDO.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/3913/LiCtrD.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/5445/JvrYoZ.jpg
    4 points
  7. Any idea how can get rid of the smoke from my Sim Skunk Works Tf-104 ? On the Ground In the Air
    4 points
  8. recently started doing a lot more walking in the country, got a dodgy right knee, age, past time in the infantry etc catching up with me but I think keeping moving helps....daughters recently bought me and the wife National Trust membership and there are lots of places to go and see...over the last few years I have really gotten into cooking, get a lot of enjoyment from it and I find it a very relaxing thing to do, like it when someone eats something new you've made and thoroughly enjoys it....oh and every now and then I get the Scalextrics out, not much space or I would like a permanent setup...
    4 points
  9. Refreshment center.
    4 points
  10. The story of the silk hat is more complicated. To start, beaver was a good part of the reason northern Europeans settled North America. They may have come looking for something else, but what they did find was beaver. Since the beaver population had been decimated in Europe by the 17th century ( totally extinct in England from c. 1600), the plentiful beaver quickly became a major trade commodity. But it takes four beaver pelts to make one hat; at that rate beaver had become scarce in the East by 1800. When Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore the West he charged them to find sources of beaver. Meanwhile, in 1794 A hatter in London named Blackwell invented the "Silk" hat. It's not really made of silk, but rather of buckram and paste board. That is then lined with silk and covered with "Hatter's Plush;" A thin laminate of fur (usually beaver) on a silk base. It was a hard sell at first, considered cheap and not suitable for a Gentleman. But later Prince Albert decided he liked the hat, made it acceptable and popular. This popularity was in no small way driven by the fact that beaver is getting scarce and dreadfully expensive, in spite of the industrialization of the hat trade in the 1830s. Although beaver is very water resistant, hats are stiffened and waterproofed with a hat stiffiner. There were many recipes. Today we generally use a very thin shellac. Modern "Beaver" hats are almost always made of a blend. Pure beaver is just too expensive. Ken
    4 points
  11. Also very interesting Ken! Almost everything in my pre 1840's camp I made myself since all the old crafts have always fascinated me. I have some great hats (but not of beaver) and would love to see you make one. The beaver trade stopped almost at once when hats began to be made of silk. Not sure if silk is as waterproof at the beaver hats buts that's fashion for ya. I love shooting the old muzzle loader rifles so that's what got me started in this direction in the first place.
    4 points
  12. Still with the Computer - but this time Digital Art Paintings - and Brush paintings with an Easel and Canvas It used to be also Videos - converting old 8MM etc - and photography - panoramas This is a panorama of what was my hobby room - until I got to 80
    4 points
  13. Welcome to the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, also known as "the City of a Hundred Spires," with its Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and gardens. Prague Airport was described as one of the largest in Europe when it was completed in 1937, and has since been through a few transformations, including the renaming of the Airport to Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012. The Orbx team has faithfully recreated the airport and surrounds as it stands today with expert modelling and high-quality photorealistic textures, complete with PBR. Prague Airport has about 50 airlines, connecting Prague directly with over 120 destinations in the world, including Orbx airports such as EGNT Newcastle, LDSP Split and LIEO Olbia. For those that enjoy cargo operations, LKPR sees five scheduled cargo airlines connecting the city to many destinations in central and eastern Europe. Dozens of companies providing charter flights also operate from this busy airport. Beyond the airport, we have included 21 custom POIs such as the Motol University Hospital (with landable helipad), Hvězda Summer Pavilion, HORNBACH Praha and Šestka shopping stores. 90 sqkm of custom orthoimagery improve the cloud-affected imagery that is currently seen in sim. At a glance High-quality rendition of LKPR Prague Airport High-quality PBR textures Current airport layout fully updated with recent real-world changes 21 custom POIs Custom animations 90 sqkm of extensive aerial imagery Custom jetways and GSE Dynamic night lighting Custom groundpoly Work continues on the P3Dv4+ version and will be in testing soon for release.
    3 points
  14. I had to check if I could find some detail of the Great Barrier Reef in Auv2. So I took off from Hamilton, ... ... headed eastwards over Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach... ... to the outer reef. On this GPS position there should be... ... Heart Reef, as in this photo. But I could not identify it in the sim. Has someone else been more successful? However, I went back to Lindeman Island for a plane change...
    3 points
  15. Reminded me of an occasion a couple of years ago when I was the back seat in my group share Grumman Cheetah. Made the mistake of having a coffee prior to our one hour flight back to base. Could not stop thinking about it but said nothing to the instructor and group member who was PIC. Arrived back and was unable to walk the urge to pee was so bad and I ended up relieving myself at the side of the fuselage. Since then I have been known as Captain Slackbladder.
    3 points
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  17. Not so sure if your first statement is true, but the second is right on Karl.
    3 points
  18. Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos" is an airport in Zakynthos, Greece. The airport is close to the town and beach of Kalamaki. Kalamaki beach is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) lay their eggs at the beaches of the marine park at night during the summer months. This has resulted in aircraft movement restrictions. Flights are not permitted to take off or land between 10:00PM to 5:00AM. It is at the jurisdiction of the Greek authorities to allow aircraft movements at night under extenuating circumstances. The airport opened in 1972. An expansion of the airport's apron area to 35,100 m2 was completed in 2003, and a new 22,150 m2 terminal building was completed in 2008. The airport is 4.3 km from Zakynthos town and other seaside tourist destinations such as Laganas, Tsilivi and Kalamaki. The main approach to the airport is Runway 34. Aircraft usually have to fly over Laganas bay and make a 180-degree turn, before their final approach over sunbathing tourists on the busy Kalamaki beach. $21.00 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$14.72 | €13,19 | £10.97 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Features Up to date ground Layout High detailed ground polygons and markings Accurately high detailed modelled airport buildings for the best rendition of the airport PBR Texturing on all airport buildings Basic interior model for terminal Animated passengers Animated flags $21.00 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$14.72 | €13,19 | £10.97 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
    3 points
  19. Ken, please understand how very, very hard it is to forego all the "Mad Hatter" jokes
    3 points
  20. Thanks for the support folks, not everyone is moving to MSFS. It will be years, maybe never for me to move to MSFS because I don't see what I consider critical road map items on MS/Asobo list and may never see on their road map to the future. One such major issue in MSFS is the short LoDRadius for objects, major buildings and key navigation points I would normal be able to see at 10SM METAR just aren't being rendered in MSFS until about 4-5SM. MSFS Photogrammetry fails rather spectacularly (7 FPS) when one hacks the UserCfg.opt in order to get more acceptable LoDRadius that is more in line with P3D. MSFS LoDRadius Max is equal to P3D's Medium. I got a lot of feedback with my Seasons product when dealing with higher LoDRadius (on upto to 10.0) as unacceptable (performance wise). This is a major issue for Asobo which I suspect is also limited by the memory limits of XBOX (16GB for all) so it's unlikely we'll see Asobo address this limitation (5 year release cycle for XBOX and being locked into it's limits) ... sorta reminds me of FSX 32bit locking the limits of what can be achieved in terms of add-on visual clarity and size due to 32bit 4GB memory limits. Based on a lot of recent feedback I've received from various sources (and I'll admit I was somewhat surprised to get so much feedback in regards to P3D), there is enough "buying" support left in P3D such that PBR/DL product updates (at a "cost") is still a viable business process (aka positive return on income to expenses). I realize there is also the possibility LM will add native AO (Ambient Occlusion) support in future versions of P3D (as they hinted) ... what version of AO we can only guess, but any of these will remove the "cartoon" look: SSAO (fastest at lowest quality) HBAO HDAO VXAO (best quality but requires a very good GPU) Of course, if AO has been baked in P3D assets (which I believe Orbx does some baking of AO in their P3D projects), then it needs to be "unbaked". Ideally, the GPU would do all the AO work and all texture assets would have NO baked AO. I don't know if that is an influence into holding off on P3D updates for PBR/DL but I could see it being something to hold off on and wait and see what LM introduce in terms of AO. Or, sell all your P3D products to LM so they can include it in P3D V6 ... pretty sure that would never happen as the USAF might not need that, but I'd love to be wrong. My 2 cents. Cheers, Rob.
    3 points
  21. I play tennis. My wife and I play a mixed doubles match every Monday, I organize a men's four match every Wednesday, and every other Friday I play a singles match with an old workmate colleague, and I mean old - he's 76 and I'll be 80 come June! But we still play a good game, can't stop now or probably wouldn't start again! Tennis and flightsimming, it's a good life! Don.
    3 points
  22. Lol...you may see me as young (I am 51 btw) but after 28 years in the Light Infantry and four combat tours, I sure as Hell feel old as dirt some days. Keeping up my activities helps keep my mind young and keeps me moving despite the aches and pains. It's also an important way for me to not focus on some of the demons That, and I refuse to quit or slow down Landon
    3 points
  23. It's a turtle race between Orbx and Tailstrike Design now
    2 points
  24. Concurrent with the release of World Update # 7 today, we should see an Orbx created Fokker Trimotor. Development appears to have been kept under wraps, so I am interested to deduce what has evolved & if historical liveries are included for an aircraft whose top view of the wing reminds me of a surfboard TTM
    2 points
  25. Thank you all very much for the nice comments I really appreciate them. Cheers! Landon
    2 points
  26. The ground crew in Airlie Beach/Shute Harbour gave us a warm greeting before departure, ... ... no surprise we left quickly... ... towards Molle Channel. A beautiful sunrise over the Whitsunday passage. Still we took care to climb high enough over Mt. Robinson. The famous Whitehaven Beach, with Hill Inlet to the right. Here we fly downwind over Hamilton Island. Be careful with you hotel selection, if you want a big block or rather a small lodge. And here we go into Hamilton, the main airport of the WhitSUNDAY Islands. I can already smell the cocktails...
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  27. Just ahead of Townsville... ... Magnetic Island is a famous point for touristic excursions, be it to lonely beaches or Koala spotting. Further south we cross Bowling Green NP, probably a good place for Croc spotting. If one so desires. One off the less touristic spots is Abbott Point, the most northerly deepwater coal port of Australia. Not only does it mean exploitation of Australian ground to enhance burning coal in India, it also promotes intense ship traffic through the Great Barrier Reef. Easier reversable, in case needed, would be the colours of the Bowen salt ponds. We go on to another touristic hotspot, Airlie Beach. An airstrip with a slightly tricky location, as it lies in a valley with a hill just at the southern end of the runway. From the map you can already guess where I go next...
    2 points
  28. You don't know????????
    2 points
  29. You are right. It's a virtual world, we can expect anything! Indeed I was surprised to see the ULM. Regarding the drag-chute, the length of the runway does not require its deployment. In this case, it would indeed have been wise to release it earlier. However in the seventies during my holidays, I did a student job at Gosselies airport. (The name of Brussels South Charleroi Airport was not assigned until much later in 1991). At the time it was a regional airport mainly for general aviation and soaring. I was employed at Fairey which mainly worked on Britten Norman Islander and Trislander. (The company has since been replaced by Sonaca). Opposite Fairey, on the other side of the runway, were the facilities of Sabca, which handled the maintenance and overhaul of the Belgian Air Force's T-33, Mirage V and F-104. I spent my lunch time on the edge of the runway in the Islander parking lot observing takeoffs and landings. There, I witnessed the landing of an F-104 with the use of its drag-chute along the entire length of the runway. At the time the runway was relatively short, it had not yet been lengthened and the airliners compagnies were not present. He left the runway to join the Sabca and it was only in his turn to take the taxiway that he releassed his drag-chute. That student job remains a very, very beautiful memory for me.
    2 points
  30. don't know where you are, but certainly shows the detail in the addons we get now...
    2 points
  31. Who dat in the first shot, looks like he could twist your head off among other things? Great set of screenies Gerold!
    2 points
  32. Don't tell me!!!!! I spend an awful lot of time talking about that! It's actually a very interesting story, but only about third of the visitors who bring it up are interested in where it comes from, what it really involves, and that the Rev. Mr. Dodgson's (AKA Lewis Carroll) "Mad Hatter" is not a hatter at all but a politician. Goes back to the free exchange between Europeans and Native Americans, not of ideas, but diseases (syphilis), processing pelts to make felt (yes, pelt and felt are the same word - Grimm's Law). Long story. I won't clog up this chatty forum, but anyone who wants the whole story can PM me. Ken
    2 points
  33. Oh, sorry Ken, my misunderstanding....I forgot that you had said it was your work. Again, sorry about that. At any rate, it was still nice to see making those hats that you have mentioned Landon
    2 points
  34. We'll see. I didn't fly it in P3D but looked at the databases and, as you say, they seem to be okay. The charts, however, are nothing to do with MSFS or P3D - as far as I know these are the ones pilots actually use - and they don't seem consistent with each other. Hopefully we've at least provided the info needed to get things working correctly in MSFS! All the best, John
    2 points
  35. Gee, Landon. I never thought of this as my hobby. Although I very much enjoy the work, and have returned to it in retirement, this has been my job, or at least a major part of it, for nearly 30 years. Before retiring at the end of 2011 I had other responsibilities as supervisor and program coordinator and developer, in addition to running the hat shop. When I went back in 2016, though I was hired strictly as the hatter. Incidentally, when I returned my wife was also hired to run food preparation and cooking programs. Though I was once full time, we now both work three days a week, (nine or so) months a year. Ken
    2 points
  36. Great pics of you both @Rob Abernathyand @Ken Q Rob, your landscape work looks nice and serene...very peaceful. Very cool to see both at your hobbies. Thank you for sharing these. Landon
    2 points
  37. Except in the recent Asobo Q&A they stated Orbx was directly involved in some aspects of WU 7 like the POI's so I think Orbx already knows how the MSFS World update of Australia interacts with all their scenery.
    2 points
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  39. Mine for this month. MSFS 2020 - Orbx KSJC San Jose - TF-104 SSW Richard
    2 points
  40. I spend a lot of time with my best buddy Karl. He is getting old and demands a lot of attention, but he always buys me a few beers when I work on him and we have a larf or two. Here is a picture of him. Twenty-four years and humming along. He is my daily driver and he insists on it. Have a great weekend and stay save. Cheers Karl.
    2 points
  41. Me too. I have a really nice (and pretty large) HO model railroad, set in SE New England in the 1890s. But there it sits. I haven't done anything with it for a few years. Building and maintaining a model RR involves working under the layout. My arthritis has gotten so bad that I can't do that any more. Hopefully after another surgery (sidetracked by Covid). I can get back to it. I am happy though, that before I got too bad, I took the opportunity to fire and operate (as engineer) in training, real steam trains in New Mexico/Colorado and in Connecticut. From time to time I do enjoy building models. In recent years I built a large scale model of the Titanic and smaller scale of LST 207, both ships with a family connection. Problem is space to display them. But part of my FS hobby involves building a "Sim Pit." Just recently finished the third rendition. Ken
    2 points
  42. In my younger days I was a storm chaser in the Midwest , now I chase virtually . It goes without saying I'm a huge weather nerd . I also enjoy politics as long as my blood pressure stay's within limit's .
    2 points
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