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John Hargreaves

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  1. I had problems flying from EGLC, bought from Orbx. Sim crashed if I started the flight at the airport, but if I started the flight in mid air it loaded, and I was able to land at EGLC. I have the London scenery, Orbx EGLC, and run with photogrammetry off. I cleared out all the recommended files and had several hours crash free flying on a blank community folder with no addons installed.
  2. Just to be clear, do you mean reinstall the city pack, the whole sim or both? Thanks
  3. If you really want to appreciate the detail in the Orbx scenery, I'd suggest the Bell 47G from Flyinside. You have to really fly it though, you can't just sit back and let it fly itself. But if you want to gain an insight into just how much work goes into Orbx scenery I've not found anything better - the visibility is second to none. The London city pack+ EGLC and the Sydney City/airport make for some fantastic low and very slow flights.
  4. I've settled on PG=off and use the London pack, it works great. The scenery is really crisp and sharp, maybe has that flight sim/computer game look rather than the naturalistic subtlety you get with PG, but the London PG is pretty poor imo, and it spoils the immersion when flying low in the Bell 47G, which is by far my most preferred aircraft.
  5. You should also check out the Bell 47G from Flyinside, it's on another level flight model-wise. Future's looking good
  6. I think I'm resigned to turning off PG in London for now, it's really immersion breaking to see all the crumbled buildings. I had a lovely dawn flight in the Bell 47 at 200' all along the river and through the city yesterday, and performance was fine. Personally I think it's a better experience with the autogen buildings, and the Orbx London scenery is excellent, I really like it.
  7. Lots of freeware helipads popping up now for MSFS, looks like the H135 has started the demand for this. Technically it's clearly possible, it would be great if Orbx could add a bit of helipad love to their scenery packs.
  8. Looking good for a v0.1, can't wait to have proper helicopter support in the sim, all that fancy scenery is wasted at 30000'
  9. Just tested the updated landmarks pack and I think they've done a very good job blending the default scenery with the custom stuff. There are still some photogrammetry skyscrapers that stick out, but on the whole it's pretty seamless between Orbx and the Asobo stuff. I'd say one of the biggest problems are photogrammetry cranes, of which there are plenty in London, they translate really clumsily into the scenery. I don't know how hard it would be to delete these and replace with a 3D model, but it would make a big difference. Overall, a great addon to the sim that makes a significant improvement to default. Once all the prominent buildings are clear and sharp, the background sprawl is much less offensive, it then works really well to fill the gaps and suggest a living city.
  10. There's nothing to touch photogrammetry when it comes to giving real living atmosphere to a city, but in every city I've flown in the sim the hero buildings all look the worse for it compared to the general city sprawl. Sometimes the custom buildings stick out clumsily such as St Paul's cathedral. The holy grail would be a seamless mix of photogrammetry and custom where the custom blends invisibly. That would improve performance too as the photo buildings clearly have far too many unnecessary polygons, hence the melted look. The default shard building blends pretty well I think, and I really liked Orbx London when we could use it. I guess blending the two types of scenery is a relatively new technical problem, and devs will only get better at it, but I'm looking forward to the revised London city pack.
  11. Absolutely top tip - I was struggling with the Seattle scenery; Orbx Central had updated the pack but it was still terrible with distortion and objects missing. I tried this and it fixed my issues.
  12. I've just done a delete of the rolling cache, turned photogrammetry off and on again and reloaded default London, which now looks significantly better than it did 24hrs ago. It still looks a bit shabby and dirty (hey, it's London) but the post nuclear holocaust look is very much improved. There is talk on the MSFS forums about getting poor quality photogrammetry data due to overloaded servers, which is then cached on your own PC so it keeps looking bad, and this seems to have some truth to it.
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