Hi all, new to the boards here and already have gotten addicted to the transition era of aviation thanks to Silver Wings. I was out looking for sceneries for the above mentioned, but have found nothing. My goal is to recreates a military AI for SW, but I cant find any photos of bases from this era. I'm not a 3D modeler so the buildings would be borrowed from the vast freeware libraries out there, and then I have to learn how to program AI, as well as find AI models of the old prop warbirds to make this happen. I'm hoping that someone else has done a few bases, but not holding my breath.
Don't worry I will ask permission from original artists before releasing anything, there is enough plagiarism out here already.
So anyone know where I can get 1957-1961 photos, aerials, and other stuff of the bases?
(if this is the wrong forum please feel free to move it to an appropriate on.)
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2012 16:59:58 GMT -5 by milspecsim
Post by milspecsim on Dec 15, 2012 12:39:11 GMT -5
I'm assuming, based on the overwhelming response to this thread ;D, that nothing exists. I didn't really have any high hopes that there were, so it looks like I have to learn a LOT of modeling stuff...
Post by Tom Constantine on Dec 15, 2012 13:47:27 GMT -5
Sorry, I was away from the internet for a peaceful 10 days at sea. I think you'll find that 10 years on, the Silver Wings user base has shrunk to almost nobody.
Silver Wings was developed mainly to give WWII and later flyers a retro texture set so they would not need to reconstruct Golden Wings. To be honest it is a sub set of the Golden Wings textures and nothing more. I don't believe anyone here at the Old Hangar ever developed scenery for it. Our interest was the 30s, not the 50s.
But don't give up hope. There are two websites where you may just find what you want. Tom Gibson's CalClassics Propliners site www.calclassic.com/ has loads of civilian stuff from that late 50s early 60s period and is well worth a look for that time period. Tom has been around a little longer than The Old Hangar, in fact the original Hangar was designed to stop where Classic Propliners started. We had the Boeing 247, Propliners had the DC-3. That was another reason why we never did any 50s development here.
As for accurate pictures, they are indeed rare. People took pictures of aircraft but took the fields for granted. It was the same when we did Golden Wings era fields so most of us worked on the philosophy of "how it might have looked." In Golden Wings for example, Bangor is based on ONE aerial photograph, Portland on a post card and Presque Isle on a small pencil sketch. They were then fitted to the default runways and "decorated" in a 30s period style.
And finally, keep checking back every now and then. You never know when someone will pop in.
I was looking at the website that Dave3cu put on here and ran across Phillips Field in Fairbanks, Ak. That is the fieldwhere I learned to fly and looking at the photos, I saw a cub, 9145D on skies and thought the registration sounded familier. Dug out the old log book and sure enough, there it was. I spent a lot of time in that plane. Lots of fond memories of my youth.