* The previous owner, Benoit de Mulder, acquired this aircraft in April 2017 from Fondation Aérovision Québec and transferred it to Avialogs Aéronautique in early 2018 with the intention of restoring it.
* Mikey McBryan is now orchestrating the airframe's recovery to reflect its past involvement in several significant operations in Europe during World War II. The goal is to complete the project in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, inspired by the followers of his new YouTube series titled Plane Savers plus material and monetary contributions.
* The livery provided here reflects the aircraft's current engine-less condition as it sits in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. While visibly deficient, it can still be flown in the simulator.
* A visibly flyable variant of this livery is also available.
* A video previewing this livery in the simulator can be seen at: https://youtu.be/OAskGvutYzc
* This add-on livery is for application upon the VSkyLabs ("VSL") C-47 Skytrain Flying Lab Project digital aircraft model version 2.79 for X-Plane 11. Obtain it from...
* As of version 2.79, passenger seat visibility is toggled in the simulator by clicking upon the equipment rack located aft of the co-pilot's position. Some SimSmith liveries intentionally do not display the equipment rack although the hot-spot is still in force (watch your pointer change as you move it).
* Proprietary normal/bump maps are included, tailored to the targeted version of X-Plane.
* Custom ski textures are also provided. Skis are activated in the simulator by a knobbed lever near the captain's left shoulder.
* Exclusive night-time textures (LITs) are provided, with guidance on their (optional) activation.
* An optional replacement for the spinning propeller texture (whose tip color is red by default), along with installation instructions are enclosed.
* SimSmith expects to update this package in the future to accommodate the two new model variants announced by VSL at:
* Exposed metal in X-Plane 10 is represented within the texture image (a.k.a. "baked-in"), while those for X-Plane 11 leverage the Physically Based Rendering ("PBR") feature for real-time reflections. Realize that many liveries were not shiny at the point in time the livery represents.
* This livery's panel lines and rivets emulate the left-side passenger door applicable to this airframe, although the protruding cargo door hinges remain visible since they are defined via a shared texture region.
* Large exterior parts that are intentionally invisible frequently result in "see-through" areas because textures are applied only to one surface of the model's parts and the remaining texture's backside is also invisible and thus can be seen through. Also, some textures cannot be entirely rendered invisible, resulting in small detectable artifacts.
* Small exterior parts that may be visible on the default liveries (such as the roof antenna and wire) may be intentionally made invisible by SimSmith to represent the real aircraft's equipment.
* Some interior parts that may be visible on the default liveries (such as the overhead bins and fire extinguisher) may be intentionally made invisible.
* Visible jagged lines are never desirable in a livery, but can occur where the developer's texture mapping causes stretching or the texture region's resolution is too low.
* White gaps between matte and reflective areas are caused by PBR and their minimization is attempted.
1. X-Plane version 11
2. A legal copy of the VSkyLabs C-47 Skytrain model, which needs to be already installed into your X-Plane's aircraft repository
3. Adequate free storage space for the installation of this package (around 78 Megabytes)
4. Familiarity with using your operating system's file manager to move folders
5. Optionally, a text editor to revise select .obj files
Instructions are provided with the included "_read me" text files.
* This package contains the original artwork of Robert W. Heyen d/b/a SimSmith and it is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, VSkyLabs or Laminar Research.
* Only you may use the graphic files including with this package on your own computer for your own personal entertainment.
* Any component or content of this package may not to be sold in a commercial product, or included in any payware or freeware package without specific written permission from SimSmith.
* View the file named "the eula.txt" for details regarding the licensing agreement in affect.
* Please do not contact VSkyLabs or Laminar Research with questions regarding this SimSmith package.
* Requests for help should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Contributions via https://simsmith.codes enables the production of future X-Plane add-ons.
* Purchases via https://store.x-plane.org/SimSmith_bymfg_117-0-1.html are the ultimate compliment.