* * * The Fantasy * * *
Situated in the South China Sea, roughly equidistant between Hong Kong and Manila, Den Isle is both heavily populated and still greatly undeveloped. Two airports of significant size can handle any aircraft, with the larger able to accommodate a Space Shuttle should their like ever return to service in Asia.
The island is 44 nautical miles (nm) long and 26 nm at its widest, with a coastal circumference of 186 nm. The highest elevation is 1,000 meters or 3,281 feet and situated in the largely untamed central plateau that remains to be excavated for the ongoing land reclamation.
Den City Airport (fictitious ICAO code FI2A) serves airline, cargo, executive, general and military aviation with its six runways spanning between 3,238 meters (10,623 feet) and 4,572 meters (15,000 feet). 198 taxiway signs will guide aircraft crews across its vast territory. 213 ramp starts, 659 aircraft taxi nodes and 11 traffic flows ensure plenty of aircraft berths and built-in movement (assuming you have at least one suitable AI Aircraft active). 900 ground service vehicle parking locations and 50 route destinations (not including service requests made by aircraft) guarantee that some ramp rat will get into your aircraft's right-of-way. Extensive surface lighting will facilitate your operations after the sun sets.
Den City Heliport (FI2B) is situated within the airport, atop The Rotunda. Three helipads are available, each with its own ramp start.
Mǎn Chéng Airport (FI2C), located at the north end of Den Isle, serves airline, cargo and executive aviation with its two runways of 4201 meter (13,782 feet) length. 216 taxiway signs (how it managed to have more than FI2A is a bit of a mystery) will help you get around. Six in-field helipads provide for the vertically-minded aviator. Just five ramp starts and little other detailing reveals this as an incomplete facility, to either remain "under construction" indefinitely or until a budding WED-der decides to embellish it for their own use.
The seven flood-controlling River Gates (FI2D) each have a dedicated helipad for quick access by keepers and support staff.
* * * The Reality * * *
The set of files that comprise this package will add fictitious scenery to your installation of X-Plane version 11. This new scenery will be located well offshore from any real-world topology, so there will be be no conflicts upon its installation. NO THIRD-PARTY SCENERY LIBRARIES ARE REQUIRED! Only default Laminar Research and custom SimSmith scenery entities are implemented ...although in this case there are a formidable quantity of default elements.
This project was started in mid-September as a continuation and expansion of previous Fantasy Island releases. It has consumed all of my free time ever since, until the initial upload in late November. While the entire Fantasy Island concept aspired to evolve into some form of commercial product, the never-ending toil required for this package has demonstrated my inability to produce such scenery in a timely manner.
Here are some statistics of this package, which consists of...
- 99,783 roads defined via proprietary spreadsheet formulas
- one procedurally-generated (primarily Python scripts) base mesh occupying an entire 1-by-1 degree scenery tile
- 100,046 network segments, including...
- 214 manually placed roads, including 12 hand-made highway interchanges, each with a dedicated helipad
- 48 manually placed railroad sections
- 2 manual powerline trunks
- 592 unique default objects, used to define 22,100 individual structures via spreadsheet calculations and/or hand-editing
- 84 default facades, used to define 41,917 individual structures via spreadsheet formula placements and/or manual editing
- 8 custom objects, one of which was used in a previous release
- 6 default forests
- 9 default polygons
- 1 custom polygon and line to define the man-made lakes
This package was developed on a four-year-old desktop computer of relatively modest specification. Performance testing was accomplished using X-Plane version 11.26r2 with the default Rendering Options. A minimum display frame rate of 20 FPS was desired and attempted primarily through reduction of scenery entity usage. While additional methods are available, feedback on the initial version will dictate whether these are needed.
* X-Plane version 11
* About 228 Megabytes of local storage space
* Familiarity with using your operating system's file manager to move files & folders
Instructions for installing this scenery are provided in the included "_read me first" text file.
* This package contains the original artwork of Robert W. Heyen d/b/a SimSmith and it is not affiliated with or endorsed by Laminar Research.
* Only you may use the files included with this package on your own computer for your own personal entertainment.
* Any component or content of this package are not to be sold in a commercial product, or included in any payware or freeware package without specific written permission from the developer.
* View the file named "the eula.txt" for details regarding the licensing agreement in affect.
* Please do not contact Laminar Research with questions regarding this SimSmith package.
* Support requests should be sent by Private Message on this website or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* View the Fantasy Islands locator map via https://tinyurl.com/fantasyislands