Donnerstag, 31. Dezember 2015

Happy New Year! A list of whats to come (GTA)

Well folks, another year has passed and there were some big changes because we got GTA V modding. I will further post a list of mods which will be made in the new year. I hope you'll all make it into 2016 well.

So, here we go: (unless stated otherwise, these are for GTA V)

-F-16C Fighting Falcon (done)
-F-15C Eagle (in progress)
-F-15E Strike Eagle
-F/A-18E or F Super Hornet
-EA-18G Growler (in progress)
-SR-71A Blackbird (in progress)
-A-12A Avenger II (possibly for GTA:SA as well)
-Mi-24D Hind
-LAV-25 (done)
-LAV-AD (done)
-Stryker ICV
-̶c̶̶h̶-̶5̶̶3̶  (MH-53J instead)
-Leopard 2A5 or 2A6
-Panavia Tornado
-̶a̶v̶-̶8̶̶b̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶a̶̶r̶̶r̶̶i̶̶e̶̶r̶̶ ̶̶i̶̶i̶
-Rhib boat (already done, but gun not working)
-AH-6 and MH-6 Little Bird
-C-17A Globemaster III (done)
-Space Shuttle
-Boeing 747
-C-130 and AC-130

Thats it for now ;) maybe some will be squeezed in or left out, but most are sure to be made  (like F-15, F-16 and F-18)

Freitag, 20. November 2015

[REL/SA]B-2A Spirit

So for those still playing GTA San Andreas, I have got a new gift for you: A proper B-2A Spirit stealth bomber with openable bomb bays, realistic control surfaces and detailed cockpit.

Donnerstag, 19. November 2015

F-14D Super Tomcat Update and AH-1Z Viper screenshot teasers

The F-14D gets yet another update:

-higher resolution textures
-script for automatic variable wings
-double afterburner

And then we have the latest USMC attack helicopter, converted from Battlefield 3 and 4. This thing is a beauty.

Montag, 2. November 2015

Mods mods mods

Long time no hear.

Oh well, been busy and away, but I have a few things I'm working on (or worked on).

Things that are done/near done:

Apache 1.3 with moveable Machine Gun objects. (needs more testing)
USMC Rhib boat. (Machine gun refuses to work)
UH-1D Iroquois (armed with rockets and MGs and a second version with side mounted M60s)
F-14D 1.? (new textures, wing sweep script and double afterburner)

I will work a little more slowly now because of work, but I will keep on it. A list or plan for mods? Nothing really safe for now.

Things that I really want to do:

B-1B Lancer
B-2A Spirit
B-52H Stratofortress
C-17A Globemaster III
E-3 Sentry
KC-135 Stratotanker
T-50 Pak Fa
AH-1Z Viper
UH-1Y Venom
Growler ITV
M2A3 Bradley
E-2D Hawkeye
AH-6 and MH-6 little birds
and so much more... so... soooooo much more

Sonntag, 11. Oktober 2015

GTA V Airbus A380-800

Should be available for download soon. The windows light up at night, something which I will probably add to the 757 mod as well.

So far the liveries are:

British Airways
Thai Airways
Korean Air

Freitag, 2. Oktober 2015

GTA V F-22 screenshots

Here you have something to look at while the release is coming

And I'm going to start converting an A380-800 for GTA V with livery support. (finished mapping the body today)

Will also post a new planned list of mods soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Mittwoch, 23. September 2015

Progress of Arleigh Burke class destroyer and GTA V Abrams inagme pics.

Well, I have been working a little more on the Arleigh Burke Class destroyer I'm planning to convert for GTA V.

The bottom has ben completely renewed to portray that of a real AB class destroyer (before it was just... meh, look at the older post). I have also modelled the entrances for both of the heli hangar doors. One of them will be openable, the other one stays closed. The bridge now has actual windows and the turret is very detailed as well.

And then here are two ingame pics of the M1A2 in GTA V.

And the destroyed one. The engine area, munitions compartment and driver cabin will have that burned look and some parts break off (rear reactive armor, some side panels, MG, hatches, bags, etc)

Dienstag, 8. September 2015

Planned GTA V mods

I thought I could just throw a quick list of planned vehicle mods together regarding GTA V. (Oh and I also have a 90% finished B-2A Spirit for GTA San Andreas... I need to finish that one)

The first one... Well, you can download a test version here:

I need feedback whether you can spawn it without problems or not. It will probably drive like shit, because it has no handling line, BUT that is the point. I have asked someone to create a handling line for it, but his game crashes constantly with the Submarine, while my game works fine. So, please install this (update/x64/dlcpacks/patchday1ng/dlc.rpf/x64/levels/gta5/vehicles.rpf) and tell me if you can spawn it or not.

The mod we're talking about is the USS Dallas, a Los Angeles class Submarine of the US Navy.

The other ones are still only plans, though I have started with the CV-22 Osprey today.

So, the list:

-CV-22 Osprey (̶b̶̶a̶̶s̶̶e̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶n̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶i̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶e̶̶l̶̶:̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶t̶̶t̶̶p̶̶:̶//̶w̶̶w̶̶w̶̶.̶̶g̶̶t̶̶a̶̶4̶-̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶s̶̶.̶̶c̶̶o̶̶m̶/̶v̶̶e̶̶h̶̶i̶̶c̶̶l̶̶e̶̶s̶/̶c̶̶v̶-̶2̶̶2̶-̶o̶̶s̶̶p̶̶r̶̶e̶̶y̶-̶e̶̶p̶̶m̶-̶f̶̶3̶̶0̶̶9̶̶6̶̶0̶)̶ ̶̶w̶̶i̶̶l̶̶l̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶a̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶v̶̶e̶̶r̶̶t̶̶i̶̶c̶̶a̶̶l̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶n̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶o̶̶r̶̶i̶̶z̶̶o̶̶n̶̶t̶̶a̶̶l̶̶ ̶̶f̶̶l̶̶i̶̶g̶̶h̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶b̶̶i̶̶l̶̶i̶̶t̶̶y̶̶,̶̶ ̶̶w̶̶o̶̶r̶̶k̶̶i̶̶n̶̶g̶̶ ̶̶l̶̶a̶̶n̶̶d̶̶i̶̶n̶̶g̶̶ ̶̶g̶̶e̶̶a̶̶r̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶n̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶p̶̶e̶̶n̶̶a̶̶b̶̶l̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶r̶̶a̶̶m̶̶p̶̶s̶̶.̶̶ ̶̶i̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶a̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶e̶̶d̶̶i̶̶t̶̶e̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶e̶̶l̶̶,̶̶ ̶̶s̶̶o̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶a̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶n̶̶l̶̶y̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶r̶̶i̶̶g̶̶h̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶s̶̶i̶̶d̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶a̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶ ̶̶d̶̶o̶̶o̶̶r̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶f̶̶r̶̶o̶̶n̶̶t̶̶ ̶(̶t̶̶h̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶i̶̶v̶̶ ̶̶c̶̶o̶̶n̶̶v̶̶e̶̶r̶̶t̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶a̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶ ̶̶d̶̶o̶̶o̶̶r̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶n̶̶ ̶̶b̶̶o̶̶t̶̶h̶̶ ̶̶s̶̶i̶̶d̶̶e̶̶s̶)

-M1A2 Abrams (based on this model: Reworked textures now also include a Woodland camo version.

-Oshkosh M-ATV (based on this model:
Will replace the armed Insurgent with working turret.

-AH-64D Longbow Apache


-Messerschmitt BF-109 E-3

Done as well: 

-Airbus A380-800

-MH-60L Black Hawk (̶b̶̶a̶̶s̶̶e̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶n̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶i̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶e̶̶l̶̶:̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶t̶̶t̶̶p̶̶:̶//̶w̶̶w̶̶w̶̶.̶̶g̶̶t̶̶a̶̶4̶-̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶s̶̶.̶̶c̶̶o̶̶m̶/̶v̶̶e̶̶h̶̶i̶̶c̶̶l̶̶e̶̶s̶/̶m̶̶h̶-̶6̶̶0̶̶l̶-̶b̶̶l̶̶a̶̶c̶̶k̶-̶h̶̶a̶̶w̶̶k̶-̶e̶̶p̶̶m̶-̶f̶̶3̶̶2̶̶1̶̶2̶̶2̶)̶ ̶̶w̶̶i̶̶l̶̶l̶̶ ̶̶c̶̶o̶̶m̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶w̶̶i̶̶t̶̶h̶̶ ̶̶d̶̶o̶̶o̶̶r̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶n̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶r̶̶e̶̶f̶̶u̶̶e̶̶l̶̶i̶̶n̶̶g̶̶ ̶̶b̶̶o̶̶o̶̶m̶̶,̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶w̶̶e̶̶l̶̶l̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶p̶̶e̶̶r̶̶a̶̶t̶̶a̶̶b̶̶l̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶u̶̶r̶̶r̶̶e̶̶t̶̶s̶̶ ̶(̶l̶̶i̶̶k̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶v̶̶a̶̶l̶̶k̶̶y̶̶r̶̶i̶̶e̶)

-MH-47G Chinook (̶b̶̶a̶̶s̶̶e̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶n̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶i̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶e̶̶l̶̶:̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶t̶̶t̶̶p̶̶:̶//̶w̶̶w̶̶w̶̶.̶̶g̶̶t̶̶a̶̶4̶-̶m̶̶o̶̶d̶̶s̶̶.̶̶c̶̶o̶̶m̶/̶v̶̶e̶̶h̶̶i̶̶c̶̶l̶̶e̶̶s̶/̶m̶̶h̶-̶4̶̶7̶̶g̶-̶c̶̶h̶̶i̶̶n̶̶o̶̶o̶̶k̶-̶e̶̶p̶̶m̶-̶f̶̶3̶̶2̶̶1̶̶2̶̶1̶)

-M1114 Humvee (based on BF3 or ArmA 2 model)

-F-22 Raptor

-Arleigh Burke class destroyer (Model is being worked on, original taken from BF4). I'm working on making the Bridge accessible as well as maybe one of the 2 helicopter hangars. It will have the designation DDG-151 Nathan James (The Last Ship anyone?)

These mods are not in any particular order and maybe something will be squeezed in and something else will be left out, but so far... That's the plan.

Freitag, 4. September 2015

Montag, 24. August 2015

A work in progress: F-14D Super Tomcat for GTA V

Today I have taken my firt look at GTA V modding and immediately started with an aircraft. One of my favorites, if not THE favorite aircraft will hopefully find it's decent representation in GTA V. Since I have not spent that much time on it so far, there is not much to see (yet)

What is working already?

Ailerons (I have used the flaps as ailerons, since spoilers are not supported)
Openable canopy

Some minor stuff:
Wings and missiles can break off after a crash
Vapor trails on wingtips
Afterburner for the left engine (I really hope I can duplicate it for the other engine)
Correct weapon placement

I will move on to the gear tomorrow.

Sonntag, 2. August 2015

Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat "Razgriz" in 1/72 [Review]

Something new here, but I'm just gonna go ahead anyway.

I have bought Hasegawas 1/72 scale model it of the Razgriz F-14A Tomcat (Seen in Ace Combat 5). I haven't build a scale model since 4 years or so, so I had to get into it again and also made some flaws, but the outcome is pretty satisfying.

We start off with a picture of the finished model and then I will break it down a bit.

First things first: I had to import this kit from the USA to Germany, since there are pretty much only US and japanese retailers who sell these Ace Combat models. It was close to 25$ for the kit and in my opinion, that's a very fair price considering what the kit has got to offer. However, I have seen a few of the AC kits (Like Mobius' F-22A) becoming very expensive, so if you're thinking about getting an Ace Combat, I suggest you do it now. (F-15C Galm 1&2 and Garuda are already on their way to my home). I do have to say that I recommend to have at least a little experience before buying and building this kit. Some parts are really small and you should also be familiar with painting, applying decals and such. The F-14A in particular is one of the harder kits in the series. 

Anyway, let's talk about what the kit contains:

 What I have noticed right from the beginning is that the kit comes with photo-etched parts for the cockpit, engine and canopy. I think this was a really nice surprise, because (just for example) my Revell F-14D in 1/72 didn't have this and those parts help to bring some great detail for the finished product. 
Then there are also parts to build a display stand (Gonna show that in the end as well) to make your plane look like it's flying or taking off or something like that. These stands are included with all Ace Combat kits and the decal sheet features emblems of the particular squadrons you can put onto the stand.
Speaking of the decal sheet:
You think you're just going to build a Razgriz F-14A? Well... The decal sheet says otherwise and delivers you decals to also make an F-35C, F-14D, Su-27, F-22A and a few more in Razgriz colors. You have to buy a seperate 1/72 kit for the plane, sure. But 1/72 Tomcats or Fighting Falcons can be found for 10$. You could (in theory) build yourself a nice 4-man squadron with different Razgriz planes. The sheet also offers different numerations for the F-14A (see manual pic). You can display any squadron member of Ace Combat 5, which I think is pretty neat.

So, the building process. Like pretty much every aircraft model kit, you have to start with the cockpit. Build and paint the ejection seats, paint the cockpit hull, fit into the panels (either as decals or photo etched parts) and paint the screens, flightstick, etc. I can tell you once thing: These parts are really really small. Especially the ejection seat levers on top of the seat. (And you actually have to paint those things yellow and black). I really have no clue how one is supposed to properly do it like in the manual, but it also looks good if you just paint them yellow and just make some black dots on it with a brush. 

After the cockpit is built and painted, you will have to fit into the front section of the aircraft. I really advise using something that makes the two halfes of the plane stick together (like in my photo) or otherwise they will probably distance themselves from each other when the glue is still drying.

The next part is the main body. The rear compartment with the arresting hook and airbrakes, the engine intakes and the actual body have to be build seperately. Before putting all the parts together, you have to paint the gear boxes and inner parts of the intake white (After you have put it together it would be pretty hard to paint these things, so I prefer doing it beforehand). Let the paint dry and then put it all together to have the main body. Again, make sure the parts are kept together during the drying process.
Worth nothing is that there was lots of unused plastic attached to the main body parts, which you had to remove carefully with a sharp knife. I say "carefully" because you don't want to cut into the actual mold by mistake. (I have done this before on an F/A-18)

Here I differ a bit from what the manual actually said, but I found it to be better that way. Actually in the following state, the engines in the rear and exhausts are supposed to be already fitted into the aircraft. But since they're painted in a different color than the main body, I decided to first paint the plane and engines seperately, then put them together. 
To prevent the cockpit from being painted over by the body color, I have used to tape so seal it off. It wasn't easy to exactly and only tape the cockpit, but in the end I somehow managed to do it.

Before putting on the actual paint scheme, some primer is used. "But why?" you may ask. Well, from my experience, the paint sticks better to the model if you have used primer on it before. And secondly, you can make sure that every part of the plane has been painted. (You can't really make out dark grey on black surface). Below you can see the body, wings and the wheels.
Speaking of the wings, it's amazing what you can do with them. You can display it normally with everything in it's place or you can show it with either slats, flaps or both of them extended. 

Now here comes the part where I am telling you: Do not listen to what the manual tells you. German gray as body color is way too bright for the Razgriz aircraft. Pure black would have been too dark, but I'm sure there is something in between. However, since the plane already had 3 layers of paint on it (Primer+2x german gray) I decided not to paint it a fourth time, since the panel lines were already vanishing.

The painted plane put together with the wings and canopy. Here is something that I liked regarding the Revell F-14: You were able to move the wings back and forth. Unfortuantely you have decide while building this kit, whether you want to display the Tomcat with folded or extended wings.

 The last thing regarding building is adding the gear and some smaller stuff like antennas, navigational lights and the hatches for the gear (You have to choose whether you want to have the gear out or not)

This is the plane pretty much in a finished state, minus navigational lights and pitot installations.

After applying the decals with warm water and and a decal softener the only things missing are the nav lights. And I have to say, even though it is a bit to bright it doesn't look bad at all.

And here we have the finished model, along with its display stand.

I have to say that I do not regret buying this at all. The parts fit good (most of the time), manual is easy to follow, although I have switched some steps, but that comes down to personal preference. The decals have one of the best qualities I have seen (Speaking of the sets which are delivered with the kit itself). I have had an F-14D from Hasegawa where the decals weren't really all that great, but this kit was a really positive surprise. I can really recommend this kit and can't wait for other Ace Combat kits.