A Real NZ scenery for NZ$20

I love change, and at the moment we are going through the biggest changes in simming for a long, long time. However with change comes a slowing down of purchases, as people evaluate the possibilities. For a tiny store like mine, this can only last a short time without affecting…

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News on the progress of Prepar3d v4 installers

This is the priority at the moment, and things are progressing well, but I’m not sure how soon the new installers will be released. I was planning to release Nelson immediately, but then I started tinkering with some dynamic lighting on the tarmac, which is too good to pass by,…

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The Kickstarter fundraising campaign: Day 1

We’re 22 hours into this now, it’s alive, and doing well. The interest has been heartwarming, and I’m a lot more confident than I was yesterday. I’ve been very pleased with the help I’ve had to promote this, some nice coverage which I wasn’t expecting. The feedback I’m getting can…

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Godzone and Kickstarter fundraising

Shortly, I will begin a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to continue development, including evaluating and producing scenery for some of the new simulators which have enlivened the flightsim community recently. Many of you will know that there’s been a real change in the flightsim market over the last 5…

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The promised Real NZ Dunedin Winter patch

This very small patch fixes the broken Seasons.bgl file which messed up the appearance of the coastal water in winter. Everyone who owns Real NZ Dunedin, except those who bought it from my store since 1st May 2017, should run the patch before winter sets in! It also removes the…

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Development diary: comparing X-plane and Prepar3d

One of the non-technical factors which will determine whether there’s ever a ‘Real New Zealand’ scenery for X-plane is simply whether or not X-plane can represent the ‘real’ New Zealand. Since I’ve only been using X-plane for a few days, I am a real beginner regarding what X-plane can actually…

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Development diary: some X-plane tests

I have planned to look at all the ‘new’ simulators, with a view to creating some New Zealand scenery, starting with converting existing Real New Zealand and Godzone scenery. However this could take a while to figure out, and I’m not sure yet what I’m likely to end up releasing.…

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So, what’s Godzone’s plans for the new sims?

There are two parts to this, first, what I’ll be supporting in the future, but initially what existing stuff will be converted. I’ve always stated that I’ll support the ‘current’ choice of simulator, aimed mainly at New Zealanders. In the past, this has been easier, as we’ve had only one…

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Alps/Southern Lakes update preview

Right now, the flightsim world is poised for some long-awaited steps forward in the available simulators. At the end of this week, Flight Simulator World (FSW) will be available in ‘early access’, and there are some rumours that the next Prepar3d may be imminent. We’ve recently seen the updated X-plane…

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Real NZ Nelson price reduction

How time flies, Nelson was released five years ago, and although it’s had an update since then, last month I reduced the price from NZ$35 to NZ$25 on my own Store, now with a corresponding reduction on SimMarket. The full retail price of Real NZ products will remain at NZ$35,…

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A few site tweaks

I’ve done some more tidying-up on the FAQ, to reflect the change of emphasis from the Subscription to the new Godzone Store. Even though the subscription is no longer available, it is still fully accessible to existing subscribers, and there will be future updates for subscribers. This makes some links…

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Dunedin ‘winter’ patch is coming…

Sorry, another ‘winter is coming’ post, but you can’t have too much of a good thing … I’ve been making a list of things which require patching in Real NZ Dunedin, and until now it’s been just one, so I’ve put it aside. However another issue has come to light,…

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Currency conversion in the Store

At the moment I’m trialling a currency converter in the Godzone Store. This will give the option to display the price in the default New Zealand dollars, US dollars, or Euros. Note that the Checkout will revert to New Zealand dollars, as all orders are still processed in New Zealand…

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NZDN landing video

Ok, it took a while but I don't think that Dunedin is getting a summer this year, just a whole bunch of wet, cross-windy days...

 

Are your jetways showing at NZDN?

A couple of very nice screenshot posts covering NZDN have shown that some users don’t have SODE installed, so they don’t see the jetways, flags or windsocks. Since SODE is automatically installed with Real NZ Dunedin, then it’s likely that this is one of these reasons: The installer didn’t do…

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Planning ahead to 2017

I did say that I wasn’t going to make any announcements or promises for next year, at least until things become a bit clearer, as far as the future of New Zealand scenery goes. But it’s no secret that I plan to release a new Real NZ Wellington next up,…

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If I was to sum up 2016 in one word…

‘Erratic’, maybe. It seemed at times, both personally and globally, that things were on the brink of disaster, and then I’d see a complete turn-around to save the day, followed by yet another disaster. However I’ve given up trying to understand the rest of the world, so I’ll just concentrate on…

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Taieri landing video

Here it is, it has become a 'thing' with new releases, a quick landing video from the pilot's point of view. This is today's real world weather, via AS16 and ASCA, a blustery south easterly, but I guess that's Taieri...

Best watched through at YouTube at 1080p, this has a lot more compression than I like, but my ADSL uploads take so long, I'll take the drop in quality over not being able to do any work for a couple of hours. I think it's Windows 10 which has made my uploads a lot more unforgiving -- it actually reports 'no internet connection' during the entire upload! Damn you, Windows 10...

Just some more info for those who view it here rather than on YouTube... This is Prepar3d v3, Alabeo's C172RG Cutlass, using Active Sky 2016 and ASCA for the weather depiction. I am a better scenery developer than a pilot, so don't judge me.

How does Real NZ Dunedin work with FTX NZSI?

EDIT: This post is rather ‘dry’, I may have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the world news this week, and on rereading it this morning I think that my mood might have affected the presentation… As a cheerier counterpoint, Mallard over the FTX forum has posted some screenshots of…

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Real New Zealand Dunedin released

This has been available for a couple of days now, so here’s the official release announcement:) This will hopefully be the first of many airport-centred scenery releases, although a typical ‘Real New Zealand’ scenery will always include a photoscenery which extends well beyond the airport boundaries. That’s the way I…

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Out the window at NZDN…

Real NZ Dunedin includes a few SODE*-controlled elements, such as windsocks and flags, plus the airbridges at NZDN. There are two airbridges, and hopefully both will be able to dock with your aircraft, although the other one (not shown) is not quite sorted yet, so it might not make it into the final release. This is a rough version at the moment.

I haven't really modelled the terminal interior, just enough to let you look through the window from the tarmac. Since I never fly jets, I had to grab the default 737 from FSX, hence the random livery:)

*SODE is Sim Object Display Engine, a great addon by Jeffrey Stähli, which gives the sim back some of the things we lost in FSX, like conditional scenery. His jetway control system overcomes the issues with the default (Ctrl-J) jetways.

Still on track for release next month, subject to everything surviving testing.