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Unofficial Hotfix for Official Skinpack RE8 Wing Grunge


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#1 Panthercules

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 07:19

During testing of the new 1.022 release, it was discovered that there is some sort of issue with the template that was used for the creation of the Official skins for the new RE8, which results in some grungey-looking textures/surfaces on the top side of the lower wing when viewed from the cockpit, as noted below:

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I've traced the bulk of the problem to something going on in the "Shadows" layer" of the template. Although it's not yet a perfect solution, I've created new versions with this wing grunge largely corrected, as illustrated below:

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Unfortunately, due to some family medical issues I had to deal with IRL that arose during the last few weeks, I was not able to get corrected versions of the Official RE8 skins I created ready in time for inclusion in the Official Pack release. Therefore, I have now created a JSGME-ready mod that can be used to replace the 20 RE8 skins of mine in the 1.022 Official Pack with corrected versions. This mod can be downloaded here:

http://www.mediafire...x for JSGME.zip" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.mediafire.../file/9606bblxb … 0JSGME.zip

Just unzip it into your "MODS" folder and use JSGME to activate it.

You will need to be playing in "Mods ON" mode to be able to use these skins, but since they made the load times in Mods On mode as short as those for Mods Off mode in the new release, that shouldn't be much of a problem.

Hopefully, we can figure out a more permanent fix and get it incorporated in the next version/release. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.

BTW - I do not have access to the .psd files of the RE8 skins created by the devs, so I haven't been able to create revised versions of those skins yet and they are not included in this pack.
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 07:38

What you see on first pict, isn't only on RE8…
If i recall, same on SE5 and Bristol for what i saw.
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#3 ROSS_DiFiS

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:06

it looks much better.
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#4 Panthercules

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 15:55

What you see on first pict, isn't only on RE8…
If i recall, same on SE5 and Bristol for what i saw.

When I get a chance I'll take a look at those too. IIRC, there's a separate/different problem going on with the Bristol (maybe a bump-map issue?) - I posted a partial fix/workaround for the Bristol, in this thread:

Fix/Improvement for Bristol Skin Surface Weirdness

But that workaround was more aimed at the pebbly-surface issue than this grunge effect.

When I get a chance I'll take a look at those two again and see what I can find out.
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 16:53

Thanks

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#6 hq_Reflected

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 06:51

Panther, I'm worknig on the squadron skins and I'm facing exactly the same issue. How do I correct it? Wha layer should be changed? Many thanks!
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#7 Panthercules

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 21:00

I'm still not completely happy with the results. I was going to wait till I had something better before posting anything about the fix itself, but I have tried several other things since and haven't been able to make it better yet.

So, if you want to play around with it yourself, you can D/L my re-touched tweaked RE8 template (with the fix so far incorporated, as well as a few of my other personal adjustments which you may use or turn off as you see fit) here to use as your starting point:

http://www.mediafire...868u1p833huglpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.mediafire...868u1p833huglpg

Basically, what I've done so far is to erase/delete the portion of the "Shadows" layer covering the upper surface of the lower wing, and then added a couple of darkening layers back in to try to compensate somewhat for the loss of the darkening from the "Shadows" layer.

I haven't given up on trying to find a better solution, and also to take a look at the SE5 or other aircraft that might be displaying the same sort of issue, but I haven't had as much time for RoF lately given my situation IRL at the moment. In the meantime, you're welcome to play around with my tweaked template and see what you can do.

Good luck!
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#8 Karma-Police

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:49

There is the same thing on the Sopwith Triplane.
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