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Tip Program File Type Size Author(s) Date
NEW TIPS
gmax Boolean operations - more on making windows
(Simviation Posting)
gmax HTML   X_eidos/
J Mackay
29JUN2003
gMax Props (still/slow/blurred) with associated gmax parts file. gmax HTML   Milton Shupe 05MAY03
How to do the "window shine" effects gmax/ HTML Milton Shupe 03MAY03
Nosewheel steer angle gmax/
FSDS2
HTML Tom Gibson 29APR03
3D Studio Max to X file converter
(make an FS mdl directly)
3DMax HTML David Segovia 21APR03
FSDS2 and Four Ailerons FSDS2 HTML Tom Gibson/ FFDS 17FEB03
HIERARCHY NODES VS_ PHANTOM BOXES animation
gmax/FSDS
HTML D. Simanaits/
G. Oxtoby
15APR2003
A MINI-TUTORIAL ON SELECTIVE TEXTURING gmax TEXT   Dennis Simanaitis 17MAR03
HOW TO BREAK YOUR PLANE IN CFS2 (WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM FSDS 2.1) FSDS2 TEXT Hayden Scott-Williams 17MAR03
Making a Virtual Cockpit
from the AVSIM Forums
gmax, FSDS2 HTML   Fr. Bill Laeming. 19DEC02

Elevator and Rudder Control Cables, Made Easy

gmax, FSDS2 HTML   D. Simanaitis 18DEC02
Mini-Tutorial: Alpha Channels in PSP textures HTML   Tom Gibson/FFDS 11DEC02
Lightmap with Alpha Mini-Tutorial
textures HTML   Tom Gibson/FFDS 11DEC02
Compiling a gmax file too large for makemdle.exe gMax HTML   tom (Project Airbus) 3DEC02
On/Off Ground Variable fsds2 HTML   Dave Eckert 29NOV02
Animating one-sided rudders with spoiler action fsds2/ gmax HTML   Inspector Poly 29NOV02
Fuselage Thickness - The Perfect Way gmax HTML     27NOV02
Texturing two sides of a gmax model gmax HTML     27NOV02
Making Fowler Flaps gmax/
fsds2
HTML     27NOV02
Scripts - Handy Tools

gmax

HTML     27NOV02
Rudder Pedals in VC - flightsim.com gmax/
fsds2
HTML     27NOV02
Booleans: Wing to Fuselage joints gmax HTML   G van de Hharst 27NOV02
Intro to new CFS3 Map Types/gMax 1.2 video texturing CFS3 HTML   Finn Neuik 27NOV02
Useful Colors for Glass - AVSIM gmax/fsds2 HTML   Steve/ufo 27NOV02
Key Frame Animation Basics - AVSIM gmax/fsds2 HTML   Fr. Bill Leaming 27NOV02
Linking multiple parts - (3-part rudder) AVSIM gmax/fsds2 HTML   Fr. Bill Leaming 27NOV02
Boolean method of cutting cockpit windows gmax HTML   Firestriker 27NOV02
 
Arranging Aircraft Files in FS2002 FS2002 text 4 Fr. Bill Leaming 28FEB01
AA Mini-Tutorial AA HTML 11KB Tom Gibson 07NOV01
AA Multiple axis Gear Motion

AA

HTML 7KB Mark Dyson (SpinDry) 24FEB01
Reading a basic AA motion Sequence

AA

HTML 3KB F Rodriguez/FFDS 25FEB01
Flaps sequencing

AA

HTML 4KB Tom Gibson/FFDS 25FEB01
Animated Spoilerons

AA

HTML n/a Kerry Gipe 12NOV00
AA Motion Range Table

AA

HTML n/a Felix Rodriguez 07NOV00
Spinning Blades - non AA animation

2K

HTML 4KB Mark Dyson (SpinDry) 26FEB01
Adding a cross section to an Unstructured part DS HTML n/a D. Attrell 21AUG01
How to use transformation in parts properties

DS

HTML n/a Mike Crosthwaite 09MAR01
AF99 afx to fsds AF/DS HTML 8,192 Richard Osborne 07NOV00
Showing gmax props in FS2K2 GMAX HTML   Milton Shupe 23JUL02
Steerable Nose Gear GMAX HTML     24SEP02
Son of Dreaded OBED Scaling - & conquered! GMAX HTML D Simanaitis 24SEP02
Visual Prop Pitch Changing GMAX HTML   P Sanchez/T Gibson 24SEP02
Setting gmax Transparency
from the Flightsim.com Aircraft Design Forum
GMAX HTML   Dennis Simanaitis 22JUL02
12.5 Step Program - gmax to FS2002
from the Flightsim.com Aircraft Design Forum
GMAX HTML   Dennis Simanaitis 22JUL02
Getting better gMax backdrops GMAX HTML 8K Neuik/WIlliamson 12JUN02
Animating flaps GMAX HTML 3K Charles/
F Williamson
07JUN02
Ratty Gmax Textures GMAX HTML 7K Conrad/Edge
Gerard/Neuik
07JUN02
AVOIDING THE DREADED GMAX "SCALE" ERRORS IN UNGROUPING/GROUPING
special to FFDS Tips
GMAX HTML   Dennis Simanaitis 30MAY02
Animating Control Cables
from the Flightsim.com Aircraft Design Forum
GMAX HTML   Dennis Simanaitis
John Woodside
11MAY02
Gmax - Adding Segments
from the Flightsim.com Aircraft Design Forum
GMAX HTML   various 11MAY02
Gmax - Aligning Textures GMAX HTML 10K Mikko Maliniemi 03MAR02
Gmax - Joing two Selected Parts GMAX HTML 3KB Chris 06JAN02
Applying Two textures to the same part
(from the AVSIM Forum)
GMAX HTML 4KB Chris 04JAN02
Exterior Model Positioning GMAX HTML 5KB Marcel Kuhnt/Chris 22DEC01
Gmax - Gear Doors GMAX HTML 3KB O'Lenin 22DEC01
Filling in holes in Gmax
(from the AVSIM Forum)
GMAX HTML 3KB Graham 22DEC01
Gmax_Gear hinges GMAX HTML 4KB sherv/Tatum 22DEC01
Boolean Operations in Gmax GMAX HTML 3KB Chris/Graham 22DEC01
Importing objects in gmax GMAX HTML 3KB Danny Voisey 22DEC01
How to do Landing Lights in GMAX GMAX HTML 3KB Chris 08DEC01
Gmax Flaperons GMAX HTML 3KB Jason Brown 08DEC01
Gmax Transparent Textures GMAX HTML 4KB Graham Waterfield 08DEC01
Nose wheel steering GMAX HTML 2KB Chris 26NOV01
Gmax keyboard shortcuts GMAX HTML n/a link at gmax at digital arenas 23NOV01
Working DVC in Gmax GMAX HTML 3KB Chris 22NOV01
How to make Water Rudders in GMAX GMAX HTML 3KB Chris 12NOV01
gMax Animation Variables listing #2A GMAX HTML 9KB Chris 12NOV01
gMax Animation Variables listing GMAX HTML 15KB Valentin 07NOV01
Flight Dynamics Primer dynamics HTML   Milton Shupe 24SEP02
Lights in FS2K dynamics HTML 3K Tom Gibson/FFDS 26NOV01
Setting a Seaplane in FS2002 dynamics HTML 5KB Ron Andersen 10NOV01
Afterburners dynamics
FS2K2/CFS2
HTML   Andrea "Kefren" Brunori 26NOV01
Too Low View Point

dynamics

HTML 2KB Paul Varn 03APR01
thrust reverser var in FS2K

dynamics
2K

HTML 2KB Paul Varn 03APR01
Setting Jet Transport AIR file Parameters

dynamics

Text 8,192 Ron Freimuth 27MAR01
FS2k Turboprop RPM settings

dynamics
2K

HTML 2KB Fred Banting 26FEB01
Locating Center of Gravity

design

HTML 2KB Paul Varn 03APR01
COG Explained
from the Flightsim.com Aircraft Design Forum

design

HTML 2KB Paul Varn 22JUL02

Air Files - Report # 1
Air Files - Report # 2

98
98

Text
Text

8,192
8,192

Steve Baugh

17OCT99

SDL Edit for pitch trim SDLEdit HTML 11kb Mike Crosthwaite 07NOV01
Alpha Channels Texturing HTML 4K Andersen 21NOV01
Lining Up 512 X 512 repaints

Texturing
2K
CFS1
CFS2

HTML 4K Rodriguez
Safranek
Ackerly
19MAR01
Making spotlights with PSP

Texturing
2K

Text 2,306 Ron Ackerley 19FEB00
Easy Hex Editing for Repainting

Texturing
98/2K

HTML 3KB Gerald S. Mclaughlin 23FEB01

Flight Simulator 98 Basics

98

Text

20,415

Bob Seaman

31JAN98

Night Lighting via SCASM

2K

HTML

N/A

Pascal Linder/
Kevin Trinkle

25MAR00

Kevin's Aircraft Painting Tutorial (AF5)

Texturing
FSFS

web link

N/A

Trinkle

11MAR01

Kevin's Aircraft Painting Tutorial (AF99)

Texturing
AF99

web link

N/A

Trinkle

11MAR01

Transparent Cockpit Windows

98

web link

N/A

Alexander Remus

21FEB99

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