Post by Tony Madge - HJG on Sept 21, 2015 15:15:33 GMT
Many of you will know Garry through his FS work. I lost touch with Garry for a few months and as he had moved to Latvia it was very hard to find out what was going on, sadly it transpires Garry passed away in April 2015. Garry had been ill for sometime and sadly the end finally caught up with him. Garry started painting in FS mainly British classics from Dave Maltby and Rick Piper then he moved into design and built the Bristol Freighter MK32 and the Bristol Britannia before creating a beta CL44 (which I have) All very detailed work which with his illness meant they were slow progress and he would not release then until he was happy they were complete. Garry will be missed by all his friends in FS as he was a character who sometimes could have a rough edge in his humour and replies to threads but he had a good heart and was always willing to help people in FS.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Dec 20, 2021 22:21:00 GMT
It's been almost 7 years since Garry RUSSELL passed away .... during April 2015.
Some of the HJG community may be too new to have known of him whilst others whom have been associated with us prior to 2015 should remember him well.
Garry was an active and very well known quality FS painter .... specializing primarily, but not exclusively, in liveries for the great classic British jetliner models by DMFS .... and both the great classic British piston and turbo-prop models by RPFS.
He later branched out into FS 3D modelling too .... producing his own BRISTOL SUPER FREIGHTER and CANADAIR CL44 and YUKON aircraft models for FS .... and which both myself and Benoit PLAMONDON assisted in regard to audio development.
Garry also made major contributions to a number of other very popular FS projects too .... namely the AW 650 ARGOSY and HS748 turbo-prop productions by RPFS.
Those whom knew Garry, and his FS work, will undoubtedly agree he was "a perfectionist" .... the authenticity and quality of what he produced being "almost unparalleled" .... and similar could be said too in respect of his "almost equally unrivaled" knowledge of aviation history particularly in regard to those subjects he felt a passion for and which he produced and/or represented for FS.
If anyone in the FS world could justifiably be branded "a walking, talking, encyclopedia and gold mine of aviation knowledge" .... THEN .... that would fairly epitomize Garry
"History" is what Garry was all about .... and is one of the reasons why he was always very keen to ensure representation in regard "variations of period airline/operator liveries" to the extent he did in respect of his FS texturing.
Garry was also a respected member of the CBFS team too .... from around 2006/7.
And he was active within HJG also .... as both a personal friend of 3 of us here and as such being regarded as a valued "ancillary member" of the HJG team too .... and during which time he produced a number of textures for our own models and which continue to grace our downloads pages.
I became personally associated with Garry RUSSELL during 2005 .... per "a chance communication" over at CBFS (this being the period well before HJG came under SIMVIATION ownership) .... and which resulted in my then becoming his "Texture Checker" throughout 2005 and 2006.
Garry may, sadly, have departed our physical FS world .... but .... his spirit continues to dwell among us .... in respect of both memories and the FS legacy he's left behind for everyone else's free FS enjoyment.
Therefore it's with these sentiments in mind, and heart, we've great pleasure presenting what we're branding "THE GARRY RUSSELL MEMORIAL COLLECTION" of FS textures .... "in his honor".
The first installment of this collection of fine and historic (most of which I recall verifying for him prior to his releasing them all those years ago) is currently being hosted here "at HJG".
Given our past close/personal association and interaction with Garry we're more than confident this's an honor he'd appreciate .... in as much as it's our desire to try'n uphold his honor, and memory, by attempting to keep both his work alive and freely available for everyone else to "easily access".
Each of these textures have been "reconditioned" .... MEANING .... each has been updated from their original/early DXT3 format to the standard and more modern "EXT 32.888 NO MIPS" format employed by HJG since approximately 2007/8. As a result these textures will/"SHOULD" now appear "slightly sharper" (than has possibly been the case with their original releases) in both FS2004 and FSX .... whilst also now being less likely to be subjected to "blurries" that can occur on some systems due to older style texture formatting.
PLEASE NOTE: "NONE" of these textures have been edited/amended though .... in any way shape or form. Each remains as Garry produced them .... and as such remain the fine and authentic representation/s Garry intended them to be.
"THANK YOU" Garry for everything you took the time and effort to freely produce for us all.
R.I.P .... and with the comfort and knowledge that your work will remain available for everyone whom wishes to partake of and enjoy it .... and for as long as we can promote and keep it all online here for you
Post by Tony Madge - HJG on Dec 21, 2021 4:59:41 GMT
Great tribute and images Mark, I visited Garry a couple of times on his home island of Guernsey, I recall him taking me on a tour round some of the less known parts that the tourist does not see. French trenches from the 18th century, a pit full of oil drained from the ship wreck Torrey Canyon that was bombed by Buccaneers to break it up. He was a gold mine of knowledge of the area and its history. He had a tough life due to illness and inability to work due to that, but he never lost his sense of humour. I miss our conversations which were frequent until his life turned another corner and he found happiness with a woman who had cared for his mother who sadly passed away, to be fair to Garry he had a new love away from FS so rightfully he spent more time with her and planned to move to Latvia which meant he did a lot of very long drives across Europe as he prepared the move to a new life. Sadly we conversed less and less although I had planned with him to visit his new home when he had settled in. Time went by and less and less contact until a few months later I heard the sad news. I know Garry had a tough life and his illness was always going to return and get him one day, so I guess he finally got the happiness he wanted sadly it did not last as long as he would have liked. For his FS fans he has left a long standing legacy of great work that will always be enjoyed and I enjoy flying the Superfreighter not just because its a great model but knowing the amount of time and effort he put into that despite being quite poorly at that time, humour kept him going and I miss our chats but can still smile at the memories of meeting him and working with him. Cheers Garry and one day I am sure our paths will cross and we can catch up
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Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Dec 25, 2021 18:17:27 GMT
I have a lot of COMET/s by Garry (more data I used to check for him) and which have been similarly "reconditioned" for representation here .... among some others too which have never been previously released .... and which will be uploaded here later/ASAP