I have a strange situation but only with the Convair 990s. I have red flashing disco lights under the plane in all directions whenever I turn on the landing lights. They sort of pulse and rotate around. I get no landing lights visible either from within or viewed from the outside. As soon as I turn the landing lights switch off, the red flashing goes away. Lately I've been taxiing around in the dark. These models were downloaded not more than a month ago. Has anyone else noticed this issue or found a work around other than playing the Village People when taxiing at night? LOL.
No other issues have come up, and its not on the 880s. I have normal landing lights on them. Here's a photo of the AA 990.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Sept 7, 2020 7:43:40 GMT
Not an issue there Mike
What you're seeing/reporting there is standard/quite normal .... "for that particular simulation" .... as it was compiled back around 2003/4.
That effect was an "experiment" by the author of our CV-990 model and was supposed to simulate the ground reflection/illumination of high intensity anti-collision strobe lighting beneath the aircraft.
From memory it's activated when the Landing Lights are selected "ON".
The CV-990 model is our only simulation featuring that particular "experimental" effect .... and which I agree is "overdone".
Our CV-880's "are not" equipped with this effect .... since these models were produced by a different author and no other model currently offered by HJG (including those by the same author as the CV-990 model) demonstrate these CV-990 lighting effect/s.
I think (from memory) there may be a "limitation" in regard to the visibility ground illumination of the landing lights from the CV-990 main panel view .... a model related issue I believe (I think the CV-990 was "one of the first" aircraft models ever produced by the author responsible). I can't check now (it's just too late here NZT), but, will do so .... and report back more fully .... sometime during the course tomorrow.
If it is in the model, then I guess there is no way to remove it. I was hoping to just have standard white landing lights. But those do not appear, they do not even appear when viewing the aircraft from the outside. I do know that some of the older models of aircraft will have landing lights visible on the outside views, but they are invisible from the cockpit view. I know from helping Tom on planes that the actual taxi and landing light beams have to be placed into the model itself. That funny little triangle looking thing as the attach point. If this rotating red effect is an effect that is just limited to a single effect, then perhaps I can find out what it is, and rename that so it no longer displays. It does not seem to be a common effect such as hbeacon.fx or such. However if those red beams are built into the model, then that's that.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Sept 7, 2020 8:20:51 GMT
if those red beams are built into the model, then that's that
I believe that "is" the case Mike .... certainly in regard to the strobing effect/s of the red rotating anti-collision light and which I can confirm due to both my familiarity with it as well as the fact it's been discussed here a number of times previously over the years.
It's just "too late" in the evening now here .... in NZ .... and I'm on a different PC now anyway, so, I'll reconfirm the landing lights issue for you tomorrow .... even though I'm sure it's all as I described above and from memory.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Sept 7, 2020 21:33:44 GMT
As promised Mike I've just completed my analysis/re-analysis of the CV-990 lighting effects .... from both panel and external viewing modes .... and can report definitively as follows ....
From panel view .... engaging the panel Landing Light switches also triggers the High Intensity Anti-Collision Strobe Lighting effects .... both work together. Ground illumination by the white Landing Lights "is" represented too, but, is weak in comparison with this effect among our other simulations .... and the red High Intensity Anti-Collision Strobe Lighting effects paint over this Landing Light ground illumination to become the more dominant lighting effect ....
The red High Intensity Anti-Collision Strobe Lighting effects/flashes are superimposed over this effect and work in rapid repetitive succession ....
I managed to define this precise lighting situation per screen captures taken between the High Intensity Anti-Collision Strobe Light flashes
From external viewing mode the ground illumination by the white landing lights is stronger than in panel view .... but .... the red High Intensity Anti-Collision Strobe Lighting effects/flashes are far stronger still ....
Back around 2002/3 this form of ground lighting reflection was considered quite revolutionary .... in accordance with forum discussion I clearly recall from that particular period and some 16-17 years ago when our CV-990 model was first being developed, but now, I/we do consider this type of effect "overkill"/undesirable.
Since Lighting Effects files do not form any part of the CONVAIR Panels Gauges/Core Files package both lots of lighting effects "are" a product of/are built into the 3D model ... . it seems .... so .... we're essentially "stuck with what we currently offer" short of some degree recompilation of the original model be undertaken, but, which isn't at this time planned.
As I mentioned above also .... our CV-990 model was one of "the very first" 3D aircraft models ever undertaken by the author concerned and is therefore subject to this lighting and one other limitation.