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Help needed with AeroSim 747
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 01:08 PM
I just downloaded the paint kit for my AeroSim FSX 747, and as with all the other painkits, it asks for a password from the product manual, in this case page 27. I've successfully done this in the past for the AeroSim 777 when installing that paintkit, but there is no password described on P27 of either of the B747 manuals, so, does anyone know what the password is, or where I can find it? Is it even in the manual?Al
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 05:11 PM
Although I don't know own the product myself, I do know that in all the Aerosim products I own, the password is usually written on one of the last pages, usually the very last. I don't know of course whether 27 is the last page or not for I don't have the product, but if it's not, you might want to check the last few pages of the document.Hope that helps... Otherwise, I suggest simply writing to Aerosim support: email@example.comOn a seperate note: how do you like their Boeing 747?
Posted 13 March 2010 - 06:44 PM
Okay, problem solved. I had to reinstall the Japanese fonts on my system. The manual page where the password was supposed to be appears completely blank on the PDF if they are not installed, and they showed up once I'd installed the Japanese fonts. So that's cool, as it means I can use the paint kit instead of having to 'reverse engineer' their textures!With regard to the 747 itself, I personally would not have bought it, were it not for three things. First, I like to support a variety of developers, and since AeroSim are quite unknown to a lot of simmers, I make a point of buying their stuff to throw some money their way and encourage them. Second, I wanted the 400D model specific to the type AeroSim have made (even thought there is also a regular 400 model in the package too), as I intend to use it for my freight airline in Air Hauler, and in that role, I required a short range variant optimised for high cycles, in order to do realistic operations, especially since I don't like making ten hour flights in FS LOL! Third, I knew I could soup it up with ISG's instruments because I've done the same thing with the AeroSim Boeing 777-200.So, with all that said, I think the AeroSim FSX 747 is a bit overpriced for what it is. It really is not a lot cheaper than the PMDG 747, and considering it is essentially a 'lite' treatment, I don't think it justifies a price point approaching that of the PMDG 747. I am personally of the opinion that the PMDG 747 is the most impressive add-on ever made for FS, but of course it is complex, which requires it to be flown 'properly', so I'm not suggesting there is no market for a simplified 747-400 for FSX, but rather that one made in that way does not warrant the same price as the technical achievement that is PMDG's 747. On the plus side, it is a nicer model than the PMDG 747, with a fully modeled interior (apart from the upper passenger deck), and it gets better frame rates than the PMDG 747, which is hardly surprising given its comparative systems simplicity, but I also think some of that is also down to it simply being a better optimised model too, with I presume, a better polygon count.It flies quite convincingly, I would say better than the CLS 747-200/300 and about on par with the PMDG, but of course that's a bit subjective, especially since I've never actually piloted a Boeing 747, so consider that a personal view. The virtual cockpit is much nicer and texturally sharper than the PMDG 747, but the functionality of it is definitely on the 'lite' side, which to be fair, AeroSim make no secret of. It can however be made vastly more realistic with some add-on panels and a bit of cfg tweaking.In short, if you desperately want it (for example as I did for the 400D model for my VA that could be fired up fairly sharpish for quick flights), then there is nothing I would say is bad about it that should prevent you from getting it, just as long as you are aware that it has simplified systems, so you would really have to want it for it to justify the price, and if you have the CLS 747 or the PMDG 747, then you don't actually need this one too, which makes that pricing a bit on the high side.Bottom line: It's nice, but pricey for what it is.Al
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:36 AM
Yeah, that sounds pretty much like the conclusion I reached at each and every review I did of Aerosim products for AVSIM. Thanks for your insight, though, it's much appreciated. I thought something like that would be the case. I agree that for what you get it's probably much overpriced, but then again, that's a recurring theme with Aerosim products.