FS2004 Cathay Pacific DC-3 Fix

A corrected readme file that will fix the missing sound problem for the Douglas DC3 Cathay Pacific VR-HDB 'Betsy', DC3K4CX.ZIP. By Mark Beaumont.

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A corrected readme file that will fix the missing sound problem for the Douglas DC3 Cathay Pacific VR-HDB 'Betsy', DC3K4CX.ZIP. By Mark Beaumont.

Screenshot of Cathay Pacific DC-3 in flight.

Screenshot of Cathay Pacific DC-3 in flight.

'Betsy' was the founding aircraft of Cathay Pacific Airways, serving between 1946-1955. This is the only repaint of her that I will be doing for the FS2004 default aircraft; but if would like to know more of her interesting history, I have repainted her for FS2002 in almost all of the liveries she wore during her career.

For the purists, I should point out that this repaint is not as accurate as my earlier FS2002 version of this aircraft. The default Dak is a single model for all options, so you're stuck with a folding stair door although in reality 'Betsy' has C-47 type double doors. I have painted them on anyway. The default has the wrong fuel tank covers, but that was easily fixed. The real problem is that Microft's texture mapping dictates that the nose, extreme rear fuselage, tail and wings are all mirrored in the texture mapping. This means that it has not been possible to reproduce her wing registrations and the letters 'CPA' above the emblem on either side of the nose. She has no writing on the tail anyway, luckily, although the Union flag is the wrong way round on one side, of course; but not many will be fussed about that, perhaps! I have had to paint her fuselage registrations slightly forward of where they really should be. Plus, we're stuck with seven windows on the port side and eight on the starboard side whether we like it or not. "Betsy" doesn't, as in reality she has seven on starboard and six and a half on the port side, and the positioning and size is slightly different. So the upshot is a somewhat inaccurate repaint and, because of this, I haven't spent the usual hours on it; but, at least she's flying in F2004 while she waits for a her next rebuild as Jan Visser's GMAX bird later in the year!

  • Unzip DC3K4CX.ZIP to a temporary folder. You should find you unpack a folder 'Betsy'.
  • In your 'Flight Simulator 9/Aircraft/Douglas_DC3' folder, make a copy of the folder 'texture'.
  • Name it 'texture.betsy'.
  • Within your download, you'll find a folder of the same name. Move the contents (two files) to the new folder you have just created and overwrite as prompted.
  • Back up your AIRCRAFT.CFG file (found in your 'Douglas_DC3' folder).
  • Open AIRCRAFT.CFG with a text editor. Paste the following under your last [flightsim.xxx] entry:

title=Douglas DC-3 Cathay Pacific 'Betsy'
ui_variation="Cathay Pacific 'Betsy'"
description="VR-HDB 'Betsy' was the founding aircraft of Cathay Pacific Airways, serving between 1946-1955. She is preserved today in the Hong Kong Science Museum.

  • Save the file. You're done; she will appear in your aircraft selection menu accordingly.

Note that I have included a non-mipped main bitmap option for those who find problems with the blurries when using mipped files. Simply drop the file within the folder 'No mipmaps' into your new folder 'texture.betsy' and overwrite, if you prefer.

The archive dc3k4cx2.zip has 4 files and directories contained within it.

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Filename/Directory File Date File Size
file_id.diz08.17.03457 B
README.txt08.17.034.38 kB
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B

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