I'm old I'm retiring and my brain doesn't work as well

  • Hello, My name is Ian, no relation to Freddie Laker but its been my handle in flight sim since about 1982 or thereabouts, but anyway. I have blender and a lot of time on my hands and I want to paint aircraft from the 60's 70's and onwards before I join the choir invisible and shuffle off this mortal coil, but I have a problem... I'm going thick!, not weight wise you understand but I cannot remember how to do things so I am asking the greater or greatest community in aviation.... Has anyone got a how to, easy to follow guide on painting up aircraft liveries in Blender? The vids on YT are fast and I've tried to write down how to do it but I cant so really I would like a guide set out in what to do if someone has one. I really would appreciate a copy. If you can help, could you email me a copy to [email protected] I really would appreciate it. Happy flying. :)

  • If he uses it, you won't have to help him with the parts that deal with the actual painting. Besides, not all of us can afford the exorbitant cost of Adobe Photoshop ($30/month here in Oz), and GIMP is free.

    I'm a pensioner, and I suspect that Ian is, too.

    JohnG

    From Oz, Flight Simmer since FS1 - seriously since FS95

    Contributed to, and managed a site called ProjectAI for a time

  • Er I'm 66 retiring in 57 working days. that's me in the photo on the left in 1971, I use Photoshop, Gimp and Paint shop Pro, I did fs9 a transportflug C47 and in FSX I have done the Dave Maltby BAC1-11 in British Eagle colours and in xplane11 I did the Carenado Embraer Phenom. I did have fspaint for the earlier FS versions and it worked to a point in FSX but with using Blender I get stuck on the swapping of modes as you go from one action to another which is the confusing part, Now is that sufficient to be deemed worthy of an answer? if not - I will continue watching the videos on YT until I get the pattern right.

  • I'm still having "teething" problems with this sim - mainly to do with infrastructure issues (yesterday my Microsoft Store account went on the fritz, and I can't load MSFS - again!)

    I haven't done any development work on flight sim since FSX, but I do intend to get stuck in again once I have this new set up squared away and working reliably. Meanwhili, I'm doing whatever I can do to help out where I can. In the past, I worked with AI, doing repaints for low-poly AI planes, and flight plans, and worked building AFCADs for a number of airports. I also tried my hand at remodeling a couple of airports, but the way FSX was built meant that it was all too easy to end up with loads of trees sticking out of runways and buildings (runways and buildings that were there before I started!).

    JohnG

    From Oz, Flight Simmer since FS1 - seriously since FS95

    Contributed to, and managed a site called ProjectAI for a time

  • tbh up until this new sim I worked more on xplane it wasn't nearly as complicated. using blender is confusing to me at the moment and I say at the moment as its not Alzheimer's or anything like that, I got covid some months ago and long covid has taken its place which makes you tired and forgetful. Its funny in the morning, I know I have to go to work but I have a little difficulty remembering where it is - is it the old place or the new place...... I work for the NHS and I've worked all through the pandemic and its scary when you come to a road junction and have to think if its left to that place or right to that.... I see the different steps in Blender and I've tried to write them down but writing is a bit difficult as the videos jump from one button to the other the only slow one is done by an Austrian I think and its low quality so I cant see what's what... so I just asked for a step by step guide. If I get one fine if not I'll just continue trying

  • Ouch! I wish you'd talk to some of these covid-deniers, and anti-vaxxers in the public forums who are trying to play covid down, or make uot that it's still "fake news". I visit a site called Quora quite a bit and am getting sick and tired of the "Real" "Fake News" that they are putting out.

    Um, I'm not trying to be insulting (I sometimes manage that without trying), but this https://bookrar.net/blender-fo…ies-4th-edition-true-pdf/ may or may not be of use to you. I don't know how up-to-date it is, and how much of it is still relevent (it is the 2020 version, so it could be OK), but it's a starting point, and it may point you to newer, payware, versions of the same book.

    I hope you get over long-covid quickly.

    I'm still waiting for my second AZ shot (early July)

    good luck, and let me know how you get on (I'm going to download the book, but probably won't be ready to use it yet).

    Addendum:

    looking into the Dummies book, it appears that there IS a manual for Blender. It can be found here: https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/

    Good luck!

    JohnG

    From Oz, Flight Simmer since FS1 - seriously since FS95

    Contributed to, and managed a site called ProjectAI for a time

  • Thanks for your time. Covid is real trust me. its just the deniers wont catch it and then say see I told you so. yet I was in bed out cold and very hot for 8 days, luckily I had the 1st injection a week or so before so I didnt get the concrete lungs syndrome which is the thing that kills you but of course that hasnt killed 1/2 million people in Brazil or India. I know what I believe and have experienced. Anyway foggy brain aside I will keep trying and crack on with learning it no matter how many months it takes. Happy simming.