About This File
A-1H Skyraider, USN/USMC by MontyCZ Ver. 6
for SF/SFG/WoV/WoE/WoI and SF2 Series, 06, 08 and Up Patch Levels
This is a complete revamp of MontyCZ's Original Skyraider . Historically, this aircraft was the VERY first add-on aircraft available for Strike Fighters 'way back when. At my request, Monty was kind enough to revisit this aircraft, and cut several new mesh faces for ease of skinning and decaling.
This aircraft mod is designed to REPLACE all eariler versions; however, there will be some small modifications YOU, as the End User will have to make in the various skin bmps and decal inis if wishing to convert older skin mods to this newer LOD.
Full instructions on the how-to are in the accompanying Word document, "Updating Older Skins". Now, it should be noted, some of the very old skins may NOT take to the new lod. They, therefore, may need replacement.
This aircraft also makes use of the "prop-pit" mod I created for the WW2/Korean Era Skyraiders, and is based off the existing Skyhawk's. It is included.
The new skin accompanying this mod represents A-1H Skyraiders from VMA-331 "KillerBees" in approximatley 1958-60 time frame.
The aircraft has been EXTENSIVELY tested in 08 Patch Level and SF2 "NextGen" series games, and has had several changes in the data ini to try and update it as much as possible. It could still use some fine tuning of the FM, but it seems to handle pretty well, considering the last update for the FM was in something like 2005!!! It is also fully usable in 06 level game installs, with some minor back-tweeking (documented in the "Notes" section below). It is fully carrier capable, and now has folding wings. ECM capability has been updated, with the addition of chaff and flare dispensers. The aircraft also makes use of an audio-only RWR.
Weapons fit uses all stock in-game items; no weapons pak is needed, but feel free to make whatever changes you wish. The shadow statement in the main ini has been updated to post-08 standards, and will work in SF2s as well. All aircraft lighting has been adjusted as per real aircraft, with properly placed formation, running and landing lights. Wingfold is now active, and controlled via an animation key (shift/9). There are a few issues with the canopy still but it's quite livealbe with.
3 Hangar screens, and a USN loading screen are included. The "sf2_A1H_Hangar.bmp", while obviously desinged for SF2 NextGenners, can also be used for TOS games as well. It's a 'generic' carrier-deck style, with no blackboard. My original 'boxart' style for TOS games is also included, as well as the carrier-deck style, WITH blackboard. Your choice!!
The aircraft folder and main ini have been named in such a way as to differentiate =THIS= A-1H from the stock 3rdWire unitin SF2:V or the Razbam versions. Do NOT change these names!!!
As always, unzip this to a temp folder somwhere, and you'll have access to the rest of the readme for it's instructions. There's an extensive "Notes" section, detailing various and sundry things of interest, including an appeal to our 3D modelers....