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Harrier GR Mk 7, of No. 1 Sqdn RAF, on egress from RAF Gutersloh, West Germany, circa 1994:-

 

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OK, not really :blush:

 

Thanks to bobrock for his superlative AV-8B Harrier II plus package, to NFG for making me think about RAF decals, and to Wrench and other such gurus for showing us all the way.

 

Cheers to one and all :good::biggrin:

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Aw shucks. . . Thanks :biggrin:

 

Simple .ini edit using WoE stock 1 Sqdn GR3 decals. Here's how:-

 

1. Open your AV-8Bplus folder, and copy one of the skin folders (eg "VMA231") to your desktop.

 

2. Rename the copied folder "1RAF" (without the quotes).

 

3. Open your new 1RAF folder. Delete the "d" subfolder - you won't need it, and every little bit of space helps :wink:

 

4. Open the Textureset.ini with wordpad or some such, and replace all the text with the following:-

 

[TextureSet]

Name=1 Sqdn RAF

Nation=RAF

Squadron=1RAF

Specular=0.300000

Glossiness=0.350000

Reflection=0.000000

 

5. Open the Decals.ini, and replace all the text with the following:-

 

[Decal001]

MeshName=nose

DecalLevel=2

DecalFacing=LEFT

FilenameFormat=RAF_letter

Position=5.8,-0.4

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.3

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal002]

MeshName=nose

DecalLevel=2

DecalFacing=RIGHT

FilenameFormat=RAF_letter

Position=5.8,-0.4

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.3

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal003]

MeshName=Fuselage

DecalLevel=2

DecalFacing=LEFT

FilenameFormat=Harrier1SN

Position=-4.25,0.2

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal004]

MeshName=Fuselage

DecalLevel=2

DecalFacing=RIGHT

FilenameFormat=Harrier1SN

Position=-4.20,0.2

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal005]

MeshName=FlapLeft

DecalLevel=2

DecalFacing=TOP

FilenameFormat=RAF_letter

Position=-1.6,-2.2

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.3

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal006]

MeshName=FlapRight

DecalLevel=2

DecalFacing=TOP

FilenameFormat=RAF_letter

Position=1.6,-2.2

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.3

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal007]

MeshName=Tail

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=LEFT

FilenameFormat=FinFlashLVTiltedL

Position=-5.9,1.25

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.6

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal008]

MeshName=Tail

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=RIGHT

FilenameFormat=FinFlashLVTiltedR

Position=-5.9,1.25

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.6

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal009]

MeshName=WingLeftOut

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=TOP

FilenameFormat=InsigniaLV

Position=-2.9,-1.5

Rotation=20.0

Scale=1.2

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal010]

MeshName=WingLeftOut

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=BOTTOM

FilenameFormat=InsigniaLV

Position=-2.9,-1.6

Rotation=20.0

Scale=1.2

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal011]

MeshName=WingRightOut

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=TOP

FilenameFormat=InsigniaLV

Position=2.9,-1.5

Rotation=20.0

Scale=1.2

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal012]

MeshName=WingRightOut

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=BOTTOM

FilenameFormat=InsigniaLV

Position=2.9,-1.6

Rotation=20.0

Scale=1.2

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal013]

MeshName=OuterRigDoorR3

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=BOTTOM

FilenameFormat=

Position=2.9,-1.6

Rotation=20.0

Scale=0.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal014]

MeshName=carenatura motore ant

DecalLevel=1

DecalFacing=LEFT

FilenameFormat=SqBadge

Position=1.6,-0.2

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal015]

MeshName=carenatura motore ant

DecalLevel=1

DecalFacing=RIGHT

FilenameFormat=SqBadge

Position=1.6,-0.2

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal016]

MeshName=Rudder

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=LEFT

Reverse=FALSE

FilenameFormat=

Position=-6.48,1.45

Rotation=0.0

Scale=1.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal017]

MeshName=Rudder

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=RIGHT

Reverse=TRUE

FilenameFormat=

Position=-6.48,1.45

Rotation=0.0

Scale=1.8

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal018]

MeshName=nose

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=LEFT

FilenameFormat=InsigniaLV

Position=4.35,-0.3

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.5

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

[Decal019]

MeshName=nose

DecalLevel=0

DecalFacing=RIGHT

Reverse=TRUE

FilenameFormat=InsigniaLV

Position=4.35,-0.3

Rotation=0.0

Scale=0.5

DecalMaxLOD=3

 

 

6. Save the changes to your edited .ini files.

 

7. Cut and paste your whole edited 1RAF folder back from your desktop to your AV-8Bplus folder.

 

8. Fire up WoE, select single mission for AV-8Bplus, go into the loadout screen and change the squadron for each plane to 1RAF, which will now show up in the list.

 

9. Voila! You are now flying a "fake" RAF GR7. Blow stuff up :biggrin: Have fun :biggrin:

 

 

Extra thanks to bobrock for making the AV-8Bplus baseskin a blank canvas to work with. Cheers again for the whole package :good::biggrin:

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Why not finish the job, and do the rest of the edits to the data and loadout ini, creating a fully RAF bird???

 

Mabye about 30 mins more work!!

 

Good job, and when I get NFG her decals, we'll have matching serials for the fuselage, too. Unless, of course, somebody ponies up the production list.....

 

Wrench

kevin stein

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Is there a way to add the extra pylons that carry sidewinders from the wing landing gear extensions? perhaps could be used a tecnique similar to Fast Cargo's canards, or Mig-19 AAM pylons.

There is still the long nose problem, but I like the idea of a fictional harrier with radar, after the GR7 and GR9; maybe a fictional GR10, a night attack harrier above the AV8B plus standards.

that is waiting until bobrock delivers GR7 nd GR9.....which he will

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No!!! But I do now!!! :good:

 

A million blessing on you and your family, my brother!!! That's a resouce we can all use. I'd always wondered if there was a Brit equlivant of Baugher's serial number site!!!

 

:worship:

 

Wrench

kevin stein

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Nice work Baltika, I guess I have to hurry the GRs!

A question to the RAF experten: I understand the serials are in a two letters + 3 digits format, but sometimes the planes carry another code (usually on the fin) which I can't get. I suppose it's the squadron numbering, but the format is not consistent, sometimes it's a letter, sometimes two letters, sometimes two digits. How is it supposed to work? The numbers seem quite self explanatory, but the letters leave me puzzled :blink:

 

Examples

 

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And before you ask, yes, I'm working on a couple of brit fighters :ninja:

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The tail codes are a squadron ident, like the numbers on US Navy aircraft. It generally isn't consistent between squadrons as it's just a way of identifying individual airframes, some squadrons arrange it so that lined up correctly they'll spell something e.g. 74 Sqn used to have T I G E R and S as tail codes. I think the GR 7/9 have some arrangement where the A variants with the upgraded engine have an A as the final digit on their tailcode. Somewhere like the Key publishing forums may have more detail on what's currently being used.

I'm not sure about the RN part of the Harrier force, but traditionally we've used a letter on the tail to denote which ship/airbase an aircraft belongs to and a two or three digit number to denote which squadron it belongs to, squadrons being assigned a group of numbers

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Some RAF squadrons also use the old-style WW2 codes, (ie: QO-W, KC-A) particularly the Tornado & Typhoon (a neat touch IMO). There's also now a tactical number, three digits, being allocated to some a\c (ie: 005, 019 etc) as well as individual letters.

 

Here's a selection...

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Some RAF squadrons also use the old-style WW2 codes, (ie: QO-W, KC-A) particularly the Tornado & Typhoon (a neat touch IMO). There's also now a tactical number, three digits, being allocated to some a\c (ie: 005, 019 etc) as well as individual letters.

 

... just to keep it simple :biggrin:

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... just to keep it simple :biggrin:

 

That's why I like Royal Navy skins...they're simple (well, at least when it comes to making the decals)

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Oh yeah, feel free to look up 'XS955'... :biggrin:

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