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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #255 on: July 03, 2019, 07:16:02 PM »
139-140.  3D & Border eye-candy for floating gauges and displays in external views
Mod: Added a 'realistic' 3D-like border to the TV-TABS, MFD and RWR

This is a visual improvement over Mod#82(!). I have given the floating gauges and displays a 3D makeover. The graphics are taken from the standard 'DI Tornado' Pilot and Navigator panels.


The default F1 view gives you this now.
TV-TABs in the external views now have border. Cycle with '[' or ']'


MFDs in the external views now have border. Cycle with '[' or ']'


Hit the Grave Accent key (`) and the RWR in the external views now has a border.

Unfortunately this mod came with a cost - a 'casualty' was the external view's Attitude Direction indicator (ADI) which, since Mod#85, has always been located at the bottom-left corner of the external views.  In order not to exceed the code segment memory space, I had no choice but to remove the ADI from the external views. I hope the ADI won't be sorely missed.

To turn off the floating gauges, hit Ctrl+Tab. You may also toggle on/off the RWR and CWP with the Grave Accent (`) and ScrollLock keys. Overall, I hope you like the new 3D visual effects and results.

Attached is the latest FLIGHT.EXE.

Enjoy.
Frankie Kam

P.S., Unfortunately this mod also causes the split-screen to not work!

Update: 5th July 2019
Solved the bug. Now the split-screen functionality has been restored.


Various 'floating' components shown.

There are now, in all, SIX 'floating' components, five of which have a 3D visual make-over:
1. TV-Tabs          2. MFDs
3. CWP               4. RWR
5. eScope           6. Attitude Indicator (non-3D)


Bonus feature (Mod#140): Secondary Control Surfaces position indicator with ILS MFD!
This is very useful when making a landing or when taking off.


Added the Stores Management Display to the first F1 screen.

This is the best version yet! I'm loving the eye-candy which IMHO improves the immersion.

Enjoy,
Frankie Kam
P.S., the FLIGHT.EXE of this mod is experimental - it works ONLY for IDS Tornados. There are placement and graphics issues if flying an ADV Tornado.


Update: 7th July 2019
Finally, mostly bug-free with better toggle-on-off components.


IDS with floating components


ADV with floating components

This FLIGHT.EXE has been tested and so far no anomalies have been detected. Working fine. How to activate:
Hit grave accent key (`) for the RWR
Hit front slash key (/) for the Store Management Display
Hit Scroll Lock for the Central Warning Panel

The Moving Surfaces gauge occurs on several screens (cycle through with '[' and ']').

Cheers
Frankie Kam
« Last Edit: July 06, 2019, 09:15:05 PM by Frankie »

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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #256 on: July 07, 2019, 07:27:13 AM »
141.  View the Stores Management Display from the Pilot's cockpit
Mod: Switch it on by hitting the front slash (/) key.

For the first time in twenty six years, the Tornado vitual Pilot can view the weapons package delivery settings right on the Pilot's cockpit panel. All this while in Tornado, as the Pilot, you had to hit PgUp to switch to the Navigator's station to view the Stores Management Display (SMD). This made for intense moments where the gamer had to seemingly juggle two stations at the same time. This happened usually in the heat of battle, with the target mere seconds away from weapon release.


The front slash (/) key makes it more convenient for the virtual Pilot to view this important data.

This mod seeks to free the virtual Pilot from switching back and forth two stations. The front slash key overlays the SMD on the Pilot's cockpit panel. If you find this a tad unrealistic, then perhaps you could consider that window as information from the Navigator.


Another view of the SMD - this time with the full-sized Pilot view (Shift+D).

Enjoy.

Regards
Frankie Kam
« Last Edit: July 07, 2019, 08:11:51 AM by Frankie »

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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #257 on: July 07, 2019, 03:51:35 PM »
142.  View the Horizontal Situation Indicator in external views
Mod: HSI gauge

In external views, you now have the HSI gauge to complement the ILS display when doing runway landings.


In 1993/1994, Tornado was famous and unique in its attention to detail and realism.
In this image you can see the real HSI gauge and its simulation counterpart.

From the Tornado simulation manual:

"Horizontal situation indicator (HSI)
This instrument has two functions:
Firstly,  it  indicates  your  aircraft's  heading  by  means  of  a "bug" travelling around the circumference of the compass rose.

Examples:
bug at 12 o`clock = heading due North
bug at 3 o`clock   = heading due East
bug at 6 o`clock   = heading due South
bug at 9 o`clock   = heading due West

Secondly,  it  is part of the Instrument Landing System and shows localiser and  glideslope  deviation  during  an  approach  to  an  allied  airfield. However, it is strongly recommended that you use the ILS mode of the HUD or the  ILS  mode  of  the  MFD  in preference to this instrument under normal circumstances.   The limitations  in  resolution  on  the  HSI  make  it a difficult  instrument  to  use but in the event of simultaneous HUD and MFD failure it is a useful "last resort".

The  vertical  needle is linked to the runway localiser and shows deviation from  the  runway centreline.  If the needle is to the left of centre, this indicates  that  the  runway centre line is to the left of your aircraft and that  you should adjust your heading by turning left a few degrees.  As the needle returns to centre, adjust your heading by turning right until you are aligned  with the runway. Likewise, turn right if the needle is displaced to the  right...


The HSI - middle gauge at the bottom - comes in handy for landings.
If your ILS display is knocked out, you will depend on the HSI for a safe landing.

...A  small  vertical  scale  can  be  seen  on  the left of the instrument and this may be used to follow the correct glideslope down to the  runway  threshold.  If the marker is above centre this means that you are  below the correct glideslope and that you need to reduce your rate of descent normally achieved by opening the throttle slightly. If the marker is below centre, this means that you are above the correct glideslope and that you  need  to  increase your rate of descent - normally achieved by closing the throttle slightly."


The HSI comes in handy for landings.
The full array of 'floating' (overlaid) gauges in modded Tornado.

The HSI appears in only two external views - whenever the ILS display is shown. To see the above views, hit the F1 (Tracking View) and then cycle through the views with '[' or ']'.


The same full array of 'floating' (overlaid) gauges in Night colours.

Attached is the latest FLIGHT.EXE. Login to download.

Regards
Frankie Kam
« Last Edit: July 07, 2019, 04:45:26 PM by Frankie »

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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #258 on: Yesterday at 11:44:35 PM »
143.  MFD-like and TV-Tab-like frames for gauges in full-screen FLIR and TIALD views
Mod: Completes Mod#43 and Compliments Mods#138-#142

In modded Tornado, you can activate the full-screen FLIR and TIALD views with PgUp, followed by '[' or ']'.

Previously:

I always thought somethings was kinda missing....

Now:

...Borders! 3D-like all the way courtesy of the bordersof MFD and TV-Tab

Tested with the following scenarios:
- damage to MFDs and TV-Tabs
- TIALD view and turn Tornado beyond the angle limits of the TIALD
- intentionally turning on and off the MFD (Control+D) and TV-Tabs (Control+[ and Control+])


What the screen looks like in NVG (Shift+Tab) mode

If you find any bugs, do let me know. ;-)

Regards
Frankie Kam

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