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WxTech

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Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« on: August 08, 2021, 03:21:32 PM »

UPDATE, Dec 6, 2021: I've discovered that if a reticle mask is seen in line with the mirror, that part of the mirror in superposition will be invisible. I altered the reticle mask so that this does not occur, and now the full mirror is seen. Download again to enjoy this fix.

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Get it here:

https://www.mediafire.com/file/fnx9y1snyybwzp0/%2521-WxTech_Mk_8_gunsight_for_Barnesy_F6F.7z/file


From the included readme file:

This mod alters the cockpit hier.him files for Barnesy's F6F update, to properly position WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight , reticle and reticle mask.

As a 'bonus', it includes my variation on the Mk 8 reticle, having a bit of a brightness and color gradient. It's present in all but the F6F-5N folder. If you don't like it, simply delete the files:
Reticle.mat
Reticle.tga

Note: The red night reticle Barnesy has included for the F6F-5N looks to be 120 mils in diameter, as opposed to the Mk 8's outer ring diameter of 100 mils. I don't know if this is based on reality, and so I've not altered its size.


This requires Barnesy's mod, available here:
  https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,66365.0.html

And WxTech's Mk.8 gun sight, available here:
  https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,47100.0.html



If you want to evaluate this mod before integrating it into Barnesy's mod, simply ensure this mod's name places it above my Mk 8 sight mod, and in turn above Barnesy's mod in your folder listing. That is, the list should show this ordering (OK to have other mod folders in between):
  This mod
  My Mk 8 sight mod
  Barnesy's mod

In this instance, for application to Barnesy's F6F update, the hier.him files in my own Mk 8 gun sight mod are superseded. Because this little mod provides the cockpit hier.him files for Barnesy's mod. You can simply drag 'n drop these files into their respective folders in Barnesy's mod. I've removed nothing, keeping the original line entries in place.

If all works OK, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to integrate the relevant files directly into Barnesy's mod. This will remove any possibility of later conflicts. Indeed, it would be worthwhile for Barnesy himself update his mod accordingly.


For the 4 version of the F6F cockpit, each of its hier.him sight, reticle and reticle mask entries are altered. The original line entries are preceded with "//" to render them unreadable, and my alternates are identified with "//WxTech" at the end of those line entries. For example, here's affected the F6F-3 content in its hier.him:

[Z_Z_RETICLE]
Mesh Z_Z_RETICLE
Parent _ROOT_
//Attaching 0 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0 9.01306 0 1.16054
Attaching 0 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0 9.01306 0 1.175  //WxTech
[Z_Z_MASK]
Mesh Z_Z_MASK
Parent _ROOT_
//Attaching 0 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0 4.5323 -0.04596 1.18458
Attaching 0 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0 4.5323 0.0 1.17458  //WxTech
[Pricel_D0]
Mesh Pricel_D0
Parent _ROOT_
//Attaching 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 -0.61709 -0.02333 1.08324
Attaching 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 -0.63709 0.0 1.12324  //WxTech
[Pricel_D1]
Mesh Pricel_D1
Parent _ROOT_
Hidden
//Attaching 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 -0.61687 -0.03466 1.04391
Attaching 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 -0.63709 0.0 1.12324  //WxTech
[Body]



I've not actually tested this out, having reasonable confidence that the cockpit coordinate system is not changed from stock. If this works out OK, feel free to distribute as you wish.


WxTech
Aug 8, 2021


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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2021, 03:53:10 PM »

Yep it works here are some images just incase you are curious. Again thank you so much.




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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2021, 04:02:09 PM »

Is it okay that I post a link to this thread on the Free IL2 Modding website just in case anyone else comes across the same problem?
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2021, 04:20:55 PM »

Is it okay that I post a link to this thread on the Free IL2 Modding website just in case anyone else comes across the same problem?
We are not against posting an SAS link on another site.
And we are happy to post a link to another site that does not require mandatory registration!
Read this rule : https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,66365.0.html

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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2021, 04:28:42 PM »

Thanks for the link fix, Gabriel.

And as regards my mods... It's always the case that anyone can do what they wish with them, without restriction. What to add your own alteration and release your own version? No problem. Want to make money off it? No problem.  ;)  In my view, my work belongs to everyone. I impose no conditions upon use whatsoever.
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2021, 12:52:42 PM »

hello!
thanks a lot for your work, I just put your modded gunsight into Barnesys F6F mod and it really looks nice there...
only thing I noticed is that I do have a rearview mirror now in the -3 and -5 Hellcats, but it is not working, that is, it is not showing anything...
is there anything that can be done to remedy this? other mirrors work, so its definitely a thingie in your mod...

cheers and thanks
phil
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2021, 02:04:55 PM »

In my solution provided for this situation, I retained the hier.him as provided with Barnesy's mod, merely altering the four mesh positions related to sight, reticle and reticle mesh. If Barnesy had an operational mirror in place, nothing should have changed there.

If the mirror elements are drawn, but no reflected image appears, then that implies the cockpit class is missing the necessary Java code to implement the mirrored image.
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2021, 09:37:32 PM »

Same here - looks great but the only issue is the mirror isn't showing anything on mine either. Did you fix your mirror issue eventually?
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2021, 11:19:49 PM »

Now on reflection, that is a very good question..... :) and thanks for all your efforts WX.
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2021, 10:56:22 AM »

Same here - looks great but the only issue is the mirror isn't showing anything on mine either. Did you fix your mirror issue eventually?
i have the same issues
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2021, 07:41:32 AM »

For now, I'm using the mirror command to just remove the F6F mirror. The rest of it seems to work by combining the Barnesy cockpit with WxTech's gunsight. It's a big improvement even without the mirror.
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Re: Putting WxTech's Mk 8 gun sight into Barnesy's F6F Update Mod
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2021, 09:52:05 AM »

I think I've discovered why the the mirror reflection is not appearing. The reticle mask appears to interfere. If I leave the reticle mask in place, I see just a portion of the reflection. If I disable the mask, the reflection is seen in its entirety.

Working on a fix...
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