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Installing Aircraft for FS9, FSX and X-Plane

 

The general procedure for installing aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator is the 

same for all versins.

 

The first step is to download the aircraft you have chosen, it will be a zip file.

 

Unzip this file to a folder you may want to create an AC download folder.

 

Using a zip program extract the files keeping them in the same folder.

 

Check to verify there are files in the folder.

 

Open the simulator folder which is usually C:\Programs Files\Microsoft  

Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\airplanes   

                                                           or

C:\Programs Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator 9\aircraft\

 

From your downloaded and unzipped folder select the aircraft folder which  should 

have  Model, Panel, sound and Texture subfolders in it.

 

Copy or move this folder into the Airplanes directory in FSX or the airplanes

directory in FS9.

 

Sometimes a Gauge folder is included copy the contents of this folder into the Guage

folder of FSX or FS9 . They may need to be put into teh Panel folder of the

appropriate aircraft. If there are no gauges or missing gauges for an aircraft this

may be the problem or the gauges may be incompatible with FSX.

 

To reduce problems alwas read the readme file after unzipping teh folder.

 

That's it!

 

 

Painting

For best results application of three coats is recommended. If you wish to take the extra steps, fill and sand any nicks and scrapes in the particle board as needed, depending on how much time you are willing to devote to the project, a tough high luster finish is desirable but it is not a must .
 We obtained great results with Rustoleum Painter's oil based paint, it gives a hard finish.  The first coat should be a primer/undercoat as it is absorbed quite readily. For our KwikPit we used primer gray and flat black for a military look, we used three coats of each. For our Eze-Pit we used three coats of flat black which covered quite well even without the primer gray undercoat.


Apply second and third coats or additional coats as required. If a super smooth finish is desired a light sanding using 280 to 320 grit paper is recommended after the first coat and between subsequent coats. Sealing and painting of both sides of the panel is recommended. This creates a balanced panel which is far less likely to bow or warp.
The hinges can be used in their unfinished state or they may be painted also. Use the same type paint as above. Use a solvent or cleanser to remove the protective film from the hinge. Spray a couple light coats of primer on the hinges letting the hinge dry between each coat. Flex the hinges to ensure freedom of movement between each coat. Finally paint with 2 to 3 light coats of finish color flexing between each coat.

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Decals

We have now added a set of cut and stick on decals in the Eze-Pit kits. For lasting protection spray the decals with a of couple coats of polyurethane clear spray. This will protect them from from the elements and they will last much longer. The decal graphics are on the CD so more may be printed as needed. The quickest solution is to print them on 8.5" x 11" label paper.

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