Aces High

General Category => IL-2 Great Battles Series (BoX) => Topic started by: _AH_DarkWolf on July 18, 2020, 03:15:57 AM

Title: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on July 18, 2020, 03:15:57 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/cs07PBJv/474th-FG-38s.png)

These are some skins for the 474th Fighter Group of the US 9th Air Force. From top to bottom is a 428th, 429th and 430th fighter squadron bird.

This group is not the most well documented, there is not a huge amount of photographs or film showing their aircraft. As a result there is alot conflicting profile artwork out there showing different things and often confusing them with squadrons of the 370th FG. BoX for example comes with three official skins of this group from two different squadrons but they all have the same squadron markings and color.  :thinking-008:  Back during the White Lightning campaign I did some skins for this group and spoke with a fellow involved with the 474th FG Association and he set me straight on the squadron colors. Some of the things like the squadron badges on the right side of the nose and the squadron colors painted around the front intakes may not have been applied to all aircraft but I went with that for now. The application of the colors to the noses vary alot too, several variations.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jsJCcxJK/370th-FG-38s.png)

These are skins for the 370th Fighter Group, from top to bottom the 485th, 401st and 402nd squadrons. They were another 9th Air Force group that predominantly flew ground attack missions, beginning operations at the start of May 1944. They actually formed on P-47s but when they arrived in england were abruptly assigned P-38s which they used until the last two or three months of the war when they switched to P-51s. You fly in the 485th in the Lightning Strikes scripted campaign. Like the other group there was alot of variation in the application of colors to the nose (the whole yellow nose is kind of an oddball thing one aircraft had) and though all these are the same there are some alternate applications of the red on the cowlings.


Another strange skin related thing about the P-38 in this game is the wheel covers. All P-38s have wheel covers on all three wheels by default but a layer in the alpha channel template can be used to make the covers transparent so you can have bare hubs as needed for each skin. Kind of a clever way to do it.

Anyways, same as usual if you want one of these. Pick a squadron and individual code etc and I'll see what I can do.

Download Link : https://www.dropbox.com/s/der89airjdq0vkn/P38J25s.zip?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/der89airjdq0vkn/P38J25s.zip?dl=0)
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on July 18, 2020, 05:37:40 AM
Holy Crap DW, they look kick @$$.  You are the master skinner for sure brother. :drinking-42:
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Col._Hogan on July 18, 2020, 04:21:07 PM
Easy to get lost in here...

http://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/455

~S
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Hollywood on July 18, 2020, 04:24:31 PM
DW,

Nice work.

Interested in a 428th P-38

NMF
F5 H
Blue nose
Invasion stripes on nacelles only
No air kills
Mission marker with a few bomb markers and a train or two
Nose art - “Guess Who II”. Type only maybe in red
Spoked wheels
Sqdn and Aces High emblems on right nose


Thanks

Can I buy you a collector plane or campaign for your efforts?


HW
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Hollywood on July 19, 2020, 05:38:33 AM




Good ol’ Zeno’s videos:   https://youtu.be/e64O_6XXk-M


Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on July 19, 2020, 11:48:58 PM
Good ol’ Zeno’s videos:   https://youtu.be/e64O_6XXk-M
Great video HW, I watched it with a cup of coffee. Thank you for sharing.

JD
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on July 26, 2020, 12:27:13 AM
Link has been updated with an addition and some tweaks.

DW
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Hollywood on July 26, 2020, 04:11:09 AM
Nice work DW


Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_gatlingun on July 28, 2020, 05:58:57 AM
~S~

do I need another plane p-38 to get the skins??? if so how?
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_gatlingun on July 28, 2020, 06:36:21 AM
`S` dw
i would like to have one of the olive  drab colors trimmed in yellow with all the numbers,uou know the drill.
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on July 30, 2020, 10:50:17 PM
`S` dw
i would like to have one of the olive  drab colors trimmed in yellow with all the numbers,uou know the drill.

Done, I updated the link in the first post.

DW
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on July 31, 2020, 05:17:05 AM
Master class work as always DW.

JD
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Col._Hogan on August 03, 2020, 01:45:14 AM
Nice job on Wendy G.

Gat, notice the crew data matches the tail #

Master class pro at work here

~S
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on October 14, 2020, 10:01:32 PM
Link updated with an addition.

DW
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Bear on October 14, 2020, 11:48:02 PM
tyvm DW... u a master
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on October 15, 2020, 01:32:58 AM
Thank you DW, most greatly appreciated sir.  :drinking-43:
Title: Re: 474th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on December 23, 2020, 03:29:54 AM
Link updated with an addition and a bunch of tweaks.

DW
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on March 02, 2021, 02:33:57 AM
Link updated again with a bunch of fixes/tweaks and the addition of the squadrons of the 370th FG as options.

DW
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Gator on March 02, 2021, 01:29:09 PM
 hey DW I try it download it  just to see that I can put it in the game Bat ! but it will not let me download it at all  :CC
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Bear on March 02, 2021, 04:59:14 PM
hey DW I try it download it  just to see that I can put it in the game Bat ! but it will not let me download it at all  :C

Gator, these are for BoX not 1946
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Gator on March 03, 2021, 01:11:14 AM
S! Bear im not talking about HSFX, i'm talking about il2 Bat Game just like your game il2 Great battle . my friend
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Bear on March 03, 2021, 01:17:09 AM
S! Bear im not talking about HSFX, i'm talking about il2 Bat Game just like your game il2 Great battle . my friend

Ok bud.. look on the right side i think you will see sign in sign up then a square box with the down arrow in it .. hover your mouse on it it will say download. Thats what u want..
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Col._Hogan on March 03, 2021, 01:50:25 AM
BAT?
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on March 03, 2021, 01:50:41 AM
Yup, the little down arrow at the top right works.

DW
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Gator on March 03, 2021, 02:05:57 AM
thank you Bear
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_Bear on March 03, 2021, 03:40:57 AM
thank you Bear
Anytime Gator.. come try those skins out someday .. ill help ya..
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on August 09, 2021, 02:11:34 AM
DW, I was looking and thought I had a P38 skin but guess I over looked it.
 If you get the time down the road, I would like a P38 skin with Red in it on the engine caps etc or where ever.
Nose art I would like the cartoon Tasmanian Devil and have it say Dandy's Devil.
A few Bombs and a few German kills if at all possible. And my call sign by the cockpit.
Only if you get some free time on this sir.
Thank you

JD
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on August 11, 2021, 01:58:59 AM
Doesn't sound too difficult, do you have a preference between bare metal and olive drab?

DW
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on August 11, 2021, 01:21:04 PM
What ever the base color is for the Aces High 474th or 370th is fine
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on September 07, 2021, 01:45:55 AM
Link has been updated with an addition and 429th_TEST has been removed from the pack.

DW
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_JimDandy on September 07, 2021, 02:26:17 AM
Unbelievable DW,
 The P38 skin you did for me looks totally amazing. I am in awe. Turned out way better then
I could of dreamed for. You are a sorcerer of magic with the skinning arts DW.
Thank you so much my squadron brother.

JD
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_fraggmann on September 07, 2021, 07:51:01 PM

I'm not sure how to skin in the new IL-2 as of yet.
DW, you have seemed to have worked it out, so if I
could impose upon you, I too would love a custom P-38 skin.
What is used ..photo shop ??   paint shop ?? I have paint shop pro 08
but it wont work or am I missing something

Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on September 07, 2021, 10:08:27 PM
BoX uses .PSD files for the templates same as 46, just larger and there are two of them for each a/c. So whatever program you used before should still work. You then use either a plugin for your preferred program or a separate program to combine .BMPs from each template into a .DDS file which the game can use. I prefer the ancient paint program I have always used so my method is kind of convoluted. I work on the templates in Corel Photo-Paint 8, then use GIMP to export .BMPs from them, then DXTBmp to make them a .DDS.

As far as a skin, do you have any preferences in terms of the squadron markings I've done? Olive drab camo or bare metal? Letter for an individual code and number to incorporate into the serial number?

DW
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_fraggmann on September 08, 2021, 05:11:23 AM
o.k. DW how about no metal and all o.d. greenish.
the rest i will leave it up to you. thnx
Title: Re: 474th and 370th FG P-38 skins
Post by: _AH_DarkWolf on September 15, 2021, 11:39:26 PM
Link updated with another addition.

DW