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Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« on: August 04, 2011, 07:34:03 PM »
Hello..  I am an RC newbie ..
I am constantly in awe of the wonderful skills that I see from our best KRCM pilots.

I am working hard to get my KRCM wings..
but I ask for your patience and correction when I show a lack of knowlege about RC.

Before I get too far into this thread,
I'd like to say a sincere "thank you!" to Rene, Cliff, Wilf, Gary, Rolly, and the other instructors and KRCM members
who've been so kind, patient and welcoming to me!
I would like to say a special thank you to my friend and flying coach Doug Hargreaves.
I am greatly enjoying get back into the hobby of building and flying model airplanes.
Even though I am still just an RC newbie..  I would very much like to give something back to the club.

In my working life, I am a contract CAD (computer aided design) model maker..
I design 3d cad models for a major American manufacturer.
The virtual models that I make are used to test market product and to manufacture molds for investment casting.
 
As a result of my background in 3d CAD modeling
it seemed an easy and natural project for me to build a virtual representation
of the KRCM flying field for my RealFlight G5.5 RC flight simulator..

So on a beautiful spring day this May, I made an early morning trip to the KRCM field.
I set up my camera and tripod at the center of the pilot flying stations..
and I took a multi row 360 degree series of digital photographs..

Back in my studio, I imported all the photos into Panorama Studio Pro 2
and I stiched them together to make an 8000x4000 equilinear panorama
Then I edited and tweaked the resulting panorama in Photoshop.

Next, I imported the KRCM panorama into the RC simulator Realflight G5.5
I added visible 3d objects like pilot stations, windsocks, flags and picnic tables..
I located the KRCM field on Google Gmaps and I used it to make all the real world distance measurements
Finally I used this data to add the invisible depth buffer collision objects like the trees and the clubhouse.
The collison objects sit in front of the panorama.. you cannot see them.. but they interact with the airplane model..
Those virtual trees will eat your virtual airplane exactly like the real ones will..
They also effect the wind and turbulance when the wind is from the North. 

The end result of my work is a very usable and enjoyable virtual recreation of our KRCM field.
You can fly it anytime on your computer in the Realflight G5.5 RC simulator.
You can set the wind direction, wind speed and turbulance to any condition you like
and you can set the sun angle azimuth, inclination..
lol and the sun is something that I really should have simulated
before I smacked my Eflight Apprentice when I lost sight of it  in the sun's glare on a Wednesday evening training flight!!

I was recently speaking with Gary Droppo about making arrangements to
make the Virtual KRCM flying field file available for download here on the forum..
The file with panorama is about 11 mb .. so distributing it on line might chew up a bit of the club's bandwidth
Alternately I could burn some disks for those who are interested.

If you have questions or comments and if you are interested in getting the virtual KRCM field file for your Realflight G5.5 simulator
please just post a reply to the thread..

btw imo Realflight G5.5 is a very capable RC simulator..
The physics are quite good and Realflight has has many editable virtual aircraft models.
It also has a very active community of 3d cad modelers who are also RC fliers
We enjoy building and flying virtual RC aircraft on our club's virtual flying fields.

I've already modified several virtual aircraft for my friend Doug Hargreaves
As my real flying skills and RC experience improves..
it is my intention to build some real models and matching virtual aircraft to practice in Realflight.
With Rolly's permission, I think it would be fun to build a virtual Turnbuckle model for Realflight.

Anyway.. here are some pics of my development process
and some screen shots of me flying my virtual  Eflight Apprentice
in Realflight G5.5 at the virtual KRCM field.

Please let me know what you think.

kind regards,

Ian McAskill
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 09:49:04 PM »
Drop me a message with your email and I will setup something so we can load the file to the site.

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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 01:30:43 PM »
That is really cool.  Wish I had realflight so I can fly at the field on rainy days.

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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 04:52:54 PM »
Thanks Jeff,

Yes it is cool and very fun to fly the virtual KRCM field in Realflight G5.5
Shawn our forum administrator, has very kindly given me ftp access to upload the KRCM file..
So I will get that all done soon..and post a download link.
 
I will post a "how to" tutorial and a little mp4 video showing the virtual KRCM field in action in Realflight..
I will enquire if the folks at Leading Edge Hobbies would like me to put the KRCM virtual field on their Realflight G5.5 instore demo.. If they do, then you could try it out at the Hobby Shop.
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 04:35:11 AM »
Excellent work Ian...many thanks for your efforts here...

Jason

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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 09:20:15 AM »
With Rolly's permission, I think it would be fun to build a virtual Turnbuckle model for Realflight.

Excellent job Ian! I'm very impressed.

Ian, you have my permission to build a virtual model of the Turnbuckle model for the Realflight simulator.

Now all I need to do is purchase a Realflight simulator to fly my Turnbuckle at home!

Keep up the good work.
Rolly

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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 06:43:12 PM »
With Rolly's permission, I think it would be fun to build a virtual Turnbuckle model for Realflight.

Excellent job Ian! I'm very impressed.

Ian, you have my permission to build a virtual model of the Turnbuckle model for the Realflight simulator.

Now all I need to do is purchase a Realflight simulator to fly my Turnbuckle at home!

Keep up the good work.
Rolly

Thanks very much Rolly.. 
I think building both a real Turnbuckle and the matching virtual model should be a project for this coming winter and next spring!
I will talk to you about buying a kit in the fall.
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011, 07:12:16 PM »
OK before I post a link to download the virtual KRCM field for Realflight G5.5
there are a couple of things that you need to do in preparation..

First make sure you have updated to the latest version of Real flight G5.5
(if you need to update, Realflight will tell you that there is an update available everytime you start the program)

Next the KRCM field uses several 3d objects that are in the free add-on packs .
 These are available here.

http://www.realflight.com/downloads/add-ons.html

Download all the Free addon packs and install them into Realflight as instructed on the Knifedge webpage (see image attached)

Now Restart Realflight to load the free addons..

OK we're almost there.. and as soon as Shawn gives me a postable download link for our KRCM file
I will post it along with a how to download and install the virtual KRCM field file in Realflight
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2011, 07:30:22 PM »
Thanks Shawn..  I got it..
OK so here is the download link to the KRCM virtual field..

http://mywebnow.org/krcmupload/KRCMspring2011_PI.RFX

click on this and download the .RFX file ..
you can save the file anywhere on your hard drive..
but the best place is C:\Users\yourname\Documents\RealFlight G5\RFX

Now launch Realflight G5.5 and go to Simulation / Import / Realflight Archive (RFX,G3X)...
Navigate to the KRCM file  and click Open..

Wait for Realflight to import the file..

Now select KRCMspring2011 as your airport and your ready to fly the virtual KRCM field !!

Enjoy!
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2011, 07:45:23 PM »
OK that's about it for tonight..
Shawn tells me he already has installed the KRCM virtual field and he's flying it already.. so I think we are go.. YEAH!

However, if you run into problems installing the KRCM field..
just send me a PM or post a question here and we'll try and get you sorted out.

This week, I will record a short flash video showing me flying at the KRCM Virtual field..
for those of you who don't have Realflight G5.5 so you can get an idea of what we're talking about.

I also spoke to Wilf at Leading Edge and he thought it would be cool to have the virtual KRCM field available on the in-store demo..
so I will put it on a usb stick and see about getting it up there at Leading Edge in the next week or so
then you can try it out at Leading Edge.

Have fun and please let me know what you think.. please tell me what needs improving / fixing or adding..

I intend to shoot a fall and a winter panorama at KRCM.. so we can enjoy the virtual field in all it's seasons..

In the winter KRCM field, I will create a snow / ice runway.. that way we can do takeoffs and landings on skis  :D

Now how about that !
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2011, 07:48:26 PM »
OK for those of you who don't yet have Realflight G5.5... 

here's a short video of me flying my virtual Apprentice at the virtual KRCM field in Realflight G5.5..

lol please turn up your sound for the " impressive"  Apprentice engine noise..

Due to key framing and video compression the video is not as smooth or as large as flying the field in Realflight on a fast computer with a good video card on a big monitor .

However this short video will give you the idea.

click on the following link to play the video... btw be sure and expand the video to full screen by clicking on the full screen icon see attached pic.

http://mywebnow.org/krcmupload/KRCM/KRCM.html

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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2011, 08:39:36 PM »
FAAANNNNTASTIC Ian. Just like I was at the field. Looks like I don't need to go there anymore. ;D Just kidding.

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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2011, 07:16:27 PM »
Thanks Gord and Jason.. Gord.. I'm really glad you like the KRCM virtual field!!!   :D

Oh and for those of you who like to view the forum on your iPhones , iPods and iPads...

Here's a direct link to the mp4 video file without the flash player wrapper..

This link will play the above virtual KRCM flying field video on mobile devices that don't have flash capabilities.

http://mywebnow.org/krcmupload/KRCM/KRCM.mp4
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2011, 07:25:40 PM »
There's a setting that you should tune in Realflight to match the panorama to the resolution and aspect ratio of your monitor..

I run a big wide screen high resolution monitor for my design work so

I find in Realflight that increasing the field of view to 45 degrees gives a better representation of the field on my setup.

You can experiment with this setting in Realflight the simulation / settings / camera window..

see attached screen shot.

hope that helps..
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Re: Building and Flying the Virtual KRCM field
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2011, 03:39:32 PM »
Here's a little update..

The KRCM virtual field is now running on the Realflight G5.5 demo computer at Leading Edge Hobbies..

Just drop into Leading Edge and have a look and a virtual fly at KRCM!  :D

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