Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse......

AI Malcontent decides to throw its newest rotten tomato into the avsim file library.

This new insult to AI traffic enthusiasts is none other than the McDonnell Douglas DC10-30. I was sitting at home last Thursday evening after having defiled myself with a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich and viewing the most deplorable film I've seen in recent  times, Hobo With A Shotgun. As my guts wrenched, I thought to myself, how on Earth could I create the same kind of misery on a much larger scale? Then it came to me. Open those old DC10-10 fsc files and create a DC10-30 with them! Who cares if the model sucks? It will be a catalyst for pain and misery for the ten folks foolish enough to download and install it in their flight sims.

So I sat down in front of my computer and started the conversion process. If you were one of the few who actually download this model, be aware that this DC10-30 is the crummiest model I've made to date. No beta testing. No attention to detail whatsoever. This flying turd takes the term "substandard" to a whole new level.

The DC10-30 model pack comes loaded with different variations, enough to piss everyone off....24. This time, I've included extras like KC10s, KDC10s, Fire Bombing DC10s, and of course every "normal" DC10-30 that you probably didn't even know existed.

I also captured and enslaved two people to assist me in making some atrocious repaints for it. As of this time, there are at least 343 repaints that will be available upon the initial release. There may be more, I'm just not sure. I can't seem to stop these two guys from painting, even after repeatedly advising them that their efforts, no matter how hard they try, will not result in a nice model. Truth be told, they are both participating in a test, a test to see if the old adage holds true that you can't polish a turd. Well, let me tell you that saying has been proven true here recently. Nothing could be done about the level of discomfort you will feel when you see this model for yourself.

And now, a little about the model.....


When you open the zip, you will find strange model names assigned to the folders. I couldn't afford secret agent decoder rings this time so I'll just include a key here. I'm including the same key in the README file but most people seem illiterate when they try to open those.

ER represents the ER wingroot, big like on the MD11

SR represents the smaller wingoot, hold overs from the DC10-10s, I think

CT represents a curved tail base and curved elevator base

ST represents a straight tail and elevator base

LE represents the long engine exhaust

SE I'm not tellin'. Try to figure this one out on your own

As for the KC10 and KDC10

Fuel Boom represents an animated refueling boom

Center Drogue represents an animated center drogue

Wing Pod represents animated wing pod fueling madness

Static represents KC10s and KDC10s that do not feature any refueling animations

Wannabe represents the Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC10 that has no fuel boom, although it does feature a load of special antennae which can be used to pick up all the movie channels.

In regards to the KC10 and KDC10, KC10s are used by the US Air Force (Jason King painted all 59 of them) and KDC10s are used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force. There are model differences between the two types, which is why they have their own folders. See if you can determine the differences yourself. Also, the Wannabe model must remain in the main AIM DC10-30 folder in order to work properly.

The refueling animations will be triggered on all models when the aircraft reaches an altitude of FL250. That's 25,000 feet for those who are unfamiliar. If you're into that type of thing, assign it to some flightplans with a cruise altitude of FL250, jump in your fighter jet, fly up behind it and try to hook up. No fuel is included.

Thunderstorms tonight.

Thanks to:

Jason and Frank for their repaints

Craig Ritchie for his XML refueling boom code

David Freed for the .FDE

Heiko Schmidt for the lightmap

Boback Shasafdari and Rysiek Winawer for their XML flaps and steering gear, respectively

Created for less than 100 people worldwide

The Capital of Nebraska is Lincoln

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Just when you thought it was safe.

Just when you thought crummy models had become a thing of the past.

For a while, there were rainbows in the sky, the streets were paved with candy, and all the aircraft you could see at your local airport were starting to look so good....but now....

AI Malcontent is back, out to destroy those nice airport sceneries with the crummiest model ever...the venerable McDonnell Douglas DC10-10.  Affectionately known in some circles as the "Diesel 10", the "Death Cruiser 10", or just one big, fat, ugly Trijet.  Obviously, taste and opinions will vary.  However, one thing everyone will be able to agree on is this model is a total waste of time to even download.  Never before has the glorious profile of the DC10, or any trijet for that matter, been defaced to such a degree by one man...until today.  What's even better, it's a model that nobody wanted to see released.  I suppose that debunks the sometimes common misconception that designers need approval from the masses and are working to make them happy.

Before continuing, be aware that this model was built for less than one hundred people spread across the globe.  Experts will give you the 100-or-so number.  I think, in reality, the true number is closer to eight users worldwide.  It won't be popular, but that's ok.  I actually built it for my own use.

Now, the DC10-10 model actually includes 13 separate model variations, just to piss off that small group of less than one hundred people.  When I started building the DC10, I had no idea that I would end up with that many models in a single pack.  If you happen to be one of the few with such bad personal taste in AI models, there is a thread in the forums that will actually explain the differences between the variants.  And yes, for those wondering, I even built N450AX.  For the uninitiated, N450AX was an Omni International DC10 that was converted to what is now known as the 10 Tanker Air Carrier.  Supposedly, it drops water on wildfires.  Secretly, my version is code named the Fruit Stand Bomber.  It's loaded with a specially blended herbicide designed to destroy Craig's Fruit Stand to put an end to his evil plot to take over the flightsim world.

This release includes forty separate repaint zips, which, if I recall, covers just about every past and present operator of the DC10-10.  Of the forty zips, I believe there are 67 total repaints.  It was a lot of fun for me to experiment and try to work on "the skills of painting", or some nonsense like that.  In the end, I have no "skills of painting", or skills of modeling, for that matter.

Now, I must give credit where credit is due.....

Thanks to Heiko Schmidt for developing the lightmap psd file.

Thanks to David Freed for developing the .FDE.

Thanks to Boback Shasafdari and Rysiek Winawer for the XML code goodies.

Thanks (or not) to Craig (the one with the evil plan for flightsim world domination) Ritchie who may (or may not) have worked on the "hybrid" wingroot.  *If* he did, he had to have done it in 2005 when the MD11 was built, and he would have been clueless as to the true intended use of the wingroot.  Unfortunately, I can't recall, and my emails have gone unanswered up to this point.  Hopefully he won't recruit a "flightsim legal team" and come after me.

The model and paintkit were created by me, from scratch, and there was no beta testing allowed.  No point in beta testing a model this crummy to begin with.

And finally, for those who have read this far down the page, I will reveal the reason I built this thing.  As some of you may know, I built a set of DC10s around 2004/2005. At the time, I could not paint (nor can I now) and I had always liked the Emery Worldwide livery on the DC10.  A painter promised me an Emery repaint for the model, and never delivered.  After a while, it became increasingly apparent that he, nor anyone else, would ever create what I wanted.  So, I sat down one day and opened up the ancient Paintkit and had a go at it.  After some futile attempts at making it, I grew to loathe that DC10 model and paintkit.  Then I thought to myself, should I create an enhanced paintkit for the model?  That wouldn't really do any good since the model is awful.  So, I built a new model and created a paintkit for it from

scratch and finally made my own Emery repaint.  After I finished, I thought it might be fun to paint Continental Airlines as well, as I had always liked that livery on the DC10.  Then came another repaint, and another.  Madness ensued.  The result, is a substandard DC10-10 model, an inferior paintkit, and more repaints than you can shake a stick at.

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Searching the land for a priest willing to perform an exorcism on some demon-possessed  flap pylons.  Maybe I’ll try Craigslist.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

KBNA 060453Z 00000KT 10SM CLR 04/02 A3036 RMK AO2 SLP280 T00390017

Looks like a good time to stay inside and curl up with FSDSv3 and create some really offensive material.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

FSDSv3.5.1 for sale... dirt cheap, or possibly trade for decent fishing pole and a few good lures. Inquire within.