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The Spirit of St. Louis / Ryan NRP [Freeware or Payware]

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On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh hopped in the Spirit of St Louis at the Roosevelt Airfield in Garden City on Long Island and departed for Paris. Thirty-three hours later, he arrived in the City of Light, marking the first time in history anyone had made the transatlantic flight non-stop.

Lindbergh could see forward only by means of a periscope that extends from the left side of the cockpit, or by turning the aircraft to look out of a side window.

This historical plane hasn't been seen since MSFS 2004 and I would love to have a part in making this a reality. My only skills would be a couple decades of graphic and web design with Photoshop/Illustrator (I now use Affinity Photo and Designer), so I would be doing textures.

Currently I'm trying to learn Blender but I'm an absolute newb, so ideally the team roles would be:
  • - 3D modeling
  • - flight model programming

I think it could be a payware release if the quality is there and we could do a legal contract type of write-up for profit shares, but I would only want to sell it if it was a true quality product. I live within half an hour of the EAA museum in Oshkosh, WI and if I remember right, they have a replica there I could source more photos from, although, the Smithsonian has over 100 photos under Creative Commons 1.0 license, meaning they can be used in any way, shape or form, even commercially, without attribution.

If anyone is interested, please let me know your experience (Beginner/Advanced/Intermediate/Professional) and if you have a portfolio or previous experience to show. A development Discord could be set up, too.

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Could you give more information on what you're looking in terms of the 3d modeling you need?

I would just like to work on a quality project with someone. Near the standard we see in the sim already.

I’m curious how/if the periscope would work, though.


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How serious are you about this? Have you done any research and worked out a logistical plan?
Which FS would this be for? FSX, MSFS, or both?
 
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How serious are you about this? Have you done any research and worked out a logistical plan?
Which FS would this be for? FSX, MSFS, or both?

I’ve got 1 book about the flight I’m reading, and 3 other (one a technical look at the plane) on the way to me for interest and research.

I just work a 9-5 Mon/Fri job so I have a decent amount of free time. I definitely know my way around photo editing software I’ve just never applied it beyond liveries. Last time I did textures were for racing and flight sim liveries, but I’ve never worked on normal maps etc.


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