How it all started

It is now way up to the end of March 2014 and we have bought a house in Italy. But as the first ‘post’ in this little bit of personal history, let me tell you how it all started….. Long long ago when I was only 6 years of age,…

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Saitek HOTAS X-55

Where I am still happy with my old Saitek X52 HOTAS system, the company has released quite a few new models since. One of them, the professional looking X-55, got tested by Angelique van Campen who currently works for Aerosoft. You can read her extensive report here. Looks like a…

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Russian Gunships – Book Review

Russian Gunship Helicopters by Yefim Gordon Recently I was introduced to the FlightCraft series of Pen and Sword Books. This is an interesting series aimed at not only aviation enthusiasts, but more in specific to aviation scale modelers and researchers as well. I ordered the Russian Gunship Helicopters title, by…

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FOR SALE !!

Our wonderful, cozy little apartment in the Trois Vallées area in France, smack in the middle of Europe’s largest skiing area, is for sale ! We have had wonderful times there, both skiing, hiking and as a base for our many motor trips, but now we are moving south to…

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Pen & Sword Books Discount

Pen & Sword Books, one of my favorite publishers, offers one book of their Battleground Series FREE if you buy 3. Great offer and wonderful series of books, covering many different periods, battles and wars ! Check out their offer HERE !

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Reading about and flying the Canberra

Last week I got a copy of the English Electric Canberra by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny (must have lost the ‘f’ somewhere along the way of history) and today I downloaded and installed the Just Flight Canberra to go with it. So now I can read the (extensive) history of this…

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Incredible model railway

You will want to see this (check out the video). It is amazing what people can dream up and make. So creative, and above all, so persevering ! The Taj Mahal may be classified as a miracle, I think works of art like these are right up there too !…

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A380 SCAM – BEWARE!

  We received this message from Just Flight from the UK. It appears that even our little hobby isn’t safe from criminals anymore! |….. It appears that the crooks behind Genuine Simulations have sent out an email about their A380 which has clearly been designed to look very similar to…

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Rise of Flight news

Rise of Flight (777Studios) sends us the following press release: Dear Pilots, The winter is passing us and it’s time to recall a couple recent events in the Rise of Flight world. First of all, let us remind you about the Gladiators 4×4 tournament that took place in December 2013…

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Major WW2 event next year in Holland

The people from Keep Them Rolling (an organization that keeps old WW2 vehicles moving !) have planned a major event for next year, celebrating and commemorating the liberation of the east of The Netherlands back in 1945. Only a couple of years before I was born, really….. Here’s their promotion…

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A walk on the beach

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Nina and I decided it was high time for some exercise for a change. And since the sun was shining when we got up, we thought to drive west and walk on the beach. Unfortunately, after we finished baking the cake and preparing the bread it was almost noon…… When…

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Dolomiti X Longarone for FSX

Our Italian developer Daniele Tona has now released the next in his series of FSX sceneries enhancing the Dolomiti alpine area in northern Italy. Longarone is the valley just north of Belluno airport (the latter is available as a free download from our shop here), and increases the area that…

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Some download problems

or rather: upload problems. From me to my shop, that is. I put DolomitiX -Longarone up for sale on the shop and it turns out that the upload didn’t work out at all. Apologies to the first few customers who got stuck with the wrong file. It has all been…

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FranceVFR has released a new product

FranceVFR, our partner in crime for the D-Day Project and long-time specialist in French FS scenery, has released Bretagne Sud VFR 3D Automation. That’s a long product name…… Laurent wants to emphasize that it is made with his new 3DAutomation tool, a way to enhance ‘autogen’ creation and make every…

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Yay ! More Dutch Gold !

….. and bronze ! Yesterday Margot Boer FINALLY made it into the medals after a life of having been 4th ! And now Groothuis won the 1000 meters for yet another gold medal for the skating team. And Mulder for a Bronze one as well !!! GO TEAM HOLLAND !…

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My GPS track is all off !

For some reason my Galaxy S4, its GPS or the App I use get all confused when I am jogging. Today I did 4,5 rounds on the track and it puts the start ACROSS the main road …… the distance and other data are correct, but that plotted track is…

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LCA’s galore !

My little LCA (Landing Craft Assault) has finally made it into Flight Simulator X and is seen here beached on the sand of Courseulles-sur-Mer. It has been a long road to get her this far, using Trimble’s Sketchup, various texturing programs such as Photoshop and Fireworks, and LOADS of frustrated…

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And now for some patriotic news….

…. which is really exceptional for me, because I don’t think any ‘country’ deserves any special feeling…… but I think Sven Kramer has remained ‘normal’ in spite of all of his successes…. and he’s a great sportsman with a true focus on what he wants to achieve. He reached what…

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Book Review of Waffen SS Colours

Just found this BOOK REVIEW of Waffen SS Colours (by Mig Jimenez) on the inScale website. I have been studying various tutorials on scale model painting recently to see how it is done and to use it in my DIGITAL painting…… there is so much more ,material these days than…

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New FS Top 100 website

Garry J. Smith has set up a NEW FS Top 100 website, with the aim of providing a list of REPUTABLE flight simulator add-on companies and associated sites (like forums, VA’s and what not). The idea (as with his old one) is to have USERS VOTE  on a curated list…

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