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Animating your Airport in 15 minutes

Belga_GroundTrafficOn behalf of Marc Leydecker, I would to inform you about his mini tutorial of how to create animating airport objects based on GroundTraffic. X-Plane has come a long way in scenery development but that being said, most of our airports are static. Those airports should be buzzing with luggage carts, tow tractors, vehicles and equipment. A while-while ago, Marginal released a plugin called GroundTraffic.

Honestly, within 15 minutes, you can create your first animation. So what can be animated …. ANY OBJ file (object), thus: cars, trucks, luggage carts, ships, equipment, trees (that would make no sense), etc. Curious how Marc did it? Then check out his mini-tutorial.

Another “Belga12345” Military Project

marc_mil_truck_fuelThis time another project from SketchUp guru Marc Leydecker aka Belga12345.

No no, this time no screenshots of further implementations of KRIC, neither cockpit hardware interface tutorials. According to Marc “By know I’m stressed enough that good photos are the key to scenery development. That said, on a Friday night, I stumbled on an auction that had a Military Mercedes Refueler up for auction. He couldn’t resist to make some photos which are, as I may say so, just gorgeous and, very important, taken at the right angles. Couldn’t resist it!”

These tankers were popular in the early 1980’s among Europe’s NATO members. Do I have a use for it within X-Plane? Not really … So 12000 polygons later, the truck is done and comes in a static and animated version. The latter has working high-front beams and tail lights provided HDR is ON, lighted fuel control bays, animated fuel control bay doors and working flashing lights. Curious? Check out these exclusive screenshots made on behalf of Marc Leydecker.

What’s possible with SketchUp?

belga_peterbilt_red1What’s possible with SketchUp by Marc C. Leydecker a.k.a. Belga12345.

The reason of this article is not only showing his amazing work, but also to trigger my mind after I did some investigation of a payer American airport. Although Angelique likes writing reviews, I’m not a skilled SketchUp user at all. Perhaps that will come, but for the moment, I’ve got other priorities. But Marc Leydecker woulds like to share with you a couple of things regarding modelling with SketchUp Make.

Check it out at his dedicated SketchUp article.