Divert a river

14°C, rain.


  1. Use object placement tool to put an object on each corner of the river’s origonal course, then save the xml placement file.
  2. Open the xml in notepad, open Google Earth as well.
  3. Open Google Earth, under Tools>Options set Show Lat/long to Universal Transverse Marcator
  4. Put placemarks in the same co-ordinates as the objects, Copy & paste the corordinates from the xml file. In this case, I had to place 6 objects.
  5. Draw the river’s polygon so that it ended at the placemarks.
  6. Complile the KMl to bgl as normal.

This has worked well apart from a road that crosses the river, as well as a ridge in the water that stubbornly refuses to dissappear. I have noticed other ridges further upstream in Miicrosoft’s own river polygons; so maybe there is another fault not of my making.

Upload + 24 hours

17°C, clear afternoon, but fresh E wind.

24 hours on: 361 downloads from AVSim. No direct feedback yet, but for one email requesting a recompile to a previous version of the Sim.
River Angara is substantially done now, it is at the fine tuning stage where I’m matching up the new river with the existing one in FSX.
R_Angara join

Release to AVSim

22-17°C, clear then suddenly- clouds.

AVSim: This second attempt to upload my FSX Scenery to AVSim is, I hope, more successful than the first. We should be impressed with their professionalism I suppose- the first was rejected because I’d missed some details in the readme file. I have another project to follow soon.

River Angara (Siberia)

25°C, humid & sunny.

Modding for Flight Sim X again: Found a river in Siberia that only has its shorelines present in the sim, so I’m fixing it. Those deep continental rivers are huge, slow flowing and very wide. This one is missing hundreds of miles from its length. To make a project like this managable, I’m doing it in sections and only have 2 to go.R_Angara-pt4
You can see the shorelines in this pictures from the origonal Microsoft design that is faulty. It’s a shame that we cant get hold of their source file since it would be so easy to fix. the process involves drawing vector shapes in Google Earth, then save them as KML files. KML files are a kind of XML format that is   used by GE. A free application then converts it to Microsoft’s bgl format. Anyone can drop the bgl into their copy of FSX to see the results in game.

Core 2 Quad

20°C, rain am, Sun pm;

It took ages to fit, partly because I was so careful about it, but also, I put the heatsink’s support frome in the wrong way. It presents some interesting problems, some games don’t benfit much, but 3DS Max and photoshop work at double speed with it. The BIOS reports it running at 600Mhz, but in use it does runn well. Oddly, Windows 2000 pro only shows 2 cores running in Task Manager. Either, Task manager in Win2K only displayes 2 cores, or maybe, Win 2K doesn’t support more than 2. Very strange that last possibility since it supports multi-processors right from the first service pack.