BAe146-300 and -300QT is out!

Historic Jetliners Group, today, posted two models of the BAe146 for download on their site; the -300 and the -300QT. Liveries include Northwest, flybe, Qantas, and British Airways to name a few. Each model has a blank white texture set that can be used as a paintkit.  In addition, a detailed panel and sound pack are available for download. For more information, visit their forum. So, what are you waiting for, go get ’em!

FSX models will be released separately.

Buy Nothing Day

Black Friday is traditionally the largest shopping day of the year.  Retailers add to the hype with door buster offers and ridiculously early opening hours.  This year it seems that a majority of the retailers will open at 4am!  yes, 4am!  If you are crazy enough to go shopping at that hour, there is definitely something wrong with you!!   Then, to think that in the end, your car is crammed full of stuff that people probably already have and/or don’t need and your credit cards are maxed out, is just wrong.

But, this isn’t a post about crazy shoppers trying to get the last Pizza Elmo or save a few bucks at the expense of lost sleep.  No, this is about the opposite; protesting materialism, consumerism, and insane marketing.  Buy Nothing Day has been increasing in popularity, especially in the UK.  It is very simple, on Black Friday (this year, its November 23rd), don’t buy anything.  You can participate in this protest simply by not participating in the world’s busiest shopping day of the year.

AdBusters.org actually ask you to go one step further and consider a Buy Nothing Christmas.  Before you freak out, read the following quote from their website:

    “Buy Nothing Christmas is not really about refusing to spend a dime over the holiday season. It’s about taking a deep breath and deciding to opt out of the hype‚ the overcrowded malls‚ and the stressful to–do lists. It’s about reminding ourselves to really think about what we are buying‚ why we are buying it‚ and whether we really need it at all.”

Since every Christmas is a Buy Nothing Christmas for me, I will go one step further on Black Friday; not only will I not be buying anything, but I will also not start my car and consume any gas.  If I need to go anywhere, I will walk or ride my bike.

Here are some links to get you started:

Buy Nothing Day UK 

Buy Nothing Day via AdBusters.org 

Color Pencil – Lighthouse

Since the creative bug bit me, I’ve been working on various artist endeavors.  More recently completed is a color pencil sketch of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse in Ilwaco, Washington.  I got the inspiration from a lighthouse coloring book I got for free from the art store.  Unfortunately, I did the sketch from memory, so the lighthouse itself is inaccurate.   I kinda like my version better, but this is arealityofmyown. I have a version that I am working on, but with watercolor.

 Cape Disappointment Lighthouse sketch

This is sketched on Strathmore Premium Recycled Sketh paper, 8×5 with #2 pencil and Prismacolor Premium colored pencils.

Another great release! POSKY’s 747-400 v4

Today, Project Opensky (POSKY) began releasing version 4 (yes four) of their 747-400. As of the time of this writing, only Varig and ANA liveries are available. Future liveries with include Northwest, United, KLM (yes!), and Virgin Atlantic. While POSKY does not support FSX, I am sure it will work to some degree. For more information on this release, visit >here<.

The other big news over at the POSKY forum is the official announcement that a Boeing 777 is in the works. This would just about complete the Boeing family, except for the 787 of course. More info >here<.

A Sketch – Camping

Hi All,

A while back, I was in need of releasing some creative energy while stuck at work. I took it upon myself to make a sketch of somewhere I would much rather be. I have been thinking a lot about camping and how cool it would be to camp near the top of a mountain with a massive vista overlooking a river valley below. What I sketched was a rendering of this place. Since my brain and hands had a little communication problem, it isn’t quite what I had envisioned. Well, enough jibber jabber.. here it is:

Sketching a campsite

pencil on 8×5 sketch paper

This is copyrighted, so please respect the artist.

Cheers!

Sweeeet! A BAe146 for FS9/X!

Coming soon to Historic Jetliners Group (HJG) is the BAe146 series, a joint project between HJG, Jon Murchison, and Matthias Lieberecht. More information is available >here<. While there is not release date, the FS9 versions will be released through HJG’s website and the FSX versions will be released through Jon’s website. Let’s all be very patient and maybe they will release it a little quicker!

11/18 UPDATE: On the HJG download page, they posted a notice that the -300 model will be out within the next week.

11/24 UPDATE:  The BAe146-300/QT has been released.  Available at the links above.