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A little bit of catching up...



Hiya guys and gals, and welcome to this little blog I put up as somewhere I can pop info about my various OMSI/FSX works onto. Either way, since there has been a lot of new users coming onto OZx since I started my first OMSI project back in August 2013, let's get up to speed on what I've been working on for the past year, shall we?

My first vehicle model for OMSI, and my most successful in modelling so far, is one of a Renault PR100.2 with Ansair bodywork, as operated by ACTION in Canberra, Australia. Entering service between 1987 and 1993, these buses have for a long period of time made up the bulk of Canberra's bus fleet and now are being replaced by new Euro VI Scania K320UB/Custom CB80 buses. As mentioned before I started work on this bus in August 2013 (a month after I joined OZx), and well... here we are now.

The bus is getting there quite solidly, but there are still many obstacles i must overcome before deeming this project ready to go. Several parts of the bus, including the rear window and tidbits inside the bus, need to be fixed before I export it into Blender for initial exportation to OMSI and early scripting. In addition to that, I still need to finish other separate parts of the bus as well, including the dashboard, seating, wheels and whatnot.

Here's a devshot of the vehicle from the last time I made an update on OZx about the project, which was in March 2014:


(Please note that this photo is a bit out of date and just gives an impression of how the project looks at the moment.)

I have worked tirelessly on refining the vehicle through Q3 and Q4 2013, but stopped work on the bus in March 2014 due to family commitments, the Higher School Certificate (HSC) taking up a bit of my time and also my ventures into other games and whatnot. After a long hiatus of seven months, I finally managed to don the SketchUp creation cap again and was going to resume work on Monday, but that morning my PC's power supply unit (PSU) blew, and it wasn't until today that I managed to source a new PSU for my PC. So, here I am again, making a beautiful right hand drive bus for OMSI.

Over the next few days I'll post a few more blog entries about various tidbits of the project, so people can of course catch up to where I am at the moment.

And lastly, I would like to thank various OZx members for their support: JayKae for creating this forum so people like me can share our creations; DavidH21 for aiding me with creating a few bits and pieces of the vehicle; Mr OC Benz for providing me with a couple of technical documents and reference images to use in this project, and pretty much everyone else for their continued support and enthusiasm towards this project.

-Josh Maddison

Sydney, 23 October 2014


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