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pselva
11-07-2004, 01:43 PM
I have visited that awesome site and I am fascinated by the sheer quantity (and quality) of them.
But once I have downloaded one, and extracted it to the correct folder, how do I make it appear in the game (I suppose they are used just for the player's plane)?
I guess that this must be an incredibly stupid question, but the link to the FAQ at www.il2skins.com (http://www.il2skins.com) is dead so bear with me please http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

3.JG51_BigBear
11-07-2004, 02:31 PM
Once you dowload the skin extract the contents. Inside you'll find a bitmap. Just go to the FB folder and find the paitschemes folder, inside that is the skins folder, inside there you'll find folders for every A/C. Just drop the bitmap in the appropriate folder.

Taylortony
11-07-2004, 02:45 PM
you will then need to on the aicraft window when you join select the skins from the list there also on country scroll down and select none so it does not over write the skin markings

Skycat_2
11-07-2004, 07:02 PM
(Note: I'm assuming you're using Forgotten Battles, AEP, or Pacific Fighters. If you're using the original IL-2 Sturmovik game, there are limitations and special considerations.)

Once you have the skin bitmaps in the correct paint scheme folders, there are several ways in which you can use them. Quick Mission Builder gives you a lot of flexibility for this, as you can literally apply a different paint scheme to every aircraft in the sky with a maximum of 16 vs. 16 planes.

In QMB, choose your aircraft on the menu. At the end of each line, there is a big black dot. Click on the dot and you should open up a new menu screen that allows you to customize each plane within that flight. Most planes, by default, only have the 'default' skin and a blank 'void' skin to choose from, but some do come with ace skins or custom skins -- I think the P-51D is an example. Each skin you add to Paint Schemes folder adds to the library you can choose from. You can also customize nationality, squadron/regiment, and pilot skins in this area.

In Pilot Career mode, you can only select the skin for your aircraft I believe. You can do this at the briefing menu, where there is a button that says 'Arming.' There should be an option for 'Aircraft Customization' on the next menu. Note: Dynamic campaigns and custom scripted campaigns have a slightly different interface, and the options may differ here.

Some campaign authors include skins with their missions, and the mission calls up the skins needed for AI planes when the mission loads. Usually the author includes a note for the player to select a particular skin for his own plane appropriate for the mission.

For online use, you can choose your custom skin roughly the same way as above, in the arming menu. BTW, if the host is allowing custom skins to be exchanged, other players' skins will go to your 'cache' folder instead of 'Paint Schemes.' If you play online, periodically look in this folder as you will acquire a large collection and you may want to use some of them for yourself; simply move them to the appropriate folder in 'Paint Schemes.' Usually, when several aircraft types have 3-D models that generally look similar (ie, both variants of the P-47 'Razorback' model or both variants of the P-51D if you're using AEP) they will use universal bitmaps; don't worry too much about matching to the correct subvariant if you're not sure what it is but want to use the skin.

CV8_Dudeness
11-07-2004, 09:05 PM
these people are wrong

no skins will show for you untill you delete the "system32" folder off your C:\ drive , it conflicts with your netcach & skins wont show

CV8_Dudeness
11-07-2004, 09:05 PM
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. thats a joke btw

GvSAP_Wingnut
11-07-2004, 10:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CV8_Dudeness:
. thats a joke btw <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hopefully seen before someone who doesn't know better does what you said. Nice welcome to a new community member - do him and the community a favor and edit your post.

StihlCanuk
11-08-2004, 01:55 AM
Well said.....I don't think I'll even bother to ask how to apply skins to my old original IL2. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

pselva
11-08-2004, 08:58 PM
Thanks everybody for bearing with a newbie, especially Skycat http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
System32 is still here btw http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

adlabs6
11-08-2004, 09:53 PM
Hi there, you can also use Serval's Skinmanager to install and manage skins all from one program. You can get it here:
http://www.1java.org/sh/