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PLEASE NOTE: While the new viewlet maker software does a better job of making viewlets, (Flash instead of JAVA) ii now leaves an ugly watermark unless you purchase the software. Unfortunately I cannot afford the software at this time.

 Cutting Windows in FSDS 2.X
Tips and techniques for cutting round windows in FSDS
PDF format - 3.14MB requires Adobe Acrobat.

View it here.  (To download it right-click and chose Save Target As..)


Creating Gauges with EasyGauge Software - Tutorial by Hector Molina

Hector Molina had written an excellent tutorial  for creating gauges with EasyGauge. It does a wonderful job of explaining the elements of a gauge and walks you though the process of creating a gauge in a clear, concise and easy to understand method. Thanks to Hector for allowing me to host this tutorial.
Download full tutorial here. 330k (ZIP)


EasyGauge Software Vertical Speed Indicator Gauge Tutorial

Step-by-step instructions for creating a VSI Gauge using Easy Gauge. Contains PDF or RTF plus sample BMPs, EG source file and finished gauge.
Download full tutorial here. 4.5MB
Download PDF only here.1.3MB


FSDS "mini" PDF Tutorials

Learn how to use Smoothing Groups to save time, frame rates and add amazing detail to your model.
Click here. 275K PDF (click to open or right-click and "Save Target As" to download)

Learn how to texture some polygons on a part with one texture and texture others with another texture. Great for those rounded parts.
Click
here. 438K PDF (click to open or right-click and "Save Target As" to download)

Quick Tips and Hints PDF. Maybe save some time and frustration.
Click
here. 13K PDF (click to open or right-click and "Save As" to download)


Animating in Yoke in FSDS 2.x. New Viewlet (no more JAVA , now done in FLASH.) Click here.

Basic Level - Loading and scaling the backdrop BMPs. Download ZIP containing viewlet
here (1MB)

Basic to Intermediate Level - Shaping a fuselage and working with cross sections.  Download ZIP containing viewlet here (5.1MB)

Intermediate Level - Cutting windows and doors from a fuselage. Also, animating doors with keyframes. Download ZIP containing viewlet here (2MB)


Bending a tube in FSDS. by Cal Booth Slideshow style.
Call Booth has created this great tutorial on bending a tube. While the process seems simple, it has been a source of frustration for many FSDS users (Including myself). 

Click
here to view online. (You do not have to wait for the entire applet to load before viewing begins. Tutorial will open in a new window)
Click
here to download and view locally. (329K)

Creating a Landing Light and Beam in FSDS. Slideshow style
Click
here to view online. (You do not have to wait for the entire applet to load before viewing begins. Tutorial will open in a new window)
Click
here to download and view locally. (413K)

Texturing Basics using Corel DRAW.  Slideshow style.
Please Note: While this tutorial demonstrates basic texturing techniques using Corel DRAW, most of the information offered can be applied to most any painting program.
Click
here to view online. (You do not have to wait for the entire applet to load before viewing begins. Tutorial will open in a new window. Please be patient as this particular applet takes a few minutes to load.)
Click
here to download and view locally. (2.49MB)

Creating Antenna and Guide wires in FSDS. Slideshow style.
Click
here to view online. (You do not have to wait for the entire applet to load before viewing begins. Tutorial will open in a new window)
Click
here to download and view locally. (265K)

Creating a WWII style framed canopy in FSDS. Slideshow style.
Click
here to view online. (You do not have to wait for the entire applet to load before viewing begins. Tutorial will open in a new window)
Click
here to download and view locally. (1.1 MB)

Creating recessed gear wells with flush gear doors in FSDS. (Gear part animation help also included)

Shaping an Aircraft Nose in FSDS.

Breaking up a fuselage to apply textures in FSDS

Creating a Canopy/Cockpit Section in FSDS

Creating a fuselage with Flattened Sides in FSDS

  Building a Wing from a Tube (with control surfaces) using FSDS.

Extracting Control Surfaces from a Wing Using FSDS (for use with Aircraft Animator 1.2 or higher).