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Old 4th January 2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default Semi-transparent windshield ?

My semi-transparent windshield works OK except for the fact that any new objects I put in the cockpit area behind that windshield vanish. When I make panel, back wall, side walls, and floor above the airplane they are visible, but when I lower them down into the cockpit area it is as if they are not there. This problem carries through from AC3D to Plane-Maker and X-Plane. ???
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Old 5th January 2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: Semi-transparent windshield ?

You have to put anything you want to see through the windshield, before the windshield object in the object list.
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Old 5th January 2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: Semi-transparent windshield ?

Thanks, I'll try that.
What I was doing do far was making the inside a separate object and putting it SECOND in the list in Plane-Maker.

I tried putting the inside first in AC3D and that did not solve the problem. Someone else told me that windows must be created without using triangles, and two sided at first. Then the appropriate opacity texture is applied and then they are changed to "X-Plane -> Make one-sided"

This will require quite a bit of work for me!
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Old 6th January 2011, 06:53 PM   #4
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In AC3D, make sure you set the material to a degree of transparency, for the window object.
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Old 6th January 2011, 08:49 PM   #5
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Default Re: Semi-transparent windshield ?

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In AC3D, make sure you set the material to a degree of transparency, for the window object.
I assume you want it to be semi transparent when viewed from outside only.

- Make sure the faces are one-sided.
- Make sure normals point outward.
- Set X-Plane Object properties -> Blending to ON
- move object to bottom position in the hierarchy
or even better:
- Put the transparent parts into a sep. object file and attach it in Planemaker.
- There's a pop-up in Planemaker to set the lighting mode to glass.

you do use a semi-transparent png texture, do you?

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Old 8th January 2011, 11:39 AM   #6
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Default Re: Semi-transparent windshield ?

Thanks, Peter.
I'll try all of this when I can get back to my desktop computer.
Yes, I do use semi-trasnparent png for the windows.
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