Went to Bendigo and the Centenary of ANZAC exhibition today.. I’m just going to copy what I put up over on Facebook and link the Gallery.

This is all the Raw photo’s taken today, I want to thank mum and dad for taking us.. it was hard at times hearing and reading not to get emotional. At the end while I was walking a women behind me made the comment ‘Was it worth it?’ in relation to the war.. it took all my self control not to spin on her and go ‘No it wasn’t.. No war is ‘Worth it’ but some times it’s the ONLY choice we have’.. What I do think they missed was explaining a few things.. they talk about the men who come home being changed which is good.. but they don’t talk about how the light horse had to destroy their animals..etc.. eg there are some very important things missing.. especially given a lot of those horses where the BEST stock from Australia..

They also don’t explain that a lot of the rural areas suffered more than the cities.. because they lost an entire generation…. in some cases more… but.. over all given it’s a travelling exhibition it was amazing.. The Audio and Visual stuff brilliant.. and the fact that you can move at your own pace.. and experience it makes it even better..

I took over 450 photo’s here.. and I could have easily taken a lot more.. the old War Footage alone.. was yeah.. I do wish we saw a little more about the Flying Corps.. as it was WW1 that gave birth to the RAAF…

To all those who have served.. So long as even one person remembers what you did.. you are NEVER FORGOTTEN.. and we can not afford to forget the lessons you have paid so much to learn..


The Album is here:  Centenary of ANZAC FB Album

Majestic Q400 Checklists

So I did up some Q400 MP checklists and Flows in a nice handy A5 format (you know the type you’d put on a knee board) no one seems to have done a set… least not like this.

I’m not saying their right (actually I Point out the fact that if you do better I’d love to hear) but there something.. Both the PDF and Excel versions are there so you can modify to your hearts content.

If you do modify them and make them better I’d love to see and will even host them!.


Oh you can get them over in the Freebies section or by using these links


Q400 Checklists Excel

Excel Version of the Checklists


Majestic Q400 Shared Cockpit Checklists PDF

PDF version of the Checklists for Majestic Softwares Q400.

Prepar3D 3.0 and why saddly LM can’t win no matter what they do

So Lockheed Martin have released Prepar3D 3.0 and to say the response from some of the community has been rather ugly is really being nice. So far there has been 3 camps they are:

  1. The people who realize that software costs money to develop and understand that eventually you have to pay for it.
  2. Those who don’t feel 3.0 is worth paying full price for as they feel it’s more like newtek’s release of LW2015 a bug patch version at full price
  3. Those who want to complain about 2 and the fact that it’s not 64bit yet.

I will say that I’m in the 1. camp though I do understand the feelings a little of 2 because part of me feels that 3.0 is really more a bug fix, however I also understand that software isn’t free to develop it costs money to pay for the coders and it requires a lot of hours both to hunt down bugs and to add new features. So far people have gotten 2 years of updates from 2.x that isn’t bad, it’s about normal cycle for software and if you remember Microsoft did simular FS2004 – FSX ??? The only reason you’ve not had to do that ‘cycle’ is because that’s right FSX was the last ‘Decent’ release from Microsoft. And No i’m not going to get into Xplane 10 here because tbh it’s a different type of platform (multiplatform for a start).

That being said LM really should look at offering upgrade pathways rather than ok you pay full price each time, every other major software company does it and sorry Lockheed most people are not Government Agencies who can afford to pay full price, you’d get a lot more people jumping to the upgrades if you did say 150$ for users to upgrade 2.5 pro – 3.0 etc just saying.

Now the other camp of course is the ‘Well LM didn’t make it 64 bit so it sucks and it’s 2015 get with the program’. Ok loo there are benefits to 64 bit but there are a lot of ‘oh *beep*’ moments that are going to happen when and if LM ever upgrade to 64bit and the biggest of these is that you are going to loose EVERY plugin, DLL etc every written for Flight Simulator. Eg the moment that LM takes P3D 64bit you can kiss backwards compatibility goodbye.

BS I hear some yelling, no sorry it’s the truth, when you compile an application you have a choice 32bit or 64bit the two modes don’t get along, at the moment every DLL every compiled for FSX or P3D is done under the 32 bit instruction set, that includes evrey .Gau file ever written and the moment you compile the main application in x64 ‘boom’ they stop functioning. That means that basically every addon every written stops functioning why? Because every major addon uses some form of compiled code, be it the Direct Sound gauge, a simconnect gauge or something like object flow etc every one of them is a compiled DLL and every one of them would break.

The only fix to that? Every one of those DLL’s be they .DLL or .GAU has to be recompiled in visual studio as a 64bit instruction set and there are HUNDREDS of those files and some of them are no longer even supported by their original coders. So Not only will you now be paying LM for a new version but you’ll also be paying the developers because I can tell you most aren’t going to offer that for free.. It costs them $$ to upgrade all their products not to mention all those Dev’s who do ‘joint’ compatibility products won’t be able to do so as easily.

So Really no matter what LM do there screwed.. If they don’t make it 64bit they get people screaming, if they do than those same people are likely to scream that their addons no longer work.

Can’t have it both ways people. To be honest I’d rather LM give us sloped runways etc eg REALISTIC airports because Runways aren’t flat.

Mesh Releases

I’ve released the Following 2 Meshes today for Lightwave 3D

Hawk 127:

Please note that the C-17 is not fully textured.

The following rules apply to both:

Terms and Conditions of use

By Downloading this model you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions of use.

1. You may not use this for a COMMERICAL product with out first contacting Robert Graham through for permission. (Not because i’m going to charge you but I like to know where it is in use Commercially)
2. You actively and fully acknowledge that Robert Graham is the owner of the Mesh and that you will not try and claim it as your own.
3. If you create an image that gives credit to any author you will include credit for this mesh as ‘C-17/A by Robert Graham’ or simular form.
4. You will not redistribute with out permission this mesh by any form of media be it Internet, CD, etc etc etc with out permission gained
from 1. The only places that have permission to release this material in such forms is Lightwave 3D Wiki and Newtek should they wish to do so.


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70 Years ago Today

70 years ago today 90,000-166,000 people (the exact number is unknown) died either in the blink of an eye or from the effects of radiation poisoning over the next few years when Little Boy was dropped on the City of Hiroshima Japan by Allied Forces in an attempt to force the Military ruling party of Japan to admit defeat and come to the surrender table, it would take a second bomb dropped in 3 days time to achieve that effect.
Today 70 years ago the world changed forever, the power of the Atom was used in anger by humanity for the first of two times, a nation whom I will not debate the right or wrong of the event for we do not live in those times, was decimated and humanity learnt a lesson.. We could now create weapons so powerful.. so devastating that we could annihilate ourselves with their use.
70 years have passed since the drop of the first bomb in anger.. in 3 days 70 years will have passed since the drop of the second and last.. let us hope another 7,000 pass before we ever need to do so again.