Wow! I am honored to have you welcome me to the site Danny
Thank you so much for the compliments on the -4! You know as well as I the amount of work and research that goes in to attempting to reproduce an accurate model...and to have some positive feed back on the project makes it all seem worth while and you want to dig in even harder
I use blender. I am currently working on modeling the instrument panel. The altimeter is the first instrument I attempted (didn't show up on the screen shots...for some reason my 800x600 images were cropped?
Anyway, after some "tweaking", I have the altitudes accurate and the barometer spot on. I figured start with the hard one right off
You are right about the basic modeling...it is the hardest part, but it seems like I am forever going back to fine tune something while trying to work on another area of development! It never ends.
So yeah...I am in the process of modeling the instruments now. I have the GPS and the altimeter basically completed.
Of course I want to shoot for maximum realism where practicable. Any hints with textures to mimic reflections in the instrument glass is what I could use at this point.
I want to make this a good add-on so X-plane can soak me for every hour I have in it
(kidding of course)
Trying to keep my feet on the ground but my head is often in the clouds
Thanks again for any help.