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tsgucci asked tsgucci commented

How to control snow at an airport?

Hi Guys!


My question is related to projected meshes: The SDK says in the projected meshes properties there is a 'No snow' option but it is not there actually.

(https://docs.flightsimulator.com/html/index.htm#t=Developer_Mode%2FScenery_Editor%2FObjects%2FProjectedMesh_Objects.htm&rhsearch=snow&rhhlterm=snow)

Interestingly on the lowest projected mesh there is no snow generated, but all above there is generated. This of course gives a completely messed up outlook.

For the scenery object the 'NoSnow' option is there and it works fine.

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DrzewieckiDesign answered tsgucci commented

The 'NoSnow' option works well for models, so if you are looking for making hangar floors, you may try doing those simply using elevated polygons.

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No I'm actually looking for disable snow coverage on certain projected mesh layer. If the layer sequence is 0. photoground, 1. is asphalt, 2. is apron concrete, than I do not want to have snow on the layer 1 and 2. But now, for some reason every layer gets snow coverage except the asphalt. Which is strange because everything is same on the layers. (asphalt has bump, that is the only difference.)

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FlyingRaccoon answered WombiiActual commented

Hello.
This was a mistake, you can't disable snow on projected mesh at the moment. The doc will be fixed.
The amount of snow depends on the surface type and its color.

The darker the ground color is, the less there is snow.
The thickness is also reduced when surface type is set to asphalt, cement, paint or road.

Regards,
Sylvain

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I'm sorry if this is slightly off topic, but are there any plans to give us more options for snow on different surface types that aren't projected mesh in the future?

Often more worn asphalt will be brighter than less worn ashpalt, so the current system will often have more snow on heavily used areas of the airport. It's also not uncommon for the aprons and taxiways to be repaved in patches and sections so the snow layer ends up looking like a patchwork.

Would love a future option to virtually snow plow the aprons and taxiways.

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mamudesign answered tsgucci commented

i've have been asking that some time ago:

Add a tool / polygon to control snow - MSFS DevSupport (flightsimulator.com)

Winter is coming, and beautiful hancrafted airports, with precise aprons/ashpalt/cement color palette are going to be are going covered in snow

dark/light has been a wonderful idea for snow melting, but on airports we need something more precise to work with.. if possible :)


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I agree. We would need some tool to have the snow in control. The "Nosnow" thickmark is actually a very nice solution at models so it could be used at projected meshes as well.

Interestingly last time we submitted a package for marketplace the test team pointed out that our snow coverage is messed up. And actually therefore we landed here.

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