European Air War
B-24 Mitchell at Wewak
FlyingSinger made some new skins to represent the B-24's described in his article on Charles H. Cook's experiencs in World War II.
The zip file has three folders, each containing.
- One folder contains a plain B-24D skin (olive drab, no tail art - a slight mod from the supplied EAW B-24 which has the letter "H" on the tail).
- The second has the B-24D with the "Jolly Rogers" tail art used by the 90th BG after July 1943.
- The third folder is "B -24 Side art" and has a number of side art skins for the B-24, including new ones for Charles H. Cook's plane) and "Big Chief" (another plane from the 321st squadron).
- EAW randomly selects side art from this file to apply to the B-24 skin (default or modified). If you set up a formation of B-24's and cycle through them (F9), you will see that about half of the planes have one of the side art panels from this file (the others are blank, and art is placed only on the left nose of the aircraft).
- unzip the files to a working directory
- copy the desired B-24 skin (blank or JR, file PB24ATEX.TPC)...
- from the appropriate folder into your main EAW installation folder
- copy the file PB24AN.TPC from the side art folder into the main EAW folder
- Launch EAW and set up an escort mission with B-24's
- cycle through all planes with F9 and see which art EAW has chosen for you
- I added "Cookie" twice to increase the chance that it would show up for my screen shots
- Remove the .TPC files from the EAW folder to revert to the default B-24 skin and side art
- To modify skins, you need to edit the .PCX file with a bitmap editor such as Paintshop Pro.
- There is an EAW utility called PICPAC.EXE, supplied (unsupported) by Microprose (available through various EAW fan and skins sites. This DOS-based utility will convert PCX files to the compressed TPC format. The file naming scheme supports skins for all the included aircraft.