Creating vehicle using elements can be a tedious and possibly complicated work, because
you have to place and edit each component yourself, moreover the elements
themselves are not visual and do not influence the looks of the vehicle.
To design vehicles visually use the components available and possibly make
additional components yourself.
A component is a composition of mesh file and elements file, each mesh file
can include multiple moving parts which are identified according to the vehicle
tags identified for the vehicle.x file, see these tags on the Vehicle Files.
The components are located inside the components directory of the program and
consist of three files for each component, the mesh file, the elements file and
New components can be made by the user and by add-on makers and facilitate
making new and interesting vehicle compositions.
The following sample shows the "Tilt_Engine" component and
its structure, below you can see the contents of the tilt_engine.cfg file
and the tilt_engine.jpg file.
The tilt_engine.cfg file is identical in structure to the elements.cfg
file saved for the vehicle itself, it contains groups of elements and their
properties, as seen on Elements.
Tilt_engine.x mesh file contain a hierarchy of mesh parts, these parts
are identified using the vehicle tags as seen on Vehicle Files.
vehicle can be made of up to 24 components, any component can define also the
panel, the camera position and the animated pilot to be used for the vehicle
These additional parts can be specified inside the component elements
file, a typical sample of such file can be seen inside this section below.
// instrument panel
// camera position
Creating new components:
To create one or more
components create a dummy vehicle first, use the mesh
of this vehicle to define the elements visually using the element editor, then
extract parts of the mesh and the elements related to this part
into separate files for each component you extract.
There is no
need to move the elements or the mesh parts even if they are not centered on the
component itself, it is simple to use the same positions you extract from the
mesh and its components file, if panel, camera and pilot are also to be used,
use copy and paste to place inside the component elements file.
For example using the
Aerolight vehicle and its elements file, the following components were
See examples of this
inside the components directory that comes with the program.