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 Hello all!

I'm trying to help Paul (@GCF) update the skin names for his Unofficial Skin Bundle and he asked me to remind everyone on the new naming guidelines for the Historical skins as they require some knowledge on their use, dating back to Rise of Flight. Luckily for us, we aren't under the same restrictions that were imposed on us by 777, but there are a couple minor (but important) rules to follow. 

 

Every Historical Skin should begin with one of the following prefixes, depending on the aircraft:

 

Central Planes

AD5 for Albatros 

FDR1 for Fokker DR1

FD7 for Fokker D7

FD7F for Fokker D7F

PD3a For Pfalz D3a

CL2  for Halberstadt CL2

CL2_au  for HalberstadtCL2au

 

Entente Planes

SC for Sopwith Camel

Dolphin  for Sopwith Dolphin 

Spad13  for Spad 13 

Se5a for Se5a

F2b for BristolF2BF2

F2b_F3 for BristolF2BF2

 

Followed by an underscore "_" 

 

Followed by the squadron designation (most often) used in Rise of Flight

Note, means that the French were usually Esc## and SPA##. The British were RFC##, RNAS##, and RAF##. The US were US##. The Australians were AFC#. The Germans were J## and Sch##. Etc.

 

The above list is not conclusive, but it should cover most of our historical skins. If certain squadrons fall outside of the common group, please bring it to our attention if you're unsure so that we can help resolve its in-game designation.

 

Why does it matter that the letters proceed the numbers in a squadron's in-game designation?

This is just to ensure all faction are grouped and separated from other factions' squadrons. 10RNAS is probably more accurate of a title for No. 10 squadron RNAS, but RNAS10 is the better way of listing the squadron within the game's menu, including other programs like PWCG. It also keeps the different skins alphabetically grouped neatly within our Window's folders.

 

After the squadron designation, follow with another underscore"_"

 

The rest of the skin name can be named as you wish, with the exception of duplication of other skin names or potentially dangerous special characters. So far; spaces, periods, commas, and dashes seem OK to use (after the PLANE_SQUAD_ prefix). I would avoid quotes, brackets, parenthesis and most other special characters if possible.

 

Here are some examples of historical skin names that would be acceptable:

 

SC_RNAS3_Breadner

SC_RFC80_DEC17

SC_AFC4_MAR18

Spad13_SPA75_Number15

Spad13_SPA161_Tognard

Spad13_US28_Default

Spad13_US103_Capt. G. DeFreest Larner

Spad13_Esc80_generic

Dolphin_RAF19_C4017

Dolphin_RFC19_C3792

F2B_AFC1_B1148

F2B_RFC22_default

F2B_F3_RAF48_C841

F2B_F3_RFC20_AUG17

SE5a_RFC60_Bishop_August 1917

SE5a_RAF64_E4002

SE5a_RFC56_James McCudden

SE5a_RFC56_Capt. A.Ball

 

PD3a_J32__Jakob Landin

PD3a_J10_Default_JUL17

PD3a_J7_Carl Degelow_Early

FDr1_J12_Ltn_Paul_Hoffmann_436_17_V1

FDr1_J10_WernerVoss_V1yellow

FDR1_J26_Bruno Loerzer

AD5_J76_Munchner Kindl    (NOTE: The "b" was never used for the Bavarian units in RoF and is unnecessary)

AD5_J11_MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN_ JULY

AD5_J18_Unknown_3C

 

More examples to come ... it's getting late.

 

Also, one last important request:

Any skin makers who have (or will have) skins in the Unofficial Skin Bundle, it would be a big help to Paul and myself if you would offer to rename them yourself and resubmit them to Paul. We are more than willing to do the actual renaming, but the more people involved, the faster we can accomplish this task. This is true with the V, X, Y, and Z skins as well!

 

Thank you for your support and please feel free to pose any questions or objections to anything I or Paul have noted on this subject. This is a community run project and we are all a part of this community. S!

Edited by the_dudeWG
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