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SS FRANCE for Virtual Sailor 7



README for SS FRANCE model by DVOMarineDesign for Virtual Sailor 7. December 03, 2009.


Version SS_FRANCE_V2, Copyright 2009, Dominique Vaccaro for all content of the archive.



NEW in this update V2.0:


- Immediate or almost immediate loading time in the simulator instead of between 3 to 10 minutes in earlier version 1.1.

- Increase of performances (better FPS) by about 20 to 25% or more, depending on your hardware.

- Addition of a fully functional basic bridge with basic instruments for navigation.






This model is proposed as a payware. That means,  if, by looking at the various in-game screenshots or if you already have used my previous models, you

value the hard and long work involved and if you think it is worth a few bucks, you have to purchase it in order to be able to download and use it in Virtual Sailor 7.More, purchasing this addon will allow me to develop other models for Vehicle Simulator and its future updates. Developing serious models is really a long task and a real commitment once one is started. Doing so on a regular basis necessitates some financial motivation and support, with no other choice than providing a minimal decent income to the author.

Please note, you can make an additional donation at any time after the download by using the Donation button on our website , for any of my models.


A purchase with the mentioned amount will allow you to download the ship for an unlimited time, for your own computer only. But you MUST keep all the necessary codes and passwords the author may provide you the first time you download for that. Any datas loss regarding that will no longer allow you to download again later.

With one purchase, you can install it on as many personal computers you have at home. If you need to install it in other places for allowing other persons to use it, you must purchase as many models as computers you want to install it on.

Please notice, every download (first time or later times) will only be done after the author will personally contact you by email (usually within 24hrs). For downloading again the addon, you must contact the author by email with your original invoice received immediately after you first purchase it.


If you use and enjoy a lot the addon and you'd like to reward the author for that, you can make an additional donation by clicking on the link below or by copying and pasting the address in your browser:




DO ENTER A CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS, in order to allow the author to contact you for sending due thanks.


Thank you a lot for your generosity and support.




SS FRANCE, born in 1957, entering in service in 1962, later SS NORWAY in 1979 and finally BLUE LADY is currently beeing dismantled at Alang, India.


This model is before all destined as a tribute to this great liner.

Now you'll be able to virtually sail and walk onboard the ship in Ilan Papini's game, Virtual Sailor.

It has been realized after a lot of search and with a lot of documentation in order to provide accuracy of the add-on, about 1,100 hours have been necessary, hopefully for a more enjoyable resulting onboard experience into the game.

However, please, keep in mind there are notable limitations involved in the process of building such a large and detailed models of a very large ship with sheer where nothing is aligned, acceptable number of polygons to allow usability for recent computers being the most important of them. These limitations have led to some known issues and an acceptable compromise between them and usability has been the main concerne for the author and has been worked out.





This MODEL AND ALL FILES contained in the archive are the sole property of Dominique Vaccaro, www.dvomarinedesign.com .


By unzipping this archive, you accept to not host the files of the models contained into the archive on any other server than the author's one, to NOT DISTRIBUTE THEM IN ANY WAY (email, private message, disk, hardware, software material...), to not sell them, to not modify, TO NOT USE ANY CONTENT or file(s) included (models, xx files, cfg files, horn.wav sound file and all bmp or jpg textures) into this packages for another model, for another purpose than a use into the sole program Vehicle Simulator or for another person or application or commercial entity, with no limitation of time. BY DOWNLOADING OR INSTALLING THESE FILES, YOU ONLY OBTAIN THE RIGHT TO USE THEM ON YOUR PERSONNAL COMPUTER BUT YOU DON'T OWN THEM. THE USE OF SCREENSHOTS MADE FROM THESE MODELS IS NOT ALLOWED FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN SHOWING THEM INTO VEHICLE SIMULATOR SIMULATION RELATED WEBSITES OR FORUMS. ANY OTHER USE SUCH AS PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL, 3D OR IMAGE PRESENTATIONS, RAISE OF FOUNDS, CALENDARS, SEARCH FOR INVESTORS OR POLITIC INVOLVEMENT, ETC, MUST BE DONE VIA ANOTHER SALE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE USER AND DVOMARINEDESIGN (Dominique Vaccaro) AND WITH PRIOR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION FROM DVOMARINEDESIGN OR THE AUTHOR OF THE MODEL, Dominique Vaccaro.


You can run and use this model in unrestricted circonstances, off-line or during on-line sessions or meetings, as long as you do not request payment for using them.


In case you use screenshots in simulations websites or forums, you needn't a prior authorization BUT YOU MUST ADD "Model from www.dvomarinedesign.com", excepted if they're posted into the official Hangsim.com Virtual Sailor or Vehicle Simulator forum, where you do not need to add this mention.




The author will not be held responsible for any damage done to your computer or programs installed. By installing these add-ons, you fully agree with that term. However, in case of freezing or automatic restart of your computer, this is not the add-ons themselves which has been fully tested that will harm your computer but the unappropriated action you may do immediately after.



-----Minimum hardware and software requirements:-----


2,2 GHz Dual Core processor,

2Go Ram,

GeForce 7800 graphic card with 512Mo graphic memory,

Microsoft Windows XP,

Vehicle Simulator 2.24 or above.




THERE WILL BE NO REIMBURSEMENT, for whatever reason.




Simply unzip the main directory of the joined archive into your "Boats" directory of your Virtual Sailor 7 game and same thing for the content of the "instruments" and "panel" folders into their respective folders in VS7.

Check "Use 24 bit Z buffer" on into your video settings of the game, Check "Specular lighting" on and check "Hide water in cabin" off into your graphic settings option.

Wait a few seconds, depending on your system, for loading the ship into the game. Do not switch off your computer while this process.

I'd recommend to set your water settings on "shaded", which is more realistic in open high seas and less hardware demanding.

To enlighten all portholes and windows + external halos at night, press 12 times your "Page down" key. To remove this lighting, use your "Page up" key. (sailbf.xx file)

To load deck-chairs, crew and passengers, press 12 times your "Del" key.

To remove them, press your "Insert" key. (saillsf.xx file)

This is a large and heavy ship. In consequence, max speed (31.3kts) will be reach after about 5 minutes at full throttle. Similarly about 20 minutes are required to go from max speed to zero if you shut off your throttle. Maneuverability is not the one of a race boat or trawler either. Please, keep that in mind during your navigation.



-----Files contained into the archive SS_FRANCE_v2.zip:-----


boat.xx = 259,534 polygons / 159 materials

lights.xx = 8,892 polygons / 3 materials

sailbf.xx = 13,071 polygons / 12 materials

sailsf.xx = 11,390 polygons / 15 materials

rudder.xx = 28 polygons / 1 material

prop1/2/3/4.xx = 342 polygons / 1 material

radar1/2.xx = 12 polygons / 2 materials

1 boat.bmp file = image of the ship

140 bmp and 1 jpg files = textures

boat/lights/views/smoke.cfg = config files

engine/horn.wav = sound files

4 .dds files

1 boat_1.xx file

readme.txt = this readme file



I hope you'll enjoy your sailing onboard SS FRANCE and thank you for your support.


If and only if you accept ALL the above terms, you can purchase the addon via our online shop at www.dvomarinedesign.com/shop/