WARBIRDS
Planeskin Selection Menu



Below is another much simpler-looking selector...

Players have already been PING-ed and will show up below in pull-down menu.
When a player is selected from the menu, a dataset of local PDC planes can be
cycled in the image window. If the online player (such as Dadman) is flying a P38J
then only available P38J skins will show.

Try it out: 
1. select Dadman from the top drop-down menu button
2. click Assign when you see the P38 with a red & blue spinner
3. then click to View Table of Assigned Players.


Click ASSIGN to select plane shown below
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WARBIRDS
Planeskin Selection Menu



Below is another much simpler-looking selector...

Players have already been PING-ed and will show up below in pull-down menu.
When a player is selected from the menu, a dataset of local PDC planes can be
cycled in the image window. If the online player (such as Dadman) is flying a P38J
then only available P38J skins will show.

Try it out: 
1. select Dadman from the top drop-down menu button
2. click Assign when you see the P38 with a red & blue spinner
3. then click to View Table of Assigned Players.


Click ASSIGN to select plane shown below
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WARBIRDS
Player Planeskin Table

Welcome Player:  Kost  Flying:  spit5 Country:  red

Your country is RED Red Country
Green Country
Gold Country
Purple Country
Click  here to PING players
(refresh online pilots)

Click on PILOT name to
select planeskin

Kost
Spit5
iArt7
F6F5
Ebola
P47D
Bukrub
FW1904
(default)
NOTE:
Custom planeskins downloaded
into your local PDC directory
or the
SKINS directory will be
available to select for

your country's
PILOTS
Webs
Spit5
Kidcan
F6F5

Target
Camel
e-b-o
FW1904
(default)
NOTE:
Planeskins for enemy PILOTS can only be selected from the files
you have in your PDC directory
Speijk
Spit5
Wilz
F6F5

Dadman
P38J
Neusch
ju87d
(default)

Columbo
Spit5
Eretrc
F6F5
Razer
P51D
(unselected)
v-i-c
bf109e
(default)

Kossu
Spit5
York
F4F4
Term
P51D
(unselected)
Nicholas15
bf109g
(default)



Samart
F4F3





Sure, it might seem difficult. but i don't think it requires much code. When your computer first finds out who the other players are, their callsigns, that's when your computer can also find out what .vfc files (skins) your friendlies and enemies have loaded.

Let's say, you are flying a Hellcat and decide to load the Alex Vraciu skin. All your friends online need to know is that you have loaded that Alex Vraciu skin. Then they can tell their computer to load the Alex Vraciu skin on your icon or callsign. The loading of skins is just done once in the game cycle, perhaps in the Arena Menu or Plane Selection Menu. Perhaps each player can choose to load all the other players skins, or maybe the Squadron Leader loads and distributes the skin assignments to all. If a player does not have a particular PDC skin, the default skin loads. Loading Custom Planeskins for that nights' game would be optional, just another button to click on the Game Setup menu. Click that button and you go to the kind of screen shown above.

I realize, that a scenario with 30 to 50 players online would present a possible frame-rate drop if your computer has to draw all those hi-res planeskins. Selecting 30 to 50 planeskins might be slow, but it could be an automatic thing not using a selection menu at all, just click a button:

Planeskins On
° Planeskins Off


Clicking it on would send out a "PING" to all computers, sniffing out which .vfc files the players have loaded and putting the skins on your front end machine if you have them. The picture menu table shown above would only be for preview purposes.









































SAMPLE RETURN OF AVAILABLE PLAYERS
PING DATA

PLAYER
VEHICLE
VFC GAME FILE
COUNTRY
Kost
Spit5
spit5_16a.vfc
Red
Webs
Spit5
spit5_16b.vfc Red
Speijk
Spit5
spit5_16c.vfc Red
Columbo
Spit5
spit5_8.vfc Red
Kossu
Spit5
spit5_8.vfc Red
iArt7
F6F5
f6f5_4.vfc
Green
Kidcan
F6F5
f6f5_4.vfc Green
Wilz
F6F5
f6f5_3.vfc Green
Eretrc
F6F5
f6f5_3.vfc Green
York
F4F4
f4f4_2.vfc Green
Samart
F4F3
f4f3_2.vfc
Green
Ebola
P47D
p47d_3.vfc
Yellow
Target
Camel
camel_2.vfc
Yellow
Dadman
P38J
p38_5.vfc
Yellow
Razer
P51D
p51_21.vfc
Yellow
Term
P51D
p51_25.vfc
Yellow
Bukrub
FW1904
p51_26.vfc
Purple
e-b-o
FW1904
default skin
Purple
Neusch
ju87d
default skin
Purple
v-i-c
bf109e
default skin
Purple
Nicholas15
bf109g
default skin
Purple













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