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How to Install an Aircraft Texture Skin/Repaint Addon

This topic demonstrates how to add a texture skin/repaint addon to Prepar3D's stock Mooney Bravo aircraft by working step-by-step through the installation of an actual repaint addon.

Prerequisites

Our aircraft repaint addon is called FSX Mooney Bravo Mango.

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Step 1: Start Addit! Pro

Begin by opening Addit! Pro. Click the Install button:

Step 2: Open the Addon Installation Wizard

When the Addon Installation Wizard window appears, press Select Addon Files:

Step 3: Select Addon Files

When the Select Addon Files window appears, locate the file you downloaded above. Select only the def_moon.zip file. Make sure all of the files inside the zip file are selected in the Zip File list, as shown below. Press OK:

Step 4: Addon Installation Wizard Revisited

Back on the Addon Installation Wizard window, all colored status indicators are either green or yellow so you could press Finish at this point and install the addon using the default configuration. Instead, we will tweak the configuration to demonstrate how you can customize the installation process. Press Configure Textures:

Step 5: Configuring Textures

On the window titled Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures, under "Install the texture files to" pick the option "An existing or new texture folder". Make sure the box "Create aircraft variant for use with these textures" is checked. Press Next:

Step 6: Select the Base Aircraft Folder

On the Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures window click the small Quick Picks button as shown below to bring up a list of aircraft. Select the stock Mooney Bravo. You can also click on Change Folder then locate the Mooney Bravo folder manually. Press Next:

Step 7: Specify Aircraft Variant Details

On the Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures window, press Customize. A window appears where you can enter a Title and Variation name as well as pick the panel, sound package and texture folder name for the new variant.

Fill out this form as shown below. Use Mooney Bravo Mango as the Title and enter White, Mango under Variation. Leave the panel and sound as-is but be sure to use a unique texture folder name, one that is not currently used by another variant. Here we will use Texture.mango. Press OK to close this window then press OK one more time to accept all texture changes. Then press Next one last time.

Step 8: Select an Aircraft Picture

On the Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures window, press Set Picture and select a picture to represent this aircraft variant. Note a picture has been pre-selected for you. You can keep this picture or pick a different image. Keep in mind you can always assign (or reassign) a picture later on using the Edit Aircraft window. Press OK:

Step 9: Setting Installation Options

Back on the Addon Installation Wizard window, we will accept the defaults for the Other step, skipping past it. Press Installation Options. Enter an addon name. The small Quick Picks button provides a handy list of possible names. Optionally, identify the authors and provide a description as shown below. Press OK:

Step 10: Review the Installation Summary

Back on the Addon Installation Wizard window, press Installation Summary and review the choices. Everything looks fine, with no textures set to be overwritten. Press OK:

Step 11: Install the Addon

On the Addon Installation Wizard window, press Finish to complete the installation:

Step 12: Verify the Aircraft Variant

Use Addit! Pro's Edit Aircraft window to verify the new aircraft variant. Press the Edit Aircraft button on Addit! Pro's button bar. When the Edit Aircraft window appears, position to the Mooney Bravo Mango variant. Everything appears to be in order:

Step 13: Take Her for a Spin!

Finally, start Prepar3D and select your new Mooney Bravo Mango aircraft and enjoy!

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