#Real-Life #Nature #Sightseeing #Photogrammetry Switzerland Drag and Drop

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At last, Matterhorn mountain scenery, because the default one looked underwhelming and did no justice to this extremely beautiful natural wonder. Fully photogrammetry based model and terraformed edges around the mountain + new additions arround the area.

Info: Matterhorn, the Swiss and incredibly photogenic giant. Famous around the world, this mountain is a beauty. That's why I took the challenge to "renovate" the original one of the game, that looked lacking. Matterhorn figure is very difficult to be interpreted successfully in the sim with low resolution mesh data, it needed a really high resolution model. This is what it is. 

With Version 2.0 there are new additions, like :

- Added 4 LOD levels and improved performance when flying far from the mountain or when viewing it from certain angles.
- Color corrected the textures as much as possible and totally removed the default bluish shadows to make it look natural and beautiful.
- Added cable car pylons for the whole area. Now it's more interesting to explore around the mountain following their path.
- Added polygons for the missing forests south of Zermatt near the foothills of the mountain. Now they are properly populated with trees.

*Also, the older Version 1.0 will always be available in Nexusmods.com in the "Files" section. 


There are KNOWN ISSUES such as : - May cause severe fps drops on higher resolution displays. - You can pass beneath the artificial ground of the model because terrain mesh is not accurate,so no collision for the most part. -There are also some artifacts at the edges of the scenery(i tried to cover up most of them somehow) and my theory is that they were created during the injection of the model in blender. 

How to Install: Drag and drop the folder from the .zip , in your "Community" folder. That's it, enjoy!! 
*Also make sure to check out my other addon, the little grass airstrip of Chamois, south and very close to the mountain! Landing there is a challenge! Link:  https://flightsim.to/file/326/airport-of-chamois-ao02-valle-d-aosta


How to find the mountain: Copy and paste the following coordinates in the "search airport" bar in Flight Simulator : 46.004381, 7.731199


Trivia: The Matterhorn (/ˈmætərhɔːrn/, German: [ˈmatərˌhɔrn]; Italian: Cervino [tʃerˈviːno]; French: Cervin [sɛʁvɛ̃]) is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a large, near-symmetric pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone/Lion, and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt, in the canton of Valais, to the north-east and the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. Just east of the Matterhorn is Theodul Pass, the main passage between the two valleys on its north and south sides, and a trade route since the Roman Era.The Matterhorn was studied by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure in the late eighteenth century, who was followed by other renowned naturalists and artists, such as John Ruskin, in the 19th century. It remained unclimbed after most of the other great Alpine peaks had been attained and became the subject of an international competition for the summit. The first ascent of the Matterhorn was in 1865 from Zermatt by a party led by Edward Whymper; it ended when four of its seven members fell to their deaths on the descent. This disaster, later portrayed in several films, marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. The north face was not climbed until 1931 and is among the three biggest north faces of the Alps, known as "The Trilogy". The west face, which is the highest of the Matterhorn's four faces, was completely climbed only in 1962. It is estimated that over 500 alpinists have died on the Matterhorn, making it one of the deadliest peaks in the world.The Matterhorn is mainly composed of gneisses (originally fragments of the African Plate before the Alpine orogeny) from the Dent Blanche nappe, lying over ophiolites and sedimentary rocks of the Penninic nappes. The mountain's current shape is the result of cirque erosion due to multiple glaciers diverging from the peak, such as the Matterhorn Glacier at the base of the north face. Sometimes referred to as the Mountain of Mountains (German: Berg der Berge),the Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Alps in general. Since the end of the 19th century, when railways were built in the area, the mountain has attracted increasing numbers of visitors and climbers. Each year, numerous mountaineers try to climb the Matterhorn from the Hörnli Hut via the northeast Hörnli ridge, the most popular route to the summit. Many trekkers also undertake the 10-day-long circuit around the mountain. The Matterhorn has been part of the Swiss Federal Inventory of Natural Monuments since 1983.

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37 Comments
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    SinusJayCee
    October 20, 2020

    Excellent work!

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    Thank you! Enjoy!
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    pizzamonster
    October 18, 2020

    Stunning!

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    It's photogenic , isn't it? Enjoy!
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    Axxxeman
    October 18, 2020

    Absolutely wonderful. Now THAT's a Matterhorn!

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    Oh yeah! Thank you and enjoy flying around!
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    Lazerhawk
    October 12, 2020

    Could you please make a workover of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau?

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    If I had data for them , I could, but I don't have any at the moment. Generally speaking , the whole Alpine region needs a makeover with really hi res DEM data, but really sharp features with faces of extreme inclinations and ceilings , can really shine with photogrammetry model enhancements only.
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    adriky89
    October 06, 2020

    Thank you so much for this Masterpiece!! Awesome work!! :D

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    Thank you so much! Hope you are enjoying the scenery!
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    safanna
    October 03, 2020

    Wonderful. Could you explaine how To create a scenery like yours with a Step by Step guide? I have elevatiom data for dolomites with grid 2,5 m Step And i would try To build a similar scene

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    Thank you! It's not the same process , but I would love to see the SDK having a comprehensive method of adding detailed mesh/terrain data. We could cover large areas easily this way.(Japanese mountain/hill features look very good now even with 5m resolution of DEM) The current method(photogrammetry) is our lord and saviour at the moment, but even future("nextGen") terrain features,such as sharp edges and cliffs with extreme inclinations and ceilings, will actually be photogrammetry 3d models or procedural surfaces(maybe a combination of both). Mountain summits and sharp features(like Matterhorn as an example) will never be detailed enough with the use of DIM exclusively,so photogrammetry is as good as it gets for certain places(at the moment).
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    Yvaae
    September 29, 2020

    one of the best scenery I have seen in this flight sim. thanks for the work

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    NikPrist replied
    October 02, 2020
    Thank you so much !
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    elloco
    September 26, 2020

    great job - i just love it

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    NikPrist replied
    October 02, 2020
    Enjoy!! :)
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    Mobias
    September 25, 2020

    Looks fantastic. Thanks so much for doing it. Any chance of doing one for Mount Everest or K2?

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    I would love to do something for them, but right now only excessive terraforming could really make a difference there. It is wiser to wait for an SDK tool that enables Digital Elevation Data additions for the sim terrain, or a world update that improves Himalaya. This is valid unless there is a way to have photogrammetry data for the area. Then it would make sense and I would make it as a downloadable free addon.
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    MrWulf
    September 24, 2020

    Makes a huge difference to the smudgy standard version. Thanks!

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    You are welcome ! Enjoy!
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    Snek
    September 22, 2020

    The reason the seams don't fit with scenery is because this needs to be color-corrected to remove blue hue from the mountain to match MSFS scenery.

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    NikPrist replied
    October 21, 2020
    Version 2.0 is a total overhaul of the textures. All shadows have been removed and I colour corrected the "bright red grass", to match better the surrounding Bing imagery. Enjoy!
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    musician262
    September 22, 2020

    Fantastic, thank you so much. I would also love to see Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the Jungfrau Region is my favourite place in the world - if you were able to do those mountains also, it would be awesome!



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