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Big Bear, California and L35 Airport

This mod covers Big Bear Valley (and the surrounding area) and brings significant improvements, such as pine trees, a new lake shoreline, the dry lakes are now actually dry, toggle-able winter scenery and many miscellaneous updates throughout the region. See the full description...

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Developing this mod has been very time consuming. If you like my work and would like to help support future development, please consder donating using the Paypal donation link. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Description:

This mod replaces the entire shoreline of Big Bear Lake, CA with a higher resolution poly that is much more accurate, replaces the default (incorrect) trees in the San Bernardino mountains with pine trees, removes the water in Baldwin and Erwin lake (they're dry in real life), improves the lighting, fixes some glaring issues with the default scenery in the Big Bear area, and adds landmarks and many fine details. The goal is to bring the scenery as close to reality as possible. The water level of Big Big Lake is constantly changing, so the water level in this mod may not exactly match the current state of the lake as it is based on the water level when the bing image was taken so that it matches the underlying image. This mod requires both USA world updates.

The L35 Big Bear City Airport mod (By JosueMejia) and the L35 Density Altitude Signs mod (By vbazillio) are now fully merged with the permission of the authors! If you have either mod installed, please make sure to remove it before installing this mod.

Current default scenery: Winter

Requirements:
  • World Update II (USA)
  • World Update X (USA)
Features:
  • Now includes an updated L35 Airport. L35 was orginally created by JosueMejia but he kindly allowed me to take over development.  This update brings significant improvements, including better integration with the surrounding scenery, proper routing for the AI and taxi ribbon, taxiway signs, proper frequencies, improved parking, terraforming and much more!
  • Density altitude signs for L35 by vbazillio!
  • Much more detailed shoreline for Big Bear Lake and Stanfield Marsh
  • Stanfield Cutoff is now above water and has details like the guard rails and drainage pipes
  • Summer and Winter version of the scenery
  • Baldwin Lake and Erwin Lake are now dry
  • Improved lighting throughout Big Bear and street lights are removed where they don't exist in real life (38, 330, 18 etc)
  • Stanfield Marsh boardwalk
  • The Snow summit ski slope is now lit up at night during the winter (Winter scenery must be enabled)
  • There are now boats on the lake during the summer
  • Big Bear Solar Observatory (Plan to update the model in the future)
  • Updated the biomes for the entire San Bernardino mountains. Pine trees now grow in Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Gregory etc.
  • Custom localized biomes reflecting the microclimates of Big bear, such as variable scrub brush in the Erwin Lake area
  • Horses in the Baldwin lake and Erwin Lake areas and a few black bears now live in the woods behind Fawnskin where there are frequent sightings.
  • The CA-18 bridge at the dam is no longer baked into the scenery texture
  • Added the solar array behind the convention center/wyatts and the solar panels at the North Shore Elementary School and Big bear highschool
  • Random car parking throughout Big Bear, including paved parking lots, trailheads, turnouts along the 38 and 18 etc.
  • Tons of little fixes and improvements all over Big Bear.

Video from Bill4LE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzESL9xPFIs

Recommended/Relevant Mods:
Update Instructions:

Always delete the mod folder ('flightsimdude-scenery-bigbearca') from your community folder before copying any future updates.

Switch Between Summer And Winter Scenery:


To switch from summer to winter:

Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-summer.bgl" to "bigbearscenery-summer.bgl.bak" or delete the file
Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-winter.bgl.bak" to "bigbearscenery-winter.bgl"


To switch from winter to summer:

Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-winter.bgl" to "bigbearscenery-winter.bgl.bak" or delete the file
Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-summer.bgl.bak" to "bigbearscenery-summer.bgl"

Special Thanks!:
  • JosueMejia  (Provided the art assets and was the original developer of L35 Airport. Make sure to check out his other mods!)
  • vbazillio (Provided the Density Altitude signs. Make sure to check out his other mods!)
  • tacandme (Sponsor)
  • vgbaron (Sponsor)
  • monstersd619  (Sponsor)
  • Joshsum (Sponsor)
  • Vibstronium (Sponsor)
  • Tom1957 (Sponsor)
  • lloydsmit (Sponsor)
  • perohijo (Sponsor)
  • Bill @ Bill4LE
l35 big bear baldwin lake erwin lake mountains mountain lake bush flying lake gregory california socal redlands yucaipa hwy 38
Details
Compatibility
Sim Update 11
Initial Release
January 17, 2021
Last Updated
14 day(s) ago — 5.3

Version

5.3

File Size

9.88 MB

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  • Updated to version 5.3

  • Updated to version 5.2

  • Updated to version 5.1

  • Updated to version 5.0

  • Updated to version 4.3

  • Updated to version 4.2

  • Initial File Release

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83 Comments

Etymology. Big Bear got its name due to the large number of grizzly bears that once roamed the area. Although grizzly bears went extinct in the valley at the turn of the 20th century, there are still thousands of black bears found in Big Bear Valley.

Is there a photogrammetry of big bear anywhere? Would love to see it used with your mod.

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KomradeDoge

14 day(s) ago / Thanked by flightsimdude

Very accurate, I go up to Big Bear all the time, and the little details like the observatory and docks are great with this scenery. Excellent for the VFR landmarks from IRL.

I love this package but it now causes direct CTD during loading.

This is really nice. Any idea why this scenery would conflict with 3N6 Old Bridge airport by NJFlyer606 ? I've confirmed that with only this and 3N6 installed, I get a CTD at startup.

Hi flightsimdude,

Excellent work...

One question - can/should we use the "Aerial" folder from the old original project (v1.3b - JosueMejia) or is it also superseded by this package?

Thanks for your time and efforts...they are much appreciated.

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BertGroner

5 month(s) ago / Thanked by flightsimdude

Gentlemen, good day!

Thanks for making this outstanding airport.

One question pelase: Should the L35 Density Altitude signs made by vbazillo work? In my installation they are dark showing no density altitude.

Thanks a lot for help - take care!

Bert

must be cool stuff, but it conflict with something in my community dir, ctd at msfs loading. don't sure, may be trees from bijan, may be something else. could you please make this addon more flexible and universal, please?

Very well done!

Hi, can you say which .bgl in your scenery folder are responsible for the trees? I am trying to merge your mod with some of my other vegetation mods in my community folder that otherwise crash if installed separatly.

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vbazillio

5 month(s) ago / Thanked by flightsimdude

One of my favorite freeware!

Considering that this mod is a package including the airport buildings and infrastructure, I would love to find more pics of it in this page slideshow 😉 This package is full of features now!

I also would love to help corrected an awfull building: I think it's the Goldsmith's storage here : https://goo.gl/maps/nJn3yYfLJFf9oAvJ7

I have very limited skills on Blender and Sketchup (anything took hours for me). Is there a way to replace the low poly and low texture resolution building even with a stock/from MSFS library building?

My sister lives in Big Bear and I live at the bottom of the hill in Redlands, CA - love to fly in this area, used to training in a Cessna 150 in the early '70's in this area. I installed the mod and had a CTD. I removed it, booted the sim and it worked fine. I did some clean-up on my community folder and did a redownload and a reinstall. Had another CTD, did another removal and sim works OK now. Will check back when you do an update. The scenery photos are awesome, love that you included the observatory.

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Rockfrog

5 month(s) ago / Thanked by flightsimdude

Have loved this mod from its earliest days, through the developments, pulling in and improving 3rd party work, and up to today's WU10 fixes. Great project, great effort, please continue!

Thank you again for the latest update!!!

CTD with Bijan Studio – Four Season Pack TREE addon i thing compatibility problem. can you have a version without the vegetation part?

Wish you could do photogrammetry for this city. It would be awesome.

For crying out loud! Do us and yourself a favor. Please work on this for a week, or better yet a month before posting updates. This every day stuff is frustrating. Who flies to Big Bear daily? You have accomplished a great deal. Much appreciated! But please just spread out the updates.

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charliebravoAT

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by flightsimdude

We don't need the Den alt sign extra more since it is included yet? Did I get it right?

Amazing 😊

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HomieFFM

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by flightsimdude

I discovered this airport thorugh the BigBear Eagle stream.

Don't know if it's possible to be implemented, but the tree with the nest is not far away from the airport 😀

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4-L2nfGcuE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx0nese3zL8




  • Version 5.3 November 14, 2022

    * Fixed a vegetation oversight
    * The helipads are now functional

    It is important to delete your flighsimdude-scenery-bigbearca folder before copying this update. Do not just overwrite the folder.

  • Version 5.2 November 12, 2022

    SU11 update
    * Winter scenery enabled
    * Added animated flags
    * Added solar parking at the city hall
    * Fixed some vegetation problems
    * Performance improvements
    * Miscellaneous improvements throughout Big Bear valley

    It is important to delete your flighsimdude-scenery-bigbearca folder before copying this update. Do not just overwrite the folder..

    If you are happy with the quality of this mod and would like to contribute, please consider using the Paypal donation link on the main page. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Version 5.1 July 02, 2022

    Please delete the flightsimdude-scenery-bigbearca folder before updating to this version

    Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July!

    * Hopefully (maybe) fixed a potential biome compatibility issue with other mods
    * Removed more terraforming and vegetation fixes that are no longer necessary as of WU10
    * More work on the new shoreline
    * Added the dam keeper's house
    * Better model for the "Eye of God" landmark
    * More taxiway fixes
    * Little fixes and improvements throughout Big Bear

    If you are happy with the quality of this mod and would like to contribute, please consider using the Paypal donation link on the main page. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


  • Version 5.0 June 21, 2022

    * First version of the new Big Bear Lake shoreline for the new WU10 imagery
    * Terraforming and vegetation adjustments throughout the valley
    * More progress on L35 ground vehicle routing
    * Minor L35 parking adjustments
    * Improvements to the boulder bay area

    If you are happy with the quality of this mod and would like to contribute, please consider using the Paypal donation link on the main page. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Version 4.3 June 18, 2022

    WU10 brought big improvements to Big Bear! The imagery for Big Bear is now more recent than even Google Maps, but this also means that the water level in the imagery no longer matches this mod, so I will have to redraw the entire shoreline. Considering how big of an upgrade WU10 was for the area, I think it's well worth the time, however this will take a while and will require multiple updates to get right, so please bear with me when it comes to errors along the shoreline. This update is to take care of the low hanging fruit

    It is very important that you delete flightsimdude-scenery-bigbearca before copying this update to your community folder

    * Fixed many little scenery and vegetation incompatibilities with WU10
    * Improved the apron and runway textures for L35
    * Stanfield Marsh is now dry to reflect the imagery
    * Some minor shoreline improvements to fix the more jarring issues.The entire shoreline is being redrawn from scratch for an upcoming update.
    * Improved L35 ground vehicle routing. They should no longer block the runway and should do a better job staying out of the way. However, more work needs to be done here
    * Added the solar panels at the water treatment plant
    * Removed some terraforming fixes that are no longer necessary with the improved DEM
    * Adjusted the tree colors and slightly reduced the height
    * Added the "eye of god" landmark in the Baldwin Lake area


    If you are happy with the quality of this mod and would like to contribute, please consider using the Paypal donation link on the main page. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Version 4.2 June 09, 2022

    * New airport services file
    * Fixed various problems with parking, including fuel parking.
    * Removed the static aircraft from the main parking area. They now spawn dynamically.
    * Fixed some taxiway problems
    * Improved the area around the observatory
    * More vegetation work
    * More work on 3D docks
    * More usable car turnouts along the highways
    * Various fixes throughout Big Bear

    If you are happy with the quality of this mod and would like to contribute, please consider using the Paypal donation link on the main page. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Frequently Asked

Questions? Find your solution here.

Why don't I see the Snow Summit lights?

Like in real life, the Snow Summit lights are only on in the winter. So you will need to activate the winter scenery. An explanation for this is in the main description and in the FAQ below.

How do I switch from the summer scenery to the winter scenery?
  • Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-summer.bgl" to "bigbearscenery-summer.bgl.bak" or delete the file
  • Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-winter.bgl.bak" to "bigbearscenery-winter.bgl"
How do I switch from the winter scenery to the summer scenery?
  • Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-winter.bgl" to "bigbearscenery-winter.bgl.bak" or delete the file
  • Rename "scenery\bigbearca-scenery\bigbearscenery-summer.bgl.bak" to "bigbearscenery-summer.bgl"
Why doesn't the water level match the current water level?

Big Bear Lake water level fluctuates all year long. The water level in this mod reflects the Bing imagery.

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