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Old 06-06-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default [REL] Merchant Fleet Mod for Silent Hunter 3

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06/2/2017

MFM Version 3.3 Available below.


http://www.filehosting.org/file/deta...7/MFM-v3.3.rar

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02/20/2017

COMING SOON: MERCHANT FLEET MOD v 3.3

An announcement: after a long hiatus I have started work on the Merchant Fleet Mod v3.3.

Before you get too excited, this mod is intended as an interim solution....it is my attempt to correct the most glaring defects from the Merchant Fleet Mod 3.2:

-Tankers will have engine rooms and fuel bunkers in the correct position
-Hitpoints reduced so that most ships sink with between 1-3 torpedo hits
-Mass for certain ships corrected so they do not lag behind in convoy
-Possibly, heavier armament for some ships after 1942
-Slightly greater variety in armament types
-Armor reduced from ~15cm to 1-3 cm to represent unarmored ship structure (again, this was a reason for difficulty in sinking.
In reality, cargo ship plates are 1" thick, give or take. Older ships will have about 1cm to represent rusted hull plates.
Modern ships will tend to have 2-3cm armor to represent new steel plates.)

What MFM 3.3 IS NOT:

This mod will NOT feature new ship models, new cargo, new crew figures, new weapons, or any bells and whistles. It is intended to improve "craftsmanship".

Basically, the gaol is to improve gameplay for stock SH3 and supermods like GWX/WAC and to "hold you over" until I create my new cargo ship mod for the Silent Hunter series.

Yes, there WILL be a full fledged replacement MFM, to replace all my now obsolete ship models. But this is not it. Again, it is an attempt to clean up defects from when I rushed this mod into production years ago.

As such it will be released pretty soon. Work on improving the tanker compartments is going quite smoothly.

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MERCHANT FLEET MOD - INITIAL RELEASE INFO

This mod's designed to replace Stock SH3's paltry merchant roster with a huge variety of surface craft, from motor launches to tramp steamers to fleet oilers. It has its roots back in the early days of Silent Hunter 3, when I noticed that the existing merchant ships were sometimes crudely detailed, or were types that would rarely have been encountered during the Battle of the Atlantic.

The mod uses about 60-70 base models and over 3,000 skins to create profuse variety amongst shipping in both convoys and random merchant encounters. Skins from dozens if not hundreds of historical companies are represented. Nations featured in this initial release are as follows:

United Kingdom
United States of America
Denmark
Norway
Sweden
The Netherlands
Belgium
Ireland
Argentina
Brazil
Panama
Canada

Whereas before you encountered a monotonous selection of C-2's and coastal merchants in all nations' rosters, now almost anything is possible. That speck on the horizon could be a brand-new, 10,000 ton tanker or a rusty old tramp making its rounds from coast to coast. It could be a bulk freighter loaded down with minerals, a tiny steam launch, or a fast freighter-transport, carrying troops and war materiel for an Allied invasion.

Neutral ships will be common, and they may or may not be carrying cargo to the enemy. As commander, it will be up to you to decide based on vessel location, paint scheme, deck cargo, and behavior whether or not a target is legitimate. This mod is intended for serious players - sink anything that moves and you may well end your patrol with a huge renown hit.

Installation is quick and easy, using Jonesoft's Generic Mod Enabler.

PRIMARY FEATURES:

1) Dozens of ship models inspired by photographs of typical ships constructed between 1900 and 1945




2) Tremendous paint scheme variations, based on hundreds of historical shipping companies and wartime camoflage patterns




3) Neutral ships, which may or may not be legitimate targets. Hull flags, lettering, and shipping company names printed on the sides of vessels.









4) Different amounts of smoke affect ship visibility. Particle effects for coal-burning steamers and modern motorships.





4) Changes in armament and coloring as the war goes on. Weapons range from light AA guns to Hurricane fighters. By 1942, expect most ships to be camoflaged and armed.



5) Varied damage resistance depending on vessel size and age.







6) Easy installation/uninstallation with the click of a mouse (JSGME required).

7) Compatibility with existing Silent Hunter 3 supermods.

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GET IT HERE [UPDATE: REUPLOADED 1/03/2012]:

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SKIN PACKS (Not required but recommended)
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Version 3.2 (improved ships removed to prevent crashes with supermods. Changed eqp file to tanker T14B. Recompressed due to error messages following downloads.)

SKIN PACKS as of 6/09/10 (~ 3,000 skins, with hundreds of variations):

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LIGHT VERSION (IMPROVED STABILITY FOR GWX INSTALLS & OLDER MACHINES. NO NEUTRAL SHIPS EXCEPT AMERICAN VESSELS.)

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Version: 3.1 (improved stability to prevent career & museum crashes, especially with GWX. Added tanker T19A.)

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:58 PM   #2
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Miscellaneous screens - just a sample of the variety you can expect.


















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Old 06-06-2010, 10:01 PM   #3
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MERCHANT FLEET MOD SKIN PACKS

Extract to JSGME and install, depending on the time period you wish to simulate. Circa 1941-1942 you will see increasing numbers of camoflaged ships.



http://www.filefront.com/16685183/MF...kin_Packs-1.7z

http://www.filefront.com/16685157/MF...in_Packs-2.7z/
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:48 PM   #4
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Very good, this has been a long standing mod, I think you will be relieved to have it completed since you have the WW1 mod on the go as well.
Many thanks.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:11 AM   #5
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:13 AM   #6
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:02 AM   #7
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Thanks for this mod and for your perseverance!
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:21 AM   #8
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Nice one
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:04 AM   #9
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Looks great iabl.

One question though, do you have the full englishnames.cfg? I couldn't find it in the .rar file. Could you make it available to download at all?

Thanx iabl
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:10 AM   #10
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So the mod is released now ?






I just can't believe it.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:21 AM   #11
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ok I'm new to this mod and in the readme file it says:

"-Download the various skin packs..."

Where can I download these skin packs?

Thanks for the mod btw!
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:34 AM   #12
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Probably the skin packs will be uploaded as soon as possible. We have to wait a bit for release. Anyway, many thanks iambecomelife
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:50 AM   #13
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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee HHHHHHHHHHHHHaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrr



Well done IABL, I always knew there was something in the old addage 'Patience is a virtue'. Top marks old boy

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:55 AM   #14
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ok I'm new to this mod and in the readme file it says:

"-Download the various skin packs..."

Where can I download these skin packs?

Thanks for the mod btw!
I got the skin packs ready for download - only to discover the file was too big for filefront.

I will separate it after work today and re-compress it for upload.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:09 PM   #15
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Spectacular work IBL.

Is it possible to upload the englishnames.cfg as well?

Thanks a lot for all your hard work
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