This pack features enhanced scenery for Niagara Falls area (Canada/USA) with animated color-changing night illumination of the falls, to compliment default photogrammetry and autogen areas and default terrain fixes for maximum VFR flight enjoyment. Default Niagara Falls have photogrammetry but the actual falls are totally broken. They are beyond ugly, they are simply unbearable. Unfortunately the terrain editor is very buggy, so it’s not possible to completely fix them. However using a combination of terrain terraforming polygons and imported photogrammetry I made them as good as I can, considering the broken state of the SDK. Please note: don’t expect a perfect result, because it’s not. But I think this pack looks much better than default, and cyclic random color illumination of the falls at night looks really nice. The power generation dams are out of default photogrammetry area and were completely flat. I added them, and also replaced several fugly opaque bridges with proper transparent models.
Update: Niagara Falls v2.0 is updated to be compatible with the latest MSFS update that added the falls and the Rainbow bridge. Point night lights at the falls are replaced with more realistic spot lights that respect day/night cycle.
Unzip into Community folder. Remove any prior versions before the installation. After installation your Community folder should have a new subfolder: /romandesign-sightseeing-niagara/.
Due to buggy MSFS terrain editor the falls are not perfectly align and match water texture and color at the top, if looked at closely. Nothing I can do about it, I spent a lot of time to make it look as good as possible. Some river surface and level changes can flicker and display artifacts which disappear or change as you get closer. That’s all on MSFS terrain editor – nothing to do with my scenery. It’s just buggy when levels change rapidly.
Due to a known bug either in MSFS or Blender2MSFS exporter, custom lights ignore the “day/night cycle” setting. It’s enabled on all my custom lights, but light are on at all times. They are not very noticeable during the day, so not a big deal, but there is no way right now to make them turn off at night.
Because original bridges are removed, cars now drive on the bottom of the river instead of the new bridge. There is no way right know, as far as I know, to fix that with this kind of scenery.
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The beautiful and mighty Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls at the southern end of Niagara Gorge, spanning the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States. The largest of the three is Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canadian Falls, which straddles the international border of the two countries. The smaller American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls lie within the United States. Bridal Veil Falls are separated from Horseshoe Falls by Goat Island and from American Falls by Luna Island, with both islands situated in New York.
Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America that has a vertical drop of more than 50 metres (160 ft). During peak daytime tourist hours, more than 168,000 m3 (six million cubic feet) of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by flow rate.
Visited there many times in real life – great job replicating it!
This scenery is amazing, it was very kind for this to be offered for free. Its quality is excellent and adds a lot of detail to the Niagara Falls area.
An improvement over the WU version
Really Awesome and because the developer has done this for free, I will be purchasing his products in support. Thank You Roman!
Improves a little the fs2020