Alpharius28

How to install custom skins

Hello everyone,

 

Since the CBT was updated to enable people to make Custom Skins for aircraft and tanks I have been making my own stuff for everyone to use on the CBT and now I would like to share with you since 1.39 is now out!

 

I have only been making some for German aircraft since I do not own any Russian planes. But now that I am able to access all of the trees expect to see some Australian, British, French, Italian, USA and Japanese skins in the future.

 

The skins I make will generally come in a few flavors mostly with and without Historical Markings. The files will be hosted through MediaFire since they are too large to upload on the forums but I will provide the links to each skin. I'm also quite happy for others to post their creations on here too and help build up this topic for everyone to see.  

 

Installation Guide (with pictures):

 

Step 1: Once you have downloaded a skin you should have 3 files (<aircraft name>.tga, <aircraft name_dmg>.tga and <aircraft name>.blk).

 

Step 2: You must go to where you have your copy of the CBT installed. Easy way to find it is: Right click your desktop shortcut for the CBT>Properties>Open File Location>User Skins

 

Step 3: Make a folder with the name of the skin you have downloaded ie: "NJG.1 (without HM)" (without quotations) then simply place all the files into the folder.

 

Step 4: You're done! All you then need to do is pick the Aircraft/Tank you got the camo for then go into the "Customization" section then under "User Skins" you should your skin ready to be picked. And if you wish to disable it just select the "Disabled" option and if that is still not working just simply remove the skin from the folder where you placed it before. But I don't see anyone having to do that as it should be working fine in-game.

 

Regards,

Alpharius28 

 

 

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Hello there!

 

First of all, thanks for making this tutorial/guide!

But I'm having a problem, I don't have the folder "UserSkins" where I can put my skins.

But I was thinking about putting the documents in the folder "content" or "UserMissions". But before doing this I wanted to make sure if it's the right thing to do, if not, could you please tell me where to place it? 

Thanks!

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Yes, i am having problems as well. I didnt have the folder, i had to  get a template for the plane and that created the folder but when i add in a custom skin it doesnt show up. just the blank template that doesnt change anything

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But I'm using windows 8, and I don't have the luxury of "open file location"

Windows 8 does have the "open file location" option just like any other Win before it. I'm using one as well.

 

 

Thanks for the guide! I started looking into custom skins as well :)

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So, the latest skins I have downloaded from War Thunder Live have DDS files not tga's? Am I meant to convert them myself or is there a different way to install them??

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DDS seems to be a newer format, it works as well.

Yesterday I installed my first skins. After starting the game today I noticed that the skins on all planes were disabled again. Does this mean I have to enable them every time I start the game? That's not really convenient. :/

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I'm stuck and need help.
 

I have all three files that's supposed to be there: tga, blk, and dmg (the download has them). Put the skin in it's own file(that's in the vehicle's userskin file), and unblocked it from the properties.
My result is no skin(it's nick named and is not showing either) on the vehicle.

What am I doing wrong?
If anyone can help, it be appreciated.

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For those of you who don't have a UserSkins folder. Go to the customization look next to the skins. You'll see a wand icon, click on it and it should create a UserSkins folder.

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