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IRM SFBT High Enthalpy Wind Tunnel by Mathe Man 1.0.0

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INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION MOD
 
SFBT High Enthalpy Wind Tunnel by Mathe Man
 
1 - INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW
 
After wall-to-wall (W2W) industry has been catered for, it's time to take care of regular industry. This time around, I'll begin with high-tech industry, and from there will work my way "down the ranks", through modern manufacturing and generic manufacturing back to brick factories with old-style manufacturing and, finally, dirty industry. With this series (it will be long!) I hope to bring some more variety to your industrial areas, and I hope I can also drag some old and not so common BATs back into the spotlight this way.

For this first upload, I have picked a small and rather old BAT, but a pretty unique one: SFBT's High Enthalpy Wind Tunnel modeled by Mathe Man. Although small, I think the building is nice because you can get a glimpse of what's inside, and it's rather unusual in shape as well.

Since all Maxis lots contained in the IRM Base Pack could optionally be used with toroca's Industrial Jobs Quadrupler, this download is offered in two versions: a regular one for those who prefer the default job numbers, and a quadrupler-compatible version for those who prefer using the modified stats.
The .sc4desc files for the regular version will look like this: IRM_[Filename].sc4desc
The .sc4desc files for the quadrupler version will look like this: IRM_[Filename]_x4.sc4desc
After downloading, simply delete the file of the version you don't want to use. If you leave both in your plugins, the quadrupler version will most probably override the default version.

The default version of the building will provide 20 I-HT jobs, the quadrupler version 80 I-HT jobs.

The following lots are included in this download:

  • 3x3, Stage 1
  • 4x2, Stage 1

For those of you who like to play with day and night view, the building used on this lot is compatible with the following night light mode(s):

  • Maxis Night with gradual day/night cycle: YES
  • Maxis Night with static day or night: YES
  • DarkNite* with static day or night: YES

*DarkNite requires SimFox' Day and Nite Modd (or a similar darkening mod) to be installed in your plugins. 


2 - USE
 
If you extract this archive to your root plugins folder, it should create a folder IRM\IRM Expansion\[NAME OF BAT], where [NAME OF BAT] represents the name of this download item. Within that folder, you will find all the game-relevant files and a sub-folder containing the HTML readme and some screenshot(s).
 
If you no longer wish to use this download, proceed as follows:

  • Bulldoze all lots pertaining to this download
  • Save all the cities and exit the game when you're done bulldozing
  • Remove the associated files from your plugins folder

Hint: Just to be sure, I recommend moving the undesired files somewhere else and doing some checks before you delete them permanently. This way, if it turns out you forgot to bulldoze something, you can add it back in temporarily until you're done.
 
 
3 - DEPENDENCIES
 

  1. IRM Base Pack with all its dependencies - while these lots will technically work, they are meant to tie into the IRM. They may look out of place and show unexpected behaviour if used independently. Since this is an extension to the IRM, all the dependencies of the original pack still apply. If you have them in place, you can download every single growable IRM and IRM W2W lot I have ever made and will never have to download any additional packs for props and textures used on the lot.
  2. SFBT Hochenthalpie-Windkanal von Mathe Man - you'll also need the original upload of the BAT to see the building(s). Only the .sc4model file is required. Any .sc4desc and .sc4lot files can be removed.

NOTE: For any dependency hosted at SC4Devotion (SC4D in short), you must be registered on that site and logged into the site's download area, the BSC File Exchange, in order to see the download button. Please bear in mind that there are separate logins for the forums and for the file exchange. For those of you who may still be unfamiliar with the site: SC4D is another major SimCity community with lots of unique content, so you will not regret making an account there.

 
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4 - FINAL WORDS
 
Credits for this BAT goes to SFBT team member Mathe Man  - thank him, not me! Oh, and you can expect many, many more uploads to come...
 
T Wrecks, June 18, 2017





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sejr99999

  • 5
  

thank you for bringing this fine little building back from obscurity   nice lot work and as always excellent modding

I had this building some time ago but lost it during a plugins cleanup (by accident) and then forgot about it so thanks too for that

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