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  1. Check that your installation has all the requirements. For me, this works in 1.11.1. I've gone through the cycle of capturing an asteroid, mining it for Ore, converted that Ore to Material kits using ISRUs, then coverting the MatKits to SpecializedParts, and eventually constructing craft.
  2. On the ground, SimpleLogistics allows you to refuel without even touching another craft. Unfortunately, it doesn't work in space because it requires both craft to be landed. In space, you can mount any of the grapplers to a robotics piston so that you can grab any external part of another ship which effectively docks with said ship. Personally, I use SPXR crew tubes for docking.
  3. The heat exchangers really good at drawing heat away from a part - 600x more efficient; and they can hold on to a ton of heat. This makes the attached part(s) (it only affects parts in its immediate vicinity) survive longer as long as the heat exchanger itself doesn't fail. But they're not as good at getting rid of that absorbed heat - 25% less efficient. That is why you need radiators - preferably Thermal Control Systems- to get rid of all that absorbed heat.
  4. I was having issues before around launching my OPT Humpback SSTO. Those are gone now after I installed TS and the latest version of EasyVesselSwitch. I don't really know which one actually fixed the issue or whether both fixed it. Nevertheless, things are working fine now. Thanks!
  5. This is hopefully the last update on the spawn issue for a while. Unless I encounter any game-breaking issue, I'll stay put with the current state of mods I have. Installed the latest Tweakscale update yesterday - TS Also EVS 2.2. The spawning issue is gone. I've switched over to a default config for WorldStabilizer to see if I can get rid of the CFG customizations. My OPT Humpback SSTO now launches without hiccups. I don't know which of those 2 updates fixed the issue. Things are stable so far. Looking forward to some gameplay this weekend.
  6. An update to the spawn issue... Note, I'm running 1.11 with a lot of mods - 100+. I got tired of using VesselMover to spawn my OPT Humpback ssto with the troublesome cargo ramp; and individually boarding kerbals onto it. So I tried (and failed a lot) ways to get around the problem. Here's the workaround/solution that I finally settled on. WorldStabilizer stays as before. But this time, give it more time to do its thing by bumping up stabilizationTicks to 500 (from 100); groundingTicks to 250 (from 6); maxUpMovement to 25.0 (from 2.0); displayMessage to True (from false). The set
  7. Remember this? "Make sure your seatbacks and tray tables are in their fully upright and locked positions." (I never thought I'd miss those words until now)... In 1.11, you can add this. "Make sure your landing gear is stowed and the SAS is OFF." Landing gear and water don't mix apparently. Must be the spring and dampener logic trying to bounce the craft on water. And keep them stowed. SAS is trying to keep the craft level but the water is bouncing it around. Eventually, SAS will over-compensate enough to bounce your craft off the water high enough that it breaks into pieces
  8. Yes, at least for me, WorldStabilizer is still needed because of my insistence on using the OPT Humpback parts. Also, it is still needed when restoring saved games and launching craft that don't have any of the kraken inducing parts.
  9. @Lisias, thank you for figuring this out and sharing it. Because Vessel Mover only allows the selection of 1 crew when spawning a craft, I now follow a 2 stage sequence when launching. I created a "bus" to carry the crew complement and launch it from Editor. Then, when Flight scene kicks in, and WorldStabilizer has done its stuff (I enabled the message to be displayed in the WS cfg file), I use VesselMover to spawn my spaceplane with a pilot. I then proceed to board the crew. Extra steps, but there's a bit of realism in it. And it allows me to still fly my craft that still uses the H
  10. You're right. TCA has since been fixed to address that issue. It fixes this by letting you assign a "Mode" to the engine when its "Role" is set to Maneuver only. So with your setup, your JE1 Turbofan must be assigned its own engine group - e.g. G2. Its "Role" set to Maneuver instead of Manual Control. Once you set it to Role=Manuever, Mode becomes available. Set Mode to Rotation and Translation. With engine group 1, G1, leave them at Thrust and Maneuver. Hint: once you get the hang of crusing around and stopping, try experimenting with setting them to Thrust only. In TCA pa
  11. That happens if the craft you're trying to assemble fits the assembly space.
  12. I use the SimpleLogistics mod to allow craft share resources. Craft with larger tanks automatically top up craft with smaller tanks.
  13. In my opinion, a working craft is not going to help you much. Even if you have a "working craft", you won't be able to enjoy it much without knowing how to control it. So below are some guiding principles on how to build and control a working craft. Just like anything to be learned, it's a pain.
  14. For me, it works on KSP 1.10.1. VM is version 1.9.0. There is an issue though (which I've had since KSP 1.9 but I just considered it a minor one)... When spawning a vessel in any other body, VM freezes after loading the craft. Until I found out the workaround, I thought that the game itself froze. The workaround is to select the spawned craft by pressing "]" (switch to next vessel). If that doesn't work, try previous vessel. Actually, I was already using EasyVesselSwitch for dealing with groups of kerbals so for me, I just ALT-LMB click the spawned vessel to select it.
  15. @allista, Thank you for pointing out the use of AutoThrottle. All this time, I've used TCA with Hover, FollowTerrain, and AutoThrottle on. And then just plugged-in numbers for altitude (I play sandbox so I have all the goodies from the get-go). I didn't know what I was missing. By being forced to use AutoThrottle, I learned other stuff like IndependentThrottle and how it works together with mapping engine throttle to CustomAxisGroups. I "fly" my craft now instead of just typing numbers to control my craft. Thanks!
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