Photorealistic scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator X

By Veikko Hynninen


Central Mikkeli
Central Mikkeli

Gliding over Rantakylä, Mikkeli
Gliding over Rantakylä, Mikkeli

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Pistohiekka, Puumala
Pistohiekka, Puumala

About the scenery

Welcome to Mikkeli region in Southeastern Finland! This freeware scenery covers 5,100 square kilometres of Mikkeli and its surrounding municipalities Hirvensalmi, Juva, Kangasniemi, Mäntyharju and Puumala (see
the coverage map). The resolution of the scenery is around 1.2m/pixel, with the exception of the urban area of Mikkeli and Pistohiekka airstrip surroundings which are both in around 60cm/pixel.

Please note that the scenery features only the summer daylight textures with no autogen, mesh or water masks. However, the Mikkeli city center and its neighbouring Kenkävero and Nuijamies quarters are fully covered with custom 3D buildings closely matching their real life counterparts. The scenery has been designed to be used with FinnMesh or a similar mesh product that covers this part of Finland. Another highly recommended add-on is FinnObjects.

You can use two airports within the scenery: the FSX default Mikkeli airport (EFMI) and Pistohiekka airstrip in Puumala. The latter is not modelled in FSX, but works quite well with this scenery as an aerial image. The landing chart for the Pistohiekka airstrip is included within the scenery package. Charts for EFMI can be found from Finavia.


You can download the scenery (4 GB) for free from www.mediafire.com/download/gzljkkmfrkf3k9t


Simply unpack the zip file and move "Mikkeli Region" folder into your FSX's "Addon Scenery" folder (the default location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X). Then activate the scenery normally in FSX's Scenery Library. Finally, set the season to the summer and launch into the skies! Alternatively, you can install only the desired areas of the scenery - please refer to Readme for this type of installation.

The making of Mikkeli Region

This was my first scenery project and a thrill to do; realizing the photoscenery of Mikkeli has been my dream for ages and I'm very happy it's finally done and available for those interested in flying in this area.

Aerial photographs have been obtained for free from the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS). Since the source material was partly pretty weak, a great deal of adjustments - over 200 hours of work - have been done to make it look better. 3D buildings have been exported from the free 3D model of the Mikkeli city center with modifications by me.

The process of making the Finnish photosceneries can be learned from the FSnordic.net Forums (in Finnish). Trust me, it's not that difficult as it seems at first glance and it's more down to your patience once you've learned the process.

What's next?

At the moment there are no plans of releasing the second version of Mikkeli Region, but if that time comes, I'll try to include the currently missing Pertunmaa municipality which also belongs to this region. And I will definitely start to work on EFMI and its surroundings...


If you have any problems, suggestions, or want to use the scenery as part of your own project, please don't hesitate to contact Veikko Hynninen at vhynninenoutlook.com.


© 2014 Veikko Hynninen
Aerial photography © 2011-2013 NLS
3D models © 2013 City of Mikkeli / Mikko Kuhno