Money is not a reason…

It’s not often that I write a personal post here. Actually it’s more than 2 years since the last text-only post appeared on this site. But I think it’s about time to do one looking at a phenomena that have appeared in the last couple of weeks.

The reason is that over the last few weeks I’ve got several requests from users, asking if it’s possible to make custom repaints, repaints for virtual airlines etc. All of them will pay for it.

Every time I refuse. Of course money is a good thing. But it’s not about the money. But about time, interest and that this is a freeware page where money is not a part.

Working full time (actually a bit more every week) is really taking it’s toe on my motivation to repaint anything. I do what I want to do, and that’s it!
I’ll finish the paint when I think it’s ready. Often I have to let a repaint lay around on my computer for weeks or even months, simply because I don’t have the time to do the repaints 24/7/365.

Interest and freeware.
I want to paint repaints for AI planes. And they have to be freeware. I don’t want money to be a part of it. I want the repaints to be free (with limitations) and without any money involved. Of course it could be nice to get money for it, but that’s not my interest. I want to do what I want, when I want.

So all of you asking if it’s possible to get a repaint made for money… I’m not the one to ask. I do repaints because I like it, and find it as a good way top spend my very limited spare time. And I’ve found that the best way for me is to make repaints for the AI community. I’m not interested in making custom repaints and that don’t interest me at all. I’ve done a few fictitious repaints based on old airline liveries, but that’s about it. Beside those very few repaints I’m only making repaints for AI planes, where the livery will be one that is flying in the real world.

I know that a few years ago there were painters out there making custom repaints and asking for money to do it. But today most of them are gone and that might be the reason why people have started asking painters like me if it’s possible to make repaints for money. And the answer from me is “Sorry, but no!”.



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  1. Well said and good for you Sir!
    I for one appreciate every repaint you do whatever they are and however often they are posted. You’re obviously a man of integrity and loyal to the freeware market. Thank you so much for everything you do and I look forward to your next repaint……………..whenever that may be!

  2. I agree with you Johan.
    I find fictitious repaints to be distasteful, and I find pleasure in the realism of my AI – making it as close to real-life as possible.
    I don’t enjoy flying fictitious repaints for UI aircraft, and the same applies for my AI.
    I always choose Freeware first, however I do buy payware sceneries because most of them are pretty well worth it.
    For me, it’s always been freeware UI models with freeware panels & sound.
    From Kittyhawk 737, to Posky v3 767, iFDG MD-11 and MelJet 777 back in the early 2000’s.
    Recently, I find SkySpirit, TDS, and Project Airbus to be the best mainstream manufacturers. I’d choose them over the money-grabbers any day.


  3. I’m neo mad, I also repaints, and make them free, and I want it so, I also get offers like that make you.
    All my support.

  4. Love your site, and I agree to a extent. That said, I do charge on occasion. The reason I do so is because I have a site, hosting, and a Photoshop subscription to pay for, and that isn’t cheap. Charging on occasion enables me to continue to provide these services for free. The amount of liveries for PMDG, Aerosoft, CS, CLS, etc etc I have provided to the community for free are unparalleled to the few I have charged for. Food for thought on that with regards to paying.

  5. Very well said Johan. I have also been offered money to paint and all I say is “Sorry but I don’t do repaints on commission. I already have a day job.”
    None of were born knowing how to do this, if somebody really needs a paint so bad then do it yourself!! It’s hobby after all!

  6. I totally agree, too. Also with you, Doug; there were repaints I wanted that I was sure no-one would make, so I started to learn to do it myself. Now I enjoy doing that, and I have begun to upload a few to Avsim. I’m no expert, but it’s really pleasing to see downloads of my stuff.

  7. Hello Johan,

    Well, all we can say is that whatever happens behind the curtain, be sure you have patient and supportive fans of your work.

    Thank you so much again for everything,

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