This is a repost of an old thread of mine which is now locked. I've updated the info for today's 1.7.0 patch.
I use custom skins for a few of my planes, but wanted the little picture in the carousel to look like the actual plane. While you can't make the small picture change automatically when you switch skins, you can either modify the current carousel pic or use one of your own. It involves working with dds files so if you are not familiar with them, take a minute to read the skinning thread. It also involves working with pkg files which are discussed at length in some of the mod threads. You need to come to the table with these skills, I'm not rehashing the how-to threads here.
To find the carousel pics, follow this path: C:\Games\World_of_Warplanes\res\packages\gui.pkg\flash\icons\hangarCarousel\planes
Remember to back-up any files you plan to edit, especially if you mod these directly without using the res_mods folder. Modifying the original file within the pkg file, while possible, is not recommended.
With today's patch, the latest path (for Russian planes) to put your customized icons in .dds format is as follows:
The folders for the 5 countries currently in game are: china, gb, ger, jap, usa, ussr
I recommend that you take these screens in a team training room with only a single low tier bot on the other team to lessen the chances of getting slaughtered while your plane is posing for pics. Pressing Home in game removes your HUD completely - simply repeat to put it back after your pics. Once the HUD is removed just right click your mouse, and try to match the general angle that is used in the carousel pics. I recommend using a darker backdrop such as water in the lower left corner. The x2 are really hard to see with light colored skies, snow, and sand as backgrounds. I've posted a couple of pics below to show you what I mean about color. It is a tedious process but it does look cool once you get most of your planes done.
Note the background color on the AR 65 icon pic - it really is a little too light.
I don't share my carousel icons for two reasons:
- The pics are customized with the skins/emblems/etc that I like/use. Seeing an unfamiliar skin on a custom icon doesn't help anybody find their plane.
- This is tedious work. I'm happy to post like this to help others, but I'm not doing the work for you.