Here's an update, I have occasionally mentioned progress/otherwise on NZCH, but this thread is designed to be a bit chattier...
I have been a bit blocked lately, as I didn't quite have the photo resources I needed. When I was originally contacted by the aero club about a NZCH scenery, I said it would never happen, it seemed unlikely that I'd ever get enough photos etc, but the aero club guy was very keen to help, so I agreed on the condition that they would get me access to the airport for the photos I needed. In the end I wasn't able to get access, but the airport did offer their photographer's services. The other piece of the puzzle was the airside detail which their photographer couldn't reach with his vehicle-mounted camera rig. So we agreed that the aero club would fly me to Christchurch, and we'd do a flight to get the features which were important to them, but also let me shoot the detail I needed from the runway line.
However this never happened, a change of management at the aero club kept delaying it, and I wasn't quite sure that they were still as keen to get this done. When I finally delivered a 'beta', though, I think their interest was rekindled... Next week they are going to pick me up from Timaru airport, fly me to Chch, take me for a local flight, then bring me back. I really have my fingers crossed that this will give me all I need, short of one more road trip to fill in the details I inevitably missed.
One issue was the funding, NZCH development is part of the Kickstarter funding campaign, plus a contribution from the aero club, but as I'd aimed for 10 months (with an October release) but it has been delayed by 2 or 3 months, I ran out of money. This came to a head when I became very aware that I probably couldn't afford to take a taxi to/from Timaru airport, so I was planning to hitchhike! I've mentioned before that my son is helping with my rent, thankfully. It's just the other stuff which is tricky, including getting the finishing touches done. My daughter -- and the tax collector -- suggested that I talk to WINZ, and I was coming around to this as a last resort. Then on Monday I suddenly remembered that when I got to this position trying to finish Dunedin, I'd offered the 'pre-pay' option. I am aware that the concept of 'pre-pay' is weird, but really it is simply a way for those who know me, and therefore know that I'm not great at getting things finished, to help out. So thanks to those who pre-paid, it has helped immensely. Most of you in this position have helped me out before, a number of times, so I'm acutely aware that many of you go above and beyond what would be considered suitable to get some nice scenery! I truly appreciate that.
The goal is to get back to being able to fund development fully myself, which was meant to be after Dunedin was released, but Dunedin wasn't a big seller, for a number of reasons, some of my own doing. I'm glad I did Dunedin, and I fully expect sales to pick up once people have NZCH, and need somewhere nice to fly to, but it isn't of much interest to most of the world as a stand-alone NZ airport in the middle of nowhere.
One problem with Dunedin was that there have been no reviews published. A few people/sites offered to review it, but it never happened. One of the best ways to get interest is via word of mouth, so reviews or other things like posted screenshots etc are always welcome. A few screenshots on one of the big flightsim sites has a huge impact on my income!