xplane_models

At the time of creating this page, the most popular CSL (Common Shape Library) model distributors for X-Plane 11 were BlueBell (BB) and X-CSL.

Distributor is the term that swift uses to define a person or a company that produces aircraft models, flyable or not. “BlueBell” is a distributor, just like “FlightFactor”.

We also provide you with a Tutorial Video that explains the download and installation process for BlueBuell and X-CSL models.

Note: the video is slightly outdated in respect of “applying the Vertical Offset Fix for BlueBell models”. This isn't necessary anymore.

Important: with X-Plane 11.50 and newer, only OBJ8-models can be used. OBJ7 and older will not work and will produce error messages. Say goodbye to OBJ7 CSL models!


Important: CSL models have to be placed somewhere inside the program path of X-Plane 11. External linking of CSL models is not possible. Otherwise X-Plane will not be able to use them to display the aircraft of other online-pilots near you.

As good practice it has been established that the folder Custom Data is used to install CSL models in. Since many users want to use CSL sets from more than one distributor, a parent-folder called “CSL” will be created in there and the CSL-sets are placed in this new path subsequently.

For example, with BlueBell and X-CSL model sets installed, your file path structure should look like this:

  • yourdrive:\X-Plane 11\Custom Data\CSL\BB
  • yourdrive:\X-Plane 11\Custom Data\CSL\X-CSL

Should you wish to add more CSL sets, just create new subfolders in Custom Data\CSL\, e.g. OherCustom Data\CSL\Other, General AviationCustom Data\CSL\General Aviation or whatever you think fits.


  • download all the BlueBell archives from X-Plane.org as linked on top of this page
  • extract all downloaded archives into a directory of your choice, for example (as suggested) \Custom Data\CSL\BB\. In the end it should look like this:


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You will now have to reload your Own Models and then re-create your Active Model Set, otherwise swift won't be able to use your new models.
You can either do this in swift Config Wizard by creating your "first model set" or by starting swift's Mapping Tool (swiftData app). Visit the section about the Mapping Tool and check out our YouTube Video Tutorial: Working with the Mapping Tool

Note: our Tutorial Video about installing BlueBell models is not 100% up to date. The “Vertical Offset Fix” that is mentioned in the video is not necessary anymore. These offsets have been incorporated in the new version of BlueBell already.


To download and install the X-CSL model sets you need to use their X-CSL Updater program. You can download it from their website linked on top of this page.

As suggested above you could install the X-CSL model sets in X-Plane 11\Custom Data\CSL\X-CSL. The following instructions are based on this method.

  • download and install the X-CSL Updater to a directory of your choice
  • create a new folder where you want to install those CSL model sets into, e.g. X-Plane 11\Custom Data\CSL\X-CSL
  • start X-CSL Updater application
  • open File-menu and select Set X-Plane location ⇒ browse to your X-Plane 11 directory, select X-Plane.exe
  • open File-menu again, select option Set custom path and confirm warning with OK. Then browse to and select X-Plane 11\Custom Data\CSL\X-CSL
  • in the X-CSL Updater program click on Index on the bottom right. This will check the current status of your X-CSL set against the database
  • select the model sets from the list that require installation or updating. Should this be your first installation of X-CSL, you will have to select all of them and then click on Update. It may take quite a while to finish this process. Should you just be updating your existing X-CSL model set, this will be much faster - make sure you only select the aircraft types that are flagged “outdated”.

When you are done with downloading or updating all models, close X-CSL Updater.

Important: to make X-CSL models work in X-Plane's Vulkan graphics driver, it is imperative to convert them. How it's done is shown on our CSL2XSB Model Converter Page.

You will now have to re-create your Active Model Set, otherwise swift won't be able to use your new models.
You can either do this in swift Config Wizard by creating your "first model set" or by starting swift's Mapping Tool (swiftData app). Visit the section about the Mapping Tool and check out our YouTube Video Tutorial: Working with the Mapping Tool

Please run the CSL2XSB converter every time you update X-CSL models or they won't be available to add to your model set.


Whenever you update any model from the list here you will have to re-create your Active Model Set, otherwise swift won't know and won't be able to use your new models.
You can either do this in swift Config Wizard by creating your "first model set" or by starting swift's Mapping Tool (swiftData app). Visit the section about the Mapping Tool and check out our YouTube Video Tutorial: Working with the Mapping Tool


Virtual Airlines

  • German Air Express VA models based on BlueBell at the X-Plane.org forums: Download
  • Air CAVOK: Download


General Aviation Aircraft

  • TBM900: Download from here: LINK
    • Installation: extract the TBM900-directory into your CSL folder, e.g. Custom Data\CSL\X-CSL\Other\


Dirob collection

On the X-Plane.org forums/database you can find a nice collection of CSL made by “Dirob”. Follow this link to browse through all of his creations that are available there.

Some of his CSL models:

Installation: extract the contents of the archives into your CSL folder, e.g. Custom Data\CSL\Other\


Gliders

CSL models from X-Plane.org File Database

There are many more CSL models available at the file database of x-plane.org, just follow this link.

  • xplane_models.txt
  • Last modified: 2020/09/28 15:12
  • by flyingfox