I really appreciate the positive comments to my original post.
But the real stars of the show are the designers. They have taken a daggone fine sim,and opened the doors to it and offer to us simmers freely,so MANY great things,.. ac,..aiAC, panels,gauges , add-on supplement gauges ,the whole ball of wax. Cant say enough in favor of them. Imagine how boring it would get after a year or two using only the default FS9 aircraft.
Then,there are editing tools.
I think I have almost all of them. And I LOVE making my own panels. I have more bells and whistles on a couple that would scare some simmers,hahaha.
And little by little,I learn things thru trial and error,along with the great advice and suggestions on the forum.
So,in regards to the fellow simmer here who feels maybe a little intimidated with the editing of the panels,aircraft and such,...
none entered here with the answers. We all in the sim world started at the basic,just learning how to start a Cessna.And,as time ges on,you realize the gauges make sense,and HEY!...your panel doesnt have a battery switch. So,in searching the sim pages, (Simviation has been the source of at least 90% of my downloads and tools,) I find a small program that says it will help me edit panels with ease. And darned if it doesnt! Makes panel building a snap! While using the panel editor,you find a window that shows you all of the gauges in your sim that you can chose from. I myself have several thousand gauges, so searching for the right gauge for the panel needs,style , color and design, becomes a bit of a treat,...because,...you downloaded a few more ac and they had their own gauges which you added to the gau folder,.. so it is a neat surprise to find specialty gauges...such as a fuel dump that works,and that is just the start. THEN,in my case,I like the 747 throttle set up,but it is tan,...and I see that I can edit that throttle background in Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. And I do,turning it to a metal gray..and save it (with the original copies to a separate HOLD folder pre-saved JUST IN CASE).
In other words,...if you take a chance experimenting, (( and start out on a low file size Cessna or something small... )) and try panel editing,and looking thru the air and cfg files,you start to become familiar with the basics and what data line does what to the ac performance and such. It can be frustrating at times,but when you finally get the ac set up EXACTLY like you want it,repaint and panel and the rest,you get to jump in your customized ac,and blaze thru the friendly (or not) skies of the world! And you know every switch on your panel because YOU designed it. It take a little time to learn some of the areas of ac modifying,but really,very little of it is all that difficult.
And if you get into a snag,these good folks in the forum wont hesitate to help or offer suggestions if they can.
Take a chance on a little ac,get a panel editor...look around,or ask for a suggestion,...install it,work on a junk panel and just have fun with it. You'll see how easy it really is.