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  1. I am happy to help re accumulate armor and weapons, etc.
  2. It can be tense, I found myself holding my breath as I was moving slowly around the map. Luggage bought it as well and is annoyingly good at the game.
  3. Ground Branch is available on Steam at a 40% discount
  4. This is a bit disappointing, however I was a bit confused about pricing. Usually there is a pre release period where a 30% discount is offered, but on release it goes to full price. With this Razbam did not offer a pre release, but did offer a 20% initial discount. Now that discount is gone and its at full price. I am not unhappy to have bought it but would not recommend it. However the problem with the Harriers not engaging air targets has been fixed. in my San Carlos bay scenario, some of the problems have been addressed. I changed the weather to heavy overcast with a cloud base at 7000 feet, technically the A4s should fly below the clouds to be able to see the target. I am using the Illustious carrier mod, which has a ski jump. Razbams Invincible does not. The illustrious engages the A4s at range and now they are flying lower the Rapiers are engaging as well. Harriers also engaged the A4s but 2 were shot down. I will recreate this scenario on the Marianas map or the Caucusus map using Crimea as a surrogate for the Falklands. That way people will be able to play the Argentinians and try to rewrite history or the brits defending the task force. Only the A4 mod and the Illustrious mod will be required. My concern is Razbam is not big, most of us are waiting on the F15E, but they are also working on the Pucara, Mirage III, Super Etendard, Sea Harrier and the Veintecinco de Mayo Carrier as well as filling out this map. My hope is that they focus on the F15E, but even though I like their products they come across as a bit haphazard in their approach to finishing products. On the other hand they do work to constantly improve their stuff even years after release.
  5. DCS Open Beta has been updated amongst other things the South Atlantic Map Asset Pack has been added. Unlike the WW2 Asset Pack my understanding is that this asset pack will be added to the free to play base game, but I need to check this. This is for Cent DCS: South Atlantic Added South atlantic assets: Naval: Castle class patrol vessel Harbour tug HMS Invincible aircraft carrier HMS Achilles frigate HHS Andromeda frigate HMS Ariadne frigate Almirante Lynch frigate Almirante Condell frigate ARA Santa Fe Submarine Vehicles: LARC V TACR2A Placeable: Tower crane Small lighthouse Wind turbine (Offshore and Land based) KAT345L Excavator Known Asset pack issues: No RWR missile launch warning from HMS Invincible HARM missile and HTS can not detect Leander class or Invincible Missing textures on Sea Dart missile, and booster detach animation missing AI AV-8B can have problems landing on HMS Invincible with weapons loaded SeaCat and SeaDart launchers have no rotation limits Leander class frigates are missing sounds
  6. Thanks for sharing this story. My condolences over the loss of your father, from the stories you have told me you had shared a few memorable adventures with him, As I have told you, this shape 6 series is one of my favourite BMW body styles (next to the E46 M3) and one of the few classic cars I would want. I watch a bunch of automotive You Tubers and this lady is working through a restoration of a 1985 E24 635 CSi, although not the M it may have some useful tips and tricks. Good luck with your build. PS Welcome to the forums! Feel free to post pictures!
  7. If by chance you visit the forum, I wanted to wish you a happy birthday.
  8. I have had a little play with the map in the mission editor. Its a little bit disappointing so I cannot recommend it for now. The map is vast and covers the southern tip of south America, comprising of Argentina and Chile, and of course the Falkland Islands. I wasn't going to buy this map, but changed my mind when I saw the terrain on the west coast of the mainland. It has many fjords and of course the Andes mountain range (the longest IN THE WORLD, channelling my inner Clarkson). However when I bought it I found there are only 4 airports/bases in this part of south america, this makes it harder to defend the flords from my imaginary attacks. Then I tried to recreate the San Carlos bay attack, since its about 400 nautical miles to the Falklands I could not recreate the Argentinian attack starting from land (too long to get there), I decided that the Veinticinco de Mayo carrier was used for the air assaults using the A4 Skyhawk mod. Ironically the Veinticinco de Mayo carrier was originally named HMS Venerable, then became HNLMS Karel Doorman before the Argentinians acquired her in 1968, she was scrapped in 1990. Of course there is no mod for this carrier so I am using the Forrestal or Stennis. In my tests I launched 16 A4s from the carrier to attack the RN at San Carlos at low level. In Defence of San Carlos I added Rapier SAM systems and a squadron (12) of AV8Bs. This did not work! 1 the Skyhawks detected the Rapiers and climbed to 20,000 feet. 2 without the old RN destroyers I am using WW2 ships with no missile capability. If I use more modern ships all the Skyhawks would be shot down by SM2s 3 At 20,000 feet the Rapiers would not engage. 4 I had the Harriers orbiting the RN Ships at 20,000 feet armed with 4 AIM 9 Sidewinders each, but they would not engage the Skyhawks (AV8Bs cannot be assigned to CAP). 5 After the Skyhawks expended their 96 mk82s on the ships, sinking several they turned on the AV8Bs and shot down all of them. Out of the 16 Skyhawks 5 made it back, the rest ran out of fuel going back to the carrier. All of this is wrong, the Skyhawks flew at low level when attacking the ships, the Sea Harriers avoided flying high because they were outmatched at altitude by the Argentinian Mirage IIIs. Mirage IIIs could not stay on station long as they were not equipped for air to air refuelling, the A4s were. Some Dassault Super Etendards were used to launch the Exocet missile. So I cannot create imaginary sorties into the Chilean Fjords and I cannot recreate the Falklands conflict yet. I will still amuse myself with this map but unless you are interested in this era save your pennies until its more developed.
  9. The South Atlantic map has been released, and I have bought it. Its a 35gb download so I may be able to have a go on it tomorrow. Everyone will get the assets whether you buy it or not, but they have not been released yet.
  10. I am working on a mission (nearly finished) where we start on the ground, (cold and dark), at Vaziani. We will attack a runway in Beslan to the north and across a mountain range. Beslan is defended by anti air assets (SA8, SA9 and 2 Shilkas). Su27s will take off from Mineralnye Vody to cover Beslan. Su27s are supported by an A50 AWACS. We can use a variety of aircraft including the Viggen, F16, F18, Mirage and Su25, but I can add any plane (in fact I will add the Harrier). There are 2 QRF hot F16s available at the end of the runway if someone wants to act as CAP. Two F18s and 2 F16s are orbiting Vaziani awaiting authorisation to advance to Beslan. The F18s are the Cap and the F16s are the SEAD. We will stitch up the runway with suitable weapons but there are also secondary targets (planes and trucks). At the moment the 2 SEAD F16s are easily capable of destroying the anti air and the F18 CAP will destroy the Su27s but that will only happen if you order them to move, if not they will stay in orbit at our base. I can tweak the mission to make it easier or harder based on feed back.
  11. Maybe the south Atlantic map is worth buying. It does come with some assets including RN ships, HMS Invincible amongst them. I like the mountainous terrain, it offers a lot of possibilities for terrain masking, for low level approaches. Separately Razbam is working on the following: IA-58 Pucara Mirage III (or) IAI Dagger (either one, not both) Dassault Super Etendard Sea Harrier FRS.1 With Razbam these could be years away. There are pretty good mods for the following planes. Pucara A4 Skyhawk (excellent mod up there with a lot of payware planes) Dassault Super Etendard with the Exocet HMS Hermes We already have the US version of the Harrier, and the Mirage 2000. I am not sure about buying the Sea Harrier, it will be more analog but with a radar, same for the Mirage 3 and there is no way I would buy the Dagger (the Israeli copy of the Mirage from stolen plans).
  12. The first car I ever drove was a Ford Anglia 105E in the late 60s in a car park. I was terrible with very poor clutch management, but still I was in control of a car. Here is a slightly modified version of the car I drove. This has a Cosworth engine producing about 240hp, years ago there were 3 litre Essex V6 versions which probably produced 150hp. This is much lighter and more powerful, its a beast!
  13. The E suffix for the Eagle is not an electric version, it is the long awaited 2 seater Strike version. I am really excited about this plane. I like the F15 C but it is strictly limited to Air to Air engagements, I prefer multi role planes. Razbam, the developers of the F15 E, are not renowned for timely product delivery but the Strike Eagle is looking like it is closer than previously thought!
  14. RC Front left click on the Battery switch RC Front right click on the Inverter switch Dash left side left click lights down to TAXI Dash left side left click switch up to ANTI-SKID LC next to ejection seat handle left click APU Start RC Front left click on the APU Gen Switch Front Dash turn on left and right MFDs (right click on dial twice each for day) Dash left side left click on CICU, JTRS and IFFCC switches RC Front left click on MWS, JMR, RWR, DISP switches rotate know to MAN Press RAlt+Home to move left engine throttle to Idle. This will start the left engine, wait until RPM reaches 60% Press RCtrl+Home to move right engine throttle to Idle. This will start the right engine, wait until RPM reaches 60% RC below keyboard left click ODU and EGI Power switched to on, wait for screen above keyboard to finish boot and menu appears RC Screen left click button next to INS<- on right RC Screen left click button next to ALT Align on left RC Screen left click button next to FAST on right RC Front left click on the APU Gen Switch to turn off LC next to ejection seat handle left click APU Start to turn off LC in front of throttles left click on YAW L and R, then Pitch L and R switches Dash Left or right MFD left click on LOAD ALL wait about 15 seconds for dots to appear besides each item on MFD Right MFD, left click on Bottom row centre CDU Left MFD, left click on bottom row left TAD Right MFD if you se INS NAV RDY left click on NAV (on left side) Backup Artificial Horizon (below right of left MFD) scroll back mouse wheel to uncage and align Dash centre below compass left click on EGI Dash centre below compass left click on STR PT LC just behind throttle left click on EAC (guarded switch) LC left click on Ejection seat handle
  15. Ward Carroll is a retired F14 WSO(?). He has very interesting perspectives on a variety of topics. Here he interviewed his father, a retired marine pilot. Here he managed to interview Rep Elaine Luria (D) about the pentagons Navy strategy. She is very bi partisan and judging by the comments, appreciated by both sides of the aisle. So I view this as a commentary on US navy strategy and not politics, if I am wrong I will remove it.
  16. This is a work in progress and will be updated and or corrected Shut Door (Lctrl C works) LC right click Master Ignition Switch to BATT LC right Click APU Cover to open LC left click APU button to start APU, wait for ON to appear LC right click No 1 Engine Start (left engine), on left MFD when NG% > 20% Ralt Home to advance left throttle to Idle. Wait for NG% to stabilise around 67% LC right click No 2 Engine Start (right engine), on left MFD when NG% > 20% Rshift Home to advance left throttle to Idle. Wait for NG% to stabilise around 67% LC Advance throttles to fly LC left click on APU button to turn off LC Left Click on APU cover to close Right of dash CMWS Power Switch to on same location CMWS Flare switch to armed same location CMWS operation switch to bypassed left click MFD WPN button (Bottom left) left click BORESIGHT Top centre of Dash Look at concentric circles through IHADSS Move your head until circles are concentric and reticule in eyepiece aligns with centre circle When aligned press Boresight Polarity BS on left side of MFD (or bind Boresight Polarity BS to a key) Right of dash uncage Artificial Horizon by scrolling mouse wheel until red bar disappears and align with "horizon" INS(?) alignment is automatic, however you still need to check. left click on TSD bottom row of MFD buttons left click on UTIL top row of MFD buttons check POSITION CONFIDENCE, INU1 and INU2 should be green, if not wait before moving.
  17. Given that we spend extra money for clicky cockpits, I think its a shame to not know where everything is. A great way to familiarize yourself with a cockpit is to go through a start up procedure with the aircraft in a Cold and Dark state. Here is the Mirage startup with using the fast INS alignment mode (using stored heading), the long mode takes about 8 minutes and is not covered here. Right Dashboard Battery On Switch (above annunciators) RC Fuel cut off cover and switch on RC Engine Fuel Right Boost Pump Switch on RC Engine Fuel Left Boost Pump Switch on RC Engine Start Switch Cover Open RC Engine Start Switch press When Engine reaches 11% Push throttle forward then pull back, this will allow start up to proceed. Front Dash HUD Power Switch Front screen TD.F right click to turn on RC EW Mode selector Switch right click once RC BR, RWR, D2M, decoy release mode switch, Decoy programme knob, right click once RC Radar IFF Power switch to Sect RC Back up ADI Right Click RC Pitot Heat Cover right click RC Audio Warning Switch right click RC Emergency Backup Hydraulic Switch right click Front dash top Left Audio Warning Reset button left click RC INS mode Selector right click to STH (rotary knob) RC under rotary knob (INS parameter selector) green and red lamp/switch (VAL Validate) left click RC INS operational mode (right of INS Mode Selector) left click to STS RC 2 rows of LCDs above num pad, note 100 will count down to 0 On 0 RC INS Mode Selector right click to NAV and right click INS operational mode to N LC Radar Power right click to Warm Up LC VHF mode right click to FF LC UHF mode right click to ON
  18. I am slowly going through the Cold and dark starts of my aircraft, since a bunch of them have been amended since I originally posted. At the moment I am focussed on the F16, F18 and Harrier, but will try to get the rest done as well (Including WW2 planes)
  19. Watch the first one even if its only for the music, Brian Eno an Ending.
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