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Posted July 16
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Posted June 30
I am happy to help re accumulate armor and weapons, etc.
When will this happen?
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Posted June 25
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.
Posted June 24
Ground Branch is available on Steam at a 40% discount
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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.
Posted June 23
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
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!
Posted June 17
If by chance you visit the forum, I wanted to wish you a happy birthday.
Posted June 15
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.
Posted June 8
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.
Posted June 1
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.
Posted May 26
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:
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.
A4 Skyhawk (excellent mod up there with a lot of payware planes)
Dassault Super Etendard with the Exocet
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).
Posted May 25
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!
Posted May 23
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!
Posted May 18
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
Posted May 16
Have a great day!
Posted May 10
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.
Posted May 7
Have a great day
Posted May 1
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.
Posted April 20
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
Posted April 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)
Posted April 15
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Posted March 29
Watch the first one even if its only for the music, Brian Eno an Ending.