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  1. 11 hours ago, RAAF492SQNOz_Steve said:


    Another vote for I Fought You From the Skies - Willi Heilmann


    I read this book going on 50 years ago and still remember the title and pilots name.

    It is not a big book but if you have an interest in 1944 - 45 and FW 190's it is a great read for when things were for falling apart for the Luftwaffe.


    If you are into Bombers i.e. Halifax/Lancaster/Wellington

    No Moon Tonight by Don Charlwood


    Many decades ago I also read a book on Erich Hartmann that gave good insights into the air battle on the Russian front, and the joys (sarcasm intended) of Russian Hospitality as a post war prisoner but alas cannot remember the title :(.       May have been The Blond Knight of Germany but this is just a guess.

    Do still remember his approach for knocking over Sturmoviks which I hope to eventually employ in IL2.

    It is, indeed The Blond Knight of Germany by Raymond Tolliver. I remember getting that from the library when I was about thirteen!

  2. If you want memoirs, I can recommend "Mustang Pilot" by Richard Turner which I read over and over again as a boy (hence Sallee). I was the same with "Nine Lives" by Al Deere. Tom Neil's "Scramble" is good as it combines his Battle of Britain and Malta. On the other side, "I Flew for the Fuehrer" by Heinz Knoke is a good read. I was always a bit disappointed by Galland's "The First and the Last". There are some very interesting ones written at the time, "Arise to Conquer" by Widge Gleed and "The Last Enemy" by Richard Hillary are rather haunting as neither survived the war.

    Almost forgot two of my favourites which are both by Finns! Double Fighter Knight by Ilmari Juutilainen and Fighters over Finland by Eino Luukkanen. I am the proud owner of a signed copy of the first of those.

    The other one I read over and over was "Nightfighter" by Jimmy Rawnsley and Robert Wright who were both radar operators for John Cunningham.

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  3. May sound silly, but just the pleasure of flying. I will fly long missions without using time compression. I fly back with the rest of my flight. I join the circuit even if I'm the last to be ordered to, I land, I switch off. Every moment a pleasure. I was getting bad graphics crashes (all games, not just Cliffs), but it didn't actually bother me. I'd just restart my PC and fly the mission again. I can't quite explain it!

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  4. I was interested in this, because there is no "Level autopilot" by name in Cliffs. What do people do if they want to act as bomb-aimer? If you use autopilot, does it carry out all functions including dropping the bombs in spite of your best efforts to drop them when you want? In GB you can engage Level Autopilot and take your time with your aiming duties. I was sure you could do this before in Cliffs.

  5. 1 hour ago, 71st_AH_Barnacles said:

    This video has a lot of the voices of the crew of a Lancaster. Compare with the accent of the radio presenter.

    Received English was a much more powerful force then, as well. People like the announcer would deliberately change their own accent to fit the mould. It made sense because people with local accents and dialects were more likely to understand received pronunciation than an accent different from their own. I speak fairly RP English but when I was at my village primary school I spoke broad Suffolk to avoid being called "a poof"!

    I'd be happy to edit content for anachronisms. I'm fairly sure that no-one in the RAF referred to anyone as "guys" for instance. Happy to provide a voice as well...I don't think I sound that old, and I can always squeeze my balls a bit....

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  6. 3 hours ago, SeaSerpent said:


    I recently bought about $20 of particular paints that I can only envision using a small portion of for the rest of my days as a scale model maker.  I was debating whether to get a return, because it's just the nickel and diming of the hobby, and I'm like did I really need to buy those colors?


    But you have 16 unfinished kits?  wow.  I guess I should just keep my $4 1/2 ounce bottle of RLM 70 only for German propeller blades, afterall! 😀

    I'm glad to have alleviated your guilt! Now I need to find someone to alleviate mine!

    They tended to go out of production quite quickly, so I tried to snap them up. Got some second-hand bargains as well.

  7. Luckily, I have 16 in the stash which should last the rest of my life. I wonder if any one company can afford all the moulds. Bet they aren't cheap. I imagine that TVAL and the film making going into mothballs can't have helped. Terribly sad news all round.

  8. 1 hour ago, Trooper117 said:



    Korea... it's coming.




    CLoD, DCS, IL2GB, WoTR, RoF, WoFF, FC, none of them are awful.

    They all have good points and bad points.

    If you play something once and then bin it, it just shows you can't be arsed to learn.

    I see. It was actually because it constantly crashed and, of course, "once" is an exaggeration. But thank you for your input.

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