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  1. Thanks for your inspirational post. I don't want to participate in the give-away since I already own all products from the devs (though maybe my brother could want one - in this case I would throw my name in the hat for a FW190-A3). Nevertheless I want to share my book recommendation. First something about my personal reasons for this recommendation (disclaimer): Besides simulation games I have some other hobbys that occupy a huge part of my free time. One is comics (I even found myself a side job in comics distribution). There are many comics dealing with WWII, and enough comics dealing with WWII aviation, both fictional and historical, f.e. many books by Garth Ennis (writer of Preacher, The Boys, Hellblazer), like "Night Witches" or the War Stories series. Another hobby of mine is Japanes culture and history. Therefore here in this thread I'd like to give you this manga as recommendation: SHOWA HISTORY OF JAPAN 1926 -1989 by SHIGERU MIZUKI Written and drawn by Shigeru Mizuki. His comics biography intertwines his own life story with the history and society of the Showa era of Emperor Hirohito with Japan's participation in WWII as centerpiece. Mizuki is best known in Japan for re-introducing Yokai fables in a modern context to today's society ( Yōkai = supernatural entities in Japanes folktales, oftentimes mischievous creatures). His later work became more and more autobiographical like his story about a group of doomed Japanese soldiers in the jungles of SE asia (""Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths""). His art style needs getting used to if you're coming from a more mainstream western audience - use of photocopied historical photos as background for the overall setting is complemented with an almost naive style for his drawn protagonists in the trenches. His personal part in the story is a description of his early life with his relatives, how he got in the army as a young man, the war in the jungle, how he got wounded and lost an arm, how he got a job as an artist in post-war Japan and still lived in poverty and how he experienced the transformation of his country into what it is now. Its english translation is published by Drawn & Quarterly ( website ) in four volumes. If you want to buy it in a comic shop and they have to re-order it, you need the product codes shown here: https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/SEP131142 https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/MAR141133 https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/AUG141429 https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/APR151419
  2. (Correct me if I'm wrong:) The team that's developing the "Great Battles" series originated (among other sources) from the Rise of Flight team 777 Studios. ROF is a WW1 combat flight sim, still available here on this web presence and on Steam. At present the devs are integrating reworked ROF content and new content into Flying Circus: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/forum/117-il-2-sturmovik-flying-circus/ Oleg Maddox and his team developed the BoB combat flight sim IL-2: Cliffs of Dover after IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 and had a very rough start with this program. (It's a story for another time.) Cliffs of Dover is still actively developed by Team Fusion, who are working with the publisher 1C. Info about their upcoming version v5.0 and everything else COD-related can be found here: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/forum/104-il-2-sturmovik-cliffs-of-dover/ So at present it's all under one roof.
  3. There are no stupid questions, at least this one isn't. My guess is to keep momentum and potential buyer's interest they are releasing it now. It's nearly feature complete and most people could enjoy it as is so why wait? The devs have a track record of constantly updating all of their products and christmas is around the corner. This is as good a time as any to call it release.
  4. Such a thread in the suggestions sub-forum in a format comparable to the main suggestions thread can make sense.
  5. Question from somebody who doesn't know much about the P38: What's up with the reflecting surface on the inner face of the engine gondolas?
  6. First flight over the forest area where I used to live. Nice. Also saw the train bridge (i.e. its predecessor) over the river Wupper that I used last tuesday. Of course I notice or seem to perceive some aberrations and missing objects in this area, but I can live with that and not loose sleep over it. It's just so cool to be able to use this map for sightseeing.
  7. Wow, the things you learn: I never knew M.Gladbach wasn't spelled Mönchengladbach before 1950. Before that it was München-Gladbach. The word root is the same (derived from German word for "monk"). But I'm not so sure the spelling Wessel-Datten Canal on the ingame Rhineland map is correct: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesel-Datteln-Kanal
  8. Did you read how old she is? She still looks fabulous for her age and career!
  9. @OP: During Gamescom expo I could play a new build of IL-2 (link to forum thread). The photo option was already in there. You choose your image from a new tab in the aircraft setup options GUI before start.
  10. IL-BoX was always at Gamescom, but sometimes only in the Business Area or just as a game station among other shown titles. This year they had two devs with a new build and were approachable by any visitor. I went today to the booth again, looking at trailers, watching other visitors playing the shown games, tried out the Conglomerate demo myself (I think I will buy it - it's a cyberpunk dungeon crawler and that's enough for me). I want to express my thanks to Andrej(sp?) and Roman for talking to me and indulging my enthusiasm, my bad accent and my lack of expertise. Working at fairs and expos is tough. I guess in addition it is tough for them to guide all the people through the program who flew their last sim 15 years ago. (WORK IN PROGRESS) Today I could fly the P-51 in the shown build. The in-game models of P-38 and P-51 are beautiful and I spent some minutes admiring their metallic textures and cockpit details. For me it was fun watching the gear animation. At present the personal cockpit image can be selected in a third tab next to Setup and Paintschemes before flight. (WORK IN PROGRESS) When I remarked to Roman that the nitpicking threads on the forum will start as soon as the P-51 gets published, he just tellingly rolled his eyes. Guys, devs are humans with feelings, too! Treat them respectfully and with common courtesy even if it's not your first impulse! I will end this day with opening the Sturmovik lager can. Prost!
  11. Well, no promises, I haven't asked about their photography policy, didn't make any recordings and I think a DD can give us better quality. And yeah, there was beer.
  12. Hi guys. This week I'm spending my vacation in Cologne, Germany and I am visiting the computer and consoles game expo Gamescom which opens tomorrow for the general public. When you're a fan of all digital games mainstream, indie & retro you will find ample opportunity to reach blissful oversaturation. It's big. This year for the first time I went a day before it opens its door for the public and only a few thousand lucky wild card owners mingle with the business people and journalists. Totally different experience - I'm very happy about it. Entering the halls me and my brother went first directly to the 1C Publishing booth. There we were able to experience some of the new features of Bodenplatte that are still unpublished. My brother tried out BoX for the first time (he's a hard-core DCS pilot) and also for the first time VR - in a P-38 & and over Brussels. I was able to experience flying the Me 262 around Cologne Cathedral "Kölner Dom" surrounded by smoke (from a recent bombing). Please don't ask me for specific details, I wouldn't have recognized them in this situation. But I will vistit the booth again if possible. Also for the other 1C games shown. Many, many thanks to the friendly developer who guided us through the experience (I think it was Roman?). Also a thank you to your tip, Jason. Looks like I'll be running around Gamescom tomorrow and will be doing some advertisement This evening my brother said to me that he saw IL-2 on sale. Guess we have him come over to our side in the near future.
  13. I can confirm blitze's information: I transfered my IL-2 directory on its physical SSD from one computer to another and it worked. I only had to make a new link on the desktop of my new computer. Account information and passwords can be stored safely into a password manager. It's advisable to backup its encrypted datafile regularly to other physical storage media.
  14. How will the AI pilots react to the G-forces and adapt their tactics? Great DD!
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