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    Old school sim guy. Started on board games in the '70's with the likes of AH's Luftwaffe, 1776, Squad Leader, Flight Leader, etc., etc. Still play some of them. Also have always enjoyed model building, both plastic and wood (boats and ships) and needless to say am an aviation sim fanatic. First flight sim was for my 150MB HD on my Macintosh called Fly!. It had a rogue grayed out 737 that would sporadically land any which way it desired and defy the laws of physics...and that was it for other air traffic at the time! Later I graduated to a PC and played F/A-18 Hornet and thought that was the “cats meow”.

    Enjoy aviation immensely. Worked as line supervisor for refueling ops. If anything has to do with flying, count me in. Also worked for a while on restoring a C-47 that flew the D-Day invasion before the owner decided to sell it and it went back across the big pond.

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  1. Funny, but after reading this I was wondering also. Also found this regarding the Tempest and the V-1... “When V-1 attacks began in mid-June 1944, the only aircraft with the low-altitude speed to be effective against it was the Hawker Tempest. Fewer than 30 Tempests were available. They were assigned to No. 150 Wing RAF. Early attempts to intercept and destroy V-1s often failed, but improved techniques soon emerged. These included using the airflow over an interceptor's wing to raise one wing of the V-1, by sliding the wingtip to within 6 in (15 cm) of the lower surface of the V-1's wing. If properly executed, this manoeuvre would tip the V-1's wing up, over-riding the gyro and sending the V-1 into an out-of-control dive. At least sixteen V-1s were destroyed this way (the first by a P-51 piloted by Major R. E. Turner of 356th Fighter Squadron on 18 June).” ”...to within 6 inches...” - which in the sim would make for some crazy-ass micro control inputs to say the least, or risk (as stated before) damage to your own aircraft in the process. I think Jason’s statement of “It would be a fun addition” may even be an understatement given the opportunities for the defensive roles one may ponder to partake in. I can only imagine what this would be like in VR. 🤪
  2. And interestingly enough... “There were plans, not put into practice, to use the Arado Ar 234 jet bomber to launch V-1s either by towing them aloft or by launching them from a "piggy back" position (in the manner of the Mistel, but in reverse) atop the aircraft. In the latter configuration, a pilot-controlled, hydraulically operated dorsal trapeze mechanism would elevate the missile on the trapeze's launch cradle about 8 feet (2.4 m) clear of the 234's upper fuselage. This was necessary to avoid damaging the mother craft's fuselage and tail surfaces when the pulsejet ignited, as well as to ensure a "clean" airflow for the Argus motor's intake” More from article... “Most operational V-1s were launched from static sites on land, but from July 1944 to January 1945, the Luftwaffe launched approximately 1,176 from modified He 111 H-22s of the 3rd Bomber Wing, the so-called "Blitz Wing" flying over the North Sea. Apart from the obvious motive of permitting the bombardment campaign to continue after static ground sites on the French coast were lost, air launching gave the Luftwaffe the opportunity to outflank the increasingly effective ground and air defences put up by the British against the missile. To minimise the associated risks (primarily radar detection), the aircrews developed a tactic called "lo-hi-lo": the He 111s would, upon leaving their airbases and crossing the coast, descend to an exceptionally low altitude. When the launch point was neared, the bombers would swiftly ascend, fire their V-1s, and then rapidly descend again to the previous "wave-top" level for the return flight. Research after the war estimated a 40% failure rate of air-launched V-1s, and the He 111s used in this role were vulnerable to night-fighter attack, as the launch lit up the area around the aircraft for several seconds. The combat potential of air-launched V-1s dwindled during 1944 at about the same rate as that of the ground-launched missiles, as the British gradually took the measure of the weapon and developed increasingly effective defense tactics.“
  3. Step by step instructions. Very simple. Worked the first time I tried it. This...
  4. Looks like somehow we came full circle. I guess that’s what I was trying to say but came out rather bluntly. I’d love to get back and finish some line drawing I had started but since 2014 don’t think that’ll be happening now. Such is life. At least I got a few dozen done before then. Let’s crack open some cold ones! The drinks are on me!!! 🍺
  5. Now I regret my posting. It sounds as if I'm tooting my own horn, which I'm not. I was just saying that some people seem to have a knack for certain things without any training whatsoever (yours truly excluded of course) while others struggle just to draw a straight line, as I do now. Any formal training further enhances what they had to begin with, hence my statement. Call it "the drive" or "genetic predisposition" I guess. But I do respect your opinion. I read online a while back an art professor who taught for over 40 years defined it as a 'learned skill." The problem is that I would venture to say that the vast majority who were in his classes most likely already had a desire and some skillsets in creating art and wanted to further them. They already had that inert drive to begin with.
  6. Holy #&$@ that Do 335 is flippin’ huge for a one person machine! The shot in the museum next to the diminutive little AR 234 really shows off its size. I mean over 16’ tall and over 45’ long? For whatever reason I always pictured it being somewhat smaller...
  7. Yeah, art and music and such I feel is a gift, which obviously you have. I used to draw (pen and ink). It’s just something you either have or you don’t. I tried making a go of it and fell flat on my face after a year or so. I’ve still got the drawings. Maybe I’ll post. They’re in my portfolio cases. Don’t mean to hijack you topic tho.
  8. From one of their later video talks I pretty sure I heard that it takes advantage of multiple cores - which would be a first in PC gaming.
  9. Man does this thread bring back great memories! I was in high school and tried to catch the series on TV. This was before they made their movies. My dad, God rest his soul, would kinda grimace every time I watched it. Great times. It’s also great to see the new generations latching on to it as well! I believe it was a Hungarian tourist sketch but some lines evidently got fouled up when he tried talking to the merchant while consulting his translation book. One was “If I said you had a great body, would you hold it against me?” and the other was in response to something the store merchant said, “My hovercraft is full of eels.” Still chuckling about it after all these years. For anyone interested Netflix now carries the series online. Also, another British comedy that I absolutely LOVE is the Fawlty Towers series with John Cleese. Funny as hell. Ironically is wasn’t as big a hit in the UK as it was here in the States. Lol...thanks for starting this thread!
  10. Yeah some of those old titles...if I was smart I would have saved that first rig I made and kept it for nostalgics sake let alone to run some of the old titles for memories sake.
  11. Well geez! Ya can’t be all that bad just look at all the IL-2 games you own! I was serious when I said all the best for a brighter future too. Didn’t realize you were actually located in Russia. Regardless, you have LOTS of friends here on this forum. We all share one common thread no matter who we are or where we come from - the love of flight. My two best friends I left behind since we moved and I’m early trying to find a way to spend some time volunteering with something to do with aviation in southeastern Minnesota to help me occupy some of my time. Seems everything is near the Twin Cities that I’m interested in. In the meantime the closest thing I’ve got in ways of aviation are my flight sims and this forum. Good people here from all walks of life. I actually met a guy here that works part time at one of the major office supply stores and judging from his thick accent had to come over here from somewheres in the Ukraine area. He came over to me and asked if I needed any help. Somehow I mentioned about the IL-2 Great Battles Series and man did his face light up! Turns out he was a big fan too! We talked about it for quite while. So much in fact I was worried that one of his managers was going to say something. He was really interested in the virtual reality aspect of it since he had not experienced VR yet. Really nice guy. Keep your faith in humanity. And remember your always welcomed here!
  12. Geeeeeeeez, that’s one wicked looking exhaust! Aussie built too, interesting little plane. Gonna read more about it as I’m unfamiliar with it.
  13. As dburne said. I’ve been busy with other endeavors the past several months and just got back into it myself. Noticed I had to do updates to both the headset and controllers too. Gonna try and see what that was about (firmware).
  14. Hmm... I’d wave the magic wand over the group of devs and have the B-24 appear, specifically the D model as I prefer the nose lines to it compared to the chin turret but hell, I’d settle for the J just as well. If that didn’t work even with the magic wand I’d rattle it over them again and have them create the Do-335. It’s a massive machine for what it is, besides being cool looking like the J7W Shinden.
  15. “pilot takes venus by incoming plane and hard manoubers hurting passengers, as me he lacked 3d vision” Most likely due to the fact the pilot neglected to use rudder inputs as well as not having depth perception.* *You'll note I actually took the time to try to decipher the topic as well as trying to make my response serious in thought.
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