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  1. The scene in the footage above supposedly shows the bombardment of Angaur, an island close to Peliliu, before the airstrip there was secured.
  2. At 4:29 the F4Us tail wheel is clearly retracted, only the main wheels are down. Thus the pilot must have retracted the landing gear first and is now using the dive brake control as explained in the manual excerpt.
  3. I belonged to the first adapters, read about Chris Roberts new project even before there homepage was launched. Paid 60 $ for a mid tier package in autumn 2012, within the first month after the crowd funding went live. All I wanted to have was modern continuation of the old Wing Commander games, some epic space combat single player experience. Back then they promised the Squadron 42 campaign for 2014, which seemed like a reasonable time frame after the demo they could show. Also that players could get any ship in game through gameplay alone, without paying extra, as in the Privatee
  4. I wouldn‘t say modern kids are the problem, their environment has changed too much. The magic of aviation has disappeared. Flying has become as routine as using the tram. Additionally PCs are no longer new and exciting. Me and my classmates were more focused on technology and more eager to try out everything. When I was a kid we often made a family trip to the nearest international airport. Back than parking there was cheap, they had historic aircraft on display in the main hall and a huge visitors terrace with kiosks, playgrounds and more aircraft on display. You could walk around and lo
  5. The history of inline engined Fw 190s is long and protracted. The first prototype (Fw 190 V13) for the proposed C series with inline DB 603 engine had it's first flight already in march 1942, followed by V15 and V16 during the following months and V18 with turbocharger towards the end of the year. Since initial results were promising in Summer 1942 Kurt Tank could offer the RLM a limited Fw 190-C0 production run with all available engines for combat evaluation, which was rejected.
  6. +1 They could integrate the map into the career mode for ground attack Fw 190, Hs 129 or Il-2s and turn it into a separate add on for those not interested in tanks.
  7. I only encountered this problem when being flight leader. If choosing another position everybody attacked just fine.
  8. Usable in multiplayer, user made missions etc. yes, but will it be integrated into the career mode? The Battle of Kursk would be a direct continuation of the Kuban Fw190 Schl.G 1 ground attack campaign for example. Great to further flesh out the eastern front and an incentive to buy Tank crew if your are not that much interested in tankss.
  9. Also one thing in favor of a Solomon islands map should be that the total land area of these islands is actually surprisingly small. About 40000 km², mostly sparsely inhabited. An equivalent all land map is just 200 x 200 km². Thus I would anticipate that such a map is much easier to make than the Bodenplatte map.
  10. That's not really the point, you just have to fly to the battlefield to get plenty of opportunities for shorter ranged missions. The airfield on the Russels was operational when the New Georgia campaign begun, with months of fighting, months of missions over New Georgia, ahead until the islands could been secured. Even Munda point become operational before the campaign was concluded. Fighters operating from the New Georgia bases supported the Allied landings on the Trasury Island and so on. Kahili was bombed by the Allies well into 1944. Still lots of air combat over
  11. It won't work that easily since the other Salomon islands are between Guadalcanal and Rabul. You can decrease the gap between Bougainville and New Ireland/Britain, but will help only marginally if people really want to fly from Rabaul all the way to Henderson field.
  12. A Salomons map would offer lots of opportunities for shorter ranged, tactical missions, well manageable by the current game engine. Just focus on the Allies islands hopping campaign in 1943, we can't get the ultimate Pacific flight sim in one installment anyway. Russel islands to Munda (New Georgia) 230 km Munda, or Ondongo to Treasury islands or Balalae 200 km Munda to Kahili 240 km Barakoma to Kahili 170 km Barakoma to Empress Augusta Bay 260 km Green Islands to Rabaul 230 km
  13. I met this behavior again and again during the last few years, already in the old campaigns. Originally during the BOS days, I believed that the AI is generally unable to attack ground targets with anything but bombers. In my recent Fw190 Kuban ground attack campaign everything was fine until I became squadron commander. As flight leader my wingmen never attacked, just circled the battlefield as before, when flying in a wingman slot they did as they should.
  14. I guess inlet oil temperature is essential to know for the pilot when warming up the engine. As others have said, the other temperatures should be of no worry when flying by the book. Also I think closing the cowl flaps should actually decrease oil temperature, at least initially. With closed flaps the pressure inside the cowling will increase, forcing more air through the oil cooler, which is an alternative way for the airflow to escape.
  15. Let's not forget that there is already Med/North Africa theater in development for Il2:CloD. A Salomons 1943 scenario can come first and carriers later. Better than waiting for a "perfect" Pacific game sometime in the distant future.
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