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  1. Thanks HBP but I am after images of originals as I make reproductions patches: My latest creation: And an original for comparison:
  2. $50 on Amazon.com but only £25 on Amazon.co.uk - that's an unexpected surprise. 1 to 1 exchange rate is more common.
  3. On a related note, does anyone have a better example of the original squadron patch for the 26th FS? This is the best one I have. Clearly designed by the same artist but less common than the later version featuring a tiger riding a horse / mustang.
  4. Hangar 11 are based at North Weald - 5 miles up the road from me.
  5. I was researching why the USAAF 25th FS had the moniker 'Our Assam Draggins' and came across the following on Wikipedia: The 25th flew its first aerial combat mission over The Hump on 25 September 1942, flying a combat escort mission. After the squadron moved to Dinjan Airfield in Assam, India, combat activity increased. Due to the terrain, the pilots would usually "drag in" on their passes. It was there that the 25th picked up the name Assam Draggins.[5] So question - what is a 'drag in'?
  6. Looks a bit like the airship hangars at Cardington.
  7. RMS Lancastria sunk off St. Nazaire, 17th June 1940 while evacuating British troops - estimated losses as high as 6,500. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Lancastria
  8. Timely bump. I have a recently extended my MTech joystick centre mount and switched to a WarBRD, so have a vertical section, mounting plate and horizontal mounting section spare. If I can fix the play in the bearings on the Cougar U2:NXT, I will source the necessary hardware to have another mount (top plate, clamp and some fittings). I then have the option to use the Cougar side mounted for space sims or jets if I ever get the inclination to try DCS seriously.
  9. The human eye/brain is very good at stabilising an image thus excessive headshake can be a rather 'gamey' effect. I used to fly with it on in CloD but have since turned it off as it made hitting anything with the 109's MGFFs much too difficult, even at point blank range.
  10. Interesting - I use a wireless headtracker but still find it cumbersome - also end up looking a tit. Can't help but think this would be a lot easier to set up if the program ran on Win 10 and could use my PS2 webcam that is already set up for headtracking. But then again the PS2 probably doesn't have the resolution.
  11. What functions do people map to their encoders? Mine are 3 button which works nicely for a single trim axis and trim reset. However, I have 4 of them and I'm struggling to find other functions that map logically to a 3 button rotary encoder. In total across 5 controllers, I have 80 buttons, switches and hats as well as 10 axes, so have most of the functions I need already mapped. I'm now thinking more about setting things up as logically as I can with similar functions grouped together on controllers that mirror the real world equivalent as intuitively as I can make t
  12. I figured it was probably something like this. Doesn't really make sense from an end users perspective though. Why programme what is essentially the same function differently. Whether the trim wheel / switch is moving the whole horizontal stabiliser or a trim tab through either an electrical servo or a direct cable linkage, it all has the same effect.
  13. OK - hence the rationale for Bodenplatte I suppose. 8th AAF units in the UK followed dispersal procedures at great discomfort to the ground crews. The 56th even used authorized maintenance crews to requisition used P-47 shipping crates as makeshift shelters in the winter months. Just seems odd to me that the UK based units would follow SOP strictly when there was little to no chance of aerial attack and units on the continent where the risk was high would not.
  14. I recently bought a button box and am in the process of mapping it in various sims. It has 4 rotary encoders with push function (1 full rotation takes 20 clicks). I have been experimenting with assigning one of these as an additional elevator trim control as it gives me finer control than the 4 way hat on my cougar throttle that I use as my primary trim switch. The encoders seem to work nicely moving the axis c. 2.5% for every click. However, for some reason if I try to use them for those planes with adjustable stabilisers (109 & 190), they don't work. However, the throttle hat works
  15. Enjoying the missions I have completed so far - although the Tempest does feel like I've turned 'god mode' on after flying the P-47. I have one bit of feedback about how the static aircraft are placed on the home airfield. I find it very difficult to believe that the aircraft would have been lined up in parade formation beside the runway. Firstly, in the event of a burst tire, an aircraft taking off or landing, could leave the runway and carnage ensue. And, secondly, that close to the front line, aircraft would have been dispersed across the airfield (in blast pens or amongst t
  16. What I have noticed is very nice. A few screenies detailing the changes would be helpful if you get the time.
  17. First up congratulations to the TFS team for the steady progress that they are making in moving this sim forward. I was critical for the initial Tobruk map and they have taken that feedback onboard and made a number of improvements to the textures that have addressed many of my original concerns. However, there a few annoying bugs that I would like to draw to the team's attention. 1). Bf109 engine surging in certain missions (E and F models). For me the 'Channel dogfight even' quick mission almost always results in my engine surging inexplicably if an enemy plane i
  18. The P-47D-22 had the same issue when it was first released. I flagged it up in the bug section and it was fixed in an update. I agree that the mirrors on the Spit IX and P-51D are both angled too low - fine for doing your lippy but for spotting a bandit on your six, not so much.
  19. What about an adaptor? It could be in the form of a small extension piece. It could fit onto your grips and give them TM / Virpil compatibility - electronics / shift register board could be housed in the adaptor. I like the look of your grips but I can't justify moving away from my WarBRD or Cougar N2:NXT bases which in my mind can't be bettered for feel and precision.
  20. Fantastic looking gear! Just to repeat an observation I make earlier in the thread. I think you will sell more sticks if you make them compatible with a Thrustmaster / Virpil base or at least make a hot swappable adaptor. I have a TM and Virpil base, 2 TM sticks and a KG13 stick that are all interchangeable and while I am happy to add to that, I don't want or need to invest in another base ecosystem.
  21. One of my long standing gripes has been the duration of smoke from destroyed ground targets and aircraft. If this was originally a decision made on the grounds of performance, is it not time to revisit the issue given the advances in hardware in the intervening period. I can't imagine it would be a big change (smoke duration=30secs to smoke duration=300secs?). However, it would have a massive impact on the player experience. Currently, I find I frequently re-attack a destroyed target because it the smoke / fire has gone out. It also takes away the satisfaction of leaving an area a smoking
  22. What are your plans for Grip connectivity? I have made considerable investment in Virpil and Thrustmaster gear (3 grips, 2 bases across both manufacturers). So, although the TM connection standard is not perfect, it is a close to a universal standard as we have.
  23. I admit that I had to go away and research this one because I have not some across a USAAF combat pilot with an enlisted man's rank before. However, there seems to be a good reason for this as there don't appear to have been any enlisted men serving as combat pilots in the USSAF after the second half of 1942. This followed the passing of the 'Flight Officer Act' in early July 1942. From Wikipedia: When Public Law 658 (Flight Officer Act) was passed on 8 July 1942 most enlisted pilots were promoted to the new rank of flight officer and newly-graduating enlisted pilots were grade
  24. The Type B-10 gradually replaced the A-2 from c. early to mid '44. The current late war USAAF pilot (Bodenplatte) wears the B-10. Some pilots preferred the fabric jackets (Gentile, Gabreski spring to mind) but many stuck with their A-2s and original issue jackets were still being worn by pilots well into the '50s, with many seeing service during the Korean War.
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