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  1. Quite so. One can hang about at 11 - 15,000 feet all day in the SE5a, but, since no one else comes up there, one has to lower oneself to the level of the proletarian brawling. Which gets sticky, since the SE turns as if it ate Mogadon sandwiches for lunch. Incidentally, I got to just over 19,000 feet, indicated on JG5's server a couple of days ago. Climb rate above 16,000 feet is......sluggish, but the machine remains controllable.
  2. Just to add to Trooper's comment, a Bowden Cable is exactly the sort of thing you saw on your push bike when you were a boy, used to operate the brakes. As seen above - a Lewis on a Foster mount on an Avro 504 - the 'Bowden cable' is clearly visible. All it is, is a spiral wound cable, free moving in a flexible tubular sleeve. Changing the ammunition drum involved hauling the machine gun down the curved rail of the Foster mount and changing it manually - whilst flying the aeroplane with your knees. Those chaps must have needed a wheelbarrow to haul their testicles about.....
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    SE5a

    Agreed with all of these, Waggaz. Especially with the comment about pairs.....got bounced by the DVII's wingman a couple of times today. If someone had been watching my tail, it would have been nice.
  4. SP1969

    SE5a

    That isn't fat, it is a bloody sandbag. I'll try, thanks very much!
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    SE5a

    Flew the SE5a about in OG server yesterday for a little while, thank you to the gentlemen concerned for allowing this. I'm certainly out of practise! Seems to deal well with the DVIIF at furball altitudes. A well flown Dr1 is a problem, the marked difference in speed between the two aeroplanes seen in RoF seems much lower here and means the SE5a pilot has to be very careful to maintain energy and gaining separation, if one screws up the initial attack certainly isn't as easy as it used to be...... I suspect the DVa is going to be easy meat once I'm back in the groove. Speed and acceleration seems right, dive characteristics better then RoF, in as far as the engine doesn't overspeed when throttled back, so a more realistic dive speed is possible, climb rate at 1600 rpm@70mph seems identical in feel to RoF. Rolls well, rudder is responsive, spin recovery spot on. Wings remain attached unless you do something dumb, absorbs a fair amount of battle damage. Which is nice. I have an X52 pro stick and throttle - the nose up attitude is an issue, and is affecting my aim. Real SE5a had a jack screw mechanism that varied the incidence of the horizontal stabiliser, enabling the rigger to dial out the tendency to assume a nose up attitude - not sure how to make this happen in FC - any tips would be appreciated - in RoF I used curves. Certain DVa pilots ( they know who they are ) with good aim will wound you with their first burst - the nose up attitude, combined with the red mist effects, means there is very little chance of retaining control, let alone achieving a crash landing. As in RoF, this is far and away my favourite single seater. Soon as the Arras map gets here - well, let's put it this way - I anticipate my right arm getting more exercise than at any time since I discovered a stash of 'adult magazines' when I had just moved to grammar school.....
  6. SP1969

    SE5a

    At hand, maybe, but only three shakes......
  7. SP1969

    SE5a

    I may have wet myself a little. Joy, joy, joy.
  8. To my mind this has been the sticking point for FC. When the map arrives and Pat does his magnificent thing, then the game will have some appeal beyond furballs. Flying FC over WW2 territory has no immersion to it, from my point of view. The sense of the peculiarities of the Western Front, the concentration of forces into a very small, very active but intrinsically static battlezone is completely missing from the game as it stands. Flying SP missions in RoF meant that one got to know the landmarks, the place names and associate them with the places one has visited or read about in real life - the connection is made in one's head, so the flying takes on a meaning above and beyond the technical flying skill. FC does not have this sense of connection, for me, at all. Worse, RoF now feels dated in both game engine and graphical terms - so I'm not flying there either. Rather than get frustrated, I decided to stop flying until the game has the same level of immersion I felt when flying RoF, although I will certainly try the SE5a for a few outings, even though it will be operating completely outside of the operational parameters for which it was designed. I certainly haven't discarded FC, but I do feel a little bit of the opinion that had I the talent and skill to produce this game, I would have at least provided the WW1 enthusiasts with the same value that one gets from the other BoX games from both SP and MP viewpoints, and would, at the very least have started the map before releasing any aeroplanes at all. I miss the comradeship of the friends I flew with and hope you are all well.
  9. Thanks chaps. I'm with Trooper. I haven't even tried the new aeroplanes as yet. Looking in every now and then to see if something has changed, but I became very bored with low level furballs over WW2 Russian terrain.
  10. Any news? Sorry if I missed it, but has a WW1 map been released yet and if not, have there been any indications as to when it is likely to happen?
  11. Haven't touched FC for over a month now. This is the best news for a long, long time, thank you Pat.
  12. Keep the day jobs, ladies and gentlemen.
  13. Still not flown them. I'll do it when the map gets here - pointless flying high altitude air superiority fighters down low in a furball. Then the wait for the SE5a.
  14. My deepest condolences for your loss, Ron. I hope the joy brought by the new addition to your clan helps assuage the grief a little. There is nothing anyone can ever say at a time like this that can truly help, so I'll say nothing, except to let you know that people are thinking of you, and kindly at that. Stuart
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