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    Previously known as Bird_brain on various IL2 forums

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  1. Yeah, I think it just depends on how many files you have. Some take longer than others.
  2. I’m not fluent in German either, but the numbers are the same and converting to metric is pretty easy, and a real life skill you might actually need. Requiem has done a nice job on his Me262 cockpit tutorial. You might want to watch it. Once you learn where the gauges are and what they do, who reads the label anyway? I doubt you need a label to know what the artificial horizon and the compass are.
  3. So yes, you can use either the resave missions in folder tool or the convert to binary in folder tool in the mission editor. They both apparently work. It has been the subject of at least 2 threads in the scripted campaigns section and no one seems to be having any trouble with it.
  4. Who are you referring to? I think we have covered that, and the graphs above give it an even better visual representation. When I referred to adjusting the sight on the Spitfire it just changes the reticle to judge range based on wingspan. You are aware of that feature, right? I don’t use icons with range text when firing. Why would I not adjust my sight to match convergence? here Is convergence information for the FW190 A8 as an interesting comparison. Cowl mounted machine guns and wing mounted cannons. also at 400 meters.
  5. i did something similar. I was trying to get screenshots of burning enemy bombers and fighters with a Spitfire Vb. I set up behind them and discovered the easiest way to set them on fire was with the convergence at 250 meters and shoot them at about 100 to 150 meters. My reflector sight was set to 200 yards. I would fire a short burst of machine gun fire which would hit both wing roots as it was below convergence distance. If it was a twin engine bomber I could kick in a tiny bit of rudder and get one or both engines smoking as well. Once there was a nice fuel leak, a very short burst with the cannons would usually destroy the aircraft by taking off a wing. About 1 in ten times it would burn nicely when the fuel ignited. i discovered that in this way I could regularly kill 4 or 5 fighters or bombers before I ran out of ammo. Now with fighters I try to get under convergence distance and fly to a good position about 100 yards behind, and wait for it to make a turn to get a view of the top or side of the EAC. I get the lead right with the machine guns, then a quick burst of cannon rounds in the wing root or cockpit finishes them. I have been able to take out quite a few 109s with less than 100 .303 rounds after the cannon ammo is gone if I am extremely careful with shot placement. The trick to that is to aim off to one side slightly because one set of guns is going to miss completely in front of a wing while the other one hits the cockpit at close range. In a 109 F or G I would think PK shots are even easier, because you have all the guns in the centerline. I believe that was H-J Marseille’s technique. Get close and wait for them to turn, then aim at the engine or cockpit. It may not work so well in MP, but against the AI, it’s very effective.
  6. It’s important to understand that convergence doesn’t make the guns shoot any flatter, it just changes where in the arc of the bullets trajectory your sight reticle is. The sight is fixed, so you have to adjust the gun instead of the other way around. If you split the difference between the highest and lowest points in the arc within the usable range of the guns, you will have the least amount of variance above or below the sight reticle. When you are shooting at an engine or cockpit about 3 or 4 feet high, 1 foot above or below is still a hit. 3 feet high or low is not.
  7. If the ballistics are modeled correctly, the MG17s would be shooting a 7.92 x 57mm Mauser 181 grain bullet at about 2800 to 2900 FPS. I don’t have the exact dimensions but let’s say the reflector sight is mounted approximately 12 inches above the guns barrels. If you zero the guns at 250 meters, you will be 12 inches low at point blank range, on target at 250 meters, and hitting about a foot low at 400 meters. That will drop to 2 feet low at 450 meters and then 3 feet low at 500 meters. if you zero the guns at 400 meters, you will hit about 8 inches low at 250 meters, on target at 400, 8 inches low at 450 meters, and 18 inches low at 500 meters. vertical sighting at 400 meters appears to give you about half the variance over the usable range of the guns that sighting in at 250 meters would. your horizontal spread is going to be negligible. Basically a foot at 800 meters. i don’t have the ballistics on the cannon shells but the drop will be much more significant since its a heavier shell at a lower velocity. You would be better off using the cannon at under 300 meters to insure hits in the area of the machine gun rounds. Erich Hartmann said his secret to success at shooting down so many enemy fighters was to wait until they filled the windscreen to fire.
  8. Thanks for the feedback keeno. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it. I have seen it said that Kos was like "a little version of Malta at it's worst moments."
  9. Spoiler alert, first mission is a milk run. Now you only have 14 missions left to get your 40 kills...😎 At at least I’m not going to make you do circles around the island until you run out of gas for the first 3 days like they really had to do. 👍
  10. Nice... being a Brit you should appreciate having roundels on your crate for a change, even if they were Afrikaners.
  11. Oddly enough, the Kerch peninsula is very appropriate to substitute for Kos if you can ignore no ocean on the west end and some place names. I think it’s a slightly larger land mass, but not by much. Hopefully the “suspension of disbelief” will last a little while. I don’t think IL2 pilots are nearly as used to improvising maps as we used to be. It was definitely a shoestring operation, and yes it was a mistake for them to try to occupy a few small islands when the Germans were still strong on Crete, Rhodes and in Athens. They were literally surrounded from the start. “Churchill’s Folly” is frequently applied to everything from Gallipoli to the Gulf War, but during WWII it seems to refer to Kos and Leros.
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