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  1. Yeah, if you limit what you are trying to achieve you can use all sorts of shortcuts to get '3-D' images without having to use full 3-D perspective calculations. In fact some of the early '3-D' games did exactly that. Not so much need for it now considering the hardware a typical gaming PC has, but anyone interested in writing retro-games on ancient hardware might find them useful. Don't quite understand that one, but I've occasionally noticed some odd optical effects myself, during the first few minutes after I wake from a deep sleep. In the right conditions (i.e. bright light for strong contrast) if I wave my hand around in front of me against a blank background (i.e. a wall or ceiling), I sometimes get two images: a full-colour filled in one of my hand, and trailing an inch or two behind that, a feint grey 'outline' of the same thing. I think what is going on here is that the 'image processing' part of the brain is presenting two 'results' slightly out of sync. The first one is 'raw data' giving colours, and the second one is 'processed data' which resolves the outline of objects to help with recognition. When I'm fully awake, my brain gets the two back in sync, and I no longer see the two separately. What this tells us of course is that you don't really 'see' things when they happen - it takes a finite time for your brain to decide what it is seeing, and then make that 'conscious'. I could add more, on the subject of what certain substances can do to perception, but they probably aren't appropriate for this forum.
  2. Ah, sorry, I misunderstood. I think that a 'pack' would be rather expensive, and from a resources perspective rather difficult. There would be a lot of work involved in such a project, and the time-scale involved would likely drag it out over years. Some might be prepared to pay cash up-front for something like that, but I suspect that initial investment and continued funding would be easier to find if the 'flyables' were released individually.
  3. I don't think anyone has seriously suggested that they should be converted to flyable for free.
  4. NaturalPoint makes certain assumptions about the orientation of the triangle when it calculates the 3-D position of the triangle from the 2-D information it gets. It can do this because it isn't attempting to determine an absolute position in space, it is attempting to measure the change of position and orientation relative to the starting point, over a relatively small range. That works for the particular application, but can't really be applied more generally. As for how 3-D games work, the basic geometry is relatively simple, but the way that calculations are done most efficiently often isn't. To simplify the parallel calculation of rotation and translation (i.e. 3-D movement relative to the zero-coordinate of the viewpoint) quaternions are sometimes used. And they are 4-dimensional. A heck of a lot of research has gone into efficient 3-D projection with 'graphics card' type hardware, and it is highly unlikely that anything that NaturalPoint have done is going to be of significance. TrackIR is just a clever solution to a very specific problem.
  5. The thing is with developers plans is that they can change. It doesn't really matter much what they intended to do when they made the Ju 52 or the B-25. What matters is convincing them now that making the B-25 flyable will justify the effort involved. I'd like to think that the amount of enthusiasm shown on the forums for that suggestion would be enough to convince them, but they may have to convince the accountants, who tend to be sceptical about such things. The world would be a much simpler place if it wasn't for the men in suits...
  6. I doubt it, since we don't have a map where the tropical Spits and 109s served.
  7. From what I can figure out from the research I linked above, the critical thing seems to be the vertical distance between your heart and your brain. What you need is a pilot with no neck. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  8. The Operation Benedict ones in the photo above certainly seem to have them. Here's a VVS Hurricane (with Soviet armament) that didn't. Nice to have the option, as there aren't a lot of photos of Hurri's on the eastern front, and skinners will no doubt want to get it right: A quote from the Wikipedia article on Operation Benedict, perhaps indicating the haste by which it had been organised: I'm not sure what 'tropical insulation covers' were. Maybe some sort of blanket to keep the sun off? Not much use in Murmansk, anyway. Entirely off-topic, but I spotted this little gem in a footnote to the same article: The only relevant RAF records I can find that might relate to this brave but perhaps foolish Corporal are for a David Flockhart (by then a Flight Sergeant) who sadly died in July 1942 (on a Liberator which crash landed returning from a raid on Tobruk), and is buried in Khyat Beach War Cemetery, in what was then Palestine.
  9. A document I found on research into G tolerance from 1986 cites earlier research to suggest that a posture having the pilots feet higher doesn't make any real difference, though I'm not entirely sure I understand all the details: BURTON RR. A conceptual model for predicting pilot group G tolerance for tactical fighter aircraft. Aviation, Space. and Environmental Medicine. August, 1986 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/adb7/c394744ac433f9e196bf9d859b088c1a1dbb.pdf (see P. 738)
  10. Just to resolve the issue of whether we are getting the version with the standard intake as well as the tropical one, it should be noted that the thread announcing the Hurricane pre-order shows screenshots of a WIP model with the standard one. I think its safe to assume they wouldn't have modelled it if they didn't intend it to be used. As for why the Soviets got a mix, some with and some without, I suspect it may have been a case of them being sent whatever was available. The Hurricanes were amongst the first aircraft they got from the western allies, and at the time it was probably seen as more urgent to deliver them quickly than to worry about details. Later on, lend-lease got a lot more organised. Wikipedia has some numbers, cited to the British archives: mark IIA: 218 sent to Russia or handed over, 22 lost before arrival mark IIB: 1,884 sent or handed over, 278 lost before arrival mark IIC: 1,182 sent or handed over, 46 lost before arrival, 117 rejected mark IID: 60 sent or handed over, 14 rejected mark IV: 30 handed over total 3,374 Hurricanes sent or handed over, 346 lost before delivery, 2,897 accepted by the Russians, 131 rejected The 'handed over' aircraft will include those that were originally flown by No. 151 Wing RAF, which operated from the Kola peninsula from September to November 1941, during Operation Benedict, first flying the aircraft themselves, and later helping to train Soviet groundcrew and pilots on the Hurricane. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane#Air_defence_in_Russia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Benedict From Wikipedia, a nice photo of Hurricane Mark IIBs of No. 134 Squadron RAF, at Murmansk-Vaenga airfield.
  11. Yes, I've seen that. But it doesn't say that they are only doing the desert version. The screenshots are work in progress, and may not show every option.
  12. Where have the developers said that we are only getting the desert version?
  13. As has been noted historic Hurricane missions on the Normandy map will have to be set a lot earlier. A passable representation of the Battle of Britain might be possible, with Bf 109 Es escorting He 111s to attack RAF airfields. The Luftwaffe will of course report all enemy fighters encountered as Spitfires. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  14. Hurricane weapons mod selection for dummies: ๐Ÿ˜‰ 1. Put lots of small holes in your enemy. 2. Put lots and lots of small holes in your enemy. 3. Put lots of big holes in your enemy. 4. Create a hole where your enemy used to be. 5. In Soviet Union, Socialism demands that all enemies get equal share of large and small holes. And added bonus Bombs!
  15. This raises an interesting question. Did Willy Messerschmitt chose the pilot's seating posture for G resistance, or was this just a fortuitous consequence of trying to keep the fuselage frontal area as small as possible?
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