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  1. Wow - hard week at work so missed this announcement until now. Amazing that almost all the planes that have been in zillions of wish threads lately are included like the Mossie, Me 410, Typhoon, Spit XIV, Ar 234 - and still a lot of people seem disappointed. And we get a huge map that can be used for BoB, battle of France etc... Awesome. Yes, I would love to include the heavy bombers as well (time to bite the bullet and do the coding of the core engine to make that possible) - and PTO would be nice as well. But this planeset together with the stuff we got in BOBP really gives us a rather fully featured late ETO. We just need that "Battle of Berlin" module after the PTO to top off the ETO with some 4 engined US/UK bombers and some late war USSR planes like the LA-7 and Yak-3. Add a He 219 as collectors and we are done with the late war
  2. This mod works great - thanks a lot @rowdyb00t!
  3. Looks good - and it will not ban you from multiplayer etc as it changes the visual behaviour of the game?
  4. Anyone that have managed to get clouds running OK-ish in VR? Some mod? Settings? That is my main gripe with VR in BoX that is otherwise awesome...
  5. Well, I will naturally buy any plane they throw at us, but as the latest expansion is the Bodenplatte and the western front I kind of expected the next collector planes to be related to that with new players coming in with that expansion etc, and everyone exited with the new great Rhineland map. It really would be nice to fill that only single seat top of the line fighter that is lacking there, namely the Spifire Mk XIV (sorry Typhoon - but your big brother is in so you will have to wait). And for sure, a Mossie or a Me-410 would be nice as well. But - I kind of expected the new collectors to be the B-25 and the Spitfire Mk XIV. After that we have the big and hard to fill hole of the PTO, the med stuff and the late VVS fighters. Or maybe they shock us with France 1940 or Spain 1936
  6. Thanks You should have seen the first - that was a 1/72 Spitfire Mk 1 And that also says something about the way my perception as a 9 year old regarding WW2 in the air was, and what the local toy store presented on the front row of the plastic model section: First plane: Spitfire Mk 1 Second: Bf 109 E Third: Hurricane Mk 1 Fourth: Do 17 etc... And my final build when I realized that I was getting to old for plastic models was that Spit Mk V in 1:48 - as a "closing statement"... Or not to old, but rather the girls thought it was geeky and I was to insecure to stand my ground.
  7. Well, in the defense of LW pilot's that are now switching to allied there is another factor as well... Growing up in western Europe in the 70:ies, all movies, books, magazines about fighter pilots during WW2 was about UK/US vs Germany (or Japan). I can't recall one movie or book that was about the Eastern front... I was building 1/72 model planes and recalling the models I built as a 9-13 year old kid, this is the list: Spitfire mk 1 and V Hurricane Mk 1 and IIB Gladiator P51 C and D P47 (razorback) P40 P38 F4 F4U Tempest mk V Typhoon Blenheim Sunderland Catalina Walrus A-20 B-17 B-24 B-25 B-29 Lancaster Halifax Stirling Mosquito Swordfish Lysander BF 109 E Me 109 G6 Me 110 Me 163 Me 262 FW 190 A3 and A8 FW 190 D9 Dornier 17 Heinkel 111 Ju 88 Fw 189 AR 234 Fiat G50 A6M Zero D3A Val GM4 Betty Amazing that I remember them all... Shot all to pieces with an air rifle as a 15-16 year old, accept the 1:48 Spitfire mk V that I was most content with, that I still have in my "gaming den / home office". See a pattern? 45 aircraft and not one VVS? Western front Europe with a pinch of PTO? In IL2 all my old German plastic models where included that I built as a 12 year old. Now the Allies (in my 13 year old universe) are coming so Biggles finally gets his ride. And I guess I am not alone in western Europe to know more about the UK/US and German planes that Biggles and the other heroes flew or fought against... I guess it's the other way around in Russia. And yes, as a grown up I know that 80% of the German divisions fought in Russia and not on the western front, so that's really where most of the war in Europe was fought... That etched "plane list" is still there obviously, even though I have learned a lot about VVS planes later. The only survivor of the "original plane list" in my head, built as a 13,5 year old
  8. OK - I updated my "unofficial guide" now to version 0.6 - aligned with version 190913 of the Virpil software. https://sites.google.com/site/mazexx/files/Virpil_Configuration_mazex_edition_v0.61.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1 I added a part about the encoder settings - as the buffered mode work well for me:
  9. Nope, a bit annoying. I started writing this "community manual" some months ago but got tired of it after some return policy issues with my CM2 grip. Don't contain decoder info and some screen shots need to be updated after the post summer software updates: https://sites.google.com/site/...on_v0.4.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
  10. Like @dburne said. My understanding is that it will replace the V3 (from another forum with a jet sim). Otherwise I completely agree - if it was just about widening the product line I am all fine with that. And like @JonRedcorn says, there are people that like space sims and RGB fits for that setting, if they keep the V3 I am all fine with their decision. And if we get a V3.1 with a detent they have a winner for me.
  11. The encoders are a lot better now at least with the new firmware / config software where you can put them as "buffered"...
  12. Well, I have the V2 and was pretty disappointed when the V3 was presented a week or two after I got it with the previously lacking analogue stick and more stuff on the throttle grip. But then I realized that the V3 had no detent that is pretty crucial for jets with AB which everyone was really annoyed with. So everyone seem to love the V3 accept the lack of a detent. That cannot be rocket science to do (it works on the V1 and V2 but can wear out with time). So why make a smaller one that looks like a toy and remove buttons and dials? Why the transparent led lit buttons and red plastic switches with yellow "warning pattern" below them? After the complaints regarding the red / yellow plastic on the B9 button on the V1/V2, that was changed to black / red on the V3 - do they not understand that their customer group is 30+? We don't have led shite in our computers or fans - and certainly don't want that in our high end Hotas gear... Please give me a V5 that is the V3 with a detent. I am pretty sure that I am not alone wishing for that... I would almost buy it even though my V2 is 6 months old as I love the darn thing And besides - I think that the V2 that even has no official name was released around new year 2018/19 (?). So this is the third new version of the T50 throttle this year? Sure - we really wanted someting new after the Warthog had ruled the scene without updates for many years, but can they please calm down and do a proper survey of what their previous T50 customers would like to change? I think every one would answer a survey like that... And a V3 with a detent would pretty much be the dream device for most of us. And to quote our mighty ancestral grandfather (Oleg) - Be sure
  13. Hmm. Take off, climbing 45 degree turn to 1000 feet and then back over the field reaching 500 mph and a zoom to 8000 feet? That really feels like "a fond old memory" of the author? Would accept it if he was talking km/h. I just barely managed to beat that in DCS with an F18 at full afterburner and no loadout. I reached 450 kts following those instructions ( = 517 mph).
  14. Mmm, I have flown the Tiger Moth that they started out with that is a nice and light aircraft. But then the allied pilots spent a LOT of time in Texans/Harvards before going to the Spitfire, and the German pilots in Ar-96 and similar. And the Ar 96B had a max takeoff weight of 1700kg, a V12 of 496Hp and about the same wing area as a 172 or Me 109. The Texan 2400 kg / 600 Hp. So after flying those for many months they got into the 109 / Spitfire. If I would get some days first in an AR 96 / Harvard I would feel a lot more confident trying to land a 109 or Spitfire. But I would be scared shitless anyway
  15. We are talking about landing a 109 or a Spitfire that are about a hard to land as you can get. Not a Cessna 172. After 600+ hours in light aircraft I would guess that I would have less than 20% chance to successfully land a 109 if I was just put in one in the air as my experience is mainly in light aircraft with low wing loading. A 3+ tonne aircraft with less wing area than a 172, almost zero forward visibility in landing attitude and a very narrow landing gear is about a bad as it gets while landing. And you need to get in over the edge of the airfield at close to stall speed to be able to do some kind of a flare. And a plane that is not stalled while landing bounces. And managing the correct handling of a bounce to not end up bad, or some kind of a ground loop, is a lot about having a feeling for the aircraft at stall speed. And that is unfortunately the weakest side of flight simulators as the edge of the flight envelope flying that is crucial here is a combination of "butt feeling" and control feedback (stiffness, vibrations). Like I wrote in another thread here I once flew with a late war 109 pilot who said he was scared shitless every time landing the 109, and half of his friends where killed landing or taking off. So putting someone with zero hours of stick time in that is a 100% failure rate in my opinion. But maybe manage to survive the crash if that is what you mean.
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