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  1. We intend to improve the Anti-Aliasing in the game... changes will be in future releases.
  2. The 109E-7, E-7N and E-7Z... which will appear in TF 5.0... will also have drop tanks.
  3. We are interested in creating something which will hold people's attention and establish this game series. We did not do enough detail work on TF 4.5... this time we want to make sure fine points are not overlooked.
  4. Cliffs of Dover runs on DX11. If you have DX12 installed, you should have no problem. I suspect you may have an issue with your DX installation.
  5. Alpha testing by the Beta team will be happening in the next month.
  6. See the update today for more on Beau 1C.
  7. Yes, there is already a Campaign for the Beaufighter 1C on the Channel map done for TF 5.0, and we expect to add one for the Tobruk map.
  8. None of the dust effects which are intended for the final TOBRUK map are included in the Alpha map seen in this update. There will be greatly increased dust effects generated on takeoff and landing. The new weather systems we are including in TF 5.0 may also include effects such as dust vortices.
  9. He did die... and yes, was kind of awkward. 🙄
  10. Buzzsaw

    CoD 5.0

    All the technical improvements which arrive with TOBRUK will be retro-actively added to CLIFFS OF DOVER - BLITZ. That will include the new weather systems and clouds, new AA, new AI Behaviour coding, etc. etc. There will be improvements to the CoD Blitz vehicles and coding of the use of vehicles by players. Players who own CoD Blitz will not be charged for these improvements. We are also making improvements to the Channel Map... these will be installed free in Blitz. So there will be a new update on Steam for owners of CoD Blitz... it will download/install when you run the game just like the rest of our patches. I am also thinking of adding a couple small ships for free to CoD Blitz so the BoB can be replicated better... but may not. Depends on what 1C says. No large warships (Battleships/Cruisers) will be added. You would need to buy TOBRUK to get these.
  11. Can't comment on the DCG at this point as we do not know if it will be included.
  12. Actually some German pilots who flew both the 109 and D.520 liked the French plane better.... Ernst Schroder for one. Regarding new pilots not liking it... New pilots had problems with many aircraft types when they first flew them... the Spitfire and Hurricane would be exceptions. The 109 was a problem for new pilots throughout the war... very large numbers of 109's were crashed during takeoff or landing. It was constantly referred to as a plane for "Experten". Yet it remained the most used type by the Jagdflieger Corps. Veteran pilots accustomed themselves to its quirks and took advantage of its strengths. It is very likely the same situation would have occurred with the D.520.... except that after the armistice the L'Armee De L'Aire was heavily restricted in the amount of fuel it was allocated by the Germans... its pilots did not get enough training and the accident rate then increased. The Italians did not have enough time to familiarize themselves with the aircraft... and did not have proper technical guides provided by the Vichy French... (as indicated by their use of the ferry tanks in combat... something which was not recommended by the Dewoitine factory) Obviously the Vichy French were extremely angry at Vichy being invaded by the Germans and their planes seized and were not out to do the Italians and Germans any favours. (see the reference to sabotage in the comments I posted)
  13. No, the 109E was not 'much faster'. So readers may look at the early tests done of the D.520... these show speeds approx. 20 kmh slower... but they neglect to observe the maximum boost used in those test was lower than what was cleared for operational use in May/June 1940. The D.520 was slower at low altitudes, but at full throttle height speed was not much different from a 109E-3/E-4. It was a competitive aircraft in the environment of 1940.... on balance better than a Hurricane. Its airframe was a better design than the 109E. A D.520 equipped with an engine of comparable horsepower to a DB601A would be faster than a 109E. The problem with the French aircraft industry is they had to rely on the old design Hispano 12Y... which dated from the early 1930's. The same engine which had powered the first Morane MS-406's. Undoubtedly this engine would have been improved had France remained in the war... as it was, the Russians, who license built a copy of this engine, (Klimov M-100) improved on the original design and ended up with the Klimov M-105 which powered aircraft such as the Yak-1/Yak-9/Yak-3. The French aeronautics industry was one of the leaders in the world prior to WWII, and remain so, as seen by their continued presence through the '50's/60's/70's/80's/90's/00's/10's/etc. with their Mirages, Rafales, etc.
  14. You are looking at Static objects... not full AI vehicles. AI vehicles have more complex models but take up more processing power... which is why a lot of people use Static objects. Mission builders who are serious about their missions and mission builders using moving vehicles will use full AI vehicles. Player controlled vehicles also have a more complex DM. Ships have more complex DM's as well.
  15. Thanks... will get that corrected. 👍
  16. We will provide Scripted campaigns for the new aircraft types and Tobruk theater. There will also be new campaigns for the Channel map which allow the existing campaigns to move through late 1940 and into 1941. New aircraft types will also be included... so for example, there will be a D.520 campaign set in May/June 1940. At this point we have done work on a Dynamic Campaign Generator... but it is unclear whether it will be ready for TF 5.0... it may be added later in a patch.
  17. We are just beginning a week long series of updates today which you will see rolled out. Updates will continue as they become available. We are confident players will find the updates informative. In the meantime we continue to work hard on completing the game and will present it to the community as soon as it is finished. Cheers 😁
  18. Please see Technical section.... many suggestions there for overcoming failure to recognize joystick.
  19. Yes, we would like to do a Marseille campaign... or at least include Marseille in the game as an AI.
  20. First of all, we do not base the modeling of the aircraft on anecdotes... we base it on the actual aircraft technical specifications and test data. However, for your interest, here is a series of accounts of various nationalities regarding the D.520... including one German Ace who had exactly the opposite opinion of Wolfgang Fischer: (please excuse in some cases, the poor translations... but I think you can get the idea) The relatively disappointing career of the group II / 5 in Tunisia in 1943 (passed from Curtiss P 36 to Curtiss P 40) confirms, in another way, the very low operational value of the French pilots from the Vichy forces of 1942-43. The Training Center at the Meknes Hunt, in 1943, was created to overcome these weaknesses, and succeeded at the cost of long months of training, at a rate of 25 hours per month at least (300 hours / year). Essentially D 520). Danel and Cuny, in their bible of D 520, insist on the possible misunderstanding of stall warning phenomena as a cause of a pronounced tendency to stall in turns. This hypothesis, plausible, is illustrated by the opinion of Jacques André (GC 3 / Normandie - Niemen): "Three months ago, we drove the Dewoitine, very good aircraft, but too weak in power, a little over 900 Cv, which made it difficult to drive in combat, while with the Yak 9 [1260 Cv! ], we realized immediately: it was almost impossible to trigger, it sounded completely but it did not trigger. The attrition rate of the D 520s in the French formations after the Armistice (despite minimal training) is reasonable for the time, which does not go in the direction of a plane difficult to fly. It may be thought that the early signs of the D 520 stall were of the kind that any normally trained fighter pilot of the day felt instinctively. But in 1942, two years later, the lack of practice of these maneuvers by the French pilots forbade them sharp turns to the limit of dropping out. An insecure pilot always exaggerates his safety margins and gives his hand at the slightest signal, even if it is a small turbulence. The sailors kept their confidence in the plane as said the 2nd M. Bédard (2 AC - Port Lyautey 1942 - source: the Vichy Aviation Combat - the forgotten campaigns, JC Ehrengardt & CF Shores), holder of a victory and a damaged aircraft on Wildcat: "I read somewhere that the Dewoitine was outclassed by the Wildcat, I do not agree, the D.520 was a robust, safe and well-armed aircraft, I had complete confidence in this aircraft. "The Wildcat was more maneuverable because it was slower and had more load-bearing surface - just do not get caught up in it." ---------- The rather complex testimony of André Deniau (grp II / 6) where he compares the Spitfire V and the D.520 brings me to other thoughts: "The Spitfire was very different from the Dewoitine, about as fast [reminder: the Spitfire V is much faster - 615 km / h - the D 520 with 535 km / h!], Less pleasant but also less difficult to steer ". "The Dewoitine, when it turned very dry, gave two shots in the neck, toc-toc, so we did not have to wait for the third shot, but immediately hand it back, or we'd pick up it suddenly, upside down, and make a double barrel, which is how many guys got killed. " ----- Gal Henri Hugo confirms that it was not piloting problems that caused a problem during the transformation of the I / 3 Hunting Group: "The opportunities did not fail to appreciate the beautiful qualities of the D 520's fighter and I am convinced that we did not know how to make the most of it, because we did not know him enough: some pilots had to fight against the Bf 109 on their first flight on this type of plane! As far as I'm concerned, I can confess that twice in the same fight, a few minutes apart, I found myself in an excellent shooting position, within 100m in the tail of a Bf 109 without power. to fire a single shell or cartridge, simply because, having forgotten the dual fire safety system, I had removed only one of them. " Never, before 1943, the French pilots will have had several hundred flights per year on D 520. The D 520 conversion of Morane 406 pilots - whose piloting ability and maneuverability were legendary - in the middle of the French countryside (so when these pilots are highly trained - from 30 to 35 hours per month) was almost instantaneous, without stopping the fight, with even a decreased rate of combat loss and a greatly increased success rate. Thus, Pierre Boillot, who obtained his first victory with a Morane 406 against the Bf 109 E in April 1940, evokes the re-equipment of grp II / 7 in Dewoitine 520 and testifies on three different levels: "Only a breathtaking demonstration, aerobatic flight at very low altitude, made by AC Goussin, military test pilot of an exceptional class, we balm in the heart. He just showed us everything that we will be able to draw from our Dewoitine in the fighting. The plane is really manoeuvrable, since it allows daring figures to 100 m of the ground - one will also evoke, at this time, a quintuple triggered at this same altitude. He finds, however, that his group commander is too timid with his young pilots: "We only have a few hours on the D 520 and for the young drivers that I am, it's a handicap, we would have to fly too much, even in a more hostile sky, so soon we would have our plane do everything. that we want as a reflex.That's how we fight with a fighter plane " Pierre Boillot comes to the fight with Bf 109 when he must have a dozen hours of flight on D.520: "We made several full laps trying each one to turn tighter than the others, them to shoot, me to avoid blows [...] Now, to my surprise, I find myself above them [. ..] in combat, we always go down, but they came down more than me in our turns. " The one who comes down the most is the one who gets the better of the two: He goes down to keep enough badin to continue controlling his flight. What is described suggests that, at low speed, the two planes had quite similar swirling abilities, with a slight advantage for the Dewoitine, which went down a little less than all the Messerschmitt who oppose it. Pierre Boillot escaped because his plane ended up spinning and the Germans lost interest in him. ------- Capt. Eric Brown, commanding officer of the RAE in the test service of enemy planes (sic) captured, tried the D.520 at Farnborough, and that's what he said between 1943 and 1945 (so long after our May 1940 fighter has lost its effectiveness), and you find on some Anglo-Saxon sites Warbirds: "It was a dirty little brute, pretty to look at, not to fly. After landing, I was warned not to let my attention go to the controls until the hangar was completely shut down. You rolled toward the hangar, relaxed, and suddenly the "thing" went off at right angles, anywhere. " -------- French notice Less than a year later, the military pilots were still of the same opinion. Thus, Gal R. Clausse (grp II / 3) - in his preface to R. Danel's monograph, Dewoitine 520, sums up his perception of the aircraft: "Meeting plane?" No, but a remarkable fighter, a maneuverer Extraordinary, as fast as anyone (in May 40, of course), excellent high ceiling climber, puncturing at fantastic speeds, equipped with an efficient and balanced armament, excellent shooting platform! etc ... " Similarly, Joel Pape (grp I / 3) says: "the flights of handling of the aircraft allowed us to note that it was indeed very manageable, pleasant to pilot, the transformation of the pilots not posing any particular problem we thought we could be reengaged fairly quickly [... but] we had to undergo more than 100 changes. In fact the design of the device was not in question. He had real qualities and, once developed, he proved excellent. Unfortunately, it was not submitted in time to a real experimentation. " This last remark concerns the CEMA and, as I said in a previous post, those who imposed the engine 12 Y 45 rather than 12 Y 29. ---------- 1417/5000 German opinions After November 1942 and until the liberation of France, the Germans continued to build and use intensively this aircraft to train their young hunters, which seems to indicate that it seemed relatively easy in flight and particularly manageable. This is the point of view of the German ace Ernst Schröder, who complains of his handling on the ground and reliability problem (because of sabotage), but who recognizes: "But what a plane!" Very fine pressure on the controls was enough to pass all the acrobatics and we turned a looping two fingers. No German fighter of the time offered such finesse, such elegance of piloting. After spotting the delicate points of this thoroughbred, we had more than to deliver to the joys of flying a fine plane, performance still very honest. Moreover, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6, with its armor and armament, which I flew briefly in the late spring of 1944, was hardly more powerful and, in any case, less manageable. [...] It is undoubtedly on Dewoitine D 520 that I knew my greatest joys of pilot. A few months later, as I faced the fearsome American fighters aboard an FW 190 over Germany, I often thought with a certain nostalgia for this agile little French fighter. " -------- Italian reviews In 1943, Italians used dozens of D 520 salvage to attack American four-engine bombers. Their tail wheel was blocked to avoid the tendency of the wooden horse landing (as it would have been possible to develop this aircraft with simple solutions). Two opinions are present, one reported by Raymond Danel, where they would have deplored the lightness of his orders. These Italian pilots did not like it at all, which can be explained in several ways: first, no French warned them that combat maneuvers should not be practiced with gasoline in the air. wing tanks (which served only for conveying and caused serious anomalies in behavior in thwarted brutal turns), on the other hand, it was about 250 Cv this aircraft to be "in the know" in terms of combat in Finally, in 1943, he demanded, like any fighter jet, a time of adaptation that the Italians would not be able to acquire (the first D 520 arriving in April 1943 and the armistice intervening in August of the same year). Ace Luigi Gorrini, formerly of the Spanish Civil War and pilot of Macchi 202, expresses a very different opinion. In 1943, when he was forced to fly on D 520 to set the flight instructions, he was first warned by the Germans that the French will not provide any explanation or help, too happy if they find themselves crushed on the ground. He then relates his experience: "When he was in the air, he returned the landing gear and flaps and started to climb, and suddenly he saw that he was dealing with a well-balanced" Lord of the Sky "with a powerful engine. , orders responding with gentleness and speedily.It tested the holding of the aircraft at minimum speed and found the perfect machine and extremely manageable, as indeed he had been aware during the fight on the Cannet des Maures, the June 15, 1940 "- fight during which P. The Gloan shot down four CR 42 and one BR 20. In another interview, he explained that the relationship between a Dewoitine and a Fiat CR 42 was of the same nature as between a tricycle and a Ferrari. The pilots of the Italian night hunt, too, will prefer the Dewoitine to the CR 42. In short, experienced pilots and aerobatic enthusiasts, of whatever nationality they are, will always be at ease in this plane and the others , no. As was mentioned in the comments about the Italian pilot experiences.... the D.520 had two permanent wing tanks for Ferry purposes... but these were not to be filled for normal flight or combat... because they greatly overloaded the aircraft and reduced its maneuverability. These tanks were also not self sealing, so vulnerable to fire. (by the way, the 109E did not have self sealing tanks... the D.520 was ahead in this safety feature... having these in the main fuselage tanks as well, having pilot armour) The D.520 had approx the same wing loading as the 109E, but without the slats.... so its stall was far more abrupt... the pilot had to be careful in low speed turns. It was at a disadvantage in low speed combat to the 109s. But in high speed turns and the use of the ailerons, it was quite a bit superior. It also had a lower drag coefficient, much cleaner airframe... it conserved energy in low G turns much better. It also had a higher terminal dive speed. Over all this pointed to an aircraft which should be flown at high speed and at higher altitudes using dive and zoom tactics. It would be easily able to outmaneuver a 109 in a dive. Ground handling was problematic... taxing was an adventure... this will be replicated in the game aircraft.
  21. Aircraft engines will be limited to the boost levels which were used in the time period of the particular module being replicated. So for example, the V-1710-33 which equipped the Tomahawk IIA/IIB, (P-40C) will come in two versions, one limited to the boost for the period June '41 to December '41, the other for early 1942. The V-1710-39 which equipped the Kittyhawk IA, (P-40D/E) will come in one version... for the period of early 1942. (when it first saw service in the Desert) Yes, the pilot could actually adjust the allowable boost on the Allison themselves, but in most circumstances the adjustment was wired to limit maximum boost to what was recommended by the mechanics for the time period. The process was a learning experience for the ground crews.... it took time to determine how much abuse the Allison could tolerate... in fact it was an extremely robust engine... probably tougher than a Merlin. By the end of 1942, some Squadrons were running 66-70 inHG in the early V-1710 versions with the smaller supercharger impellers.
  22. Martlet III. Different engine, two speed supercharger instead of two stage/two speed. No folding wings, not the carrier version, two guns per wing... lighter aircraft, performs better at lower alts, not so good up high. Turns better. Other differences also which will be seen. This is work in progress video... cockpit instruments not functional, markings not functional, actual engine sounds are from G.50, Pratt and Whitney R-1830 sounds in development, etc. etc. Only the external model import/animation and flight controls/FM are functional. (although the bombs/bomb racks are not installed yet)
  23. Hello Blitzen Thanks for your question. Obviously the current state of the night graphics environment in CoD is not optimal... there were changes made to the original game in 2013, but we are not focused on the night environment. And because we want to make sure the daytime game gets a large overhaul and upgrade for TF 5.0 that it needs, we will not be making any large scale changes to the night environment for TF 5.0. As you can read on these boards, people want to see the release of TF 5.0 as soon as possible, and if we delayed that release until the night fixes were in place, we'd likely be looking at another 4-5 months. We hope to see improvements in TF 6.0, in the meantime, we ask for your patience. ✌️
  24. TF will finish our Tobruk expansion module... the game will not die yet. But we ask everyone's patience... in order to make sure the game is improved enough that interest will be maintained, we need to complete quite a few changes... and this does take time. Thanks 😉
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