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  1. 😎 Cool! Thanks for sharing. Yes, looking forward to moving some mud in a Tiffie when Battle of Normandy comes out.
  2. Interesting summary JtD. The default start for career mode is air start (vice start on runway) and, as you found, your aircraft will be on autopilot. To get out of autopilot I have to hit "A", Shift + A, and Control + A. Then I have control of the aircraft. Maybe if you do another career mode look at the options and select start on runway. The options also let you choose the difficulty (easy, moderate, or hard) and the density of frontline activity.
  3. Midway was #1 at the box office in ticket sales last weekend. I saw it with my wife Friday. Sure, it had a lot of inaccuracies, especially with the CGI, but they got the basic facts mostly correct. I liked how they showed the importance of the intelligence officers Layton and Rochfort. The movie was far better than Pearl Harbor (2001) and Midway (1976) in my opinion. It was good, rousing entertainment and, like many others on the forum, really makes me want the PTO as the next theater for IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles.
  4. Salute and Thank you Jason and 1CGS Development Team for your outstanding work! Really enjoying Battle of Bodenplatte! It's fantastic. I used to think the golden age of combat flight simulations was back in the late 1990's when we had, among others, European Air War, Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator, Rowan's MiG Alley, and Jane's World War Two Fighters. Well, maybe extend that to 2001 when Oleg Maddox debuted the original IL-2 Sturmovik. But I think with IL-2: Great Battles, with its advanced technology and graphics, you've made a new golden age for flight simmers. Well done!
  5. I hope the introductory videos to the different Battle of Bodenplatte single player career phases will be like those in Battle of Kuban with historical background and maps.
  6. I get that too. IL-2 shuts down and won't start. But then I click on my .exe icon again and it starts OK without the described message popping up. This never happened before 3.101
  7. Hope you have some nice booth assistants to help you promote IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles at FS Expo 2019
  8. First, thank you for this interesting and informative thread/topic. It's great to see what other players are experiencing. I hope I'm not jinxing myself by writing this, but I'm currently on my most successful IL-2:Great Battles SP career to-date. It's a Battle of Kuban Yak career. I started with Yak-7B's with the 15th IAP at the "Bridgehead" beginning of the campaign in April 1943. When Yak-7B units were withdrawn to the rear in mid-June I opted to transfer to the 42nd IAP flying Yak-1 Series 69 and Yak-1B Series 127 out of Slavanskaya. Settings are "Easy", takeoff from runway, normal career progression, and dense ground formations. I'm up to about 40 missions, promoted to Captain, Hero of the Soviet Union award, and Deputy Commander of the regiment/squadron. I've had to make at least three forced landings and have been lightly wounded twice earning 2 x Red Wound Stripes. I often have to decide between what I call "gamesmanship" - achieve a high number of kills but still try to survive - and "realism"- do I follow the mission even if it might result in my demise? If you want a long-, or longer-, term career I think a fighter pilot career is the way to go. My favorite aircraft in the sim is the various mods of the namesake IL-2 Sturmovik. I really like "mud moving" and getting down-and-dirty, up close-and-personal with ground targets. But with so many weapons from MG-34 machine guns to 88 mm FLAK guns shooting at you, your chances of survival are slim. 12 is about the most number of missions I've been able to survive flying IL-2's. It took me a while to get used to fighters and early on I was often "waxed" before getting very far into a career. But through trial-and-error and practice I got better. For VVS I've found the Yak series of fighters to be the best for me in terms of speed, armament, ease--of-handling, and maneuverability. I'll admit I'm reluctant to get into big "Intercept ground attack planes" mission fur balls. Very worried about getting schwaked myself while on a bandit's "6" or colliding with a friendly or enemy plane. If I do another fighter career I'll change the setting to "Moderate" to possibly make the enemy AI more challenging. My 2 cents. Swoose
  9. Versuche den Wegpunkten zu folgen. Wenn die Symbole eingeschaltet sind, ist der Zielwegpunkt immer aktiv, ignoriert ihn und überfliegt den Wegpunkt 4. Danach sollte der Wegpunkt nach Hause erscheinen.
  10. Thanks for the heads up Gambit21! It makes me wonder, though, when and if the long-rumored "Masters of the Air" - sort of a "Band of Brothers" miniseries about an 8th Air Force B-17 bomber crew - will ever come out on HBO?
  11. A big SALUTE and merci beaucoup to MarcoPegase44 for his files and assistance in helping me with his Yak-7B and Yak-1B mods to make those aircraft flyable options in a Battle of Stalingrad VVS campaign. The key was correctly placing the "14" and "scripts" files extracted from his download into the IL2/data/scg folder.
  12. OK! Thanks. I understand now why the Yak-7B isn't in Battle of Stalingrad. Given the developers' workload, time, business plan, and motivation I still think it would be great to have an earlier version of the Yak-7 in Battle of Stalingrad someday. In the meantime I'll continue to enjoy the outstanding, constantly improving IL-2: Great Battles Series as is.
  13. Yes I have Battle of Kuban and enjoy flying the Yak-7B in it. I should have mentioned that. I guess I was trying to say it would be great to have the Yak-7B in Battle of Kuban AND Battle of Stalingrad similar to how you can fly the MiG-3 in the historically correct months it was available in the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kuban.
  14. Salute! I think adding a Yak-7B Battle of Stalingrad career option would make an excellent enhancement to the game. Currently only the Yak-1 Series 69 is present. The Yak-1 is a good aircraft, but it's challenging to go up in it against Bf-109G2s. The Yak-7B with its better speed, handling, and firepower would make for a more even fight. Yak-7Bs were certainly present in the Battle of Stalingrad as noted from these excerpts from Yakovlev Fighters of World War Two by Yefim Gordon, Sergey Komissarov, and Dmitrity Komissarov: (Quote) Large numbers of Yak-7B fighters were committed to action at the Stalingrad Front. One of the regiments taking part in combat activities in that area was the newly formed 910thIAP (Special Mission Fighter Regiment) which flew combat missions from August 1942. Later it won the Guards title and was renumbered, becoming the 148thGuards Fighter Aviation Regiment) on 9thOctober 1943. Yak-7B fighters were used by the first group in the Red Army Air Force formed especially for ‘free chase’ missions. One of the pilots of this groups was Aleksey K. Ryazanov, a well-known ace (31 individual and 16 shared ‘kills’). April 1942 saw the emergence of the 434thIAP, which was destined to gain fame later. This was an elite air unit composed of hand-picked highly skilled pilots. During the summer of 1942 this regiment equipped with Yak-1 fighters downed some 90 enemy aircraft while operating in the vicinity of Stalingrad. In September 1942 the Yak-1s were superseded by Yak-7Bs. In all, while operating in the Stalingrad area, the pilots of the 434thIAP shot down 163 enemy aircraft. The regiment was commanded by Ivan I. Kleshcov, one of the most successful Soviet fighter pilots. In August 1942 the 288thFighter Aviation Division fully equipped with Yak-7Bs was committed to action in the Stalingrad area. On 27thSeptember 1942 twelve Yak-7Bs, led by the division’s commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel S. F. Konovalov encountered a group of Junkers Ju-88 bombers escorted by 22 Messerschmitt Bf-109s. In the first attack the Soviet pilots shot down two bombers and sent the rest of them scattering all directions; a few minutes later four of the German escort fighters were downed. Information on Soviet losses in this episode is not available. (End Quote) Yak-7Bs, their regiments, and airfield locations were listed in the Stalingrad Air Order of Battle Excel document in the 2016 Career Assistance thread in answer to Jason Williams' thread seeking information on VVS units and where they fought and served in that epic struggle. Unfortunately the Yak-7B did not "make the cut" when it came to setting up the various options for Battle of Stalingrad career mode. I realize this falls in the "nice to do" category and that it would take a lot of time to research and implement adding the Yak-7B to Battle of Stalingrad career mode. The career with its options is fine now as is. No doubt the developers have much more pressing priorities now as Bodenplatte, Tank Crew, and Flying Circus move forward. But retroactively adding the Yak-7B would add more historical realism and make for better game play for players like me who prefer VVS aircraft. Thanks for your time and consideration of this suggestion. Swoose
  15. You're welcome. I agree: the RS-82 rockets are harder to aim and get hits with. I usually only select them when flying LaGG-3, MiG-3, or Yak-1 bomber intercept missions in which they're useful against He-111s. When flying the IL-2 I only use BRS-132 heavy rockets with 400m convergence and explode-on-contact settings. Here's a recent video Requiem put out. Maybe it will help too.
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