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  1. ShamrockOneFive

    Specialist squadrons in career mode

    I had it in my head that some D versions were retrofitted with BK 37s before Kursk (and maybe even some at Stalingrad) but on trying to find that info I couldn't find it. So, not sure if that was just some facts jumbled in my head. Apparently very few Ju87G models were available for Kursk but according to Wikipedia there were a number of modified D models with the cannons slung under the wings available. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkers_Ju_87 We now actually have Kursk thanks to Tank Crew so that's of benefit. I'd still love to go tank busting in Career mode but that would be a-historical.
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    Ju-88 modifications/variants

    I have hopes for the Stuvi dive-bombing sight. The person who did the K-14/Mark II GGS/EZ42 might be the person for the job there
  3. Hey folks, I've been doing an interview series with Jason Williams and Daniel Tuseev and I thought I would share in this forum because part three is Flying Circus (and Tank Crew) related. I ask him some questions that are fairly general but also some specific ones that I know have come up in the community before. I hope you enjoy! https://stormbirds.blog/2019/03/21/part-3-an-interview-with-jason-williams-on-tank-crew-and-flying-circus/
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    Tempest Mark V research

    Back when Maddox Games was putting the Tempest V into the original series I did a whole bunch of research on the aircraft which ultimately had some influence on the modeling (or so I'd like to think) of the aircraft. There's some contradictory information that came out over the years and so I thought I'd revisit the details and start posting some sources of information. I'm going to assume that the aircraft we'll be getting is a December 1944/January 1945 time period aircraft. This would be a Tempest Mark V (Series 2) aircraft which differed from the first 100 aircraft produced (Series 1) primarily by the fitting of the short-barreled Hispano Mark V cannons. The shorter barrels allowed for a flush fitting of the cannons inside the wing (on Series 1 the cannons protruded slightly). I'm also assuming it will be an aircraft fitted with a Sabre IIA engine probably running at 9lbs of boost. From the following page I'm going to assume too that the aircraft would probably perform around the level of JN.798. http://www.spitfireperformance.com/tempest/temptest.html Two items that have caused some confusion in the past is roll rate and ammo count. First, ammo count. Various sources state that the ammo count for the Tempest V is 150 rounds per gun. Standard for the Tempest II was 165 rpg in the outer cannons and 155 rpg in the inner cannons. I have a contradictory piece of info, however, that suggests that wartime Tempests were fitted with 200 rpg. Pierre Closterman's The Big Show. Page 332, Appendix E under Combat Report 122/3475/83/II T.A.F says the following: I'd love to know if anyone has any added data on this or information proving conclusively that the full load is 200rpg or 165/155 or 150 or whatever. I suspect 150 is incorrect, 165/155 is typical of a post war armed Tempest, and 200rpg may be the official amount. Given that two of Closterman's cannons were reported as firing 185 rounds... the minimum spec would have to be 185 at least. As for roll rate I've only ever found anecdotal comparisons from the Air Ministry in the ADFU report (from 1944): http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/tempest/tempestafdu.html The other piece of information is a roll chart which I cannot find online right now which shows roll performance for a spring tab aileron fitted Tempest. Should the Tempests of the December 1944/January 1945 time frame be fitted with spring tab ailerons. I'm not sure. Again, if anyone has any data or evidence either way I'd love to see it. Clearly, the Tempest is one of my favs and I've researched an awful lot about it. It's a high performer in its element, a powerful beast of a fighter, and I'm excited to see it represented in the new IL-2 series. It should be a real joy to fly no matter what!
  5. Hey folks, I wanted to share with you part one of a four part interview series with none other than Jason Williams and Daniel Tuseev. We talk about VR, Air Marshal, new content, new features and the state of IL-2: Great Battles in 2019. Three more parts are planned for this series and we're just getting started! Read part one here: https://stormbirds.blog/2019/02/06/part-1-an-interview-with-jason-williams-and-daniel-tuseev-il-2-great-battles-series/ Read part two here: https://stormbirds.blog/2019/02/12/part-2-an-interview-with-jason-williams-and-daniel-tuseev/ Read part three here: https://stormbirds.blog/2019/03/21/part-3-an-interview-with-jason-williams-on-tank-crew-and-flying-circus/
  6. It's taken me a little while to get to finishing this but I've now completed my play-through of Fortress on the Volga and here's my review of this Scripted Campaign for IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad. https://stormbirds.blog/2019/03/24/review-fortress-on-the-volga-scripted-campaign-for-il-2-battle-of-stalingrad/
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    Arras Map

    The map is still very much a work in progress. The last we've seen of it is on a recent developer diary:
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    So who else is looking forward to P-38 ?

    As I understand it, late model J-25s did have both of these features. I spotted the brakes before but I hadn't had a close look at the ailerons.
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    An Flying Circus related interview with Jason Williams

    You know, I hadn't actually gotten that far in my thinking but I suspect there's a strong possibility there. It seems like they have a groove going now and that makes additional types all the more possible.
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    An Flying Circus related interview with Jason Williams

    IMHO, I wouldn't read too far (or too negatively) into Jason's comments about if there is a Vol 2, etc. My impression is that Jason and team are always very careful when taking about the future. They are willing to talk about it a little bit but I don't think they want to overpromise anything. If Vol 1 does well then Vol 2 becomes a possibility. That's always been the case and I'm remaining firmly optimistic. I wasn't around for the heyday of Rise of Flight's popularity (I was still playing IL-2: 1946) so I may be seeing this a bit differently but I get nothing but good vibes from Vol 1. The lack of a true campaign/career option from the start I think will be partially solved by things like Pat Wilson's PWCG and I suspect the community will at least partially fill that. The multiplayer scene too is looking pretty good and we have groups like Jasta 5, Hotlead, and GCF and many others (sorry for not shouting out everyone) doing great stuff there. These sims definitely need the content and the platform to succeed but if we want to see them do that then the community needs to as well - which I think many absolutely are. Here's to many more volumes of Flying Circus! 👍
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    Bodenplatte standard?

    We weren't all that cool until about 5-8 years ago when the prices in TO started pushing everyone here. Now prices are up here too. But we did get a bunch of great places to eat at least As a content package I think Battle of Moscow is my favourite between BoS and BoM. I love the MiG, the I-16, the Ju-88, Bf110E-2, yeah... lots to like. Also the Moscow map is quite good. Not quite as scenic as Kuban but quite good. As for the interface. I think that's part of the story of how this series got started. When Maddox games and their follow up to Cliffs of Dover died out, 1C Game Studios got the nod to use their Rise of Flight game engine to develop the next IL-2 series. But they had to get Battle of Moscow basically up and running in around 2-years(ish) and that's not a lot of time. So things like the UI were done very simply. The team has never had a chance to go back over it. It's not immersive but it is clean and simple and it gets the job done.
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    Bodenplatte standard?

    I feel it too. I'm the one from Hamilton... CanadaOne is... Toronto I think? I honestly can't remember It seems to be hovering around 0.75-0.76 cents US.
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    Absolutely can't control the 190...

    We definitely need a video of this I think to try and help. Or at least record a track and send us the file so we can watch what you're doing.
  14. I'm really hoping that it's not any more dire than it typically is. It has been a similar message over the years at how challenging a business proposition it is to do what they do. *fingers crossed*
  15. Hey folks! I'm very pleased to be able to present part three of my interview series with Jason and Daniel. Daniel was busy bringing us two patches in two weeks but Jason was able to answer my next set of questions. This time, the focus is on Tank Crew and Flying Circus. I hope you enjoy! https://stormbirds.blog/2019/03/21/part-3-an-interview-with-jason-williams-on-tank-crew-and-flying-circus/
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    Absolutely can't control the 190...

    Yeah the Dora threw me for a loop (literally and figuratively) on takeoff the first time. Phew.
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    Absolutely can't control the 190...

    I'm assuming we're talking about the A-5? I haven't had any real trouble with it but a few basic pointers. Pull stick full back - in the FW190A-5 this locks the tailwheel. Throttle up slowly and not all at once. Not too slowly either. Find a balance. At extreme low speeds tap the differential brakes (I have them mapped to keys on my keyboard because my setup is fairly basic still... this works just fine) only IF you need to keep it straight. This is not something I tend to do much. Once speed builds gradually centre the stick and use the rudder to compensate for torque. These two actions kind of happen at the same time.
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    Bodenplatte standard?

    No that's not what I'm saying. Standard will come only after release. The $10 discount on the Premium early access will also end after release. If you can wait and you're price conscious, sales are the best way to pick stuff up, but there's definitely a waiting game involved with that strategy.
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    Bodenplatte standard?

    Throughout the history of the series, the early access version was always the Premium package (with a $10 discount applied throughout early access) and the Standard edition came out only after release. Battle of Bodenplatte is likely several months out from release so you have lots of time if you want to wait for Standard edition and the $10 discount will go until its officially released. There will likely be a fair bit of warning on that too. I'm also doubting if we'll see the map released next month. It'd be a welcome surprise but I think it'll be a while yet.
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    Why is career online only ?

    You have to be logged in for Career mode to work. Try going offline mode and see how it goes I don't know what the answer is except that the Career mode system seems reliant on some resources that are server side. I'm not sure if its the missions themselves (that doesn't make a lot of sense to me) or something else. Not sure what the solution is for someone with an intermittent internet connection. Sounds frustrating.
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    Battle of Bodenplate

    I think we've got at least a decent chance of the Spitfire XIV being on offer. Nothing is a guarantee until they announce their plans of course.
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    Battle of Bodenplate

    Let's see... We got our first Battle of Kuban aircraft (the Bf109G-4) in December 2017 and the final launch patch for Kuban was March 2019. That's 16-months if my brain is working right. First Bodenplatte release was in May (the Spitfire IX and the Bf109G-14) and we're at 12-months. Probably going to take more time than Battle of Kuban but only by a few months is my guess.
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    VPC Warbrd grip or Moongost CM2 for desktop use

    I'm curious ... for anyone with the WarBRD base. How does it compare to others in terms of stiffness (set by cams I suppose) and sensor precision. Does it move smoothly? When I went from my old X-52 to the VKB Gladiator it was a revelation at how much smoother and more precise a stick could be.
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    Battle of Bodenplate

    There is no specific release date. These projects tend to take around 16-20 months to complete roughly and 1CGS has consistently delivered each and every time. Are you keeping tabs on the latest developer updates? That should give you a sense of what's happening week or week (nearly) on the projects they are working on. And for shameless self promotion, Jason gave us some release information which I collated into an article here: https://stormbirds.blog/2019/01/15/new-2019-il-2-great-battles-content-release-info/ I'm also generally updating everyone on the blog when new information becomes available. The FW190D-9 and Me262 are next in the pipe and will release sooner than later (perhaps in the next 4 weeks). Jason estimated the P-51D for June/July and it seems that the Tempest V and P-38J are also in simultaneous development so we may see them late summer. There's also the map which is looking stunning.
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    VPC Warbrd grip or Moongost CM2 for desktop use

    Thanks for all of the information in this thread. I'm looking at my next base/grip setup (currently a vanilla Gladiator) and HOTAS and VIRPIL is making some awfully tempting products here. The WarBRD grip I'm very interested in. It seems like a good compromise between lots of buttons and a decent size for desktop use.