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  1. And the winner is pampam8! I'll send you the key ASAP
  2. First of all I want to say that I am totally new to WW1 aviation world. I could recognize the DR1, the Albatross ... and that's it. Thanks to Stormbirds blog and some WWI movies the bug for these colorful aircraft began to bite me. I had many doubts, especially for the steep price. To be honest I was afraid that FC wouldn't be my thing and the idea of a 80$ product gathering dust in my virtual library wasn't ideal. Then bender-Sch27b sent me a gift out of the blue. I couldn't believe it. This community surely is like no other. Thanks again, bender-Sch27b. I watched some tutorials, downloaded and installed Kaiserlacht campagin, and started my journey to WW1. Somehow, I was afraid that FC was a pack of airplanes shoehorned into a WW2 simulator, but soon my fears disappeared: after starting the campaign, I experienced a new and pleasant feeling. You can almost feel the wind in your face, and keeping formation in silence (no radios obviously) while you approach the NML is difficult to describe. The fighting is lots of fun, and although they are slower planes, everything happens at a frantic pace because of the tight maneuvers. As with all titles in Great Battles series, graphics are sublime. Aircraft textures look amazing, and Arras map is beautiful. I heard some complaints about the map being small and sterile, but considering we're talking about WW1 airplanes (slower than WW2 aircraft) Arras map is large enough IMHO. Maybe Kuban is more eye candy (due to the variety of the map with sea and mountains) but make no mistake: Arras is simply great, and the transition from the green French fields to NML desolated landscape is very immersive. I could see explosions over allied trenches and thought: "poor infantry." About SP content, I am sure that mission makers will eventually create amazing missions and campaigns like Kaiserlacht. If you have doubts about FC, don't think twice and pull the trigger. It is a very different and rewarding experience even if you're not a pure WW1 fan. Now I think it is time to return the favor to the community. I have received more from this community than I can return so for now I'm offering a free Flying Circus Volume One key to someone who has not yet dared to make the leap, be it a totally new player or an old ROF. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday 17 17:00 CET.
  3. I agree. I'm sure FC is top notch and the price is fair if you consider you're getting a high quality product. I thought about purchasing FC after reading a few articles on Stormbirds website. The only problem is I'm unfamiliar with WWI sims and I simply don't know if It'll be my thing, so 80$ is a bit of a gamble. I know I'd be supporting the devs, but budget is sometimes tight and I have to choose wisely. Maybe a standard version (eight planes instead of ten) or some WW1 collector aircraft to learn the ropes would be good for undecided potential newcomers before getting the full package. I think I'll try RoF and spectate at a FC match (if that's possible) to get a taste of some WW1 action.
  4. One of my favoritos is the autobiography of Manfred Von Richtofen. Surprisingly direct, natural, aseptic and unvarnished. A Ju-52 would be great if it's still available PD: Number 14 (I love raffles)
  5. I think he meant USN torpedo-bombers. There were no flyable TBD or TBF in old IL-2. They made them flyable thorugh mods though, but cockpits were a franken mix of Corsair and Buffalo cockpits IIRC.
  6. Devs are making a terrific job and I'm aware that their resources are limited, but I also think medium bombers need some love. Realistic bombsights would be great in first place. I also remember they said that coop multicrew (copilot, bombardier...) would require a lot of code changes and wasn't on the table. I don't know if someting has changed on the matter since Tank C rew is showing amazing multicrew capabilities. I'm not talking about shared/dual controls, but more like the pilot "passing" full control to pilot or bombardier. Just daydreaming. I understand heavy bombers would be a massive undertaking and are a no-go, so I'll wait patiently for flyable B-25 or B-26.
  7. Are you going to release a B-25 template? I know it's only AI but I'd love to make some USAAF skins for that beauty.
  8. I understand the devs decission and I wish them the best of luck. I'm sure BoN is gonna be a resounding success. On a personal note, my heart is broken.
  9. IIRC pure black in alpha layer is transparent in game.
  10. Semi historical https://www.mediafire.com/view/6a92ib4zeowu4bt/M4A2_87_rus.dds/file
  11. IMHO scaled maps are a no-go. I don't want to talk in the name of the developers but I think that's not the way they work. I love Guadalcanal '42 but insane distances are a major handicap. Air starts or fictional airfields would be an indulgence difficult to overcome.
  12. Yep. Bombs, umbrellas and brooms are included.
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