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  1. Howdy! Just wanted to pop in and say that yesterday morning was my first real opportunity to fly in the new Arras map and I did it on the FC Flugpark server and had a BLAST!!!!! Flew 3 missions in the good ol' Halberstadt, felt great to be back in the saddle again. I also got a "Friendly Fire" warning when I blew the Entente's Barge 1 (near NML) to smithereens.... I'm guessing it's prolly just an incorrect Nationality setting on that object. Anyway, thank you for a great server!
  2. If the airfield flare setup that Alonzo designed and shared in the Mission Groups Sharing forum is anything to go by, the red flare indicates the presence of one of more hostiles within a specific range of the airfield, and green indicates All Clear. At least it works that way when I use it. A hostile that is flirting in and out of that range can also set it off more than once each time they cross over the invisible boundary. .
  3. I just verified my Steam install of IL2 BoX using Steam the other day. It's done in the Library section. Urgent Google is your friend.
  4. Oh! I take my words back, seems I'm the one who misunderstood. That looks.. broken.
  5. It doesn't show you any files or photos in the menu. Just an icon for a photo, and all you do is select wether you want the feature on or off. Not off at all, just misunderstood.
  6. GREAT thread and looking forward to more info if any is found, since this has been vexing me also. If you want to divide and conquer the settings I'd be happy to help, there's an awful lot to turn off so maybe splitting them up and then narrowing down from there could be a group effort?
  7. Glad you enjoy them - @TavnerElderberries unfortunately I am unable to advise on how to use neither GIMP nor Photoshop. The technique I use is one that is quite dated, but familiar to me from skinning and texture creating for FS9 / FSX and other sims from the past. I use Paint Shop Pro (current version, which is awesome, but since its not Photoshop it's an underdog) which supports layers and can easily scale and crop images, so fitting anything into the confines of the cockpit picture template is easy-peasy, then final merging with an Alpha layer and DDS creation is done with an old tool from Martin Wright called DXTBMP - overall it would be easier at this day and age for anyone to learn the GIMP method than for me to teach them how to use the roundabout method I'm used to doing.
  8. OK here you go ladies & gents, just in time for an early weekend, go get 'em...
  9. Posted FWIW, for those having fun with, or wanting to have more of, the customizable cockpit photos available to us now since the release of v3.201... and I hope others post more of theirs to share here. Herewith is my stoopendous compendium - a Stoopendium, if you will - of just over 100 *MOSTLY Non-Historic* custom cockpit photos, some of which have been posted in the General Comments section. Subject matter is varied but largely comprised of the female pin-up or portrait variety, nothing terribly racy and no R-rated or NSFW stuff, but nevertheless I'll post pictures under a spoiler tab just to be on the safe side. I've attempted to stick with photos that would look more or less period-correct but I'll admit to having strayed off the path a few times just out of personal temptation and preference. Also includes some patriotic-themed cockpit pictures as well. These are pretty easy to use as long as you understand the constraints (has to overwrite the existing stock cockpit photo file, which can be renamed first) and I've included a README file with long-winded instructions anyway. For convenience, this archive includes two versions of each photo, a .PNG file for previewing, and the matching .DDS file that has to be copied into the IL2 Data\Graphics\Planes \PlaneX\Texture folder for each plane you want to use it in. Lastly: These DDS images are more or less tuned for my system which I run relatively low gamma settings on, so hopefully they won't be too bright pn systems with normal or higher gamma settings, but with over 100 pictures to choose from, odds are you'll find something you'll be able to use. Download link: Stoopendium of Custom Cockpit Photos Vol.1
  10. Believe it or not I actually DID make a Stalin one and put it in the IL2 variants. I didn't want to post excessive amounts of examples. I will say that Aubrey Plaza looks right in the Yak-1, although I can't explain why, nor should I need to. Good idea, associating study material with your favorite activities is a great way to retain info, plus working through some derivative equations could make for more wholesome use of time on those longer flights to/from Target areas...
  11. I've made about 80 or more cockpit pictures including custom ones for some folks and need to re-do some with a new alpha layer after seeing how the stock alpha causes some unattractive facial artifacts at low gamma settings. But yeah I was planning on ZIPping 'em up and uploading (with install instructions, LuseKofte) if there's interest. Most all are pin-up or portrait styles, no NSFW stuff, the Bettie Page ones are about as racy as they get, which matches the general feel of nose art of the same time period.
  12. It's all about finding that perfect one for each plane's personality...
  13. Thanks for confirming! Based on experience of myself and the others I was on comms with (some who are extremely experienced and dedicated to realism) everyone was still sufficiently challenged overall, no "gimme's" noted!
  14. Heya @BM357_TinMan! Been meaning to say Hi, we first met back in the early 2000's in CFS3. You knew me as JG300-Stoopy back then, and our smelly group of JG300 swine (not to be confused with the current JG300 group here) had our very first ever squad match against the excellent Blazing Magnums, wherein, you mopped the floor with us. How's Raven doing? I also have great memories of IL2 1946 and particularly PTO operations after CFS3 MP died away thanks to MS shutting down the servers, and played on the Zekes vs. Wildcats server a fair amount before transitioning to this sim. I took a lengthy hiatus after around 2015 when BoM first came out and spent a few years catching up on my guitar chops before the bug hit again a few months ago after seeing a YT video about the release of the FW190-D9. Got my Wilde Sau blood running hot. Since coming back there's been a of rust to knock off but I'm slowly getting there again, and one thing I most definitely agree with you on: The Development team does a GREAT job and this game/sim is SO far and away better than anything I've ever played/flown it's unbelievable. The latest update last week was a wild ride but loving it in MP now. So kudos to the team and looking forward to seeing you again in the air, my friend!
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