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I'm really enjoying Bodenplatte at the moment...
Thtat's possibly where this month's pocket-money is going - although if Battle of Normandy was out I'd probably nab that - if only for a bit of ship strafing as well.

Nice back story too Mole - thanks for sharing!

Some fun facts/quotes here:

 
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Thtat's possibly where this month's pocket-money is going - although if Battle of Normandy was out I'd probably nab that - if only for a bit of ship strafing as well.

Nice back story too Mole - thanks for sharing!

Fun fact (and well known then and now) is that the Hurricane accounted for more kills than the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain.
I pre-ordered the Battle of Normandy DLC a few days ago...and the Hurricane collectors edition aircraft too. Damned game has cost me about as much as Star Citizen all in all since I have everything 777 studios ever shoved out the door except for Flying Circus :D

Rise of Flight
Cliffs of Dover
Cliffs of Dover Blitz (same game but with the mods built in)
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Moscow
Battle of Kuban
Bodenplatte
Normandy
Tank DLC
...plus all the add-on scripted campaigns and collectors aircraft that weren't included in the premium versions...

And aye, my grandfather was my hero growing up, loved his stories...I still have all his gear and his logbook. I still wear his old Irving flying jacket on the bike too. It's had a few repairs in it's latter years... but still going strong. Not bad for a jacket issued to him in 1941 and still the warmest bit of gear I have ;)

As for the Hurricane V Spitfire thing...he looked on Spitfires the same way I look at fancy plastic Japanese motorbikes :D

 
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I pre-ordered the Battle of Normandy DLC a few days ago...... I have everything 777 studios ever shoved out the door except for Flying Circus :D
Any idea when BoN is arriving? (Shan't hold you to it - just wondered).

What's your view of Cliffs of Dover? I understand it was pretty horrible when first released but I've read recent reviews saying that it's not so bad these days.

PS great jacket, epic story to it too - I hope it's keeping your shoulder warm! ;-)
 
Any idea when BoN is arriving? (Shan't hold you to it - just wondered).

What's your view of Cliffs of Dover? I understand it was pretty horrible when first released but I've read recent reviews saying that it's not so bad these days.

PS great jacket, epic story to it too - I hope it's keeping your shoulder warm! ;-)
Haven't heard anything firm datewise for Normandy...Cliffs of Dover was a real mess when released but the modding crews got hold of it and made it something special. What 777 studios did was drag the modded version back in house, redid the front end and re-released it as Cliffs of Dover Blitz to add the the Great Battles series.


One of the very best of Cliffs of Dover vids out there. It tells the story of what happened to Cliffs of Dover at the opening credits...how 'Team Fusion' took over and modded it to make it worthy....the efforts that lot put in to the modding and production is as good as the Battle of Britain film...

 
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Cliffs of Dover was a real mess when released but the modding crews got hold of it and made it something special.
Thanks - I might start there - dip my toe in the water - it's still getting cold from my routine attempts at DCS... ...although my landings are getting less crashy.... :-/

Gawd - that video actually makes me feel a bit queasy - what incredibly brave young men, putting themselves up in the air to be shot at... blimey, and I moan about my internet speed...
 
Thanks - I might start there - dip my toe in the water - it's still getting cold from my routine attempts at DCS... ...although my landings are getting less crashy.... :-/

Gawd - that video actually makes me feel a bit queasy - what incredibly brave young men, putting themselves up in the air to be shot at... blimey, and I moan about my internet speed...
The thing Cliffs of Dover did better than any other sim out there was put what seemed like hundreds of aircraft in the sky all at once...I still remember the first time I ever flew up in a Hurricane in CoD and saw a massive flotilla of HE 111's, Do 17's, JU 88's and all with ME 109 and 110 escorts... truly awesome and not managed again in anything I've played since.

As with all of the titles in the IL2 series...you can tone down the difficulty as much as you'd like...or wind it up to get the full Monty experience like DCS. They've mastered the trick of making a flight sim truly fun to play at any level and still not turn it into an arcade game like War Thunder. I kinda meet it half way since I'm no real pilot but I want as much of the experience to feel real-ish without actually learning how to fly a WW2 aeroplane in combat.

One size fits all... no matter if you're a newbie or a sim veteran.
 
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I really need to spend more time playing IL2 but my rift cable is dying and it's put me off needing to go back to flat screen and TIR :/ So spoilt lol, though it might tempt me to reinstall Cliffs of Dover and have another play.
 
Thtat's possibly where this month's pocket-money is going - although if Battle of Normandy was out I'd probably nab that - if only for a bit of ship strafing as well.

Nice back story too Mole - thanks for sharing!

Some fun facts/quotes here:

You can get ship strafing at Battle of Kuban. It's currently my favorite map, the one with the most water.

However, I recommend extreme caution with ship strafing... They're hard to destroy without bombs, and their anti-aircraft defenses are no joke.
 
One more quote from my grandfather...and one of his best ever.

Back in 1970 when I was 11, he took me down to Biggin Hill to see the air show and have a look at the Battle of Britain memorial flight first hand. I can't tell you my disappointment when instead of heading straight to the airfield he stopped at the old pub in the village...which had a closed sign up. When we got into the pub it was full of old blokes all shouting and laughing at eachother...turned out it was a few of my boyhood heroes...ones that I had read about and had most of their their photos on my bedroom wall...

For the home team...

Douglas Bader
Bob Stanford-Tuck
James 'Ginger' Lacey
Brian Kingcome
John 'cat's eyes' Cunningham
Johnny Johnson
Paul Brickhill
Raymond Baxter (who was a TV presenter for the 'Tomorrow's world' program on the BBC back in the 60's and 70's)
My grandfather...

And for the visiting team...

Adolph Galland
Erich Alfred Hartmann
Günther Rall
Gerhard Barkhorn
Walther Dahl
Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert...

...and a few others from both teams I didn't know...I was like a pig in proverbial going around getting all those old blokes to sign my autograph book, we even missed the airshow.

Thinking I was destined for a big disappointment at missing the BoB flight fly past, I was stunned when my grandfather and all those old blokes all jumped on a few buses dragging me along with them and headed in to the airfield after the airshow had finished...still laughing and shouting at eachother like rowdy kids ...and went straight to the hangar where the Battle of Britain flight were parked.

They all took turns sitting in the cockpits of the Spitfire and Hurricane... and getting pics taken by an army of official photographers. When it came around to my grandfathers turn, I watched him climb into the Hurricane as I stood on the wing next to a young RAF flight lieutenant who had flown it during the airshow. As my grandfather looked around the cockpit just lightly running his hands over the controls, the young officer started to explain to him what all the levers and buttons were...He just smiled at the young bloke and said.

"That's all very interesting, son... but I've done things in a Hurricane you wouldn't do with your wife."

The comment certainly pleased all the rest of the WW2 veteran pilots who all jeered and laughed uproariously. I still have the framed and autographed photo of me standing up in the cockpit of the Hurricane wearing my grandfathers flying helmet with all the collected aces stood around out front of it...

Best day ever :)
 
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In the good old days of Combat Flight Simulator 3 - battle for Europe, I always tended to pick the Hurricane over the Spitfire. For no actual reason other than being most underrated, less famous. Feels like a bit of an injustice that the Spitfire gets all the credit.

In truthness, I don't really know which is objectively the better aircraft, the Hurricane or the Spitfire, or if there is even a way to determine which is better. They're both beautiful airplanes (like some of their german counterparts), they both played a huge part in a defining moment in history. One thing I need to give the Spitfire credit, the sound of it's Merlin engine is fantastic.

I'm lucky enough to have an Aviation Museum inside an airforce base only 20km away from my home, I lost count or the times I went to visit the museum or see the airshows. In fact, one the the events I will miss the most during the pandemic is the annual Airforce Airshow. I still remember the first time I went, I was getting out of my car when 2 F-16's flew by with afterburners on, the thundering, ear shattering sound was unforgettable. I felt like a child again, as my childhood dream was to be an aviator. But life took different turns and that never came to be.
 
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In the good old days of Combat Flight Simulator 3 - battle for Europe, I always tended to pick the Hurricane over the Spitfire. For no actual reason other than being most underrated, less famous. Feels like a bit of an injustice that the Spitfire gets all the credit.

In truthness, I don't really know which is objectively the better aircraft, the Hurricane or the Spitfire, or if there is even a way to determine which is better. They're both beautiful airplanes (like some of their german counterparts), they both played a huge part in a defining moment in history. One thing I need to give the Spitfire credit, the sound of it's Merlin engine is fantastic.

I'm lucky enough to have an Aviation Museum inside an airforce baase only 20km away from my home, I lost count or the times I went to visit the museum or see the airshows. In fact, one the the events I will miss the most during the pandemic is the annual Airforce Airshow. I still remember the first time I went, I was getting out of my car when 2 F-16's flew by with afterburners on, the thundering, ear shattering sound was unforgettable. I felt like a child again, as my childhood dream was to be an aviator. But life took different turns and that never came to be.
The Hurricane has a Merlin engine too ;)
 
Back in the day I was to visit my Aunt's place and it was close to an US airbase. The terrain was hilly and while sitting on a swing I could watch the jets do their low level drills. Once a jet passed by my swing I could see the pilot with his helmet on. I raised my hand for a wave but then he was already gone.
 
Erm... this is good right...?



Flipping Nora it's taking ages to get edTracker working (need v2.2 of Opentrack), and the controls mapped - and yet another crib sheet needed for my HOTAS...
 
Erm... this is good right...?



Flipping Nora it's taking ages to get edTracker working (need v2.2 of Opentrack), and the controls mapped - and yet another crib sheet needed for my HOTAS...
I forgot to mention the control setup in Cliffs of Dover was a bit old and convaluted...they kinda redid and remapped all the control menus with BoS onward to make it a lot simpler. Just map the stuff you're going to use...gear, flaps, open cockpit, trim levers on the rotaries, fire guns and stuff...all the radiator controls, magnetos and variable pitch just leave to the game unless you're going full DCS mode.

K.I.S.S is the general rule...Keep It Simple, Stupid ;)
 
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K.I.S.S is the general rule...Keep It Simple, Stupid ;)
Hah - one of my favourite rules.

I spent flipping ages trying to work out why I couldn't trim the Hurricane's aileron - rebound it dozens of time. Simple answer seemingly is that the plane doesn't have this, and you have to live with the torque-roll.... oh well... immershun an' all that... but it is 'messing with my mellow man'!

Time to pop out for more Guiness and then back for more drunken flying... what could possibly go wrong.... :ROFLMAO:
 
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