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  1. some nites I could spend hours just sitting on the deck..
    5 points
  2. The volcanic landscape is violent and scenic at the same time.
    5 points
  3. The old.... Meets the new... And is replaced.
    4 points
  4. Grandson taking the Spad 13 thru its paces
    4 points
  5. Hello my friends received a clean bill of health today after my alien probing . Quite different this time being awake and got to see what I look like on the inside weird shit for sure.....so with that stress gone I am ready to rock and roll again see you all soon. Biker
    4 points
  6. Up late to get back in the loop for graveyards, so messing around in the Viper again. Here we have an Israeli F-16I Sufa from BMS 4.35, and then a HARM mission against some IAD's on a DCS multiplayer server. Heavily photoshopped with this set...
    3 points
  7. Obviously I haven't been paying attention to a few threads, this being one. The 4k G-2 template is one that I worked on for some personal WW skins as well as the update for the dress blues done for Icy's memorial. That template with the blues and the personal skins in in my vault folder and is named Bf109-G2-Craven-V1. If there is anything you feel you could use in there please feel free. As a side note, I prefer to have a plain, no markings other than the WW logo on the dress blues.
    3 points
  8. Nice shooting Duck, here's a video of you shooting down a flying squirrel, blew him apart. Looks like a battlezone Cephas! Duck is in his bright red Yak, I'm just enjoying the view.
    3 points
  9. I still have 2 more left to gift out...,
    3 points
  10. So RCAF command was informed of this and after consultation with the crew chief and ground support personnel it was found that the pilot had not given the command to rearm, so they assumed he hadn’t fired any ammo, as seems to be an ongoing issue.....
    3 points
  11. S! Forum/site software needs an update, and I naturally did things in reverse order so going back through and fixing. Site should be running smoothly and bump-free within the hour.
    2 points
  12. It is Finnish for "A Dozen Hurricanes". It is also the name of a new Thursday night mini-campaign that may start as early as this Thursday. This will be when a plane is gone, it's gone scenario. As the title implies there will only be 12 Hurricanes available. If a pilot loses his plane and there are no other reserved planes remaining he will have to fly a lesser plane. In this case due to the limited pre war plane set it will probably be a re-skinned Lagg3 representing one of the nearly dozen different planes the Finns imported during this brief battle. Historically the Hurricane arrived so late that in actuality it saw very little action, but I am going to RetCon history a little and pretend they arrived shortly after the start of hostilities. The goal of this campaign is to try and fly like your life is on the line, but even more so, to protect the valuable asset that has been entrusted to you. Fly with a wingman, preferably two sets of two as the Finns did vs the Russians 3 plane V formations. There is an article linkage below about Finnish tactics and exploits that makes good reading and a good template to model your actions on for these missions. Missions will be reviewed afterwards for plane status and the next weeks assignment. I am going to also try to tweak the AI to match Russian tactics. Most of the missions will be patrols looking to stop the Russians from attacking Finnish positions. Following planes into enemy territory is highly discouraged and disengaging and RTB'ing when damaged is highly encouraged. These will not be your usual heavy action WWCephas style missions, but more realistic patrols with limited combat. A single kill will be a big deal. Always check your six. FLIGHTS: RED: 1- Craven 2- Cephas 3- GreyWolfe 4- Darkdiz BLUE: 1- Sandman 2- Driftwood 3- 4- BLACK 1- 2- 3- 4- https://www.airforcemag.com/article/0912finland/ P.S. If someone wants to make a Finnish scheme Hurricane and Lagg3 before I get home and give it a try that would be great. I am not sure if it exists already for the Hurri.
    2 points
  13. Very true Sandman, on the flip side your opponents will also be using pea shooters too. As I mentioned in the original post, kills will be hard to come by. I also forgot to mention that in the spirit of more realism AI gunners will be set to Normal instead of Low. There will be much fewer of them though and generally lower caliber. When they are around though you will want to fly erratically. Diving directly at a AA gun will be a risky proposition. The same goes for rear gunners, you will want top make slashing oblique attacks. Aiming for engines is probably your best chance to deal a fatal blow. The AI also has some new logic routines I thought up added in these missions to trigger retreat when under attack under certain circumstances, they will not blindly continue to the target no matter what as they do under standard settings.
    2 points
  14. @WWScreamer added my Sheriff's Office patch to my skin...this is after parking at Paphos on the island of Cyprus.
    2 points
  15. Am in the mood for a Fawlty mission, so will be running Mission #7 (flying Axis with Opfor)
    2 points
  16. Yep, got lots of those! For the dogs, thankfully.
    2 points
  17. We haven't revisited this thread in a while so here's something a little different, Haley sure has quite the range, I quite enjoyed it. Postmodern Jukebox ft. Haley Reinhart - Seven Nation Army cover.
    2 points
  18. Y'all heard it here... Chunk is a big fan of Metamucil! Personally, I'm all-in on dried Turkish apricots (or water-mellon when it's in season.)
    2 points
  19. Found a new server that is starting up. It is based on the old Air Warrior/Warbirds theme of field capture. Might be interesting for a sqn night or two, a change from our normal missions, flying against human opponents. WB-CoE_maps_v6-june2021.pdf
    2 points
  20. Newest version is on the server Duck. I ran a few missions out of Borki. The A-20 is a objective destroyer. With some good bomb drops that load of 20 bombs can have one plane take out some of the objectives single handedly. It can also take massive damage. I was continually getting jumped by 3-5 109's since I was playing alone on the server. On two separate missions I had my engine catch fire. I cut fuel and feathered that engine and ran at tree top level getting repeatedly strafed and made it back to (the fwd) base every time. My tail gunner even managed some kills along the way.
    2 points
  21. A recent update to the quest 2 allows you to wireless your connection to your pc. It is under experimental options and you have to use the 5G option not the 2.4. One less wire and works great!
    2 points
  22. salute friends If anybody wishes to fly the new planes in a furball type arena , I have uploaded 2 missions to my folder in the hanger browser. 1 Bad Neighbors...... two close bases lots of bang bang 2 Flatlands furball ......bigger area some hunting at times. Both are updated with new planes to fly as well as AI ....S Biker
    2 points
  23. I still have a luxurious mane, thank you very much!
    2 points
  24. Maybe..... are we accepting recruits who still have a full head of hair? That picture is great.
    2 points
  25. I see MUCH alcohol in my future... My son came by with his girlfriend of 2 and a half years (we were socially distanced of course). Anna had a rock on her finger, so is now my son's fiancee. I'm SO happy for them. Did I mention she is Portuguese/Italian... oh my lord, gonna need a spare liver... No date yet, still trying to digest this awesome news.
    2 points
  26. Saw this thread at the GB forums and thought this might be helpful to you mission creators eliminating the need for a bunch of research on your part. Thread https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/71558-at-a-glance-il-2-great-battles-aircraft-timeline/ Excerpt;
    2 points
  27. I also changed the old Kuban folder name to Wuhan during the experimentation, not sure if I am going to change it back, but I probably should before my computer gets a virus..... /drum roll.
    2 points
  28. Very nice! I wish I had a shot last night from the drive home as the full moon was halfway cresting the mountain ridges near my home, it was amazing. I do have one of the same range covered in snow from this winter, It is pretty, but the picture is not framed the best as I took it while stopped at a stop sign. One of these days I need to borrow my son's nice digital SLR and take some good pics, but I never make the time for it, which is kind of funny these days considering how much free time I have.
    2 points
  29. So I took Rocky for a stroll recently. Normally we make this a group effort, Meghan and I taking the opportunity to chat about whatever is going on, Rocky attempting to pee on everything within leash distance. Meghan was up north for a company 'team building' outing, so this time it was just Rocky and I. As we turned the corner to get on the sidewalk to the nearby park I was greeted with this view... Grabbed my cell phone and snapped the pic. It's now my desktop wallpaper.
    2 points
  30. I have decided to add the A-20 to Gold flight's available plane list. If anyone requests it I will also remaster the Single Player version of Re-Kuban 2 mission I posted earlier today to include it. (easy to do, but not worth it if no one wants it) Next Tuesday June 1 will be the last Re-Kuban mission until at least mid to late June as it is time to head up to Idaho again so see the rugrats for 2-3 weeks. The next mission (Kuban 4) is a doozy. I have 12 hours so far into it and that is just making and testing the primary part of the fighter side. Trying to get the AI to re-enact our tactics from Kuban 4 leaves the Mission Builder screen looking like a plate of spaghetti. I am pretty happy with the results though, it will be different than what you are used to. Kuban 5 will be a pure Night Witch mission. I think I have found a way to recreate that part of the mission as well and make it fun for us flying low and slow. For those that don't have the U-2VS it is on sale now for $6 (hint hint), but I will include an FC biplane as an option for those that do not have the U-2VS. The G6 is also on sale for that price, it is a good plane with a big HP boost over the G2, but then you do have to be careful how much you boost it.
    2 points
  31. Won’t make it tonight, heading out to another lake for weekend camping.
    2 points
  32. Not sure what the old days mean, I've been around for 2 years and will never be part of the old days, LOL. I always liked the coop feel but not the cut and dry dead is dead from the start. 3 Mulligan rule, folks showing up 10-15 min late, then the unlucky pilots who die in the first 10 mins are not having a good night. I like the idea of some restrictions, maybe create a coop in deathmatch, then give each pilot 3 planes, and 15-30 min of availability. Maybe delete/ deactivate/ neutralize the airfield. If you need a airfield that can be taken/captured, add one with no planes for that purpose. This way the mission starts on time, no mulligans, if you die in the first 15-30 min (depending on mission length) or show up late you still get chance to fly the mission. Many times it could take 15 +++ minutes just to get a coop going between mulligans or late arriver restarts anyways. Just a thought...
    1 point
  33. I'll be at the cottage as well, attendance will be sporadic at best during the summer. That being said, @WWGreyWolfe and I could complete the Schwarm, we're both fairly familiar with the 'cane. I'll see if I can scare up a WW Finnish Hurricane skin this weekend.
    1 point
  34. This sounds like it's going to be a good time for certain!!! I'd love to make up a couple of Finnish skins for this but unfortunately I won't be able to get to them before the end of next week. I'll also be looking for a volunteer to wing with me for this campaign. This almost has the feel of the campaign that the Danger Dogz are still running using PWCG Coop feature. There's is a P-38 campaign, not sure how things are going with it but it's certainly something I'd like to look into deeper.
    1 point
  35. What... the ... hell... did... I... just... watch??? Season premiere of "Holy Moley" Pro mini-golf. Endorsed by Stef Curry??? I'm scarred or life
    1 point
  36. you know..first time I read that I thought you said a banana....
    1 point
  37. Given the plethora of skins available for not only the sqn but at large, and the odious task of their management, I searched for some sort of management tool, and found this on the forums: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/70078-haluter’s-skin-downloader-for-the-il-2-sturmovik-great-battles-series/ After installation, it looks at all of the skins available, and gives you the download, delete etc functionality. Many sqns have put their sqn liveries here, including personal ones so inter squadron events or public can have the ability to quickly have access to the other's skin set. I found that my set of skins, spanning all of the aircraft in the game, was quickly becoming unmanageable (I have since sent many of the less-used skins to their own folder within the skin/aircraft name sub-directories). Jury is still deliberating if this is the answer, time will tell.
    1 point
  38. Would love a campaign with Hurricanes, one of my goals in life is to corner Driftwood and have him teach me how to fly it half decent. ( still one of the big thrills of my life was being able to go to an airshow in England and see Hurri's and Spits fly over a grass field)
    1 point
  39. Wow this is off on a sh!tty tangent Maybe I'll make a crap brown skin for the U2Vs
    1 point
  40. In fairness, the topic here is "messing about in photoshop", so expect there to be some post-processing enhancements. But the initial canvas still has to be decent, and in Chunk's case are most often effing spectacular. So there's that...
    1 point
  41. 1 point
  42. thanks for putting that up...i don't get 'xplodies too often. guess i was running a little rich most that flight.....
    1 point
  43. So that was why Sandman kept going into the trees. Maybe I will name the next mission Gopher and see how man people dig a hole in the ground. Also after further review I can report that the Commander did in fact escape, because the escape route icons on the map disappeared which was only triggered by him reaching the end WP.
    1 point
  44. Yup, it will get even more outta hand
    1 point
  45. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/24/missing-man-found-dead-inside-spanish-dinosaur-statue
    1 point
  46. I like this shot. The next generation of Warbird Fans starts exactly like this... On dad's shoulders while some of the rarest aircraft flying today roar by. A quintet of Merlin engines providing the thunder.
    1 point
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