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  1. Welp, it'll be 30 years for Carol and I in May. While she doesn't have a whole of interest in flight sims she does know what most of the peripherals are used for. Plus she doesn't mind me indulging in this hobby, even stooping to buy me "things" she feels I might want or need, like the Obutto setup, the monitor, Saitek flight yoke (which I've never used). So I think I'm doing pretty darn good all in all, hope the next 30 go as well as the first.
    6 points
  2. As promised...pic of the finished product:
    4 points
  3. So, I got the new desk set up and the computer back in service on it. Here's a pic of that (before mounting my new Honeycomb Bravo). And here's the platform I made for the Warthog throttle. I used an inexpensive drill press vise and two shelf supports and the platform I'd already made for it that slid into the drawer opening of the old desk (I removed the slide in parts). I'll make something similar for the stick (may have to get a shorter shelf support or just cut the ones I have down a bit and re-drill) and take another pic when I've got it all set up in the next few
    4 points
  4. During some Kuban Campaign testing an AA gun ripped me a new one when it hit my wing and flipped me over while I was in a turn fight. I managed to right the plane somehow and then fighting a tremendously hard right roll I looked out my window to see this. Somehow I managed to evade bandits over the mountain and make it back to base flying NOE but dinged the prop while trying to land at just under 300 kmh and obviously no flaps! Any less speed and it would start to auger in. I did pucker for few seconds when I hit the gear lever, but it worked. So anyway
    4 points
  5. My setup has changed a bit since the original photos above that aren't there anymore were posted. The setup Obutto R3Volution Gaming Cockpit, includes seat, monitor stand, keyboard tray and 2 swing out acryillic stands which I've removed so I could modify the swing out arms to hold the keyboard and the 2 MDF's. MFG Crosswind Rudder Pedals ser no.0150 Thrustmaster Warthog Throttle VKB Gunfighter Modern Combat Pro MkII. Keyboard Logitec G513 Carbon Tactile Headphones are Logitec HyperX Cloud Alpha S 7.1 Gaming Headset , backup set is a HyperX Cloud Alpha
    4 points
  6. (Do note that it may take time for YT's HD processing to complete) The Downloadable version is found here (appx 1.5GB): https://www.wingwalkers.org/vault/icy_memorial/WWIcy-Memorial-Dec-8-2020.zip
    4 points
  7. Added a second MFD (Thanks Griph!), which really helps with the immersion factor on the A-10C. The 27” monitor looks smaller everytime I see it in a photo, but I’m pretty happy with the rest of the setup, sans the lack of cable management. I’ve convinced myself I’ll do that when a new rig appears, hoping that’ll happen sometime around summer.
    4 points
  8. This mission is the first in a series of handcrafted campaign missions where the prior event results will help shape the focus of later missions while trying to represent some of the actual flow of the historical campaign. I am going to post a Mission Briefing in the forum in the days before each mission is run so if you want to take the time you can be well briefed on mission objectives. 1 October 1942: The German army has crossed the Kerch strait and is nearing the port city of Novorossiysk. So far they have the Russian army in retreat but as they enter the mountainous coastline
    3 points
  9. Felt this would have been grossly out of place had I put it in the same area that it is referencing. I've been married 35 years, and probably flying 20 of them. My wife doesn't have a friggin clue what a rudder or a flap is.......
    3 points
  10. I'll do a before (current) and after. Here's my current pit. Desk over 120 years old. Very small. You can see the various bits I've made to hang things on and off of it. This is when I had the old throttle, before I got the new Warthog. Had to put a new, larger platform on the left extension. And this is when I had the WWII stick on the VKB Gladiator Pro. Oh...those simple days of yore! I would exchange the stick and keyboard when using the desk for actual work. Yes, my 30" monitor is almost as wide as the desk itself... Try to imagine when I used to fit the TM 500
    3 points
  11. Me either, nor do I have a complete second set of tools at the cottage even after I gave 2 sets away to my son and daughter when they moved out... Never use the right tool for the job when an old butter knife will do. Also, make sure you use DIFFERENT types of screws when replacing a given access panel...
    3 points
  12. Nope! I don't have a toolbox full of unitaskers. Nope, not me.
    3 points
  13. Sort of a continuation of a previous post, but this might be a better place for it. Need for all this was two-fold. One, space under desk is too cramped to be able to use rudder pedal while at the same time being close enough to the desk to reach controllers. If I wanted to use the pedal, my arms would be almost fully extended. If I ever should get back into VR, wanted something that might allow me to look behind me and: A: not break my neck B: still be holding the controllers. Had it not been for the VR considerations, I probably would have gone a different route. But thi
    3 points
  14. A total blast, thanks Cephas! Took a quick tour through some ACMI files from the last sortie I flew .... To say it was busy is an understatement:
    2 points
  15. This mission is one of my faves, lots of action, love the map, not THAT easy to get lost, not far to fly to get into the action, multiple target types, it has it all. I seem to remember the FW base was a RRR base, not too sure about the others. I looked for the NDB at one of the fields, I THINK it worked, but I was jumped before I could make that determination. Maybe at all of our bases you could put one near the windsock or tower, apparently the system will lock onto the nearest one, regardless of channel. Was surprised to find out my engine was already running on spawn, just by rote m
    2 points
  16. I was checking out your pics and sure enough there is more than one Pheasant 9 Mig 3 in the same fight. If you fast forward towards the end you probably will find a dozen or more Pheasant 9's in the little South Bay area. Attack of the clones. HAHAHA
    2 points
  17. My ex (30+ years married) had zero interest in aviation, and even less interest in flying. My current gal loves to travel, but also has little interest in aircraft other than the ones that take her to warm, sunny, beachy places. Her last plane trip was to the Dominican Republic, about a month before the pandemic hit. She's mentioned that she's about three beach trips behind schedule, and intends to make up for lost time.
    2 points
  18. As a military spouse of a former Air Force guy, my better half is sort of familiar with aircraft, we used to live at the end of the runway (or helo spot as it were) in Shearwater Nova Scotia. She got to know Sea Kings pretty well.
    2 points
  19. Well...I've been married 33 years, I think, and flying all of those, in sims and in real life. My wife knows what those things are (if pressed, she'd probably get it right 2 times out of 3), but she has absolutely zero interest in anything aviation. She only flies with me to humor me. Here's a picture of the way her face usually looks when we're flying! I'm pretty sure that what she has just finished saying is "Stop taking pictures and pay attention to flying!"
    2 points
  20. Here's a checklist I modified to run through everything as quickly as possible, and mostly flowing from left panel through center to right. I only modified the first page from an original for the A-10C by Sydy on the Eagle Dynamics forums. And I included a horizontal version of the Hotas diagram Chunk included above.
    2 points
  21. The good thing is that the gate is very easy to swap out if you change your mind.
    2 points
  22. Necro-posting, but thought it was relevant here (I forgot which thread Chunk was cheering me on to do the replacements) ... I got the pinky switch (the one on the left side of the left throttle) replaced, and did the slew replacement as well. The pinky switch wasn't that big an upgrade as far as I'm concerned. Apparently I was never too hard on that particular switch. I gave up on the glue removal, there was so much of it globbed onto the wires within my switch assembly it was impossible to remove. I trimmed the wires as close to the glue-glob as I could, then played hell trying to trim
    2 points
  23. If anyone is familiar with Cason’s YouTube channel, you’ll know that he a retired Kiowa pilot that took the unique route of Army Captain, to Warrant Officer, so he could fulfill his wish to fly choppers. He’s been working with Polychop on their DCS Kiowa, and his channel is great. He also started a podcast last year called the Low Level Hell Podcast. It was recommended to me since on subscribe to the Fighter Pilot Podcast. Anyhoo, if you like rotary wing stuff, and sim (hint, you do since you’re here ), then you’ll really like his podcast. So in addition to all that, I was going thr
    1 point
  24. You'd have to be really, really bored. And willing to be even more bored when you're done... On the other hand...I recommend that Zenith CH 701 if you're into MSFS. I have a buddy who has one at an airport a little north of me. My favorite airplane I've ever flown, and this one seems pretty well modeled in the sim. It's a STOL beast. Can fly and even climb at around 30 mph. Could land and take off on a carrier, probably twice.
    1 point
  25. and we get to go thru his mail!!
    1 point
  26. Thanks Sandy, I put a ton of hours into learning it and then a lot more since Tuesday making optimization changes that cut the tick rate in half. Good thing I am retired I guess. We shot down over 90 planes in 2 hours. Now that I am familiar with the program and the myriad tricks and shortcuts you can do with groups the next ones will be a lot faster. I did find that multiplying respawn error we experienced after a couple hours and just need to test out adjusting the durability of the fuel tanks, they are ridiculously tough stock and it should be ready for a full complement of Tuesday
    1 point
  27. Ok, I thought so, but wasn't sure. Dunno if I will get one, need to upgrade the main box first!!!
    1 point
  28. That's pretty impressive. Pretty pricey too. And it looks like it might be a bit of a pain to set up in DCS. If someone was building a home cockpit, these would be just the ticket. But I wonder about looking away from the screen to look at the MFDs, whether that would be more disorienting than looking at the virtual MFDs. It's pretty amazing what a guy with a 3D printer and some electrical engineering knowledge can do in their living room now.
    1 point
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  30. 42" Acer 4k monitor AMD 3700 NVIDIA RTX 206 64 GB RAM CH Fighterstick Pro Pedals and Throttle Tir 5 Pro
    1 point
  31. cockpit 55 years ago that is---
    1 point
  32. You guys and your hyper-technical tool talk!
    1 point
  33. Ah... The old 'flat-bladed hitty-thing'
    1 point
  34. I'm not sure I had room to get one of those in there to use. I live about four blocks from a Home Depot, and I'll admit I have run over there for something as dumb as one specific screw driver. I did consider going to get a wire stripper like that for this project, and of course any future projects. You never buy a tool for a single use, right? Right?
    1 point
  35. I use this tool to strip electrical wires for soldering or whatever. It automatically adjust to any size and was recommended to me by an old friend who was an electrical inspector. If you do much work in this area it is worth the investment in my opinion. irwin wire stripper tool
    1 point
  36. Appreciate the checklists above (printing now) and the time you took to walk us "leftWin+Home" engine starting folks through the real procedures. I did make it back to base, and even parked and turned the thing off before leaving. I had some control issues yet (my PTT also happened to be the Chaff button, and I had to manually turn the durn dispenser off ) ... I did launch EVERY SINGLE chaff bundle and about half my flares. I know I got lit up a few different times, the RWR was going bananas, to the point where I couldn't hear Cephas on comms at all. But I did enough stupid maneuvers
    1 point
  37. We’ll get together again on a sterile range and go after stuff. That server will chew you up.
    1 point
  38. Here are the checklist kneeboards I use, as well as a handy HOTAS command diagram with various, aka a shitload, commands. Unzip that into your {User}\Saved Games\DCS folder Hope y'all had a good time after I bounced, sorry I couldn't stay longer. Kneeboard.zip
    1 point
  39. Up date to my previous group file to share with mission builders. This has a few new ones and changed all (I hope) nationality affiliation to ___ww1 The old one from the earlier post has been deleted. Taken from the old post What you may want to do is backup your mission folder where the group files are located, remove all your WW2 existing group files then extract these files into the mission folder. That way you can keep WW2 and FC separate. The above recommendation is up to you. Fawlty Group Files Jan 2021.zip
    1 point
  40. Recent talk about group files, and it's been a while since the last update so these are new to Jan. 09 2021 Available in the first post BTW; a lot of these can be easily adapted for WW2 use
    1 point
  41. When faced with removing insulation from wires, in these circumstances, the insulation is almost always vinyl based, and I always burn it off with the soldering iron. With iron hot, knowing the length of bare wire you need, go to that point and twist the wire/insulation on the tip of the hot iron. Sometimes you cant do that, so in that case, use the tip of the iron to circle around the radial of the insulation to do the same thing. You just need to soften the insulation and not burn it down to bare wire. With the insulation hot/warm, use your opposing finger nails to pull the softened insulati
    1 point
  42. Man, I GOTTA learn how to do this... *Diz sighs, and resigns himself to actually reading the ME book
    1 point
  43. World needs more Crayon and fewer syllables
    1 point
  44. @WWCephas This area is what I was referring to... And my apologies, since I left Woody off my short list of talented mission creators.
    1 point
  45. You think the IL2 is hard to shoot down NOW...
    1 point
  46. The boy IL2 puts his sausage into the fun hole of the mommy IL2, and another IL2 shows up in the hanger in a month.
    1 point
  47. A vintage Old Fokkers comic nod
    1 point
  48. Flew for a couple hours last night, the new slew control is LEGIT!! Now I can make precise movements without it jumping all over the place. I’d give it 5/5 stars. Worth it if you’re going to take DCS semi-seriously.
    1 point
  49. Got the slew upgrade installed, as well as the pinky switch replacement. The slew feels INCREDIBLE!! I think the analog movement is going to make a huge difference. I’ll test it later tonight. The pinky switch looks exactly the same, but the switch feels like it is significantly better quality. It’s doesn’t jiggle or sag at all. Installation was super easy, and it took about 20 minutes total to do both. No soldering involved at all.
    1 point
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