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  1. You guys are a class act, I'm so proud to be a member of Wing Walkers. Tim's wife was keeping me updated on his condition, then about 18:30 she told me he had passed. He left us too soon, we are the same age. I couldn't bring myself to hop on here to let all of you know last night for what I'm going through right now. He and I had some great times. I'm glad I was able to fly with him last Thursday and I'm going to start flying Tuesdays again, now that daylight savings time is over I can get home from work and be on by 18:00 pst. I'm not very classy or profound so this is the be
    7 points
  2. 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
    6 points
  3. 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
  4. Great looking photos guys... My holiday nook... takes 5 minutes to setup every year so it's perfect. Cheers
    6 points
  5. Making faces at my new grandson.
    6 points
  6. Thought I'd try my hand at this as well. These screens are done with Cyberlink Photo Director 8, came free as part of the minimal bloatware on the new PC.
    6 points
  7. From tonight's RED flight, with @WWSandMan, @WWDubya, and @WWPlague. Had a fun night fellas!
    6 points
  8. I have been looking at this post all day... walking by my computer......the led lava lights are strobing on and off.....the machine wants it.....but I might get just as sick as dub.....but the machine wants it.......arrrghhh..... My birthday is next month, don't think I can pass this up Dub. Sign me up.
    6 points
  9. 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.
    5 points
  10. Found this simple and easy to print/use engine management sheet over at the GB forums. It's a single sheet in PDF format, link here: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/41881-printer-friendly-engine-management-sheet/ I suppose that one could cut out and use as in pit photo the correct section for the AC you're flying, never lose the sheet then Here's a screenshot of the sheet itself.
    5 points
  11. Well, I"ll start and post a picture of our small living room with some of our festve dec's up. I definitely don't feel worthy to post a picture here due to such great photographers in this squad, but as you know I am not a proud man so here it is. I'd love to see others as well, if you care to share. So in that--- Happy Holidays to all and here is to a great " New Year " ( please ) !!!!
    5 points
  12. Just saw this over on the Virpil forums, might be of interest to those who like to fly choppers, and they're looking for additional testers!!!! Link here; https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/topic/2772-introducing-the-vpc-helicopter-controls-lineup/
    5 points
  13. I remember a couple years ago on Il2 1946 a Battle of Midway Mission where my computer was on the fritz, so my assignment was mapping. The mission involved beacons and finding the fleet we were trying to bomb. By plotting the beacon coordinates, I eventually found the fleet and directed the sortie to find their targets. The mapping was complicated, I had printed a large map mounted on foam core and had pins for plotting. With no images to watch the action, I had to 100% rely on the audio. It was nerve racking and intense. I vividly remember finally finding the ships, and wishing the
    5 points
  14. frigging camera has tooooo many settings...
    5 points
  15. Casa Sandy (well, actually Meghan's place, I just live here) ... Her son's car in the driveway. A few lights up outside, barely have a tree up yet. No snow any more (had some in November, but it's been dry and warm since then), so it's hard to get in the festive mood. That will change this weekend.
    5 points
  16. Spend more time in the office working on various missions but this is much more in tune with Christmas.
    5 points
  17. Decorating while watching "White Christmas"
    5 points
  18. S! One of my favorite collections regarding aerial warfare is now up to date... Black Cross/Red Star series by Christer Bergstrom. It's taken 20 years to get to volume 5, and only covers a little over two years of war time (June '41 to July '43.) But the detail of this series is fantastic. From the color profiles to the rarely (if ever) seen wartime photos, these volumes tell the tale of brutal warfare in the 20th century, from both adversarial perspectives. I got lucky and stumbled on the series about the time the original IL-2 sim came out. I knew so very little about the Eastern
    5 points
  19. Mission up for this Sunday, flying Entente/Allied A couple of key points in the briefing -Complete objective as marked on the map. Secondary objectives will be issued on the map (this is once the objective has been completed) -form up with Bristols from No. 48 Squadron, approaching our base at 1900m -Follow 48 squad for a high altitude bombing of the chemical factory (If like me your not familiar with high altitude bombing stay in close formation and take your cue from 42 squad leaders drop.) Thought I'd try to add objectives only after completion of the p
    5 points
  20. A couple shots from this evening...
    5 points
  21. A couple of shots from this past weekend of sunsets at around 2325 both evenings. Saturday, June 19: f/5.6, ISO-200, 55mm focal length Sunday, June 20: f/11, ISO-100, 75mm focal length
    5 points
  22. Final design of the Central planes I will fly, if you want to see them in game they're available in the download section.
    5 points
  23. Re-worked Bf109-F4. Standardized position of WW logo across all 109 variants, added new painted spiral on prop which will run across all my 109's. Darkened alpha further to reduce the "wet" look.
    5 points
  24. So I was working on my next Kuban mission and during testing I wanted to hop into a Sturmo in invulnerable mode and fly over a German tank column. The battle below me was unfolding nicely until I got a bit careless and clipped a tree top as I flew over the tanks. I ended up in the middle of a field looking out my left window as a Panzer rolled toward my cockpit. OH NO! he is going to run me over! luckily the AI decided that running over a Sturmo would not be good and turned around to pass behind me. I had also set the Comm attack for tanks to Air only so it did not shoot me. T
    4 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
    4 points
  27. A vintage Old Fokkers comic nod
    4 points
  28. Progress report: intro and out-takes sequences are done. Working on takeoff, flyby, landing, and credits, when all those are done, I'll splice it all together and upload for presentation.
    4 points
  29. Preparation is everything.
    4 points
  30. Wow, 2 trees Chunk. And both are beautiful. Also really love the village. I have a village also that each year I keep adding something new. This year I added a few new trees that I make from small real pieces that fall from our pines here and then use some white-out( paper correction ) to make the snow on the limbs and then spray with some clearcoat. I also did a smoke mod for the village as with the il-2 sim---ha !!!! Smoke via some vitamin bottle cotton. Happy Holidays everyone !!!!!!
    4 points
  31. These are all done and ready for download, skins made for Cephas, Craven, Chunk, Brinson, Brian, Darkdiz, Driftwood, GreyWolfe, Groucho, Navy, Plague, Sandy and Soarfeat. Link here;
    4 points
  32. Hero’s I get an odd reaction every time I see posters on the wall or news articles about "Honor the Healthcare Hero’s". It bugs me and I am not exactly sure why. I am a Healthcare Worker, I have a badge, I might be able to get a free cup of coffee from Starbucks, but I am no hero. I could be an accountant or a project manager or a receptionist. I don't take care of patients. I don't aid someone in their sick bed or try to comfort families that have lost a loved one. Those people are hero’s. In fact on most days I feel like a chump. I feel like a chump because there is so
    4 points
  33. Darkdiz's contribution
    4 points
  34. Well Im having a mountain cabin Christmas myself.
    4 points
  35. Now that our shitty summer is just about over I've got time to revisit my skins. I've redone the 109 F2/4 series to a darker, dirtier and less glossy version. Once I get all the custom skins in this series completed I'll repackage, update the version number and have them in the Paint Shed for DL. These are NavyGunner's, 3 versions as he likes to change his uni, often
    4 points
  36. It isn't often that a pilot comes along, and has so much to offer that they literally change the face of the squad. Think of all the things we do a little different since Icy and Fry came on board. WW will move on, but imho , will never be quite the same. Thanks for everything you gave us Icy.
    4 points
  37. A couple late evening shots taken recently at Minneopa Falls, on the south edge of Mankato. Just too late to get the sun-bursts through the trees, but enough soft light to make the foliage pop. Meghan was going along just to play a game on her phone, but she decided to start putting her Samsung to work taking a few pics of her own (they turned out great, too!) The little footbridge over the falls area. Small falls to the right, larger falls to the left. A couple shots of the small falls, taken from the north end of the footbridge. This one is my cu
    4 points
  38. I pulled some dirt dauber larvae behind some hardened clay out of the wing fuel vent during pre-flight on the CTLS one time. It was a good catch, as I wouldn't have liked to have had to glide down in that one Not a very good glider. Of course it has a parachute rig, but I wouldn't have wanted to use that either. At least my Chief had those old low-aspect wings on it. I probably glided close to 7 miles that time its engine quit, and I had plenty of height still when I got to the runway. I had to side-slip it a bit. I've had the pitot tube stick closed on the Chief a few times.
    4 points
  39. "Johnson of the Seattle Seamen, just scored a goal with that hugh shot that came from just outside the goal. He's had quite a dry spell of of late, but when he looked and saw that the goalie Bush, was gone from the goal crease, he instantly let loose with a shot that hit the back of the net as hard as Ive ever seen in the modern era." "Thats right, Joe, after he scored, he slowly headed to the bench, and when he got there, he nearly colasped, and had to be helped by his cheering teamates over the wall. What a relief he must feel after a shot like that. It must of been quite the surprise t
    4 points
  40. 40 years of marriage and trying to figure how to celebrate in the time of CoVId had us heading up the hill to Emmigrant Gap close to Donner Lake. Nice to get away from things for a few days. will not be back until Wednesday, so no Sunday or Tuesday flying for me. Salute
    4 points
  41. Next day Carol and I were hiking down to the same river about 2 kilometres from our camp site when I heard it, the dreaded "wooffff". We had just come over a small rise so I had us both stop and started the scan, sure enough there he was off our 10 at about 150 metres. Grabbed the camera and tried to get some good shots, as I'm doing that I hear from behind me my dearly beloved calling me all sorts of bad names the least of which sounded like "you're f%$king crazy, get out of there before he charges" Well he didn't charge and I of course listened to the wife and slowly backed out of his
    4 points
  42. Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of JULY!! And don’t fall for the “safe n sane “ fireworks, I always go for the” dumb n dangerous “
    4 points
  43. HA HA Bayonet, Thanks for the wishes guys, Duck, I got a gift from Brinson, who went way beyond what I expected, when he said he had a twisty joystick he could send me. Thanks Brinson, you made my day, happiest Ive been with my pants on, in a while. Holding off on the party until Sunday night. Figuring I can get an OR release from the crossbar hotel if the neighbors complain of the nudity, and be back in my own bed early Monday morning.
    4 points
  44. I'll chalk it up to coincidence. 2 weeks ago, I bought the PO-2 on sale and decided I would do a "Night Witch" career, full real, my only cheat would be using "Hey Google, set a timer" instead of a stopwatch. When I went to create a female pilot, there were none, nor were there any of the famous Night Witch squadrons available. So I expressed my dismay on the forums, pointing out the fact that the plane had advertising stating "It was used by the famous all female "Night Witches" of the 46th Guards night bomber regiment which harassed German troops when the sun went down", yet no female mod
    4 points
  45. As usual I take my time before I plug stuff in. Wanted to get my VR play space set up. Wanted one set up for flying and another for swimming with the whales and stuff. i bought a small pulley system for draping a wiring teather overhead at my chair where I fly, but had room to get a six foot x six foot free play area if I move my tall chair out. Now I just have to find a place for the barf bucket.
    4 points
  46. This weekend, she made me (or altered) dust covers for my VKB Gladiator MCG joystick (the old K12 cover was too short), my new Warthog HOTAS throttle, and my VR headset.
    4 points
  47. Sorry had to bail early was getting too hot my shed. Feeling good about getting back on shape for blowin stuff up. Will be on Tuesday.
    4 points
  48. 4 points
  49. Well she appears to be flight worthy, will give her a go on Tuesday. All the controllers and TS working. Still work to go on transferring files. Looks like it is time to upgrade some of my applications that have gotten long in the tooth ( photo shop elements 8! ). Still set up temporarily on a back table until I get my RGB fail on the lower fan worked out. Boy is she quiet, shocking compared to my old rig, non of that grinding and grumbling of the old hard drives and noisy fans
    4 points
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