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    WOFF BH&H II PATCH 1.17 RELEASED
    Polovski
    By Polovski,
    Hi all,
    28 October 2021:    A new update to V1.17 is available for WOFF BH&H II. -which provides some superb new improvements.
    The improved visuals from new trees, terrain, lighting, updated clouds and more are well worth updating to! Please see the WOFF BH&H II  download page on our website for more information. WOFF BH&H II CHANGE LOG: Version 1.17 1) Jasta 66 is now enabled and playable.
    2) Revised Scenery Trees and Textures - all seasons, and all snow cover options.
    3) Revised Scenery Lighting
    4) Revised Scenery Object distance details
    5) Revised Terrain Texture Quality settings and Scenery Density settings to improve FPS.
       
    NOTE: Revised Scenery and Terrain Texture detail controls 1 to 5 in Workshops The Terrain Quality (texture sharpness) and the Scenery Density (objects on the terrain) have been revised for WOFF 1.17. The controls now give a better ability to more finely tune and optimise the scenery and terrain to get maximum FPS with the best visual eye candy possible. Good starting points on a reasonably good PC are Terrain Quality 2 or 3 and Scenery Density 3 or 4,   - 5 now being for very good GPUs 3080 or better. 6) Revised Clouds, Textures, and Lighting.
    This patch of course also includes all the previous updates  

    Falcon BMS 4.35 U3 released
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
      https://www.falcon-bms.com/ The latest iteration of the Tommo Inc Falcon 4.0 total conversion modification - Benchmark Sims 4.35 U3 - is available for you to enjoy as of RIGHT NOW! BMS 4.35 U3 requires a legit installation of a Falcon 4.0 (all older and newer versions are accepted alike, i.e. Microprose, Hasbro, GOG, Steam, Retroism). The check is performed both at setup time and every time you start BMS. If no valid installation is found, BMS will exit with a corresponding error message. U3 is an incremental update on top of 4.35 base + U1 + U2, so you need to have the BMS 4.35 Full Installer package and Update 1 and Update 2 available on your PC. You can both update your existing 4.35 base + U1 + U2 installation as well as perform a fresh 4.35 base + U1 + U2 + U3 installation from scratch, as you like. See the installation instructions below for details. This mod may not be used for any commercial purposes. Any such use may constitute a violation of the intellectual property of Tommo Inc and the non-commercial Terms and Conditions under which Benchmark Sims make this mod available to you. Installation instructions (they will be shown as well once you run the U3 installer): _DESTINATION FOLDER: Update 3 must be targeted at the original Falcon BMS 4.35 Setup folder, NOT at your Falcon BMS installation location! After the update installer has been finished, it will run the Falcon BMS Setup program to either apply the update to an existing BMS 4.35 base + U1 + U2 installation (choose ‘Manage product updates’), or perform a fresh 4.35 base + U1 + U2 + U3 installation from scratch. CONFIG FILE: U3 does not replace your existing config file. Step-by-step details: (1) The pre-requirement for installing the update is to have the original BMS 4.35 Setup folder available. That is the one with the blue colored Setup.exe. Take a note on the folder name where this exe is. This folder is NOT your actual game folder that you use to start BMS itself. It’s the folder wherever you downloaded and extracted the original BMS 4.35 base installer. (2) Note: You need the original BMS 4.35 Setup folder + U1 + U2, as U3 is incremental only (like all BMS updates). (3) Next, RUN (do not unzip) the U3 installer. It will ask you where the BMS setup folder is. Select the folder that you have identified in the 1st step. (4) Note: Running the U3 installer will NOT actually install U3! Instead, it will update your original BMS 4.35 Setup folder + U1 + U2 to include the new U3 data. (4) After the U3 installer has finished, it will run the blue colored Setup.exe that you have identified in the 1st step. Either perform a fresh new installation, or update your existing 4.35 base + U1 + U2 installation by choosing ‘Manage product updates’. U3 will now be shown in addition to the 4.35 base + U1 + U2 installation. (5) After the update, when starting BMS, the version string in the BMS UI will now read:
    Falcon BMS 4.35.3 (x64) Build 24585_ Here’s the 4.35 U2 -> 4.35 U3 changelog:     https://www.falcon-bms.com/    

    DCS World free F-104 mod with EFM
    streakeagle
    By streakeagle,
    While the avionics are still based on FC3 aircraft, the new F-104 mod has a dedicated (presently non-clickable) 3d cockpit and a high fidelity EFM (external flight model). It is a work in progress, but it is already very impressive despite some known bugs/limitations. This is a further development of the VSN F-104G that previously used an SFM (simple flight model) and the F-15C cockpit (it still uses the F-15C avionics). To fly it, you need the F-15C or Flaming Cliffs 3 module. I think there are ground attack versions that use the Su-25T, which means you could fly it for 100% no cost. Get it here: Ordner: VSN F-104G FC3 EFM - filehorst.de Release Notes (changes to previous SFM Version and PreRelease-Version): 3d-Model: 
    -Some minor changes (working leading edge flaps) and some changes regarding special sub-variants (CF-104 e.g.)
    -changed suspension and hitbox of front wheel 3d-Cockpit: 
    - integration of a 3d-cockpit (non clickable at the moment), licensed from Tolis (HellasPilot)
    -widened front-window
    -functionality of all aerodynamic instruments in the cockpit (frontal instrument panel) except: pressure (hydraulic and oil), ground-speed-error-indicator, stand-alone bank-indicator, radar-altimeter, oxygen supply,
    -no functionality of right- and left side-console
    -passiv functionality of pylon-lights, gun-switch, light-switch, gear-lever, flap-lever, throttle, flap-indicator, stick and rudder-pedals
    -working red-flood lights
    -working drag-chute-handle
    -functionality of warning/indicator box (right hand side, bottom)
    -HUD functionality via FC3 (F15C/Su25T)
    -Radar/"T-Pod" functionality via FC3  (F15C/Su25T)
    -working mirrors
    -slightly elevated seat-position to match real pilot positioning
    -revised and major overhaul of cockpit textures by GlobalHawk/VB6 EFM:
    -EFM integrated with thanks to JNelson, TheRealHarold and A4-Team
    -Database NASA CR-2144
    known EFM shortcomings:
    -acceleration SL to 10kft at about 30% to fast, above 10kft acceleration at about 60% to fast 
    -TopSpeeds about 3-10% off depending on altitude 
    -drag- and thrust-profile clean/TipTanks/full load-out not 100% accurate Liveries:
    New Liveries by Jocko417 and Soulfreak Theme:
    New main-menu, loading-screen, briefing-screen and sign By Yogi.   

    Il2 DD Update Dev Blog 296 "cloud patterns / Mosquito"
    76.IAP-Blackbird
    By 76.IAP-Blackbird,
    Dear Friends,

    Autumn has arrived in Moscow and Las Vegas and even thought the air temperature is dropping, our work pace is heating up fast. Work on our new cloud tech continues and is making rapid progress. We will make many different “cloud patterns” over time as we mentioned previously, but right now we are trying to create some quality cloud designs that we can put into Beta testing and fulfill the minimum designs needed to get you up and flying with them sooner rather than later. Please enjoy these screenshots and prepare to get lost in them!

      
      

    Work on the forthcoming P-51B continues and I really wanted to show you a shot of the cockpit with textures, but they aren’t quite ready for public viewing yet. But rest assured that the P-51B work is going hot and heavy. I am “encouraging” Mike as much as possible to get her done.
    So, we can’t show you the P-51B cockpit at the moment, but how about some shots of the Mosquito instead! As you can see, it’s taking shape and looking nice! Like our other British birds this one also has a busy cockpit that when finished will be nothing but Royal Air Force awesomeness!  

      
      

    Testing on the new AQMG is progressing well and it should be released in our next update as mentioned last week. The Breguet 14 is also entering its final stages of tweaking before release as well. Work on the next update overall is going quite well so we expect a smooth release of 4.605 this month as planned.

    There has also been some good news with some research endeavors Jason has working on. If all goes well It may bring a new warbird to our skies. One that many of you have asked for. Stay tuned for more on that.

    And as mentioned by Jason in his recent Briefing Room post we have two Collector Tanks being worked on by our friends at DigitalForms and we will announce those very soon.

    Enjoy!

    The Sturmovik Team

    Il2 DD Update Dev Blog 295 "Breguet 14.B2 / AQMB"
    76.IAP-Blackbird
    By 76.IAP-Blackbird,
    Dear Pilots,

    This week we are working hard on the 4.605 update which will see two major releases. First, a French WWI bomber - the Breguet 14.B2 will be released for Flying Circus: Vol. II. The second will be the initial release of the Advanced Quick Mission Generator (AQMG) that adds a lot more mission content to the series.

    Breguet 14.B2

    The Breguet 14.B2 was operated by the French, Belgian and American air forces during WWI and it is quite a powerful machine and successful bombing platform. It was well liked in Rise of Flight and we are proud to bring it to the Flying Circus series. This time around, we have taken the time to improve a couple details of this wonderful aircraft including the addition or Fuel Mixture and Elevator Trim. Both of these details were not included in the ROF version of this plane. Whenever possible, we try to add missing details to our re-born ROF aircraft.

       
       
       

    Advanced Quick Mission Generator

    The Advanced Quick Mission (AQMG) offers a very fast way to generate Scenario-style missions quickly that offer high quality combat. It’s not a campaign and it’s not the QMB. It’s kind of an in-between feature that lays the groundwork for possibly more detailed Scenario generating (building) in the future. It’s one more way to create combat missions without having to learn the complex Mission Editor. The AQM is more of a “generator” than a “builder “meaning most of the hard work is done by the system and the user does not have to make many inputs to get up and running. The goal is to create a mission that is fun with lots of combat with flexible settings for enemy activity. The AQMG is based on the very old Campaign generator we originally had for BOS that we set aside several years ago (it worked quite well though) to make the Pilot Career mode. We never tossed the code and have now adopted it for Great Battles.

    The AQMG is located inside the GUI beside the QMB and you can easily transition between the two features. The AQMG lets you choose several parameters that affect the mission, such as the map, airfield, mission type, starting position, your aircraft, loadout, weather, the time of day and the strength of enemy opposition. A mission is then generated from a historically based mission template that is populated with your objective and other friendly and enemy units that you may or may not encounter on your mission.  It just takes seconds to set up a mission and get flying in a well-crafted historically appropriate mission that includes takeoff, ingress, targets, egress and landing. This is a bit more than your typically Quick Mission that is mainly geared for fast action and target practice. The AQMG can create thousands of different scenarios so no two missions will be exactly the same. This means thousands of hours air combat are at your disposal.

    Here are a few examples from the Moscow, Stalingrad, Kuban and Rhineland maps. The AQMG is available on all of our main theater maps at time of release. We hope to expand it to other maps in the future.

       

       
       
       
       
     

    The AQMG is one more tool in our mission creation toolbelt, alongside the QMB, Scenario Missions, Scripted Campaigns and Pilot Career offering a huge library of single-player content without the need to use the complex Mission Editor.

    In addition to all of these options, we recommend you also check out the Easy Mission Generator (EMG) by SYN_Vander and Pat Wilson’s Campaign Generator (PWCG) to have even more options for creating combat missions. Both are excellent, excellent apps! We will continue to explore ways to improve both the QMB and AQMG features in the future as well. Being able to adopt these AQMG missions for Co-Op is also high on our wish list.

    Old Clouds vs. New Clouds Video

    Work on our new cloud technology continues at a rapid pace. So much so that we can now show you a comparison of how the old clouds and new clouds compare when rendered in the engine. This video demonstrates just how powerful the new cloud tech is and its potential. We can now offer A LOT more cloud cover and not smash the framerate that you are accustomed to. Early testing points to a net gain in framerate even with exponentially more cloud particles and shapes in the scene. The video is a direct comparison of the same track and was originally captured in 4K and reduced to 2k thanks to Jason’s outdated movie editing software. The mission that was flown in the video was an 8 vs. 8 QMB mission on the Rhineland Map with all ground objects like vehicles, flak, trains and ships enabled. The cloud cover in the New Clouds portion is considered “heavy”. The Old Clouds portion is considered just your average ‘cloudy’ preset.

     
    Many of you will ask about how it performs in VR. To give you some idea here is what fellow team-member Jury aka Zeus told me today after testing it with his VR unit. This is a direct quote… and no he was not sucking up to the boss!

    Jury, 11:58 AM
    @Jason It's absolutely Awesome in VR 
     
    On my settings (I did not change it from the release version), I did not notice a decrease in FPS at all in VR

    Hardware: I5-9600K overclocked by 4,8Hgz + RTX3070 + WMR "Samsung Odyssey+" in 60Hz refresh screen setting

    In all Isay`s clouds test-missions - stable 60FPS in VR in all altitude
    In QM battle 8x8 - stable 60FPS in VR in all altitude


    IMHO its huge step onforward

    like in a fairy tale in VR  imagine you fly in a living volumetric sky ... Or even in a huge labyrinth of clouds

    We believe this is very good news for VR pilots and all IL-2 fans for that matter. There are still some bugs to work out and there is (as usual ) some issue with Radeon cards we have to solve first. However, we are quickly moving to put these in Beta soon and then work on making many interesting and realistic cloud designs!  

    Enjoy!

    Jason

    P.S. Yes the music in the video is annoying I know. 

    P.S.S. I mixed up my monitor listing in the video. I know there is no such thing as an ASUS Predator. I meant ASUS 43PGUQ. I also have an Acer Predator monitor.

    Wings Over The Reich - Latest News
    Polovski
    By Polovski,
    Hi all, work progresses on the next version of WOTR.  It will be an Add-On for WOTR. More details soon, but here's a stunning pic of the recent terrain update.    Some of the best looking scenery around ! (I also attached the BMP version for quality)  Shot09-30-21-14-47-58.bmp

Portal by DevFuse · Based on IP.Board Portal by IPS


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