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    Il2 Update 3.006
    76.IAP-Blackbird
    By 76.IAP-Blackbird,
    Dear pilots,   The two next Bodenplatte aircraft are not yet finished, but we have decided not to wait for them and release the update that contains the results of our work since 3.005 release. There is a lot of changes, fixes and improvements, some of them are long-awaited ones.   Many graphical effects were reworked and some new ones were added. Other fixes include Career mode, multiplayer, AI and collision system improvements. There is a new content as well - new modifications were added for Fw 190 A-8. The full change list follows:   Graphical effects improvements   1. Fire effects improved for aircraft and ground vehicles, more dynamic and detailed;
    2. Fuel leak effects improved (less noticeable, but more realistic);
    3. Damaged engine exhaust effects improved (less noticeable, but more realistic);
    4. Tracer smoke effects improved (more smooth and realistic);
    5. Wingtip trails effects improved (more dynamic, less apparent beginning);
    6. Water hit effects improved (more realistic);
    7. Aircraft and vehicle hit effects improved (more difference between AP and HE ammo, more realistic, added debris);
    8. Bomb detonation effects improved for 250kg +  bombs, additional flash effect;
    9. Water steam effects added for twin water radiator aircraft (Bf-109, Ju-87, Spitfire Mk.IXe, Pe-2);
    10. Water steam overheating effects added;
    11. Wrong mixture exhaust effects added;
    12. Wood hit effects added for WWI aircraft;
    13. Gunfire smoke effects added;
    14. Oil leak during flight effect adjusted;
    15. Fuel leak effect on the ground added;
    16. Water steam effect on the ground added; 17. Oil drops on pilot googles effect was added in case of engine damage;   Simulation fixes and graphical effects fixes   18. The water hit effects no longer appear like ground hit effects;
    19. Bug fix: He-111, Bf-110 and Pe-2 right engine hits won't damage the left engine cooling system anymore;
    20. Bug fix: Spitfire Mk.VB/IXe oil radiator leak will stop when the left wing is lost;
    21. Bug fix: Ju-88 A4 right supercharger hits will correctly damage it;
    22. Bug fix: engine fire now correctly works on all planes;
    23. Bug fix: damage of the engines far from the cockpit (and the oil leak on Spitfires) won't make the cockpit windows dirty;   Other improvements   24. You can set the starting altitude up to 10km in QMB;  
    25. Projectiles now can be stopped by trees;
    26. Fw 190 A-8 modification: removal of two 13mm MG 131. This allows to model the bomber variant of the plane; some Sturmjager modification aircraft also had tem removed;
    27. Fw 190 A-8 modification: F-8 with a 1000kg bomb with reduced stabilizer; 
    28. Flying Circus German and Entente pilots are now animated;
    29. German WWI pilot now has a parachute;
    30. 30 mm and higher caliber guns can overheat (they couldn't before);
    31. All guns fire dispersion differ while firing single shots and in bursts;
    32. Burst fire dispersion corrected for Soviet fuselage mounted guns;
    33. Burst fire dispersion corrected for German wing mounted guns;
    34. While driving, AI now takes into consideration all nearby vehicles instead of the vehicles of its group only;
    35. AI has learned how to control the advanced (player controllable) tanks, they can be used in missions;
    36. The water in all water cooled engines boils at different temperatures depending on the altitude;
    37. Fuel actually burns out in an event of a fuel tank fire;
    38. Fuel tank fire intenisity decreases when all fuel is burned out;
    39. Fire intensity directly affects the speed of structural damage;
    40. Fuel fires are extinguished when an aircraft hits a water surface;
    41. Mission generator toolset released (you can download it here and unpack into your IL-2 install if you want to try it);   Other fixes   42. Simple vehicles (not controllable by player) physics modeling improved. They shouldn't 'fly' away from collisions as they sometimes did before anymore;
    43. German aircraft of Bodenplatte timeframe carry bombs of a different color that was used in the late war;
    44. German aircraft of Bodenplatte timeframe carry SD 70 fragmentation bombs instead of SC 50 which production was canceled in 1943;
    45. Aircraft loadout tooltips adjusted;
    46. Career: the game won't freeze when creating a character in certain squadrons at a certain time;
    47. Career won't freeze in May 1943;
    48. Career won't show incorrect days at the end of February;
    49. Player wingmen won't be captured by the enemy if the player finishes a Career mode mission above the enemy territory;
    50. The player marker shows the character name in Career mode;
    51. A rare crash in multiplayer has been fixed (it could happen when Pe-2 series 35 lost its wing).  
    52. The game server and clients won't crash when a player controlled tank impacts the ground, for instance, after falling from a damaged bridge;
    53. Multiplayer net packets won't slowly increase in size over time;
    54. Multiplayer net packets now have their CRC checked, this should improve the data transfer stability;
    55. Net load decreased by optimizing the data packets carrying graphical effects data;  
    56. Statistics system accuracy increased (this should fix the situations with unaccounted kills);  
    57. Minimum starting altitude in QMB on Novosokolniki map has been increased to 250m;
    58. Sharp texture changes were corrected on the Stalingrad map near Golubinsky;
    59. The pilot won't be injured by the wing fuel tanks fire on Bf 110 E2, Bf 110 G2, P-39L-1 and Yak-7B series 36;
    60. A rare crash has been fixed (it could happen when Pe-2 series 35 detonated after hitting the ground).  
    61. Bomb doors handle on He 111 planes is now animated;
    62. Broken window in the lower cockpit fixed on He 111;
    63. Fw 190 A-8 right WGr.21 launcher arming lamp now works;
    64. On Fw 190 A-8 with F-8/G-8 mod the 20mm guns stay on the same fire trigger with MGs;  
    65. Radiator assist on MiG-3 and IL-2 won't overcool the engine at high altitudes;
    66. Pe-2 series 35 upper turret correctly shows ammo left in HUD;
    67. Yak-7B altitude mixture controller corrected;
    68. Coolant overheat warning in technochat corrected;
    69. Damage system performance optimization should decrease the CPU load;
    70. Radiator assist closes or opens radiators in a more smart way;
    71. Fokker Dr.I and SPAD 13.C1 durability are back to RoF values.     Please discuss the update in this thread.

    DCS Weekend News 21 September 2018
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
         DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, DCS: Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 for DCS World Bundle Pack Announcement Coming October 1st, 2018 and lasting until October 21st, 2018, purchase the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, the Persian Gulf map, and the Su-33 together for just $89.99! This bundle has an almost $150.00 value. DCS World e-Shop     The Persian Gulf map was in large part chosen to act as the setting for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet combat operations. Operate from numerous, detailed airfields in the UAE and Oman or from the deck of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground operations over a huge, detailed portion of southern Iran and many of the Persian Gulf islands. New additions coming to the map in time for the pack include the SA-2 and Rapier surface-to-air missile system, the HY-2 Silkworm anti-ship cruise missile, the Aldar Headquarters building, the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque, and oil platforms. More map items like new airfields, unique buildings, and weapons will be added after the Pack. The Su-33 adds a great adversary aircraft for the Hornet. More screenshots This same Bundle Pack will also be available on Steam! Don't miss out on this great savings, and experience these three great modules together! Read more about the Hornet, Persian Gulf map, and Su-33 here: DCS: F/A-18C Hornet DCS: Persian Gulf Map Su-33 for DCS World DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and Persian Gulf Map Discounts If you already have one of the two modules of the Bundle Pack, then we have a deal for you! DCS: F/A-18C Hornet owners can get a $10 discount on the Persian Gulf map, and Persian Gulf map owners can get a $20 USD savings on the Hornet! This offer is from our DCS World e-Shop These savings last until October 1sth, 2018. DCS World 2.5 Update This week we updated the DCS World 2.5 Release version from the current Open Beta version. Corrected inaccessible controls when using 4K display. Addressed an intermittent multiplayer host crash. Fixed a crash related to multi-monitor use. Corrected VR issues related to 4K monitors and cursor scale. Aircraft carrier catapult adjusted for low-temperature conditions. Added a work-in-progress update to properties of Medium and High PRF radar emission. There is a known issue with Medium PRF with high-aspect targets. Hornet ACM boresight mode extended to 10 nm. Corrected UH-1H glass transparency. Numerous AJS-37 fixes and improvements. Added the Yak-52 to the Logbook. Our primary focus of the Hornet is currently a re-coding of the air-to-air radar to make it more effective and realistic. Updating the radar is not a simple task, but we will release into a later Open Beta as soon as possible. Full changelog you can see in the dedicated thread on the DCS forum. Ongoing DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack Running now and lasting until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers. You can purchase from our e-Shop We are also offering the same bundle sale from our DCS World Steam Edition page Please see our sale video Sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team

    Il2 DD Update Dev Blog 204
    76.IAP-Blackbird
    By 76.IAP-Blackbird,
    Hello everybody, Another week has passed and our Bodenplatte development progressed neatly during this short time. First, we have finished reworking the graphics effects system we told you about last week:   1. Fire effects improved for aircraft and ground vehicles, more dynamic and detailed;
    2. Fuel leak effects improved (less noticeable, but more realistic);
    3. Damaged engine exhaust effects improved (less noticeable, but more realistic);
    4. Tracer smoke effects improved (more smooth and realistic);
    5. Wingtip trails effects improved (more dynamic, less apparent beginning);
    6. Water hit effects improved (more realistic);
    7. Aircraft and vehicle hit effects improved (more difference between AP and HE ammo, more realistic, added debris);
    8. Bomb detonation effects improved for 250kg +  bombs, additional flash effect;
    9. Water steam effects added for twin water radiator aircraft (Bf-109, Ju-87, Spitfire Mk.IXe, Pe-2);
    10. Water steam overheating effects added;
    11. Wrong mixture exhaust effects added;
    12. Wood hit effects added for WWI aircraft;
    13. Gunfire smoke effects added;
    14. Oil leak effect adjusted;
    15. Fuel leak effect on the ground added;
    16. Water steam effect on the ground added.   Second, we have revisited the gunfire dispersion model and performed additional research on the historical documents covering the fire dispersion depending on the gun mounting. There are no new sources, but we have re-analyzed our approach and one problem became apparent - some sources provide fire dispersion data for single shots while others have data for short bursts. For some aircraft, the sources provide dispersion data for both cases - this allowed us to build a statistical model for single/burst fire dispersion ratio. Having updated the dispersion model, we're now able to tune the fire dispersion separately for single and burst fire. Of course, we've taken into account the fact that even when you fire a burst, the first projectile has the fire dispersion of single shot while the subsequent ones deviate more because they are modeled as shots in a burst. The fire dispersion increases with the gun temperature as before.   In the most cases, the fire dispersion has been already modeled using the burst fire data, so the changes in these aircraft will be hardly noticeable when firing in bursts, but the single shot dispersion will be lowered greatly: 2-2.5 times. On the contrary, the Soviet fighters were set up using single fire data before so now their fire dispersion will be increased 2.11-2.86 times depending on the gun and aircraft (this isn't that much at the effective fire distances though, see below). In addition, thanks to this research, the single fire dispersion of the heavy 30 mm and 37 mm guns has been slightly lowered while the burst fire values stayed the same.   It should be noted that all these changes (applied to each aircraft independently) gave the overall effect of reducing the difference in the fire accuracy among the different planes (for fuselage mounted and wing mounted guns that are close to the fuselage). Excluding the rare exceptions, the fire dispersion for non-overheated guns is 0.66-0.95 thousandths of distance. At the effective fire distances, this results in the fire pattern of around 1 ft or slightly more.   Surely, we have worked on the other parts of the sim as well. One month ago we could show you the 3D model of Me 262 without textures and a couple of weeks ago you saw the cockpit of P-47D that was untextured too, but today we present them to you in the game engine - the artists haven't finished the texturing and materials yet, but they are almost done. What can we say - while P-47D-28 cockpit is a bit overwhelming with all the details, instruments, controls and various information plates, the jet aviation pioneer Me 262 looks strikingly beautiful in the air. Here they are:         You can discuss the news in this thread

    Il2 DD Update Dev Blog 203
    76.IAP-Blackbird
    By 76.IAP-Blackbird,
    Hello everybody,   Today we'll tell you a bit about what awaits us (and you) in the near future.   First, we plan to publish the new update soon, at the end of this month or at the beginning of October, that will bring numerous fixes and improvements for the existing stuff - Career fixes, multiplayer stability in tank missions, corrected German bombs for 1944 timeframe and new Fw 190 A-8 modifications we have covered in the previous Dev Blog. In addition, our programmers managed to improve the collision detection between various vehicles and objects without compromising performance and fix bugs, also, trees will stop or divert/slow projectiles. The graphics will get the attention as well - you can see some of the reworked graphical effects on the following screenshots:     New Bodenplatte aircraft, Bf 109 K-4 and P-47D-28, will be released to Early Access later this Autumn. New Po-2 Collector Plane and two WWI aircraft for Flying Circus Early Access, Pfalz D.IIIa and Sopwith Camel, will follow before the end of the year, provided we don't run into unexpected problems. Meanwhile, we're also working on the new Marschal mode for multiplayer which should make it more interesting and refreshing for all multiplayer oriented users of our projects.   New tank models take a lot of time to develop, so Tank Crew customers will get their new toys early next year, but it looks like they'll get a lot of other stuff in a short time frame starting with the map of the Southern part of the Kursk salient (see Dev Blog #195) and continuing with animated tank crew members (ETA: Spring) and their AI capable of controlling the new playable tanks (the work on it has already started). This will make possible to create the missions where the player tank will be a part of the unit fighting against the enemy tanks s which will have the same high level of modeling detail. The main tank systems and damage modeling should be finished before Summer. The work on the additional UI for tank and unit commanders has started too. And of course, there will be new tanks - our Saint-Petersburg based partner, Digital Forms, plans to have 4 of them ready before Spring: Lend-lease M4A2 Sherman; T-34-76 mod. 1943 made by factory #183 (most probably, we're still researching the exact variant); PzKpfw IV Ausf.G made during Spring 1943 with additional armoured sheets (Schürzen); PzKpfw III Ausf.M also with additional armoured sheets. Today we can already show you the early WIP screens of it:   You can discuss the news in this thread

    Il2 DD Update Dev Blog 202
    76.IAP-Blackbird
    By 76.IAP-Blackbird,
    Hello everybody,   While, as you know, we're working on several projects at once, today we'll tell you about our the current main one - Bodenplatte. The most important new tech we're developing for it is the FM improvement to take into account the air compressibility and its influence on the aircraft stability and handling that is noticeable at high speeds. The late war aircraft are a pinnacle of the piston engine technology and they can approach the sonic barrier, especially in a dive. And of course this new tech is paramount for our first jet - Messerschmitt Me.262 'Schwalbe'. You may have wandered will the new tech work for the existing aircraft released before - it certainly will, we always update all aircraft to take advantage of the new tech so they all have the same modeling fidelity.   Meanwhile, our artists are working on several 3D models simultaneously (some are nearly complete and the work on others has just begun): Bf 109 K-4, Me 262 A-1, P-47D-28, Fw 190 D-9, Hawker Tempest Mk.V and P-51D-25.   We also decided to improve the recently released Fw 190 A-8. It will be able to carry 1000 kg SC 1000 bombs with reduced ring stabilizers and "M8 Panzerblitz 1" HE rockets and you will be able to remove the nose-mounted 13 mm MG 131 machine guns, resulting in four different modifications of this plane:
    Fw 190 A-8 (fighter)
    Fw 190 A-8 Sturmjäger (better armoured interceptor)
    Fw 190 F-8 (attack plane)
    Fw 190 G-8 (fighter-bomber)
    So, while it may appear we have only one Fw 190 A-8 in the sim, in fact, you'll have 4 different modifications. This is also true for many other aircraft - in one of the coming Dev Blog releases we'll compile the complete list of aircraft including the possible modifications.   Since the words are best followed with visuals, today we can show you the WIP screenshots of Messerschmitt Bf 109 K-4 'Kurfürst', Republic P-47D-28 'Thunderbolt' and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 'Langnasen-Dora':     Our map designers also have something to show you today. In Dev Blog #193 we presented the early European map prototype. At the moment, th designers are working on the road network and settlements. The total amount of settlements will be around 300 including so many towns we have never modeled on one map before. To be able to finish this work in time while modeling the general layout of the cities and towns the special settlement block designer tool has been created. This is a small teaser, a Western European town made using this approach (this is not a particular historical town, but a test layout):     You can discuss the news in this thread

    DCS News & Chopper Sale
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
         DCS World Helicopter Autumn Sale Pack Now Available! Now available and lasting until September 30th, 2018, we are offering all four DCS World helicopters for just $69.99! Normally a $199.96 value; this is a 65% saving on each helicopter. DCS World offers some of the most realistic helicopter simulations available on the PC, and nothing compares to the helicopter combat environment that DCS World offers.       For new DCS World helicopter players, this is a rare opportunity not to miss in the Special Offer section of DCS
    e-shop. DCS: UH-1H Huey DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark DCS: SA342 Gazelle DCS World Update Last week we released DCS World Open Beta version 2.5.3.2115. Unfortunately, as an open beta, it introduced a crash when using module maps and some VR-related issues. This week we addressed these issues in the Open Beta; however, we will be unable to move this Open Beta version to the Release version this week. Today’s Release version update will correct the AGM-65E crash. Thank you for your patience. DCS: P-51D Mustang Update The Mustang was our first World War II aircraft and was pivotal in laying the ground work for our later warbirds. Since its initial release though, our graphic technologies have greatly improved, and the Mustang is starting to show its age. As with other DCS World aircraft, we are dramatically improving both the cockpit and external model of the Mustang. Both will use Physical Based Rendering (PBR) and Deferred Lighting (DF) to radically improve the aesthetics of this iconic DCS warbird. This will be a FREE update to Mustang owners! Today we have some work-in-progress images of the updated cockpit. DCS: NS 430 Navigation and Radio System Available on Steam Purchase on the DCS Steam page The NS 430 GPS navigation system, is an optional add-on module for most DCS World aircraft. It provides powerful, yet intuitive, navigation and radio communications options to supplement the navigation and radio systems already integrated into your aircraft. The NS 430 is particularly useful for older aircraft with less sophisticated navigation and communication systems. This module provides ability to display the NS 430 as a pop-up window in almost all aircraft (except for those that have their own advanced navigation systems like the A-10C, Ka-50 and F/A-18C). The NS 430 is also included as an integrated 3D cockpit panel for the DCS: Mi-8MTV2 and DCS: L-39 Albatros. The NS 430 was introduced in 1997 and quickly became aviation's most popular GPS. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability was added in 2006. The sharp, clear display and intuitive button layout of the NS 430 made it the standard for general aviation around the world. The DCS NS 430 includes: Dozens of user interface screens Chapter and Page layout functionality Moving map capability Serves as both a communications radio, navigation radio, and GPS receiver Concentric knobs are used to navigate the various pages, scroll through data, and enter information Options to configure to displays based on user preference The device supports navigation on next maps: Caucasus, Nevada, Normandy 1944 and Persian Gulf Sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team

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