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By Stephen1918When World War I began, airplanes were designed strictly for reconnaissance. They were unarmed and built for stable flight rather than maneuverability. Within a very short time air crews began to carry weapons. Observers with pistols or rifles became common until armed aircraft were produced.
I have made a set of armed observers for First Eagles. The observer carries a rifle "at the ready." He moves his head, but does not shoot the gun. There is one for each stock pilot color, and one for each of the helmeted pilots I made before. A total of six observers.
You will need to install the observers into the game, then make a change to the data.ini for each plane to make them appear in the game. The center point matches the center point of the FE Gold and FE2 stock pilot, so they should swap into your plane without any adjustment. If the plane uses the old style FE1 pilot, some minor tweaking may be required.
Note that this only replaces the stock pilot and will not replace a gunner built into the 3D model.
My thanks to Whiteknight06604 for suggesting the idea and for beta-testing the observers.
Installing the observers into the game:
For FE1 - Open my folder named "FE1" and copy all twelve files into your "Aircraft" folder. Don't put them into any of the other folder. The LOD names are the names of the new "pilot." The numbers match the FE pilot numbers so uniform colors will match.
For FE2 - Open my folder named "FE2" and copy all six folders into your Objects/Pilots folder. The folder names are the names of the new "pilot." The numbers match the FE pilot numbers so uniform colors will match.
Putting the observers into a plane:
For both FE1 and FE2 - Open the plane's data.ini file. Find the section for crew (about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down). The Observer should be in SeatID=2. Change the PilotModelName to the name of one of the new observer. Save the file and fly. (You might want to comment out the original name and type in a new line, like in my example, in case you want to change back.)
// Crew ---------------------------------------------------------
MaxExtentPosition= 0.32,0.36, 0.82
//PilotModelName=WWIpilotNew2 <--old pilot name
PilotModelName=WWIObserver2 <--new pilot name
MaxExtentPosition= 0.32,-0.50, 0.82
By Stephen1918Some flyers wore simple crash helmets in WWI, especially recon and bomber crews where they would have to move around during the flight. These helmets were made of heavy leather with cork inserts. They didn't offer much protection by today's standards, but they were better than nothing.
I have made new pilots with French style and German style helmets. Each style includes a version with a scarf over the lower face, making four new pilots for First Eagles.
You will need to install the pilots into the game, then make a change to the data.ini for each plane to make them appear in the game. The center point matches the center point of the (new) FE2 stock pilot, so they should swap into your plane without any adjustment. If the plane uses the old style FE1 pilot, some minor tweaking may be required.
My thanks to Quack74 for suggesting the idea and for beta-testing.
Installing the pilots into the game:
For FE1 - Open my folder named "FE1" and copy all six files into your "Aircraft" folder. Don't put them into any of the other folder. The LOD names are the names of the new pilot.
For FE2 - Open my folder named "FE2" and copy all four folders into your Objects/Pilots folder. The folder names are the names of the new pilot.
Putting the pilots into a plane:
For both FE1 and FE2 - Open the plane's data.ini file. Find the section for crew (about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down). Change the PilotModelName to the name of one of the new pilots. Save the file and fly. (You might want to comment out the original name and type in a new line, like in my example, in case you want to change back.)
// Crew ---------------------------------------------------------
//PilotModelName=wwiPilotNew2 <--old pilot name
PilotModelName=FrHelmetPilot <--new pilot name
By HansaA new texture for the Bristol Scout cockpit. I tried to do a photorealistic texture.
By sinbadGotha Revised Cockpit and Bomb sight
This cockpit is derived from a mod by Ravenclaw_007 10 May 2008 and from the FokkerDVII Cockpit by Third Wire. This mod is NOT intended to depict an authentic GIV cockpit, but to improve functionality (primarily adding back the compass) and the appearance. The bombsight is derived from one originally developed by Dfang in 2008 for the Staaken.
The Gotha bomb sight in this mod mimics a Goerz “telescope type” sight, one of several sights used by the Gothas.
There are no records I can find which depict the actual sight picture, so the cross hairs and reference marks are speculative. We do know the real sight was illuminated for night use; the mod attempts to depict that function. None of the sights used by the Gothas were especially effective (one was actually called a "non-precision" sight). Sights were only one reason bombing was less than accurate. The Gotha approach altitudes in England were usually at or above 3000 meters to avoid defending aircraft, balloon cables, and AAA. The real Gotha bombardier was the aircraft commander, operating in the forward observer station.
Installation- First back up everything. Then to install for and FE1 and FE2:
In The Objects/Aircraft/GothaGIV folder
GOTHA V24 HiRes_gunsight Full center 5 nums.tga
GOTHA V24 HiRes_gunsight Open center 5 nums.tga
In the FE or FE2/FLIGHT folder
The Beta testers and I all used variations of the June 2009 FM by Peter01, who did some of the original FM work on this project back in 2008. The calibration of the sight relies on it, so it is strongly suggested. There are two versions of the sight. One has a open cross hair and the other has a full cross hair. The default (with the open cross hair) will install unless you substitute the other. To install the alternate, save GOTHA_sight.tga as GOTHA_sightBAK.tag, then copy the GOTHA V24 HiRes_gunsight Full center 5 nums.tga, and rename that copy GOTHA_sight.tga. That way you’ll still have a full set of the sights if you want to reverse the process. Keep all versions in the Objects/Aircraft/GothaGIV folder.
Operation- When the aircraft loads, the sight will appear at eye level. Hit the \ key [immediately below the BACKSPACE KEY] twice. The sight will drop to the floor. When approaching the target, engage the wing leveler or autopilot and hit the .DEL key, to go to invisible cockpit. Use the mouse and the NUM PAD + key to position the sight. In FE1, you can then use the \ key to select the bombs from the various choices in the loadout, if you have selected multiple weps in the load out screen. In FE2 the game will not display these choices, but the ordinance will be selected. Drop the weps in the usual manner with the ENTER key.
The default altitude for missions is set at 3000 meters, or approximately 10,000 feet, the most common approach altitude for attacks on London and the coastal areas. The sight is calibrated to operate at 110 kph for 3000 - 4000 meters, and 90 kph at 1000 meters. The calibration speeds are very important to accuracy. Targets should be attacked with a "stick" of several bombs some toggled a bit ahead, and some a bit behind the apparent aim point.
If you prefer a different approach altitude, you will find alternatives in the folder. Simply copy the one you want, delete the old file and then save the copy as missioncontrol.ini. Do not simply delete the MISSIONCONTROL.INI without using one of the enclosed files as other operational settings are also adjusted for the Gotha GIV in that file.
Known issues- the Gothas carried a very diverse load of stores. In configurations with heavy bombs loaded under the nose, the bomb sight may be temporarily blocked by the bomb on the forward port side. One way to deal with this is to manually toggle only that bomb at initial approach; another is to select a loadout that does not place a bomb in the forward port rack. The typical load for the attacks on England was 6 50kg bombs, so it is relatively easy to set up an authentic loadout which avoids the "bomb block" bug.
Thanks to Southside Bucky and OlPaint01 for exhaustive Beta testing. This was a challenging mod to develop and the comments and advice they provided was extremely helpful. Thanks also to the original developers whose work is incorporated here -- Dfang, Ravenclaw_007, Peter01 , and of course Capun and the team at the Skunk Works for the Gotha.
sinbad 20 April 2010
By sinbadThese files will modify the original Albatros DII by BortdaFarm by installing the stock Albatros D3 cockpit from the Third Wire Expansion Pack. This mod tested AOK with and without the April 08 patch. The files will not work unless you have installed both the Expansion pack and the BortdaFarm Albatros DII.
BortdaFarm invested a lot of time and effort into the creation of the Albatros DII, and I'm glad he did. There is only so much one person can do and the EP cockpit by TK and his team is more detailed and functional. Thanks to both BortdaFarm and Third Wire for making these models for us.
The files in this package include alternative loading and hangar screens. Back up your original files (in case you later decide you prefer the originals) and place all of the enclosed files in the AlbatrosDII folder.
In addition to the cockpit and the screens, there are two gunsight types included. The default is the classic Fokker crosshair. The alternative is a slightly larger Spad13 type with a small circle in the center of the crosshair. If you prefer the latter, simply open the file marked ALBATROSD3_COCKPIT.INI and change the following lines from this:
You may notice that the windscreen appears to be slightly forward of the gun breeches. Don't worry, it will still keep the wind off your face! There was no way I could find to avoid this and still place the new cockpit in the model in a way that functions properly. If anyone can resolve this dilemma, please do so. BTW notice the hole in the glass in the BTF model. These holes were in the original aircraft windscreens to allow sighting the weapons despite the smears of oil and dirt that often impaired the view.
I also want to acknowledge the dedication and continuing hard work by Peter01 on his outstanding flight models for the Albatros DII and so many other aircraft for First Eagles. These FMs are a tremendous enhancement of the sim.
August 22 2008
By p10ppyAdd on gunsight for FE
As mentioned in a recent post, I’m somewhat “uneasy” about using aimangles to adjust the gunsight/bullet path convergence
The issue (thanks B Bandy RFC) is that the AI becomes very inaccurate when using significant amounts of this parameter (empirical testing seems to confirm this)
The AI would seem to use the aircraft’s fore/aft axis for aiming fixed guns and aimangles shifts the bullet path away from this axis
This is fine for vertical adjustments because the AI can be “told” to compensate with the GunBoresightAngle in the [FlightControl] section of the FM (as with the Lewis gun in the stock SE5a)
However there seems to be no GunBoresightAngle equivalent for left/right adjustments
So heres a replacement gunsight that can be moved around instead of the bullet path
Its somewhat of a pain to use I’m afraid
You will have to extract the WEAPONDATA.INI and the WEAPONDATA.DAT from the ObjectData.CAT if you haven’t already and place them in a folder called “Weapons” in the “objects” folder (you may have to make the “Weapons” folder)
Place the GunSight.bmp and gunsight01.LOD in the “Weapons” folder has well
Add this to the bottom of your extracted weapondata.ini
Note [WeaponData0XX] should be sequential with any thing you already have there
After you have saved that, Open the extracted WEAPONDATA.INI in the NEW weapons editor and hit save
Now change your “victim” aircraft FM thusly (SPAD7_180 used here as an example)
Add TWO new systems to the component that the gunsight will sit on (often [Nose])
Add two new weapon stations’ to match in the weapon station section of th FM
StationID=11//note these are sequential with StationID’s above
StationGroupID=4//note these are sequential with StaionGroup’s above
AttachmentPosition=0.0,0.75,0.642 //where the gunsight will appear on the aircraft, you will have to test
FuelTankName=Gunsight01//name of the weapon lod
The next one’s parameters are largely irrelevant, its to hide the existing gunsight
The most important bit is the ModelNodeName=sight,
“sight” being the mesh name of the original gunsight
You will have to deduce that with an OUT file or use a hex editor on the main models LOD to find it (not as hard as it sounds) or ask the original modder to tell you
StationID=12//note these are sequential with StationID’s above
StationGroupID=5//note these are sequential with StaionGroup’s above
ModelNodeName=sight// name of the original gunsight mesh
Finally modify or create a loadout file for the aircraft so the gunsight01 is loaded in all configurations
I usually mod the main guns tracer size with the gun editor to make testing easier (bigger, temporarily)
AttachmentPosition=0.0,0.75,0.642 equals Left(-x.x) or Right(x.x), Down(-x.x) or Up(x.x), Backward(-x.x) or Forward(x.x) from the aircrafts CG (units are metres)
Keep adjusting it till you have it right, the above is good for MY spad7_180 with the cockpit setting that I use
I will include my SPAD7_180_LOADOUT.INI and my SPAD7_180_DATA.INI in the download (they go in your SPAD7_180 folder)
Please backup your old ini's first
My SPAD7_180 ini's are modded for LePrieur's as well as the cockpit settings here http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?autoc...p;showfile=5924
Enjoy and feel free to use it for other aircraft (and re-release it for the community if you wish)
this is just a mod of the cockpit.ini file to fit the Fokker D7 cockpit to the Gotha GIV
-unpack the GothaGIV_Cockpit.ini file and drop it in the GothaGIV folder it will overwrite the existing Cockpit.ini file
This is a modification of the SE-5A cockpit to have a placeholder until someone coms up with a real cockpit
just drop the ini.files in the AEG G4 folder and let the existing file override
thanks to Third Wire for this great aircraft
By gambit168Hi all
Not sure which cat these should be in , so i thought as they r for my skins , then the skins section is best
ok in this zip is a cockpit texture for the EIII i guess same for EI & EII
also white decal letters for halb DIII jasta 22 ( they are black now , should be white)
and a new fuse bmp for the jasta 35b DXII, as i noticed today its wheel covers were out of line with the wheel hub :yes:
By AladarA quick disclaimer.
The cockpit isn't at it's best, there are limitations of the Albatros model that prevent a few things. For one, the cockpit padding cannot be hidden, so you'll be seeing the external models padding instead of my own high res padding. Secondly, the MG stocks can't be hidden, so I didn't see any reason to model much more than what you see sofar.
TK said he'd fix this in the next patch, and when he does, I'll do a revisit and fix these things, but for now you'll have to live with them.
Anywho, hope y'all enjoy the cockpit as much as I did making it. :)