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15 hours ago, VonS said:

...although it's possible that the sources confuse the Dux-built Nieu. 11 (that has a headrest) with western-built Nieu. 16 types.

Exactly! After the 10 and 11 Types, in Russia immediately went on to release the 17 and 21 Types. I am guided by the works of modern Russian aviation historians. In old sources there are many nonsense. For example, Anatra "Anade" with the Dux-style insignia or the famous French-built Nieuport-23 of the 19th KAO (also known as "Bob") named Nieuport-17 with a Dux-style roundels.

 

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On 6/1/2018 at 11:08 AM, wiki said:

if someone willing to upload their WW1 aircraft collection that will make me happy :)

Below are my OBJECT/AIRCRAFT files.  They are WIPs, except for the Martinsyde Elephant.  Also attached are my new WW1 pilot figures, and templates for most of the aircraft.  Enjoy!

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22 hours ago, Geezer said:

Attached is the Russian air service artwork and LODs for the N17.  Per VonS' request, the silver colors are bit darker to simulate the Russian paintwork.

Not to be picky, but this particular aeroplane No. 3598 was built in France, so in this case it was superfluous to imitate the Russian paintwork. In addition, as mentioned above, "Bob" is the 23rd type, not the 17th. The serial number and type description were indicated on bottom surfaces of wings - approximately the same as in the figure (I just love all sorts of technical inscriptions! :biggrin:  However, type 17 from type 23 differed only in the placement of weapons and two bracing wires (inside - the modified construction of boxes for ammunition)... :smile:

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1 hour ago, Crawford said:

Not to be picky, but this particular aeroplane No. 3598 was built in France, so in this case it was superfluous to imitate the Russian paintwork. In addition, as mentioned above, "Bob" is the 23rd type, not the 17th. The serial number and type description were indicated on bottom surfaces of wings - approximately the same as in the figure (I just love all sorts of technical inscriptions! :biggrin:  However, type 17 from type 23 differed only in the placement of weapons and two bracing wires (inside - the modified construction of boxes for ammunition)... :smile:

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Thanks for clearing that up.  I got the color scheme off the internet and did not realize it was an N23, not an N17.  The "dark" silver artwork is simply a modified version of the "light" silver artwork of the other N17s I have posted.  Attached is the original .psd artwork (light silver paintwork) with the Russian markings added. 

The N17 artwork is interchangeable with the N23 artwork as the aircraft were externally identical.  Just transfer layers from one artwork set to the other set if you want to make your own variants. 

VonS and I discussed gun location and determined that the gun installation varied with the type of synchronizer.  The only synchronizer specified by the French government for rotary engines was the Alkan-Hamy type - Systeme de Synchronisation pour Vickers Type 1 (moteurs rotatifs) - that placed the gun slightly offset to starboard.  However, early production of the Alkan gears did not meet demand, so several British gun/synchronizers systems - which placed the gun on the center line - were imported for installation on some N17 aircraft.  I do not know which type(s) were installed on Russian Nieuports.

The Alkan-Hamy gear, slightly offset to starboard, can be identified by the spring loaded rod above the gun barrel and is shown below.  Note the cocking lever is the British Hyland Type A, not the standard French cocking lever.

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4 hours ago, Geezer said:

However, early production of the Alkan gears did not meet demand, so several British gun/synchronizers systems - which placed the gun on the center line - were imported for installation on some N17 aircraft.  I do not know which type(s) were installed on Russian Nieuports.

Enjoying the technical posts gents': from what I could find, Alkan-Hamy, and then later Birkigt gears on occasion, were used on license-built aircraft in Russia too (as with DUX manufactured types). Experiments were done as early as 1915 by Dibovsky, also Lavrov, with interrupter gears - but apart from the Sikorsky S-16, I don't know if these early experiments were in use...Dibovsky, with Scarff, later developed the interrupter gear used on several Sopwith Strutters and some early Sopwith Pups (see pic. below). Scarff is best know for the Scarff ring moveable gun-mount for observers.

Happy flying,

Von S :smile:

 

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26 minutes ago, VonS said:

Enjoying the technical posts gents': from what I could find, Alkan-Hamy, and then later Birkigt gears on occasion, were used on license-built aircraft in Russia too (as with DUX manufactured types).

I can definitely say that on the Dux-built Nieuport-17, the machine gun was shifted to the right. As for the coloring, the second photo shows how much they looked more gray next to the French-built apparatus (fourth and fifth aircraft) .

 

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The guys are doing Sterling work on the R.11 files, while I work on the skins.  Progress shots below.

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The Caudron R11 is nearing completion.  Shots below of test session.  The guys have tweaked the R11 gunner skills as our references say the best graduates of the Cazaux gunnery school were assigned to R11 units.

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Finalizing the new Pfalz and Nieuport aircraft is taking longer than we anticipated, but we ARE making progress. :biggrin:

Below are shots from a Dawn Patrol photo session, also shots of a test N21, N24bis, and N27.

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Really interesting stuff, Geezer!  Well done!  Awhile back you released some new models as samples to whet the appetite - are there any updated ones available for currency checkrides by FE2 enthusiasts?

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1 hour ago, Silberpfeil said:

Really interesting stuff, Geezer!  Well done!  Awhile back you released some new models as samples to whet the appetite - are there any updated ones available for currency checkrides by FE2 enthusiasts?

After a LOT of hard work by VonS, Crawford, Mike Dora, and Jeanba to develop new FE2 files, we have a batch of Pfalz and Nieuports that are almost ready for release.  What remains is a lot of final packaging work for me to do - the new screens above are but one example of stuff that remains to be done.  Shots below illustrate some of the final, time-consuming adjustments.  I obtained correct dimensions for the Pfalz D3a wheels in 3dsmax, and then loaded the numbers into the data file but the result looked like the aircraft had flat tires.  It took several adjustments to finally get a dimension that looked OK, but the numbers were LARGER than the wheel!  Go figure.

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Two more examples of final packaging; HANGAR and LOADING screens for the Caudron R11.

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Got the Pfalz D3 (not D3a) screens done, plus some interesting "dogfight at dawn" shots.

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The Pfalz artwork is nearly done.  Shots taken at high noon in Gterl's excellent rework of Gepard's Vosges map.  While intended for FE2, Crawford says the environmental tweaks look equally good in FE1, so the ENVIRONMENT file used in shots below is attached.  Thanks to VonS, Quack74, Panama Red, and Coupi for the file tweaks.

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On 6/6/2018 at 8:28 AM, Geezer said:

Below are my OBJECT/AIRCRAFT files.  They are WIPs, except for the Martinsyde Elephant.  Also attached are my new WW1 pilot figures, and templates for most of the aircraft.  Enjoy!

WW1 Aircraft.rar

Pilots.rar

Templates.rar

I've seen the screens with the pilots, and they look awesome!  How do I install them?

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On 30.07.2018 at 6:37 PM, Javigato said:

I've seen the screens with the pilots, and they look awesome!  How do I install them?

In the most usual way. :smile:
Unzip and copy all files into your Objects/Pilots folder. The folder names are the names of the new pilots.
Putting the pilots into a plane:
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. True, there is one difficulty: you have to manually change the pilot's seat position in the DATA.ini of each aircraft.

Example:

// Crew ---------------------------------------------------------

[Pilot]
SystemType=PILOT_COCKPIT
PilotModelName=wwiPilotNew2
PilotHeadNodeName=head
//Position=0.0,-0.65,0.65   <----------------old pilot position
Position=0.0,-0.55,0.61      <-----------------new pilot position
MinExtentPosition=-0.25,-0.85,-0.55
MaxExtentPosition= 0.25,-0.41, 0.38

( Or ask those who have already put the pilot in the right place) :smile:

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Wow! A big WOW !

First I thought this were images from "Over Flanders Fields", but they don't have the Roland D.VIa or that wonderful big Caudron!
I had thought of "First Eagles" as a very old game, but what you guys have made of it - hats off!!!

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Thought I'd refresh the screenshots thread gents' with some new action on the eastern front, using Stephen's superb update to the Galicia terrain (version 3). Great stuff and very immersive - thank you modders for your continued work on FE/FE2! Watch those turns, also take-offs and landings in the M-S I, she's a slippery type.

Von S :smile:

 

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See below - when I can keep it on target, I think the Lewis variant does a better job than the Hotchkiss, and you should think about removing that spinner to get better cooling of the cylinders!  

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Every two seater unit for kilometres around seemed to be in on this raid which my Jasta 2 patrol was escorting. The target airfield suffered accordingly. Late April 1917, Flanders sector.

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Sadly, soon after this pilot misjudged a diving attack on an DH-2, resulting in a fatal collision.

His successor is now flying with Jasta 4 in the Cambrai sector, in chilly November 1917.

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No DH-2s to worry over, but there are plenty of these fellows about, so things will be interesting, as well as cold.

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