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Technically not a new aircraft, more so an old one but being "renewed" currently - have gotten rid of the blocky pilot and awful looking gunner, and machine gun, from the old B.E.2a model available over on the Skunkworks website.

Now it includes one of Stephen's rifle-armed observers and Geezer's pilot with the healthy moustache. Also did some light re-skinning of the default skin available here on CombatAce for that B.E.2a and done by LloydNB many yrs. ago (thank you Lloyd for that earlier skin).

Left is to look over the FM since that requires an entire overhaul ( :read: ) and will base it on the FM tweaks I did a few yrs. earlier for Stephen's lovely B.E.2c model. Always wanted to have this one flying in FE2 - reminds me of the old BBC series 'Wings' (1970s). Will include the completed data ini here (and the re-skinned skin from CombatAce) once I'm done with it.

Von S

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Without the shadow it looks even older. Almost paleozoic! But good work!

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14 hours ago, Wilches said:

Without the shadow it looks even older. Almost paleozoic! But good work!

Agreed, it is an ancient model indeed. Although a light paint touch-up and shadows improve it a bit (thank you Paint3D). Have now successfully placed Stephen's cockpit for the B.E.2c into the 2a model (since the original 2a cockpit was strange with wood panels intersecting right through dials, gauges, whatnot) - and I think it looks better now. The decals I've "painted on" (inserted onto wings/fuselage, painted onto the rudder) by the way, to avoid bleeding at edges when they are called up via decal.ini files (again thank you Paint3D for your magic). Now onto the FM - will take several days to fix that up since it doesn't even fly in FE2 with the old Skunkworks FM.

Cheers all,

Von S :buba:

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Brief progress report on the B.E.2a FM - now flies correctly, and barely.

Stats:

- top speed 118 kph at about 300 m alt.

- top speed 95 kph at ceiling limit of about 2800 m alt.

- stall buffeting below 70 kph

- spins below 55 kph or so (get out of spins as quickly as possible or the g-forces will "borrow" your wings and forget to give them back - I think that's about as obtuse as I can phrase that :biggrin: )

- at SL it is possible to push it to about 121 kph or so

- loops are not recommended, and hardly possible on the type, unless you are willing to risk losing flying surfaces

- elevators are good in dives to about 200 kph, then the nose comes up again (the B.E.2c dives more effectively)

- best climb rate about 1.5 m/s at 90 kph can be sustained to approx. 2000 m alt.

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Have also modified some aspects of the B.E.2c data ini too, in conjunction with work on the 2a:

- bit more power from the engine now

- top speed about 121 kph at 300 m alt.

- can be pushed to about 126/7 kph near SL (this makes sense since recorded historical top speed of about 116 kph on the B.E.2c, if we believe the stats, was taken at around 1800 m alt.)

- have also included some prop RPM changes on the B.E.2c, and more subtle power nos. across different altitudes (engine power changes/drops every 500 m now, or so, instead of the stock 1000 m gap that was in the earlier data ini for the 2c); same types of changes applied to the B.E.2a as well

- loops not very manageable on the B.E.2c either, from what I've been able to test

- best climb rate about 1.7 m/s at 90 kph can be sustained to approx. 2000 m alt.

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Now to test how the AI lands the B.E.2a, and also to dogfight against it in an Eindecker E.I - hope to have the finished files uploaded here in a few days. Some representative pics. below.

Cheers all,

Von S :smile:

 

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Testing already complete and FMs uploaded for the B.E.2a and 2c variants. Detailed instructions and the FM package are located under this post:

https://combatace.com/forums/topic/87403-tweaked-flight-models-and-realism-pack-for-fe2/?page=8&tab=comments#comment-780396

Ave. performance figures are in the post above.

Happy flying in 1915,

Von S :smile:

 

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On 13.03.2021 at 7:37 PM, Wilches said:

Did anyone has a good cockpit to fit on R-11?

By the way, why are you not satisfied with the adapted cockpit from Caudron G4?

In addition, in this thread on page 22 Geezer posted the cockpit of his work. Unfortunately, it is completely static and the textures do not work at all adequately, but it looks good ...

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With regret, I inform you, gentlemen, that another update has appeared on the A-Team Skunkworks site - the Vickers FB.27 Vimy. I say "with regret" 'cause it seems that there is not a single man left here for a long time who has not been banned by Capun for ever.  :haha:

But at least we can admire the screenshots. :biggrin:

Of course, this is still a beta version due to the lack of any wires.

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had to give you down-check on that one, wilches. you've obviously never had to really contend with the issues they cause.

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Of course I forgive you, man!

OTH, the Vimy does look pretty good! I think I saw the one that flew across the Atlantic, and the US in the early 2000s (the one with the Chevy V8 engines). Saw this big twin engine biplane come into the Santa Monica airport. couldn't get away from the shop to go home, grab a camera, and get the airport to be sure. Pity. Would have been super cool!!

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According to Wickipaedia, the Vimy never saw active service in the Great War, so that makes it a little easier to do without it.

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Bumping up this thread, and to mention that the download links on pages 26 and 27 (hosted on a third-party website) to the Breguet XIV and Junkers J.1, kindly uploaded by Wilches - are no longer working. (Smaller attachments may be posted directly in posts here on CombatAce, by the way - less hassle and no broken links that way.)

Cheers all,

Von S :buba:

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My bad guys! I´m busy these days so I have no time for uploads. If anyone are willing post them, go on. Sorry!

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No worries Wilches - all fixed now. The Breguet XIV (French/Fiat and USAS/Liberty variants) and Junkers J.I packages may be found for download under the initial download location for those models, under this post (near the top of page 26 of this thread).

Happy flying all,

Von S :smile:

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On 2018/5/21 at 7:19 PM, Geezer said:

Here are some photos to expand on VonS' excellent research and FM work.  A Swedish replica builder is constructing an all-new D.8 the same way the originals were made and it will be powered by an original Siemens-Halske engine!  D.8s were issued in ones and twos to front line and home defense units in the Spring of 1918.  Paul Baumer, of Jasta Boelcke, obtained a D.8 in May per the Osprey pub Pfalz Scout Aces of WW1 which has a photo of two D.8s used by Jasta 29 alongside their Fokker D.7s.  Myself, I tend to agree with VonS and suspect D.8s were not operational until late summer/early autumn - but I've been wrong before! :biggrin:

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anynews about this  Pfalz D.VIII?

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1 hour ago, jv44kt said:

anynews about this  Pfalz D.VIII?

Available in the package under this post (also available there is a Pfalz D.III and D.IIIa).

Cheers,

Von S :smile:

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