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SF2 Vietnam Scooters - A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam


Vietnam Scooters - v0.01
=============================

*** SF2, SF2V required. Tested in full 5-merged installation ***

This is a first result of a project I started a long time ago. My aim was to do up-to-date skins of all
Skyhawk-units with all their deployments, that saw action in Vietnam in a good resolution and with a lot
more details added, that the stock skins of TW had. So this project will contain more then 135 skins for
9 different Skyhawks-models once it is finished.

As SF2 isn't getting any younger (me neither :P) and the way to the finish line is still far out, I release this first pack with the skins I finished so far.

The current pack only contains A_4E, E_65, E_67 and F stuff, as A-4B+C still need cockpit-repaints and re-export of the skins, I already did.

Have Fun!

some Information:
--------------------------------
- skins in 4096x4096 resolution
- new droptanks for all planes (you can choose from 2 different tanks on the wings and up to 3 for centerline)
- added buddy-refueling pod in 2 different versions (deployed hose and retracted hose)
- added invisible skids to make belly-landings possible
- added missing Missile-Rails (LAU-7 for Sidewinder, LAU-34 for Shrike and Bullpup-A)
- repainted cockpits (same as in my released Skyhawk cockpit repaint mod)
- added some new parts via FakePilot-Method (TM) like additional ECM-antennae, second Chaff-Dispenser,
    missing Tail-light and a small gimmick the bomb damage assessment camera, that was occasionaly
    used on the centerline-pylon (currently only on A-4E)
- loadout.inis are updated for the additional missile-rails and use mostly stock weapons as I don't want to include tons of weapons
- included weapons are included only, because of placement-issues and have a Specificstationcode= added.

- BuNo are always correct for the squadron and if possible for the single plane
- Pilotnames on the planes should be seen a "snapshot" (same goes for BuNos), pilots changed, aswell as the commander of a squadron
    within the cruise.
- several markings and maintenance stencils differ in style to bring some diversity to the skins
- some Skins are available for 2 Skyhawk-models (either E+E_65 or E_65+E_67), because in '65 the Scooter received ECM and CM-Dispenser
    and in '67 some E's received the then-new avionics hump. It appears to me, that planes were retrofitted one by one, so old and new
    were used side-by-side, which is not possible in SF2. So the way to go is to upgrade all planes at a given date within the cruise.


Squadrons included in v0.01
------------------------------------------------
for A-4E:
- VA-56 Champions, USS Ticonderoga, 4/64 to 12/64
- VA-72 Blue Hawks, USS Independence, 5/65 to 12/65
- VA-155 Silver Foxes, USS Coral Sea, 12/64 to 11/65
- VA-163 Saints, USS Oriskany, 4/65 to 12/65
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Oriskany, 4/65 to 12/65

for A-4E_65:
- VA-12 Flying Ubangis, USS F.D.Roosevelt, 6/66 to 2/67
- VA-46 Clansmen, USS Forrestal, 6/67 to 9/67
- VA-56 Champions, USS Ticonderoga, 9/65 to 4/66
- VA-56 Champions, USS Enterprise, 1/68 to 7/68
- VA-72 Blue Hawks, USS Independence, 5/65 to 12/65
- VA-72 Blue Hawks, USS F.D.Roosevelt, 6/66 to 2/67
- VA-94 Mighty Shrikes, USS Bon Homme Richard, 1/68 to 10/68
- VA-106 Gladiators, USS Forrestal, 6/67 to 9/67
- VA-144 Roadrunners, USS Bon Homme Richard, 11/67 to 6/68
- VA-153 Blue Tail Flies, USS Coral Sea, 7/67 to 4/68
- VA-155 Silver Foxes, USS Coral Sea, 12/64 to 11/65
- VA-155 Silver Foxes, USS Constellation, 5/66 to 9/66 (Camo)
- VA-155 Silver Foxes, USS Constellation, 10/66 to 12/66
- VA-155 Silver Foxes, USS Coral Sea, 7/67 to 4/68
- VA-163 Saints, USS Oriskany, 4/65 to 12/65
- VA-163 Saints, USS Oriskany, 5/66 to 11/66
- VA-163 Saints, USS Oriskany, 6/67 to 1/68
- VA-163 Saints, USS Oriskany, 7/68 to 3/69
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Oriskany, 4/65 to 12/65
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Oriskany, 5/66 to 11/66
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Oriskany, 5/67 to 1/68
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Hancock, 7/68 to 3/69
- VA-192 Golden Dragons, USS Ticonderoga, 11/66 to 5/67

for A-4E_67:
- VA-94 Mighty Shrikes, USS Bon Homme Richard, 3/69 to 10/69
- VA-94 Mighty Shrikes, USS Bon Homme Richard, 4/70 to 11/70
- VA-144 Roadrunners, USS Bon Homme Richard, 3/69 to 10/69
- VA-152 Fighting Aces, USS Shangri-La, 3/70 to 12/70
- VA-192 Golden Dragons, USS Ticonderoga, 11/66 to 5/67

for A-4F:
- VA-22 Fighting Redcocks, USS Bon Homme Richard, 3/69 to 10/69
- VA-22 Fighting Redcocks, USS Bon Homme Richard, 4/70 to 11/70
- VA-23 Black Knights, USS Oriskany, 12/67 to 8/68
- VA-23 Black Knights, USS Oriskany, 4/69 to 11/69
- VA-55 Warhorses, USS Hancock, 7/68 to 3/69
- VA-55 Warhorses, USS Hancock, 8/69 to 4/70
- VA-55 Warhorses, USS Hancock, 10/70 to 6/71
- VA-55 Warhorses, USS Hancock, 1/72 to 10/72
- VA-144 Roadrunners, USS Bon Homme Richard, 4/70 to 11/70
- VA-153 Blue Tail Flies, USS Coral Sea, 9/68 to 4/69
- VA-155 Silver Foxes, USS Ranger, 10/68 to 5/69
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Hancock, 8/69 to 4/70
- VA-164 Ghost Riders, USS Hancock, 10/70 to 6/71
- VA-192 Golden Dragons, USS Ticonderoga, 12/67 to 8/68
- VA-192 Golden Dragons, USS Oriskany, 4/69 to 11/69


Notes and Issues:
=================

- Tanks have generic markings, as they are added as new models. There were 2 options here - old build-in tanks with markings, but totally wrong size or correct size, but generic markings only and I chose the second options - for me the
    right choice.
- This is nothing for rivet-counters. I can asure you, that I tried to be as close to the real markings as possible, but sources are often enough hard to find or only available in bad quality or low resolution or sometimes no detailed
    info on some markings can be found (for example placement of Modex-numbers on Flaps). Same goes for CAG-Birds. If sources were available - I added them.


Sources
=======

- Scooter! The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Story, Crécy 2011
- US Navy and Marine Corpse A-4 Units Of Vietnam War - Osprey Combat Aircraft Vol. 69
- A-4 Skyhawk Association, http://a4skyhawk.org/
- www.GoNavy.jp for BuNos and Pictures
- www.Airliners.net
- www.navysite.de for CruiseBooks
- Google in general


Installation
============

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!! Backup your A-4E, A-4E_65, A-4E_67 and A-4F planefolders, as .inis will be overwritten !!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. unzip to a temporary folder
2. open "Put_Content_In_Your_Mod_Folder" and do as you were told, if asked to overwrite, say 'yes' :P
3. enjoy!

If a squadron is missing in the loadout screen, you should add the following lines in the squadronlist.ini ("<mod>\pilotdata"-folder) with XXX changed to the next free number:

[SquadronXXX]
Name=VA12                <-- change to the unit, you need.
DisplayName=VA-12 'Flying Ubangis'    <-- change to the unit, you need.
Nation=USN                <-- USN or USMC


Credits
=======
- Thirdwire and TK for a great game and nice models.
- FastCargo for the fakepilot
- Alejandro for Escapac-Seat
- OldDiego for pilotmodels
- ravenclaw_007 for AGM-12C+E Bullpup
- ???? for Walleye_I model
- ???? for sounds
- me - template, skins, decals, ini- and 3D-work of tanks, rails and addons, walleye-repaint

Thanks
======
- cocas for help learning 3D-stuff
- all modders at CombatAce for their work and inspiration


P.S.
====
If you have any problems with this mod or have suggestions and hints, feel free to PM me.


09_06_2018

 


 

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Amazing job! Thank you!

 

But i found this, notice the pylons:

 

 

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This is a AGM-45 Shrike-missile, that needs a missile-rail. If you select that missile (aswell as AGM-12B Bullpup-A) on a pylon, you need to select the according rail too. Look at the pictures, I hope that helps.

You can blame TK for not adding all needed rails to the Skyhawk-models. :P It's a workaround to get the looks right.

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      - A-4 Skyhawk Association, http://a4skyhawk.org/
      - www.GoNavy.jp for BuNos and Pictures
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      - www.navysite.de for CruiseBooks
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      Installation
      ============
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !!! Backup your A-4E, A-4E_65, A-4E_67 and A-4F planefolders, as .inis will be overwritten !!!
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      3. enjoy!
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      Credits
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      - Thirdwire and TK for a great game and nice models.
      - FastCargo for the fakepilot
      - Alejandro for Escapac-Seat
      - OldDiego for pilotmodels
      - ravenclaw_007 for AGM-12C+E Bullpup
      - ???? for Walleye_I model
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      - me - template, skins, decals, ini- and 3D-work of tanks, rails and addons, walleye-repaint
      Thanks
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      - cocas for help learning 3D-stuff
      - all modders at CombatAce for their work and inspiration

      P.S.
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      If you have any problems with this mod or have suggestions and hints, feel free to PM me.

      09_06_2018
       
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