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The latest iteration of the Billion Soft Falcon 4.0 total conversion modification - Benchmark Sims 4.35 U2 - is available for you to enjoy as of RIGHT NOW!

BMS 4.35 U2 requires a legit installation of a Falcon 4.0 (all older and newer versions are accepted alike, i.e. Microprose, Hasbro, GOG, Steam, Retroism). The check is performed both at setup time and every time you start BMS. If no valid installation is found, BMS will exit with a corresponding error message.

U2 is an incremental update on top of 4.35 base + U1, so you need to have the BMS 4.35 Full Installer package and Update 1 available on your PC. You can both update your existing 4.35 base + U1 installation as well as perform a fresh 4.35 base + U1 + U2 installation from scratch, as you like. See the installation instructions below for details.


This mod may not be used for any commercial purposes. Any such use may constitute a violation of the intellectual property of Billion Soft (Hong Kong) Limited and the non-commercial Terms and Conditions under which Benchmark Sims make this mod available to you.

 

 

Generic Information & Known issues:
===================================

— The build number string in the Falcon UI will read "4.35.2 (x64) Build 23835" after the update.

— The shortcuts in the start menu and on your desktop will NOT be renamed to U2, they will still read "Falcon BMS 4.35" after the update, feel free to rename them manually.

— The following change log is by no means complete. Its purpose is to give you a quick overview about the highlights. You can expect tons of smaller tweaks and fixes.

— If you have any questions or found bugs regarding the change log items please always! reference the revision number, e.g. "(r12345)".

— Note: None of the manuals have been updated yet. The 4.35.1 manuals remain valid.



File Updates:
=============

- Falcon BMS.cfg     
- IVC Client.ini    
- RTTClient.ini     
- RTTServer.ini     
- Key Files         

- Note: Please always update the files manually. Don't copy paste!


Table of content:
=================

01. CTD fixes
02. Falcon BMS.cfg changes
03. Shared Memory changes
04. Tool updates
05. Key File & Input fixes & updates
06. Multiplayer fixes & improvements
07. ATC fixes & improvements
08. Weather fixes & improvements
09. Various code fixes & improvements
10. Various data fixes & improvements


01. CTD fixes:
==============

- Fixed CTDs related to gndai. (r23563)
- Fixed CTDs after map erase, iterator is invalided for that position. (r23591)
- Avoid dangling pointer after deleting pn->subPartData. (r23592)
- CTD fix when pilot nid is above hardcoded 686. (r23637)
- Fixed gndai waypoint CTD. (r23646)
- CTD fix in the whole ATC state machine, rule out helos from ATC entirely. (r23681)
- CTD fix in landme (null ptr check). (r23702)
- Locked simloop UpdateATC, since this can be called from campaign thread (race condition CTD). (r23765)
- Fixes alpha CTD due to different viewports. (r23432)
- Fixes nullptr PAKmap CTD. (r23348)
- CTD fix, related to nullptr insertion of GroupDrawLists. (r23356)
- Fix for pure virtual CTDs. (r23389)
- Tons of other CTD fixes.


02. Falcon BMS.cfg changes:
===========================
- Added missing lines in the Falcon BMS.cfg (r14319):
  * set g_nRespawnTimeforStuckAI (default 6 minutes). ReagTimer and DeagTimer adjusted accordingly.
  * set g_bHostDisableP2pForDubiousConnections (default 0/false). Should be activated for large MP events.

Note: 
- U2 *does* replace your existing config file. Do *not* make a backup! 
- Instead, re-configure from scratch based on the new file, otherwise you'll miss new config options.


03. Shared Memory changes
=========================
NONE

04. Tool updates
================
- Fixed the BMS Editor 'Model Viewer' (r23421)

05. Key File & Input fixes & updates
====================================
NONE

06. Multiplayer fixes & improvements
====================================
NONE

07. ATC fixes & improvements
============================

- Make sure DigitalBrain rWindex is aligned with the ATC / Airbase in the whole landme function. (r23681)
- ATCMsg is missing a break statement. In case of lParked, info can be destroyed and default case will access it.
- Fix for ATCBrain::GetOppositeRunway (r23629)
- pointer in ATCBrain::ProcessQueue() gets deleted twice. (r23652)
- Fix in ATCBrain: Pointer nextTakeoff may become dangling during function. (r23660)


08. Weather fixes & improvements
================================
NONE


09. Various code fixes & improvements:
======================================

Note: The following changes may include data & 3ddb updates as well.

- Fixed ground Units not reaggregating and memory corruption as well. (r23506)
- Fixed ObjectLOD races -> missing cockpit and model problems. (r23562)
- Fixed repairing code in campaign thread. It will now send a message to SimLoop thread and all clients to repair the given feature. (r23564)
- Fix Squadron stores ressuply when aircraft are coming back home. (r23580)
- Added critical section during ObjectLOD::Unload.This can avoid a leak, in the case of unload/load/unload sequences. (r23593)
- Fix for out of bounds access in the O_Output WordWrap function. (r23606)
- Prevent accessing the team array out of bounds. (r23607)
- Avoid buffer overflow write, which caused memory corrupption in SetAcLoadout. (r23611)
- Fixed TGP being blocked after loosing a flight element. (r23611)
- When movieClose is called, we can release the surface twice, causing undefined behavior. (r23621)
- BaseBrain lastTarget is not referencing the object it points to. As a result, it may become dangling when targetPtr is dereferenced. (r23627)
- Fixed UI_UpdateOccupationMap (r23637)
- Fixes deadlock due to ArrestorDraw. (r23639)
- Fix for SimVehicleClass::Sleep is not nulling death message. (r23661)
- Make sure to call ClearTarget on SimBrain destructor, to avoid leaks. (r23664)
- Fix for Weapon fire msg is converting helicopter to aircraft. (r23665)
- Fixed overruns within the 3D-interpolationfunction (MissileClass::GetRMax, GetRneMax and GetRopt)when it tries to access the assumed 3D-data. (r23692)
- Added precondition checks and fixes in 1, 2 and 3D-interpolation function. (r23693)
- Fixed bogus values being read outside the data table array. (r23693)
- Fixed memory leak in SimWeapon::launcher. (r23718)
- Fixed bad cockpit text drawing outside Start and Finish frame. (r23726)
- Fixed memory corruption in CameraDrawList. (r23727)
- Fixed zero devision in GetRMax. (r23736)
- Fix to avoid deleting any waypoint from SimVehicleClass which is shared with gNavigationSys waypoints. (r23737)
- Avoid dispatcher races (UI and campaign for example) when leaving campaign or 3d (depending on game type). (r23739)
- Added Copy paste functionality in edit box and chat command line. (r23755)
- AIM120 fixes: That makes MADDOG shots a defensive of WVR mode as expected. (r23761)
  * MADDOG : goes active as soon as off the rail and scan with a limited range capability
  * MADDOG : does not loft anymore since has no information on range when fired
  * HOJ : HOJ is only capable when the missile went active
- Fixed AI reacting to missile too early when missile was in HPRF instead of MPRF. (r23762)
- Fixed out of bounds fix in ooutput: when SetText is called on an existing O_Output. (r23770)
- Fixed Terrain loading race. (r23774)
- Fixed Shadow map was not being cleared after sundown. (r23792)
- Fixed race possibilities while exiting campaign/TE. (r23795)
- Fixes nan values due to InJetWash computation. (r23435)
- Fix Heat Blur positioning and velocity when aircraft is in Idle. (r23401)
- Fix heat Blur not oriented correctly with vectoring thrust. (r23401)
- And many, many more.


10. Various data fixes & improvements:
======================================

Note: The following changes may include code & 3ddb updates as well.

- Updated ambiant light since we have real moon now. (r14084)
- Fixed TracersGreen and TracersRed missing alpha channel. (r14141)
- Fixed Al-Tariq bomb : mimic the GBU-54 instead of the GBU-12. (r14142)
- Fixed F18 series totally out of control while landing. (r14186)
- F-16 Cockpits updated. (r14333)
  * Made flight control stick move (very little)
  * Fixed seat adjustment switch. Now it has the washer and jam nut on the sidewall to hold the switch.
  * Added more switches on the 2 seater F-16s for more real life accuracy.
  * Textures updated.
- Fixed JFS Start does not work in all non F-16 cockpits. (r14339)
- Fixed Unit Flight's element for ASW, ECM, Recon and Tanker types. (r14340)
- Updated American F-16 CCIP pit avionics panel to the more correct panel. (r14347)
- Fixed RSAF F-16 IFF panel. Digits were not working. (r14347)
- Fixed F-16 Sufa cockpit. Changed from Aux Comm to IFF panel. (r14350)
- Cleaned up some texture misalignments on the night lighting and missing backlighting in some areas of some cockpits. (r14360)
- Disabled the MAP switch on the PXIII F-16 since it is not used. GPS switch now moves instead of the GPS and MAP switch. Hotspot updated. (r14360)
- Fixed Sufa Altimeter (6 digit). Was only showing 1/2 the digits. (r14360)
- Fixed ALS for Kimhae RWY 36R that had one element in the middle of the Taxiway A. (r14365)
- Updated shaders. (r14370)
- All Hotas Basic key files are now available in the UI Controllers Setup "Load Keyboard". (r14375)
- Fixed F-16 EAF incorrect AGM65G loadout. (r14377)
- Various Texture updates.
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      Main features
      1. German fighter/bomber Fw 190 A-6 is now available to all Battle of Normandy owners;
      2. Fw 190 A-6 added to Rheinland Career mode (to the 1st and 2nd chapters to joinable squadrons III./JG 11, I./JG 26 and II./JG 26 and to all chapters to AI squadrons III./KG 51 and NSGr. 20);
      3. Bf 109 E-7 got 4K quality external textures;
      4. There are new truck variations (which look exactly like the regular ones) that are loaded with ammo and explode when attacked in a spectacular way;

      Aircraft improvements
      5. AI pilots of fast fighters engage slow-flying targets much better;
      6. AI pilots that are alone or from different groups carry out a landing approach much better - now all the AI pilots form the landing queue, not only the ones that belong to the same group;
      7. MC.202 propeller rotation and twist were corrected;
      8. Yak-9 and Yak-9T elevator is affected at high speeds similar to other Yak fighters;
      9. On all aircraft with set mixture control positions the current position is shown in the technochat instead of the mixture percentage;
      10. UBT MG gunsight scale on IL-2 mod. 1943 has been recentered;
      11. A damaged Fokker D.VII won't visibly disappear at long distances;
      12. Gunsight adjustment (target size and range) using buttons happens faster and their default values are set for a close dogfight against a typical enemy fighter;
      13. German gyro gunsight Ez.42 damping corrected, higher frequency oscillations of the aircraft affect the calculated lead less;
      14. AI pilots fire all 12 Hurricane MGs when installed instead of only 8;
      15. Water vapor effect added to the damaged or overheated Hurricane radiator;
      16. Oil and water drops won't visibly appear on the inside surface of the cockpit canopy on many aircraft;
      17. A number of typos that appeared on Soviet planes after increasing the cockpits to 4K quality were corrected;
      18. Bf 109 E-7 cockpit: a typo corrected, detail of certain controls improved, dimmer looks more historically accurate;
      19. Bf 109 F-2 and F-4 wheels corrected;
      20. BG-25 detail increased (Bf 109 G6/G6 Late/G14/K4);
      21. Rocket control panel detail improved on Bf 109 G6 Late and G14;
      22. Fw 190 A-3/A-5/A-8 ammo counters panel detail improved;
      23. Hs 129 B2 cockpit: weathering and scratches on leather objects, weathering of the gunsight parts outside the cockpit, more detailed dimmer switch, revised coloring and updated lettering of gauges and parts to make them more historically correct, alpha layer adjustments;
      24. MiG-3: enhanced textures of braided cables, redrawn placards, alpha layer adjustments;
      25. P-39L: control stick weathering, more detailed radio equipment (MN-52H, BC-345, BC-451) and recognition light switch box, more accurate white aluminum panels and detailed text, enhanced throttle quadrant and fuel prime pump handle, improved gauges and parts lettering, alpha layer adjustments;
      26. P-40E: more detailed radio equipment (BC-366, BC-451A, BC-450A), throttle quadrant and fuel prime pump handle, historically correct texture for exposed wiring (black wires and white braided cables), alpha layer adjustments;
      27. P-47D22/D28: more detailed BC-765 switch box and fuel prime pump handle, upgraded textures of the white screws on the trim indicators box and flap control handle slide rail, alpha layer adjustments;
      28. Fw 190 A-3 and A-5 default pilot positions and some skins of these aircraft were corrected;
      29. Radio and lighting switches are now animated in Fw 190 A-3 and A-5 cockpits;

      Player controllable tank improvements
      30. An option added that amplifies the gun aiming response to the mouse movement. If you play without a visual mouse aim indicator or aim the gun using buttons, it is recommended to leave it at the default setting (0);
      31. Player controllable tanks now correctly collide in multiplayer;
      32. A wrong technochat message about turning on and off the powered turret traverse won't appear while moving across rough terrain at high speed;
      33. SU-122 and SU-152 crews throw out all the accumulated spent ammo casings when the hatches are opened;
      34. The initial position of the shot off Ferdinand gun mantlet corresponds to the mantlet type installed;
      35. 72-K 25mm round ballistics were corrected;
      36. HE rounds of 72-K, 61-K, Flak 36, Flak 38, Flakvierling 38, Sh-37, NS-37, BK-3.7, M4 and Vickers Class S now have self-destruct fuzes (HE rounds without such fuzes were not used on these guns);
      37. Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M suspension animation corrected;

      Visual effects improvements
      38. New bomb ground and water impact (impact, not explosion) effects;
      39. 50-100 kg bombs explosion effects have a new style (it is planned to update all the explosions in a similar way);
      40. Additional explosion effects added for rounds containing more than 450 g and less than 1500 g explosives;
      41. Improved gunfire effects for the detailed ground vehicles;
      42. APHE explosion effects corrected accordingly to the number of explosives they contain;
      43. Ground vehicles leave better-looking tracks;

      Other improvements
      44. The hook on port cranes is raised higher so it won't prevent larger ships to dock underneath;
      45. The visual model of a destroyed 52-K AAA gun was corrected (it contained elements of an intact gun);
      46. Blazing Steppe, Fortress on the Volga, Ice Ring historical campaigns: all fire effects updated, ammo trucks added, many other improvements and fixes;
      47. During the Wind of Fury historical campaign you can encounter С-47 and Fw 190 A-6 while Bf 109 G-6 fighters were replaced by Bf 109 G-6 Late;
      48. Fortress on the Volga historical campaign: fuel and ambulance trucks added to the transport columns, the overall number and size of the columns increased.
       

    • By MigBuster

      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      on behalf of the entire BMS development team, I am happy to announce that the latest iteration of the BillionSoft Falcon 4.0 total conversion modification - Benchmark Sims 4.35 - is available for you to enjoy as of RIGHT NOW!

      BMS 4.35 requires a legit installation of a Falcon 4.0 (all older and newer versions are accepted alike, i.e. Microprose, Hasbro, GOG, Steam, Retroism). The check is performed both at setup time and every time you start BMS. If no valid installation is found, BMS will exit with a corresponding error message.


      For those of you who are new to Falcon and still need a legacy Falcon 4.0 license, you're lucky, as there are various season sales going on right now (i.e. at the time of writing this post):
       
      Retroism GOG
      Note that this is NOT an exhaustive list of where to buy Falcon 4.0, it's just a list of retailers known to me (best effort) that offer sales/discounts right now, for your convenience. The list will not be updated.


      This mod may not be used for any commercial purposes. Any such use may constitute a violation of the intellectual property of Billion Soft (Hong Kong) and the non-commercial Terms and Conditions under which Benchmark Sims make this mod available to you.
       
       


      BMS 4.35 comes with a plethora of changes. As with each major BMS release, a full changelog would fill whole books. Instead, we've summarized the most important changes for you here:
      NOTES: ====== - 4.35 is *not* an update to the former 4.34, but a new independent base installation - 4.35 can co-exist with 4.34 on the same machine — The build number string in the Falcon UI will read "4.35.0 (x64) Build 22548" for the base installation BMS 4.35 Changelog Summary: =========================== - DirectX 11 Upgrade - Tactical Reference UI and Data Update - Weather Control Improvement - Zulu Time Integration - Enhanced Flight Planning - Updated 2D War - Enhanced Fog Of War and Unit Detection (RECON/JSTAR) - Improved Gameplay for KTO TvT Theater - Revision of (AI) pilot names - New Arresting System for emergency landings - HTS and HARM improvements - New multipage customizable kneeboards - Full canopy control implementation - Jet Fuel Starter 1+2 support - Taxi-/Landing light update - New Pilot Seat Adjustment - New Anti-Ice Implementation - Updated MFD fonts - Enhanced Brakes + Hydraulic Systems - Accurate Gear Implementation - Better Aircraft Spawning and Despawning - Improved Taxi, Lineup, Takeoff and Landing behavior (AI) - ATC Overhaul (AI) - Tanker AAR Update (AI) - Carrier Enhancements (AI) - RWR Realism Update - New Pilot Death Situation - SAM and AAA Operator Enhancement (AI) - SAM Multi Targeting (AI) - Enhanced Ship Self Defense Capability (AI) - Anti Missile Intercept (AI) - Better Aircraft Weapon Selection + Deployment (AI) - Improved BVR Tactics (AI) - More realistic pilot view and threat detection (AI) - New Wind Turbine Facilities - New Airbases - New Features - New Aircraft - New Aircraft Skins - New Ground Units - New Naval Vessels - Optimized LOD transition - Improved Aircraft Destruction Model - Moon Phases + Ephemeris - Higher Atmosphere Upgrade - Enhanced Smoke Duration for Destroyed Vehicles - Updated switches on the F-18 cockpits - Mirage 2000 cockpits improvements - A-10 cockpit fixes - New Sounds (internal + external) - New HOTAS Callbacks - RTTClient/RTTServer Update - Hitbox Optimization - Updated Flight Models (non F-16) - Updated Key Files - New Training Missions - Documentation Update - Enhanced Multiplayer Stability - Hundreds of bug fixes, 3D and data improvements  
       
      https://www.benchmarksims.org/forum/showthread.php?40646-Falcon-BMS-4-35-Full-Installer&p=557049#post557049
       
       
       
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