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  1. F-4 Cockpit Revisited

    Back in the early Nineties there was a rumour that the fighter of the future would have two crew, a pilot and a dog. The pilot’s job would be to feed the dog. The dog’s job would be to bite the pilot if he touched anything.
  2. Caporetto Campaign

    Nice! What did you give Otto as his coat of arms?
  3. Thanks BM, Remind me please how the Userlist thing works? Mike
  4. Thanks Gunrunner, My next question, does China have to be the “primary” nation for an aircraft, or is it acceptable for China to be an “importee”? Because in messing around I’ve found I can make North Korea show up as an importee, but not the People’s Republic of China. Mike
  5. Well here's my root problem. I'm trying to fly missions as the "good guys" in the Himalayas terrain by Wrench & Maj Lee, with modern (ie post-1980) ac, with the following Himalaya_Nations.ini file: [Theater] TheaterName=Somewhere over Himalayas Location001=Nepal Location002=PRC [LimitedNationList] FriendlyNation001=USAF FriendlyNation002=USMC FriendlyNation003=RAF FriendlyNation007=Australia FriendlyNation008=Singapore EnemyNation001=China //EnemyNation002=Soviet Trouble is, the Chinese never show up. When I fly as the Chinese, though, I do meet the "Western" ac. How do I fix this please? Thanks Mike
  6. Thanks Wrench, Very helpful. I think I’m going to have fun with this. Mike
  7. I need some advice please on the workings of the *_nations.ini file in some SF2 terrain folders. Asking because I see two different formats for the contents of the file, such as this in the "TimorNO" terrain: [LimitedNationList] FriendlyNation001=Australia FriendlyNation002=AustralianNavy FriendlyNation003=NewZealand EnemyNation001=Indonesia EnemyNation002=China and this in the "Formosa" terrain: [Nation001] NationID=024 Name=Taiwan DisplayName=Republic of China Air Force Alignment=FRIENDLY PilotNameList=NamesChineseWG.lst RankList=RanksUSAF.lst CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst Formation.Fighter=USFighter Formation.Attack=USFighter Formation.Bomber=USBomber Formation.Transport=USBomber Formation.Tank=USTank Formation.MobileAD=USAD PilotTrainingStandard=Normal GenderRatio=0 [Nation002] NationID=023 Name=China DisplayName=PLAAF Alignment=ENEMY PilotNameList=NamesChineseYP.lst RankList=RanksPLA.lst CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst Formation.Fighter=SovietFighter Formation.Attack=SovietFighter Formation.Bomber=SovietBomber Formation.Transport=SovietBomber Formation.Tank=SovietTank Formation.MobileAD=SovietAD PilotTrainingStandard=Normal GenderRatio=0 Which of these is the correct format please, and if they're both "correct", why are they different? Thanks Mike
  8. Nicely done Spinners, I can still remember when the then in-development MRCA was initially to be called the Panther, before it was renamed Tornado. This must have been in the 1969-70 time frame. I recall preparing hand-drawn scale drawings of it while still at high school, with the optimistic intention of one day scratch-building a model (oh well) . In those days all the artists' impressions showed a much sleeker airframe - something more akin to the eventual Tornado F3 than the stubby GR1- with half-circle intakes plus half-cone centrebodies á la Mirage III. After I joined the RAF in 1972 I discovered what MRCA was believed to really stand for in the eyes of the Service at that time: "Must Refurbish Canberra Again". Only the really cynical said it stood for "Mother Riley's Cardboard Aeroplane".. Mike
  9. Caporetto Campaign

    So far (I’m at page 128 of 359, it’s now August 1916) he’s been on a Hansa-Brandenburg CI and a Lloyd CII of Flik 19F, based at Caprovizza near Haidenschaft at the east end of the Vippaco Valley. Although a qualified pilot from before the War (see Biggins’ “The Emporer’s Coloured Coat”, the second in the Prohaska series), he initially at least flies as an officer-observer. I suspect though that he’ll end up flying a Lohner type L. Mike
  10. Caporetto Campaign

    As for Bleriot XI’s, we have one (original, from 1909) at Old Rhinebeck where I have the great good fortune to serve as volunteer groundcrew during the summer airshows. (Depending on the weather) it still gets daylight under the wheels at every Saturday show.
  11. Caporetto Campaign

    Excellent news Gterl! May I make a plea for the (admittedly ahistorical) inclusion of the fictional Linienschiffsleutnant Otto Ritter von Prohaska? Yes yes I know this would be equivalent to including Biggles in a Western Front campaign*, but by coincidence I'm currently re-reading "The Two-Headed Eagle" by John Biggins. This is a fictional account of the adventures and misadventures of said Otto Prohaska, an Austro-Czech naval officer attached to the KuK Fliegertruppe on the Isonzo Front in 1916. Clearly grounded upon solid research into the period, it gives a dramatized but authentic picture of the Hapsburg Empire in its waning days. It is very far from dry though, with moments of high farce and moments of deep tragedy, all narrated by the protagonist with a stong sense of irony. It is the third of four novels in the Prohaska series, all very highly recommended! Cheers Mike *and why not? Biggles was quite “real” to generations of British schoolboys, inspiring many** to careers in the RAF. **Including this one.
  12. SAML S.2

    Thanks guys, Reinstallation worked first time. I've no idea what I mucked up before, must be out of practice! Changing subject, but still relevant, I'm re-reading "The Two-Headed Eagle" by John Biggins, a fictionalized account of the adventures and misadventures of Otto Prohaska, an Austro-Czech naval officer attached to the KuK Fliegertruppe on the Isonzo Front in 1916. Clearly grounded upon solid research into the period, it gives a dramatized but authentic picture of the Hapsburg Empire in its waning days. It is very far from dry though, with moments of farce and tragedy all narrated by the protagonist with a deep sense of irony. It is the third of four novels in the Prohaska series, all very highly recommended! Cheers Mike
  13. SAML S.2

    Many thanks Stephen for yet another fine new model. I have one wee problem with it though, the rear gunner seems obstinately to face the wrong way, please see the attachment. How can I get him to turn round to cover the tail please? Thanks Mike
  14. Thanks guys That simple *data.ini edit did the trick, everything now looks normal. Actually everything now looks excellent, much credit to Gterl! Mike
  15. First of all Gterl, Many many thanks for your efforts in bringing the WW1 Italo-Austro-Hungarian front to life. As an ex-RAF person with Italian ancestry and a lifelong interest in WW1 aviation, it activates several deep-seated themes for me. However I seem to have encountered a couple of a graphics glitches when first running this new terrain with FE2, please see attachments. As you'll see, some ground objects/buildings are emitting a peculiar "glow" or "bloom", while others are frankly psychedelic in their colouring. Your advice please, how can I get things looking "normal" again? Bearing in mind as noted that I'm running FE2 rather than the original FE. Thanks (ie grazie!) Mike
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