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  1. This week brought us stuff that have never been seen before in this campaign The scenario was a low level aerodrome attack by British Se5a airplanes . The board used is the 8 x 4 hand painted recreation of the original dawn patrol board. It starts with 2 German planes that have managed to get up in the air pass all the carnage occurring on the ground (the aerodrome is partially on fire, wrecked airplanes etc. liter the runway). 2 of the tail end Se5as decide to turn back and attack the German planes that just got off the ground and table is now set for the encounter. Keep in mind that altitudes designated on the board do count, in other words there are hills in some places that are at higher altitude than the 50 feet starting altitude etc. So extreme care must be taken if you are staying low. Here is where the game got a little surreal. The allied Se5as never once won initiative in the first 9 consecutive turns of the game. The allied planes either lost the rolls outright or were successfully tailed every single turn....for 9 turns....both of them... Kalman Berthold flying his all black Fokker Dr1 triplane literally had his guns almost melt from all the firing. Berthold fired on all turns except one where both guns were jammed (he unjammed one the following turn and continued firing). Oswald Wittowski , who had previously flown one mission and had one kill, got behind a pilot by the name of Tubby Jenkins and managed to fire on 7 of the 9 turns. On the last turn he fired he managed to tear the wing of the Se5a at only 150 feet in the air and the plane crashed killing the pilot. Wittowski now has the distinction of getting one kill each in his first two missions ...this also gives the Albatros DVa (against all odds) the lead as far as the plane "type" that has shot down the most enemy planes ,flown by player controlled characters, 2 by Von Scrub and now 2 by Wittowski)...amazing...the weakest statistical plane has gotten great results. This led up to possibly the most interesting part of the night. The other Se5a used the final turn to break off the attack and dove as he did so...the only problem was that there was a hill in the way......Berthold graciously offered Tompkins a chance to make it over the hill if he rolled a 4-6 on a 6 sided die....a 1 was rolled and the pilot Earl Tompkins died on impact...Berthold claiming the kill. enjoy the pictures!
  2. The Prize: 23" Dell S2309W - 1920 x 1080 (5ms) Widescreen Flat Panel Full HD 1920 x 1080 Resolution Dell’s first 23-inch Widescreen Full HD monitor delivers stunning high-definition performance for viewing movies and photos, playing games, or even editing video on your personal computer. 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio combine to create lifelike detail, saturated colors and simply gorgeous results. Now you can watch HD movies and get the full cinematic experience from your PC. The 5 millisecond response time (typical) creates seamless, fluid, fast-action video. A high contrast ratio of 1000:1 (typical) delivers vibrant blacks and rich, saturated colors. A Complete Multi-media Experience The S2309W will impress videophones, audiophiles and casual users alike. DVI-D with HDCP lets you view protected high-definition multimedia content from Blu-ray DiscTM drives on desk tops and notebooks. 300cd/m2 brightness helps maintain high picture quality in bright rooms. Dell Peace of Mind The S2309W is backed by a Dell 3 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with 3 Years Advance Exchange (AE) Service2. And should you need technical support, you can contact Dell for the duration of the warranty. So help is never far away. The contest: Your task is to create your own skin for the OFF Phase 3 plane of your choice and upload it here at www.combatace.com in the OFF Aircraft skins section located here : http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?autoc...amp;showcat=351 by Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The best skin will be chosen by the Combat ace administrators and Winder and Povloski. Please make sure you include a preview image with your upload. You may upload as many skins as you want. They will all be available for download by others once uploaded to the site. You can also visit the skin section in the OFF forums for tips and tutorials here: http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?showforum=212 Good luck and happy skinning!
  3. The game system (book form one you mention ) is "Ace of Aces". They also had WW2 version and even a Jet version that came in a blue box called "Ace of Aces Jet Eagles".
  4. Thank you so much guys, that is just great info! Rudel actually writes one more sentence and signs it on the reverse side.
  5. Fight in the skies is the same game as Dawn Patrol (it use to be called fight in the skies, the named changed when Avalon Hill published the game). Dawn Patrol is currently in it's seventh edition. It was last printed in the 1980s. You can get a copy from eBay if your pateint for a few weeks. The 8th edition has been rumored to be due out for the last few years but the creator of game (Mike Carr) has had some difficulties getting it published. It's an incredibly fun WW1 flying role playing game. Even if you do not use fancy models and terrain, you can use the cut out counters and flat map (that are included) and it's a blast to play.
  6. another update http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?showtopic=37688
  7. Hey guys , I posted this in the general WW1 aviation forum but thought I would drop in here and point to it for those interested in miniature gaming. Enjoy! http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?showtopic=37688
  8. another update http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?showtopic=37688
  9. New update August 12 1918 has proven to be a very exciting day in the annals of dawn patrol. The ebb and flow of battle has rarely been put so on display. The scenario consisted of a damaged Albatros trying to make it back to friendly territory. German ace Helmut Steiner and Martin Von Scrub crossed allied lines to defend the wounded bird and they were opposed by Erwin (1 Kill pilot) Del Vechhio (very experienced ace level pilot but with no kills) and James Cunningham (the current top allied ace with 5 kills) of the 94th aero squadron. Martin Von scrub set the pace with aggressive play. Helmut Steiner scored first blood by severely damaging Erwin's plane with a double critical. James Cunningham lost initiative and was besieged by Von Scrub. Cuningham( even though a top ace ) could not shake the determined German pilot as he scored hits (they were scary moments) . Steiner also shot at Cunningham all seemed lost for the allies (every time Steiner shot there was unease on the allied side as they still remembered the brutal double pilot kill from the previous game) . Del Vechhio scored an amazing 17 bullets through two turns on the wounded bird (piloted by Wilhelm Outof-luck ) but the Albatros would not go down. Del Vechhio also found the time to score 3 engine hits on Steiner's plane on a single turn. Wilhelm Outof-luck flew back into the fight and managed to throw his wounded plane into an out of control spin. Von Scrub maneuvered the Red albatros with expert ease and managed to score a the third critical on Erwin's machine.....Erwin snapped into a spin and burned all the way to the ground...Von Scrub had scored his second kill. Cunningham (on the same turn) shot Von Scrub with one 3 bullet short burst , it had the patented Cunningham luck , the burst scored a possible pilot hit. Cunningham promptly rolled double threes and Von Scrub was critically wounded. Scrub left the battle on his way to being shot down. At this point Steiner retreated with the engine hits, Cunningham had jammed a gun and felt that caution was better part of valor and after his unbelievable lucky kill of Scrub decided to also retreat . Del Vechhio faced off with Wilhelm Outof-luck. Del Vechhio shot his wings off and scored the kill (congrats on your first kill!) but the most amazing part of the night was the die rolling display by Martin Von Scrub. He plummeted through allied lines , crashing just a few hundred feet in German territory , surviving going unconscious , unfriendly territory, height, and crash landing safely ....he will live to fight another day. what a game.
  10. Olham, thank you for the offer, this is a letter (in my collection) by Hans Joachim Marseille 152 Kill ace (star of africa) Luftwaffe. I also have Hans Ulrich Rudel, maybe the greatest individual warrior in history (with 500 tanks destroyed, a battleship, 11 planes ...etc...and and an award just made for him..) . Both in difficult hand writing to read. Marseille Rudel
  11. OT-Big Fish

    Here is a pick of some monsters at the bottom of this page http://boards.history.com/thread.jspa?thre...ageID=700348990
  12. Here is a signed postcard of Adolphe Pegoud the world's first official ace. repo show flyer
  13. The Prize: 23" Dell S2309W - 1920 x 1080 (5ms) Widescreen Flat Panel Full HD 1920 x 1080 Resolution Dell’s first 23-inch Widescreen Full HD monitor delivers stunning high-definition performance for viewing movies and photos, playing games, or even editing video on your personal computer. 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio combine to create lifelike detail, saturated colors and simply gorgeous results. Now you can watch HD movies and get the full cinematic experience from your PC. The 5 millisecond response time (typical) creates seamless, fluid, fast-action video. A high contrast ratio of 1000:1 (typical) delivers vibrant blacks and rich, saturated colors. A Complete Multi-media Experience The S2309W will impress videophones, audiophiles and casual users alike. DVI-D with HDCP lets you view protected high-definition multimedia content from Blu-ray DiscTM drives on desk tops and notebooks. 300cd/m2 brightness helps maintain high picture quality in bright rooms. Dell Peace of Mind The S2309W is backed by a Dell 3 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with 3 Years Advance Exchange (AE) Service2. And should you need technical support, you can contact Dell for the duration of the warranty. So help is never far away. The contest: Your task is to create your own skin for the OFF Phase 3 plane of your choice and upload it here at www.combatace.com in the OFF Aircraft skins section located here : http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?autoc...amp;showcat=351 by Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The best skin will be chosen by the Combat ace administrators and Winder and Povloski. Please make sure you include a preview image with your upload. You may upload as many skins as you want. They will all be available for download by others once uploaded to the site. You can also visit the skin section in the OFF forums for tips and tutorials here: http://forum.combatace.com/index.php?showforum=212 Good luck and happy skinning!
  14. 1. Which plane (exact type) did you fly mostly so far in BHaH? SPAD XIII 2. Which Squadron, Escadrille or Jasta did you make your most flights in? 94th Aero Squadron 3. What was your highest confirmed hits score? 7 4. What were your most flight hours with one pilot? 17.8 5. Dido you fly in Dead is Dead mode? Yes DiD/TLW 6. Did you fly with 100 (or more) % reality? Yes
  15. Please don't stop .........
  16. Well it is the first time I try the SE5a and I find it an extremely stable gun platform and very nimble airplane, forward visibility is also great , rear visibility not as good. I had a spectacular debut with my new unit the 56th in August 1917 (I stepped out of DiD to take pics ...I had to!). I just became a BIG fan of this airplane! enjoy the pics:
  17. What a great point...I did not even think of that....I have flown the : Spad XIII , Fokker DR1 , Fokker DVII and now the SE5a in campaign ....that's it...in 4 months....wow
  18. Looking forward it has great visibility compared to the SPAD but as I mentioned backwards not so good. This is mitigated by the plane being ridicoulously stable while firing.
  19. The skins look great...good job everyone!
  20. Turn on lables , the sky is full of enemy.
  21. There was no limit . His DSC citation clearly states the two confirmed kills. I would guess it had to do with lack of witnesses, but I see no mention in the official scores that he even claimed the other two. Here is his citation: Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur Raymond Brooks, Second Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action over Mars-la-Tour, France, September 14, 1918. When his patrol was attacked by 12 enemy Fokkers over Mars-la-Tour, 8 miles within the enemy lines, Second Lieutenant Brooks alone fought bravely and relentlessly with eight of them, pursuing the fight from 5, 000 meters to within a few meters of the ground, and though his right rudder control was out and his plane riddled with bullets, he destroyed two Fokkers, one falling out of control and the other bursting into flames.
  22. To me, it's always happned now and then since the first time I got OFF in January. Maybe you have just had a run of luck with it . I have seen that there are also times that your going 5MPH on the ground and loop the plane and die...so it goes both ways. I think Povloski once said it's a role playing roll. You have been real lucky is my guess....just a guess.
  23. Thanks for the kind comments. I don't think it needs to be stickied ,not really on topic, and because I will ressurect it now and again when I update it.
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