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VonS last won the day on September 14 2016

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    WWI aircraft & flight-sim enthusiast, particularly FE2, also ROFue and WOFFue.


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  1. Windows 10

    The only thing I can think of, which I may have mentioned in the previous posts, is to run the FE exe in Win7 compatibility mode - although my advice applies to FE2 (and SF2). Hopefully someone who runs the 1st gen. of FE on Win10 will be able to give some suggestions. Von S
  2. Feb. 20, 2020: Version 1.1.1 - deleted useless "DS_store" files from package that were being generated on the OS X side of the Mac Pro. Simply a cosmetic tweak. Von S
  3. Feb. 20, 2020: Version 1.2.1 - deleted useless "DS_store" files from package that were being generated on the OS X side of the Mac Pro. Simply a cosmetic tweak. Von S
  4. Feb. 20, 2020: Version 4.0.1 - deleted useless "DS_store" files from package that were being generated on the OS X side of the Mac Pro. Simply a cosmetic tweak. Von S
  5. Version 9.9 (Early Aircraft Lockout Speeds), Feb. 22, 2020 - Several improvements included to the flight engines for FE2 and SF2, as well as further atmospherics and cloud tweaks for FE2 and SF2. Also tweaked further is control surface sensitivity on the Oeffag Alb. D.II, as well as damage realism improvements on the Fokk. B.II. Further changes include lockout speed implementation on control surfaces for several early aircraft types, ranging from the Longhorns and Shorthorns to the M-S Parasol family and imitations, as well as early Pfalz and Fokk. Eindeckers. Package also includes fixes to rolling coefficients and elevator for slightly easier takeoffs in the Spad 12. And as well included are a few new sounds, wind sound strength improvements, and the various data inis for Stephen's Da Vinci flyer and variations on the Da Vinci. For more detailed info. and installation instructions, please see the included READ ME file. Happy flying all, Von S
  6. Yes the un-jam command is good for our sometimes unreliable machine guns in FE2 - also good is the reload command for the Hotchkiss, Lewis, etc., when exchanging drums or belts. In FE2 it adds rather than takes away from the realism. I'll have to check out that "re-arm" command one of these days though - dropping down to the 'drome, re-arming with a fresh 200-ammo belt on the Eindecker, and going up again opens all sorts of possibilities (although it might not be realistic in FE2, given primitive maintenance and overhaul rates, especially for rotary engines, in the good old days). Von S
  7. There's a fine Deperdussin Racer of 1913 that I remember seeing several years ago, in FlightGear - would be nice to import that one into FE2. Also the Santos-Dumont Demoiselle comes to mind too. Happy flying, Von S
  8. Windows 10

    Hopefully some of our SF1/SF2 specialists will have constructive advice regarding lods/framerates/loadouts etc. I'm assuming that it's possible to carry over some aircraft from SF2 to SF1, in the same way that some of our FE2 flyers have managed to get aircraft from FE2 running in FE1. Crawford and others may have more info. on this since they fly some second-gen. aircraft in the first-gen. TW sims. I wouldn't know anything about that since I've done the opposite - carried over some data inis and aircraft that were made for FE1 into FE2, and also carried over some aircraft from FE2 to SF2. To chat privately with CombatAce members, you should be able to click on the message tab/option near the top of their profiles, unless they've turned off the private messaging feature. Von S
  9. Windows 10

    I've heard good things about the DBW (and CUPS) mods - one of these days I might try installing those since I can then try out the standalone WW1 modpacks for IL2-1946. BAT is thorough but from what I've read you have to install all-or-nothing with it (DBW/CUPS was more modular since you could get only the era you want for it). If I find some free time I might try out WW1 just for kicks in IL2-1946. There is a much better Pfalz (made by Geezer) and available on pages 17 and 18 of the "New Aircraft" thread here on the FE2 forums (direct links to the Pfalzes, and skins for them, follow below): https://combatace.com/forums/topic/91066-new-aircraft/?page=17&tab=comments#comment-746182 https://combatace.com/forums/topic/91066-new-aircraft/?page=18&tab=comments#comment-747022 Also check over the other great aircraft models that Geezer made, and that are available on those two pages of that thread (freely available and they work well in FE2). Happy flying, Von S
  10. Windows 10

    IL2-1946 works fine, providing you go into the control panels settings first (for Win10), and, under the "system" settings, make sure to select "DEP enabled for essential programs only" or something to that effect, then reboot, and "46" should fly fine. Also recommended is running the IL2 exe, also the IL2 launcher exe (if you are running one of the modpacks), in Win7 compatibility mode. Speaking of modding packs, I recommend the "VP Modpack" since it seems to have the best graphics of the various modpacks available - yes, there is "BAT" but that thing is huge, and (in my humble opinion) WW1 flight fans are better off looking into running fully modded FE2, modded ROF, and of course the wonderful WOFF (ultimate and platinum editions). Happy flying, Von S P.S. Disable "complex engine management" and "wing flutter" in the IL2-46 sim menu for more flight physics realism, since those two don't seem to be modeled all that well - and besides, the AI is then less at an "uber" advantage - and more competitive with you.
  11. Windows 10

    I can't comment specifically on FE1/gold, but I'm sure some flyers of FE1 will pitch in soon with helpful tips. I wouldn't be surprised if similar tips that work for FE2 will also work well for FE1. FE2, for example, works fine on Win10 - I do however recommend running it, and SF2, in Win7 compatibility mode. Also, for FE2, I recommend checking over my post linked to below, in case you get poor frame rates in Win10: https://combatace.com/forums/topic/92932-windows-10/?tab=comments#comment-752183 Happy flying, Von S
  12. Jan. 23, 2020: Version 1.1 of the early WW2 FM update pack for SF2 includes the Tony Ki-60/early 61 and the Polikarpov I-15 gull wing biplane (with M22 engine variant) for the PTO theater, and the Gladiator Mk.I for the PTO and MTO theaters. Also included are post-damage physics fixes for the Polikarpov I-16 (Type 10) and more realistic fuel consumption on the Army Zero Ki-43. Happy flying, Von S
  13. Windows 10

    I have ave. fps in IL2-1946 of about 100 - graphics are acceptable with the vp modpack installed - but as indicated in one of my other posts here on the FE2 threads, I don't like the padlock views in IL2-1946 as much as in the ThirdWire and OBD sims. ROF padlock views are so-so. In "46" on the other hand, once a locked target is out of your front field of view for a few seconds, padlock automatically disengages - and then it's mouse-view or external aircraft-to-target view before you find the bandit again (cumbersome and sometimes it breaks immersion). Also I find high-density forests strange in "46" - with those spring coil effects, and then a downed aircraft disappears below the "spring-coil" forest ceiling. Maybe I'm just too nit-picky but I prefer how forests are done in the TW and OBD sims (better than in ROF). One thing I'll give to "46" is that there's subtle movement of trees (very subtle but can be spotted, would be nice to introduce such an effect into the TW/OBD sims). Also, feel free to turn off "complex engine management" and "wing flutter" in "46" since they don't seem to be modeled correctly - you'll get more FM realism with those options turned off. Happy flying, Von S
  14. Windows 10

    Yes, even though I'm a Mac guy, I have a soft spot for Win7 (Ultimate ed. in my case) - smooth-sailing system and very tweakable too - as I mentioned in my previous posts, I think Win7 is/was the high point of Windows operating systems. I now run FE2/SF2/WOFF/WOTR/ROF/IL2-1946 (vp modpack) on Windows 10 Pro (ver. 1809) on the BootCamp side of my Mac Pro - so far it's been a good system since I've tried to lock down/avoid excessive updates...chose to postpone big updates by 365 days and security updates by one month. I don't know if I'll upgrade to ver. 1909 anytime soon, in BootCamp, since my primary use for Win10 is simming and FM tweaking - my work stuff is on the Mac side. The primary deciding factors will be: a) if ver. 1909 has fps in the sims as good as, if not better, than in ver. 1809 of Win10 - lower fps will be a no-go b) if it will be even possible to do a "normal" upgrade in BootCamp from one ver. of Win10 to another I might as well expand this post slightly since it may be of use to Windows users, and those interested in sticking with Windows 7 for the next few (more) years. If you want to remain on a "fixed" ver. of Win10 or if you want to maintain Win7 on your rigs, not only for ThirdWire sim compatibility but other reasons too, I recommend: 1. use a browser other than IE or Edge (I like Firefox loaded up with AdBlockPlus and PrivacyBadger - also good is the Pale Moon Browser, a fork of the slightly older Firefox before Quantum, with the AdBlockLatitude plugin) 2. for email, use a desktop program that doesn't support html - I like Sylpheed (not Sylpheed Claws but the plain old Sylpheed - works well enough and html emails can easily be opened in your web browser if you click on such emails) 3. on Win7, install MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and set it to work as your malware "wall," instead of the old Windows Defender that comes with Win7, since definitions in the old Defender only go up to about 2012 - on Win10, the baked-in newer ver. of Defender is fine as your malware wall 4. look into downloading "ClamWin" (free, barebones antivirus program - it can be scheduled to run weekly, daily, etc. - has no "real-time" scanning but I like that since it doesn't bog down system resources) - ClamWin is simply a graphical front end to ClamAV and is updated regularly 5. on both Win10 and Win7, go into the "system" settings in the control panels window, and make sure to "enable DEP for all programs" and reboot to take effect (you will have to toggle this to "DEP for essential programs only" if you want to run IL2-1946 however) 6. set up a "standard user" account on Win7 and use that for regular computing, instead of an administrative account (a good tip for Win10 as well, if you are running an unsupported ver. of Win10) 7. for Win7 only, since official support has ended, download and install what's referred to as the "0patch" app - this patches vulnerabilities on the fly, only while you are running vulnerable programs, on Win7, and comes in a free edition - seems legit. from what I've been able to test on my Win7 installs (0patch is available at the following link https://0patch.com/) 8. download OSArmor for Win7 (and Win10), and enable it using the default settings that are already selected in it - the program blocks various connections to your computer (available here https://www.novirusthanks.org/products/osarmor/) 9. go into your firewall settings and select "block all incoming connections" for all profiles available, including public, home, etc. 10. go into your wireless/ethernet adapter settings (available under the advanced tab in "networking"), and disable, in the properties section of the adapter, "IPv6," if you're not using it and only relying on IPv4 for network connections Happy flying (and computing), Von S
  15. Tinkering further with the ver. 9.9 FM update pack and decided to post a few more pics caught during testing. Von S Testing out "STOL" characteristics with the Nieu. 17 in the Italian theater Pleased to see that I was eventually blown off of the hill by the wind, and went for a short glide (wind effects really do work in FE2 but are best when treated subtly, light wind, occasional gusts, etc.) Couldn't resist doing some sight-seeing again with gTerl's maps Making sure that post-damage effects work well (I can be spotted in the far background on the pic.) One of the best dogfights I've ever had in any sim (the AI on this earlier Austrian Alby. was superb, we both got shots into one another but the fight was inconclusive, lasted for about 20 mins. I think) The Spad 13 200hp can do limited turn fighting, but keep your speed up and take advantage of acceleration in dives (good turn speeds are around 160-170 kph) - also good is rudder and opposite aileron for tighter turns and skids but watch your speed And we went our separate ways eventually (the Spad 200 hp can slowly outrun this variant of the Alb. D.III)

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