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  1. Siemens-Schuckert D.I uploaded

    Have now double-checked my tweaked data ini for the SSW D.1 and it is indeed possible to solve the problem with correct rpm tweaks for slow and idle prop...the tweaks of 200 and 300 for slow and idle that are included in the modded FM don't display the static prop problem. Reversing the values, however, to 300 and 200 for slow and idle recreates the problem when the engine is throttled down to zero. For most other aircraft it's fine to have a slow number lower than idle, for better representation of prop spinning. Von S P.S. Results may vary across FE1 and FEgold (my comments apply to FE2).
  2. New Aircraft

    Hello fellow flyers of First Eagles 2, Please find attached below an all-in-one zipped file of the latest works in progress by Geezer. Geezer may in the future return to work on these projects further, but he is currently busy with real life and other hobbies. However, he has kindly given permission to the First Eagles 2 community to release the latest versions of his works-in-progress aircraft. You will find included in the zipped folder various types and sub-types, also a couple of extra sounds, the latest sounds ini file for your Flight folder, and also a Read Me file that includes more info. on the latest FM tweaks for these models. Work on Geezer's models not released yet as works-in-progress happily continues behind the scenes. A great many thanks to Crawford, Coupi, Jeanba, and Mike Dora for continued input on these works, and of course a great thanks to Geezer for these beautiful models. (Note: the Pfalz D.III was also used in the middle eastern theater - suggested service dates for that theater are from about July to October of 1918.) Happy flying, Von S GeezersNearlyCompleteModels.zip
  3. Siemens-Schuckert D.I uploaded

    This is most likely LOD-related. Rpms at idle can be manipulated to some extent using the slow and idle settings, but I doubt this will cure the problem. For example, numbers in my tweaked FM for the SSW D.1 are: SlowPropRPM=200 FastPropRPM=750 MaxPropRPM=1000 IdlePropRPM=300 I often like to have the idle number slightly higher than the slow entry, for better prop rotation animation (more realistic). You can try switching the values to see if it will solve the problem, 300 for slow, and 200 for idle. Fast and max prop entries should be left alone or they will upset the realistic top speeds and climb qualities of the aircraft, among other things. Happy flying, Von S Edit: further info. on the Halske engines (link to a post by the venerable Dan-San Abbott on differences between the Sh.I and Sh.III/IIIa series of engines): http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showpost.php?p=13891&postcount=5
  4. Great pics Crawford....takes me back nicely into the history of WWI flight sims. The sequel "RB3D" with glide/3dfx graphics was a slight upgrade....see representative pics. below...and has inspired a lot of my historical FM tweaks for FE/FE2...especially inspiring were the wonderful Greybeard FMs used in RB3D...those were very hard FMs but I managed to "tip" the Alby. on its nose in the flight below, as seen . Von S
  5. New Aircraft

    Hello gents', please find attached below the latest R.11 data ini file that replaces the old one posted in a previous post above, and that incorporates Crawford's correct node names. Also included is the cockpit ini file again if you find that a seating position fix is needed, and a general ini file with the correct calls. Don't forget to rename the aircraft folder itself to "Caudron_R11" for these files to work correctly. Some more info. on the latest changes below: ---------- Crawford's fix to one of the stuck engines (from previous updates) gave much more power to the aircraft than in my initial tweaks...with all the extra rpm now correctly at work (so that the top speed was exceeding 205 kph). The engines have now been properly de-tuned, and other tweaks applied to rudder/ailerons/elevator, for slightly less sensitivity. You will notice slight yaw if turning only with ailerons...also wing vibrations are present at extreme angles of attack and excessive climbs/dives. More specific stats on the latest data ini: - stalls below about 75 kph into vibrating side-slips usually - climbing below about 85 kph not advised - good climbs of about 3.5 to 4 m/s in 90s to 130s kph - climbs at about 3 m/s in 140s and 150s kph - elevator effective at maintaining dives to about 360 kph - take offs at around 120 kph are recommended - land at around 90 kph or so (wheels should touch down close to this speed) - speed near sea level is now close to 190-191 kph (sometimes recorded top speed for R.11) - speed at 5000 m alt. is 161-2 kph (close to historical of about 165 at that alt.) - rudder recommended for tighter turns and higher banking angles than possible with ailerons alone - fairly stable craft, tends to right itself if controls are let go - can still do a modern Immelmann but watch speed/coordination Von S Edit: link removed, please see all-in-one download link below.
  6. View File FM Tweaks for WOFFue Hello fellow flyers of WOFFue. You will find enclosed in the attached zip file four tweaked FMs for engined-up aircraft currently not present in WOFFue: a 150hp Fokker Dr.1, a late Albatros D.II 180hp, a Nieuport 25/27 165hp variant, and a tuned up late Sopwith Tripe. Please read the enclosed "Read Me" file for more info. on the FM tweaks. The FM tweaks are JSGME program enabled, for convenience. Simply move the four aircraft folders that you will find into the MODS folder of your WOFF user directory, toggle on/off with the JSGME enabler, and go fly. A big thank you to all the WOFFue modders and the good folks at OBD Software for making such an enjoyable sim. Those who fly these four and similar models in First Eagles 2 will become comfortable quickly with the FM tweaks, since they are similar across both sims. Von S Submitter VonS Submitted 08/08/2018 Category Modding Tools and Add-on Software  
  7. Version 1.0

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    Hello fellow flyers of WOFFue. You will find enclosed in the attached zip file four tweaked FMs for engined-up aircraft currently not present in WOFFue: a 150hp Fokker Dr.1, a late Albatros D.II 180hp, a Nieuport 25/27 165hp variant, and a tuned up late Sopwith Tripe. Please read the enclosed "Read Me" file for more info. on the FM tweaks. The FM tweaks are JSGME program enabled, for convenience. Simply move the four aircraft folders that you will find into the MODS folder of your WOFF user directory, toggle on/off with the JSGME enabler, and go fly. A big thank you to all the WOFFue modders and the good folks at OBD Software for making such an enjoyable sim. Those who fly these four and similar models in First Eagles 2 will become comfortable quickly with the FM tweaks, since they are similar across both sims. Von S
  8. Have now tested the effects inis and particlesys ini with the effectshadername entries added where relevant - didn't notice any difference on my setup since I had the effects working before, but below is a good link to detailed info. for those interested in tinkering with effects results further in FE2 (the info. is for SF2 but is probably applicable): https://combatace.com/forums/topic/41168-using-custom-effects-in-sf2/ Also below is a snapshot from another forum that summarizes what some of the effects mean. Happy flying, Von S
  9. Thanks for this info. - I will try the same, might be able to give me DX10 goodness in WineSkin. For joysticks, I still use the old Logitech Attack 3 (easy to rebuild if the springs weaken). For a newer joystick, I'm thinking either of the Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X or maybe this unkown called "PC Joystick YF2009 USB Gaming Controller with Vibration Feedback and Throttle" - although the Hotas seems like a safer choice. For more expensive options, check out the higher-end Hotas variants. Von S
  10. Yes, the particlesys file I use is a modded Stary particlesys file, but I use it with Laton's effects - might require tweaking on your system to give the best results (I run FE2 in WineSkin on a Mac...with the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics...1GB system ram used by the integrated card) - effects look fine on my rig but most people aren't running this kind of setup. Von S
  11. Yes, I don't have the info. in front of me now - but I think the "twColor" stuff is from FE/FEgold days, while "effectfire," etc., is for FE2. [see post https://combatace.com/forums/topic/92281-targetting-and-damage-hard-settings/?tab=comments#comment-745878 for more details on this]. The game engine first reads the particlesys file for relevant entries, and only goes to look for individual effect ini files, in the Effects folder, if entries are missing from the particlesys file. In short, the particlesystem ini file is the primary one, individual ini effects files are secondary (called up if missing from particlesys). Have PM-ed you my effects folder and particlesys ini file that I use for FE2 - maybe it will be of help. Von S
  12. Have now looked over the Alb D.III data inis, also the Pup data ini - and there is nothing strange in the damage models. The Alb. D.III is an FM modification of the stock Alb. D.III variants that originally came with FE2. Structural factor numbers are around 1.2, as typical. The armor rating on the D.III is 25, while it is about 23 on the Pup - since the fuselage should be more robust on the Albies. Also the D.III is more prone to breaking wing tips, also the lower wing, in extreme dives. This means that the problem is AI related - or FE2, randomly, often gives the poorer AI to the Pups, and the Albs. are getting some good pilots. Possible solutions: Paste the following dogfight skill entry sections into the Pup data ini and re-test (these are skill sets taken from the Nieu. 17 bis early data ini, and that plane is quite aggressive when flown by the AI). [DogfightRegular] SafeAltitude=60 CannonFireAngle=6.0 MaxCannonRange=300 OptimalCannonRange=40 MinCannonRange=25 CannonBurstLengthShort=0.5 CannonBurstLengthLong=1.0 [DogfightVeteran] SafeAltitude=40 LookoutAngle=150 DefensiveAngle=60 ChanceDefensiveTurn=95 ChanceBreakTurn=100 ChanceHardTurn=100 ChanceTurnDirection=100 ChanceContinue=50 ChanceCheckNewTarget=30 ChanceUseVertical=50 FightWithoutAmmo=0 CannonFireAngle=5.0 MaxPitchInput=1.0 MaxCannonRange=200 OptimalCannonRange=30 MinCannonRange=20 MaxRollForGunAttack=180 CannonBurstLengthShort=0.3 CannonBurstLengthLong=0.6 MaxRudderForGunAttack=0.6 MaxRudderForManeuver=0.90 [DogfightAce] SafeAltitude=40 LookoutAngle=180 DefensiveAngle=60 ChanceDefensiveTurn=95 ChanceBreakTurn=100 ChanceHardTurn=100 ChanceTurnDirection=100 ChanceContinue=35 ChanceCheckNewTarget=40 ChanceUseVertical=100 FightWithoutAmmo=0 CannonFireAngle=4.0 MaxPitchInput=1.0 MaxCannonRange=200 OptimalCannonRange=30 MinCannonRange=20 MaxRollForGunAttack=180 CannonBurstLengthShort=0.2 CannonBurstLengthLong=0.4 MaxRudderForGunAttack=1.2 MaxRudderForManeuver=1.0 Currently the Pup data ini lacks dogfight skill entries and defaults to whatever the default AI values are in FE2 (most of the data inis from A-Team, and other older ones, did not contain dogfight skill levels - usually I do not bother introducing such non-FM info. into the data inis until a problem is noticeable). Other solution, can be used together with entries above or separately: include the two entries below in the [AIData] section of the Pup data ini: MinAIQuality=Veteran (or MinAIQuality=Regular) MaxAIQuality=Ace ----- Happy flying, Von S
  13. Some of our particle specialists can pitch in here with more info. if they like, but as far as I remember, those strange differences apply to the "age" of the shader being used...in other words, several of the "fx" entries changed from FE1/FEgold to FE2. Von S
  14. The particlesystem.ini file gents' is located in the Flight folder of FE2 (in your user directory for the sim). Individual effect ini files, such as tracersmokeemitter, etc., are located in the Effects folder. Some individual effects are already called up within the particlesystem file in the Flight folder, and therefore are missing individual ini files in the Effects folder. I'm missing several individual effect ini files too, but as long as your particlesystem file is behaving, FE2 should look fine. The particlesystem ini file included with my ver. 9.5 of the FM updates pack is the latest one that I use (and fits with the reverse install for the Laton effects detailed in my post above). Happy flying, Von S
  15. Hello gents', Tracer effects may be available in some of the FE/FE2 effects packs either by Laton or Stary. Those are available here: https://combatace.com/files/category/362-first-eagles-wwi-and-early-years-object-mods/?page=2 Peter01's flight model and weapons tweaks are available at the following page: https://combatace.com/files/category/387-flight-models/ Keep in mind that they have not been updated for nearly 10 yrs., only cover about 10-20 aircraft, and may or may not work properly, depending on the kind of FE/FE2 install you are running. I recommend my large FM and weapons update pack located at the top of that page (it currently covers over 200 aircraft types for FE/FE2) and is being updated fairly regularly - another 5-6 aircraft types to go. Also, behind the scenes, Geezer and I are working on several new models for FE2, with help from Coupi, Jeanba, Mike Dora and Crawford. Formal release dates are yet to be set for those newer models. My FM tweaks are always tested on "hard" FM mode in the sim. and should be flown at such a setting (no guarantees that they work at easy or normal settings - if you prefer flying at easy or normal FM settings, I recommend sticking with the Ojcar FMs that come stock with several of the aircraft types). Other helpful links, copied from the Read Me file for my FM update pack, are included below: Important Files to Install if Setting Up FE2 https://combatace.com/forums/topic/91337-problems-with-my-fe2/?tab=comments#comment-738368 Other Files and Technical Info. Regarding Plane Types https://combatace.com/forums/topic/91337-problems-with-my-fe2/?tab=comments#comment-738514 Info. on the Upgraded SPAD FMs https://combatace.com/forums/topic/87403-tweaked-flight-models-and-realism-pack-for-fe2/?page=6&tab=comments#comment-738317 The slightly older "Tweaked Smoke and Balloon Explosion Effects (for better framerates)" pack, mentioned in the "Important Files to Install if Setting Up FE2" link, is now located here: https://combatace.com/forums/topic/87403-tweaked-flight-models-and-realism-pack-for-fe2/?page=7&tab=comments#comment-744973 Also, my previous Siemens-Schuckert D.1 stand-in for the eastern front folder of my FM packs, mentioned in the "Other Files and Technical Info. Regarding Plane Types" link above, has been replaced by a modified FM for Stephen1918's beautiful SSW D.1 that was posted recently. The info. and link to that FM are located here: https://combatace.com/forums/topic/87403-tweaked-flight-models-and-realism-pack-for-fe2/?page=7&tab=comments#comment-745201 Happy flying, Von S
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