Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'heatblur f-14'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • CombatACE General Forums
    • The Pub
    • CombatACE News
    • Military and General Aviation
    • Digital Recon
    • Virtual Squadron Chat
    • Site Support / Bug Reports / Suggestions
  • Editorial Reviews and Interviews
    • Hardware Reviews
    • Game Reviews
    • Interviews
    • Mission Reports
  • Modding and Developer Forums
    • Razbam
    • Mod Mafia
    • CAF Development
  • Eagle Dynamics Digital Combat Simulator Series
    • Digital Combat Simulator News
    • Digital Combat Simulator Series File Announcements
    • Digital Combat Simulator Series General Discussion
    • Digital Combat Simulator Series Modding/Skinning Chat
    • Digital Combat Simulator Series Mission/Campaign Building
  • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters Series News
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - File Announcements
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - Knowledge Base
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - General Discussion
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - Screen Shots
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - Mods & Skinning Discussion
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - Mission & Campaign Building Discussion
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - Sci-Fi/Anime/What If Forum
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 2 Series - World War II Forum
  • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series - File Announcements
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters - Knowledge Base
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series - General Discussion
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series - Mods/Skinning Discussion
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series - Mission/Campaign Building Discussion
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series - Sci-Fi/Anime/What If Forum
    • Thirdwire: Strike Fighters 1 Series - Prop Heads Forum
  • Over Flanders Fields
    • OFF / WOFF 1 2 3 / UE - General Discussion
    • OFF / WOFF 1 2 3 / UE - Knowledge Base
    • OFF / WOFF 1 2 3 / UE - File Announcements
    • OFF - Retired Threads
  • WW1 Flight Simulation
    • WWI Flight Sim Discussion
    • Thirdwire - First Eagles 1&2
    • Rise of Flight
  • IL-2 Series / Pacific Fighters / Cliffs of Dover
    • IL-2 Series / Pacific Fighters / Cliffs of Dover: News
    • IL-2 Series / Pacific Fighters / Cliffs of Dover: File Announcements
    • IL-2 Series / Pacific Fighters / Cliffs of Dover: General Discussion
    • IL-2 Series / Pacific Fighters / Cliffs of Dover: Mods & Skinning Chat
    • IL-2 Series / Pacific Fighters / Cliffs of Dover: Mission & Campaign Building
  • Canvas Knights WW1 Game
    • Canvas Knights WW1 Game - Official News Releases
    • Canvas Knights WW1 Game - General Discussions
    • Canvas Knights WW1 Game - Works In Progress (WIP)
    • Canvas Knights WW1 Game - Other Mods
    • Canvas Knights WW1 Game - Videos and Screenshots
    • Canvas Knights WW1 Game - File Announcements
  • EAW - European Air War
    • EAWPRO - New Location Redirect
    • EAW - File Announcements
    • EAW - General Discussions
    • EAW - Support and Help
    • EAW - Skinning, Modding, Add-ons
    • EAW - Online Multiplay
    • EAW - Knowledge Base
  • Flight Simulation
    • General Flight Sim News
    • General Flight Sim Discussion
    • Microsoft Flight Simulator
    • Jet Thunder
    • Falcon 4 Series
    • Combat Pilot Series
  • Helo Simulation
    • The Hover Pad
  • World Language Forums
    • Español
    • Português
    • Deutsch
    • Polski
    • עִבְרִית
    • Italiano
    • 한국어
    • 中文 (正、简)
    • 日本語
    • Русский
    • Français
    • Česky
  • West Coast ATC / PROPS Racing
    • West Coast ATC General Topics
    • PROPS Racing General Topics
  • Racing Sims
    • Racing Simulations General Discussions
  • Tactical Sims/FPS
    • The Bunker
    • Americas Army
    • Armed Assault Series
    • Call of Duty
    • BattleField
  • Naval Simulation
    • Naval Combat Information Center
    • Killerfish Games - Cold Waters, Atlantic & Pacific Fleet
    • Silent Hunter Series
    • Dangerous Waters
  • Space Simulations
    • Sci-Fi Simulations
    • Star Trek Legacy
    • Star Wars
    • Battlestar Galactica
  • Hardware/Tech/Gadgets
    • Hardware/Software Chat
    • Game Controllers
    • Case Modding
  • Odds & Ends
    • Strategy Simulations
    • Game Console Corner
    • Buy/Sell/Trade Corner
  • EAWPRO's Discussions

Calendars

  • Community Calendar

Categories

  • Strike Fighters by Thirdwire
    • Strike Fighters 1 Series by Thirdwire
    • Strike Fighters 2 Series by Thirdwire
  • First Eagles by Thirdwire
    • First Eagles - General Files
    • First Eagles - WWI and Early Years 1914 - 1920
    • First Eagles - Golden Era 1920 to 1940
  • Digital Combat Simulator Series
    • DCS Aircraft Skins
    • DCS Aircraft Mods
    • DCS Singleplayer Missions
    • DCS Multiplayer Missions
    • DCS Campaigns
    • DCS Object Mods
    • DCS Sound Mods
    • DCS Tracks / Videos / Tutorials
    • DCS Utilities
    • DCS Joystick Config Files
    • DCS Misc. Files
    • DCS Patches
  • OFF/WOFF - Over Flanders Fields by OBD Software
    • Aircraft Skins
    • Aircraft Models
    • Scenery and Ground Objects
    • Maps, Missions, and Campaigns
    • Modding Tools and Add-on Software
    • OFFice / OFFbase / OFFworld
  • Canvas Knights WW1
  • EAW - Europen Air War
  • IL2: Forgotten Battles / Pacific Fighters by Ubisoft
    • IL2 Series Aircraft Skins
    • IL2 Series Campaigns & Missions
    • IL2 Series Game Mods
    • IL2 Series Utilities/ Editors
  • Rise Of Flight
    • ROF - Aircraft Skins
    • ROF - Missions and Campaigns
    • ROF - Miscellaneous Files
  • FALCON 4.0: Allied Force by MicroProse
  • Flight Simulator by Microsoft & PROPS Racing Files
    • FSX by Microsoft
    • FS9 and Pre-FS9 by Microsoft
    • PROPS Racing Files
  • Racing Simulations
    • rFactor
    • Main Game Files and Updates
    • GTR/GTR2
    • Aircraft
    • Aircraft Skins
    • Ground and Sea Vehicles
    • Scenery, Maps, and Objects
    • Missions
    • Miscellaneous
    • Mods
    • Tools
  • Sci-Fi Simulations
    • Star Trek Legacy
    • Star Wars Games
    • Misc - Other
  • First Person Simulations
    • Armed Assault
    • America's Army
  • Naval Simulations
    • Cold Waters
    • Silent Hunter Series
    • Dangerous Waters

Group


AIM


MSN


ICQ


Yahoo


Jabber


Skype


Location


Interests


Website


Twitter


Facebook

Found 1 result

  1. Well, Heatblur finally released the F-14B into Early Access. If you aren't familiar with DCS, you may like to know that you need to run the module in the DCS World OpenBeta, rather than the full-up version. I hadn't touched OpenBeta and only played DCS every now and again in the past, so I was glad to find that out. I'm quite impressed with the module to say the least. The Jester AI is easy as pie to interact with, making long-range engagements very straightforward. I did three sorties tonight, after a control shakeout (DCS likes to assign axes to everything!) and basic familiarization flight. The first mission I forgot to set the time to 1200 and left it on "Random". So, a pitch-black fight against a MiG-21 it was! I have the tags on, still, in part because the monitor can slip out of my glasses field of view with TrackIR, and I can at least see a little red blob against the terrain, so that helped, but it does feel like cheating and I'll be shutting it off at some point. I was able to down the Fishbed and get back to base. This is fine! No problem at all... Second fight was in Nevada doing long-range stuff to check out Phoenix. The final fight was the included "MiG-28" fight, which was a 4v2 which sees you take a catapult shot and bring the plane back to land. Because we had an E-2 in the area, we got a vector for the bandits, ROE was splash anything that went feet-wet. I still haven't figured out how to direct the wingman, so he was effectively along for the ride. At about 25NM, TWS-A selected, I loosed both AIM-54Cs at a MiG-28 a piece, both missiles tracked and splashed their targets. Next bandit I got with my second Sparrow missile. The final guy got a shot off at my wingman, but his missile took dash-2's flares. Both AIM-9 shots I took were trashed and I had to finish him off with the gun. Plenty of gas left, but now I know I've gotta put it down on the boat, and man am I glad I went straight home, because I think it took me about 10 tries to get back on deck, and that last try, let me tell you - one of those famous "we land NOW, GOD-DAMMIT!" one-wires where I just barely missed a ramp strike. Wasn't pretty and I know I damaged the plane because little holes appeared on the port-side of the nose of the model to signify that the section had taken a beating. Funny enough, in combat, I only put 6.8g on the plane! Cat on the 'Cat "Hi, there!" No kill like a GUNS kill! I think it would come as the understatement of the century to say I was anticipating this module, but I will also say that until Heatblur did their official announcement video, I had zero confidence it would ever get done. The DCS community has been burned plenty of times in the past, and HB had run into problems and setbacks of their own while in development. My mindset became: once it's on my hard drive, then I'll believe it. As videos began to roll in, however, it became more like a kid on Christmas "oh man, I can't wait." Well, now I have it, and I can share some first impressions. The model is friggin' fantastic. The level of detail on it is stunning both externally and in the cockpit. The rivet-counters will have a tough time on this one; the models are based on laser-scanned F-14s sitting in museums, and years worth of research. The sounds are also amazing, to include a lot of clickyness to the various buttons and switches in the cockpit. The view out of the cockpit is very good, as one would expect out of a bubble canopy, but not as good in the forward quarter as an airplane without the "jail bars" splitting the windscreen. That said, with TrackIR or VR, you can simply move your head a little, or lean forward or back to keep tally. You can see clear through the tails from the front seat. In this case, I just started flying through a cloud, so it's a little blurry. The Jester AI, like I mentioned earlier, is very intuitive and easy to interact with. Even without reading the manual on how to interact, I figured it out in the first combat flight I took. The single biggest thing that will take time to learn is the flight model and handling characteristics. The F-14 is truly a stick and rudder plane, and the F-14s in Strike Fighters 2 don't even come close to simulating the adverse elements of the F-14's handling, especially wing rock and control reversal. I wouldn't consider myself a contender online at the moment, and the fact that I was able to take out the AI aircraft in a gunfight at this stage is simply because they are AI. If you hop in expecting the plane to hold your hand like the F/A-18C module, you're in for a ride. It has no g-limiter, no alpha limiter, beta (yaw) limiter, etc. It's you talking directly to the control surfaces and them doing whatever the hell you tell them to, be it to your advantage or detriment. "Need to get out of the way of that missile and put the stick in your lap? Fine! 10g ain't the worst I've been through! Boot full of rudder? I'm not stopping you! Canopy jettison followed by...oh, you son of a..." In terms of overall maneuverability (sustained/instantaneous "g", roll rate, etc.) the airplane feels good. If I didn't jack it up and start rocking the wings, I was able to turn perfectly fine and loaded as much as 9.8g on the plane in one of my fights without complaint. A major saving grace against the F-5s when I got the plane out of shape is the fact that the B adds energy quick, and I was able to stabilize the plane and quickly curl inside their turns to go from defensive, to neutral, to offensive reliably and repeatedly. I actually had to get one of them off of my dead six o'clock (he shot a missile while there, but it took my flares) and was able to reverse the situation in a manner of seconds. The F110's power also gives the plane a lot of options, such as pushing the fight vertical, or un-f*cking your carrier approach when you jack it up and almost put yourself into the back of the boat for the fourth time. AoA and airspeed are very important to pay attention to, and the rudders will make or break you in a dogfight or at slow speeds. I still haven't felt out the slow speed regime intentionally yet. I have run the plane out of airspeed during some hamfisted dogfighting moments, but honestly, it recovers itself pretty quickly, and it maintains a degree of controllability even below 100KIAS, such that I was able to point the nose where I wanted with the rudders as the plane flopped over and began regaining speed. It also allows you to go to full flaps for slow-speed flight/fighting without needing to pull the aux flap circuit breaker (of the few things not [yet] modeled, one is the circuit breakers). As I build confidence, I'll start looking to test my skills against MiG-29s, Su-27s, etc., and eventually get into multiplayer, but right now, I'm still learning the thing. Overall, it's a really amazing module. Every video I've seen talking about this module says that Heatblur set a new bar for aircraft in DCS. I agree. The plane is spectacular. You'll need to put in the time to learn it, but man, is it rewarding to fly. At some point in the future, the F-14A will be released, and the package already comes with a carrier and A-6, so its steeper asking price of $79.99 gets you more than just a single jet. In my opinion, it's well worth the asking price. I'm sure that'll buff out...
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..