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  1. Dear Friends, Our team has finished the development of the new update 5.004, and it is released. Sopwith Snipe and many updates. The year 2022 is drawing to a close and we did our best to bring you a new update on Christmas Eve. It bears the number 5.004 and adds the Great War Collector Plane Sopwith Snipe to our series. It is a late war aircraft equipped with the most powerful Bentley BR2 rotary engine, producing up to 234 horsepower. By comparison, the Sopwith Camel fighter's Clerget 9B engine produced 130 hp. At the same time, however, the Snipe is 200 kilograms heavier than its predecessor (more than a quarter). Overall, the new fighter is more stable in flight and has better speed and climb characteristics. Everyone who has purchased an airplane now has the opportunity to master it and use it in combat. In addition to the new vehicle, in update 5.004 we are releasing two AI armored vehicles for the Normandy and Bodenplatte projects - the M8 Greyhound and the SdKfz 234/2 Puma. You'll find new scenario missions for Churchill and StuG III in this update, they were created by community enthusiast super-truite and his friends. More than 80 improvements were made to the "Western Front, Spring 1918" map, which is in the early access phase and is currently being finalized. There are a number of other improvements and fixes to player controllable aircraft, tanks and artificial intelligence. A complete list of changes in the version 5.004 follows: 5.004 1. The Sopwith Snipe, a Royal Air Force collector aircraft from the final phase of the Great War, is now available to its owners; 2. Battle of Normandy AI armored vehicle M8 Greyhound added; 3. Battle of Normandy AI armored vehicle SdKfz 234/2 Puma added; 4. Scenarios for collectible vehicles Churchill and StuG III added (super-truite); 5. Mk.37 rig model for the 5'/38-gun Mk.12 on the Bayfield and Liberty ships updated; 6. Fixed a bug in the aircraft AI leading to incorrect maneuver choices and incorrect aircraft behavior in aerial combat, which was especially noticeable on WWI airplanes; 7. AI pilots correctly climb while maintaining formation; 8. AI pilots controlling high speed capable aircraft are less likely to use risky high-altitude maneuvers at lower altitudes (previously these could led to a collision with the ground); 9. AI pilots should better avoid collisions in some maneuvers, especially in a frontal attack; 10. The tail section damage texture has been fixed on all Bf-109s; 11. The placards were corrected along with other minor improvements on Bf-109 E7, He 111 H6/H16, Ju-87 D3, Spitfire Mk.Vb/IXe/XIV (Oyster_KAI); 12. Incorrect operation of GUI information bar in player controllable tanks has been fixed; 13. C-47A: a number of visual inaccuracies and technical problems with the aircraft model has been fixed, including the shape of upper air intakes on engine nacelles; 14. C-47A: phosphorescent cockpit instrument illumination restored; 15. C-47A: fixed a bug with a broken window when the landing door is opened for bailing out; 16. C-47A: fixed a bug in the bail out animation that caused crew members to visually appear outside the cockpit for a moment; 17. C-47A: added a feature to align engine flaps with the flow; 18. C-47A: a fixed bug with radio compass working on powered off aircraft; 19. Me 262A: fixed reflections in cockpit instruments; 20. Stug III Ausf. G gun now takes more time to reload if the loader is unbuttoned; 21. Crew gestures have been added for the Churchill IV and the Stug III; 22. Stug III Ausf. G - fixed an incorrect position of the machine gun after loader's death, if it was in anti-aircraft position; 23. Stug III Ausf.G. - corrected wrong animation of the side correction input control; 24. Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G - main gun reloading sound aligned with the visual animation; 25. Mission editor: skins which consist of several textures are correctly displayed in the skin list; 26. It is possible to shoot off the trunk behind the turret on Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M, Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G, Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.H and Churchill IV; 27. It is possible to shoot off the commander cupola on the Tiger; 28. Range of smoke grenade launchers corrected for all player controllable vehicles; 29. Improved sorting of visual effect particles; 30. Western Front map, Spring 1918: Treizennes airfield added; 31. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Clairmarais airfield moved; 32. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Ferme airfield is renamed Filescamp Farm; 33. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Droogland Airfield moved to square 0205-8; 34. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: removed second Epehy; 35. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: added bridge to the fortress in square 0408-9; 36. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Hoog Huys manor added; 37. Map of Western Front, Spring 1918: added Ferme manor; 38. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Removed flooded railroad track; 39. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: corrected railroad tracks in square 1202; 40. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Hoog Huys Airfield moved; 41. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: Filescamp Farm airfield moved; 42. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: added homestead near Droogland airfield; 43. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: corrected wrong track crossing in quadrant 0305-8; 44. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: improved appearance of Thionville Steelworks East and Thionville Steelworks; 45. Western Front Map, Spring 1918: the village of Crochte has been renamed Merckeghem; 46. Western Front map, Spring 1918: Hondschoote village renamed Esquelbecq; 47. Western Front map, Spring 1918: Droogland village moved to square 0205-8 and renamed Winnezeele; 48. Western Front map, Spring 1918: Kemmelberg village moved to square 0207-5 and renamed Kemmel; 49. Map of the Western Front, Spring 1918: Aire is renamed Aire-sur-la-Lys; 50. Map of Western Front, Spring 1918: 25 obstructions on road network removed; 51. Map of the Western Front, Spring 1918: 15 wrong dead ends on the road network were removed; 52. Western Front map, Spring 1918: corrected 18 problematic entrances to railroad bridges. And to see the Snipe in action, check out our Youtube channel:
  2. Dear Friends, Today we'll tell you about one of the Collector Planes in development - IAR-80/81. Both kinds of this Romanian aircraft will be available in our sim: the 'short' model with short fuselage and wings and the 'long' one (that's right - with long fuselage and wings). At the moment, the work on the first model has progressed well and the second one will be developed relatively fast after finishing the first. This fighter/bomber was designed under the lead of Ion Grosu and took off for the first time in 1939. In 1940 the aircraft went into mass production and later was updated many times, resulting in many modifications. Most of them will be available in Great Battles: "Short version" I.A.R.80-A serie 106-150 : fighter armed with six 7.92mm FN Browning MGs firing German rounds (base model). I.A.R.80-B series 181-200 : fighter armed with four 7.92mm and two 13.2mm FN Browning MGs firing 13.2mm Hotchkiss rounds. I.A.R.80-M : fighter armed with two 7.92mm FN Browning MGs and two 20mm MG-151/20 German guns. I.A.R.81 series 151-175 : fighter/bomber armed with six 7.92mm FN Browning MGs and capable to deliver up to three bombs with up to 400 kg total weight. The underbelly bomb mount had a special parallelogram mechanism for dive bombing that prevented a released bomb from hitting the propeller. In addition, the flaps on this dive bomber modification had larger angle range, serving as ad-hoc air brakes. "Long version" I.A.R.80-B series 212-230 : fighter armed with four 7.92mm and two 13.2mm FN Browning MGs firing 13.2mm Hotchkiss rounds (base model). I.A.R.80-C series 251-290 : fighter armed with four 7.92mm FN Browning MGs and two 20mm MG-FF Ikaria guns. I.A.R.81-C series 301-450 : fighter/bomber armed two 7.92mm FN Browning MGs and two 20mm MG-151/20 German guns and capable to deliver up to three bombs. All the IAR-80 modifications that will be modeled in our sim were powered by twin-row radial 14-cylinder air cooled engine I.A.R.-14K, which was the licensed version of the French Gnome-Rhone 14K. In takeoff mode it could reach 1000 HP. The similar, albeit less uprated engines were installed on the German ground attack aircraft Hs-129B-2 most Great Battles players are familar with already. This first Romanian mass-produced fighter was all metal except the stabilizer and flaps skin. The flaps and landing gear had hydraulic actuators. All in all, it possessed flight characteristics similar to Soviet Yak-1, but late IAR modifications had much more powerful weapons and bombs. The visual 3D model of IAR-80/81 is being developed by two famous enthusiasts - Ivan Shirshov (3D model) and Martin =ICDP= Catney (exterior textures). We hope they'll finish their part of the work in the coming months and we'll be able to start the work on its FM and systems. We'd like to repeat once again - if you're interested in creating new content for our series, we're always open for collaboration. Just contact us.
  3. Update 5.003 Dear Friends, Our team has finished the development of the new update 5.003, and it is released. This time we will launch three new pieces of new content at once. The first object is the C-47 "Skytrain" we have talked about in Dev Blog #331. This big guy has been developed together with Yugra Media company which created the 3D model of the cockpit and updated the external model of this aircraft. It wasn't easy, but this plane is interesting to become familiar with. This most popular military transport plane of WWII is now available in Pilot's Career mode during the Normandy and Rhineland timeframes. You'll be assigned missions like Cargo Delivery, Special Forces Paradrop and Cargo Paradrop (the second and third mission types can occur both during daytime and nighttime in Normandy career). We're hoping you'll enjoy flying it. The second one is the Western Front 1918 map created for Flying Circus Vol. 2. At this time the flyable zone corresponds to the Rise of Flight map while the buildings and objects are placed in the two most important zones as it was planned for FC Vol.2: Amiens - Lille - Saint Quentin (North-West) and Thionville - Saint Dizier - Nancy (South-East). Both WWI maps, Arras and the new Western Front one are available to owners of either Flying Circus Vol.1 and Vol.2 as we have promised during the project announcement. We hope to continue WWI development in the future and complete the scene along the frontline. For now, the map is WIP even for FC Vol.2 and the development of Career and Advanced Quick Mission modes for it are ongoing. The Quick Mission mode for it is already available, while Yugra-Media continues improving the map itself. The third new arrival is StuG III Ausf.G - we have talked about this steel German beast in Dev Blog #333. The modeled assault gun was created by MIAG factory using the Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M chassis produced by MAN factory. This combat vehicle is the popular Ausführung G version. The most mass produced modification, numbered around 7800 units. They were armed with the 75mm StuK 40 L/48 gun with artillery periscope and equipped with Schurzen side armor sheets, smoke grenade launchers and an infantry MG34 stowed in the fighting compartment which was operated by an unlucky loader who had to expose himself to fire it. The completion of StuG III allows us to present new Tank Crew editions: Premium and Deluxe. Tank Crew Premium Edition offers the complete Tank Crew - Clash at Prokhorovka experience by adding 4 Collector Vehicles to the already impressive list of 10 legendary combat vehicles. A detailed Prokhorovka map and two campaigns of the original Tank Crew. This Premium Edition is available on our website. The Deluxe Edition is available on Steam and includes Battle of Stalingrad in addition to all this. Either edition offers huge savings compared to purchasing its contents independently. Of course, this is not all. For instance, Steel Birds campaign has been updated to accommodate the new tactical numbers system and is now available on Steam. There are dozens of other additions and fixes and the work on improving Great Battles continues. The full changelist follows: Main Features 1. The "Western Front, Spring 1918" map is available in Early Access to all customers who pre-ordered Flying Circus Vol. 2 and to all owners of Flying Circus Vol. 1 as we promised at the time of the announcement. Quick Mission mode works already, the work on finalizing the map and implementing the Pilot's Career and Advanced Quick Mission modes for it continues; 2. The C-47 "Skytrain" transport plane is now available to all who have pre-ordered it. In addition to QMB and AQMG modes, this aircraft can be selected in Normandy and Rhineland Career mode timeframes; 3. The German StuG III Ausf.G assault gun is now available to all who have pre-ordered it; 4. AI-controlled tank Pz.Kpfw. V Ausf.G Panther added; 5. AI-controlled Morris C9B self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with Bofors 40/L60 cannon added; 6. AI-controlled Universal Carrier Mk.II added; 7. The variety and historical consistency of aircraft and tank tactical numbers in Quick Mission, Advanced Quick Mission, and Pilot's Career modes increased; 8. Added the ability to remove external fuel tanks on player-controllable T-34 and SU-122; 9. Smoke grenade launcher functionality added on player-controllable Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M, Pz.Kpfw.V Ausf.D, and Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.H1; 10. Improved structure damage modeling of WWI airframes under load (their G-limit drop from rifle caliber bullet hits is not as drastic as before). Other Changes 11. The target distribution in AI aircraft groups has been adjusted. Priority targets like anti-aircraft guns are engaged by one to four planes in the group depending on the leader's AI level, other wingmen will choose other targets; 12. Steel Birds historical campaign has been updated. All flights are assigned tactical numbers according to the time period and specific unit, many other fixes and improvements were made;. 13. The animation of guns in turrets when switching positions has been corrected. 14. Turrets return to default positions when the crew leaves the plane. 15. The cocking animation when reloading the magazine has been restored. 16. Dynamic damage hit marks correctly appear on auxiliary armor panels on Fw 190 A-8, Fw 190 A-6, B-26B55 and others. 17. IL-2 mod. 1943: formation lights won't visually double at a distance. 18. USS Gleaves: torpedo launcher effects are aligned with its position. 19. USS Gleaves: torpedoes in the water are visible at a distance correctly. 20. Custom paint schemes won't have tactical numbers automatically assigned. 21. Normandy videos now have subtitles in Russian, Chinese, German, Spanish and French.; 22. Career ground attack aircraft escort missions won't be randomly generated in a corner of the map. 23. AI-controlled Ordnance QF 17-pounder gun now aims correctly. 24. Churchill IV gunfire sound replaced by a more suitable one. 25. PzKpfw IV Ausf.H is correctly visible at a distance. 26. PzKpfw IV Ausf.H model updated in many ways. 27. The PTK commander's panorama on SU-152 works correctly again. 28. Churchill speed indicators corrected. 29. Ferdinand gunner station now has a mirror for the bubble level indicator. 30. Ferdinand station notes (in-game help) updated. 31. Previews for T-34 mod. 1943 skins restored. 32. Fixed an error in submarines' torpedo launching algorithm, which sometimes caused the torpedoes to explode prematurely. 33. Radiator leakage effect excessive brightness has been reduced. 34. AI pilots won't sometimes taxi after landing in the wrong order. 35. AI pilots whose aircraft are unable to land will now be put at the end of the landing queue. 36. Tank fuel tanks can catch fire even if the engine is knocked out (previously this was blocked to prevent effects doubling). 37. In a case of MG misfire in a player controlled tank the cocking sound can be heard. 38. The disappearance of techno chat messages in Dogfight that could occur in a next flight after bailing out has been fixed. 39. Parachutes appear in multiplayer correctly when there is a wind. 40. The death animation of the A-20 top gunner has been corrected. 41. Yak-9 and Yak-9T: corrected the appearance of extended landing gear warning lights. 42. The rear landing gear of Flying Circus airplanes leaves a correct sized trail on the ground. 43. GUI: the operation of the armament panel in the HUD when there are multiple switchable positions has been corrected. 44. GUI: fixed HUD elements "blinking" at commander's seat. 45. Airco DH4 wreckage appearance has been corrected. 46. Damaged Gotha G.V. airplanes look correct at a distance; 47. Mission Editor: Entente and Central Powers units are displayed in blue and red respectively. 48. Mission Editor: Entente and Central Powers countries are correctly displayed in the Order/Opposition lists in the object properties of the Location type. 49. Mission Editor: the Move Camera to Object command for objects in the mission tree now has a keyboard shortcut Shift+RClick. The right mouse button click with Shift on an object in the mission tree will move the camera to this object. 50. Mission Editor: the Set on Ground command now works recursively for objects in groups and for groups within other groups. 51. U-2VS: a missing rocket on the left wing was added to ammo variants #20 and #29. 52. Tactical number colors were corrected in scenario campaigns. 53. Bomb and rocket aiming helpers won't jitter when enabled.
  4. Dear Friends, Very soon - next week - we'll publish the next update that is planned to bring (provided no critical problems are found during the beta testing) the long-awaited StuG III and C-47A, AND the WIP Western Front Spring 1918 map (!). We have told about the legendary Skytrain in one of our previous Dev Blogs, so today's star is StuG.III Ausf.G. There were many StuG.III self-propelled guns produced during the war, more than 9000 units spanning around 10 modifications. The Ausführung G that is recreated by our very talented partners at Digital Forms was the later one, having the heaviest gun and armor of all of them. The vehicle represented was built on the Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M base, so it has nearly the same chassis, engine and transmission. The fighting compartment, however, was completely rebuilt: replacing the turret with the welded armored superstructure granted it enough internal volume to accomodate the bigger 75 mm StuK 40/L48 gun. Its barrel and ballistics are similar to KwK.40 L/48 installed on Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G and later ones. This gun used the same ammo as 7,5 cm Pak. 40 AT gun. Unlike the tank gun equipped with a telescopic gunsight designed for direct fire, the StuG.III gun had Sfl. ZF 1a artillery periscope marked for thre ammo types - APHE, sub-caliber AP and HE. Late StuG III modifications were equipped by infantry MG34 machinegun with box magazines stored in the fighting compartment. To fire it, the loader had to get out of his hatch, raise the armored shield and set the machinegun up in one of the two positions - for firing at air or ground targets. Schurzen armor plates for protection against AT rifles and shaped charges could be also installed. Six one-shot smoke mortars could be also installed. Sure enoungh, not only we modeled them in the game, but we couldn't resist and upgraded the two previously released Tank Crew tanks with this weapon - Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M and Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.H1 Tiger. All in all, StuG.III is a light enough to be maneuverable, but also has a good frontal armor protection and a powerful main weapon. As we mentioned above, it will be available to its owners very soon.
  5. Update 5.002 Dear Friends, The huge update 5.002 was just released - it contains both new content and a lot of improvements for all released modules at once. The heavy British infantry tank Churchill IV is released - it is already available in the game for everyone who has purchased it. The tank represents a Lend-Lease program vehicle on the Eastern Front. There is a thorough description of it in the Dev Blog #328 - we recommend you to take a look since there are many interesting features. The update contains really important improvements for ALL aircraft of our projects — now you can customize their tactical numbers. The style of tactical numbers for each aircraft corresponds to the average historical practice: in reality, the numbers were applied with huge differences even on the same model of aircraft, however, the style we have chosen reconstructs historical prototypes well. Unique "fonts" have been created for each country, and the user can choose not only a symbol, but also its color. The available selection depends on the aircraft model according to historical data. In addition to being customizable by the player, in the Quick Mission, Advanced Quick Mission, and Pilot's Career modes the AI-controlled aircraft also have correct tactical numbers. In addition, the technology of dynamic visual damage (DVD) is now applied to ALL aircraft in our project. Essentially it makes the impact marks appear exactly where they should, not just in a general area like part of the wing. You are already familiar with it - earlier it was working on tanks, Flying Circus Vol.2 aircraft and some Battle of Normandy aircraft. Now the new system is used everywhere. It should be noted that since the position of these dynamic marks must be transmitted in a network game, an optimization was in order to avoid a decrease in the performance of the network module: in a multiplayer game, only hit marks from bigger rounds are displayed, bullet hits aren’t due to their number. In single player mode hit marks from all calibers are present. In the version 5.002 ALL aircraft also received a completely new visualization of the rotating propeller. Its appearance is now based on the physical principles and the image is matched to how it looks on video recordings, taking in account interference and strobe effects. The 3/4 view of the propeller corresponds to the direction of its rotation, forming a "crescent" pattern according to how the blades are facing the observer at each place of the propeller disk. The side view at the propeller depends on the propeller pitch. When viewed from the front, there is an effect of scratches flickering in the sun. In addition, the blurred propeller texture changes according to the paint scheme. A long-standing problem related to the excessive visibility of aircraft navigation and formation lights was also resolved. On all aircraft, the visibility of such lights is reduced to a common denominator and in accordance with historical data. There are well over 60 improvements and fixes waiting for you in this update. For instance, three new cargo ships were added for the Battle of Normandy. The full list of changes can be found below. Take a look at the last item on the list - the story of how it made it into the update is very interesting. After the release of Normandy, a gentleman who saw our trailer on YouTube recognized his father’s Typhoon by its tactical number (!), and wrote about it in the comments. He offered to provide more information and send photos. Of course, we updated the information (it is in the description of the paint scheme ‘Collins’), and we have found an excellent use for one photo. As you know, in our sim you can place a photo in the cockpit of aircraft and tanks - by default it is a woman corresponding to the era and country, but the player can replace it with an image of their own loved ones or even put some notes there. Now the Typhoon by default will have the real photo of the wife and child of the 245th squadron leader Jack Collins, who has been killed in action over Normandy - exactly the photo that he would have placed himself in the cockpit of his aircraft in 1944. This is a kind of a digital monument, a tribute to the memory of the pilot and his family. We want to extend this practice to other aircraft and tanks in our simulator - if you happen to know relatives of a pilot or tank crew member who fought in one of them, and they still have wartime photographs showing his family, please tell them to contact us at pr@1cgs.net. 5.002 Main Features Player-controllable detailed tank Churchill IV is now available to its customers; All Great Battles aircraft have new rotating propellers visualization tech; All Great Battles aircraft now use user-defined tactical numbers. The tactical number format for each aircraft reasonably corresponds to historical prototypes and varies by country. The font of numbers for each country is different and was chosen as the most commonly used from a historical and technical point of view. Additional paint schemes that are compatible with customizable tactical numbers are added; All Great Battles aircraft have the new tech of navigation and formation lights visualization, their visibility range became more realistic; All Great Battles aircraft use the DVD (dynamic visual damage) technology that was previously applied for tanks - the impact marks from bullets and shells are placed in the impact location (not just in a general area like part of the wing). The size and appearance of the marks is consistent with the type and caliber of the projectile, as well as the material of the skin at the point of impact; Bayfield-class assault transport ship added; Liberty cargo ship added; 12,000 ton cargo ship Design 1013 added; Normandy Map Improvements River borders in some French port cities corrected; Rivers near railway bridges and landmarks corrected; Churches in some areas were replaced with more historically suitable models; Coastal cliffs positions corrected; Many railway bridges were replaced with ones more suitable for specific locations; Mulberry A and Mulberry B port plans corrected; Windmills, water towers and production workshops positions corrected throughout the map; Some leftover trees removed from airfields; Several French port layouts corrected according to the new historical data; Fixed a problem with fortification objects partially hanging in the air; Fixed a problem with houses, barracks and production shops partially hanging in the air; Road network refined on the entire map; Manston airfield texturing adjusted; Miscellaneous Changes A-20 cockpit canopy reflections adjusted when viewed from the outside; Bf 109 spinners won’t visibly “turn 180°” when viewed from a distance; Red underwing smoke generator works correctly on SPAD XIII; Colliding with certain houses won’t cause tanks and other ground vehicles to be pushed in the air; Player controllable detailed tanks won’t stuck on the ruins of some houses; Rotating a ground object view camera won’t cause it to freeze or jump to the coordinate root in certain situations; MLRS won’t sometimes ‘creep forward’ when firing; Fixed an issue with the wingmen progressively falling behind in altitude when flying in a formation when the leader is climbing; The V-1 cruise missile autopilot ability to recover from a push has been reduced, making it easier to knock off course; V-1 engine flame effect looks correct from a distance; IL-2 airframe sturdiness has been corrected (now its tail is more resistant to damage); In Quick Missions where you control an AA gun the skins of target aircraft are set in accordance with the side, season and theater; Career: fixed an issue where the flight leader could taxi back to the last taxiing point on the runway before starting the takeoff; Career: fixed an issue that caused an empty bridgehead cover mission generation when choosing to start in the air; Normandy Career and AQM: a car on the runway and a parked plane near the control tower on the Thorney Island airfield were removed; Normandy Career and AQM: signal fires were removed from the airfield A1 Saint-Pierre-du-Mont taxiways; Normandy Career and AQM: static aircraft were removed from the edge of the runway on the Plumelot airfield; Normandy Career: now your character can be captured when landing or bailing out over enemy territory; Mission Editor: fixed an issue where changing the model of a detailed building in a mission could make it indestructible and generate script errors; Mission Editor: fixed the assignment of an object script for detailed buildings after changing the building model via the Properties > Model dialog; Mission Editor: Properties > Model dialog for Artillery, Buildings, Blocks, Blocks Detail and Firing Point object types now contains only the objects of the corresponding type; Mission Editor: the ability to link the objects in different groups has been restored due to a popular demand; Mission Editor: logical objects were removed from the Normandy map templates (this caused a large number of error messages during mission integrity checks, but did not affect the game functioning in any way); Mission Editor: the “/” symbol in the path to the object skin will be read correctly; Historically correct single-barreled 40-mm Bofors guns and the rangefinder post are added to the LST landing ships; Now the amount of time an AI aircraft can spend in a negative G maneuver is limited; Camouflage colors of the Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G tank and the Flakpanzer IV Mobelwagen self-propelled anti-aircraft gun were fixed; A disabled detailed tank won’t incorrectly remain a group leader (previously damage to the vehicle could be incorrectly taken into account); AI wingmen execute commands "Attack air targets", "Attack ground targets" and "Attack air and ground targets" better; AI pilots engage brakes on the runway when waiting for the takeoff; Ar 234B2 drag parachutes and the SB 1000/410 bomb look correctly from a distance; Improved display of translucency of camouflage nets at a distance; Fixed graphical bugs in wagon models, due to which some of their parts began to “glow” in the dark in distant views; Fixed a graphical bug in the airfield barracks model (arf_eu_barrackblack) that caused a destroyed building to look like an intact one at a medium middle distance; Fixed display of balloon cables in multiplayer; Fixed an issue with the visual disappearance of the ammo belt and a false message about reloading when correcting a misfire in a bow (forward firing) machine gun on German tanks; The M2 commander's machine gun on the M4A2 tank can overheat and misfire; In multiplayer Dogfight mode a mismatch of tactical codes has been fixed; Fixed a game crash that could occur when a detailed SPG is following Attack Area - Attack Ground order; P-51B-5 some parts of the landing gear won’t "glow"; The size of HE shell DVD hit marks on thin metal and non-metal was increased by 3 times; The M8 Greyhound and Morris C9B combat vehicles have been temporarily removed for revision; Fixed a game crash for a guest commander when the owner of the tank exited the mission and there was an active order to move or attack; Fixed switching to the visor view when the tank is below a certain height above sea level; Last but not the least: the default photo in the Typhoon cockpit has been replaced with a real photo provided by the family of the 245th squadron leader, Jack Collins, who was killed in action over Normandy. Have fun!!! :)
  6. Update 4.706 Dear Pilots! Battle of Normandy is getting closer and closer to that special moment - its release! Testing of the map and game modes will begin soon. New mission types are being created for the Normandy Career. Work is nearing completion on the last aircraft on the project list – the Me 410. All this is happening right now and the work is in full swing. However, at the same time, we try to release those elements of the project that are already ready without delay. So, today, we are producing two aircraft created as part of BON. The first one is the Arado AR 234 B-2. This jet powered single-seat twin-engine reconnaissance bomber is designed to be controlled by the player and has a number of new interesting systems we developed for it. It has a dive-bombing sight, reusable boosters, a drag chute, an automatic aircraft control system ("built-in" autopilot) and many other smaller features that should give you many hours of fun learning about the features of this aircraft. The second plane is the B-26B-55 Marauder AI twin-engine bomber. Although the B-26 is implemented as an AI piloted plane, the quality of this bird is just as good as all the other flyable ones. We made unique crew animations for it and created a new airborne gunner model (which will later be applied to the B-25, A-20 and C-47). We also, implemented a number of design features of this aircraft. In general, accompanying him, or attacking him, should be quite interesting for you. In addition to the two aircraft, some of the last AI objects planned for the Battle of Normandy are included in this update: a Bedford QL truck and tanker variant and several landing craft - LCA, LCM and LCT. Work on missions where these ships will play their main role has already begun. In addition, several other changes were made to improve the project, the list of which can be found below: 1. The German twin-engine single-seat jet reconnaissance bomber Arado AR 234 B-2 is now available for control by all players who pre-ordered the Battle of Normandy project; 2. AI controlled bomber B-26B-55 Marauder, created as part of the Battle of Normandy project, has been added to the project; 3. The Bedford QLD AI truck and its version of the Bedford QLC tanker, created as part of the Battle of Normandy project, have been added to the project; 4. Landing craft LCA, LCT, LCM, created as part of the Battle of Normandy project, have been added to the project; 5. Improved impact of small arms recoil on aircraft; 6. Improved physics of aircraft collision with static objects; 7. Restored the work of AI priorities set by the Force Complete command; 8. Improved animation of rocket launcher ammo in aircraft cockpits; 9. Mosquito FB Mk.VI series.2 - an artifact has been removed from the windshield next to the wiper; 10. Mosquito FB Mk.VI series.2 - the appearance of the pad on the standard red dot sight has been fixed: the pad from the Mk.III sight displayed on top of it has been removed; 11. Pilot career Battle of the Rhine, for the new aircraft Ar-234B-2, two squadrons available to the player - II./KG 76 and III./KG 76, and one AI squadron Sonderkommando Sperling / 1.(F)/ 123; 12. Pilot career Battle of the Rhine, AI aircraft B-26B-55 added, as well as the following AI squadrons that the player can meet in the career: 453rd BS, 454th BS, 455th BS, 456th BS, 556th BS, 557th BS, 558th BS, 559th BS, 584th BS, 585th BS, 586th BS, 587th BS, 596th BS, 597th BS, 598th BS, 599th BS (BS = Bomber Squadron); 13. Fixed a problem with shooting missiles by AI planes when taking off from the runway; 14. When flying in formation at night, aircraft will use formation lights (RESIN lights on Mosquito FB Mk.VI series.2, formation lights on A-20 and B-26); 15. Achtung Spitfire! Scripted Campaign has been updated to fix an issue with images. Have fun :)
  7. The AR 234 is pretty dang cool. Added some AI B-26 which is also in this update. Enjoy
  8. Dear Friends, In today’s DD we see images of the AR-234 in some new skins and geometry of the IAR-80/81 cockpit. We also see the implementation of WWII style barrage balloons which can be used to protect ships and ground targets. These balloons can be towed by ships, winched up and down and if the wire is hit hard enough and severed the balloon will fly away. If the Luftwaffe ever does reach the invasion fleet watch out for these new obstacles! Our AR 234 B-2 jet bomber is nearing its final stages of development and we have some cool skins to show you today. What a great looking aircraft. The IAR-80/81 Collector Plane is also making progress. The cockpit geometry is about done and ready for texturing. Looks like a very busy cockpit! Enjoy! The Sturmovik Team
  9. Dear Pilots! Today’s DD is all about the mighty Mosquito FB Mk.VI, which is nearing completion for Battle of Normandy! We are finishing her systems and flight model and preparing her for release. As you can see from the images, she is a really good-looking aircraft and there are tons of armament options. She packs one hell of an offensive punch with awesome flight performance. We think she will be an incredibly popular ride in Great Battles. Below you see the almost completed cockpit along with several armament options and skins that will be included. Unfortunately, some systems were not functioning yet, so I was unable to launch any weapons or engage in combat, but she will be entering Beta very soon where the testers will put her through her paces. Stay tuned for more as we get the “Wooden Wonder” ready for release! Enjoy! The Sturmovik Team
  10. Dear friends, The Sturmovik Team and Ugra-Media have completed the Sopwith Triplane which is the final aircraft planned for Flying Circus Vol.II. The new Western Front map is still in development. The "Tripe" as it was famously called, has three beautiful wings! Each wing has its own ailerons making it quite maneuverable in battle with enough armament to allow its pilots to be confident in a dogfight with any adversary of the era. We think you will enjoy her! In addition to the new aircraft there are many changes and additions in this update that will improve your gameplay experience: 1. Sopwith Triplane is available to all owners of Flying Circus Vol.II; 2. Distant buildings visualization system has been improved, single medium sized buildings that are viable targets are displayed from farther away; 3. Shadows rendering in the hangar is more detailed; 4. Tank gun firing visual effects are further improved; 5. Fire effects are improved for various vehicle types; 6. Additional optimization of the landscape rendering system reduced the potential stutters while moving on the map; 7. Loading times of larger maps were improved a bit; 8. Sensitivity settings for the pitch axis, the vertical guidance axis of the tank turret and other similar axes, now have correct namings for hte axis limits; 9. Adjusting the axes control settings was made clearer thanks to better dead zone visualization; 10. Second and third engine axes response settings have correct labels; 11. GUI instrument panel turns off after bailing out; 12. A rare GUI issue that sometimes could lead to generating a Quick Mission Builder scenario without a player flight if the player flight count has been set to random has been fixed; 13. Balloons now have markers like aircraft do; 14. Bombs dropped from a bomb bay backwards (tails first) won't visibly jerk along their axis; 15. Simple ground vehicles and ships will correctly engage the targets assigned by MCU_CMD_AttackTarget command with High priority; 16. Square visual artifacts on the water surface that were visible from high altitude at certain sun position won't appear on Rheinland map anymore; 17. AI pilots will switch off their navigation lights when engaged by the enemy during the landing; 18. All German gauges have been redrawn to be as historically accurate as possible. Different gauges are assigned to each model variant (Oyster_KAI); 19. Colors of all German interior equipment/placard have been checked and repainted to their correct color or design (Oyster_KAI); 20. New different throttle quadrant markings & pitch control switch for Bf-109 F/G/K. 21. New drop tank placard & oil cooler placard for Bf-109 E-7 (Oyster_KAI); 22. New headrest for Bf-109G6 (Oyster_KAI); 23. New details for He-111s (Oyster_KAI); 24. New rudder pedal belt texture for all German planes (Oyster_KAI); 25. In the Me-262 exterior view, the 2 pixelated circular holes behind the seats have been redrawn (Oyster_KAI); 26. Added circuit breaker markings on the instrument panel for Bf-109s, Fw-190s, and the Me-262 (Oyster_KAI); 27. Added screws for the Fw-190A's left & right canopy frame (Oyster_KAI); 28. Bf-110s, M.C202, and P-51D external views now have visible instrument reflections (Oyster_KAI); 29. P-51D placards won't glow at night (Oyster_KAI); 30. Scrollbar in the aircraft selection menu in Dogfight won't overlap with the aircraft images 31. A minor issue in the tactical number selection menu has been fixed; 32. Mission Editor won't crash during loading of the Prokhorovka map; 33. Aircraft lists in the Mission Editor are sorted correctly (alphabetically).
  11. Hi, After updating to October 2008 patch, the game hangs and then crashes at 60% while loading an instant or single mission.
  12. Hello Everyone! Today is a Big Day for our project and our community - update 4.701 is now available! And with it comes a new game world technology – cloud rendering based on hypertextures. This technology, in comparison with the previous one, carries a number of improvements, such as: Increased variety of cloud cover; A new level of scale of cloud formations; Higher level (macro level) of cloud structures; Greater realism of structures and forms of cloud formations; Improved lighting model of clouds, and objects under and in the clouds; Diverse structure of overcast clouds (including "windows" and cloudless areas); Localization of precipitation under significant cloud formations and, as a consequence, localization of precipitation on the map; New visualization of precipitation at a distance; New rainfall lighting model; Lack of repeatability of the cloud distribution map on the scale of the game map; Reduced number of "compromise" solutions such as "object outlines" "mountain intersection aliasing", etc.; Increased performance of the graphics subsystem. The mission format was changed, so third-party missions and campaigns need to be re-saved using Mission Editor or Mission Re-saver utility. Old track records can be played by deleting the .msnbin file from their folder. We have taken great care in mimicking the current cloud selection options for mission builders, so all your older missions are technically compatible with the new clouds. However, the clouds will look quite different and you may need to adjust your mission design to get the desired result. The new clouds are much larger on average than the current ones so visuals will be quite a bit different. We apologize if the new clouds inconveniences mission makers. We hope that the improvements outweigh any problems and we also hope to add some additional cloud patterns in the coming months. Overall, we hope the new clouds will significantly increase the visual realism of our simulator, as well as bring a new greater simming and gaming experience. Another great addition in this update is for Flying Circus – Vol. II. Included is the versatile two-seater - the German DFW C.V. It was the most common aircraft of this type on the German side from 1917 until the end of the First World War. This small aircraft is capable of carrying up to 200 kilograms of 12- and 50-kilogram bombs. Additionally, it is armed with a Spandau machine gun and a defensive Parabellum. Various modifications are provided for the installation of a camera, radio, defensive turret with a Parabellum coaxial machine gun or a Becker 20mm automatic cannon. The placement of the Benz Bz.IV engine is a peculiar one, in which the pilot has significant difficulties in looking ahead. However, this motor is quite powerful at 200hp. Quite an accomplishment in 1917. In addition, this update brings a long-awaited development goal - all planes are converted to 4K skins texturing. This was done in coordination with a few super dedicated community members! The last aircraft to be converted from 2K to 4K texturing in update 4.701 is the Yak-1b series 127. In addition, the Battle of Normandy development plan is moving along, and in this update, all map building objects planned for Normandy are available in the Mission Editor. Also in 4.701, all ground vehicles, which were planned for the Flying Circus – Vol. II were added to the project. Finally, there are many other changes and improvements, a complete list of which you can find below: Main features 1. DFW C.V airplane is now available for all customers who pre-ordered Flying Circus Vol. II; 2. The new hypertexturing cloud technology added to the sim; 3. Yak-1b fighter has external 4K texturing done by Martin = ICDP = Catney; 4. Visual shot effect improved for all guns in the game; 5. New fuel tank explosion visual effects created: different for WWI and WWII era aircraft and for ground and in-flight explosions; 6. Wind direction can be chosen in Quick Mission; 7. Morning/evening fog can now be selected with any weather subtype in Quick Mission; 8. Precipitation strength can now be set separately from the cloud type in Quick Mission; 9. Cloud types have informative names in the Quick Mission weather panel; 10. Fw 190 A3, A5 and A6 aircraft paint schemes updated (Martin = ICDP = Catney); 11. P-39L paint schemes updated (Martin = ICDP = Catney); New objects for Battle of Normandy 12. European farmsteads “town_eu_small”; 13. English city blocks "town_gb_block"; 14. Temporary Mulberry harbor objects "mlbr_bridge", "mlbr_pierhead", "mlbr_phoenix", "mlbr_phoenix"; 15. Radar stations Chain Home Low, Chain Home RX, Chain Home TX, FuMG-401 Freya LZ-A, FuMG 41/42 Mammut; 16. V-1 launch site structures (the missile itself is still in development); 17. A short section ramps for railway and road bridges "br_rw_ramphish_dn" and "br_rd_ramphish_dn"; 18. A reverse arch for the automobile bridges "br_rw_invarch"; 19. Pier object “port_n_walkingpier”; 20. Hangars, barracks and shelters “arf_n_hangarb1”, “arf_n_hangarblister”, “arf_n_hangart2” (open and closed), “arf_n_nissenhut” (in blocks one, two and three barracks), “arf_n_hangarb1”; 21. Objects updated: airfield hangars “arf_hangars_1”, “arf_hangars_2”, “arf_hangars_3”; 22. Objects updated: "arf_caponiers_13_h_1" and "arf_caponiers_14_h_1"; 23. Coastal barriers ("hedgehogs", etc.) "bf_n_barrageat", "bf_n_barragebg", "bf_n_barragelog"; 24. Defenses “bf_n_mgpos”, “bf_n_aaposmid”, “bf_n_aaposheavy”, “bf_n_artpos”, “bf_n_comandpost”, “bf_n_pbunker” (as well as static artillery of the German coastline defense): 25. Unique landmarks: Ardennes Abbey, Caen Castle, Falaise Castle, Evreux Cathedral, Cherbourg Fort, Moncton Fort, Portsmouth Hospital, Stonehenge, Winchester Prison; 26. German long-range artillery concrete positions R669 (155 mm) and R683 (210 mm); 27. British armored car Humber Mk.IV; New objects for Flying Circus Vol. II 28. Renault FT tank; 29. Schneider CA 1 tank; 30. Mark V (female) tank; 31. The open version of Leyland 3 Ton truck; 32. The open and ambulance versions of Daimler DR4 truck; 33. The open and mobile AA searchlight versions of Benz LKW 1912 truck; 34. The open, ambulance and mobile AA searchlight versions of Jeffery Quad truck; 35. The German AA 37 mm automatic gun Maxim Flak M14; Aircraft changes 36. P-51D-15 engine model was fine-tuned and its speeds increased slightly (by about 5-8 miles per hour with a boost of 67 inches) as the result; 37. P-51D-15 handling at high speeds was improved. Controls are a little less stiff within the envelope; 38. P-51D-15 behavior at high Mach numbers was tweaked, Shaking and loss of control at the edge of envelope more severe; More likely to suffer airframe damage if trim used too liberally at high Mach. 39. P-51D-15 autopilot has been improved - the level flight assist more accurately maintains the altitude with different amounts of fuel remaining; 40. The excessive water spattering on the P-51D-15 canopy during the rain has been reduced; 41. Fixed shaking of both SPAD VII.C1 150 hp and 180 hp in the absence of a control signal at high (but lower than buffeting) speeds; 42. The issue of the absence of US pilots in B-25 and A-20 aircraft during Winter has been fixed; 43. The texture of the smoke generators in the hangar was corrected; 44. Fixed the "lagging" of the ammo explosion effect from the aircraft; 45. Reduced the likelihood of cases when a high-speed frontal collision won’t cause aircraft destruction; 46. Ju 87 D-3 brake flaps won’t visually disappear at a distance; 47. The AI pilots try to not hit allies in the line of fire (functionality restored); 48. Fuel tanks and aircraft structure are correctly damaged by AP projectiles fired by simple (non-detailed) AI-controlled objects; 49. Fokker D.VIII: the anemometer is correctly visible from the cockpit; Ground vehicle changes 50. KV-1s and T-34 mod. 43: the interior visual model of the gun in the mantle area has been improved; 51. KV-1s machine gun ammunition corrected (coaxial MG 25 magazines, rear MG 9 magazines, bow MG 15 magazines); 52. The overestimated combat survivability of guns, guidance mechanisms, electrical systems and radio stations has been reduced on all tanks, both detailed and simple. Tank guns can be disabled by an AP round hit of a similar caliber or multiple hits of .50 and larger caliber AP bullets; 53. MG firing sound correctly stops when a detailed tank is destroyed; 54. AI-controlled tank and aircraft turret MGs sounds corrected; 55. Some AI-controlled tanks and AFVs will fire their coaxial MGs (Humber, SdKfz-222); 56. A game and dedicated server crash bug that could happen randomly in multiplayer missions with A LOT of ground vehicles has been found and fixed; Career and Quick Mission changes 57. In Сareer mode the UK and US crews have the correct crew visual models and paint schemes depending on their country; 58. Random encounters with high-altitude interceptors (including Me 262) added to AQMG; 59. In AQMG, the behavior of AI bombers in Intercept Bombers type missions has been changed (they may panic, drop the bombs and run away when the flight leader is shot down); 60. UK and US callsigns of ground observation posts have been corrected in AQMG; 61. Correct paint schemes are assigned to aircraft covering the airfield in Attack Airfield type missions in AQMG; 62. The cruise speed of P-47D-22 and P-47D-28 in Career mode missions is adjusted to the historical 250 mph; 63. Two previously AI-only squadrons in the Career mode on the Rhineland map can be joined by the player: No. 322 (Dutch) Squadron RAF and No. 329 (Free French) Squadron RAF. 64. The redeployment mission from Migalovo to Dugino on 22.10.1941 for the German II./LG 2 squadron (Bf 109 E-7) has been restored; Mission Editor changes 65. Location of the toolbars are saved correctly, system toolbars and sections are removed; 66. It is now possible to set a block of buildings state to ‘destroyed’ by not entering all the individual IDs of the blocks, but only one ID = -1 with a damage level of 1. This should greatly save time for adding a destroyed block of buildings, reduce the size of missions created, mission loading time, and slightly increase performance. 67. Setting the value of block damage with ID = -1 between 0.1 and 0.9 will result in random destruction of the corresponding percentage of buildings in the block (the fewer buildings are in the block the more random it becomes). The random destruction of specific buildings is tied to the coordinates of the block on the map.
  13. The latest iteration of the Billion Soft Falcon 4.0 total conversion modification - Benchmark Sims 4.35 U2 - is available for you to enjoy as of RIGHT NOW! BMS 4.35 U2 requires a legit installation of a Falcon 4.0 (all older and newer versions are accepted alike, i.e. Microprose, Hasbro, GOG, Steam, Retroism). The check is performed both at setup time and every time you start BMS. If no valid installation is found, BMS will exit with a corresponding error message. U2 is an incremental update on top of 4.35 base + U1, so you need to have the BMS 4.35 Full Installer package and Update 1 available on your PC. You can both update your existing 4.35 base + U1 installation as well as perform a fresh 4.35 base + U1 + U2 installation from scratch, as you like. See the installation instructions below for details. This mod may not be used for any commercial purposes. Any such use may constitute a violation of the intellectual property of Billion Soft (Hong Kong) Limited and the non-commercial Terms and Conditions under which Benchmark Sims make this mod available to you. Generic Information & Known issues: =================================== — The build number string in the Falcon UI will read "4.35.2 (x64) Build 23835" after the update. — The shortcuts in the start menu and on your desktop will NOT be renamed to U2, they will still read "Falcon BMS 4.35" after the update, feel free to rename them manually. — The following change log is by no means complete. Its purpose is to give you a quick overview about the highlights. You can expect tons of smaller tweaks and fixes. — If you have any questions or found bugs regarding the change log items please always! reference the revision number, e.g. "(r12345)". — Note: None of the manuals have been updated yet. The 4.35.1 manuals remain valid. File Updates: ============= - Falcon BMS.cfg - IVC Client.ini - RTTClient.ini - RTTServer.ini - Key Files - Note: Please always update the files manually. Don't copy paste! Table of content: ================= 01. CTD fixes 02. Falcon BMS.cfg changes 03. Shared Memory changes 04. Tool updates 05. Key File & Input fixes & updates 06. Multiplayer fixes & improvements 07. ATC fixes & improvements 08. Weather fixes & improvements 09. Various code fixes & improvements 10. Various data fixes & improvements 01. CTD fixes: ============== - Fixed CTDs related to gndai. (r23563) - Fixed CTDs after map erase, iterator is invalided for that position. (r23591) - Avoid dangling pointer after deleting pn->subPartData. (r23592) - CTD fix when pilot nid is above hardcoded 686. (r23637) - Fixed gndai waypoint CTD. (r23646) - CTD fix in the whole ATC state machine, rule out helos from ATC entirely. (r23681) - CTD fix in landme (null ptr check). (r23702) - Locked simloop UpdateATC, since this can be called from campaign thread (race condition CTD). (r23765) - Fixes alpha CTD due to different viewports. (r23432) - Fixes nullptr PAKmap CTD. (r23348) - CTD fix, related to nullptr insertion of GroupDrawLists. (r23356) - Fix for pure virtual CTDs. (r23389) - Tons of other CTD fixes. 02. Falcon BMS.cfg changes: =========================== - Added missing lines in the Falcon BMS.cfg (r14319): * set g_nRespawnTimeforStuckAI (default 6 minutes). ReagTimer and DeagTimer adjusted accordingly. * set g_bHostDisableP2pForDubiousConnections (default 0/false). Should be activated for large MP events. Note: - U2 *does* replace your existing config file. Do *not* make a backup! - Instead, re-configure from scratch based on the new file, otherwise you'll miss new config options. 03. Shared Memory changes ========================= NONE 04. Tool updates ================ - Fixed the BMS Editor 'Model Viewer' (r23421) 05. Key File & Input fixes & updates ==================================== NONE 06. Multiplayer fixes & improvements ==================================== NONE 07. ATC fixes & improvements ============================ - Make sure DigitalBrain rWindex is aligned with the ATC / Airbase in the whole landme function. (r23681) - ATCMsg is missing a break statement. In case of lParked, info can be destroyed and default case will access it. - Fix for ATCBrain::GetOppositeRunway (r23629) - pointer in ATCBrain::ProcessQueue() gets deleted twice. (r23652) - Fix in ATCBrain: Pointer nextTakeoff may become dangling during function. (r23660) 08. Weather fixes & improvements ================================ NONE 09. Various code fixes & improvements: ====================================== Note: The following changes may include data & 3ddb updates as well. - Fixed ground Units not reaggregating and memory corruption as well. (r23506) - Fixed ObjectLOD races -> missing cockpit and model problems. (r23562) - Fixed repairing code in campaign thread. It will now send a message to SimLoop thread and all clients to repair the given feature. (r23564) - Fix Squadron stores ressuply when aircraft are coming back home. (r23580) - Added critical section during ObjectLOD::Unload.This can avoid a leak, in the case of unload/load/unload sequences. (r23593) - Fix for out of bounds access in the O_Output WordWrap function. (r23606) - Prevent accessing the team array out of bounds. (r23607) - Avoid buffer overflow write, which caused memory corrupption in SetAcLoadout. (r23611) - Fixed TGP being blocked after loosing a flight element. (r23611) - When movieClose is called, we can release the surface twice, causing undefined behavior. (r23621) - BaseBrain lastTarget is not referencing the object it points to. As a result, it may become dangling when targetPtr is dereferenced. (r23627) - Fixed UI_UpdateOccupationMap (r23637) - Fixes deadlock due to ArrestorDraw. (r23639) - Fix for SimVehicleClass::Sleep is not nulling death message. (r23661) - Make sure to call ClearTarget on SimBrain destructor, to avoid leaks. (r23664) - Fix for Weapon fire msg is converting helicopter to aircraft. (r23665) - Fixed overruns within the 3D-interpolationfunction (MissileClass::GetRMax, GetRneMax and GetRopt)when it tries to access the assumed 3D-data. (r23692) - Added precondition checks and fixes in 1, 2 and 3D-interpolation function. (r23693) - Fixed bogus values being read outside the data table array. (r23693) - Fixed memory leak in SimWeapon::launcher. (r23718) - Fixed bad cockpit text drawing outside Start and Finish frame. (r23726) - Fixed memory corruption in CameraDrawList. (r23727) - Fixed zero devision in GetRMax. (r23736) - Fix to avoid deleting any waypoint from SimVehicleClass which is shared with gNavigationSys waypoints. (r23737) - Avoid dispatcher races (UI and campaign for example) when leaving campaign or 3d (depending on game type). (r23739) - Added Copy paste functionality in edit box and chat command line. (r23755) - AIM120 fixes: That makes MADDOG shots a defensive of WVR mode as expected. (r23761) * MADDOG : goes active as soon as off the rail and scan with a limited range capability * MADDOG : does not loft anymore since has no information on range when fired * HOJ : HOJ is only capable when the missile went active - Fixed AI reacting to missile too early when missile was in HPRF instead of MPRF. (r23762) - Fixed out of bounds fix in ooutput: when SetText is called on an existing O_Output. (r23770) - Fixed Terrain loading race. (r23774) - Fixed Shadow map was not being cleared after sundown. (r23792) - Fixed race possibilities while exiting campaign/TE. (r23795) - Fixes nan values due to InJetWash computation. (r23435) - Fix Heat Blur positioning and velocity when aircraft is in Idle. (r23401) - Fix heat Blur not oriented correctly with vectoring thrust. (r23401) - And many, many more. 10. Various data fixes & improvements: ====================================== Note: The following changes may include code & 3ddb updates as well. - Updated ambiant light since we have real moon now. (r14084) - Fixed TracersGreen and TracersRed missing alpha channel. (r14141) - Fixed Al-Tariq bomb : mimic the GBU-54 instead of the GBU-12. (r14142) - Fixed F18 series totally out of control while landing. (r14186) - F-16 Cockpits updated. (r14333) * Made flight control stick move (very little) * Fixed seat adjustment switch. Now it has the washer and jam nut on the sidewall to hold the switch. * Added more switches on the 2 seater F-16s for more real life accuracy. * Textures updated. - Fixed JFS Start does not work in all non F-16 cockpits. (r14339) - Fixed Unit Flight's element for ASW, ECM, Recon and Tanker types. (r14340) - Updated American F-16 CCIP pit avionics panel to the more correct panel. (r14347) - Fixed RSAF F-16 IFF panel. Digits were not working. (r14347) - Fixed F-16 Sufa cockpit. Changed from Aux Comm to IFF panel. (r14350) - Cleaned up some texture misalignments on the night lighting and missing backlighting in some areas of some cockpits. (r14360) - Disabled the MAP switch on the PXIII F-16 since it is not used. GPS switch now moves instead of the GPS and MAP switch. Hotspot updated. (r14360) - Fixed Sufa Altimeter (6 digit). Was only showing 1/2 the digits. (r14360) - Fixed ALS for Kimhae RWY 36R that had one element in the middle of the Taxiway A. (r14365) - Updated shaders. (r14370) - All Hotas Basic key files are now available in the UI Controllers Setup "Load Keyboard". (r14375) - Fixed F-16 EAF incorrect AGM65G loadout. (r14377) - Various Texture updates.
  14. Update 4.601 Dear Friends, Our team is proud to tell you that the work on update 4.601 is finished and it is up already. This update brings you three new toys at once. The first one of them is Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV Collectors Plane (included in Battle of Normandy Early Access). This late model of the legendary fighter has great fighting capabilities while retaining its captivating charisma. It has several historical modifications that make the Spitfire family in our project even more variable. The second one is a new Collector Vehicle - Soviet self-propelled AAA - 25-mm 72-K gun installed on GAZ-MM chassis. Recreated with attention to detail, this vehicle is a new object class in our project. The experience you'll get operating it is unique - the life of the low-caliber AAA crews in World War II wasn't an easy one. It comes with a special mission type in QMB mode and new single missions. The third one is the first airplane of the Flying Circus Vol. 2 - French-made single-seat fighter Nieuport 28.C1 that was exclusively used in US squadrons. This speedy plane with good weaponry for its time was used by the most famous US fighter ace of the Great War - Eddie Rickenbacker. This aircraft had a unique way of regulating the rotative engine power by ignition breaker. All in all, an interesting machine - and it officially starts Flying Circus Vol. 2 Early Access program. Also in this update are two very important new technologies, one of which is tactical numbers that can be customized before the mission. At the moment, it fully works on all Tank Crew tanks thanks to our partners at Digital Forms. P-51D-15 also got this capability for USAAF and RAF (it depends on the aircraft country specified in a mission) and it works on Nieuport 28.C1 too. Later this year we plan to enable it for all other aircraft (it takes a lot of work). The second new technology is Dynamic Visual Damage (DVD) that visualizes the hit marks from various projectiles on aircraft and tanks. Please note that is a visual tech that is intended to make the battle damage more vivid. In the absolute majority of cases, the DVD hit marks will properly show the impacts, but there are limitations caused by multiplayer and performance that in some cases can make them inaccurate - the good level of performance is always our priority. Nevertheless, this new feature should greatly increase the damage diversity. Just like tactical numbers, this new tech already works on all Tank Crew tanks and P-51D-15 and Nieuport 28.C1 planes. Again, we plan to enable it for all other 60+ aircraft this year. Also in this version is a huge update of the graphical effects. This isn't an easy task to do since we not only have to make them look awesome but retain the level of performance. This time we have all-new explosion effects for all HE munitions in the sim with increased variety - now there are clearly visible differences between, say, 50 and 100, 250 and 500, 1000 and 2500 kg bombs. The water explosions became much better and the explosions better light the surroundings. Martin =ICDP= Catney updated a lot of the external textures he made for us and this time two of the previously released aircraft were updated to 4K - Macchi MC 202 Folgore Collector Plane and Ju 88 A-4 bomber (Battle of Moscow). Please note that soon all the aircraft in our project will have 4K quality external textures. Oyster_KAI continued his work on improving the tremendous amount of aircraft cockpits, namely all Spitfires, Bf 109s, Bf 110s, Ju 87, Ju 88 and U-2VS. All the text above is just the highlights of the new update, you can read the changelist below: Main features 1. Spitfire Mk.XIV Collector Plane is available to all owners of Battle of Normandy Premium Edition; 2. Nieuport 28.C1 is available to all owners of Flying Circus Vol. 2 and the Early Access program for Vol. 2 officially starts; 3. 25 mm 72-К AA gun on GAZ-MM truck is available to customers who prepurchased it; 4. New special mission type for QMB mode and 5 single missions added for AAA guns; 5. Dynamic Visual Damage (DVD) technology is added to the sim, that shows (with some limitations) the hit marks of projectiles on various objects. At the moment it works for all detailed tanks of Tank Crew - Clash at Prokhorovka, 72-K GAZ-MM AAA, P-51D-15 fighter, and Nieuport 28.C1 airplane; 6. Dynamic tactical markings technology is added to the sim, allowing to customize the tactical numbers on aircraft and vehicles. At the moment it works for all detailed tanks of Tank Crew - Clash at Prokhorovka, 72-K GAZ-MM AAA, P-51D-15 fighter, and Nieuport 28.C1 airplane; 7. More detailed railyards added to 19 cities on the Rhineland map (Bodenplatte): Antwerp, Liege, Mainz, Frankfurt, Bonn, Cologne, Duisburg, Brussels, Charleroi, Düsseldorf, Munster, Koblenz, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Nijmegen, Essen, Enschede, Hengelo, Osnabrück; 8. Completely new graphical effects are added for all munitions in the game for ground, water and object impacts and for midair explosions; 9. All F, G and K series Bf 109 fighters got the corrected tail models. Now the sturdiness of their elements are on par with the rest of the fighters and these elements can be shot off individually; 10. 4K quality external texturing added for MC.202 fighter and Ju 88 bomber while all Spitfires, Bf 109s, Bf 110s, Ju 87, Ju 88 and U-2VS cockpits were updated; Aircraft improvements 11. Spitfire Mk.XIV added to Rhineland Career mode (Bodenplatte) to the following squadrons the player can join: No. 41 Squadron RAF, No. 130 Squadron RAF, No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF, No. 402 Squadron RCAF and No. 610 Squadron RAF. 12. The player flight takes off correctly in the 15th mission of the “Achtung Spitfire!” campaign; 13. An issue that could cause a AI fighter to approach to an air target too close and potentially to collide with it has been corrected; 14. AI fighter correctly attack balloons; 15. AI pilots aiming the MGs and guns at ground targets has been corrected; 16. Less experienced AI pilots engage the ground targets at closer distances; 17. Flying Circus aircraft visibility at large distances has been corrected to correspond to other aircraft in the game (it was 3 times lower); 18. Fuel tank and ammo explosion effects can be observed on other players in multiplayer; 19. An issue with potential fuel tank catastrophic detonation in case of engine(s) fire has been corrected; 20. The power of a fuel tank explosion now depends on the actual amount of ignited fuel or fuel vapors in a partially spent fuel tank; 21. Modeling of the putting out the fuel tank fire by sideslipping the aircraft at high speed has been improved; 22. Multiple ammo storage explosions are now possible (previously it could happen only once); 23. Maximum ATA near the ground level with C3 injection system on Fw-190 A5/A6 has been corrected (increased); 24. Roll shaking at high speed corrected for AI or mouse controlled Sopwith Dolphin; 25. A visual bar on the rotating Fw 190 A-6 spinner removed; 26. Rear formation light corrected on Fw 190 A-6; 27. Fw 190 A-8 small clock hand restored; 28. Added missing luminous paint on some Tempest, Spitfire Mk.IX, Bf 110 G-2 and Ju 52 instruments; 29. P-38 formation lights corrected; 30. Spitfire IX mirror position corrected; 31. Oil from the damaged engine on canopy effect corrected on P-51D-15; 32. A small visual issue corrected on MC.202 (attitude indicator tube); Player controlled tanks improvements 33. All detailed tanks now have tactical numbers in Last Chance and Breaking Point tank campaigns; 34. Radio antennas on all Tank Crew detailed tanks can be damaged by enemy fire (in addition to damageable radio equipment that was modeled before); 35. Detailed tanks won't 'freeze in the air' after colliding with another object that was later moved; 36. AI gunners will properly burst fire the coaxial MGs of the detailed tanks; 37. An issue with the inability to hit the gun barrel on some tanks has been fixed; 38. Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M lower turret armor has been corrected; 39. The missing part of the Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M ammo reserve can be damaged by enemy fire; 40. T-34-76 UTZ (1943) coaxial MG can be damaged by enemy fire; 41. Additional external parts of Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.H1 like various covers and splashers can be shot off; 42. KV-1 and SU-152 splashers and rear deflector can be shot off; Additional improvements 43. A graphics issue that caused z-fighting of the shadows on certain buildings in MSAA x4 mode has been corrected; 44. External objects like trees, buildings and aircraft drop visible shadows on the player aircraft or vehicle and its cockpit in non-VR mode; 45. Gamma can be lowered down to 0.5 for more comfort in VR mode; 46. A visible city blocks shadow 'border' at large distances has been minimized; 47. A visible city blocks fog 'border' at large distances has been minimized; 48. An issue with certain European buildings glowing in the night has been fixed; 49. A GUI issue that could cause the regiment symbols to disappear from the Career creation screen has been fixed; 50. A GUI issue that could cause the mission start coordinates to reset to 0 on the Career HQ screen; 51. Water explosions of large bombs have dedicated graphical effects; 52. 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000(1800) and 2500 kg bombs now have more diverse graphical explosion effects; 53. Soviet Tank Crew tanks headlamp lens, visor, and mirror textures have been improved; 54. The issues with pilots and tankers animations have been fixed in multiplayer; 55. The bomber group leader will correctly proceed to the next waypoint after dropping the bombs.
  15. Dear friends, Today our team presents you the first IL-2 Great Battles update in 2021, 4.506. The main feature of this update is the Fw 190 A-6 fighter/bomber developed for the Battle of Normandy. The Normandy map is in development, but you can already fly the new aircraft in Rheineland Career mode, provided you have both Battle of Normandy and Bodenplatte. You can also encounter the new A-6 as an enemy in the recent Wind of Fury campaign and anyone can set it up as an AI in quick missions. In addition to the new arrival, there is a significant number of other changes and improvements. The updated graphical effects are included (the ones that are ready), Chiawei =Oyster_KAI= Liang continued his work on the 4K texturing of many planes cockpits and Martin =ICDP= Catney created 4K external textures for Bf 109 E-7 and corrected a number of other aircraft. There are two AI corrections, but they are significant. Among other fixes are ones for aircraft systems, player controllable tanks, including an important one for the gun aiming, and many improvements for historical campaigns. We continue our work as always and this Spring you'll see new planes and improvements for the game world. Main features 1. German fighter/bomber Fw 190 A-6 is now available to all Battle of Normandy owners; 2. Fw 190 A-6 added to Rheinland Career mode (to the 1st and 2nd chapters to joinable squadrons III./JG 11, I./JG 26 and II./JG 26 and to all chapters to AI squadrons III./KG 51 and NSGr. 20); 3. Bf 109 E-7 got 4K quality external textures; 4. There are new truck variations (which look exactly like the regular ones) that are loaded with ammo and explode when attacked in a spectacular way; Aircraft improvements 5. AI pilots of fast fighters engage slow-flying targets much better; 6. AI pilots that are alone or from different groups carry out a landing approach much better - now all the AI pilots form the landing queue, not only the ones that belong to the same group; 7. MC.202 propeller rotation and twist were corrected; 8. Yak-9 and Yak-9T elevator is affected at high speeds similar to other Yak fighters; 9. On all aircraft with set mixture control positions the current position is shown in the technochat instead of the mixture percentage; 10. UBT MG gunsight scale on IL-2 mod. 1943 has been recentered; 11. A damaged Fokker D.VII won't visibly disappear at long distances; 12. Gunsight adjustment (target size and range) using buttons happens faster and their default values are set for a close dogfight against a typical enemy fighter; 13. German gyro gunsight Ez.42 damping corrected, higher frequency oscillations of the aircraft affect the calculated lead less; 14. AI pilots fire all 12 Hurricane MGs when installed instead of only 8; 15. Water vapor effect added to the damaged or overheated Hurricane radiator; 16. Oil and water drops won't visibly appear on the inside surface of the cockpit canopy on many aircraft; 17. A number of typos that appeared on Soviet planes after increasing the cockpits to 4K quality were corrected; 18. Bf 109 E-7 cockpit: a typo corrected, detail of certain controls improved, dimmer looks more historically accurate; 19. Bf 109 F-2 and F-4 wheels corrected; 20. BG-25 detail increased (Bf 109 G6/G6 Late/G14/K4); 21. Rocket control panel detail improved on Bf 109 G6 Late and G14; 22. Fw 190 A-3/A-5/A-8 ammo counters panel detail improved; 23. Hs 129 B2 cockpit: weathering and scratches on leather objects, weathering of the gunsight parts outside the cockpit, more detailed dimmer switch, revised coloring and updated lettering of gauges and parts to make them more historically correct, alpha layer adjustments; 24. MiG-3: enhanced textures of braided cables, redrawn placards, alpha layer adjustments; 25. P-39L: control stick weathering, more detailed radio equipment (MN-52H, BC-345, BC-451) and recognition light switch box, more accurate white aluminum panels and detailed text, enhanced throttle quadrant and fuel prime pump handle, improved gauges and parts lettering, alpha layer adjustments; 26. P-40E: more detailed radio equipment (BC-366, BC-451A, BC-450A), throttle quadrant and fuel prime pump handle, historically correct texture for exposed wiring (black wires and white braided cables), alpha layer adjustments; 27. P-47D22/D28: more detailed BC-765 switch box and fuel prime pump handle, upgraded textures of the white screws on the trim indicators box and flap control handle slide rail, alpha layer adjustments; 28. Fw 190 A-3 and A-5 default pilot positions and some skins of these aircraft were corrected; 29. Radio and lighting switches are now animated in Fw 190 A-3 and A-5 cockpits; Player controllable tank improvements 30. An option added that amplifies the gun aiming response to the mouse movement. If you play without a visual mouse aim indicator or aim the gun using buttons, it is recommended to leave it at the default setting (0); 31. Player controllable tanks now correctly collide in multiplayer; 32. A wrong technochat message about turning on and off the powered turret traverse won't appear while moving across rough terrain at high speed; 33. SU-122 and SU-152 crews throw out all the accumulated spent ammo casings when the hatches are opened; 34. The initial position of the shot off Ferdinand gun mantlet corresponds to the mantlet type installed; 35. 72-K 25mm round ballistics were corrected; 36. HE rounds of 72-K, 61-K, Flak 36, Flak 38, Flakvierling 38, Sh-37, NS-37, BK-3.7, M4 and Vickers Class S now have self-destruct fuzes (HE rounds without such fuzes were not used on these guns); 37. Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M suspension animation corrected; Visual effects improvements 38. New bomb ground and water impact (impact, not explosion) effects; 39. 50-100 kg bombs explosion effects have a new style (it is planned to update all the explosions in a similar way); 40. Additional explosion effects added for rounds containing more than 450 g and less than 1500 g explosives; 41. Improved gunfire effects for the detailed ground vehicles; 42. APHE explosion effects corrected accordingly to the number of explosives they contain; 43. Ground vehicles leave better-looking tracks; Other improvements 44. The hook on port cranes is raised higher so it won't prevent larger ships to dock underneath; 45. The visual model of a destroyed 52-K AAA gun was corrected (it contained elements of an intact gun); 46. Blazing Steppe, Fortress on the Volga, Ice Ring historical campaigns: all fire effects updated, ammo trucks added, many other improvements and fixes; 47. During the Wind of Fury historical campaign you can encounter С-47 and Fw 190 A-6 while Bf 109 G-6 fighters were replaced by Bf 109 G-6 Late; 48. Fortress on the Volga historical campaign: fuel and ambulance trucks added to the transport columns, the overall number and size of the columns increased.
  16. Update 4.501 Dear friends, We just released the new update - 4.501. Its shifted version number means it is a kind of a milestone and it really is. First, the research we did on the community opinion on the aircraft spotting allowed us to make many improvements to this important part of the sim. The distant LOD scaling system has been adjusted, their lighting has been made full, atmospheric haze option and an increased MSAA level have been added. We're sure that this update will make the online multiplayer experience totally different from how it was before. Now our next target, for the next update, is the improved pilot G tolerance model we do after asking the community taking the account the new reference data provided by the community members. Please take in attention: adding Haze option to the mission format makes previously saved .msnbin mission files obsolete. Delete them and save the new version using .Mission files. In addition to these very important changes, today's update brings you the new campaign 'Wind of Fury' by Alexander =BlackSix= Timoshkov that is included in the Bodenplatte module. This means that our promises on what Bodenplatte will include are finally fulfilled. Of course, it doesn't mean we'll stop improving it, for instance, now we plan to improve the Rhineland Career mode. Also, P-39L-1 "Aircrobra" (Battle of Kuban) and Bf 109 G-6 now have 4k quality external texturing created by Martin =ICDP= Catney. The work on bringing all the aircraft in the sim to 4K texturing continues. Tank Crew gets the last planned features for its release in this update, making 4.501 a milestone for it as well. The new turret and gun control mode and fixed visor cameras were requested by the community for a long time and they are available now. We think that this update will mark an important step for our sim and we hope you'll enjoy it! Main features 1. The new scenario campaign "Wind of Fury" is now available to all owners of the Bodenplatte project for free; 2. P-39L-1 "Airacobra" and Bf 109 G-6 fighters now have 4K quality external textures created by Martin = ICDP = Catney; 3. The long-range LODs scaling system for aircraft has been adjusted. Aircraft spotting at short to medium distances, especially when using wide camera angles, is greatly improved. The visibility at distance has been adjusted to be closer to reality. 4. Alternate Visibility has been renamed Enhanced Visibility: this mode gives a much greater increase in aircraft visibility at long ranges compared to the new standard visibility. At medium ranges, visibility is also significantly improved compared to the old Alternate Visibility option; 5. MSAA x8 option has been added, but please note that this level of AA is very demanding to the graphics card performance; 6. The atmospheric haze density option has been added to the Quick Mission Builder. Its minimum value corresponds to the haze density available earlier; 7. Dawn/Dusk Fog option has been added to the Quick Mission Builder. This option is available only when the haze density is set to half of the maximum value or more; 8. The haze density option (from 0.0 to 1.0) is now stored in a mission file. Radiation fog appears at dusk if the value of the haze is more than 0.5 and the weather preset name contains an odd number at the end. The denser haze makes it easier to spot other aircraft against the background of the landscape when the distance from the observer to the target is much less than the distance from the observer to the landscape behind the target. This can be used when designing multiplayer missions for game servers; 9. Distant levels of detail (LODs) of the aircraft now have the same surface material setting as closer and more detailed LODs, making the lighting of distant aircraft much more realistic and enabling reflections and glints when the relative position of a contact, an observer and the light source(s) is right; 10. In a multiplayer game, a tooltip has been added to the list of game servers when hovering the mouse cursor over the difficulty preset icon. This tooltip displays all the difficulty settings of this multiplayer server; 11. This information is also available in the multiplayer server lobby (“About the server” section); AI improvements 12. AI wingmen keep the optimal climb speed when the wing leader is far and higher; 13. AI aircraft now use combat and emergency engine modes for a fastest possible climb when following the terrain; 14. AI fighters now more actively attack maneuvering targets at lower speeds; Player controllable tanks improvements 15. New control mode allows aiming a tank gun using a joystick (or buttons); 16. Aiming the tank guns and machine guns with the mouse is more convenient; 17. Fixed cameras added to tank visors and other observation devices. Loader viewing devices are, most often, can be used from the gunner's station. You can cycle the views using LShift + V keys; 18. The target marking cursor when giving orders as a tank commander is visible at any settings; 19. The current sight or observation device is indicated; 20. In multiplayer, a connected player in someone else's tank will correctly see the messages from the loader and see the ammo information in the HUD; 21. The time required for repairing the tank systems outside the service areas is doubled; 22. The projectiles correctly penetrate the armor if they hit certain extremely thin areas of the object's surface (a rare issue); 23. Ferdinand: the inverted direction of inclination of the panoramic viewing devices has been fixed; 24. An SPG AI gunner correctly fires at an invisible target by the order of the SPG commander (using the direction and range); 25. Fixed the issue where the AI gunner did not follow the commander's instructions to choose the ammo type in certain situations; 26. Pz-III-M: the KFF 2 binocular periscope is functional (when using the camera selected by LShift + V); 27. SU-152 commander can't use the panoramic sight when unbuttoned; Other changes 28. Fixed an issue with parts of the canopy and cockpit instruments that could not be restored after repair; 29. Flare gun and sidearm ammo can be replenished in the reload zones just like other ammo; 30. SdKfZ 251 and similar vehicles and tanks can function as supply vehicles if set this way in the Mission Editor; 31. The dawn/dusk fog level has been corrected on Moscow, Stalingrad, Prokhorovka, Velikiye Luki, Lapino and Novosokolniki maps, it appears in the lowlands; 32. Due to the introduction of the atmospheric haze option, the issue of the dawn/dusk fog blinking near the horizon has been minimized; 33. The difference in the density of atmospheric haze is minimal when using the minimum (40 km) and maximum (150 km) visibility range options; 34. For a tank crewmember to recover from the loss of consciousness in the event of powder gases poisoning it is required for the air to become noticeably cleaner (now the loss of consciousness will last longer); 35. Fixed a graphical artifact at the base of the La-5FN headlamp switch; 36. Fixed the lack of sound when releasing or retracting the landing gear on I-16 and Ju-88; 37. Added the Spitfire IX invasion paint scheme.
  17. Hello friends, As you know, the recently released update 4.006 brought many important and interesting changes. Our work continues and soon we will start to prepare the new update 4.008 that is planned to include P-47D-22 "Razorback" fighter for Battle of Normandy and tank destroyer Sd.Kfz.184 "Ferdinand" for Tank Crew. You may have noticed and wondered why the mission number isn't 4.007? The answer is that we plan to release an intermediate update before that, it will add some important functionality and new features. They will be based on your feedback mostly and will bring some features long-awaited by the community. The update 4.007 is already in beta testing and we hope it will be ready in the coming week. Among other changes it will include 4К quality external texturing by Martin =ICDP= Catney for the legendary Ju-87D-3 from Battle of Stalingrad, here are some screenshots of it: Speaking on the update 4.008, which is planned for late June - early July, we have also something to show you already. Another legendary plane, P-47D-22 "Razorback", will begin the Early Access for Battle of Normandy: You can discuss the news in this thread
  18. Update 4.005 Dear friends, The IL-2 Sturmovik team is happy to announce that another, very big and important milestone in the evolution of our project has been reached and its result is ready to be downloaded to your PCs. This time the update doesn't bring new content since the development of the new Normandy project is at the very early stage. However, it contains an enormous block of changes paramount for the IL-2 as a combat flight-sim, namely the aircraft damage model and munitions damage calculations. Earlier we have published several Dev Blogs dedicated to these changes, where they are covered in detail and how they affect the gameplay. Additionally, the external textures of four previously released aircraft are now available in 4K quality thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney and Francisco =BlackHellHound1= Bindraban. 4 additional ground vehicles were added to the sim - two ambulances and two fuel trucks. And a new language has been added to the game - Simplified Chinese! Well, at least most of the sim is translated, some parts will have to wait. More on that below. But of course, this is not quite all we have done. The change-list contains a whopping 140 changes - this is the all-time record for our project! There are numerous improvements to the aircraft simulation, aircraft models, player controlled tanks (Tank Crew) and artificial intelligence (AI). The causes of several important issues we weren't able to reproduce previously due to their rarity and randomness and thus fix before were finally found and fixed. The full list contains many other improvements and fixes as well. Take a look: Main features 1. MiG-3 series 24 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney; 2. Pe-2 series 35 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney; 3. Pe-2 series 87 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Martin =ICDP= Catney; 4. Bf 109 G-4 exterior textures, including damage, are in 4K quality now thanks to Francisco =BlackHellHound1= Bindraban; 5. Binoculars have been added for tank commanders (press LCtrl + 5); 6. GAZ-55 ambulance vehicle added; 7. BZ-35 fuel truck added; 8. Opel Blitz ambulance vehicle added; 9. Opel Blitz Tankwagen fuel truck added; 10. New language added - Chinese Simplified (简体中文). The career mode is not yet completely translated since the newspaper articles and some squadron histories and award descriptions are in English (they are not necessary for playing though). The Chinese symbols in the pilot name won’t work sadly due to the technical limitations in the mission file format. Aircraft Damage Model Improvements 11. All aircraft got the new, significantly more advanced version of the airframe damage calculations: each aircraft has its own geometrical sizes of the airframe parts and the material types while the damage calculations take into account the peculiarities of the AP, blast and fragmentation damage; 12. A complete rework of aircraft skin damage calculations has been done and it now takes into account the projectile caliber or its HE capability: now AP ammo and bullets damage the aircraft skin to much lesser extent than HE ammo while ramming an aircraft with a propeller of another instantly causes severe aircraft skin damage; 13. Visual hit effects (sparks, splinters, etc.) and sound effects now depend on the material of a hit part of the aircraft; 14. A one projectile impact won’t erroneously cause multiple (doubling) damage effects on the airframe parts which have several hitboxes; 15. Projectile impacts (and ramming an aircraft with a propeller of another) at the parts which don’t have their own cracks modeled in 3D visual model (for instance, when shooting at a wing root that should cause a crack in the wing on the aircraft where a crack at the wing base is not modeled) are calculated in more detail; 16. Projectile impacts (and ramming an aircraft with a propeller of another) at the parts not connected to the airframe won’t damage the airframe (for example, hitting an engine nacelle of a twin-engine aircraft won’t destroy a wing); 17. The calculations of the energy impulse transfer to an aircraft from a munition it was hit by now take into account the shots that went through it; 18. Exploding shells no longer damage the airframe by their initial kinetic energy of an intact shell, only by the blast and the kinetic energy of its fragments; 19. The following visual effects of the aircraft fragments were corrected (turned on when needed and off when not needed): landing gear dust (in the flight), the lighting from landing and navigation lights, guns firing and engine exhausts, smoke from smoke generators and vortex trails from the wingtips); 20. The found discrepancies between a new and repaired aircraft aerodynamics have been fixed; 21. A rare issue that could cause the airframe cracks to preserve after repairing has been found and fixed; 22. The modeling of the combat damage of the piston engine crank gear became more detailed and takes into account the engine type (for instance, the damage of the crank gear of the air-cooled engines happens more rarely than crank gear of the liquid-cooled engines) and the peculiarities of the armor penetration, blast and fragmentation effects of the munitions. The damage of the crank gear can cause the wedging up and seizing up of the crankshaft while the heavy momentary incurred damage can cause the immediate stop of the crankshaft; 23. It is now possible to damage one or several engine cylinders at once by weapons fire, reducing its power output. Damaged pistons can affect the crank gear and can be accompanied by oil and coolant leaks. The calculations of the incurred damage and leakage values take into account the type of the engine and the peculiarities of the armor penetration, blast and fragmentation effects of the munitions; 24. The calculations of an engine fire probability from torn fuel lines and oil leaks take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration, blast and fragmentation effects of the munitions; 25. The physical model of the engine now differentiates the two types of oil leaks: from the engine and from the oil system; 26. Only the actual oil leak from the engine now soils up the canopy instead of a general engine damage; 27. An excessive amount of piston engine shaking caused by the crank gear damage has been reduced; 28. The calculations of an oil tank or oil radiator leak probability, its size and leakage value take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration and fragmentation effects of the munitions in detail; 29. The calculations of a coolant tank or water radiator leak probability, its size and leakage value take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration and fragmentation effects of the munitions in detail; 30. The calculations of a fuel tank leak probability, its size and leakage value take into account the peculiarities of the armor penetration and fragmentation effects of the munitions in detail. The fuel tanks leak protection will be taken into account later, when the next level fuel system modeling is finished; 31. The visual intensity of a fuel, oil, and coolant leaks now corresponds to the actual severity of a leak closer; 32. When calculating the probabilities of a fuel tank fire and explosion, the different AP, blast and fragments effects are taken into account as well as the amount of the fuel leaking from the tank at the moment. Inert-gas pressurization and other fire countermeasures will be taken into account later when the next level fuel system modeling is finished; 33. Bf 110 G-2, Bf 110 E-2 and Hs-129 B-2 right engines won’t be excessively damaged by explosion fragments; 34. P-38J-25: a stabilizer won’t be destroyed by small fluctuating stress loads; 35. P-38J-25: it is now possible to hit and damage the right engine radiators; 36. P-51D-15: it is now possible to hit its oil tank and its armored visor is correctly included in the armor protection calculations; 37. P-51D-15 canopy will appear correctly soiled up by an oil leak both in internal and external views; 38. P-51D-15 3D-model won’t erroneously show the wing crack; 39. The landing gear doors on all aircraft are destroyed if landing gear wheels are torn off in retracted position; 40. Hs 129 B-2: the destruction of the right landing gear door won’t generate the landing gear door debris on the left; 41. Bf-109 (all series except E7): the loss of the vertical stabilizer and the central part of the horizontal stabilizer is temporarily blocked due to the interdependence of this damage in the 3D model, which makes this point extremely vulnerable to combat damage and causes undesirable results. We will try to move the breaking point above the stabilizer in the future and fix this limitation. Damage to the rudder, elevators and horizontal stabs are still possible and the rudder and elevators can still be detached. And the left and right portions of the horizontal stab can also be lost; 42. Bf-109 (all series): the mixed up locations where the debris of the landing gear bay doors appear have been corrected; 43. MiG-3 series 24: the main landing gear bay doors in the wing can also be torn off by an excessive ram air pressure; 44. Excessive rear hemisphere protection of the Pe-2 gunners from the fragments has been corrected; 45. Ju-52/3m g4e: the oil level gauges display the correct amount of the oil left even if it is completely gone or after the oil system repair; 46. Ju-52/3m g4e: first pilot bailing out won’t cause the death of the second pilot and the gunner; General Damage Model Improvements (for all objects in the sim) 47. A complete overhaul of the blast and fragmentation damage, as well as armor penetration damage has been finished, including, but not limited to: correction of calculation errors, calculation speed optimizations, protection of the calculation results for finding possible errors in the initial data; 48. Insufficient blast damage in case of a very near explosion or inner explosion has been corrected; 49. The number of fragments hitting an object is correctly calculated basing on the distance to an explosion, including the case of inner explosion; 50. Now there is a possibility of a ‘stray fragment’ impact when the expectation function gives less than one fragment due to the distance to the explosion (outside the kill area), which is important in a case of multiple explosions; 51. The armor penetration ability and damage of projectile increases if the resulting impact velocity exceeds the muzzle velocity of a projectile in the reference test data; 52. The fragmentation damage modeling is made less abstract for all ammunition types: the formation of the fragments, their initial speeds, masses and sizes are calculated and their loss of velocity with the distance traveled is calculated using the modern estimates of their resistance factor and the integration of their movements; 53. The calculations of the penetration ability of the combined HE and frag damage is also less abstract. Instead of using an empirical parameter, the system now uses the speed, mass, and size of a fragment to model a penetration and the massed impact in case of a near explosion is also modeled; 54. Since the calculations of the penetration ability and the energy of fragments were changed, the excessive effectiveness of the bombs against armored targets at large distances has been reduced, but a very close explosion is much more effective than before; 55. The penetration ability of the fragments created by shells containing a small amount of explosives relative to their overall mass was also reduced because of the same reason; 56. The blast damage calculations use a more accurate power law depending on the distance to the blast center. The damage inflicted by a blast and its ability to break through an armor sheet now drops as the distance increases faster than before, but became much more powerful at very short distances; 57. Engines, drivetrains, reduction gearboxes, ammo racks and other large pieces of equipment now have their own hard casings modeled where applicable and they can protect them from some damage; 58. In a rare case of a direct bomb hit at a turret of a flying aircraft, aerostat or a parachute there won’t be a detonation delay that could cause it to explode at a distance to the object; 59. The severity of a wound depends on the impact area: a head hit is more critical than a body one while a body hit is less severe than it was before; 60. The crew members experience less pain shock from wounds and impacts; Player controllable tanks improvements 61. The death of a radio operator now blocks the external communications; 62. Pz.III-L and T-34 STZ tanks ammo racks now are damageable; 63.The physical collision model of the Pz.III-L turret now correctly rotates together with the visual model of the turret; 64. The physical collision model of the T-34 STZ main gun barrel now correctly corresponds to its visual model; 65. The M4A2 commander’s machine gun can be damaged; 66. In the event of a catastrophic detonation, the turret flying away from Pz.III-L and T-34 STZ tanks will be visually damaged; 67. A knocked out machine gun won’t incorrectly cause the death of its operator; 68. The issue that could result in the destruction of a tank when its main gun and coaxial MG are knocked out has been found and fixed; 69. Several commands of the tank commander (for example, "Attack ground targets on sight") will work even if the mission script doesn’t include any commands for this tank; 70. Several non-working technochat messages about turret systems failure and repair (coaxial machine gun, main and backup turret traverse, vertical aiming mechanism, etc.) have been fixed; 71. Pz.Kpfw.III.Ausf.M, Pz.Kpfw.IV.Ausf.G and M4A2 tracks tension is correctly animated (it was reversed); 72. The tank radio transmitter failure makes the communication with other tanks of the unit impossible; 73. Viewing instruments on KV-1s tanks made more detailed; 74. The issue with KV-1s tracks visibly moving in the opposite direction when accelerating has been minimized; 75. The casing of the various large systems (engine, gearbox, ammunition) can protect them from shell fragments; 76. An additional armor sheet on the front hull of the KV-1s is now modeled; AI Improvements 77. The AI pilots of the high-speed aircraft now try to use their advantage over significantly slower aircraft using the hit and run tactics; 78. The AI pilots of the high-speed aircraft aim better when firing the guns; 79. A failed bombing run won’t cause an AI-controlled bomber to fly beyond the map borders; 80. An AI pilot estimates the time required to destroy a ground target better; 81. The AI pilots won’t try to move the control surfaces of a crashed aircraft; 82. P-51D AI pilot will always close the canopy before taking off; 83. Gunners won’t do unnecessary motions when bailing out; 84. Additional improvements were made in the ground vehicle obstacle avoidance algorithm; 85. A rare issue that could cause vehicles of a column to move directly North after an emergency stop has been found and fixed; 86. AI-controlled ground based guns and MGs aim better in heavy wind weather conditions; 87. 76mm and 77mm AAA of World War I era aim better; Visual aircraft models improvements 88. The bomb control panel on all Bf 109 3D-models is now hidden in the outside view if no bombs are installed; 89. The right landing gear wheel of the Bf 109 E-7 is no longer visible from a large distance when the right wing is lost; 90. The Bf-109 G-14 canopy cable looks correct when the canopy is open; 91. The gap between the bomb holder and Fw 190 A3 and Fw 190 A5 fuselages has been removed; 92. The gear wheels of the chain drive of the He-111 bomb bay doors are animated now; 93. The An-4 compass on Pe-2s has a functioning backlight now; 94. The excessive visibility of IL-2 mod. 1943 at large distances caused by a wrong glare setting has been corrected; 95. The rear navigation light of the La-5FN won’t be visible from the cockpit; 96. A damaged LaGG-3 won’t appear to have through holes when zooming out; 97. The Yak-1b rear wheel trace on the ground won’t visually thicken when zooming out; 98. P-51D and Tempest radio station bulbs made brighter when turned on; 99. An incorrect flare visual effect on the P-51D fuselage has been fixed; 100. An incorrect flare visual effect on the Fokker D.VII wingtips has been fixed; 101. Left ailerons of Fokker D.VII and Fokker D.VIIF won’t cause visible z-fighting effect; 102. S.E.5a: a dead or unconscious pilot or gunner won’t clip through a cabin side; 103. The animation of the 2000-pound bomb M66 impeller has been fixed; Other aircraft changes 104. Another error that could cause the hits on the own aircraft to be not audible in multiplayer has been found and fixed; 105. When in the cockpit, the player will now hear different sounds when different parts (materials) of the aircraft are hit different types of ammunition (before that, sounds differed only by the type of ammunition and only in open cockpits or in an external view); 106. The ram air sounds in the cockpits of all aircraft have been re-adjusted, the sound changes depending on the state of the canopy (open or closed) as well as the position of the pilot's head relatively to the windscreen; 107. The positioning of the engine sounds in the cockpits has been improved as well; 108. Bf 109 G-6 in-cockpit sounds were corrected; 109. The issue with the pilots posing in weird ways should be gone now; 110. Ju-88 top shooter won’t continue to fire when the canopy and the MGs are jettisoned; 111. It is now possible to shoot a signal flare after opening the IL-2 mod.1943 cockpit; 112. The trace of an aircraft after a belly landing won’t disappear when zooming in; 113. Flying Circus planes will correctly show the dust from wheels effect; 114. P-51D wheels leave correct traces and their dust effects were corrected; 115. Opened P-51D landing gear bays cause less drag; 116. Bomb detonator switches are no longer inverted on P-51D; 117. A-20B, La-5 series 8 and La-5FN: it’s now possible to move the throttle control when it is in the idle position and ‘Engine auto control’ helper is enabled in the options; 118. FFB vibrations increased during control surfaces buffeting at terminal flight speeds; 119. Now a crewless aircraft will be removed from the simulation when it stays on the ground for 30 seconds (previously it was removed when its altitude was less than 10 meters and speed less than 10 meters per second); Ground and naval objects 120. Projectiles of the multi-barreled anti-aircraft guns visually appear aligned with the positions of the individual barrels; 121. Tanks and trucks won’t leave marks on concrete surfaces; 122. Vehicles won’t create so much dust when moving on concrete and paved surfaces; 123. TRG_Spawn mission logic element won’t cause the spawned vehicles to have visual effects of a damaged engine; 124. The issue of random destruction of a train in QMB has been found and fixed; 125. Simple AI-controlled ground vehicles won’t visibly ‘shudder’ when moving on steep slopes, especially on the Prokhorovka map; 126. Sd Kfz 251 Wurfrahmen 40 rockets launch correctly visually; 127. The upper and lower armor of simple AI tanks has been corrected (made more resistant to fragments); 128. The visual model of a static railway tank has been updated (its frame); 129. The static T-34 model texture that appears at a certain distance has been corrected; 130. Railway wagons and locomotives won’t receive critical damage from any first hit; 131. A graphical corruption caused by G-5 gunboat firing its M-8M rockets has been fixed; 132. The issue that could make the naval guns indestructible has been found and fixed; 133. Ships that run aground will stop earlier and won’t display water wake effects; 134. A random issue with the parachute not completely descending to the ground has been fixed; Other changes 135. VR zoom can be made instantaneous if the default speed gives you nausea - set the value of the vr_zoom_speed parameter to 1 (it is located in the camera section in data\startup.cfg file); 136. Ricochet sounds and graphic effects were added; 137. The physical collision models of the European suburban buildings in some blocks on the Arras map now correspond to their visual models; 138. The trees that prevented takeoff and landing were removed at the end of the strip of the Florennes airfield; 139. Bailed out pilots can be correctly captured by the enemy in the Bodenplatte career; 140. MCU_Waypoint mission logic element won’t receive input from other elements when deactivated. Please discuss the update in this thread.
  19. Update 4.002 Dear Friends, Our team is glad to announce that we finished another update 4.002. In this version, all Tank Crew owners get the SU-122 assault gun. In addition, everyone gets many improvements - some of them our community asked for a long time. After additional work on the aircraft visibility modeling against the clouds is improved. We also added automatic dive-recovery controls to four bombers from Battle of Stalingrad and Battle of Moscow. The login time has been drastically decreased, it will now happen up to ten times faster than before. Tank and aircraft turrets aiming will be more convenient and there are many other minor improvements. Let's go into detail about the automatic dive-recovery controls: Ju-87 When the dive system is engaged, the plane enters a dive when the air brakes are extended and will recover from the dive either by pressing the bomb drop button or when the air brakes are retracted. The dive system controls are separate: the trimmer tab on the right elevator is controlled by the dive system while the pilot controls the trimmer tab on the left elevator. Therefore the pilot input and dive system input of the trimmers are independent, and when the dive system is in operation, there is no indication of a trimmer position change in the technochat. Ju-88 When the dive system is engaged, the plane enters a dive when the air brakes are extended or when the dive button (LCtrl + D by default) is pressed. The plane will recover from the dive either by pressing the bomb drop button or by pressing the dive button (LCtrl + D by default). The dive system will return to the neutral position of the elevator trim, while the full range of trimmer travel from the pilot’s input is preserved. Therefore the pilot input and dive system input of the trimmers are independent, and when the dive system is in operation, there is no indication of a trimmer position change in the technochat. Also, the elevator trim is automatically shifted when the stabilizer is moved to the landing position (when flaps are released to the landing position). This also shifts the trim back to the neutral position. Pe-2 (both series) When the dive system is engaged, the plane enters a dive when the air brakes are extended (pass through the 45° position) and will recover from the dive when you press the bomb drop button or the dive recovery button to exit the dive (LCtrl + D by default). The dive system controls the elevator trim -for correct operation, the trimmer must be in the range between -4.5 ° to + 4.5 ° before turning on the dive system. If the trimmer is outside this range or if the airplane is trimmed manually while the dive system is in operation or if the air brakes are retracted the dive system will disengage. Ju-87 and Ju-88 Contact altimeters are installed on these aircraft. The RShift + K and RCtrl + K commands (by default) set the bomb release (contact) altitude. When the dive system is engaged, the buzzer will sound 250 m above the contact altitude. Buzzer turns off when the contact altitude is reached or when the dive system is disengaged. The pressure setting is adjusted by the same command as on the main altimeter (with a short pause after setting the pressure on the main altimeter). The contact altimeter is not connected with the dive system, it is a separate device that just gives an audio signal at a contact height. Main features 1. SU-122 assault gun made by Ural heavy machinery factory in 1943 is now available for all Tank Crew owners; 2. Guns and MGs aiming using the mouse has been improved; 3. Turret aiming in VR is improved (you don't need to physically turn while aiming); 4. The issue with planes visually disappearing against the clouds at short distances has been minimized; 5. Planes visual pixelization against the clouds at medium distances has been greatly reduced; 6. Winter textures for all Bodenplatte buildings added; 7. Winter textures for all Bodenplatte vehicles added; 8. Speed and reliability of the online login have been greatly improved; 9. GMC CCKW fuel truck added; 10. Thanks to the new tech developed for Tank Crew, B-25D, P-47D and P-51D have correct British or US pilots depending on the country specified in the mission file; 11. Dive and recovery control automatics added to Ju-87 D-3, Ju 88 A-4, Pe-2 s. 87 and Pe-2 s. 35; 12. Ju-87 D-3 and Ju 88 A-4 dive bombers are equipped with contact altimeters; 13. LaGG-3 now sports 4K exterior textures made by Martin =ICDP= Catney; AI improvements 14. AI pilots can resume engaging a target after losing it; 15. AI pilots won't try to engage a distant target flying at negative G for a prolonged time; 16. AI pilots won't crash into the ground while doing a defense spiral maneuver; 17. AI pilots won't get stuck in a shallow dive during a defense maneuver; 18. AI pilots won't attempt dangerous evasion maneuvers at low altitudes which caused them to crash; 19. AI pilots won't get too excited following a falling target and crash into the ground after it; 20. AI pilots attacking air targets will attack the planes that take off or land; 21. AI pilots won't get stuck in an upside position during a dogfight; 22. AI pilots won't get stuck in a roll during an evasion maneuver which could end in a crash; 23. AI pilots will try to bail out of a burning plane (now it depends on how fast it will decide to bail out and if he has strength left to do so); 24. Self-propelled AAA switch to combat position if they don't have movement orders and have an attack targets in area command (even if there are no targets present); 25. Ship guns aiming corrected; Aircraft improvements 26. Ju-87 D-3 has animated servo tabs; 27. Ju-87 D-3 has visual indicators for the extended dive brakes; 28. Ju-88 A-4 elevator trim adjusts automatically when the stabilizer is switched to the landing position; 29. Ju-88 A-4 has animated servo tabs; 30. heavier aircraft like He-111, Ju-52/87/88, A-20, IL-2, Pe-2 won't shake as much when their tails are damaged; 31. Pe-2 and He-111: the camera automatically turns in a correct direction when switching to a new MG in turrets with several MGs; 32. Ju-52/3mg4e 2nd pilot animations have been restored; 33. P-38J-25: canopy close sound won't play too early; 34. P-38J-25: the instruments panel can be damaged; 35. P-38J-25: signal lights won't float in the air on a severely damaged aircraft; 36. IL-2 elevator control rods damage has been corrected; 37. All additional armor elements on Bf-110 correctly shield the aircraft; 38. P-51D-15 rear landing gear can be damaged now; 39. MC 202 s8: MG151 ammo reserves can be damaged now; 40. Fw 190 A-8 ammo reserves can be damaged now; 41. Fw 190 A-8 wing pylons look correctly from various distances; 42. Bf 109 G4/G6/G14/K4: the right underwing cannon won't stop working after the loss of ammo in the left wing anymore; 43. Bf 109s except for G14 and K4: jettisoned canopies are correctly repaired; 44. Bristol Fighter will correctly register radiator hits; 45. Pedals animated correctly on Bristol Fighter; 46. Static U-2VS has winter skin; 47. IL-2 mod. 1942 has its exterior color saturation corrected; Tank Crew improvements 48. Visual detail of plates above the tracks on KV-1s has been improved; 49. Speedometer added to KV-1s (it is on the engine compartment bulkhead); 50. Batteries are visible in the KV-1s interior; 51. Many visual improvements to KV-1s interior (level of detail, textures, etc.); 52. Recoil indicators added to KV-1s and T-34 mod. 1943; 53. Panoramic sight cupola stopper added to KV-1s and T-34 mod. 1943; 54. T-34 mod. 1943 tracks have been visually improved; 55. T-34 mod. 1943 internal collision model (that is used in damage calculations) has been improved; 56. Engine exhaust is visible at the idle engine RPM; Other changes 57. Caquot balloons won't disappear at medium distances; 58. The inner walls of the damaged detailed buildings on the Prokhorovka map won't disappear at medium distances; 59. It's now possible to turn off the VR rendering mode for the propellers - any negative values specified for the prop_blur_max_rpm_for_vr parameter in startup.cfg file (like prop_blur_max_rpm_for_vr = -1) will result in the normal propellers rendering; 60. Object Fake_Block can be used on the airfields (its collision object has been lowered below the ground); 61. Levitating buildings on Stalingrad map have been fixed; 62. It's now possible to win the 5th mission of the Turning point campaign after a successful retreat; 63. The excessive effect of concussion and possible loss of consciousness after HE hits at a tank or aircraft has been removed if the player or AI weren't wounded by these hits. 64. Ten Days of Autumn campaign: all static objects have been updated to correct durability values, other minor improvements; 65. Fortress on the Volga campaign: minor improvements; 66. A black line won't appear in the middle of some Bodenplatte timeframe newspapers; 67. Added another (fifth) voice of a Soviet tanker; 68. Trees preventing a takeoff from some airfields were cut down on all Rheinland maps. Please discuss the update in this thread.
  20. Update 4.001 IL-2: Great Battles Version 4.001 Launched – Battle of Bodenplatte and Flying Circus Officially Released! Tank Crew Campaigns - Released! Dear Pilots! Finally, we have reached a very important milestone for our latest IL-2 Sturmovik titles. Today, two projects moving from the Early Access phase to Official Release. The first of these is Battle of Bodenplatte, which acquired the last major content components that were missing - the seasonal textures for the Rhineland map and the Pilot's Career. However, this does not mean that work on this project is completely done, we plan to spend some time before we begin our next project on fine-tuning and polishing a number of its components and adding a couple yet to be completed pieces such as Air Marshal. However, we feel it contains enough content and features that we can begin to sell it in all our channels including Steam as we head into the Holiday Season. In addition, we plan to closely monitor your messages in order to improve the quality of the project as much as we can in the last part of 2019. Bodenplatte turned out to be a truly record-setting job for us, the volume of work done on the development of maps and aircraft of the late period of the war is unprecedented for us. The late period imposes serious additional requirements on the manufactured equipment; however, the result is extremely interesting. The included aircraft make an incredible impression, because this is already the "apogee" of piston powered planes and, at the same time, the "dawn" of jet aircraft. The Rhineland map impresses with its scale, size and richness of cities and the number and historically researched airfields. The career "Battle of the Rhine" takes place over a fairly long period of time that includes four seasons - from September 17th, 1944 to April 1st, 1945. The Career covers a very significant part of the war on the western front - more than half a year. Battle of Bodenplatte was a bold step for us and when coupled with our other two projects, it pushed us to our creative limits. We hope you will enjoy it! Also, a Standard Edition of BOBP will be coming soon with the P-38J and Fw-190 D-9 offered as Collector Planes to give users more buying options. BOBP will also be available on Steam in the coming weeks, there are still a few details we must work out there first. Flying Circus - Volume 1 is now available in its fully planned state and all the remaining ground-based equipment of the First World War have been added in our new standard of visual quality. Observation balloons with observers who may leap from their post when under attack are also included now. A number of improvements were also made on the map, primarily to the front line. We hope that users who purchase this project will like the step forward in comparison with our previous title Rise of Flight, especially in the visual quality of aircraft and the environment that we, together with our partner Yugra Media, have created for you. Although the flight models generally correspond to the ones from Rise of Flight, many of the improvements that have been made over the past 7 years for Il-2 Sturmovik play a role in Flying Circus as well. Such improvements automatically benefit all projects within the framework of our one common game world and give a new, previously unavailable experience of virtual flight and combat in the First World War. All these new opportunities unfold in their fullest when playing with the use of virtual reality devices. FC includes so many new things - new landscape technology, new lighting and clouds, better sound, new AI and improved ballistics, new graphic effects and new materials for aircraft surfaces, new detailing of textures and models - all this and much more gives the virtual pilots of the First World War something that is not available anywhere else. We hope to make more Flying Circus volumes in the future and we thank those who have jumped into this new product so far! Note: We have extended the $10 Off Early Access discount for days more, but it will go to full MSRP very soon. Make your purchase before the price goes up! Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka is still under development, as one more tank and three self-propelled guns are being built by our DigitalForms partners. However, from the point of view of the gameplay, this project has almost reached its planned goals - this is expressed in the release of the Breakpoint and Last Chance scenario campaigns in this version. These campaigns tell the story, in the maximum possible historical manner we can, about the complex and intricate events of one of the greatest tank battles on the Eastern Front - the battle of Prokhorovka. This battle was not limited only to the events of July 12th, it took place over several tense days, from July 6th to July 16th, 1943. The events and outcomes of this battle are extremely complex and controversial. Although the Soviet troops and armored forces suffered heavy losses, the German command was never able to achieve their planned goals. At the end of the battle, the situation in this sector of the war front almost returned to what it was before it began. However, numbers or the “net book balance” does not always determine the magnitude of the event. The incredible tension, power, complexity and intensity of this military clash, which practically merged into one single and continuous epic multi-day battle, has few equals in world history. And the ambiguity of the outcome of the battle only enhances the intensity of the drama of these events, which do not require any embellishment - simply being retold "as is", without exaggeration is incredibly exciting. It should also be noted that the release of these tank campaigns is accompanied by the completion of the development of some of the most important features of Tank Crew – the radio and command interface. This will allow you to better control your own tank and your tank platoon. We also plan to continue the refinement of our tank project in the coming months as this project too readies for official release. And finally, the Achtung Spitfire! Scripted Campaign is also now released and ready to be played! Developed by our friends The Syndicate, this historically inspired campaign contains 20 missions featuring a fictional storyline that is inspired by historical events. Your character is a young Russian pilot from Siberia serving on the North Caucasus Front in late May 1943. The campaign features missions inspired by the Soviet 37th and 56th Armies attack on the German 44th Army Corps west of the city of Krymskaya. You’ll fly a bird of a different feather in the lend-lease Spitfire Mk.Vb over the beautiful Kuban region of the Soviet Union. The campaign is great fun and full of action. This campaign also has a new feature. We have added support for special assigned skins for the player’s plane and other planes I the mission. This is a first for us in a pay-ware campaign such as this. However, to see them, you must download the free skin pack from HERE and place the skins in the Spitfire Mk.Vb Skins folder. We have decided to offer the skin pack as an optional download to lighten our distribution costs and the size of your install if you don’t own this campaign. The skin pack is offered free of charge of course. We thank you for your patience as we have readied this product for release and many of you have already pre-ordered it and we appreciate your support. Products like these add more diversity to our product line and help fund many new innovations and content for all of you. And now we proudly present version 4.001 to you, our friends, partners and customers. And like most huge updates, there are likely to be some bugs or other unintended issues missed in testing. We of course, as always, will address them just as fast as we can. We appreciate your support as we have worked hard to build all of these new products. Here’s to you and to more great combat-sim goodness in the future! The Sturmovik Team Main features 1. "Battle of the Rhine" career timeframe consisting of five chapters added to Battle of Bodenplatte; 2. Rheinland Autumn 1944 map added to Battle of Bodenplatte; 3. Rheinland Winter 1944-45 map added to Battle of Bodenplatte; 4. Rheinland Spring 1945 map added to Battle of Bodenplatte; 5. Canon de 75 mle 1897 gun added to Flying Circus; 6. 7.7 cm FK 96 n.A. added to Flying Circus; 7. QF 4.5-inch howitzer added to Flying Circus; 8. 15 cm sFH 13 howitzer added to Flying Circus; 9. QF 13 pounder 6 cwt AAA gun added to Flying Circus; 10. 7.7 cm FlaK L/27 AAA gun added to Flying Circus; 11. Hotchkiss Mle 14 regular and AA machineguns added to Flying Circus; 12. Spandau MG 08 regular and AA machineguns added to Flying Circus; 13. Great War searchlights added to Flying Circus; 14. Thornycroft J-type self-propelled AA gun added to Flying Circus; 15. Daimler M1914 armored self-propelled AA gun added to Flying Circus; 16. Benz LKW 1912 truck added to Flying Circus; 17. Leyland 3 Ton RAF truck added to Flying Circus; 18. Crossley T5 command vehicle added to Flying Circus; 19. Mercedes Kettenwagen 22 command vehicle added to Flying Circus; 20. No-mans land visually improved on Arras map; 21. Amiens cathedral added on Arras map; 22. Balloons added on Arras map in quick mission builder (QMB); 23. Observers bail out from balloons on Arras map; 24. Soviet tank campaign Breaking point added to Tank Crew; 25. German tank campaign Last chance added to Tank Crew; 26. Tank radio chatter added to Tank Crew; 27. Tank commander interface added to Tank Crew. Attention: it is engaged from commander seat by ~ key (tilde). For the driver to follow your orders turn autopilot on from the driver seat first (otherwise you will be driving the tank manually as before); 28. Achtung Spitfire! Scripted Campaign is released; 29. Simplified AI-controlled Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.H1 added; 30. Simplified AI-controlled M4A2(75) added; 31. Simplified AI-controlled M4A3(75)W added; 32. New Extreme quality cloud setting added that makes the clouds sharper and less 'shifting'. 33. Three new P-51 (by ICDP and Bugsy) and one P-38 skin added (by ICDP); General improvements 34. The color of aiming helpers for the guns, bombs and rockets has been changed; 35. Ground vehicles navigate large bridges on Rheinland map correctly; 36. Rheinland and Arras maps have cobblestone roads; 37. Missing grass added to yellow fields on Prokhorovka maps; 38. Mission designers can define the default GUI map view more accurately by using Normal type lines; 39. Mission designers can use custom (unofficial) skins in the campaigns; 40. Career bug that caused the planes left in the air to be lost has been fixed; 41. The visual image of rotating propellers in VR has been improved. New parameter "prop_blur_max_rpm_for_vr" can be added to startup.cfg, [KEY = graphics] section - it governs the maximum visible RPM of the propeller in case you don't like the current setting designed to minimize the visual artifacts caused by reprojection VR tech; Aircraft improvements 42. Unlimited ammo difficulty option no longer creates bombs and rockets under a lost wing; 43. MiG-3 flaps have been corrected - any change of the flaps limiter position retracts them first and then extends to a new position; 44. A wrong shaking warning message has been removed from P-51D-15; 45. The automatic supercharger gear change altitude has been corrected on P-51D-15 when using 150 octane fuel; 46. Radio volume can be adjusted (LAlt+NumPad+ and LAlt+NumPad- by default); 47. Pitch response curve for non-FFB joysticks has been corrected for all Flying Circus planes, making them easier to fly level. SPAD 13 and Dr.1 were adversely affected due to this change and will be fixed I a Hotfix; 48. More aircraft controls are blocked when the pilot is unconscious; 49. After rearming in a service area the guns are ready to fire immediately without pressing reload key; 50. You can't see your own previous plane when starting again in multiplayer; 51. Wrong technochat messages about rudder and elevator surfaces were corrected (like reporting a right part hit instead of a left one); 52. Fw 190 D-9 fuel switch works correctly; 53. Tempest Mk.V s.2 engine startup made faster; 54. AI Bf 109 K-4s correctly start their engines on parking; 55. FlyingTempest Mk.V s.2 without part of a wing became more difficult; 56. Tempest Mk.V s.2 stall speed increased by 6 mph; 57. Me 262 A elevator is less affected by ram air according to newly found data; 58. RPM control helper won't sometimes turn on by itself on Expert difficulty; 59. AI wing leaders flying on jet aircraft won't decrease their speed too much waiting for their wingmen; 60. AI pilots try not to exceed 5G (6G if they have anti-G suits) to prevent the loss of consciousness; 61. When starting a QMB mission close to AI aircraft they'll act more aggressively; 62. A bug that could cause AI P-39 pilots to overrev and damage their engines has been fixed; Ground vehicle improvements 63. Vertical gun aiming speeds on all player-controlled vehicles were made realistic according to their correct reduction ratios and the handwheel rotation speed which is the same for all vehicles; 64. When player exit a gunner seat the gun or MG is left in the last aiming position; 65. When gunner opens his hatch, the turret is left in its last position; 66. Repairing of Pz.III main gun and turret traverse mechanism happens correctly; 67. Panoramic gunsight on KV-1s and T-34 (UVZ) mod.1943 tanks can be damaged by hitting its armored cupola; 68. The repair process has been corrected to prioritize the leaks; 69. Tiger main gun has been made sturdier against fragments; 70. Simple AI ground vehicles with damaged wheels, engine or killed crew no longer become an unmovable obstacle; 71. A destroyed AI object no longer causes excessive damage to other objects ramming it; 72. Ammo crates near artillery positions are not a difficult obstacle anymore; 73. Simple ground vehicles have realistic gun aiming speeds; 74. GAZ-AA and ZiS-5 trucks have correct mass (previously they had empty vehicle mass); 75. Simple AI tanks and guns have a delay between initial aiming and opening fire and between destroying a target and engaging another; 76. Detailed AI tanks button up when engaging a target; 77. Detailed AI controlled T-34 (UVZ) mod.1943 is correctly counted in statistics; 78. Destroyed Т-70 has correct tracks texture; 79. The forward lights of the G-8 locomotive no longer shift from it when viewed from a far distance; Scenario campaign improvements 80. Fortress on the Volga: aircraft appear and disappear according to the new visibility distance; 81. Fortress on the Volga: you can encounter U-2VS when flying over the enemy territory; 82. Fortress on the Volga: U-2VS and Hs 129 can be seen on airfields; 83. Fortress on the Volga: the movement of all transport and armored columns has been corrected; 84. Fortress on the Volga: Soviet tank attack in mission 3 has been completely overhauled; 85. Fortress on the Volga: other minor improvements; 86. Blazing Steppe: aircraft appear and disappear according to the new visibility distance; 87. Blazing Steppe: you can encounter U-2VS in the air; 88. Blazing Steppe: U-2VS, P-40 and Hs 129 can be seen on airfields; 89. Blazing Steppe: the movement of all transport and armored columns has been corrected, there are more of them and they are larger; 90. Blazing Steppe: new aircraft groups added; 91. Blazing Steppe: all Soviet 85 mm AA gun batteries were overhauled; 92. Blazing Steppe: all static objects have been updated to correct durability values; 93. Blazing Steppe: the forces and mission logic have been corrected in missions 6 and 8; 94. Blazing Steppe: other minor improvements. Please discuss the update in this thread.
  21. hi bro my game graphics are too childish while this video shows some real effects and colourfull things , + my aircrafts are not so clear in pixels when i zoom out ,i have i have forced dx9 on and intel HD 3000 graphics laptop hp
  22. Help fund the Strike Fighters 2 Windows 10 update! Strike Fighters 2 is a series of popular PC games we released back in 2008 (over 11 years ago!). It was a unique series of inter-connected light/casual flight simulation games set in the Cold War. Despite its age, it's still being enjoyed by many users, thanks largely to its huge and active mod community. The games were originally designed on (then brand new) Windows Vista, but over the years, new Windows versions have came and gone (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and finally 10), the hardware has evolved at dizzying speed, and internet security and privacy have become major concerns. With all these changes, some people are reporting issues running our old games on newer machines. We'd love to be able to update the series to the latest Windows and Direct X version. But we're a very small independent company with very limited resources, and we do not currently have the funds to do this. And this is where you can help! $25,000 USD is the minimum we need to cover the cost of development and testing. At this level funding, the update will simply be Windows 10/DirectX 12 update with no other fixes, enhancement or improvement. Of course, any funding we get above and beyond the $25K amount would be used to further enhance and improve the series. Our users have asked for Oculus VR support, air-to-air refueling, and many other features. These all cost time and money, a lot of it unfortunately, so they'll need to be prioritized. We'll put the decisions about which additional features to work on to vote among the contributors. So by funding this and becoming a contributor, you're not only helping us with the funding, you'll also have a say in which direction to go with the update. We estimate it'll take 2 months of development and testing for the update to be completed. So if we can get started by mid-September, we should be able to release the basic update by this November before Thanksgiving. (Any features from additional contributions will of course take longer) We'd like to thank our fantastic community, especially the mods community who continue to put out amazing work to improve our games for everyone. We couldn't do this without the community support. Thank you! Contribute here: https://fundrazr.com/31YZNe?ref=ab_A4B60kVy3KOA4B60kVy3KO Answers to some questions asked online: Q. What happens if the funding goal isn't met? A. Not everything will be lost even if we don't make the funding goal. We do plan on securing the amount we're short by through other means (loans) and still get the Windows 10 update done at a later time (probably early next year). If we have to go this route however, the update will have to be a paid update and not free to everyone so we can at least recover part of the cost. It'll be free to only those who contributed to this and those who purchased the SF2 Complete Edition. Please note that this campaign is set as "Keep it all", meaning we keep all the contributions even if the funding goal isn't met. Q. Can we add <xyz> features and fix <abc> bugs? A. We'd love to be able to do everything everyone is asking for, but unfortunately, all these take a lot of time and money. If you're expecting our games to have all the features from other AAA-quality games, then you'll be disappointed. Those games costs 10+ (some over 100+) million budget, and there is simply no way we can even come close to that with $100-500K budget we usually spend on our games. If this crowd funding makes more than the funding goal, we'll have the contributors vote and decide on which features we should spend that extra amount on. Q. Are you going to continue to support the game? A. We wish we could continue to support the game forever, but again, these things takes a lot of money, and we simply can not afford to keep supporting old games for years and decades. This crowd funding goal is enough to pay for just 2 months of operation. In order for us to continue to support the game year after year, we need the community to continue to buy our games (and not just play them) year after year. Q. Isn't it better to do Strike Fighters 3? A. We'd love to be able to do SF3, but we're not ready to commit that much time and money to a new PC game at this point (we still haven't paid off the development cost of SF2NA). A completely new game would take us at least 5 years and cost us at at least 2 million. Plus, everyone expect post-release support for 10-20 additional years, easily doubling the cost. We just don't think we'll be able to raise that amount needed based on numbers we have. We'd love to be proven wrong on this, if this fund raising goes way better than expected, we can re-consider this in the future. Thank you! Update on result from TK
  23. I need somebody help to update super toucan. down what needs to be done: Hit box; pivot points; Collision points; FM; He is not flying like the real one. I do not know where to set this in the files. how it should be
  24. Salute, comrade pilots! For some time, we have not covered the work being done in our aviation workshop, giving the news platform to armored vehicle enthusiasts. But today it is time to return to the planes. And I will tell you what our engineering team is working on now. At this time our software engineers are simultaneously developing three legendary airplanes: the P-51D Mustang, the Fw-190 D-9 Dora and the Me-262 Schwalbe, which is the first jet airplane in the "IL-2: Great Battles" series. Undoubtedly, all these airplanes stand out from the rest of the plane-set in terms of their excellent speed characteristics. And as usual making a virtual copy of a new airplane to our stable brings new challenges and tasks we must perform. For example, the Me-262 is the first aircraft in our project with a swept wing. It would seem that the difference is not very big, but this circumstance required us to refine the aerodynamics calculation technology. The result of this work will be more accurate characteristics of the stability and controllability of the airplane in lateral movement, which sweep has a significant impact. Daniel has already mentioned about a turbojet engine in the previous diaries, and now work on the Jumo-004B model is in full swing. A dynamic model of the turbo-compressor was assembled, and now work is underway on the engine's thrust, heat and fuel-flow characteristics. Virtually each of the above airplanes required us to make improvements in the models of units and on-board equipment. For example, this is a powerful developed wing mechanization, including slats across the whole wingspan of the Schwalbe, a new gunsight that the Dora and the Schwalbe will receive - they will be the first German airplanes in our project with a gyro gunsight. There is also an automated control of radiators and superchargers on the Mustang. I should note that the P-51D and Me-262 have a sensitive center of gravity when heavily loaded with fuel and ordinance. For example, the Mustang had such a small reserve of longitudinal stability with full fuel tanks that the pilot flight manual instructed pilots to avoid aerobatics with full fuel tanks because of the risk of stall and spin. This quirk of the P-51D will be present in our simulator. In addition, two new biplanes for the Flying Circus project have entered the “factory testing” stage. These are the legendary Fokker D7 and Sopwith Dolphin, whose 3D models were revamped by our partner Ugra-Media. This stage involves a large number of in-game tests that we perform before giving the airplanes to beta testers. And for such tests, we use special developer tools that allow us to quickly check various animations, visualization of damage models, operation of instruments and visual effects, such as smoke, fires, dust from under the wheels and others. Today I would like to show you a short video with one of these tests. In this video you can see an in-game test (conducted at a special test base on a distant secret island) where the animation of the landing gear damage was checked. I recorded this video in the fall while working on the implementation of the Sopwith Camel to our project. Often, working on "serious games" we forget that our work is also fun. In this video I just wanted to have some fun with my colleagues, to cheer them up after a period of hard work. So today, my colleagues and I decided that maybe it is a good idea to share this video to you. If it evokes a smile on your face - well, then I recorded it not in vain. If you like it, it may possible that we will show you some more in-game tests that our very serious engineers do: And finally, since we have touched on our Flying Circus project, we would like to show you a series of screenshots from the Arras map which our partners at Ugra-Media are actively working on. In these screenshots you can see the step forward in visualization of the map compared to our previous Great War simulation. Plus, here are the first in-game screenshots of the re-furbished Sopwith Dolphin and Fokker D.VII cockpits which are coming soon: Fly for fun! You can discuss the news in this thread
  25. Hello everybody, Only two days have passed since the release of the big update 3.006, but the work continues according to the plan and today we can show you the new things to come for all three of our projects. First, detailed village buildings for Tank Crew - Clash at Prokhorovka are nearly finished (they will be placed in the area of the map where the most important engagements took place). The work on the tank campaigns scenarios is underway. Today we present you the almost final look of these buildings and later we'll show you the new tech we'll be using to simulate their partial destruction. Nearly all the latest tech available in our project have been used to create them: Another neat stuff we can show you today is for Bodenplatte - the late war U.S. pilot model is ready and our animator started working on it. This new model, just like the two pilot models made for Flying Circus, has been made at the new level of detail allowing for the even more realistic look - its textures and materials are four times more detailed than older models: WWI fans will get the new toys this Autumn too - we plan to add Sopwith Camel and Pfalz D.IIIa to Flying Circus Volume I. The work on the updated 3D model for Camel will be finished soon and here are its first pics in the game engine. Since it was one of the iconic aircraft of the first air war, this is important for us: You can discuss the news in this thread
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