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  1. Hi @frankilvandalo. The integrated TARGET profile is still planned, but it is third on the list right now. Currently, I have separated IL-2 and Elite from the DCS profile and created CTS for Windows. It is currently in public beta to make sure that the separation didn't cause issues with legacy code. This will be re-coded to 3.0. The next version of CTS for DCS World will have IL-2 and Elite removed. This will allow room for modules like the Mi-24. 3.0 is also on the horizon to further maximize DirectX use, which should minimize an additional profile's impact on stack space. Once CTS for Windows hits 3.0 and I have a re-baselined code, I will port it to CTS Classic for TAW, EF2000, et al. I want to get CTS for Windows to the point where the only real difference between CTS Windows and CTS Classic is that Classic will directly support the rudder controller as an integrated axis. Unfortunately, I don't have a timeframe for this. Real life has put me about a year behind schedule; I was hoping to have CTS for Windows public beta released in November of 2020 instead of July 2021, and I'm further behind in working in the 3.0 features in parallel to the 2.xx beta.
  2. Threepio, have you tried Fear the Bones by Reflected for the F-14A? That's also an amazing campaign, though full disclosure, I'm the cheesy sounding CAG who gives the brief every mission.
  3. VFA-64...you must be doing the Raven One campaign!
  4. @Krycztij part of it may be the data compression on the pics and in the videos, but you have to see the clouds in DCS to believe them. I didn't believe the hype train either until I actually did tanking in a Tomcat near a cloud layer. After I finished tanking I did some cloud surfing and ooh boy! 😲
  5. Sort of. 50 is the idle setting, and 100% is MIL. 101-140 is variable afterburner.
  6. Hi Threepio! Great to see you around these parts. I do remember you from F4AF; I played that one a ton, and some of my fondest flight sim memories are with that version of Falcon.
  7. Only possible if you turn off an engine or it gets shot up.
  8. Hi @Atlantic, and welcome to the forum. We don't play TAW as much as we used to (we've since shifted to flying DCS), and I've retired from TAW modding after 2.30, but there is still interest on the forum for people to do TAW and EF2000 multiplayer. For AARs (and other TAW related stuff), I recommend TAW Wiki | Fandom in general and There I Was... - A Collection of After Action Reports | TAW Wiki | Fandom in particular.
  9. The NVG utility was made using a game cheat engine, so it does things like substitute values in existing registers. This is a known false positive outlined in the documentation. It is possible to play TAW without the NVG tool, and if you are uncomfortable with it you can uncheck the "Launch NVG Tool with Menu" checkbox on the Configuration screen of the launcher. That is the reason the checkbox exists to begin with.
  10. Good to hear, though I figure he's hoarding the bunker to himself.
  11. Fellas, I should have an integrated profile by the end of the year that will do EF2000, TAW, and other legacy sims (to be added later). It will use the CTS interface currently used for DCS World.
  12. Now that Rohan housing is live, it appears that the Mead Halls are individual and not kinship housing. As such, I'm taking the Mead Halls out of contention, so the question is whether we should do Gondor (Belfalas) and not pay upkeep. There are plenty of kin houses available (including one in my Belfalas neighborhood), and with Rohan housing the craze I imagine they will stay available. The Gondor Kin house is 36 writs or 736 coins (i believe). I can wait for a sale on either (just missed the writ sale unfortunately, but I didn't know what the pricing for Rohan would be) then get enough
  13. It's probably a matter of orders. Without hearing their side of the radio, we won't know for sure. However, here's what we do know: the Tomcats tried three times to offset their heading so that they would not be on an intercept course. Each time the MiGs adjusted course as if to intercept. If the Tomcat RWR wasn't going crazy, they were being vectored by GCI (which was also Soviet doctrine at the time, which is also what countries that purchased Soviet hardware usually followed as well). Perhaps the Libyan brass didn't think the USN would open fire, or perhaps they didn't care if they lost a couple of MiGs. They were probably trying to get a propaganda victory. It is also telling that despite safe ejections of both MiG aircrew (visually verified by the Tomcat crews), there was no effort made to rescue the pilots. Again, just shows that the Libyan brass didn't value the line troops.
  14. Assuming you're talking about TAW, AI really is that bad when dropping dumb bombs. When there's a strike package, I'll either give them smart weapons or have the F-22 take the strike itself.
  15. Ummm, nobody said anything about DCS not modeling this. All talk has been about TAW. Falcon simulates a FBW aircraft, so any of this is likely abstracted with the FCS model (not to mention the game is over 20 years old). DCS does model weight imbalance and torque, among other things. I wasn't a physics major, so I don't intuitively understand the statics and dynamics of which you describe, but I do know that asymmetric loads are modeled, including the CG shift if (for instance) fuel is taken from one tank and not another. You can try this with the F-5, P-47, and P-51 (or even the TF-51 which comes free with DCS). As far as handling goes, I would think that adverse yaw (where the high wing in a turn is generating more lift and therefore more induced drag) is a more profound effect for which to compensate. This is after all why coordinated turns are important. The other flight model that just feels spot-on is the F-14. Not only are the unique aerodynamic properties modeled (such as the need for rudder rolls at mid-high AoA, high tail buffet at mid-AoA, the Dutch Roll and the first generation SAS that only partially compensates for it), but I would put the flight model next to anything in XP11. Flying the Tomcat in DCS is one of two near-religious experiences I've had in my 40+ years of flight-simming (the other being a moment in a Falcon 4 campaign that gave me flashbacks of my operational flying days).
  16. It's been a while since I posted here, but rest assured, the Wednesday and Saturday fly-ins are still happening. The Black Veal Squadron still flies in partnership with the 75th VFS (which is now part of the Virtual Armed Forces, along with the VFA-136 Knighthawks and 111th VFS Aces), and we still fly what we want to fly, but we've recently flown more in the F-14 and F-18. I'm partial to the Tomcat, and I'm willing to fly RIO with a pilot or train someone in the RIO seat. PM me if you're interested and I'll send you an invite to our Discord.
  17. Without source code, slim to none. And Slim is leaving the building...
  18. I always loved the original Ghost Recon for the stealth. The moving trees/branches made it more difficult to detect movement, and you could really plan an ambush. We used to play that in PvP as well, and always had fun.
  19. It all depends on what itch you are trying to scratch. We had fun with a group of guys, and while the systems were abstracted it allowed accessibility, and we could focus on actually flying and fighting rather than systems management. When we migrated to DCS, it was still the A-10C, Ka-50, FC3, and then the Huey shortly after, so it was still accessible. Everyone who has stuck with us has learned DCS over time. Bottom line: I love realism, but not at the expense of enjoyment. I fly sims to do stuff without pretending I'm at work.
  20. Real (former) military aviator here. We used to fly this multiplayer every week for years (had another former military pilot with us too). We since migrated to DCS once we burned through all the missions multiple times over, but we always enjoyed the experience. Of course, I'm also biased. 😁
  21. Urgent Shield and Outcast are both good starter campaigns. I don't recommend Highland; the missions are easy, but the objectives weren't properly tested and it's very difficult to win without taking bombs against barracks regardless of your fragged mission. Might I also recommend Avenging Scimitar, Earnest Resolve, and Stranglehold. Despite being level 5 campaigns (only because of where they were added in the table), these aren't designed to be that difficult. Rather they're designed for you to fly realistically so you don't need to engage targets of opportunity or carry huge loadouts to beat the campaign. I built these myself, and I really enjoy Scimitar. It has some interesting dynamics with neutral nations and shifting alliances. Earnest Resolve and Stranglehold are the same scenario, but flying for opposite sides.
  22. Fellas, It looks like LotRO involvement has dropped off in a serious way. I know I'm busy with real life, and I know a number of us have primarily shifted over to Elder Scrolls Online. However, as a Lifetime VIP I have no lapse in subscription for as long as LotRO is up, so I can keep the proverbial light on. Right now we have the kinship house in the Shire, and I'm basically paying upkeep out of my (albeit significant) gold reserves to keep it going. However, with the Premium Housing in Gondor and (soon) Rohan, we can shift this. As a VIP, I don't have to pay upkeep on Premium Housing, and as a Lifetime VIP, I should never have to pay upkeep. Note that this also applies to kinship leaders as well (at least for now and at least in Gondor), but at the very least I can get a kin house in premium housing and we can have it for LotRO's lifetime! Here's what I propose: As soon as we can get a Mead Hall in Rohan for CoN, we should do so. Premium housing costs mithril coins (as opposed to gold), so there may be a one-time real-world cost. Since I get my TPs every month as VIP, I can purchase mithril with TPs with nothing more than what amounts to opportunity cost. Then with the mithril I can get a housing writ to purchase the premium house/mead hall. At this time, we should move everything from the shire to the new location. We can do Rohan (currently on Bullroarer) in the mountains (Eastfold) or the plains (Kingstead), or we can do a deluxe house in Gondor. I would gladly accept mithril donations if this is possible. According to the preview, Mead Halls should go for 900 coins. I would also like people's input on whether this is a good idea, whether you would rather stay in the Shire and pay upkeep, or whether you no longer have a proverbial dog in the fight. Forth Eorlingas! HF
  23. All, Please provide your inputs in the following survey for the future of our Kin House. Forth Eorlingas! HF
  24. Here are the drivers: Windows 98 Windows 2000
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