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  1. S! All Hostilities begin this Saturday, 12, October 2019 at 2 pm Eastern USA time. Blue team is flying Central and Red team is Entente, Good luck to all !
  2. Ahem,,, and an S! You know of course that red nose and yellow tail are the colors used by Lothar von Richthofen. Quite the coincidence.
  3. Dear Snag, Please let me know when you go on vacation. Leave a key to your house under the welcome mat. Have truck will travel😉 Seriously, I think this is a way to go. The motion control seat with VR is about as close as you can get to the real thing. Back in the 90's I saw the motion control rides in Vegas. I think there is a whole new world of entertainment there. I imagined venues with several rides. There would be team events. Let's go national!
  4. S! True confession. I really like the Goat emblem and the paints look Grrrrrreat!
  5. S! All Leaves are dropping. Days are shorter. There is a chill in the air. Bullets are flying. Bombs are dropping. It must be Flanders in Flames Fall Campaign 2019. All the particulars are posted under FiF tournament information. Of special note will be the map for this series. If you have flown Jasta 5's excellent series "Bloody April" you will recognize it as the northern half of that area. We have not used this area for an FiF. We use it now because of the great variety of rivers, roads and rail roads. The plane set will be early: N-17, N-17 GB, Strutter, RE8, Halb D.II, Halb Cl2 and Roland Cl2. We will have a Dry Run on 5, October, 2019 at the usual time.
  6. Monitor? I do not see a monitor. There is some funny big box that he put a picture of a screen on to fool us.
  7. S! Vonrd Great job on putting it all together. Works very well. Easy to download and install. Download did not take all that long.
  8. S! The big thing is for people to realize that volume 1 is the starting place. All following volumes will not be entire plane folders. They will be a variety of plane skins. After download you will have to unzip and move the skins into the appropriate folder. We can shorten plane names. No need for using the long folder name like AlbatrossD5. AlbD5 works. Once this is set up and ready to go, we will have to give a good explanation of how the whole meal deal works
  9. S! I spoke with Vonrd and we came up with some suggestions. A naming convention is the first step. As said above, no mater what is used, someone will figure out a way to get there skin to the top. Better to be sure to just use the same convention and have all our skins in a group. That said, Klaiber's example works well especially for someone with multiple skins. Unfortunately there are no thumbnails available when you choose a skin in game. v1 and v2 have no universal meaning except to their owner. Vonrd and I discussed naming conventions. The prefix just needs to be decided. We discussed numbers and he still liked the "a_" prefix. The "!JG1" looks very good and is simpler than "a_" As long as the same prefix is used for all JG1 skins, they will be in a group so the actual prefix is irrelevant. Whatever Vonrd wants Vonrd gets. There are two real problems: suffixes and multiple skins. These actually come is several flavors with their own problems. Easiest to look at is the FC/ Richthofen name. "prefix_Pd3_Hotlead_J10" looks great but do we need the J10 on the end? He knows what jasta he is in. When he plays, his in game name will have the J10 on the end. By getting rid of the J10 you basically have the pilot name. So Hotlead gets a transfer to the Russian front and is now in jasta4. His in game name will change to "JG1_Hotlead_J4" but we need a new skin. A new skin with the original name "prefix_Pd3_Hotlead" will overwrite the existing file and prevent multiple skins. So we get rid of jasta suffixes. The WW II planes are a bit of a challenge. First is the use of winter skins. It is hard to imagine a battle for Stalingrad and not see snow. Sooner or later you will be on a winter map and need a winter skin. The easiest is a plane name change: "prefix_Bf109f4_Hotlead" to "prefix_wBf109f4_Hotlead". You know you are selecting a 109 because that is the plane you selected on screen. This is the custom plane list and you get to see the "w" first. This will put all of the winter skins in a group bellow the summer planes. No need for a "_w" suffix. Multiple skins as discussed above have no meaning except to the owner. This then becomes a name change for the pilot instead of the plane "prefix_Bf109f4_Hotlead" for plane 1 and "prefix_Bf109f4_Hotlead2" for plane 2. No need for a "_v2" suffix. I have tested this and it puts the second plane with a 2 on the end after the plane with no number on the end. The other consideration for the WW II planes is the pilot number. Re-skinning planes to change numbers creates a lot of work and multiple skins. With the naming convention,and no staffel suffix, new skins will over write the old ones. That helps reduce multiple skins. It was suggested that once you get a number, it is your number. You may change staffel but your number NEVER changes. Well now that we have our planes named, what do we do with them? The solution was to follow the 777 RoF system. An initial volume 1 followed by new planes and updates in volume 2, etc. I suggest Volume 1 be divided into an "A" and a "B", splitting the WW I and WW II planes and creating smaller initial downloads. Later volumes will have both WW I and WW II in them. Later volumes are expected to be smaller and it was felt that it was best to have a simple pathway. Updates to pilot planes overwrite existing files and keep the storage space small. All skins are reduced or done in 2k mode, again to reduce storage space. The download links can be listed in a thread and we can post the links on the IL2 forums. Others that want our skins can download them at their convenience. All of this re-naming and volume compilation means that we have to delete what we have and install the skins with the new names so that we are all on the same page. The volume system is meant to make it easy to see the pathway for exiting members and new members as they are enlisted or for others that want our skins. People will need to be careful downloading skins from other sources. It is easy to download a pack of skins and find that you are filling up a all your storage space. Personally, I do not want every skin made by every Joe Shmoe out there. I will probably download most of the skins for the pilots in FiF. This means my list of custom skins is not very big and it is easy to find the JG1 section. whew! Time for another meeting?
  10. Maybe it should be a wider conversation than just Vonrd and myself?
  11. S! Vonrd Would like to get together on TS to talk about skins. Just say when.
  12. S! All J5 has posted a poll about flying Black September---- in Flying Circus ! Poll and info are in IL2  FC forums.
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    FC Skins anyone?

    S! All Have moved rof skins over to FC. I think they look better in FC. Download link is the text next to the image. If anyone needs a change, just let me know. The download is not zipped or in a cover folder. It can be downloaded and transferred directly into your IL2 Alb D5 skins folder. Dudley Alb D5 Hotlead Alb D5 Labroisse alb D5 Lee alb d5 Vikner Alb D5 Maus Alb D5 Butzz Alb D5
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