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XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 12:54 PM
As I continue to learn, I am know interested in using advanced engine management. Could someone please point me to a good thread, article/website? I am presently flying the P-40 in my campaign.

XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 12:54 PM
As I continue to learn, I am know interested in using advanced engine management. Could someone please point me to a good thread, article/website? I am presently flying the P-40 in my campaign.

XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 01:15 PM
firstly go and read the readme file that was installed into your IL2 FB directory, the original one not the patch ones. This tells you about aircraft settings for superchargers and fuel mix and stuff like that.

Other than that on propeller pitch, 100 % = Fine pitch, which is climbing, landing and takeoff pitch. And as you come down to lower percentages you get to cruise settings.

fluke39
09-26-2003, 01:25 PM
are all the "additional" PDF manuals installed in the FB directory when you install FB then?

it's just i lent my copy of FB to a friend in an attempt to "convert" him into the joy of FB and have since heard of these manuals being on disc 2, can i access them without getting my discs back off him?


(please no-one accuse me of having a pirate copy, because FB is one of the very few games i have deemed worthy of buying - and i'm happy to have given my money too oleg and co for their excellent hard work)

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XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 02:59 PM
Thanks I'll check it out.

P.S. Up until now, I had the computer manage my engine, does the CPU do I decent job - is it comparable to an standard versus automatic?

XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 07:19 PM
Just read a great article written by Jeff Gerhardt (a.k.a. Vulgar) on March 25, 2003 regarding Complex Engine Management.

Great article, but how does one manage all these engine controls while dogfighting? (rhetorical question - I know, practice, practice, practice). But gee, to a newbie with no aviation/flight gaming background this is yet another steep learning curve to get through.

Two questions: Does the computer do a decent job with complex engine management? (oops, I guess you know that I am thinking of wimping out on this part of the game) More to the point, will I be at a significant disadvantage in a dogfight if this is on auto?

With regards to my fire extinguisher, I have a toggle key "E" for this feature, does this work for a fire in the cockpit by pressing "E"?

And also, if my engine catches on fire, do I also have to assign a key (maybe already assign - need to memorize key in that case) to the engine and select the engine then the extinguisher in order for it to work.

Actually, one more question - does the fire extinguisher work/deal with a fire to the fuel line or is it just a matter of time /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 07:43 PM
Learn CEM step by step. Just concentrate on each individual aspect one at a time, and learn it's uses. Doing this will also help you understand how each piece of the puzzle fits in better.


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XyZspineZyX
09-26-2003, 09:11 PM
It may surprise you how 'not dificult' it is to learn Tactical Skirmish (nothing worth doing is ever easy). But it does add another realistic element to the game, and puts you 'that much' closer to understanding just what the real pilots had to go through; don't forget most of them were just farmboys, and many many of them did not get a lot of training before getting into the cockpit and be expected to shoot down more experienced enemies, much like yourself. They only got one chance to make the 'big mistake' though, you get all the chances you need.

It is dificult to learn All of the aircraft right away. You may be better off to choose a specific aircraft (the P40 is very good to learn on, especially early war scenarios) to lay a groundwork. Try to determine if the aircraft uses a Cosntant Speed Prop (as does the P40) or a manual 'Variable pitch prop' (as do the Bf109s, though they have an 'auto' system).

For combat performance, Cosntant Speed Props need maximum engine horsepower, also known as max RPM's, in FB called "100%". You'll need at least 2 'controls' (sliders work best imho), one to control Manifold Pressure (throttle) and one to control Engine RPM (constant speed governor). To keep the engine from overheating or running out of fuel, reduce throttle and engine rpms (non-combat situations can be as little as '50%' or less).