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IKP_Cadd
08-31-2004, 06:40 AM
Okay so Im new to posting, but after being a dedicated turn fighter im now trying to grow up and BnZ

However...

I cant tell whats friend or foe from 4000-5000m i dont have a gee whizz graphics card and i DO know what all the planes look like, but from from 1500-2000 meters they all look like this .

I use gunsight view and they look like this -<
When people BnZ are they in rooms with icons on, or am i just blind?

PS Many thanks to F19 for a good room!

IKP_Cadd
08-31-2004, 06:40 AM
Okay so Im new to posting, but after being a dedicated turn fighter im now trying to grow up and BnZ

However...

I cant tell whats friend or foe from 4000-5000m i dont have a gee whizz graphics card and i DO know what all the planes look like, but from from 1500-2000 meters they all look like this .

I use gunsight view and they look like this -&lt;
When people BnZ are they in rooms with icons on, or am i just blind?

PS Many thanks to F19 for a good room!

Xnomad
08-31-2004, 10:59 AM
I think you will find that if it is just a "." then most people can't tell what it is http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif the trick is the following:

Use common sense, see how they fly. If he's flying low near the ground then he's probably a Russian etc if he's high then he's German. Brits/Yanks should also fly high but most beginners choose a Spitfire or P-51 and fly close to the dirt because they don't know better.

Also look out for other tell tale signs like the colour of tracers, if the FLAK is shooting at him, from what direction he appeared, where he is heading, etc.

Americans and Brits have red tracer and plenty of it as they usually have several machine guns. Germans had red tracer on earlier versions but their cannon was yellow. In later years German tracer is Blue and Yellow. The Japanese tracer is also yellow. Russian tracer can be green or white as well as red (for lend lease planes).

If you fly on historically accurate servers with a strict plane-set then it's easier. Of course you have to get close to see some sort of silhouette a dot won't do it, so swoop down and have a look.

First of all the Bf 109 is very easy to recognise as it looks big and fat compared to all other silhouettes and has square wingtips. The Fw 190 is also quite easy to spot from above as it has longer wings with square wingtips and they appear closer to the nose.

So if you are flying blue you know that if it doesn't have square wingtips then it's most likely the enemy and vice versa. (sometimes P-51's and P-39's can look like Bf 109's though so you have to get slightly closer). With only having to recognise Bf 109's and Fw 190's you don't really need to learn anything else as it's a process of elimination. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Spitfires are dead easy to recognise of course, Spitfires look like a T from far away with no nose and huge elliptical wings.
La's have a very distinct wing too.

It does however help to have a good gfx card. I find that with a resolution as high as 1280 x 960 I can see the colour patterns of a plane much better, the icon is still as hard to see but you can see the wing markings and colours better. In addition a good monitor helps too, I spent a lot of money on this sim http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

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[This message was edited by Xnomad on Tue August 31 2004 at 10:56 AM.]

lil_labbit
08-31-2004, 11:47 AM
Calibrating your monitor might help too http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Try here: http://epaperpress.com/monitorcal/
or if you have Adobe Photoshop, power up Adobe Gamma http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif (Start - Control Panel - Adobe Gamma) http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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