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XyZspineZyX
03-22-2007, 04:15 PM
I am close enough to general release to give you the readme in advance.

When will it be released? I had hoped for tomorrow, but it may be a few days yet. It's done, excpet of course for any bug fixes/errors

Here's the readme:


Thank you for taking the time to download my latest campaign for Il2:Sturmovik:1946 version 4.07 and above, śwhite sun, blue sky'.

In this campaign, you will enter into a tour of duty as an ex-US military fighter pilot, recently resigned from active US Service and contracted to China, for defense against the invading Japanese, months before Pearl Harbor. You will conduct your operations out of several places in 'Burma' and 'China' in your career flying Hawk 81s and P-40Es with the American Volunteer Group, more commonly known as the 'Flying Tigers'.

If you do not have at least v4.07, you will be unable to play this campaign.

This campaign is a little different from any others you may have played. It will make available to you a brand new campaign branch by introducing a ścountry' called "None"Ł. There will literally be a country named "None"Ł in the list of available countries in the Pilot Career menu after installation of śwhite sun, blue sky'.

To do this, I have not altered, hacked, or edited your campaign structure. I also have not over-written files, campaigns, awards, or records from any of the real, "named"Ł countries, such as Great Britain, Germany, or France. I will very simply make an entirely new campaign folder, independent of others, from which śwhite sun, blue sky' will run.

What will happen is that a new folder named śNN' will be placed into your śCampaigns' folder. The simulation is already coded to accept this śNN' country's folder (NN or nn is the abbreviation the sim recognizes for the "None"Ł country). There simply is not an śNN' folder when the sim ships. I am taking advantage of this, to make the "None"Ł country a Flying Tigers campaign outlet.

On the very remote chance you have already installed some 3rd party campaign or software pack that makes use of this loophole, you may want to check to see if you have an śNN' folder in your Campaigns folder (the simulation will recognize śnn' and śNN' interchangeably). If you are unsure of how to find this folder, here are simple instructions:

From your Il2:1946 folder, open the "Missions"Ł folder. Now double-click the "Campaigns"Ł folder. Check to see if you have a folder named śNN' or śnn' (you cannot have both). If you do, right click the folder, select "copy"Ł, and then go to your desktop. Right-click the desktop, and select "paste"Ł. You now have a back-up of your existing folder, and when you install śwhite sun, blue sky', you will not over-write any files. It is extremely unlikely you will need to takes these steps however, as I know of no other campaigns that use the "None"Ł country.

To begin a campaign using śwhite sun, blue sky' as your Pilot Career, click the śPilot Career' button in the sim as usual. Now select a country. You are looking for the country that literally is called None. To clarify: select the country named "None"Ł as your country to play śwhite sun, blue sky'.

Once selected, you should hear custom music, and see a Chinese nationalist icon as your ścountry's' flag. From this screen, you can select rank and difficulty options as normal, and then begin the campaign

This campaign is a reasonably accurate representation of actions performed by the 3rd PS of the AVG. It is of course not perfect because of AI limitations, map constraints, and other factors. I have however, to the best of my ability, made as close a representation as possible of the events that happened. Some are, naturally, embellished.

A note on historical accuracy:

The maps we have in the game are of course nothing like the ones really needed to make these missions authentic. Keen observers will note that I have placed some key locations in convenient, rather than Historically accurate, places. For instance, the 'real' Toungoo was North of Rangoon, not East of it, and the 'real' Magwe was not nearly so close to Lashio, let alone Loiwing, which I have even moved out of China into Burma! This was not through ignorance of their locations, but rather through the need to stay on a map. In addition, my "Kunming" comes under attack many times...in real life, the Japanese bombed it once during the day while the AVG was there- and well before the player's Squadron ever flew to the base! But, the player needed to stay on a map...

To tie the missions together without having the player constantly changing maps on every mission, I decided the best thing to do was to move these locations to where the player could access the majority of these places without having to leave one map, and 'air-start' on another

In several missions, the player will 'air-start', but why will become clear as it happens.

A note on terms:

In some briefings, the term "Jap" is used. This is historically and contextually correct. I will make no excuses or make any apologies for use of this period-correct term commonly used by servicemen. Many things happened during that time that were horrible and barbaric. The use of a word such as 'Jap' in this campaign hardly qualifies as either. Please use some perspective if this offends you, because I will not change this. The term was used, fact, end of story as far as this project goes.

A note on graphics in general:

You may experience dropped frames if you play with graphic settings set too highly, while playing 'white sun, blue sky'. There are over 40,000 objects on one of my maps, others are not so heavily populated, but are still heavily object-intensive in some areas. You are well warned!

A note on aircraft:

Of course, not all Japanese aircraft used, or even Allied aircraft used in 1941 and 1942 in the region of China and Burma are in the sim. With the addition of the Ki-21 and Ki-27, I have had at my disposal two key aircraft, but many, many more served both for and against the Japanese. To represent these planes, I have used substitutes, more commonly called 'hacks'

hack aircraft in 'white sun, blue sky':

U2-VS- hack for K5Y on operational trials with IJA (Imperial Japanese Army)
Pe-2- hack for Chennault's light twin engined aircraft
SB2M-100A- hack for IJA's Ki-48
Fi-156 "Storch"- hack for IJA's Ki-36
Ki-46- hack for IJA's Ki-45
Cr42- hack for IJA's Ki-10
DB3-F- hack for IJA's Ki-49
Ar196- hack for E13A on operational trials with IJA
D3A- hack for Ki-30
Su-2- hack for Ki-51
H8K1- hack for 'Civilian airliner: Empire flying Boat'
P-40C- hack for 'jury-rigged AVG H81A-2'
P-47- hack for CAF (Chinese Air Force) P-43 Lancer
I-153 hack for CAF Curtiss Hawk


aircraft used in 'white sun, blue sky':

H81A-2- AVG H81A-2 (or H81-3A, depending on sources)
P-40E- AVG P-40E
C-47- CAMCO C-47, RAF Dakota
LD2- IJA transport LD2
P-36- CAF Fighter
SB2M100A- CAF SB3M variant
Fw 189- license built IJA recon aircraft
Ju-52- license built, pre-war IJA transport
Ki-43- major IJA fighter
Ki-27- major IJA fighter
Ki-21- primary IJA bomber
Blenheim Mk IV- RAF bomber
Hurricane (various)- RAF fighter
Buffalo MkI- RAF fighter


The planes initially given to the AVG were most likely not the standard Hawk 81A. Strong evidence, both in the form of real Flying Tigers' experiences and recollections, and in the state of Curtiss' assembly lines at the time, suggests that the engines fitted to the AVG Hawks made considerably more power than a 'standard' Allsion engine of the same time. Some sources cite that the replacement engines provided were the more powerful ones, of which thre were about 50- numerically half the number of AVG planes in 1941! In any case, the key was the engines' assembly line for the AVG powerplants- there was none. Instead, parts such as crankcases and crankshafts that were out of specification and 'rejected' on tolerance and clearance issues were reported to be hand fit together so the planes could get their engines. Reports indicate that the AVG planes could reach up to 370 mph in level flight, more than a bit faster than a contemporary P-40B or C! One pilot in particular notes a power setting he used once that gave him close to 1700 horsepower for a brief time. This is only one of the factors that allowed the AVG to have superiority in the air. Reduction gear failure in AVG Hawks bears out the suggestion that the engines were more powerful than the ones intended for their airframes.

In the simulation, the AVG Hawks will be underpowered. To partially counter this, I strongly recommend the player to turn "engine overheat" off while playing this campaign. The drag reduction and unlimited time allowed at high power do not completely satisfy the desire for substantially increased engine power, but it is all I can do short of convincing Oleg and the dev team to change the power outputs for the planes.

A note on skins:

This campaign is intended to use many custom skins. These are in skin packs specifically for this campaign, and are all available at Mission4Today. Install these skins BEFORE playing this campaign


A note on maps:

Of course, there are no China, Rangoon, Kweilin, etc, etc maps in the sim. The Maps you see are the closest approximations to the actual areas represented as I could find, and each is heavily customised to more accurately reflect the areas they are meant to represent

Balaton1- Yunnan Province, China
Smolensk- Hanoi region, IndoChina
Online4Summer- Salween River Gorge
Lvov- North Burma
Prokhorovka- Chiengmai region, Thailand
Kuban- South Burma
Kursk- Kwangsi Province, China
Singpaore1- Haiphong region, IndoChina
Moscow1- Central Burma

Known Bugs:

There is a radio communication bug as I type this-

1) Some missions may (at the time of writing) display 'para' in the radio comm menu instead of the correct 'flight' when you access the radio commands. Iyou see 'para' instead of 'flight' do not be alarmed; this is a small bug, and will not influence game play. Your flight can still be contacted through the menu, by selecting the highlighted 'para'. This has been around a long time, and is not likely to be addressed



Reference:

internet:

The excellent, helpful, and friendly Flying Tigers official website
The data-filled website pages of Mr. Dan Ford
The memoirs, anecdotes, and recollections of Mr. Erik Shilling, AVG
Mr. Tom Trumble's honest and brave words on his experiences in the AVG

Books:

Days of the Ching Pao
by Malcolm Rosholt ISBN 0-910417-07-05
Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #41 "American Volunteer Group colours and markings"
by Terril Clements, ISBN-10 : 1-84176-224-1
Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #35 "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the CBI"
by Carl Molesworth, ISBN 1 84176 079 X
The Concise Guide to Axis Aircraft of World War II
by David Mondey, ISBN 0-7651-9706-5
"Tex" Hill, Flying Tiger
by David Lee "Tex" Hill and Reagan Schaupp ISBN 1-885354-15-0
The Flying Tiger
by Jack Samson ISBN 1-59228-711-5
JANE'S Encyclopedia of Aviation
ISBN 0-517-69186-8

Special Credits:

You know who you are~

Arthur- support, suggestions, and general interest at all times
Jay- support, technical and common sense help, additional playtesting
Simon- inspiration and support
Jim- for the website and your help
Terry- general help and additional playtesting


Questions? Comments?
I regularly post on the official Il2 Forums, the SimHQ Il2 Forums, and at Mission4Today. My user-name is "BBB462cid" at Il2, "462cid' at SimHQ, and "Chris_Blair" at M4T. Please post or send me a Personal Message, and I will respond

Chris Blair March 22 2007

BillyTheKid_22
03-22-2007, 04:19 PM
Great Nice!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

knightflyte
03-22-2007, 10:45 PM
I've been flying the P 40 just to get into the mood for this campaign, cid.

Not long now and I'll either be a menace to the Japanese army or a menace to myself, but I'll have fun no matter the out come!

thanks for keeping us abreast.

PBNA-Boosher
03-23-2007, 12:02 AM
Looking forward to it!

timholt
03-23-2007, 12:52 AM
Thanks for the heads up - roll on release.

Chris0382
03-23-2007, 07:34 AM
Nice campaign its been a lot of fun.

I was fortunate to get a pre-release bootleg copy of the campaign while visiting China Town in NY City. There was a big line and I wondered what was going on so I got in line to my amazement they had a table full of White Sun Blue Sky Campaigns on CD's selling like hot cakes. LOL J/K

Thanks for all the work as Ive enjoyed your past missions immensly and look forward to this one. I have a book called "Flying Tigers Chennault in CHina" and its your if you want it.