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jamieandnici
01-11-2004, 09:58 AM
I know this question has probably been asked a million times, but I cannot find the answer anywhere on the forum.

Could someone please tell me why IL2 Sturmoviks didn't have a compass?
It just seems very strange that these expensive aircraft didn't have a basic directional device to get them around, especially home after they had been crippled etc.. I'm interested to know your answers/opinions regarding thismatter.
Realistically, I cannot complain as my navigation skills within the game and in real life have quadrupled in as many months having to navigate using simple means such as the time/sun position, rivers, roads etc..!!

jamieandnici
01-11-2004, 09:58 AM
I know this question has probably been asked a million times, but I cannot find the answer anywhere on the forum.

Could someone please tell me why IL2 Sturmoviks didn't have a compass?
It just seems very strange that these expensive aircraft didn't have a basic directional device to get them around, especially home after they had been crippled etc.. I'm interested to know your answers/opinions regarding thismatter.
Realistically, I cannot complain as my navigation skills within the game and in real life have quadrupled in as many months having to navigate using simple means such as the time/sun position, rivers, roads etc..!!

adlabs6
01-11-2004, 10:04 AM
It does have a compass, it's hidden under the gunsight mount.

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jamieandnici
01-11-2004, 10:07 AM
do you know i have always flown this a/c and never realised!!! cheers..mind you if its hidden how can you see it? cheers

ZG77_Lignite
01-11-2004, 10:12 AM
I believe the Il-2 (all varients) does have a compass. Please forgive as I don't know the correct terminology, but I believe it is a 'liquid filled' type, in the top center of the front panel. In early Il-2 varients (1941) it is highly obscured by the large gunsight, which is a game engine limitation (we are unable to move our heads).

michapma
01-11-2004, 10:52 AM
Yes, they all have a whiskey type compass, in early models it is hidden behind the gunsight. Many Russian planes suffer from this problem, for example the I-16s have it hidden behind the stick. It's a big reason why the speed bar (text describing speed, altitude and heading in the lower right-hand corner) is usually enabled, even in full real servers. If you do some really hard maneuvers that push you into the seat, you can often see at least a goodly part of the compass. If you like doing offline missions without the speed bar, you can enable it but toggle it on and off in flight (see the controls section). Navigating by rivers, forests, towns, and other landmarks is fine, but not as efficient as flying a heading.

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