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Mysticpuma2003
06-26-2007, 09:42 AM
Other than a post a while back saying that there would only be a few flyable planes at the launch of BoB, I wondered if any had been listed as AI or Flyable?

I am hoping that the Blackburn Skua (the first aircraft to sink a major warship in wartime), is going to be there, if not flyable, at least AI.

Link here:

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/blackburn_skua.htm

I think that from a British point-of-view, this would be a classic aircraft to include.

I'm not stating it was Uber, just that it was an important plane for the British at the very beginning.

Thoughts?

Cheers, MP.

Mysticpuma2003
06-26-2007, 09:42 AM
Other than a post a while back saying that there would only be a few flyable planes at the launch of BoB, I wondered if any had been listed as AI or Flyable?

I am hoping that the Blackburn Skua (the first aircraft to sink a major warship in wartime), is going to be there, if not flyable, at least AI.

Link here:

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.dell/blackburn_skua.htm

I think that from a British point-of-view, this would be a classic aircraft to include.

I'm not stating it was Uber, just that it was an important plane for the British at the very beginning.

Thoughts?

Cheers, MP.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
06-26-2007, 10:59 AM
Thoughts? Sure, a Skua would be nice,as would a Hampden, Whitley, Battle or dare I say Westland Whirlwind - all have a valid claim - but I'd like to see the very basic aircraft included first. By that I mean trainers.

Tiger Moth, Magister, Master (and their German counterparts). I'd like the game to be locked level by level, until basic piloting requirements are met and exceeded. For instance, the only two planes available at the start of the game would be a Tiger Moth and a Bucker Jungman. Take off and land safely, say, five times in a row to get to blind flying, complete that and move on to a single-engined monoplane trainer for slightly more advanced challenges. Complete these and get to gunnery school - score a set percentage or more on targets towed by another aircraft to finally get let loose on a Spitfire, Hurricane or 109.
This would make us better virtual pilots and enable an albeit small sense of achievement, for minimal effort.

I am filled with worrying little doubts about the little we're privvy to at the moment. Jumping from plane to plane, even guns, perhaps vehicles. Not for me. Eye-candy in abundance, sure, but there's got to be a workable sim under the pretty bits. Third party add-ons closely monitored, good. But I can't help feeling that Ic are trying to be all things to all men - catering for the ever disparate expectations of anyone with a passing interest, from hardcore frustrated middle-aged men (who have never gotten over the fact that they missed WWII) to arcaders who want external views with a gunsight and bonus lives for every ten planes you shoot down with unlimited (and uncannily accurate) ammunition.

Deadlines seem to be in force, let's hope that the customers don't suffer from a rushed job, condemming the faithful to an eternal wait for the next patch to right a simple oversight. I might even stand back from the initial frenzy and let the inevitable dust settle, there's plenty of mileage in FB, enough to keep me going for years on a rig that can handle it. Keeping up with the cyber-Jones' is an expensive and frustrating option for many of us. Gone are the days when I rushed out on the release date to be the first kid on the block with the latest whatever. It can wait. It's not the be all and end all anymore.

But yes, a Skua would be nice.

leitmotiv
06-26-2007, 11:11 AM
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JG53Frankyboy
06-26-2007, 11:17 AM
i read in the Osprey Volume about the WW2 FAA aces that they, the Skua and a little bit the Roc, were very active during the Dieppe operation, landbased. But there is no mention about it during the BoB itself http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
i have stronlgy doubts that we will see these planes from the Maddox team, as flyable or AI.
perhaps later if the "3.party plane" tool will be released - and someone will make it.

i would say, till we will see some FAA, carrier and/or landbased, operations in the SoW series (beside propably the RRG's Korea project http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ) , we will have to wait for SoW:"MTO" - i hope than for a Fulmar and Swordfish (but thats so much future talk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif )

Aaron_GT
06-26-2007, 11:47 AM
Nice Hampden - what is that available for? CFS3? FS2004, FSX? I see it is, at least, one with uprated guns!

leitmotiv
06-26-2007, 02:07 PM
Hampden: FS9/X(kinda---has issues in X, they are revising it for X). AlphaSim.

Whoa there, ace---the Skua was retired in spring 1941, Dieppe was in Aug 1942!. Better go back and re-read the Osprey (I own it too + Peter Smith's history of the Skua). Actually, Skuas and Rocs were active in the BOB, but were not major players. Rocs got only one confirmed shoot-down. The Skua's heyday was in the Norwegian Campaign where it acted as a fighter and dive bomber. Served in the Med on board ARK ROYAL as a fighter and dive bomber.

Mysticpuma2003
06-26-2007, 11:16 PM
My thinking really is along the lines that I am hoping BoB:SoW is about the period and battles that all occurred during the 1939-1941 period, not just the BoB.

The subtitle "Storm of War" hopefully means the the unsettled times around the period and that is why I am hoping for a diversity of planes, which I hope includes the Skua, which played an important part in the morale of the country at the time.

I too would like to see the Whilwind, Battle and hopefully Sunderland, all showing up in the Sim, but again, it's mostly speculation due to the lack of (still) information that is being released on the forums, of which we still don't have a BoB:SoW specific forum.....for Oleg or the team to give us teasers!

My hope is though that the Blackburn Skua will be seen as worthy of inclusion due to it's service record around the period (and in Norway).

Cheers, MP.

leitmotiv
06-27-2007, 04:34 AM
I'll wager with the open modding we are going to see companies on the order of Shockwave, AlphaSim, and Flight Replicas doing planes for SOW. I think we'll have a Skua and a bevy of aircraft we never dreamed of having in IL-2. I hope BOB is a huge success so that it will draw these others into making airplanes for it.

Feathered_IV
06-27-2007, 06:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leitmotiv:
I'll wager with the open modding we are going to see companies on the order of Shockwave, AlphaSim, and Flight Replicas doing planes for SOW. I think we'll have a Skua and a bevy of aircraft we never dreamed of having in IL-2. I hope BOB is a huge success so that it will draw these others into making airplanes for it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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