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#4122493 - 05/20/15 01:29 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Not in the head-on. The Halberstadt plinked me in what must have been a significant deflection shot for him.


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#4122693 - 05/20/15 08:41 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nice video and nice dogfight.
Looked like a real barn burner.

#4122796 - 05/21/15 04:33 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks Duke, we need to get you Shadowplay or FRAPS or something! salute


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#4122810 - 05/21/15 06:43 AM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Funny you say that.
As I was watching your video I was kicking around the idea.
Maybe next time I do a driver update I will install the Shadowplay part.

EDIT: Oh, BTW, the TrackClip Pro works great. Much better then the hat clip.

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#4122908 - 05/21/15 01:21 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks for the tip, mate, I will hopefully be ordering next week!


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#4122917 - 05/21/15 01:39 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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You are cold blooded Rick!


Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from either end.
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#4123002 - 05/21/15 05:42 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Thanks, MFair, I think!

After being promoted to Captain, Rick Rawlings was sent home for a much needed break, having been in constant service since August of the previous year. He returned for his first flight back on April 1, 1917. Leading B flight east on a Dawn Patrol, they encountered a group of enemy Albatros scouts at 9000 feet. Signalling the attack, Rick led #60 squad into the fight...

I love those evenly matched, straight-up fights, if it had only happened an hour later so my video would look nicer, it would have been perfect! We ended up bagging 3 enemy scouts to a loss of one of ours, with the pilot ok. In honor of carrick, I expended 156 rounds from two Lewis Drums, scoring around 30 hits!
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MudWasp, I don't know if you were looking for evidence in the last video, but in this one I was definitely shot at twice by Germans coming at me head on. Although the planes are out of view both times, in the first you can see the tracers, and in the second you can hear the guns firing.

Also, the kill was confirmed!


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#4123006 - 05/21/15 05:52 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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You turn fight and loop that Nupe well, Rick !
Yep, those tracers early on sure got my attention too.

thumbsup on the confirmed HA

#4123823 - 05/23/15 03:36 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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May 2, 1917 on a DOP at dawn with B Flight. Lead by a new Major to the squadron. He's lucky though. A lot of white clouds at flight level with bright blue overhead.

About 8 miles into Hunland he orders the attack on 4 Albs higher then us. Thought for a moment we may surprise them but this one turns into us for the attack.
As a admin note this flight was done with my GTX 970 settings maxed out in the Nvidia Control Panel and my FPS was the same as lower settings. Go figure.


I engage him in the cloud shadows and after two passes he starts to fly oddly.


Guess I see why. I watch him as he does a slow corkscrew down to his end.


Do a casual glance behind me and see his friend almost in range smack on my tail! Do a frantic Split-S with a pull up and (accidental) stall. Upon recovery it takes about three turns to get behind him as he is hot to shoot me.


With some good shooting he emits black smoke and noses over and begins to burn and break up half way down.


Back at base all the flight returns safely and I make the only claims for victories #20 and #21.
A Flight manages to lose two non-HA's but they never fired a shot.

#4123841 - 05/23/15 04:28 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nicely done, Duke! Wish I could claim good shooting! I will plead: 1) Very Windy and 2) Although the video tends to smooth stuff out, my head tracking was playing with me (I can't wait to order my Track IR!) and 3) I have a request in for transfer to #56 Squadron and am super nervous about ripping a wing off before then... (It's already happened once when I re-installed WOFF and forgot to disable my twist rudder!).

Anyway, here's the latest:


My wingmen were right in the area, so no prob with confirmation:


I still need to play with the joystick a bit, the sudden movement is what produces the excess G Force. I wish WOFF had a true visual Joystick setup curve, would be much wasier to tweak everything...


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#4123847 - 05/23/15 04:53 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Nice Turn & Burn, Rick!
And you didn't get suckered into a diving pursuit...
What was up with the pause? Just curious...bad head tracking?

Hey, methinks you are doing well with aim. That crossing paths shot was well done!
My suggestion when on the tail like you were in the end is to shoot and bob the nose up and down while doing so to see where and how that sight comes into target in relation to bullet trajectory. That upper gun ain't like a bore sight and distance is HUGE as to where the bullets fly. Not a criticism, just a suggestion.

#4123856 - 05/23/15 05:15 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Or you can "cheat" like I do and fly with "Wind" set to OFF.
Hehe...

#4123866 - 05/23/15 05:45 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: MudWasp]  
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Originally Posted By: MudWasp
Nice Turn & Burn, Rick!
And you didn't get suckered into a diving pursuit...
What was up with the pause? Just curious...bad head tracking?

Hey, methinks you are doing well with aim. That crossing paths shot was well done!
My suggestion when on the tail like you were in the end is to shoot and bob the nose up and down while doing so to see where and how that sight comes into target in relation to bullet trajectory. That upper gun ain't like a bore sight and distance is HUGE as to where the bullets fly. Not a criticism, just a suggestion.



Yeah, anytime there's a pause like that, it's alt-tabbing out to reset the head tracking. Thanks for the tips, will try to wiggle on target, if I remember in the heat of battle! thumbsup

Duke, as you will see in a few minutes, I think I have solved the wind issues for a bit! salute


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#4123876 - 05/23/15 06:01 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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So Rick Rawlings got transferred to #56 Squadron. He waved bye-de-bye to his friends at Filescamp, and hopped a bus for Vert Galant. His mechanic spent the whole day painting his bus and after a quick evening flight to put her through the paces (he had previously flown the SE5 when he was on home leave in March), he settled in eager to get back to the fight on a dawn patrol. Leading a flight early in the morning, they encountered enemy bombers with their escorts over the lines at 10000 feet.


This is only the second time I have survived to make it to the SE5. Much more stable than the N17 in the wind and, just like they said, a very good gun platform!
Here's the livery:


It's in keeping with the gray and black scheme from his now-retired Nieuport.


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#4123880 - 05/23/15 06:04 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Just a reminder for all WOFF pilots, Its important to land at the correct Aerodrome. Avoid my mistake.


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#4123881 - 05/23/15 06:09 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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What are you talking about, it looks like they have a great plane for you to upgrade to! tomcat


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#4123890 - 05/23/15 06:35 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Squadron mate Rick!
Welcome aboard and I guess drinks are on you tonight eh?
And I just watched your vid. Guess I have a little competition now for top dog in the squadron.

#4123905 - 05/23/15 07:20 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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#4123946 - 05/23/15 09:01 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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I find the SE5 to be much like an albatros, but better the turns. Your gunnery percent should improve. Wiggle if they are crossing your path, bob if you are on their tail.

Have fun and don't die.

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#4123957 - 05/23/15 09:12 PM Re: REPORTS FROM THE FRONT [Re: Olham]  
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Rick, you could have had him @ 1:37, squeeze when your leading your target and let him fly into your stream of bullets, then wag the rudder when you see him take hits. You kicked their butts anyway...probably doesn't matter, just a suggestion

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