Awhile ago some of the members of the SB forum but together a starter pack for SB newbies
I would recommend this if you are considering purchasing the sim.
Posted by Ssnake over on the SB forum.
Congratulations on buying Steel Beasts - thank you for your business - and welcome to the community!
The community went at length to set up this dedicated Wiki page for newcomers:http://www.steelbeasts.com/sbwiki/index.php?title=Starter_Pack
Also, keep in mind the Wiki itself is a great reference tool to supplement the User Manual:http://www.steelbeasts.com/sbwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
After that, have a look around here and feel free to introduce yourself to the group.
(Also, considerate suggestions how to improve that wiki page (or this announcement) are always welcome in this forum.https://www.esimgames.com/?page_id=1361
Link to the time based options
You can dip your toe in the water so to speak if your unsure about trying out a armour simulation.
For as little as ten euro/dollars. simply download and activate the licence.