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#4526568 - 06/21/20 06:28 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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@Becker,

Pleased to hear that the "lite" tweak of Xjouve's ver. 1.1 water map is working well - I'm also quite happy with the overall fps, with the tweak installed. Couple of representative pics. below from mission no. 14. Lakes and rivers seen slightly on the other side of the lines, around Ypres. Wonderful for even more immersion.

Now I have to write up report no. 14 - Von Kiener was denied leave, horrible snobbery up at HQ, perhaps better luck next time. He did receive a third Pour le Merite, however, for mission no. 14 - probably more recording errors up at HQ - I'm sure that the C.O. will have something to say about it smile2 in the write-up. Then it's time for some Johnny Dobson adventures - I miss flying the Bristol Scout. The Eindecker (E.II), while more capable than the lethargic E.I or the E.III (with the longer wingspan), is still a handful and tiring to fly against Nieups.

Happy flying,
Von S

Lite Tweak of Xjouve's ver. 1.1 Water Map
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And Other View with Kiener and Hutzenlaub
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Attached Files rivers1.jpgrivers2.jpg
Last edited by VonS; 06/21/20 06:30 AM. Reason: Embedded pics.

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#4526870 - 06/22/20 11:25 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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@All,

One more followup regarding Xjouve's water map ver. 1.1 - with the patch loaded via JSGME, you may notice some graphical oddities around the Dover cliffs (see pic. for reference, below). Doesn't matter if the full water map or my "lite" tweak is installed - the only way to avoid the oddity is by not running the ver. 1.1 water patch if you are flying around Dover. Otherwise the water map is fine for continental Europe and inland U.K. from what I've been able to test. (Have not bothered checking with the sub-theater ver. 2.0 water maps since those take a bite out of my fps so I don't run them.)

Happy flying with and without water maps,
Von S smile2

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#4527535 - 06/26/20 07:07 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Casual campaigns rolling well...brief updates...novel-in-progress up to about 250 pages now, soon to switch over to the RFC 1 adventures again, but was tempted to try out a French career too in the meantime - with Esc. N 49, summer of '17. Full write-up for that first mission below, for my regular readers reading - will think about expanding on this pilot and perhaps integrating it into the novel, as well. All of the standard mods. installed for the French campaign too, as per my other campaigns, including of course Xjouve's nice water mod. (with the "lite" tweak applied). No trouble with fps and smooth-running.

Happy flying,
Von S smile2

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Mission No. 1 for Ltn. Chaps "Saulnier" Bouffant

I, Chaps "Saulnier" Bouffant - of no relation to the Monsieur Saulnier of Morane-Saulnier Aeroplanes, hail from a reputable family, with my mother Irish and father French. Dadda is much older than mother who was a societal belle in her best years and still has much of her beauty preserved, and he is owner of a fabrique de moutarde that is located not too far south of Rheims, where I was born. Our premises are often in competition with those better-known producers of moutarde, and that are present, in Dijon. I have had the pleasure of helping out, on several occasions, in our fabrique. I myself am a civil engineer by profession, an only child, and believe in the benefits of regular exercise on the bicycle. Mother is a self-styled Theosophist and once studied under a student of Madame Blavatsky of New York. Father walks with a cane, out of no specific necessity but, rather, because it is now deemed fashionable - although of a shorter length than sported by dandies at the opening of the previous century, and in order not to embarrass us too directly.

With my own technical skills and dexterity, I have managed to improve efficiency of production of our moutarde. I also considered it wholesome to volunteer my duties for the glory of France. I was, however, occupied with my work well into the period of the war and only in the middle of 1916 managed, with the help of relations in higher quarters and my handsome knowledge of what aeroplane fitters do, to procure for myself a role as Sous-Lieutenant in the French Air Service, with my air certificate being awarded slightly before then. I trained on a Bleriot Type XI with a 45 hp Anzani engine - which I found most meddlesome, through no fault of the Bleriot itself, but instead owing to the fact that two other fellows who were at flight school with me at the same time were offered upgraded Type XIs with seven-cylinder Gnome rotaries installed. I therefore literally fell behind while in training, with my more miserable climb rate, and only barely managed to pass 1000 metres of altitude. My companions, with the advantage of another half kilometre of height, would often laugh at me from above.

For those who may end up reading these brief, autobiographical reflections in the future, embedded in my various flight reports, all that you should be aware of is that rotary engines rotate, and inline ones stay stationary during flight, or should stay stationary. That is the general idea. My favorite aircraft currently in our air service is the Spad 7, for I have low gastric tolerance for reverberating and rickety two-seaters, or the earlier and underpowered Nieuports that are thrown about as if leaves in an autumn rain. Serving briefly with the Third Escadrille very late last year, I there flew the 150 hp Spad 7 and managed to bag two Albatros fighters, but unfortunately neither claim was confirmed since both fell on their side of the lines. I am now with the 49th Escadrille, freshly posted after having been promoted to Lieutenant, and I am based in an often lonesome sector of the front, namely, the Alsace region. Our 'drome is very close to the sleepy town of Belfon, the mechanics are jovial fellows and are often in regular supply of wine and champagne, or at least hock and selzer pulled out from the fuselage of the rare German two-seater that is captured intact. Our local C.O., unaware of such activities, is a pleasant ignoramus.

This cloudy morning of the second of July, 1917, around eight o'clock, and with a steady southern wind blowing, our field was smothered by a flight of Albatros v-strutter types. There were at least six or seven of them encroaching, and roughly from the direction of Metzeral, which is northeast of us and immediately on the German side of the lines. The Albatroses had v-shaped white stripes painted on their top wings - that is all I remember clearly in terms of their appearance, for the mêlée that followed was hot-headed and troublesome. I and two other characters newly arrived at the 49th, Georges Bouyer and De Belleville, had been assigned the mediocre Nieuport 23 for our morning patrol along the lines. Fortunately, one of the Germans dropped down horribly low over us and peppered the strut assembly profusely on my N23 with his lead, to such an extent that half of the bottom wing rolled off onto the grass. Bouyer and Belleville, already with engines roaring, ascended into the fray. I was left a fool, in the now useless N23, when I noticed an unoccupied, yellowish Spad 7 in one of our hangars.* This was in turn rolled out and started, by the ever-obliging mechanics. I was told that it was an over-tuned one exceeding 200 hp, and that it was usually avoided by airmen as an unsafe and bucking mount since not in keeping with factory recommendations. On this occasion, there was no choice, and up I went in it, with it reminding me considerably of previous Spads I had enjoyed, but with more power, and behaving most tingly upon manipulation of the stick, if I may describe its characteristics in such a way and with apologies to the psychoanalyst Dr. Freud of Vienna whom mamma mentions sometimes. It wished to accelerate indeed. I used the aeroplane to advantage, flying it through its better side, and avoiding its vices: of stall, snap spin, unexpected yaw and other profundities.

The other two fellows were not doing too well in the N23s against the enemy v-strutters, but I latched onto one, and then another of these Albatroses, and drove both down. Each crashed in the woods surrounding our 'drome. In the meantime both of our Nieuports had also crash-landed, and I was left alone to dance with another two German machines. The other two or three enemies seemed to have dispersed while all of this was happening. One enemy craft popped a few holes in my tail but I went into some inverted dives and came out underneath, and much faster, than the German. I used the power of the Hisso to advantage and often engaged along the vertical, with the Albatros clumsily attempting to climb behind me. This was accomplished several times before I eventually came down hard and busted his engine. Off he then went into a sideslip and a satisfying crunch below. This left one more fellow, possibly an expert ace or seasoned veteran of some kind, for he had taken his ballet lessons carefully. This man performed all sorts of maneuvers around my less nimble mount, but I was not terribly concerned, and was, to be frank, somewhat bored with his distractions. Up I went into a loop, came down with precision, and let loose a brief volley in the area of the pilot's head and shoulders. He seemed to slump down into the cockpit and his mount embedded itself between two pine trees, and joined the tops of the trees together with its still intact tail - a most odd spectacle to behold.

Upon landing, I was irritated to learn that this last, and artistically positioned, claim was being rejected by our two-dimensional C.O. since, at that moment, apparently all hands on deck had been preoccupied and were not observing the show taking place above. The other three Albatroses were indeed confirmed. Belleville and Bouyer, miraculously, both survived crashing their mounts, with the former receiving a minor cut on his hand, and the latter severing a part of his whiskers on the edge of his wind screen. I commented that they would grow back more thickly than before, and that he would then be doubly pleased. These words for some reason were not appreciated, although I offered the suggestion with the greatest of optimism and was surprised by his tepid reaction. All of us were, to be sure, pleased to have gotten rid of the Nieuports - rather, to have had the Nieuports gotten rid of by the enemy flyers, for this, we hoped, meant that more Spads would be sent to us. Although the C.O.'s facial expressions, somehow reminiscent of those of a stray feline, did not inspire us with confidence as to the outcome of our hidden wishes. We then rested, partook of luncheon, and awaited our next flight with a perverse combination of joy and trepidation - and with Bouyer looking most amusing with his half-moustachio.
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Editor's note: It is surprising that Esc. N.49 was in possession of an engined-up Spad 7 at this point in time, during the summer of 1917.
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Last edited by VonS; 06/27/20 03:42 AM. Reason: Embedded pics. for atmosphere.

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#4527755 - 06/28/20 03:21 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 2 for Ltn. Bouffant now flown - also I took a look at JJJ's wonderful Pilot Log Ed. in the meantime and was surprised to see (as on the pic. included below) - that Bouffant downed Blue Max ace Heinrich Gondermann/Gontermann on the 2nd of July - probably best known for meeting his demise (the real Gontermann) in Oct. of '17 while testing a Dr.1 (top wing fell off in maneuvers). I don't think I've ever seen a flight sim. that so closely interweaves history with the "open" possibilities of the sim world itself. The other fellow, from Jasta 35, who was sent down, is the semi-obscure Franz Anslinger, supposedly of three-victory fame. According to TheAerodrome, Anslinger brought down a Spad and Nieup in May of '17, then a Caudron (unconfirmed) in August. Gontermann on the other hand came back from leave before engaging in some balloon-busting in late June/mid July of '17. Sometimes there's nothing more yarn-friendly than history itself - nice work OBD - there's a really (strange/special) interplay between historical timelines and what we can do in this sim. with our flying "heroes." A few other screenies from Mission No. 2 included below as well - Xjouve's water patch really comes in handy for immersion in the Alsace region.

Happy flying all,
Von S smile2

Our new and heroic pilot in the Alsace region
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Thank you JJJ for allowing swapping in/out of plane types in the Mission Ed., before flight (back to patrolling in N23s for the 2nd mission)
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Sun glistening on the water makes one forget about the war
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The trio (Bouffant, Bouyer, and De Belleville) making a wide turn - fps are holding up well
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Breguets in the vicinity, while we pass in the background below
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The mountain lakes look particularly inviting
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And thank you to RJW and company for the populated airfields mods., as well as to JJJ for the historical aircraft addon for airfields
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Last edited by VonS; 06/28/20 03:37 AM. Reason: Embedded representative pics.

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#4528362 - 07/02/20 05:56 AM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Mission No. 3 for Ltn. Bouffant now flown, with full report written up...thought I'd post a few more screenies of the latest happenings. Greatly (terrible) weather with the BB ver. 3.0 clouds - also getting good results even in mid-1917 with mission diameter/frequency set to "light" in the in-sim menu, and frequency of contact with enemy set to "medium." Only other changes are an increase of ground fire to 850 m alt, in JJJ's multi-mod (have been running it that way for the last couple of missions) - and rear-gunner accuracy is at a value of "5" instead of 4.5 previously (seems to give good variety that way but is still deadly on occasion).

Happy flying all, and Happy Canada Day to fellow fliers celebrating north of the border, as well as a Happy 4th of July to fliers celebrating soon south of the border,
Von S smile2

Enemy flight with our small trio of Nieups. in the background
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View from the Nieup. office looks particularly scary, we did several wide turns around the Albs. since they were also trying to get behind us, but eventually cut across them
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Alb. rocket conversion
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So many 'crates near Belfon today, likely Flight A had returned before us
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Bouyer returned late but bagged a two-seater above the 'drome, "splendid" (the two-seater had no chance to drop anything and is off to self-detonate); there was another two-seater too, bagged by De Belleville in a Spad 180 hp this time
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Belleville's mount was holed somewhat by its opposing two-seater, with engine conked out eventually
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Note to self, do not turn back in a Spad with dead engine (Belleville survived miraculously, most likely forgot to harness himself in and was saved by the pine trees, well-flayed but nonetheless saved)
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Time for some rest, sun, and those reclining patio chairs do look inviting, perhaps a spot of lemonade or absinthe to calm the nerves, mais oui?
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Last edited by VonS; 07/02/20 06:13 AM. Reason: Embedded representative pics.

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#4528447 - 07/02/20 08:25 PM Re: VonS "Casual Campaigns" WOFF Thread [Re: VonS]  
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Nice write-up, VonS! I appreciate all your work testing various versions of mods and such. Great work!

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