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  1. Chuck is amazing, but give him a break! i hanen’t downloaded yet, but I have to assume that ED included at least a rudimentary manual for it. Has anyone bothered to look for it? The reward fo good work is more work. The reward for excellent work is the same with additional demand that it be done NOW!
  2. Really dumb question, but what is the VR mask? What is it’s purpose? I use an Oculus Rift S in Oculus with a 3840 x 2160 4K monitor, but I haven’t used the VR since downloading Open Beta 2.7. I don’t remember ever hearing about any thing called a VR mask.
  3. Every time I update the DCS Beta, I open the controls panels for all my aircraft and check for duplicate settings. I’ll usually have to remove duplicates from at least one of my aircraft. When I see one, I just load saved profiles for that aircraft to make sure nothing else is bound incorrectly. This has been an ongoing issue with DCS updates, at least since I’ve been playing.
  4. Thank you very much Rudel very much appreciated.
  5. Have you turned up the volume of the radios? By default, when you start up, they are off.
  6. I just went to download one of Charley O’s aircraft guides, and couldn’t find the link to his site in the Forum. I suspect the Forum software change has something to do with it. Does anyone know his web site URL? A reference to it would be very helpful.
  7. No, what I’m saying is that the copilot would hold the cyclic with his left hand if the pilot was incapacitated, and he needed to tune radios. I was in a Marine Light Helicopter squadron (HML-771) in the 1970s in the UH-1E and was in training as a crew chief. When the pilot passed command to the copilot, the copilot used his left hand on the cyclic when he needed to tune. We used to train for many different scenarios in the USMC, such as shooting with our off side even though it wasn’t as effective as with our “strong” side.
  8. The A6M5 Zero would be very limited in scope. After introduction of the F6 and F4U, the Zero was pretty much fresh meat in any fight. The main reason that Chennault’s Flying Tigers (the original AVG) had such good success against the Zero with the P-40, that was already pretty much already obsolete), was because Chennault developed specific tactics to use against the Zero. The allied leaders after Pearl Harbor didn’t adopt his tactics, so the allied fighters tended to get shredded by the Zero in the early war until the U.S. found a crashed Zero in the Aleutian Islands, repaired it, and test flew it to determine it’s strengths and weaknesses. TLDR: The zero would be very limited in a Pacific map, sort of like having a Spitfire MkI in the Normandy or Channel maps. Side note: Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, Commanding Officer of VMF-214, was a member of the AVG Flying Tigers and taught the tactics to his pilots in the Marine Fighter Squadrons that he commanded.
  9. I’d consider the Robinson cyclic a swing-bar that controls the cyclic, not a cyclic stick that other posters are referring to as the reason for the Pilot in Command (PIC) being the pilot on the right. The Copilot uses the same hands for the same functions as the PIC. It’s just a bit more awkward for the Copilot to set frequencies and such if the PIC is incapacitated.
  10. It doesn’t make much sense to release a WWII carrier before an airplane that can actually land on it. Any Navy carrier plane can still land on land until the carrier is released.
  11. The actual reason that the Pilot-in-Command sits on the right in a helicopter is because when Igor Sikorsky invented the helicopter, and was flying it for testing and sales, he sat on the right. It has nothing to do with the direction of torque or the cyclic stick. Look at the Robinson R22 helicopters. They don’t even have a cyclic stick.
  12. Some whiz kid designer probably decided that it is so heavy, that the engines won't move it until a certain point above idle, and since it's not on a moving carrier, it doesn't need one. I remember an issue with the F-16 {I think they were F-16} engines encountering corrosion because they were parked near the ocean. The designers said "But they use the same engine as the F-14, so they shouldn't corrode!" The problem with that was the Navy engine Specification required anticorrosion protection because it was to be used at sea. The Air Force said, "We don't need anticorrosion protection on our engines because they're not used at sea." Then they park them next to the ocean. I was on a team that "tried" to develop a Joint-Service Engine Specification, but it fell apart because we couldn't get the Army and Air Force to agree to anything the other suggested.
  13. I use TrackIR Pro for my external views. It’s much more effective than using the hat switch or keyboard.
  14. Welcome aboard! You need to check how DCS assigned your Warthog H.O.T.A.S. bindings. Every time I try to start with a default profile (for whatever reason), I have to open the controls menu and select the aircraft for which I want to bind the controls (in this case the A-10C II), then I check each and every binding in the profile. Without exception, I always have duplicate bindings for the pitch, roll, and throttle axes, usually to each other. For example the stick X and Y axes are bound to my stick, but they are also bound to my throttle and my rudder pedals. It’s the same thing with the hat switch on the stick and multiple other switches and buttons. You have to click on the wrong binding, and then select “clear” to delete them. I have had to do this with every aircraft I own. Now, most important, DCS IS NOT AN ARCADE GAME! DCS is a “Study Sim,” which means the aircraft are as close as possible to the real thing. You cannot just “jump in” and start flying, not if you don’t want to end up as a smoking crater. On the main screen, there is a list of sections. One of those sections is TRAINING. I suggest that you click on “TRAINING”, select your aircraft, and then select the training mission at the top of the list. In the case of the A-10C Tank Killer, it is an introduction. Do that one, and the next one is using the Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS. Do that one. Then, do the third, which is the start up. Work your way through each training mission as many times as you need to in order to learn how to fly the airplane, and to use it’s systems effectively. Trust me, you’ll have a lot more fun. P.S. button 3 (the grey button on the bottom front of the stick, behind the lever), is the button to turn on and turn off the steering. Charlie Owl has written fantastic user guides for just about every aircraft in DCS, including the Tank Killer. His list of downloadable are the first thread in the Guides and Tutorials sub forum. They’re the best I’ve ever seen.
  15. You need to read this thread from the beginning. The reason for (cause of) the rolling has been explained already.
  16. Perhaps it only controls the TGP if the system is in that mode. Have tried using a modifier in conjunction with the Coolie switch (probably shouldn’t call it that since these days since someone is likely to take offense). If it works that way in a “real” Hornet, then there’s must be something to tell the system which mode it’s in. What does the manual say, Chuck O’s or the DCS.
  17. This isn’t all that uncommon. Whenever I start the Huey “Instant Action” mission in the Caucuses, I have to make sure I’ve lowered the collective. Otherwise, as soon as I move my collective, I jump into the air because the Huey is all ready running. I find that I usually have to load an earlier controls profile after an update because the update can really screw up your settings if you don’t.
  18. Aw, come on, use your head for something other than a mount for your TrackIR:music_whistling: The most relevant reason is called supply and demand. In this case, low supply and high demand. The two most logical reasons are: 1. Manufacturing cut due to COVID-19 pandemic. 2. So many people working from home due to COVID-19, and filling their spare time with gaming and flight sims. Wait until you decide you want an F/A-18 Hornet or an F-16 Viper stick for your WH. They cost two-thirds of what my WH cost me a few years ago. Shop the web. I just watched a YouTube vid unboxing a Chinese H.O.T.A.S. That was very similar to the WH. It was by WINWING. The vid was for an F/A-18 version, but maybe they have grips for the the Hog and the Viper. Also, when the reviewer started up DCS with his Hornet, all the axes and buttons were already programmed into the controls window. It ain’t like that with the WH.
  19. I just updated to the latest open beta. With the exception of the “kneeboard on/off,” and one other kneeboard selection, ALL of the kneeboard commands are in orange, and I con’t assign a Warthog H.O.T.A.S binding to them. I’ve restarted the sim about five times with no change. I even loaded my old H.O.T.A.S. bindings from 2017 with no luck. I have checked my bindings. The bindings aren’t the issue. The issue is that you can’t even assign bindings to the kneeboard commands. I will try to run a repair to see if that works. I’ll edit this post with my results after I do. Admittedly, I haven’t gone into the M2000 for a few years. Edit: After I performed a repair on the Open Beta, it turns out that the issue is related to the controls bindings, but it was an obscure problem. After much searching, and deleting the common ED binding duplicates, I noticed that all of the affected commands shared a common factor. I use my Warthog “pinkey” switch as a modifier. I deleted the modifier, and assigned the “pinkey” switch as a modifier again. That solved the issue.
  20. I've had to clear the axes on every and I mean EVERY aircraft I've purchased and downloaded since I first started DCS. I just automatically do it now.
  21. Keep in mind that the A8 is “Early Access.” I suspect that ED developed the Yak primarily as a test bed for the radial engine. All of the engines up to the Yak are “V,” or “inline” (I think the Bf109 is inverted inline). The possible progression of test bed engines as I see it, is probably Yak, A8, P-47, then possibly, I hope, F4-U Corsair. The M50 system was probably more complicated in a twin-bank, 28 cylinder radial engine than in a “V” or “Inline” engine that already exist in DCS. If I’m not mistaken, the P-47 uses basically the same engine as the F4-U, although they probably had different engine model specifications, one for the USN, and one for the USAAC. Separate engine specs for USAF, USN, and even US Army, when it comes to helicopter engines, is the rule, rather than the exception. I worked for a major aircraft engine manufacturer a few decades ago as a Detailed Design Specification Analyst. We had an issue on one family of engines that were used on a USAF fighter and a USN fighter. The engines on the Air Force were experiencing corrosion, but the Navy engines weren’t. The Navy Model Specification specified protection against salt-water corrosion, but the Air Force took it out of their Model Spec because their fighters aren’t used on carriers. It turns out that the Air Force engines corroded because the airbase was next to the ocean with prevailing winds blowing from the ocean to the base, carrying the salt-water spray into the engines. So much Air Force for cost cutting! I apologize if I derailed the thread. My intention was to show that different Services have different requirements.
  22. Well, I did a google search on why the P-47 (or F-47 as it was designated just a couple of years before the Korean conflict) wasn’t used in Korea for ground attack instead of the Mustang. The reason appears to be lack of spare parts due to post war funding cuts, and the attitude of the Air Force top brass that anything that was not used for strategic nuclear bombing was not worth spending funds, that could be used for the strategic bombers, and was wasted spending. The Mustang was so vulnerable to ground fire That some Air Force commanders did in fact fight to get Jugs, but there were none in condition to join the fight. And that my friends, is why I’m sooooo thrilled that DCS is developing the Jug. I can guarantee that it will be a first day buy for me, regardless of the release status.
  23. They actually did that when the replaced the radial engine with a liquid cooled inline engine. They called that variation the D9 Dora:)
  24. That is an excellent video for any taildragger. Thank you.
  25. The Dora was developed to engage the high-altitude bombers and fighters Because the Anton struggled at those altitudes. The Spitfire Mark IX was developed to beat the Anton which was beating up on the earlier Spitfire Mks. That should give you an indication of what you should be considering. The Anton is said to be a really good A2G plane. With four 20mm cannons and two 13mm machine guns, plus bombs and rockets, the Anton is probably better than the Mustang in the A2G role.
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