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A-10C Wingman Basics

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Tutorial, Instrument, A-10C 11 September 2011 - - - - - - · 1,490 views
A-10C, Wingman
In testing my earlier A-10C mission, I usually would do all the work of destroying the targets.  But whenever I sent off my wingman to a target I had specified, he went some place - almost at random.  I had to dig into this if I wanted to get this right and do bigger missions.

Wingmen Basics

Lead Plane + Wingman is the basic set of military aircraft o...


A10C Mission: Chikola Night Hunt

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Missions, A-10C 05 September 2011 - - - - - - · 536 views
Chikola Night Hunt, Mission and 1 more...
I usually like a narrative to a mission - the terrain and objectives usually provide good hooks.  So I usually choose the map area first - setting up a campaign in the region of Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia in southern Russia.  I don't see many missions there.  But if you are going to have a fictional conflict, you can place it pretty much...


NDB? - Non-Directional Beer?

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Tutorial, Multi-player, Instrument, Black Shark 31 August 2011 - - - - - - · 766 views
NDB, Black Shark, Radio, ADF and 1 more...
No, it's a Non-Directional Beacon.  These beacons are standard navigation devices used at modern airports and used by the Ka-50 Black Shark.  Before GPS and the other modern navigational aids, it was an important way to guide planes to airports.  But for a Ka-50 in a war zone, it's a good backup to have.

For the Ka-50 it's a backup system to...


Skills Learned: 1st A-10C Mission

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Tutorial, Instrument, A-10C, Missions 21 August 2011 - * * * * * · 2,285 views
A-10C, Tutoriial, Instruments and 1 more...
Been working on my first thorough DCS: A-10C mission.  With maximized randomness and having to test the air cover and radio usage, by repetition alone, I added a few skills to my repertoire. A lot of this was difficult to explain - but much easier to do.  It is like flying a software program
- Know WHERE the Focus(SOI) is
- Know WHEN you can use all t...


BlackShark Mission: Coast-Runners

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Missions, Black Shark 14 August 2011 - - - - - - · 648 views
Black Shark, Mission
I was working on both a Black Shark and a A-10C mission and just had some testing to do.  But for the A-10C I had also drafted a blog-entry called - A-10C: Things Learned.  That blog-entry was nearly done but as I play(test)ed more, I realized I had more to learn.  So I finished the Black Shark mission and have published it.

The Coast-Runners Mission Its...


A:10C - Mo' Random, Mo' Replayability

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Missions, A-10C 29 July 2011 - - - - - - · 546 views
Flags, Missions, A-10C
I've been working on some A-10C missions and exploring the Mission Editor(ME) and all its options.  But in one mission I wanted to maximize the replayability by maximizing the randomness.  And to do that I wanted different Enemy Tank Groups to have different paths but have only one show up at mission start.

Flags for A-10
So to randomly choose which...


Fire, Fire, Fire !!

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Instrument, Black Shark 25 July 2011 - - - - - - · 517 views
Fire extinguisher, Instruments and 1 more...
For a long time I had meant to learn how to use the fire extinguisher system for the Ka-50 Black Shark.  Sadly, I only remember this when I've been hit and my engines are on fire.  

The fire extinguisher system of the Ka-50 Black has two bottles of fire suppresant.  As seen in the picture below, the system also has warning lights to show where the fi...


Start Me Up!!

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Instrument, Black Shark 17 July 2011 - * * * * * · 464 views
Instruments, Start-up and 1 more...
As a guy who thinks the meat of a mission is what happens AFTER you lift off, the auto-start [L.WIN + HOME ] is what I usually use.   As someone said, "Learning the Start-up will help you understand the reasons "why" things fail."  I've loaded dilshan1994's DCS: Black Shark Startup Guide  onto my laptop for learning.  
Very importa...


Skinning a Black Shark- Part 6

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Tools, Skinning, Modding, Black Shark 10 July 2011 - * * * * * · 359 views
Skins, Black Shark, Modding
While working on a wasp theme, I tried to get into sort out the skins details.  But rather than poring over the Ka-50 Skin and comparing it to an in-game picture, I made a short cut.

I created a layer that allows me to track the layout of all the stuff I need to revise.  A simple grid that will match the different areas to mark and paint - though working...


Poll: A-10C Mission Start - Air, Runway, Ramp?

Posted by ZoomBoy , in Missions, A-10C 01 July 2011 - - - - - - · 473 views
A-10C, Missions, Start
In reviewing comments on Tom's A-10C Blog Entry  about the learning curve for the A-10C being a drag on enjoying a leisurely time, I looked back at the simpler A-10/Su-25T missions I'd done for Flaming Cliffs.

They were simpler than the current DCS: A-10C missions and I wasn't shy about Runway or even Air starts.  As I look to create A-10C mi...

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