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Converting Content

ZoomBoy

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There is always a search for content. I have created many missions for others and they are appreciated. But one interesting method of creating good and fast content is converting a mission or campaign for one plane to another aircraft.

One campaign

Dirty Rotten Flieger a,k.a. JustinCWood had that bright idea. He converted the MiG-29 campaign "Over the Hump" from the Mig-29 to a MiG-21bis. As per his notes: he swapped out the modern planes and reduced the missile loads to equalize the firepower.

"The missions are perfect length for MiG-21 with drop tanks. Just take off and fly 90% till your flight catches up . This way they will not spend all their fuel on afterburner catching up to you."

You can download this MiG-21bis updated campaign "Over the Hump" http://www.digitalco...n/files/895430/

MiG-21bis Forum discussion - http://forums.eagle....ad.php?t=138720

Campaign Forum discussion - http://forums.eagle....ad.php?t=131424

Kudos and good thinking.

A mission

The idea was also done by Angst who uploaded the Mig-29 GCI mission modified for use with the Mig-21.

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/files/1252297/

Lessons from My Conversions

In the past I have taken the older Lockon A-10A mission-packs I completed and then used them for the basis of Su-25T mission-packs. The Su-25T were carrying out the same tasks but had different tools than the A-10A. The missions had to be amended and tweaked but it was fun.

Recently, at the request of Lockonfiles user Freak, I created a full beach assault mission for the Black Shark Ka-50. I then turned it into a full project with conversions first to the A-10C and then the Su-25T.

What I learned from that project is that conversion can be a fun process. But there is a difference between something you do for a bit of flying fun and something you offer up to other flight-simmers. When I did the A-10C version, it received a negative and detailed response - that would be called play-testing.

I had assumed too much about the A-10C from the success of the Ka-50. Sure, both aircraft destroyed things, but the much more static Ka-50 had a much higher level of information feed-back than the A-10C. Much of the corrections were about connecting the A-10C to action/results on the ground.

See the discussions about that process and lessons learned

Mission Atmosphere - http://www.lockonfiles.com/blog/10/entry-167-atmosphere-ka-50-beach-prep-mission/

Reflections on this Project http://www.lockonfiles.com/blog/10/entry-172-beach-prep-missions-lessons-learned/

Ka-50 Beach Prep Mission - http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2961-ka-50-beach-prep-sp-mission/

A-10C Beach Prep Mission - http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2967-a-10c-beach-prep-sp-mission/

Su-25T Beach Prep Mission - http://www.lockonfiles.com/files/file/2978-su-25t-beach-prep-sp-mission/

Conclusion

So, keep an eye out for interesting missions in other aircraft. If those aircraft do the same category of air-task, it would be a chance to swap in your preferred aircraft and have some fun. And maybe provide a bit of content for the community

I am currently working on transferring some Su-25T Lockon mission-packs from FlamingCliffs 1.12 to the DCS World package. More content, yaa!!




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Good post! Looking forward to more new content. :)

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Hi, I was looking for Blackshark tutorials and found your blog .. just wanted to give thanks for all the content that you have given to the community, your UTS Guides have been really useful to me. It's a pity that you haven't posted in quite a while ... hope it isn't a health issue. Anyway, thanks a lot and hope to read more from you on the future :)

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Glad you found them useful.

No health problems - just writing a book.  A fantasy novel - about 230 pages so far.

Writing here takes too much writing energy away from it.

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Hi, thanks for the reply and I'm glad to know about your projects ... let us know when you do finish your novel; I cant write anything beyond a technical paper, but I'm an avid reader at fanfiction.net  :)  Cheers!

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