View Full Version : Links here to "Checkertails" Part 1 of Mysticpuma's Documentary

11-24-2010, 06:49 AM
New links to Mediafire conventional download added as-well as torrent links added at bottom of this post + Now includes Streaming Video at Blip TV Channel (lower quality though):

Well here it is, Part 1 of "Checkertails".

The two links below are for torrents. The first one is for a Dual-Layer .iso file.

The second one is unfortunately mis-labeled as Single Layer but links (correctly) to a self-extracting .rar file.

Once downloaded you will see a file called "Checkertails.exe" Double-click it and then create a folder (or just choose a location) to extract it to.

Once extracted you will have a file called "Checkertails - Part 1 - A film by Mysticpuma.avi"

The torrent files can be found here. If you don't have a torrent client, download and install the utorrent download software which can be found here:


Then click on the torrent link you wish to download below, and choose "Open With" not "Save-As" when asked. This will start the download of the file.

The more people download it, the more 'seeds' are created and the faster it becomes for everyone to download it. For the next 3-days after this post, it will be
hosted by a 100 m/bit server, so as the torrent seeds increase, the Server should slowly become unnecessary.

The Self-Extracting .rar file contains a CD Label to print and use with the DVD Disk,and also contains a DVD Box cover for those of you who wish to make
it look like a 'proper' DVD case.

The link to a Dual-Layer .iso is exactly that. Once downloaded, put it into your DVD Burner (make sure it can burn Dual-Layer disks) and then using your DVD burning software choose "Burn Image to disk" or similar option.

This will then create a DVD (Region Free so watch-able on PAL or NTSC formats) that can be viewed in a DVD or Blu-Ray player. It will give you a front-end menu with scene selection too!

The movie is Part 1 of a two-part feature on the 325th Fighter Group "The Checkertail Clan. It has a running-time of approx.
1-hour and 40-minutes.

The Checkertails.exe creates a 2.4GB video file which is encoded with the XVID Codec. If after 30-seconds you can hear audio but not see any video, you will need to download and install the
XVID Codec, which can be found here:


I would recommend downloading VLC Player to watch this as it does not require any other codecs (XVID above for example), it pretty-much has
them all and it can be downloaded here:


What you will be watching has taken Three-years to research, create and edit and is only Part 1 of the history of the "Checkertail Clan", who fought in the MTO.

I cannot promise perfection. I am not an Historian of the Luftwaffe and I am sure there will be details that do not
excite or deliver accuracy of the Axis forces engaged daily by the 325th Fighter Group, for this, in advance, I apologise.

The film has been created in my very spare time as I work full-time and have a family (who have supported me along the way)
so it has taken much longer than I ever thought it would.

What it does do though, is detail the history of the 325th during it's P-40 and P-47 era as accurately as possible, but
also for the first-time on video, in the voices of those who served with the "Checkertail Clan".

This has been edited and created by me-alone and so I am sure some things will have 'slipped through the net', but I am one
man and I do not make videos for a living nor do I edit sound either. This is my hobby and I use it to tell the memories of
those who fought in WW2 for our freedom.

Above, I say this is a "by me alone". I mean by that that I am the Pen that creates what you see. It has taken many people's
help to create the ink in that Pen which many times over has been re-filled by all those who have joined me in the journey of
the creation of this film.

I'd like to thank so-many people, but I have credited them at the end of the film where possible.

Singled out has to be the following though.

Ralph Gimenez (Monguse) who's fault this is! After finishing "Not my time to die!" and saying I'd never make another movie, one-day,
Ralph casually said over Skype "Hey, have you ever heard of the Checkertail Clan?" and that my friends is where all my troubles began!

Ian MacDonald (325th_Swoop)who flew me across parts of America to interview some of the pilots seen in the feature and also put me up
when I travelled to the US to record some of the Veterans.

Gary Bullock, who has worked in the film industry for years, and took one-look at the script (probably cried) and then set about making it
the product it is today and which he kindly Narrated for me.

Finally, thanks to the living pilots (and one who passed while this was being made) who have tolerated my questions and given their time
to tell me their Checker-tales.

Of-note has to be Art Fiedler, a P-51 Ace with the 317th FS, who's reply to my initial approach pointed me along the Roller-Coaster
ride this has been and who has been a fantastic source of information and friendship since this project began. His dedication put me in-touch
with other survivors of the clan and ultimately ended with me attending the 65th Reunion of the "Checkertail Clan" in September 2010, held
at the WW2 Memorial in Washington, DC.

Okay, enough blurb!

The torrent links are here:

http://102nd.servebeer.com/TES...ils_DuaLayer.torrent (http://102nd.servebeer.com/TEST/checkertails_DuaLayer.torrent)

(This link is to the full resolution Dual-Layer .iso file to burn to a Dual-Layer disk)

http://102nd.servebeer.com/TES..._SingleLayer.torrent (http://102nd.servebeer.com/TEST/checkertails_SingleLayer.torrent)

(This link is mis-named (sorry) and is for the Checkertail.exe which contains a self-extracting .rar file, which contains an .avi file (needs the xvid codec to view), a CD Label, DVD Label and readme file)

Hopefully you will enjoy and learn something of the Checkertail Clan in this feature and look-forward to the release of Part 2 (early-to-late 2012).
Sorry it'll take so-long, again, I do this in my spare time and as a hobby, but hopefully.....it'll be worth the wait?

New link for those who don't like/use torrents:

New Link added. This is the .avi file, CD Label and DVD Cover along with the readme file now hosted at Mediafire for those who don't like or have knowledge of torrents. The files, once downloaded can be extracted by double-clicking the .exe file which will then ask you where you want to extract the files to :


New Rapidshare links for the Checkertails.avi version:

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part01.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433236083/checkertails_SingleLayer.part01.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part02.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433236092/checkertails_SingleLayer.part02.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part03.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433237947/checkertails_SingleLayer.part03.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part04.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433238099/checkertails_SingleLayer.part04.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part05.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433242347/checkertails_SingleLayer.part05.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part06.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433242853/checkertails_SingleLayer.part06.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part07.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433250754/checkertails_SingleLayer.part07.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part08.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433251315/checkertails_SingleLayer.part08.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part09.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433260244/checkertails_SingleLayer.part09.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part10.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433260742/checkertails_SingleLayer.part10.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part11.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433270448/checkertails_SingleLayer.part11.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part12.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433271072/checkertails_SingleLayer.part12.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43...ngleLayer.part13.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433280243/checkertails_SingleLayer.part13.rar)

Here’s the dual layer version on Rapidshare:

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part01.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433365584/checkertails_DuaLayer.part01.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part02.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433366505/checkertails_DuaLayer.part02.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part03.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433366773/checkertails_DuaLayer.part03.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part04.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433367660/checkertails_DuaLayer.part04.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part05.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433368457/checkertails_DuaLayer.part05.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part06.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433368909/checkertails_DuaLayer.part06.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part07.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433369595/checkertails_DuaLayer.part07.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part08.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433369981/checkertails_DuaLayer.part08.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part09.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433370681/checkertails_DuaLayer.part09.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part10.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433371273/checkertails_DuaLayer.part10.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part11.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433371922/checkertails_DuaLayer.part11.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part12.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433372620/checkertails_DuaLayer.part12.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part13.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433372950/checkertails_DuaLayer.part13.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part14.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433373555/checkertails_DuaLayer.part14.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part15.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433374134/checkertails_DuaLayer.part15.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part16.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433374594/checkertails_DuaLayer.part16.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part17.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433375314/checkertails_DuaLayer.part17.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part18.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433375852/checkertails_DuaLayer.part18.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part19.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433356874/checkertails_DuaLayer.part19.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part20.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433356912/checkertails_DuaLayer.part20.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part21.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433357544/checkertails_DuaLayer.part21.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part22.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433358930/checkertails_DuaLayer.part22.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part23.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433359087/checkertails_DuaLayer.part23.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part24.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433359840/checkertails_DuaLayer.part24.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part25.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433360947/checkertails_DuaLayer.part25.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part26.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433361085/checkertails_DuaLayer.part26.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part27.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433361804/checkertails_DuaLayer.part27.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part28.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433362860/checkertails_DuaLayer.part28.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part29.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433363004/checkertails_DuaLayer.part29.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part30.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433363505/checkertails_DuaLayer.part30.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part31.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433364725/checkertails_DuaLayer.part31.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part32.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433365012/checkertails_DuaLayer.part32.rar)

http://rapidshare.com/files/43..._DuaLayer.part33.rar (http://rapidshare.com/files/433365471/checkertails_DuaLayer.part33.rar)

Now watch online at Blip TV (Lower quality than the downloads above):


Hope that helps those of you who don't like torrents, but you must download all the files for the .exe to work.

Cheers, MP

Cheers, Neil "Mysticpuma" Pugh

11-24-2010, 07:42 AM
Also here are the covers:

http://i277.photobucket.com/al...ckertailsCDLabel.jpg (http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk71/Mysticpuma/CheckertailsCDLabel.jpg)

http://i277.photobucket.com/al...ilsPart1DVDCover.jpg (http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk71/Mysticpuma/CheckertailsPart1DVDCover.jpg)

11-24-2010, 12:18 PM
Downloading now, will continue to seed.

Thanks MP, I can't wait to watch this.

11-24-2010, 04:18 PM
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All I can say is WOW man.

I have seen much worse professionaly done documentaries on TV. You have a gift man. Can't wait for Part 2.

11-24-2010, 04:30 PM
Super, getting it now!

11-24-2010, 05:13 PM
I've been waiting a long time for this; I can't wait to see it!

I would be totally remiss if I didn't thank you for all your hard work, Neil. Don't for a minute think it has gone unappreciated.

11-24-2010, 05:44 PM
This movie is the King of Documentaries. Lucky for you all downloading the avi version I have cable. I'll leave my uTorrent seed running until the weekend.

I already finished the Checkertail P-40 campaign last month, now I need to find me a Checkertail Jug campaign!! Salute and thank you Mr. Pugh!

11-24-2010, 06:20 PM
Yeah, the torrent is being well seeded right now folks. I am uploading at 500kbs right now on my fios connection. It only took me about 90 minutes to DL after it got rolling.

Go get it people, you won't regret it.

11-24-2010, 08:19 PM

Am having a bit of difficulty.

I successfully downloaded the AVI version but am getting the following error:


I have Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and ran it first as Administrator, and then as Administrator with XP SP3 compatiblity.

Here is what the file looks like:


Any ideas ?

Monguse had me put it in my Program x(86) Folder then my Program Folder.

Still no joy.



11-24-2010, 08:41 PM
Well done guys! There were a few places where the narration and script was confusing because of some grammar issues, but overall this was much better than anything I'd watched on the History Channel in years. Congratulations on a successful part 1 production. Looking forward to part 2.

11-25-2010, 02:04 AM
Trapper. Just wondering if you have a Fat32 or NTFS file-system (I presume NTFS?).

It was created on the same OS as-yours, and so-far yours is the only one that has an issue?

Is it possible to copy the file onto a USB stick and try and open it on a friends laptop or PC? Let me know.

Thanks chaps, your comments are very much appreciated.

Part 2 will have more talking heads as I want to use up some of the interview footage that has never been seen. I also have about 20-30 minutes of Checkertail P-51 footage (real archive footage, again never-seen before) to incorporate.

It will take a while....but I can then concentrate on other subjects. I really want to visit the areas of Norfolk where many 8th AF Bomb Groups were stationed and interview people there who remember these huge Armadas taking off, as-well as visit their museums and airfields (or what now sits on them).

Oh to be young again!

Cheers, Neil

11-25-2010, 02:47 AM
Hi Mystic, this looks incredible. I know you will be loathe to upload such a high quality show to a streaming site, but thats my only chance of seeing it at the moment.

Do you have any plans to upload it to Youtube HD or even sell it too a TV company?

11-25-2010, 03:02 AM
Currently looking at uploading it over the weekend to Blip.tv they can host a lower quality version as-long as it stays under 2-hours (which this does), but it just takes time. So yes, I will post links on Monday.

I am also uploading the .avi version to Mediafire, which at 2.4 Gb has had to be split into 13 parts...but I will post those links ASAP.

If anyone wants to upload these files to Rapidshare or filefront, please fell free to help and send me the links so I can add them to this post. Cheers, MP

11-25-2010, 03:24 AM
New Link added. This is the .avi file, CD Label and DVD Cover along with the readme file now hosted at Mediafire for those who don't like or have knowledge of torrents. The files, once downloaded can be extracted by double-clicking the .exe file which will then ask you where you want to extract the files to :


Hope that helps those of you who don't like torrents, but you must download all the files for the .exe to work.

Cheers, MP

11-25-2010, 09:43 AM
This is stunning, still seeding + watching now. Amazing to hear the level of experience of the new pilots, Arthur Fiedler (sp?) having 360 hours on '47s! It was also good to see interview footage with crew chief Ed Doss, it's very rare that those very underappreciated guys are heard from in any documentary. The only thing I'm missing is subtitles spelling the interviewees' names so I don't feel bad not knowing how to write them on here. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Can't wait to see what you can produce with the SoW engine, it's only the ground details in this film that are looking a tad dated.

EDIT: Good to hear Dart's voice, as well! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

11-25-2010, 11:13 AM
Hello Mysticpuma and friends

Outstanding !!!

Very vast deep and moving,Fantastic http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


11-25-2010, 06:18 PM

Stunning work.

Well done sir.

11-25-2010, 08:37 PM
Just watched it and I have to say

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">OUTSTANDING!!!</span>

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I thought it was a really nice mix of photos, archival film, interviews and IL2 combat scenes. I'm curious, what did the vets think of the game footage when you showed the movie to them earlier this year?

11-26-2010, 02:14 AM
Thanks again guys.

I will re-consider adding sub-titles to the pilot names for Part 2. It was a decision not to as they were introduced before they spoke, so I thought it would just double-up and be criticised....I'll consider it for the next time.

The ground, it is true, does look dated, but I was using Slovakia Summer as I feel it is the most detailed available, but I have no other option really?

Jarink, the Vets were very impressed with the action sequences as it put the events into 'life'. A lot of them compared them to the graphics in the "Dogfights series" without the annoying voice-over!

Now I know that there is no comparison between IL2 Modded and a true CG creation, but put together as a package, they felt that there was a good balance between Pilot/ Crew interviews, archive footage and then IL2 footage.

To them, it was a great tribute and they were (honestly there were tears) over-whelmed as to why a guy in the UK, with no affinity to their group, would spend three-years researching and travelling to the US to tell their story.

I just told them the truth. I had a friend (Monguse) who put an idea in my head that maybe a Documentary could be made about their group using just IL2 footage.

This honestly started out as a 10-minute action film.....and then once I got talking to the vets and found new images, never before seen film footage.....I just thought "you know, this could make something a little different from what I did before.....hell, lets go for it!"

and this is only Part 1....can you imagine the pressure to get the P-51 era correct, as most of the living vets only saw action in the P-51!

Thanks for downloading it. I am currently uploading a lower-resolution version to Blip.TV, for those who want to stream but don't mind suffering some loss in quality (I can't help that, I am sorry).

I'll link as-soon as it is up (approx 5-hours from now!)

Cheers, MP

11-26-2010, 08:18 AM
New streaming option added to the original post. Watch it at Blip TV:


Cheers, MP

11-29-2010, 03:13 AM
This is a fine effort MP. I've watched hundreds of hours of historical video dealing with WWII and your's is a most respectable work. You've personalized it in a most unusual and positive way by including the interviews with the personnel who lived it. Thanks for your time and effort. I look forward to the second part dealing with the Mustang portion of the 325's combat history. This is a very valuable contribution as the men who served are becoming very aged and soon there will be none to ask. JJJ

12-01-2010, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by Mysticpuma2003:
New streaming option added to the original post. Watch it at Blip TV:


Cheers, MP
Thanks for uploading to Blip. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


12-02-2010, 05:13 AM
I also added the original 'epic' "Not my time to die!" to the Blip TV channel.


Low quality, but for those who haven't seen it....it's easy to watch streaming now.

Cheers, MP

12-02-2010, 03:11 PM
Incredible stuff, MP. Thanks a million for this effort!

You should start producing stuff professionally and offer it to the Sky channels. They are crying out for original programs right now as there are so many channels and so few new programmes. Basically they are forced to repeat things over and over at present.

See if you can get in with one of the History/flight/Military channels. Maybe fire off an email to Bob Caruthers with a link to your doc and see what his reaction is. (If you can get a contact address?)

Bob is a Scot and made the Excellent 'Tanks!' series and also Battlefields, seen on the history channel. He makes most of the best quality stuff seen on those channels. There are a few clips of him talking, If you want to know which guy he is, he talks in front of a Jadgtiger in the 'Tanks!' series and talks obviously with a Scottish accent.

Example of the excellent 'Tanks!' series :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...oddA&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrcMyVxoddA&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...qslo&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ECOxaDqslo&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...V9_s&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz_RoVsV9_s&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...hF-0&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7uJcqfhF-0&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...NAV0&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl5d0OBNAV0&feature=related)

All the other episodes are on Youtube too.

Well worth watching.

TgD Thunderbolt56
12-09-2010, 07:56 AM

12-09-2010, 09:11 AM
I was finally able to watch it last night......all i can say Neil and Guse is "AWSOME" It was fabulous. even my fiance' enjoyed watching it and she whooped when she saw my name in the credits....LOL

12-10-2010, 12:05 PM

I will be happy to pass this on to others http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Great work, man http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

01-07-2011, 03:53 AM
Just a little nudge for those who may not know this existed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers, MP

01-08-2011, 12:09 PM
The movie “Checkertails, Part I” is showcased at the <span class="ev_code_red">Flight Sim Movies website</span> (http://flightsimmachinima.montydan.com/2010-movies) where the Best of the Best IL2/FlightSim movies are presented and celebrated. It is the Featured Movie of 2010 and also received the Golden Oleg award for excellence and masterful use of IL-2 CGI as an enhanced story-telling technique