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Breeze147
09-08-2005, 08:10 AM
I had a very interesting time playing this. It is a very unusual experience flying the Gladiator. Thanks to Bird - Brain and all of the Mission Builders for their hard work.

However......

Just a few comments:

I crashed the Gladiator and the Hurri at least 20 times on landing, mostly from tipping over because I could not find the runway.

The scenes with the ships firing on shore, especially at dusk, were very well done.

The renderings of the Italian aircraft were well done.

I had a really hard time getting to the action in the Gladiator. I was always several miles behind everyone else. I think the problem is that I started at the lowest rank.

The last 3 missions left me scratching my head a little. It was just follow the leader around. I was looking for something dramatic to happen, but it never did. Of course, I crashed landed on all 3 of them.

As already mentioned, there was some very dramatic scenery and lighting, very well done.

Me and my British pilot, Nigel "Chopper" Smythe-Jones, are looking forward to giving "El Alamein" a go.

Breeze147
09-08-2005, 08:10 AM
I had a very interesting time playing this. It is a very unusual experience flying the Gladiator. Thanks to Bird - Brain and all of the Mission Builders for their hard work.

However......

Just a few comments:

I crashed the Gladiator and the Hurri at least 20 times on landing, mostly from tipping over because I could not find the runway.

The scenes with the ships firing on shore, especially at dusk, were very well done.

The renderings of the Italian aircraft were well done.

I had a really hard time getting to the action in the Gladiator. I was always several miles behind everyone else. I think the problem is that I started at the lowest rank.

The last 3 missions left me scratching my head a little. It was just follow the leader around. I was looking for something dramatic to happen, but it never did. Of course, I crashed landed on all 3 of them.

As already mentioned, there was some very dramatic scenery and lighting, very well done.

Me and my British pilot, Nigel "Chopper" Smythe-Jones, are looking forward to giving "El Alamein" a go.

GazzaMataz
09-08-2005, 09:09 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I crashed the Gladiator and the Hurri at least 20 times on landing, mostly from tipping over because I could not find the runway. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Are you realively new to this flight sim? It might be an idea when landing in the desert or wherever you cannot see the runaway clearly to make a low spped pass near it first to actually see where it is and it's direction.

Once you have that sorted out then make your approach and gently descend‚‚ā¨¬¶ When you touch the ground pull back on that stick so you don't tip forwards and raise the flaps.

I did start playing 'The Blue' but never finished it‚‚ā¨¬¶

If you have problems keeping up with the AIs, then don't climb just build up your speed on a very shallow climb and you will eventually catch up.

bird_brain
09-08-2005, 09:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Breeze147:
Thanks to Bird - Brain and all of the Mission Builders for their hard work. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Glad you liked it. Here are couple of notes in reply to your comments;

It is extremely difficult to see the runways in the desert, so I put a few trees in to mark them, even though they would not really have been there. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I suggested in the read-me that you turn "engine overheat" off. That way you can firewall the throttle to keep up with the flight. Perhaps I should have cut down the cruising speed of the leaders, but I don't recall having any problem getting into the dogfights when I flew it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

I am afraid your disappointment with the last few missions may have to do with a combination of things. I based this campaign on true events and the air war wound down just before the transfer of this group to Greece. These missions were replicating the intercepts that actually did take place. Maybe not very exciting, but there it is. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I have not tested these missions with the latest patches, but the ground attack mission (#18?) in the Hurricanes may not work right any more?

If you were unable to get to the action and score kills (15 or so) you would not have gotten the promotions to be leading the flight by the end of the campaign. If you are flying the lead aircraft, you get to lead the ground attack, get first shot at the enemy AC and without spoiling it, getting home in the last mission should be somewhat of a challenge as well.

If you turn off engine overheat and start at a slightly higher rank, it might turn out better. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Thanks alot for the feedback, I haven't heard much about "The Blue" with it being an obscure cr@p plane campaign, but the little bi-plane sure is fun for some great dogfighting! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

PS... I almost forgot to mention, the landing speed for the Gladiator is very low, something like 60mph before you stall with flaps out. You need to try to hold it off the runway until you basically stall in, so drop to about 80mph over the runway threshold and hold back on the stick just off the strip.

Breeze147
09-08-2005, 11:25 AM
Gazzamataz - I did overfly the runways and I still couldn't see some of them. I've been playing the sim for 2-1/2 years. I'm just a lousy lander. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Bird-Brain - I didn't mention it, but there were some good dogfight sequences. Thanks again. I highly recommend this campaign to anyone who likes flying the early war aircraft. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ROTS_Jason
09-08-2005, 11:45 AM
i love the gladiator and i loved this campaign!

F0_Dark_P
09-08-2005, 12:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Breeze147:
Gazzamataz - I did overfly the runways and I still couldn't see some of them. I've been playing the sim for 2-1/2 years. I'm just a lousy lander. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Bird-Brain - I didn't mention it, but there were some good dogfight sequences. Thanks again. I highly recommend this campaign to anyone who likes flying the early war aircraft. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>did you use trim?, you should try to put in some trim so the nose comes up, then she wont flip over in the landing

Enforcer572005
09-08-2005, 04:05 PM
yes this is a good cmpn. I read up on this subj years ago and was going to go it in CFS2 when the lousy FMB MS put in it cr@pped out on me. I was kinda surprised when I saw BB had done it.

The desert bases are kinda hard to see, so I use the max magnification (delete key) to line up on it, then go back to standard just before I land (end key). I just did that a few min ago flying the "young lions" cmpn about the Isreali AF in 48.....after I kinda had to make a couple of mods to be able to progress.

The Gladiator is fun, though I dont think those CR-42 pilots were that good. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Al Elamein is pretty decent to, but you will discover that the P-40E has no internal structure at all when its hit. Navigation is interesting in it also. Watch out for those Machis. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

fabianfred
09-08-2005, 05:01 PM
If you enjoy the Gladiator... look out for the new 'Faith, Hope & Charity' campaign coming out soon...
I had trouble landing too.... after flying several campaigns with SBD's, F4F's, Corsairs etc... those carrier planes had real strong undercarts... and the fixed Gladiator one is like matchsticks in comparison

WarWolfe_1
09-08-2005, 06:43 PM
I liked it as well. I think it would be neat to get a G50 campagin. I'm an early war flyer as well, just wish we had morehttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif.

mole_boy
09-08-2005, 06:48 PM
Highly recommneded, One of the best campaigns I have flown. Most importantly I think it captures the spirit of a few british and commonwealth pilots who held of most of the Regia Aeronautica

bird_brain
09-08-2005, 10:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WarWolfe_1:
I liked it as well. I think it would be neat to get a G50 campagin. I'm an early war flyer as well, just wish we had morehttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The Italian campaign on the missions page puts you in the G50. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Thanks for the great comments all. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

More Gladiator action will be out soon. I am considering not waiting on the movie, since it is done & tested. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif Maybe a "leaked" version? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

AWL_Spinner
09-09-2005, 03:29 AM
I loved "The Blue". I'm a ****-plane lover (the forum nanny is going to star that out, isn't it - Ok, an "early war flyer") and have had the most fun with this and Extreme One/Poymando's Battle over Britain (Hurricanes).

I also love the desert setting which relatively few people have bothered with.

bird_brain et al. are responsible for getting me campaign building to which I've already lost many, many hours of my life http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif