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-HH- Beebop
05-25-2005, 08:38 PM
Here is the first of a series of skins I'm creating for the soon to be released fictional, non-historical campaign "The Filthy Few" by ~HH~ Dubbo, Zeus-cat and myself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FilthyFew4.jpg
F4F-3
Original template by Jester (Thank you)
Additional layers by Nitrous (Thank you) and myself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FilthyFewSBD-0.jpg
SBD-3
Original template author unknown, but thanks.
Addtional layers by TonyT (Thank you) and myself.

Here is a target drouge, an old glider.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FFGlider_1.jpg
Note the Olive Drab and Summer Khaki canvas patches made from discarded tents

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FFGlider_2.jpg
I added door details, hinges/latch/wear around entry areas

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FFGlider_3.jpg
New rudder and tail assembly. The last one was shot to bits. They scavenged this one from another crashed glider

Skins by (except as noted), Vlad_TheImpaler (that's me folks).

"Target Drouge" is from my first template. Yes, that one is ALL mine! (Thanks to 1.JaVa Serval for the insignia templates).

Please feel free to comment.

Skins will be available when the campaign comes out (two weeks be sure http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) and for general release as soon as il2skins gets up and going


Next up, the "Filthy Few" get respect and newer planes.

-HH- Beebop
05-25-2005, 08:38 PM
Here is the first of a series of skins I'm creating for the soon to be released fictional, non-historical campaign "The Filthy Few" by ~HH~ Dubbo, Zeus-cat and myself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FilthyFew4.jpg
F4F-3
Original template by Jester (Thank you)
Additional layers by Nitrous (Thank you) and myself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FilthyFewSBD-0.jpg
SBD-3
Original template author unknown, but thanks.
Addtional layers by TonyT (Thank you) and myself.

Here is a target drouge, an old glider.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FFGlider_1.jpg
Note the Olive Drab and Summer Khaki canvas patches made from discarded tents

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FFGlider_2.jpg
I added door details, hinges/latch/wear around entry areas

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/HH_Beebop/FFGlider_3.jpg
New rudder and tail assembly. The last one was shot to bits. They scavenged this one from another crashed glider

Skins by (except as noted), Vlad_TheImpaler (that's me folks).

"Target Drouge" is from my first template. Yes, that one is ALL mine! (Thanks to 1.JaVa Serval for the insignia templates).

Please feel free to comment.

Skins will be available when the campaign comes out (two weeks be sure http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) and for general release as soon as il2skins gets up and going


Next up, the "Filthy Few" get respect and newer planes.

-HH-Dubbo
05-25-2005, 09:16 PM
The brainchild of Texas oil baron, Sheldon Marcone and retired US congressman Howard McGinley, the original idea was to form an army fighter squadron whose personnel were taken from military prisons around the world. These aircrews, in theory, would have an edge because they would be fighting in exchange for their freedom, a chance at atonement. And because they could operate independently from the allied command structure both Marcone and McGinley figured that if they were using unorthodox tactics and fighting like a guerrilla group, this group of pilots could make a larger difference than just another group of men sent to the front. With the help of General Hap Arnold, they started the plan in motion.

Shortly after recruitment began, focus moved away from Europe as the US entered the war against Japan. The plan was expanded to create a small carrier force that would act as an independent attack force, harassing the Japanese in the Pacific right in their back yard. To that end, the USN and the USAAF began to send troublesome personnel to the programme rather than to correction facilities. Most service personnel facing confinement jumped at this chance to stay on active duty.

By August 1942, after intensive training, the group was in place and ready to be deployed. In an unusual combination, the aircrews remained loosely under command of the US Army whilst the sailors were all still part of the USN. Both branches of the armed service did their best to distance themselves from the group though, only issuing orders when absolutely necessary.

Command of the group was split between Commander Sanford J. Moody for the USN and Lieutenant Colonel Jackson Pearce for the USAAF. Interestingly enough, despite the different responsibilities of their command, both men worked well together and achieved victory after victory.

Because of the lack of direct command, rather than in spite of it, this fighting group of misfits achieved great success in the war against Japan. Operating independently for the main part, the group kept showing up deep inside Japanese-held territory, hitting the enemy like a group of marauding pirates, before disappearing again into the vast Pacific Ocean. Although the enemy forces would search for this carrier group time and time again, the hunts would prove largely fruitless.

A recurring stumbling block for the group was that the equipment issued to them was always in need of repair and being who they were, they were always last on the resupply list.

Initially equipped with a Kaiser-built escort carrier (USS Salt Lake Bay) that the USN rejected because of stability issues, and 2 pre-war destroyers (USS Benedict Arnold and USS Aaron Burr), the group ended up with a second, newer escort carrier (USS Akron Bay) through some back door dealings between Marcone, McGinley and Henry J. Kaiser.(The carrier had been ordered by the Royal Navy but was mysteriously diverted) The aircraft they received were too, well past their prime, although the replacements improved as the war moved on and the group gathered the respect of the "official" branches of the armed forces.

In this co-op campaign the Hellhounds will try to recreate some of the missions of this unlikely group of heroes, if not historically, then at least in spirit. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

HotelBushranger
05-26-2005, 04:05 AM
Sounds like a beaut campaign! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

What sort of aircraft will be flyable?

-HH-Dubbo
05-26-2005, 01:42 PM
Wildcats, Dauntlesses, Hellcats and eventually Corsairs. So much work to do................