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    I have been working on Navigation with CFS2, and I think it would be a good idea for missions to be able to print out the map, with the coords and all. Im also working on a 360 degree Navigation board, so you can put it on the chart,look at your watch/clock for elapsed time,and figure out where you should go to land on carrier. This would not include wind calculations, so its simple to do.

    It would be nice to have a simple program in the sim that would allow you to print out a simple map/chart wiht just the outlines of the islands, possible targets/ airfield etc... and a grid system on it, according to historical standing. Then all you have to do is place a 360 degree scale on it with a strait line extending from the center to roughly figure out where you need to go to get back to the carrier. It greatly helps immersion factor!
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    I have been working on Navigation with CFS2, and I think it would be a good idea for missions to be able to print out the map, with the coords and all. Im also working on a 360 degree Navigation board, so you can put it on the chart,look at your watch/clock for elapsed time,and figure out where you should go to land on carrier. This would not include wind calculations, so its simple to do.

    It would be nice to have a simple program in the sim that would allow you to print out a simple map/chart wiht just the outlines of the islands, possible targets/ airfield etc... and a grid system on it, according to historical standing. Then all you have to do is place a 360 degree scale on it with a strait line extending from the center to roughly figure out where you need to go to get back to the carrier. It greatly helps immersion factor!
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    This is what Ive got now, but with some modification, a simple program would make it alot better. IE: Your Cruise speed, Carrier knots, etc...


    [img]file:///C:/My%20Documents/My%20Pictures/aaPHOTOSHOP/aapreview/CFS2%20MAPS/BukaNavmap%20copy.jpg[/img]
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    Dinn'a come through, try again!
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    I can see it! Its just an outline map of a target area with a grid over it.I guess I can always make my own...No biggie, but it make it more fun to look at the map outline, and then approach the coastline and see it corrospond to the real thing. Etc. -

    Immersion factor. Then If I get into a dogfight etc chase a bomber, I really need to track the time etc on a map to even hope to get back to the carrier!- Right?

    So if you really WANT immertion, you need a map with a grid, and a watch, and you need to do exactly like the real pilots had to do. With all the shouts about "I want realism", well, this would also be what you want. With out "wind", its simple to set up.!!!!

    How are you going to find the carrier without a grid system, if you go deviant from the "predicted " course, or in fog????
    Need a map thingi.

    I have an actual MK 5 plotting board I will try to copy, so people can print it out on a plastic photocopy sheet, but all you need is the 360 degree with a strait line through the middle to plot course.

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  6. #6
    Thunderboy, once PF comes out, simply go into the FMB, pull up the map you want, and zoom in to whatever detail you want, then take screen shots of all the sections of the map. Save them as .jpegs, print them out, tape them together, and lamenate them.

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    Thats what Im doing now. But of course, you cant navigate without the tools!

    So Im making a plotting board to a smaller scale. Im getting all the info I can get for example, on the plotting board maps,
    1"=40NM. So if there was a PROGRAM in the sim that did that automaticly, that would be VERY NICE- wouldnt it? Yes it would. Otherwise it is a PAIN IN THE BUNS to scale everything in photoshop.

    There is no way to navigate without the proper tools. They may want to include this in the sim.It would be a great extra add-on also.

    "PF includes an actual model MK 5 PLOTTING BOARD that you can print out, and test your navigational skill with, just like the real pilots of WW2!" etc.. But if not, Thunderboy will....

    At this point it all looks doable.Im hoping that there will be enough people interested to start a whole map section you can D/L, with proper scale. IE: 1"=40NM....

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  8. #8
    I'm not quite sure why the scale has any significance here Thunderboy. The plotting board would definitely be nice though. I believe I've seen them available for download over at one of the Sub sim forums.

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    The scale must match the plotting board/grid system so you have a rough estimate of where to look for the ship, so you can tell how many miles you are from where! Also I found out there is a second tool you use with the board, that coorosponds to my 360 degree wheel. It also has to match the scale/grid system.

    Do you have a link for the uploaded plotting board?

    If you have CFS2 you can do this. Go to a carrier mission in the middle of the pacific, Fly at X heading for 20 min, fly at another heading for 10 minutes, now fly back to the ship with no computer aids. Good luck!

    All the tools and maps etc need to conform to the same grid system. Hope I explained that correct. Ive hopefully got a jpeg pic of a real plotting board map of the Carolina Islands comming so I can see what they look like.This is unreal rare, almost non-existant, I just seem to be hitting bullseyes this week!

    I will be doing this for CFS2 for sure. I wont be in PF for at least 6 mos, IE: new super computer. But the tools will be the same. For any realsim buff, your gonna need a map, watch, pen, and plotter of some type! Im just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, as there seems to be little info out there on this! I also have some of the actual WW2 Navy Navigation manuals that were used. I just happened to find out about the second plotter tool by luck, although its just a degree thing, IE: common sense thing.

    This will be an actual WW2 looking US Navy plotter!
    And Ill figure out the scale/map system.

    Its all very cool!
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  10. #10
    Here ya are laddy buck! Don't get lost while I'm on your wing, LOL!

    http://207.44.164.159/phpBB/viewtopi...plotting+board

    I used to work with those maneuvering boards back when I was in the Navy, and once you get the hang of it, they are pretty simple. It's just getting the hang of it that's NOT so simple! hehe

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