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    I just wanted to say I have only recently stumbled across this game and I can't tell you how impressed I am by it. I am a longtime gamer with forgotten hope taking up most of my spare time the last 7 years and I have been looking for something new as FH has gotten a bit stale, as good as it is. I think I may have found it with IL2. The only thing I can say is it'll be weeks before I'm able to fly good enough to get a kill, or take off successfully for that matter, lol. I've already chatted with quite a few players and I can honestly say most of the people have been very helpful and understanding of a total noob. I look forward to seeing some more of you online.
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    Zeus-cat's Avatar Senior Member
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    Jun 2003
    Welcome MarvinFowler!

    Check out the Nugget's guide in the thread by Bearcat as well as my training campaign (for takeoffs and landings).
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    Welcome to the Forums Marvin. Good to see someone who is new to the game, be so positive.
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    Originally posted by MarvinFowler:
    I can honestly say most of the people have been very helpful and understanding of a total noob.
    After 4 years I am still a noob. The other day I was killed in my IL-2 after a series of 8 successful missions (many of them hair-raising), just because I forgot to note the shortest path back to the frontline and went towards my base over enemy territory for a longer time, being chased by 4 AI Bf-109s... doh!
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    What kind of hardware do you have? Besides a good joystick, rudder pedals make managing the torque of the aircraft during takeoff much, much easier than using the keyboard. Rudder pedals are also necessary for mastering maneuvers like side-slips, hammerheads, scissors and rolling scissors. CH pro pedals might cost you about $90-$100 from various web retailers, but they will last you for years and years.

    You might also want to practice in the P-38: its counter-rotating props combined with tricycle landing gear make takeoffs easier than any tail-dragger.

    Good luck!
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    na85's Avatar Senior Member
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    I would also recommend getting a head tracker such as Freetrack or TrackIR.

    In fact, I'd say that given the choice between my trackIR and my rudder pedals, I would choose the trackIR.
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    But you don't need anything except a joystick, really. Those other things may help make it more enjoyable but they're not essential.

    Welcome aboard, anyway.
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    Bearcat99's Avatar Senior Member
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    Welcome aboard........
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    Hello there.
    Il2 is hands down the best WW2 combat flight sim available and is no wonder you are enjoying it so much.
    I am curious. You say you stumbled across it. How exactly did you find Il2?
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    danjama's Avatar Senior Member
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    Apr 2005
    Hi marvin, hows tricks? Glad to see new people still discovering il2

    I have been out of the loop for 2 years myself and feel like a noob all over again, have had to learn all about mods and everything else, been flying for almost a week now and feel like i have come home

    I cant express my happiness at a perfect carrier landing in a Corsair last night in one of my coops I used to do these in my sleep but relearning it all is so satisfying, you have it all to come
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