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    December 20th, 2014, 16:08
    Oh, don't get me wrong - I have no problem at all with having bought the Collection - it was a very nice way to sample all the models and answer a lot of questions I'd had about them. It's in tribute to how good they are that I bought the rest of the sets. Strictly my choice, and I'm sure I could have had a good time with the Collection models and some repaints, as others had suggested. Would probably have done that if my Australian PC Aviator friends hadn't made it so easy to cross the line. My current duplicates come, I think, from within the regular sets. For example, if I'm reconstructing it correctly, there's a WWII Happy Jack's Go Buggy in the Then and Now set and also in one of the others (Little Friends? sorry, I don't have the full list in front of me but you know what I...
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    December 20th, 2014, 11:17
    Having installed all the Mustang sets (thanks, DaveB and PC Aviator Australia!), and uninstalled the Mustang Collection to avoid duplication, I can report that they fall into place nicely but I think are still some doubles. I seem to have a number of Happy Jack's Go Buggies, for example, more than would be accounted for by the wartime version and the two (I think) restored examples. Am guessing that they're getting picked up from both Little Friends and the Then and Now sets. Not a big deal by any means - just a matter of clicking through and making sure you've got the right one. Still a lot to sort out but I'm getting there. And reporting back on an earlier question - the B-model repaints that I was having trouble with install perfectly well into the complete B/C/III set, since...
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    December 19th, 2014, 17:31
    Yeah, the card is definitely groaning... but in a good way. Actually, I have no problem buying into something I've tried out and liked. It works as long as I stay focused on just a few good titles. In the past I've gone astray by buying lots of "experimental" stuff (as in, "I'll try out the Captain Sim B-Whatever, it's such a discount.") That winds up being wasted cash because the aircraft never get flown. The only other title I had an eye on was the Milviz F-86 - and I see now that they're offering that at 40 percent off, so that'll be round three. I might also pick up a missing chunk of Orbx Alaska, and then I'm out. I could quit anytime, he said, yet again.... EDIT: But before I quit, wanted to say thanks for pointing me to the sale. I've been trying to keep track but...
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    December 19th, 2014, 16:50
    As near as I can tell (but I'm new at this), the only ones missing are the P-51D sets 1 and 2, and "Then and Now" volume 3. It looks like some of the aircraft in the D 1 and 2 sets overlap with some of the others, but I may be confused about that. I do seem to have come away with seven volumes at half price - including the K model with the 109K. I don't own the 109, and to be honest don't often fly Luftwaffe hardware, but I seem to be in an experimental frame of mind. Blame the eggnog! Off to download now... EDIT: No, it turns out you're right - the items I thought were missing are in fact there. They don't include "Warbirdsim" in the title, so I missed them in my first search, but found them when I searched on "Mustang" So, on to round two... sigh...
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    December 19th, 2014, 14:34
    Makes sense - thought I guess The Collection will overlap with the other sets since it's sort of a greatest hits album. That's OK... nothing we can't work with... And yes to Jan's paints - am doing my test runs on a couple of them prior to downloading several large shipments...
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    December 19th, 2014, 14:08
    Yeah, I had the feeling the Mustang Collection was going to be the gateway drug... It looks like there's some overlap among the different sets - am I right in assuming that if I install them, they'll just find their way to the right folders? Sorry if that question has been asked before (even by me) but it's hard to figure out. Oh, and a note for others reading this thread - pcaviator.com.au doesn't have all the packages available, but they have most of them, and those that they do have are all 50 percent off. So you won't come away with a complete set but you'll be close.
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    December 19th, 2014, 13:50
    @DaveB - thanks, that makes sense. Now that I think about it, I went through some similar gyrations when I was getting the interim vintage VC set up for Manfred's C-47. I'll have a look at the .cfg. Though, to your other point, I just came down from a quick test flight in one of the D models and thought to myself, in a resigned yet happy sort of way, "I'm going to wind up buying all of these, aren't I?" At 50 percent off for the B/C/III group, I guess I am. Somebody is going to have to explain to me why these Mustangs are so enjoyable but they definitely are. On my way to part with more dollars... EDIT: Oh, man, they're all 50 percent off. I sort of wish I hadn't known that.... oh, well...
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    December 19th, 2014, 11:46
    Congratulations on the release! Looking forward to a first test flight. Someone ought to edit the thread title so it reads "RELEASED" in all caps or something like that. I almost overlooked it when I first looked at the stickies. It needs to have its name up in lights.
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    December 19th, 2014, 10:52
    Keep in mind also that the P-47 is one of the older Accu-sim products and as such doesn't have all the complexity (like modeling individual cylinders) that later products do. And none of the warbirds has a walk-around option - so far, that's only for the general aviation products. So the Accu-sim warbirds aren't any more time-consuming than the non-Accu-sim versions. As pilottj points out, there's more stuff that can break in Accu-sim - in the P-47, asymmetrical flap failure is a possibility - but only if you really work to break it. The P-47 is probably the sturdiest of any of their warbirds - you can throw stuff at it all day and it'll keep on keeping on.
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    December 19th, 2014, 10:47
    Thanks, Jankees. Have had partial success - got the paints (including your Group 2/33 F-7) to show using one of the model/panel choices, but with black props and spinners. Since I'm most of the way there, though, I'll keep exploring.
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    December 19th, 2014, 10:05
    I have a somewhat related question - does anyone know how to add P-51 B or C repaints to the new Mustang Collection package? I downloaded a couple of them with aircraft.cfgs that reference "panel = 5" and "model = 5". But the Collection's P-51B folder only includes models and panels 1-4. If anyone has a handy reference for which panels and models go with which variants, that'd be great. If not, no big deal - I'm happy to dig in the folders and figure out how to match them up. Just thought I'd ask on the off chance that there's a ready shortcut. Thanks in advance!
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    December 17th, 2014, 22:36
    Just back from a first quick flight in Ding Hao. Without getting into product vs. product comparisons (because unless somebody is asking directly, what's the point?), I have to say that that was a pretty congenial experience. Really looking forward to exploring the rest of the package. EDIT: I do have one practical question for WarBert or others - if at some point I wanted to add another package (say, more of the postwar variants, or a B set so I can fly the same Shangri-La I built as a Revell 1/32 kit), would I just install it on top of my current install, or would there be other steps involved? No rush for an answer - I expect to be busy with the limited edition collection for a while. But if you get a chance, let me know. Thanks!
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  • Alan_A's Avatar
    December 17th, 2014, 22:34
    Thanks for all of that, Bill Kestell. Will try to set it up and check it out over the holiday break.
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    December 17th, 2014, 12:22
    Bought, but not yet downloaded, much less flown. Still need to get a whole month's work out the door by Friday. Then... airborne...
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    December 17th, 2014, 12:20
    @Jankees - that's exactly the paint I was planning to use for a Hump flight. I know that shocks you... :cool:
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    December 16th, 2014, 13:33
    @BASys - agree that Fallows should have mentioned the original site. You ought to send him a note or post a comment - he's usually pretty responsive to that kind of thing.
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  • Alan_A's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 10:42
    Oh, man, I'm going to need to add another wing to the hangar... And it's been a couple of weeks now since I've been back to Manfred's C-47 - need to change that, too. More hours in the day required. Am I right in assuming that the Warbirdsim models are well-behaved in P3D V2? I'd think that's a yes since they're native FSX models, but if anyone knows differently, please advise.
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  • Alan_A's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 10:34
    Those are fine-looking models. And paints, of course... Are yours best found here or on OZx, or both?
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    December 16th, 2014, 10:31
    Love James Fallows - got to spend a decent amount of time with him once at a client event. If he says it's cool... then it's cool - which is exactly what I'll tell myself as I sit here staring at the site and getting progressively more hypnotized...
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  • Alan_A's Avatar
    December 16th, 2014, 10:27
    Thanks for that, Jankees (and beautiful work, as always!) Is there enough variety here among the B and C models for a start? Though given my affection for the 356th FS/354th FG, as you know, I suppose I could be happy with Ding Hao! for a while... EDIT: Whoops! We cross-posted. Sorry for that. Yes, I'm convinced - off to buy later today, once I've crunched a couple more pre-holiday deadlines...
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