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    DCS FAQs / How To's

    (Can Admin please "sticky" this thread.)

    I don't know much about DCS at this point (other than it is great for a number of things like getting shot down and practicing carrier landings / crashes), but I have some questions and maybe we should create an FAQ (if for no other reason than to help me...lol).

    1. How do you EASILY add munitions to Aircraft after starting in "free flight"?

    2. How does one install 3rd party created skins and / or change to different skin supplied by DCS? (I may have answered my own question here, but it looks like you install skins to C:\Users\ [your user name] \SavedGames\DCS.openbeta\Liveries\ [Aircraft Name] \ [Livery / Skin Name] .)
    Last edited by rvn817j; October 5th, 2019 at 06:18.
    Jay
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    1. If you're starting in the air, you're stuck with whatever's under your wings.
    If you're starting cold and dark on the ramp, Hit the Ground Crew Radio (\) then (F8) and then (F1) for rearm and refuel, which will pull up your stores screen with the ability to hook up whatever you'd like on your pylons or there's a drop-down menu with presets available.

    2. Skins can also be chosen from that rearm menu. But the critical thing to remember is that the engine will only find skins if the folder for the aircraft is properly named to a T. So Viggen skins have to be in a folder called "AJS-37" and nothing else will do. Some folders will have the skins pre-installed in a proper folder. Your path location os correct, naming the folder is always the hard part for me.
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    This is a pretty straightforward video that explains a lot of things DCS

    Patrick

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by SH427 View Post
    1. If you're starting in the air, you're stuck with whatever's under your wings.
    If you're starting cold and dark on the ramp, Hit the Ground Crew Radio (\) then (F8) and then (F1) for rearm and refuel, which will pull up your stores screen with the ability to hook up whatever you'd like on your pylons or there's a drop-down menu with presets available.

    2. Skins can also be chosen from that rearm menu. But the critical thing to remember is that the engine will only find skins if the folder for the aircraft is properly named to a T. So Viggen skins have to be in a folder called "AJS-37" and nothing else will do. Some folders will have the skins pre-installed in a proper folder. Your path location os correct, naming the folder is always the hard part for me.
    Thanks for that information. I also noticed that you can bring up re-arming window with LAlt + ' when you are sitting on the tarmac. Many, many things are in the "Adjust Controls" window when you hit Escape. The important thing is to know the name of the thing you need to adjust.

    Is there nose wheel steering on the F-16? I can't find that in the controls.
    Jay
    USNR-Ret; Former Airline Migratory Worker; Builder, Owner, Operator RV-8 N817J
    Comp Spec - ASRock Steel Legend WiFi M/B, Ryzen 7 3700X, RX5700 (ASUS), 32GB RAM, M2 SSD for DCS, SATA SSD for P3Dv4

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    Here's another good one

    Patrick

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    Phantom - That last video is exactly what I'm talking about! This sim is so full of "stuff" I've barely scratched the surface with flying the aircraft. Good thing the MN winter is long, I have a lot of work to do!
    Jay
    USNR-Ret; Former Airline Migratory Worker; Builder, Owner, Operator RV-8 N817J
    Comp Spec - ASRock Steel Legend WiFi M/B, Ryzen 7 3700X, RX5700 (ASUS), 32GB RAM, M2 SSD for DCS, SATA SSD for P3Dv4

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvn817j View Post
    Thanks for that information. I also noticed that you can bring up re-arming window with LAlt + ' when you are sitting on the tarmac. Many, many things are in the "Adjust Controls" window when you hit Escape. The important thing is to know the name of the thing you need to adjust.

    Is there nose wheel steering on the F-16? I can't find that in the controls.
    The control should be on The Stick marked ​NWS

    Patrick

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    From 000rick000 - LALT+'

    This brings up the armament menu for fueling and arming or rearming with munitions. It can only be done on the ground with WoW. For some FC3 aircraft like the Eagle, your engines must be off and the Battery off as well. This is the same key command for every module. Not just Viper. This is also the place you can change your aircraft paint scheme from the drop down as long as the paint is part of the country you set the aircraft to in the mission editor matches the countries listed in the paints' description.lua file.
    Jay
    USNR-Ret; Former Airline Migratory Worker; Builder, Owner, Operator RV-8 N817J
    Comp Spec - ASRock Steel Legend WiFi M/B, Ryzen 7 3700X, RX5700 (ASUS), 32GB RAM, M2 SSD for DCS, SATA SSD for P3Dv4

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    RSHIFT+H = NVG ON/OFF for all aircraft.
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