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  1. Stag

    Challenger tank

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (The Sharpshooter @ Jan. 30 2003,04:35)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Download Challenger tank By MARKMO at cazadoresdemonte.com.ar. Model and cpp by MARKMO textures are from addon Maf-M1A1. Version 1.0, next version is going to have Smoke Bombs and more. Contact MARKMO at MARKMO@terra.es Screen: http://www.cazadoresdemonte.com.ar/noticias/6/CHALLENGER-1.jpg Post your comments.<span id='postcolor'> The Machine gun at the commander's hatch should be a GPMG, it wouldn't have a stock. The colours are wrong; there is no brown in the standard British Camouflage pattern. The turret is shaped differently; on the left flank just a flat plate more or less, on the other side, if you check the above image you'll see there's an element of the sighting system which isn't represented at all, located in a large niche top front right of the turret. The hull front looks wrong, but I can't place my finger on why. The armour should be on a par with the Abrams (It was actually tougher than the armour of the original M1), but it should be slower. When the tank was being designed, the rheinmetall 120 was considered for the main armament, but the Army went for the L11 instead, so I guess that in terms of penetration, the L11 would be more or less equal too. It will be nice to have an accurate British tank in the game
  2. More likely, they gave us what they could afford to spend in time and money. When you have to keep costs down, good is good enough. Hobbyists can afford to add whistles and bells because they're just doing it for fun. Nice vid BTW JB.
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    New btr-70

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Wonder @ Jan. 26 2003,23:02)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"></span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (CrunchyFrog @ Jan. 27 2003,20:18)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"> Damn its ugly... And, all those useless animations, remove them... Was that camo pattern used in '85? Previous version was way better in my opinion<span id='postcolor'> Were Apaches, (?)<span id='postcolor'> Actually, Yes, they were.
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    My god, the man's a mindreader! Bloody good job! @ smogmorph Er, yeah, I see what you mean.
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    Rah-66 comanche released

    Wow. This has really moved the goalposts. It does things I wasn't even sure were possible with the OFP engine. I have one suggestion from myself; the model's rotor hub counter-rotates (Very neat effect), but it looks a little odd because there's no speed blur on the hub. If you could add a bit, and perhaps slow it down a bit if possible, that should improve the look. In the above posts, somebody mentioned that the 20mm cannon was shredding MBTs. If I'm not mistaken, that 3 barrelled rotary cannon is the same weapon as the one used on the standard AH1.
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    New f14

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Koolkid101 @ Jan. 15 2003,02:13)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Man i hope their f-14's explode!<span id='postcolor'> Unlikely. Probably all in the boneyard by now.
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    New f14

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (pzvg @ Jan. 15 2003,02:13)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Can you say l33t b0b?<span id='postcolor'> Well, now you mention it, no.
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    New f14

    They didn't. they sold some to Iran while it was still under the Shah.
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    Fremantle class patrol boat + crew

    Yes and no. There's no doubt that's a beautiful model, but compared to the existing Soviet ships she's undergunned. I think the bofors is just a little too weak, but conversely, the Miraj and the Pauk are both 'way overarmoured. When I command, I can tell the gunner to engage and he does, but if there's more than one freemantle under your command, the others don't seem to fire. But By God, she's a beautiful ship!
  10. Explain THAT one to your insurance company!
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    Choppers for marines?

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Vixer @ Jan. 09 2003,20:53)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"></span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Wardog @ Jan. 10 2003,17:28)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"></span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Jamesia @ Jan. 09 2003,19:41)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">i thought hueys were still used today....<span id='postcolor'> They are. USMC uses Huey-Ns; a twin engined version.<span id='postcolor'> they use also Y's<span id='postcolor'> True. but no model of any quality exists for a Y.
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    Choppers for marines?

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Jamesia @ Jan. 09 2003,19:41)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">i thought hueys were still used today....<span id='postcolor'> They are. USMC uses Huey-Ns; a twin engined version. There is a "N" in the OGWC pack, but it's... unfinished.
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    What would happen if you went to the next size up? Not to make the islands that big, but to get "sea room" for full naval engagements/amphibious operations?
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    Damn, this is GOOD! For future development, if the landmass was made just a wee bit smaller, it would give plenty of maneouvering room for coastal attack craft...
  15. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A friend of mine was a Cobra pilot in Vietnam and sent me this. He is part of a network of Army pilots and ex-pilots who pass this sort of stuff around. ************************************* Thought you might enjoy reading this account of "Blackhawk Down". The author was one of the Blackhawk pilots depicted in the movie. > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- > ----------------------------- > During the last few days many pilots have come up to me and asked me if I had seen the movie "Blackhawk Down." I don't mind talking about the movie, and I welcome the opportunity to talk about the heroism and valor of my friends. I just wanted to post some comments here about the movie and my impressions. Also I wanted to try to answer some frequently asked questions. First of all, I and many of my friends that also flew on the mission thought that the movie was excellent! It is technically accurate and it is dramatically correct. In other words, the equipment, lingo and dialogue are all right on. By dramatically correct, I mean that it very effectively captured the emotions and tension that we all felt during the mission. It did this without being a cartoon, (like TOP GUN) or being over the top, (like FIREBIRDS). It's true that the screenwriters had to consolidate two or three people into one, but this was necessary because otherwise there would have been too many principal characters to keep track of. Also in the actual mission we had nearly 20 aircraft in the air that day. In the movie they had 4 Blackhawks and 4 "Little Birds". The unit could not afford to commit the actual number to the filming of the movie. However, through the magic of the cinema, they were able to give the impression of the real number. Our force mixture was as follows: Super 61 - Lead Blackhawk Star 41-44 Little Bird Assault Super 62 - Trail Blackhawk These aircraft made up the assault force. Their mission was to go into the buildings and capture the individuals who were the target of the day. Super 61 was shotdown, killing both pilots. (They were CW4 Cliff Wolcott and CW3 Donovan Briley. The three of us shared a room at the airfield.) Star 41 landed at the crashsite and the pilot CW4 Keith Jones ran over and dragged two survivors to his aircraft and took off for the hospital. Keith re-enacted his actions in the movie. Super 62 was the Blackhawk that put in the two Delta snipers, Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart and Master Sergeant Gary Gordon. They were inserted at crashsite #2. Shortly after Gary and Randy were put in Super 62 was struck in the fuselage by an antitank rocket. The whole right side of the aircraft was opened up and the sniper manning the right door gun had his leg blown off. The aircraft was able to make it out of the battle area to the port area where they made a controlled crash landing. (This is not depicted in the movie.) Next was the Ranger Blocking Force. This consisted of 4 Blackhawks: Super 64 (CW3 Mike Durant, CW4 Ray Frank) Super 65 (Me, Cpt Richard Williams) Super 66 (CW3 Stan Wood, CW4 Gary Fuller) Super 67 (CW3 Jeff Niklaus, CW2 Sam Shamp) The mission of the blocking force was to be inserted at the four corners of the objective building and to prevent any Somali reinforcements from getting through. In the movie there is a brief overhead shot of the assault. My aircraft is depicted in the lower left hand corner of the screen. This is the only part of the film where I come close to being mentioned. As the assault is completed, you hear the Blackhawks calling out of the objective area. When you hear, "...Super 65 is out, going to holding..." that's my big movie moment. There is also a quick shot of an RPG being shot at a hovering Blackhawk. I did have one maybe two fired at me, but I did not see them or the gunner. I only heard the explosions. We were not able to return fire, although some of the other aircraft did. Make no mistake. I am fully aware of my role in this mission. My job was the same as the landing boat drivers in "Saving Private Ryan." Get the troops in the right place in one piece. I am very proud of the fact that my crew and I were able to do that. After having done this in Grenada, Panama and Somalia, I can identify with the bombardiers of World War Two. You have to ignore all of the chaos that is going on around and completely concentrate on the tasks at hand. That is holding the aircraft as steady as possible so the Rangers can slide down the ropes as quickly and safely as possible. Okay, Okay, enough about me. Super 64 was shot down also with an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade). They tried to make it back to the airfield, but their tail rotor gave way about a mile out of the objective area. They went down in the worst part of bad guy territory. The dialogue for the movie appears to have been taken from the mission tapes as it is exactly as I remember it. (This was the hardest part of the movie for me to watch). The actions on the ground are as described by Mike Durant, as he was the only one from the crew to survive the crash and the gun battle. It was here the Gary and Randy won their Posthumous Medals of Honor. Super 66 was called in at about 2000 hours to resupply the Rangers at the objective area. Some of the Rangers were completely out of ammunition and were fighting hand to hand with the Somali militia men. (Also not depicted in the movie). Stan and Gary brought their aircraft in so that they were hovering over the top of the Olympic Hotel with the cargo doors hanging out over the front door. In this way they were able to drop the ammo, water and medical supplies to the men inside. Stan's left gunner fired 1600 rounds of minigun ammo in 30 seconds. He probably killed between 8 to 12 Somali militia men. As Stan pulled out of the objective area, he headed to the airfield because his right gunner had been wounded, as had the two Rangers in the back who were throwing out the supplies. Once he landed, he discovered that he'd been hit by about 40-50 rounds and his transmission leaking oil like a sieve. Super 66 was done for the night. The final group of aircraft were the 4 MH6 gunships, and the command and control Blackhawk and the Search and Rescue 'Hawk'. They were: Barber 51-54 MH6's Super 63 C&C Super 68 SAR In the movie, the gunships are shown making only one attack. In fact, they were constantly engaged all night long. Each aircraft reloaded six times. It is estimated that they fired between 70 and 80,000 rounds of minigun ammo and fired a total 90 to 100 aerial rockets. They were the only thing that kept the Somalis from overrunning the objective area. All eight gunship pilots were awarded the Silver Star. Every one of them deserved it! Next is Super 68. The actions of this crew were very accurately portrayed. The only difference was that they were actually hit in the rotor blades by an RPG. This blew a semicircle out of the main rotor spar, but the blade held together long enough for them to finish putting in the medics and Rangers at the first crashsite. It was then that they headed to the airfield. What they did not know, was that their main transmission and engine oil cooler had been destroyed by the blast. As they headed to the airfield all 7 gallons of oil from the main rotor gearbox, and all 7 quarts from each engine was pouring out. They got the aircraft on the ground just as all oil pressures went to zero. They then shutdown, ran to the spare aircraft and took off to rejoin the battle. They were in the air just in time to affect the MEDEVAC of Super 62, which had landed at the seaport. The pilots of this aircraft were CW3 Dan Jollota, and MAJ Herb Rodriguez. Both men were later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Major Rodriguez is retired from the Army now and he teaches middle school with my wife in Clarksville, Tennessee. Finally there is the Command and Controll Blackhawk, Super 63. In the back of this aircraft was my battalion commander, LTC Matthews, and the overall ground commander, LTC Harrell. In the movie, there is a scene where the men on the ground were begging for MEDEVAC. By this point in the battle we had 5 Blackhawks out of action, either shot down or shot up so much they couldn't fly anymore. Of the two assault force and four blocking force 'hawks', only myself and Super 67 were left. I fully expected LTC Harrell to send us in to try to get those men out. I jacked a round into the chamber of my pistol and my M16. I knew that the only way to do was to hover with one wheel balanced on the roof of the building. Then the Rangers would be able to throw the wounded in. I knew that we were going to take a lot of fire and I was trying to mentally prepare myself to do this while the aircraft was getting hit. My friends had all gone in and taken their licks and now I figured it was our turn. (Peer pressure is such a powerful tool if used properly.) Quite frankly, I really thought that we were at best going to get shot down, at worst I figured we were going to be killed. The way I saw it we had already lost 5 aircraft, what was 2 more? I had accepted this because at least when this was all over General Garrison would be able to tell the families that we had tried everything to get their sons, fathers or husbands out. We were even willing to send in our last two helicopters. Fortunately for me LTC Harrell realized that the time for helicopters had passed. The decision was made to get the tanks and armored personnel carriers to punch through to the objective area. Once again, the dialogue in the movie is verbatim. What you don't hear is me breathing a sigh of relief! I remembered thinking that maybe I was going to see the sunrise after all. I guess I got a little carried away. I really didn't mean to write this much. People ask me if this movie has given me 'flashbacks'. I don't think you can call them flashbacks if that day has never been out of my mind. I hope that when you do see the movie it will fill you with pride and awe for the Rangers that fought their hearts out that day. Believe me, they are made of the same stuff as those kids at Normandy Beach. When 1LT Tom DiTomasso, the Ranger platoon leader on my aircraft, told me that we did a fantastic job, I couldn't imagine ever receiving higher praise than that. I love my wife and children, but the greatest thing I've ever done is to be a Nightstalker Pilot with Task Force Ranger on 3-4 Oct 1993. Thank you for reading this. I look forward to answering any and all questions anyone may have about the movie or the actual battle. I just thought that this might fill in some of the blanks. Thank you again. Capt. Gerry Izzo(Super65) "NSDQ" Nightstalkers Don't Quit
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    Irag addons?

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Vixer @ Dec. 31 2002,04:14)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">I did sone work on a Iraq T72, there will be some other armor vehicles made also by me ill list them soon. <span id='postcolor'> Umm. muzzle stuck in the ground... Post Daisy Cutter scenery then?
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    Irag addons?

    Check the vehicles section here.
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    Russian btr70

    Perhaps a daft question; is it possible to have them riding on top with setbehaviour"careless"
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    Russian btr70

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Assault (CAN) @ Dec. 25 2002,12:55)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">How do you know it wasn't an AT mine or regular explosive? Proof? I consider placed charges and purpose built mines to both be mines anyway. Tyler<span id='postcolor'> The explosion was far too big to be either a single mine or even any believeable stack of them. if it was done by guerillas, they wouldn't be into wasting a lot, when one would do the job. Using multiple mines is something that is done by an army that has plenty. More likely to be a lot of cheap, maybe even home made explosive. As for your second comment; I suppose that could be true of any explosive charge. But what I mean when I say mine is an efficent pre-packaged device for inflicting damage on either men or materiel.
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    Russian btr70

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Gollum1 @ Dec. 24 2002,23:36)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"></span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Wardog @ Dec. 25 2002,11:39)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">BTW, I've also seen that video. If that was just a mine, I'll eat hay with a donkey!<span id='postcolor'> Roger that. Maybe it was a VERY HIGHLY modified one?<span id='postcolor'> More likely that they couldn't find enough sand to bury it, so filled the hole around it with about 200kg of semtex?
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    Russian btr70

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Gollum1 @ Dec. 24 2002,13:18)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">I know, I´ve seen that BTR (80?) video too, but what if they´re driving into combat, and they KNOW about it? You should be able to choose...<span id='postcolor'> Nice point. As I understood it, they rode outside while in transit. There would be situations when you would ride buttoned up, but when you got to an actual battle, the infantry would dismount anyway, from inside or on top. BTW, I've also seen that video. If that was just a mine, I'll eat hay with a donkey!
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    Russian btr70

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (AKM74 @ Dec. 24 2002,04:32)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE"></span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">-Soldiers PREFER sitting on the roof, the second guy who gets in cargo sits on the roof even tough there´s plenty of safe, armored space inside. Are they suicidal? <span id='postcolor'> They not sitting on top because it’s “cool†but because it little safer then inside. It comes with experience. Many UN troops in Bosnia and Kosovo copy this Russian practice now.  Unfortunately this didn’t make sense with OFP game engine.<span id='postcolor'> Actually, the draft would make it a lot cooler than inside... I'll shut up.
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    Russian btr70

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Gollum1 @ Dec. 23 2002,21:48)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">-Soldiers PREFER sitting on the roof, the second guy who gets in cargo sits on the roof even tough there´s plenty of safe, armored space inside. Are they suicidal? Edit: I can see the advantages of having soldiers sitting on the roof before sitting inside, if you want to have it look cool...maybe you could release 2 versions in one pack, one where they sit on it and the other inside. Just a suggestion...<span id='postcolor'> Try this: 1. Take sardine tin, and place it immediately behind a diesel-engined car. Start the engine. 2. Find 7-8 volunteers. 3. Equip all with an adequate amount of camping/hiking gear. 4. Since military weapons are not always available, visit your local DIY superstore ant tell everyone to take the biggest power tools and complete accessory range they can find, then get into the sardine tin. Deoderant is not allowed. 5. Once all are inside, wait 40 minutes, then fart. It actually has a more practical reason too, as the US found out in Vietnam. The biggest killer while in transit wasn't snipers, it was mines. anyone inside an apc when an AT mine went off was dead. they rode on the roof to give themselves an extra layer of armour between them and the mines.
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    Agreed about the LODs being missing, at least on the SA13 version, but I've had no CTD problems. Turning out to be a real red christmas.
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    Something for tomorrow...

    Wow, you've been busy. That fills quite a gap in the Soviet inventory.