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  1. Yeah I've gone back and forth between lower weight and higher weight and even some crazy alterations to the model and it's just not working right. I'm sure I am missing something but not sure what.
  2. So how many of us liked the original Black Hornet Nano UAV mod that was entered into the Make Arma Not War contest? I know I was one for sure and I have used it many times building missions or playing single player stuff over the last few years but always end up removing the mod from my missions because of the following things I wanted to see done a little differently. TO DO LIST Be an inventory item IF at all possible; not have to be a part of the UAV backpack. FLIR, NV and DTV views decided to stick with changing views as normal as it would have been a true pain in the butt creating something entirely new for this little bugger. Fast recharge rate; or automatic recharge to simulate replacement of the battery pack. realistic flight time and distance. Easy to interact with and use the vanilla UAV controller. Ability to adjust the colors of the drone in the Editor for usage in various terrains. (Most likely not going to be a priority at all. So going to scrap this portion entirely.) Finally the most important is to update the model of the drone to be similar to the current V3 version that FLIR offers to military and law enforcement groups around the world. So a few weeks ago I reached out to the maker of the original mod. He gave me permission to modify, tweak and otherwise update the mod as necessary. Thanks to him for allowing us to do these things. We hope we can pull off the things we want to do but without the support that he gave us by giving the source files and his permission we would not be as far ahead as we are now. So as of today I can report that we have pushed into the realm of approaching a first release for limited testing. The plan all along has been to update the drone to use some commands to make it an inventory item, recharge automatically, use the vanilla UAV controller and have the realistic flight time and distance. I was able to enlist the help of @toxicsludge to make a terrific 3D and it has turned out to be AWESOME. We are now on the right track testing wise and have identified a few areas of note that are going to be improved upon as soon as possible. As soon as we can it will be released on the Steam Workshop for all to mess around with and have fun. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16 August 2018: WIP 3D images ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Update 19 August 2018: Got the completed model and it looks AMAZING. The level of detail he put into it is off the charts good for the size that it will end up being. Our team is excited to get this sucker completed and out the door to you guys to play with. Finished model views: EARLY INTERNAL TEST RESULTS ARE IN: How to use the drone: There is no image yet for the drone so it will be a blank spot under miscellaneous items in the editor and you can control it with the vanilla UAV console in game. Use ACE self interaction to place the drone on the ground; then use the UAV console to locate the drone and you can give it waypoints and control that way. Otherwise you will not be able to find the thing in game if you don't use ACE self interact. Couple of known bugs: Weight seems to be causing a problem with flight; it might be way to light since Arma doesn't like objects that are super light. Speed is way off and probably tied to the weight of the item. Should be right at 6m/s (~21kmh) as the max speed but I had it up over 25m/s (~90kmh) yesterday in internal testing. Ability to have autonomous flight is most likely tied to weight and therefore not functioning properly as well since it seems that wind speed affects it. Update 13 March 2019 Name change of the mod. The Black Hornet PRS is the primary focus; just want to add in a couple of other items that will be extremely helpful for the future as well. Working to get an optic in here and available for use. Working on artwork for a change in the UI for the UAV controller screen. Might be able to have a customized version that looks very similar to real life PRS controller.
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    Loadout Script

    Good job there @Alleged Accomplice I haven't thought of doing it that way but I have seen it done before and it works nicely. I put my loadout script in the spoiler below. I create a loadout folder and place the following into a text file then rename it to the name of the slot (example is as follows: SEAL_TeamLead.sqf) and then I place the following into the init line of the players character in the editor. Example: ([this,"SEAL_TeamLead"] execVM "loadouts\SEAL_Teamlead.sqf";) and it runs when the person loads into that slot.
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    Loadout Script

    You have to clear out the loadout before you start adding items to it; otherwise you will end up with vanilla loadouts or whatever loads your base player model faction is from.
  5. @hoods0311 the OP on this was from March of 2015 and he hasn't been on the forums here since July of 2015....probably not working on these anymore would be my guess.
  6. Nichols

    ARMA 3 Addon Request Thread

    Probably a custom mod pack for that unit; wherever you saw them is my guess.
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    ARMA 3 Addon Request Thread

    Sure do wish someone more talented than I am could put this sucker into the game as well. http://www.military-today.com/artillery/hawkeye.htm
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    NIArms Release Thread

    I went back through it recently and found the culprit. Some assclown put the compat file into their "unit mod" and it screwed up everything. Basically created all sorts of issues with other mods and problems that took way too much time to sort out.
  9. Sure do wish I knew how that private mod stuff works on Steam; it would be nice to know when someone uploads one of your mods like that.
  10. Not at this time....undergoing a major renovation to hopefully fix a few issues that popped up on initial release. It will be done when its done.
  11. I hate to dig up ancient posts but thought that it would be relevant since some clowns have decided to claim this one as their own and not give credit to @-APS-Gnat . They have verbatim copied his Armaholic post for the "features" of their "privately" developed mod. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2117129905
  12. Does anyone have access to the Arma 2: OA files and if so can you help by locating the configs for this vehicle? https://community.bistudio.com/wiki/File:Arma2_pmc_ka137.jpg If so I would greatly appreciate your help.
  13. Several weeks ago I pulled it into a hidden page visible only to admin/developers due to doing a major rework on my end. It wasn't ready and with all the changes I am working through on it I felt it was necessary for the short term.
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    NIArms Release Thread

    I'd be glad to share RPT but I don't have any SMA compatibility mods loaded either and now after this popped up yesterday I don't even have them installed on my computer.
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    NIArms Release Thread

    @toadie2k Running across a weird issue...well sort of an issue. I just fired up the editor again today for the first time in a while and I have SMA weapons mod downloaded BUT NOT LOADING INTO THE EDITOR. However I do have NIArms Complete loaded and all of the NIArms weapons and attachments are showing up with the SMA icon beside them in the editor instead of the NIArms icon. This was tossing me for a loop when looking for weapons in the character loadout screens. Any idea why this might be happening?
  16. Nichols

    ADV - ACE CPR

    Thanks for all the hard work that went into this mod @Belbo you did an outstanding job with it.
  17. Nichols

    Masked Civilians

    Either name was/is perfectly fine. If you had continued with the Covid naming convention it would be just a reflection of the current times and honestly it would be something that people can utilize in a familiar way. I appreciate the fact that you renamed it and am glad that you reposted the mod to the workshop.
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    Masked Civilians

    The voice of one person does not speak for the community at large. Please don't do anything that would remove your work from any platforms because of that single whiner.
  19. I am not speaking on behalf of Bohemia Interactive at all and I might just incur the wrath of Khan; but I have thought about this for a while and wanted to get it off my plate. Now with that said everyone knows hosting a server in Arma 3 is partly inexact science at best merged witchcraft and sorcery. We all know that what works for some communities doesn't work for others and everyone has their own flavor of the month/day/week/year....just pick one and you might have to cobble together something that works great 25% of the time; good enough for government work 50% of the time and creates nightmares for your community owners/tech guys 25% of the time. Whether it's mod incompatibility, scripts not working right or just plain lack of documentation for anything at all. In my current break from Arma 3 I have been playing around with DCS and iRacing sims. DCS has it's own set of issues when configuring a server but they aren't super difficult to overcome. However; iRacing has a novel idea that I think is absolutely amazing. You pay iRacing $13 a month to be able to access their hosted servers and race against people from all over the world in different events. The cost of hosting your own race is $0.50/hour...that is 50 CENTS AN HOUR for up to 13 drivers but it doesn't cost the drivers a penny to join the server. So in essence if you wanted to host a Formula 1 or NASCAR race that in real life takes 4 hours to run and on iRacing it takes that long as well that race only costs you $2. What if we could get BI to host servers for us with up to 64 players and the ability to add in a whitelisted modpack and the cost for the 2-4 hour hosted session was <$10? I could then understand having to pay some host like the ones out there for dedicated hardware Arma 3 server boxes the big bucks for your own 24/7 server but honestly how many communities are using their server 24/7? I have been a part of a few communities and know how much it costs to run a community from an owner and staff member perspective and the constant issues with trying to keep the servers running and missions hosted; along with not having your community members playing all the time. It is a pain in the butt.
  20. Been there and done that and have ZERO desire to ever spend that much money on server rentals again. In my experience most of the gaming server providers here in the US aren't doing anything different than the the next one and in fact it seems like the vast majority of them aren't hosting their own hardware but they are renting from the big data center players in the online world.
  21. OK after talking with a few guys and getting some ideas this weekend I have an update to share. Thanks for the ideas @vurtual and @Crielaard First off I haven't pushed an update yet. Secondly I am testing out a change in the config that pushes the weight of the item up drastically. It might be that I made it too light for it's flight characteristics. If these tests are successful in the tweaking I am doing then I will not be pursuing the changes to the rotor disk size. However it might be a combination of size of rotor disk and the weight of the vehicle that make the most sense but I will not know until I have it checked out thoroughly in my testing. Once I have it in a somewhat passable stance I will let you all know. I am off most of this week and will spend more time working on it as I can.
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    Mexican Armed Forces Mod

    @Ros_ here is one I did for a mission I was working on for a unit I am part of; its not quite complete and uses vanilla assets so its much easier to work with. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1838857280
  23. @drebin052 thanks for the heads up I hadn't thought about putting those empty boxes on the outside like that.
  24. Yes the steam version has been updated as well.
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