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Drew Ames
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posted 12-11-2000 01:29 PM     Profile for Drew Ames   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
All,

I'm in Zeke and I'm fighting against an F4F. But before I get into the story, I have a confession. I'm an adequate pilot, but not a great one. I can avoid the really dumb mistakes like getting caught low and slow and then stalling out while trying to make one more turn. In fact, I've gotten pretty good at maintaining energy and engaging/disengaging on my own terms (against AI). Now I'm focusing on learning how to set up better angles on my attacks and how not to overfly my target in such a way that I end up right in front of his guns.

It was on this last point that I did so well against my Wildcat adversary. The merge happened quickly because the F4F was heading from my 11 o'clock to my 5 o'clock. Being in a Zero, it was pretty easy for me to swap ends and begin a lag turn. My goal with the turn was to put myself directly behind the Wildcat's six for a no deflection shot, but just as I was pulling into position, he rolled to his left and split-Sed. Since I was already banking right, I rolled in that direction, throttled back, and followed the 'cat.

It was perfect! I was on the 'cat's tail and there was no way he could shake me. Because my plane was lighter and more maneuverable than his, I was able to make my split-S shallower than his. I think if he had tried to run away, he might have lost me, but he came back up--right into my sights. A short burst, some hits, and I saw pieces of his plane fly off.

He continued his upward zoom into a loop with me right on his tail, and that was when the coolest thing happened to me. My only reference was his wings. I couldn't see the ground and I was too focused on his plane to look at my instruments. So, for two beautiful seconds, it was just him and me, flying in perfect formation, in three dimensions, with me pulling a bit of lead and walking the tracers into him. I added power when I needed to, but never overshot the Wildcat. His tail came off just as the horizon smoothly slid into view.

-Drew


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UPS
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posted 12-11-2000 01:33 PM     Profile for UPS   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
ARGHHH!!!
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Drew Ames
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posted 12-11-2000 02:05 PM     Profile for Drew Ames   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Um...yeah...UPS, that wasn't you in the Wildcat was it?

*Just kidding*

-Drew


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posted 12-11-2000 03:02 PM     Profile for AntEater   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
(bowing respectfully to the master of air combat)
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posted 12-11-2000 05:22 PM     Profile for Vancouver     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
UPS,
Calm down. We all know that we're not really "flying" these things. It's just part of the role-playing aspect.


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UPS
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posted 12-11-2000 06:27 PM     Profile for UPS   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Yeah, you’re right Vancouver. I'm sorry. It's just that when I read the first few lines of Drew's story I got very upset.

I apologize. I acted very immature there.

Sorry again. Sorry Drew.


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Casey
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posted 12-11-2000 08:44 PM     Profile for Casey   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
That's what it's all about- moments like that.

Enjoy!

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To the Union: Next to Our Liberty, Most Dear!


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Drew Ames
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posted 12-11-2000 11:35 PM     Profile for Drew Ames   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Well, the thread's title was designed to stir things up. :-)

I guess my basic point was that there are times when this game is just so sublime. A second here or there when I forget that I'm at a computer and everything just seems to click into place. Although those moments are few and far between, they are certainly worth the price of admission. :-)

-Drew

[This message has been edited by Drew Ames (edited 12-11-2000).]


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Der Jager
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posted 12-12-2000 03:24 AM     Profile for Der Jager   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
S!

I had a similar experience a few days ago. I was in a quick combat, flying a Wildcat against Zero A6m2s. I was in a head-on pass with a Zero, he fired, I fired. I kicked right rudder to avoid his fire, maintaining my fire at the same time. I was delighted to see multiple strikes on his right wing see sawing across to his left wing!

Then just before the Zero broke to my left he burst into flame and his left wing popped off! !!

Just for a second the Zeros wing completely covered my windscreen, I wish I could have reacted quickly enough to get a screen shot!
This engagement lasted perhaps 10 seconds at the most, but what a rush! !!

This was one of the few times I was LUCKY enough to get a "kill" in a head-on pass! Now IF ONLY there were some way to add a gun camera feature to this game to play back such moments!
Horrido!


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Ming_123UK
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posted 12-12-2000 04:08 AM     Profile for Ming_123UK   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
>I kicked right rudder to avoid his fire, maintaining my fire at the same time. I was delighted to see multiple strikes on his right wing see sawing across to his left wing! <

Yep - gently deflecting the rudder from side to side and watching the nose slide gently back and forth as the strikes kick up the white smoke across the fuselage is something that I haven't seen elsewhere - hugely immersive.

Ming out.


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dwitt
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posted 12-13-2000 08:28 AM     Profile for dwitt   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
S! Drew! I am just starting to get into this sim. Last night I had a similar experience when in a campaign I got on the tail of a zero in my wildcat and flamed him. Crash To Desktop. NOT FAIR! Call that an unconfirmed. Restarted and in the next mission got 4 zeros. Love hitting them in the wing, watching it flame, and watching them go by as I fly past and they head down to the water. Best damage graphics I've seen in a sim I think.
Yes this is what these games are for. For that brief instant, we are all gods of combat, kings of the sky.

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bisher
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posted 12-14-2000 02:02 PM     Profile for bisher   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
wow, thats some good reading.

i had not been to this forum, nor have i played the game, for some time, as i am so ticked at ms(though i do like this sim).

after reading this thread i got back into the cockpit again, and was reminded how fun it is.

bish


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bisher
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posted 12-14-2000 02:03 PM     Profile for bisher   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
wow, thats some good reading.

i had not been to this forum, nor have i played the game, for some time, as i am so ticked at ms(though i do like this sim).

after reading this thread i got back into the cockpit again, and was reminded how fun it is.

bish


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bisher
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posted 12-14-2000 04:33 PM     Profile for bisher   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
one more time.............never mind
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posted 12-15-2000 02:41 PM     Profile for Wild 1     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
You gotta love the Zero. If you treat it right, it will love you too and reward you with lotsa kills.It's manouvering makes up for the laughable armament. You just can't hang on to the enemy's tail like that in a Wildcat/Hellcat/Corsair/Lightning.
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