Phase 7.1 Soon… and Then??..

Hello Chaps,

Well, P7.1 is nearing completion. Thanks to Kjetil, especially, for testing help. The new additions in this version are:

Caproni Ca 309 & 310, He 177A-5, Kingfisher, Seafires 15, 17 & 47, A-26B & -K, Yak-11, Ju 87A and the Helldiver. A few other intended aircraft could not be incoporated for technical reasons. Also, we have got a huge package of 60+ new ships, including new carriers, cargo and tankers, and all sorts. It’s really nice, this.

So, what is next after 7.1? I believe that this release will be the last of the major add-on type versions. In Phase 8 I would like to start to address a number of outstanding structural matters. Chief amongst these will be a revision to the weapon properties married to a complete over-haul of armour and Damage Model (DM) factors. It is early days indeed, but work so far shows MUCH promise. Further, I will completely re-create all of the Flight Model (FM) engine classes. It is true that after so many years working on them that I do have some new ideas and methods, so let’s incorporate these changes all together and not piecemeal. A.I. changes will continue to be introduced as we learn how to code them. The Motor class file (quite important) is also finally giving up some secrets, so expect to see improvements there.

One last major problem concerns that of scale. You may have noticed that objects are not always in correct scale compared to one another. This is intollerably stupid, and it affects armour (especially German armour– what a surprise…) greatly (indeed, to the point where we cannot attack tanks because they are too small to see). No longer. I have worked out how to scale all objects in the game, including aircraft. Therefore, everything will be measured and corrected to a master scale in the game, thus ensuring that they are comparatively correct. You will now be able to see (and attack) ground objects, as intended. Naval aircraft will now fit on their carriers properly. And so forth… the scale problem should be fixed.

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Any road, I’ll advise when Phase 7.1 is ready for release. Happy flying!

— VPB_x4btr

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