Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Changing up the Pony

Slowly but surely, I am progressing up through the Mustang H in World of Warplanes. One of the biggest drawbacks to this aircraft, thus far, is the serious lack of punch from the stock guns. There have been many times where I believe the option of having the pilot slide back the canopy and throw confetti at passing enemy aircraft might do more damage. So, with that in mind, it's time for an upgrade, or two.

However, having the new parts and not installing them wouldn't make a whole lot of sense now, would it? It's a good thing I have a sizable nest egg built up to cover this expense, since I have been running a standard account for....a very long time now. With the airframe switched over and the new guns mounted, my hope there will be a very noticeable difference during future sorties.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Russian the Skies

After not playing War Thunder in a little while, I decided to check out the latest micro-update and take to the skies....

Bent Wing Widowmaker Flies Again

Taking a break from flying the Mustang H in World of Warplanes, a trip to the messy mid-tiers with an old, premium friend....

If you are old enough to remember, thanks for not allowing me to be alone with the memories. 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Loopty Loo

Hard to know which way to label this battle, annoying or frustrating. But when you and an enemy aircraft are aerial dancing and both are just waiting for that opportune moment to strike....that never comes....

Here is just one of those experiences from World of Warplanes.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Painted Pony

Not happy with my two previous custom skin results (kinda blah, really), I decided to draw some inspiration from a near-future, real world project I will be attempting....

Although my son wanted and got a model tank (PZKW VI Ausf.B "King Tiger" in 1:76 scale), I wanted a warplane and the Mustang was the only thing I considered "decent" from the selection at the time.

Despite the fact that we will be working on two distinctly different projects, as a parent, it is my hope that it will be done together, in each other's company. I might document my first build of a model aircraft in about thirty years. If anything, it might prove entertaining.

While I didn't match the colors exactly from the box, I went with a more "blue" variation of the British camouflage from the era. Besides, green camouflage in a blue sky?

Nevertheless, I am not enjoying much success with my new Mustang H. Part of the problem is the serious lack of upgrades and I am flying it like my "Elited" Mustang D (which wasn't too proper either). Here is a recent for yourself and leave a comment on what you saw.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Canadian Jets - RCAF Sky Lancers, Part 1

Part 1. Canadair Sabre MK.5 of the first RCAF Sky Lancers aerobatic team in 1955.

Based at Gros Tenquin, France, No.2 (Fighter) Wing formed the Sky Lancers. After only twenty exhibition flights, this group would be disbanded after just one season of demonstrations.

The first team was F/L Tony Hannas 421 Squadron AX23062, F/O BR Campbell 430 Squadron BH23310, F/O LM Eisler 421 Squadron AX23046, F/O GCE Theriault 430 Squadron BH23156 and F/O HL Graves 416 Squadron AS23226.

For further reading, check out this archived Globe and Mail article.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A dab of paint and flames

When it comes to being a graphic artist, let's be kind and say I have very rudimentary skills. I have created images through the resident Windows Paint program over the years, mostly copy, pasting and altering other pictures I have found. On occasion, I have even created original works of art, but the quality of those could be judged through the eyes of the beholder.

Nevertheless, I started my search for a decent skin for the P-51H in World of Warplanes some time ago, but never found one that really screamed "pick me." Instead, through a very technical means of exploring the game client files, exporting a template to Paint and then transferring over to another graphics program, I have created a non-historical look for my latest Mustang. I wanted a simple modern and close to gun metal look as I could create with my meager skills. I think I didn't do too badly on my first attempt.

If there is anyone out there who is interested in this skin and/or a "weathered aluminum" variant that I first created, let me know and I will upload them and post a link.

Having said all of that, here was my first battle of the day, wearing the new paint scheme and demonstrating a few things of what not to do in a battle....