New updates on FC1’s Camel, Tank Crew’s new buildings

With patch 3.006 released on Wednesday, I wasn’t sure if we’d see an update this week from 1CGS but they have been plenty busy and they have a lot to show off to us. This week we’ve got new info on Bodenplatte’s new US pilot model, Flying Circus’ Sopwith Camel, and Tank Crew’s new high detail buildings.

Get ready for the Camel

Up there in the ranks of most iconic aircraft of all time, the Sopwith Camel is certainly one of the legends of aviation and I’m overjoyed to see it arriving in Flying Circus Vol 1. It’s widely expected that it, and the Pfalz D.IIIa, will be available in a patch coming in the next month to two months.

The work on the updated 3D model for Camel will be finished soon and here are its first pics in the game engine. Since it was one of the iconic aircraft of the first air war, this is important for us.

With revised geometry and new 4K skin textures, the Camel is looking great. Have a look!

New high detail buildings

Tank Crew’s Belgorod centered map will feature select villages that will have new higher detail buildings than is typical for IL-2 towns and cities. Although most buildings in IL-2 look decent at ground level, they aren’t quite up to the level required for a tank sim and so the developers have struck a compromise.

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The detail on this building is impressive, look at how good the window frames and the depth behind the windows look.

In towns and villages near the frontlines where most of Tank Crew’s action will take place, these buildings will appear and will come with partially destroyable features. They likely won’t be as good as DICE’s Battlefield 1 or Battlefield V but they will no doubt feature into the more urban types of combat the may be seen for parts of the Kursk battle.

New US pilot model

Completing the trifecta of news and information for the IL-2: Great Battles Series, we have news on IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte as well. The new US pilot model is underway and looking better than any other pilot model we’ve seen before.

This new model, just like the two pilot models made for Flying Circus, has been made at the new level of detail allowing for the even more realistic look – its textures and materials are four times more detailed than older models.

That’s pretty impressive news and it makes me hope that the developers will later consider going back and revising the German and Russian pilot models too. I have no doubt that 1CGS will do that eventually.

The second image is interesting of course because it also shows off the pilot’s oxygen mask. At present, there is no masks used and no animation to support it but it looks like Jason Williams and the 1CGS team have been able to devote some resources to adding that little feature – it’s all part of 1CGS working on the polish of the product and really making sure even the little details are looking good.

Some will say that this should have been in years ago but as we know, they are a small team and it takes time to get these details done right. And I know most of us want them done right.

I’m excited to see what else Bodenplatte, Flying Circus and Tank Crew have to offer.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. TJR says:

    Does that pilot model also have G-pants? US bias revealed!

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  2. Nil says:

    I am very impressed by the buildings. Tank crew needs all the attention to be a credible tank sim. I bought Tank crew to support the team. I am curious about what thy will implement in the future.

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  3. Novice-Flyer says:

    Regarding the oxygen masks. They were in IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 at the initial release back 2006. I believe that oxygen masks (especially for the bombers) should have been added in BOM, BOK development, or BOK final release. A lot of great things were added/improved upon in BOM and BOK, but could a few of these been delayed for a few months and then released? On the other hand it’s just great that they are now being added after all these years, and if one bought the game sometime after oxygen masks were added, they probably would have no idea that it took 4 years. There are also some other things in IL-2 1946 that were there before BOS was announced that haven’t been added yet. One thing I see on the picture of the pilot is a life vest. I hope that this means that they’ll float in the water after parachuting in, instead of sinking like stones and dying.

    P.S. I got the game in January 2017, so I’m not aware what exactly was added/improved upon for BOM. I have been playing IL-2 since 2004 with FB and PF, then 1946 in 2007.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      There’s a a lot of could have/should have but when listening to Jason’s Q&A sessions you find out a little more about how tough things were for the team.

      For example, the fellow who originally created the pilot models, the skeletal structure, etc. left the company and they didn’t have the sales to hire another specialist in that area. So they soldiered on and worked on the stuff they could work on.

      When it comes down to it, everyone has one or two features that it seems impossible for the team not to have focused on but then everyone has different priorities and non of the actual constraints of the team itself.

      I’m going to defer to them on issues that have been long standing but difficult seemingly to resolve. More positively though, it seems that they now have someone who can do people momodel work again and that they are doing some really good work not just for Bodenplatte and Flying Circus as we’ve seen but likely also for Tank Crew and probably retroactively to the other sims too.

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  4. Novice-Flyer says:

    Thank you ShamrockOneFive. You teach many people things that they might not know with your blog. I’m very glad that you created this blog!

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