Hell Hawks Over the Bulge IL-2 campaign review

The lesser known stories of WWII have always interested me. The exploits of fighter groups in the 8th Air Force dominate the history books and the role of the P-47 in keeping the Luftwaffe at bay is a well covered subject. Less well known is the role of the 9th Air Force whose efforts to…

July was Thunderbolt month!

I said it at the start of the month that July was going to be Thunderbolt month and this month has definitely delivered. Here’s a fun recap of content that has come out or has been highlighted this month that feature the P-47 Thunderbolt from WWII! A striking fighter One of World War II’s most…

Thunderbolt Ascendant? IL-2: Battle of Normandy P-47D-22 review

Thunderbolt month continues with my review of the first aircraft out of the gate for IL-2: Battle of Normandy. The P-47D-22 Thujnderbolt is a ‘Razorback’ variant of the Thunderbolt and is a type that is rarely portrayed in flight sims, movies and video games. Yet, these earlier model P-47’s were the critical type to fight…

Flying the P-47D-28 for July 4th!

I thought it’d be only fitting that I fly a famous American fighter for the July 4th Independence Day celebration currently going on in the United States. Here’s a short story of hunting some Me262s in the P-47D-28! High speed, low drag I have a lot of appreciation for the clean yet rugged lines of…

IL-2 patch 3.010 is out!

Fire up your auto-updater because IL-2 patch 3.010 is out and 1CGS have packed some new features and some tweaks into this one that I think you’re going to want to read about. Patch highlights There are several key updates in 3.010 that add to the continued work that 1CGS is doing to improve the…

First video round-up of 2019

There are so many talented video creators out there producing great gameplay and cinematic videos for DCS, IL-2 and other series that I like to round up some of the best that I’ve seen over the last few months and share them with you. Let’s have a look at some of the best that I’ve…

Adding higher boost engines to Bodenplatte’s aircraft

Throughout World War II, engine designers were doing their best to increase performance any way that was available. One of those ways was to increase the engine boost pressure to higher levels using revised engine designs and specialized high octane fuel. Nowhere in the war is this method of increasing power more talked about in…

Adapting to IL-2’s new damage model (updated)

IL-2’s patch 3.008 came out as a surprise last week and it brought with it some significant under the hood changes – notably to the damage model. Normally I don’t talk too much about the details of flight models and damage models because its hard to be precise about them, however, I’m making an exception…

Get the most out of the P-47D-28 in IL-2

In recent days the new P-47D-28 has been, in my opinion, unfairly maligned for being “slow” and I’ve seen comments about it not being fast enough or not reaching its modeled speeds. I’m not entirely sure but I think a good portion of this is because the P-47 is one of the more complex aircraft…