VIRPIL WarBRD Base and Grip full review

Selecting the right joystick is a central part of the flight sim experience and today I’m very pleased to bring to you my full review of VIRPIL’s desktop oriented WarBRD Base and WarBRD Grip. This base and grip combination is one of the newest to the market and I put it through its paces to…

VIRPIL MongoosT-50 Throttle Control System Full Review

If you’re a flight sim enthusiast, you probably already know that you need to invest in some hardware to have the best possible experience. A joystick base, grips rudder pedals, head tracking, throttles, and multiple other accessories are part of an ecosystem of parts that vary wildly in price, quality and capability. This review is…

Revisiting DCS: Persian Gulf. Should you buy this map?

Now that DCS: Persian Gulf is a complete map I thought it was time to revisit the paid map module. It’s been nearly a year of its initial release. How does the map stand up after a year of flying over it and is it worth buying? A map with both scale and scope DCS:…

Review: ‘Fortress on the Volga’ Scripted Campaign for IL-2

Scripted Campaigns still feel like a novelty to me despite the feature now being a couple of years old for the IL-2: Great Battles Series. A variety of premium and free campaigns are now available from the IL-2 website store and through the community forums and that diversity lets several different styles of campaign exist….

DCS: MiG-19 first impressions

I’ve been putting off writing my first impressions piece on the DCS: MiG-19 for a while but I don’t want to wait too much longer. It’s been just over a week since the launch of the DCS: MiG-19 into DCS World and there are some big questions that I’d like to answer in this first…

First impressions of Flying Circus’ Fokker D.VII and Sopwith Dolphin

IL-2 patch 3.011 came out earlier this past week and since then I’ve been trying to get as much time on the two new Flying Circus Vol 1 aircraft. The Fokker D.VII and Sopwith Dolphin are the two latest additions and here are my first impressions of both aircraft. First impression: Sopwith Dolphin When someone…

The U-2VS review

The U-2VS is an interesting and unique aircraft for the IL-2: Great Battles Series and it offers a variety of gameplay options for virtual pilots. The question that has lingered since December when it was released, however, is if this aircraft is worth the money and should you buy it? In this review I hope…

Spitfire IX vs Bf109G-14: an aircraft review

It’s a classic match-up of Spitfire versus Bf109 in the first aircraft review for IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte. These two foes once again meet in the air with two of the later versions of the series. How do they stack up and compare against each other and some other common foes. Let’s have a look!…

Reviewing IL-2’s Bf109G-6

Last week I reviewed the La-5FN Series 2 which was one of two new Collector aircraft offered at the end of IL-2: Battle of Kuban’s development cycle. These two aircraft are separate purchases from IL-2: Battle of Kuban but they fit into the later dates of that campaign. While the La-5FN is possibly the best…

Reviewing IL-2’s La-5FN

Lavochkin’s definitive La-5 fighter went through several iterations but one of the best versions of that fighter was the La-5FN. Featuring a boosted engine, numerous refinements, weight savings, and substantially better rear visibility thanks to a cut down fuselage, the La-5FN represents one of the best fighters that the Soviet Union was able to field…