A nostalgic look back at the P-51 Mustang in IL-2: 1946

One of my favourite compilation videos from any sim from any time is “Mustang” created by DBS Thor. Its been a while since I watched it but this nostalgic look back at an earlier IL-2 version is an entertaining testament to what that sim was and to the skills of one sim fighter pilot. This…

Exciting multiplayer DCS gameplay with the Grim Reapers

I’ve been watching a DCS related YouTube channel for an online squad known as the Grim Reapers. They live stream and then post to YouTube later on and while some of their videos are just ok, they have also had some absolutely epic missions! Here are a few of the best. Scary Valley Bombing Mission…

Ten Days of Autumn campaign progress

I’ve been really busy and my IL-2 time has been fairly limited recently. That said, I’ve put a lot of time into Ten Days of Autumn and I’m enjoying the slow burn of not playing it through all at once but enjoying the campaign as it progresses. But it’s nearly over. Enjoying the experience I…

Adventures with the Mirage 2000C

I took advantage of the DCS Easter Sale today by buying the Mirage 2000C for 40% off. I’ve been interested in trying out one of the more full fidelity simulations even as I was just starting out with Flaming Cliffs content. This is a short look at my adventure so far. Full fidelity The Mirage…

Training in DCS: Day one

I’ve owned DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 for more than a year now but my understanding of the sim and its basic systems is spotty. I’ve gotten into some pretty good dogfights in the quick mission builder and tried some of the single player but the honest truth is that I’m still pretty bad at the…

Cold Winter campaign review

Mission builders have been busy creating campaigns for players to work their way through since IL-2 added Scripted Campaigns back into the series in the December patch. Cold Winter is a remake of the Blinding Sun campaign from the original IL-2 and though the presentation is a little rough – the missions themselves are outstanding….

More stories from IL-2 multiplayer

Most of you know that I spend the majority of my time flying single player missions and campaigns with the new IL-2 series but I do sometimes jump on multiplayer. I’ve played on the official 1CGS server in Normal mode and I sometimes jump into Wings of Liberty to get some experience with a more…

Hidden Gem: Hanriot HD.1

Rise of Flight is still new to me and so I’m still enjoying jumping back 25 years in technology (from IL-2) and taking to the skies in aircraft made of canvas, fabric, and wood. Today I wanted to talk a little about the Hanriot HD.1. Designed by the by Pierre Dupont in the summer of…

Reviewing the Ju52/3m

In the fall of 2016 it was announced that the Ju52/3m would be upgraded from a non-flyable aircraft type in IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad into a fully flyable type. Adding the Ju52 to the series was not just an exercise in adding another plane to the hangar but adding a new type of plane and…

Happy New Year! First flight!

Happy New Year everyone! All indications are that 2017 will be a great year for the PC flight sim community with lots of activity for DCS, IL-2, War Thunder, and Falcon. I started the new year with a pretty fun mission in IL-2 and I thought I’d share that story. First flight of 2017 For…

Comparing the Yak

With the impending arrival of the new Yak-1B Series 127 to the series and some useful data points available from the devs on what the performance of this aircraft will be like, I thought it was a great time to break down just what this aircraft is and isn’t. The Yak-1 Series 69 was introduced…

Adventures in IL-2 multiplayer

I’m more of a singleplayer type of gamer when it comes to IL-2 these days. Although I still play online with Battlefield and War Thunder, for a while it’s been harder to get into IL-2’s multiplayer scene. That said, I’ve recently taken more tentative steps to get in there and fly a few rounds. Popularity…