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  1. Yeah, I don't think there's a black&white objective answer to this question. For myself, I prefer the Hind. I find that with more modern airframes (KA50 / F16/FA18) I find myself letting the aircraft fly itself while I spend my time with my head stuck in a set of MFDs. But with the Hind I spend more of my time flying. But that's just my preference.
  2. Heh, interesting comments, thanks. It's a good point that the countries using an aircraft will generally have the labels in their native language, so to do otherwise is putting ourselves at a disadvantage. I'll certainly feel less guilty about that. And it looks like people are mixed on the question of HOTAS mappings. Vive la difference! I'll draw the line though at inverting the throttle of the F-14 throttle to match Top Gun.
  3. Just looking to get people's thought on realism, and to see if I'm an outlier... One of the strengths of DCS is the realism it reproduces. I like to keep flight models etc on high realism. But there are two particular areas where I sacrifice fidelity in order to make things easier jumping between modules. 1. Cockpit languages. I don't know if the KA50 was ever produced with an English cockpit but I fly with one. The MiG-21 might have been, but I'd imagine not a lot. I don't fly often enough to remember what all the switches do in all modules, so I tend to revert to English cockpits]. 2. HOTAS controls. I keep controls consistent between my modules, rather than how each aircraft had its controls configured in reality. I'd never remember otherwise. So although it pains me, in the Hind I use the trigger for guns rather than to activate the microphone. Likewise, I always use the hat on the side of the stick for CMS, even though I know in the F/A-18 it's really used for weapon select (and I think sensor select in the Jeff?). So for people with many modules, do you do similar? As the number of modules grows, it becomes more and more necessary for me.
  4. This is my favourite helicopter module. I can't say whether or not it's better made than the others, but I do think it's most fun. It's got the balance right for me - assisted aiming and enough firepower to rain hell on ground units. But my time is spent looking out the windscreen, not at a simulated screen/MFD. I was worried that I'd end up depending too much on the Operator (2nd guy), but in reality he seems to be mainly used for firing guided weapons. It still feels like I'm the one in control. The Hind is well recommended!
  5. Probably worth checking if the axes have any "curves", "saturation" etc as well.
  6. Have you checked that the main axes (roll/pitch/yaw) aren't bound to some other additional device/control?
  7. That's it! I had FFB enabled in the "Misc" settings, because I used to use a FFB stick from time to time. I haven't used it in many months. Disabling that option fixed trimming in the Hind. I don't know how you thought to suggest that. It's odd, I don't remember that option causing issues with any other modules. I wonder if it's something ED needs to correct in the Hind? Anyway, it's a quick and painless fix for the user. Thanks, I'm very grateful!!!
  8. Thanks Blackeye, that rules out a large number of potential sources of errors. When I press the trimmer button on my HOTAS (or "T" on the keyboard) I see the trimmer button on the left side of the Hind's cyclic being depressed. I assume that means the control mapping works. I liked Grennymaster's thought that there may be an "always on" control mapped to "reset trimmer". I don't think that's the case here (I unmapped all control mappings for "reset trimmer"), but it may be something similar that's causing problems.
  9. No luck I'm afraid. But I haven't much experience with helicopters, so I still think it's most likely I'm getting something basic very wrong. I'm hopeful that somebody in ED will look at the TRK file this week, and see the issue.
  10. Thanks anyway for the suggestions, they were well worth trying. It's sure to be something basic I'm not aware of.
  11. Thanks, that's another good idea. I did the autostart sequence. It started things in an interesting order, but trim is still the same afterwards.
  12. all Good suggestions, thanks. But no luck. I unbound the "trim reset" control, set the trimmer mode in the "special" screen to the second one, and made sure the 3 stability buttons (Yaw, Roll, Pitch) were on/green. The results were the same as in the track/video above. No trimming.
  13. Hi, I'm feeling a bit stupid here. I have the latest DCS Openbeta, version HOTAS springs so it centers In DCS "Special" options - trimmer mode set to "Default" (see attached image). I can see the trimmer control mapping is correct - when I depress it, the on-screen trimmer button on the stick depresses. I also tried using the "T" key, the results are the same. So I hold the stick off-centre, press and release the trimmer button, then let the stick return to centre. No trimming occurs. Then I try: hold the stick off-centre, press & hold the trimmer button, let the stick return to centre, release the trimmer button. No trimming occurs. I also tried the second of the "Special" modes for trimmer control. It behaves the same for me. Track file is attached (It's small). Also a quick 30-second video of me failing miserably to trim : click here Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong? Maybe some electric system not initialised? mi24P trim.trk
  14. Wow, that's interesting, and makes so much sense. Those "Luneberg lenses" are so compact to be able to light up a full aircraft. Thanks for the info!
  15. How do stealth aircraft operate during times of peace? I assume a stealthy aircraft is (almost) invisible to all radar, both military and civilian. Flying unseen must be a risk, especially but not only in civilian airspace. I know there are transponders - while those broadcast an identity, I don't know if they provide a location. Then there's the datalink-type stuff, but that's only useful to whoever has matching equipment. Certainly not civilian operators, and I imagine a small minority of military operators. Separately, I assume a military wouldn't want civilian air traffic control personnel becoming accustomed to exactly how stealthy these aircraft are, and the situations/ranges in which they start being detected. So are stealth aircraft somehow configured to be less stealthy at peace time? Perhaps having stuff mounted under the wings even when it's not needed? Or is safety managed in another way, with this type of information being less secret than I imagine?
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