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TACTICAL MAP NOW FOR SALE


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The tactical map is finally ready for purchase from Monday 14th June 2010!

 

The scale is 1:500,000

 

The total size is 1050mm x 1400mm, and is folded to the size of 210mm x 280mm.

 

The cost is £15.99 and initially will be available from

http://fighter-collection.com/pages/tfc/flight%20simulation/index.php

 

Hopefully it will soon become available from specialist sites such as Amazon, Simware and GoGamer etc.

 

Postage and packing will be extra. Shipped from the UK, we estimate the average costs to be:

Europe £3.77

Rest of the World £5.71

 

Course bearings: The Geo Grid (which should be taken as a reference to measure courses with plotter or protractor) will give “True” headings, and the average “magnetic declination” for this region is -5 degrees, meaning that you have to subtract 5 degrees from the measured heading on the map in order to get the magnetic heading for your flight. For those who require greater accuracy, the attachment shows the magnetic declination across the whole map.

 

Of course a map is useless unless you can draw on it and then erase!

 

I have tested 2 techniques:-

 

Apply thin self adhesive film (i.e. http://www.paperstone.co.uk/cat_1-36_Self-Adhesive-Film.aspx)

 

Being lazy, I tried to cover the map in one pass. DO NOT DO THIS. The map crinkles as you apply the film and ends up as a mess!

The best strategy is to apply small areas (say 210mm x 280mm or 420mm x 560mm) with a slight overlap.

It is a 2 person operation, one to hold the map and the other to apply the film (I used the edge of a ruler). I strongly advise that you practice on any large piece of paper before laminating your tactical map so that you find a correct procedure.

 

The second option is to apply something like map seal (http://www.dailyhiker.com/gear/review-aquaseal-map-seal/)

The instructions are that you should allow it to cure for 72 hours. They are correct. I tried writing on it after 24 hours with unfortunate results!

The advantage of map seal is that it is very easy to apply. However I am not so certain about the durability of frequent writing and erasing on the surface.

 

I tested on the surfaces with:-

• Non permanent markers

• Wet eraze chalk markers

• Lumocolour Whiteboard markers

• Pilot markers (erase by rubbing)

All worked well on the film. Pilot markers seem to work best on map seal.

To erase I used whiteboard cleaner or a damp cloth for markers that were water soluble.

 

Personally I will continue to use film, which although takes time and care by 2 persons to apply, gives a foolproof long lasting result to write on and erase.

 

For those squadrons that have a standard bullseye for missions, you can of course mark up the bullseye before applying film or map seal.

 

Last but not least, greatest thanks go to Igormk who spent many dedicated months in producing this map.

 

For those with access to large scale printers, the map will be available as a free download from the DCS download section.


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Excellent !! Much difference from the older map you had for DL ? I printed that out and use it ALOT...

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Excellent !! Much difference from the older map you had for DL ? I printed that out and use it ALOT...

 

Much more detailed, see

http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=50869&highlight=500%2C000

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Looking forward to my delivery. :)

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I'm confused.

 

If we purchase do we get the map shown on the website:

http://fighter-collection.com/images/map2.jpg

 

Or the one from the original thread:

 

http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac170/ickorov/1.jpg

 

 

?

 

 

Thanks

 

Smoky,

 

the picture shown on the Fighter Collection web is just a cover for the folded map. The map looks like in the original thread.

 

I'm uploading high resolution png map in this moment, and as soon as the upload is finished I will post it, and then it will be clearer.

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Smoky,

 

the picture shown on the Fighter Collection web is just a cover for the folded map. The map looks like in the original thread.

 

I'm uploading high resolution png map in this moment, and as soon as the upload is finished I will post it, and then it will be clearer.

 

Thx!!

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Hi, JimMack!

 

In FC2 I've noticed, that maps from mission builder and from F10 view are not the same. I mean map from mission builder is rotated a bit, relatively to F10 view. So, does it match to map from F10 view or to MB map?

 

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Hi, JimMack!

 

In FC2 I've noticed, that maps from mission builder and from F10 view are not the same. I mean map from mission builder is rotated a bit, relatively to F10 view. So, does it match to map from F10 view or to MB map?

 

Thanks.

The printed map matches the F10 view.

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In FC2 I've noticed, that maps from mission builder and from F10 view are not the same. I mean map from mission builder is rotated a bit, relatively to F10 view. So, does it match to map from F10 view or to MB map?

The printed map matches the F10 view.

If may I add,

 

Visually the map looks like the one in the Mission Editor.

 

But you know there is a difference with coordinates in ME and F10 (in-game). Now, since it is more important that coordinates taken from the map are identical with the one from the F10 view (which is identical with the coordinates from ABRIS or PVI-800), the grid on the map is adjusted to match F10 view. That means that if you take coordinates from the map and enter it to your PVI-800 (or ABRIS) you will get the same position.

 

To take out course bearings, I quote Jim’s instructions from the first post:

“The Geo Grid (which should be taken as a reference to measure courses with plotter or protractor) will give “True” headings, and the average “magnetic declination” for this region is -5 degrees, meaning that you have to subtract 5 degrees from the measured heading on the map in order to get the magnetic heading for your flight. For those who require greater accuracy, the attachment shows the magnetic declination across the whole map.”

 

SectorMagneticDeclinationScheme.jpg

 

You will have to take this into account also if you draw bullseye before lamination.

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