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About norfolk mike

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    Vintage aviation. 1940s re-enactments, pussy and beer.

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  1. Stutters

    FTX England is a region I use more than most, being my home turf and all that. A2A Cherokee, A2A P:51, A2A Spitfire, A2A T-6, FlySimWare Lear 35A and occasionally the PMDG NGX, but most often of all, the RealAir Turbine Duke, and in all honestly, even on my underwhelming rig, I cannot say stutters have been an issue. What I CAN say is when I used to have FTX Vectors active (I now use UTX), it certainly had a negative impact over some areas. I'd notice the occasional micro (and not so micro) pauses when departing certain payware airfields (for example), all cured by deactivating FTX Vectors. That might sound irrational, given that FTX Vectors shouldn't impact on regions, but mine certainly did, and that fact was so repeatedly demonstrable I'd instinctively know when I had accidently left Vectors active (in SimStarter NG), purely because of the performance. I suppose another thing to bear in mind is that FTX England is quite a 'busy' region compared to some of the NA and Oceanic ones, and indeed Scotland and Wales. Do you experience those stutters in the default aircraft too? If not, it might just be a case of knocking your autogen down a notch? I tend to use 'normal', and I'm using FSX also.
  2. Recommend ANZAC/British tv shows?

    We didn't (points up) . I was just thinking, quite a few of those 70s wartime sitcoms were filmed in my home county of Norfolk. Allo Allo was filmed around my town and the cast drank in the local pub. I met Herr Flick on the North Yorkshire moors a couple of years ago (with Helga) ....Okay, don't ask , and reminded them of their antics in the Red Lion, to which he put a finger to his lips and urged me to "say no more" . You don't argue with Herr Flick! Dad's Army was also filmed locally, and apparently the cast stayed overnight in the Brandon House Hotel when they were filming a scene at the local station. My dad owned the bloody hotel at the time (parents separated), and I never forgave him for not inviting me over to see Captain Mainwaring and the boys! "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" was filmed in a local quarry (Brrr), but it has since been considered too un-pc to be repeated on the BBC . Only us Brits could place a cast in an English Gravel Pit, strip them to the waist, cover them with Glycerine to emulate sweat, point a smoke machine into some trees to give the impression of humidity, lob a plastic Crocodile into a lake and call it Burma . Those were the days!
  3. Heading Back To FSX

    I have FSX (boxed) as well as FSX-SE, and I have to say (against a veritable tidal wave of opposing opinion) that on my system, FSX boxed runs marginally smoother. My system is quite old now, and maybe the fixes Dovetail made in FSX-SE were more appropriate to newer hardware and/or better graphic cards. Having said that, I use still use both, but in slightly different ways.
  4. Recommend ANZAC/British tv shows?

    Maybe its an age thing, but most of the Brit stuff I'd personally recommend is of a certain vintage now. Some of it has been mentioned above, but an absolute British classic (still getting weekly airings) was 'Dads Army'. Another one that might appeal would be Faulty Towers! I'm not sure how the humour would translate across the pond, but both are considered National treasures over here!
  5. Canary Islands

    There is a photo real (freeware) package for the Canary Islands. It doesn't include Madeira unfortunately, but it DOES look very nice (especially with a LOD of 8.5)! I use the freeware Sim Giants Gran Canaria airport which works well with it, so yeah, a useful addition for any European tube liner jockey wanting to do the 'fun in the sun' routes. The entire Balearics (as well as Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and even two small Cape Verde Islands) are available as freeware too, whilst you are waiting for Orbx to depict them in 'experience packs' that is .
  6. Southampton, Chictester/Goodwood, Brilliant

    Ah, Cambridge..I'd forgotten about that one. What a versatile airport that would have been! Everything from Tiger Moths doing lazy circuits on a Summers day, to Military iron thumping down for a serious modification or two. Christ I was looking forwards to getting Cambridge (and Old Buckenham, which was also on the roadmap)! I seem to remember seeing a 747 on the Cambridge approach when I was driving past the drome (a few years ago), and EGSC formed a part of our PPL Navigational Triangle from Norwich (with the long since defunct Nacton forming the other bit), so from a personal perspective, Cambridge would have been a very welcome addition. At least Gary Summons is in the process of making EGSH Norwich! Man, I seriously can't WAIT for that one!! I hope he models our old clubhouse, because that would be bloody nostalgia overload! Anyway, its great that Jimbo is enjoying Goodwood and Southampton. Get the atmospheric haze/visibility down to 20 nm Jim to appreciate them properly!
  7. Southampton, Chictester/Goodwood, Brilliant

    Yes, the concentration of airfields restricted to the South of England was commented on when the UK airfield development was still on-going. Welshpool is the exception of course, and was picked up from being a previously unfinished project. Maybe the longer term plan was to gradually expand North in incremental hops, but whatever the vision, they just weren't selling and the proverbial plug was pulled. Its a shame, because most of the FTX airfields developed for FTX England have such a unique atmosphere, and I can't really think of one I don't like! IF (and I'm not saying you do) want an airfield in central England or Scotland, then you could take a look at some of the UK2000 'Extreme' offerings. They aren't as 'arty' as the OrbX ones, but they are accurate, and all the later ones have blends for FTX or Photoreal. Prestwick and Humberside are my latest acquisitions, but I haven't really tested them in FTX yet.
  8. Southampton, Chictester/Goodwood, Brilliant

    Goodwood is a very nice add-on airfield. I like warbirds. Specifically the A2A warbirds! Goodwood is home to the Boultbee Flight Academy which has a collection of Spitfires, a couple of P:51 Mustangs as well as a Havard, so together with KPSP Palm Springs its a brilliant place to loop, roll or just tour the countryside in a WW2 Fighter! If GA aircraft are more your thing then Goodwood is perfect too, but as VH said above, you really should think about adding Compton Abbas to your collection, because its a cracker! Oh, and Compton Abbas has a Harvard too! (Not that I'm biased towards Warbirds ).
  9. Another great British plane

    I remember the Air Anglia F:27s well. In fact, I remember being VERY disappointed when our Air Anglia ride from Schiphol to Norwich turned out to be an F:27, and NOT a DC3 Dakota! We'd always previously flown on the Yellow, White and Black liveried Dakotas, so what on earth was this shrill sounding uncharismatic 'THING' doing on the apron?!! I was only a kid, but even though I wasn't (then) fully clued up as to the history and the significance of the Dak, I just knew I loved everything about it! I loved the climb up through the fuselage to get to the seats, I loved the rattles and vibrations when the engines started, and I particularly loved the fact the captains would always allow me and my brothers into the cockpit for the trip across the North Sea. The F:27s quickly became the only option, but I kinda got to like the big windows, and watching the wheels come down . Then they all got painted Blue,White and Red and that was the end of yet another era! .
  10. Another great British plane

    Being from within England, I wont give it away! However, our local regional airline (Air UK) operated the type out of EGSH (Norwich) for a while. I remember going from Jersey to Norwich on one, thinking it was a strange looking F:27 .
  11. Does it really look like this?

    This shot won't tell you much either , but, as I was flitting around Shoreham in an Alabeo biplane, it struck me that I've really been neglecting 'slow n low' flying for far too long! So, bearing in mind your 'Fall' textures question, I decided to have a bit of a sight-seeing session along the seafront. When the lights pinged on (a few minutes after the shot was taken) you could almost smell the fish & chips wafting into the cockpit! The textures are muted, subdued and moody, and even if they are a little off the mark in terms of sheer horticultural accuracy, they kind of evoke that foggy, damp Autumnal chill feeling quite well. At an emotional level at least, I find it quite convincing. Right, I'm off to the chippy!
  12. Does it really look like this?

    Right, this is how I'm seeing things from the cockpit of the A2A P:51, buzzing around Shoreham with the sim set at the 14th December, at 15:00 hrs local time. I don't know if that tells you anything, but by way of comparison?
  13. Does it really look like this?

    I keep interpreting his question in different ways. I initially thought he may have been concerned he'd got a flawed install, and wanted to know if his screenshot was a proper representation of EU 'OrbX' England, (hence my remarking that Sniper's screenshot was a fair representation of an "FSX" Autumn). Looking at it again, it seems more likely that Geezer wanted to know if England (as in yer bona fide Blighty) looked like his screenshot at this time of the year, and of course in THAT context you are correct. My journey from work a few moments ago (from an RAF WW2 former bomber base) was very colourful against the low sun. The trees were almost glowing red, and the stubble left over from the harvest had the most vibrant golden hue. I didn't see a single blade of grass in twelve miles, but had I done, I'm sure it would have been very green!
  14. Does it really look like this?

    And indeed what it SHOULD look like. Our Autumn/Fall deciduous trees have been displaying various shades of copper brown for several weeks now, and the intensity of those tones varies by 'pre-fall' temperatures. Right now in the UK it is very mild. Not by Hawaiian standards, but certainly unseasonal! Obviously the FTX HD trees don't account for temperature variation, but Sniper's screenshots are a fair representation of an FSX 'Fall'. Caaront's shot displays two different seasons. Spring on the right, and Summer on the left. The yellow fields represent a crop called Oilseed Rape, and its a common sight here throughout the Spring months (specifically April), and a bitch if you suffer from hay fever! The left and right hemispheres in geezer's shot look different too? I'm not sure if he has Summer trees overlying Autumn textures, whether its an abrupt land class change or just down to the lighting, but it doesn't look quite right, even if only for the fact most trees will be brown or leafless by now.
  15. Its a lovely offer Euan. Sadly, with erratic working hours, as well as currently engaged in 'shopping duties' for a terminally ill relative, I couldn't commit to it. And with ZERO experience in online flying, the learning curve might be a little steep, given my limited sim time. Maybe once things have calmed down on the home front, I'll give you a 'Tally Ho and chocks away' if the offer still stands . Two years until a PC upgrade, and VR reaching maturity sounds pretty okay to me. I'm reluctant to part with my current PC, (as antiquated as it is) because it runs FSX really well, but its time will come. Maybe when the A2A Constellation gets released, simming will take on a whole new dimension for me. because that cockpit does look kinda gorgeous, and itsa big world out there! However, I'll always remain faithful to the A2A warbirds, so I may yet see you in the virtual skies above Duxford!