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  1. Well, I did get the inside ball and plugs in those holes to move very, very well. So, the outside tilt cap should be able to be smoothed, too. I'll just have to work on it. I'll go over everything with 300, then 800, then 1500 sandpaper like you. I have lots of time to get it right. The thing is: my new one moves smoothly. Why can't I get the old one to do it?
  2. Got a new TMHW. No stiction, tight center, $299.99 Canadian. The old one, in addition to the severe stiction problem, has most of the paint worn off on the trigger and other buttons. It's sure seen some action, that's for sure. All day yesterday, I pulled the old one apart. Had to cut one wire (again). One cannon plug wire broken from last breakdown. I filed down the rocking axis and the axle caps to it. I used the same teflon grease on the outside that I had used several times before. The rocking axis now moves as if hung mid-air. Awesome. Placing it back into the tilting cap, with no downward pressure, it's movement was buttery smooth. But place the least little bit of pressure on the axes causes severe stiction just with my fingers. I worked all day trying to find out why. I got tired and just gave up, boxing all the parts to work on it later. Putting the tools away, I grabbed the teflon grease and put it's cap back on... OMG: stiction on the damm grease container's cap! TEFLON??? It's slippery as hell on metal and even on my fingers (no jokes, please!) but although it's safe on plastic, it doesn't WORK on plastic. The stuff is extremely expensive and used for sailboat winches which works on my sailboat's three winches (which have various types of metal components inside.) I have another (cheaper) type of (non-teflon) winch grease which I will head to the boat and retrieve today or tomorrow. I'll give that a test on the plastic axes. If that doesn't work, I'll see if I can get the (expensive) grease that everyone is yelling at me to get.
  3. After over 10 years of flights, my HOTAS Warthog has deteriorated to the point where it's almost impossible to fly with it. The stick has so much stiction that makes it very difficult fly in formation. I believe I have found a new, sealed in the box, new 1. I hope to go up and get it here in a couple hours. I should be ready to fly later on tonight. Unfortunately, the price is unbelievably high. But, I'm so used to flying with it, I would be very unhappy if I had to use anything different. So, I'm going to have to give up frozen pizzas for the rest of my life. And, if anybody wants to help in robbing 3 or 4 banks, let me know.
  4. Mac

    To everything, turn, turn, turn

    Well, forget it. I tried it. You lose speed very quickly. As everyone knows, the current iteration of DCS Hornet is very much underpowered. So, you need both afterburners in order to keep your energy up.
  5. I just read in the F-14 forums about an assymetrical turn: hard right pull, AB left throttle, idle right throttle. Just wondering how that would work in the Hornet. I will try it later tonight. Plan: Angles 6, 350 kts, full AB and pull to keep 350 kts, time a 360° turn; then Angels 6, 350 kts, left full AB with right idle and pull to keep 350 kts, time the 360° turn again. Will let you know.
  6. Mac

    Old missile system

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/previously-secret-cia-report-documents-spear-attack-against-surveillance-plane/
  7. Hi Breetai, Broadway and I have flown quite a bit this past year. It would be nice to see another jet jockey flying with us. I have been with DCS since LoMac. I've been with several squadrons in the past but this one is my favorite because of how we fly according to NATOPS. Well, as close to it as we can.
  8. Mac

    F-14 love

    I am quoting the original poster.
  9. Mac

    F-14 love

    Perhaps most of the numbers quoted in Wikipedia are quite accurate. You can begin at: https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/f-18.htm Scroll down to the FA-18C specifications. GE's reference is at: https://www.geaviation.com/sites/default/files/datasheet-F404-Family.pdf The empty weight of an FA-18C is 24,000 lbs. Internal fuel weights 11,000 lbs. Half of that is 5,500 lbs. That's 29,500 lbs at 50% fuel. Each 404 engine produces a static 17,000 lbs thrust. (That's the lowest number I could find.) Times two engines comes to 34,000 lbs. This leaves about 4,000 lbs of thrust for vertical acceleration that DCS Hornet just cannot do. Are any of my numbers incorrect?
  10. Mac

    F-14 love

    I was impressed with that 1/4 mile turn so, after I got my chores done, I went to Wikipedia to look up all the Thrust-to-Weight numbers. Yes, those numbers would seem to support such a tight turn radius. So I tried in the F-18, then the F-15, then in all the other aircraft that DCS has. The F-18 has a Thrust/weight: 0.96 (1.13 with loaded weight at 50% internal fuel) The F-15 as a Thrust/weight: 1.07 (1.26 with loaded weight at 50% internal fuel) With 50% fuel, these two aircraft should be able to go down the runway at 250 knots, go full burner, pull up into a pure vertical climb and then continue to increase speed. That's what Thrust to weight means. There isn't an aircraft that can do it. Not in DCS. (The Harrier can from a hover.) The Mig 29S gets the closest but still can only hold speed for a very short while. We all have been looking at procedures and weapon employment to be as realistic as can be. Yet, none of the A2G weapons are accurate, none of the A2A BVR weapons are accurate, nor are any of the flight dynamics any where near accurate. Wikipedia reports the Hornet can do Mach 1.8. I don't think I can get that even in a dive. I'm not complaining, though. I am thoroughly content with DCS... even with its quirks. A couple months ago, someone was yammering about how powerful DCS aircraft are. Then, when I heard that 1/4 mile turn in a Tomcat, well, it brought back all those numbers. DCS is just not real. So, it's still just a game. A very very good one, but still... (Oh, and there is no other simulator on the civilian market that comes anywhere near as close.) Now, I'm going to go finish washing dishes...
  11. Mac

    F-14 love

    Turning radius of 1/4 mile?
  12. Mac

    Are you guys still active?

    We were pretty busy this weekend as Geko had a weekend long campaign going. I ended up flying two sorties Saturday with Cypher as my lead and three of them Sunday with Highway as my flight lead. I think Broadway and Zipper was in there, but this weekend was quite full so I've lost track of who was doing what, when. I know Cypher and Geko were doing SEAD missions early each morning. Each of my own sorties were anywhere from 1 to 2 hours long. After Sunday night's third one, I was dead on my feet. Sorry I didn't reply until today. Yes, we're still are still active. Come fly with us, one day.
  13. Mac

    CAP 1v4

    I agree. Just wishful thinking on my part. Note the fourth 120 went to the first target rather than the fourth. My mistake. I couldn't bug the fourth in TWS quick enough before I launched. The F-15 will cycle through the TWS targets. Anyway, I had four more 120's for that last bandit.
  14. Mac

    CAP 1v4

    TWS is so nice. Tacview attached. Tacview-20181117-182600-DCS-F-15 v 4.zip.acmi
  15. Mac

    15 Nov mission

    Awesome mission tonight. Thanks you guys; this is what DCS is all about.

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