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Dreamk

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Potez 540/542/543 Ready to DL - Major Update 10/6/13
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:45:49 PM »

This one took a long time - In December 2011, Paul Clawson kindly authorized me to import into Il2 the gorgeous Potez 540 model he created for FSX. Last July, the meshes were ready and Agracier made a first template, then....well real life was really busy this year  :-\ and took me out of modding for quite a time time  :( - but this summer I am back with goodies  :D - and I decided to add a dedicated cockpit to this long awaited plane - with its strange tandem pilots setting, and real French bitmaps of the period - well if not fully authentic (documentation is rather than scarce) , the cockpit gives a taste of what it was....same for the bombardier cockpit with it Goertz visor, as used in Spain, fully functionnal, but also with the old original "modele 1924" French visor as a backup in case of (this last one not functional, just for the pleasure of the eye and the "atmosphere")  :) - The cockpit is painted in grey as this was most probably the case, the Zinc Chromate, though possible, became usual at a later date only.
So - here it is:


Credits:
Paul Clawson: External 3D model
Agracier: Default skin
Dreamk - the rest of the job  :D

Enjoy!

Download link:
Potez540.rar
http://www.mediafire.com/?6yds9u4dudup0di
updated version 1.4 link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?tgten2pyqus2o01
This version includes all the former updates

Update 28/5/13
corrected FM to eliminate the "never landing" bug
http://www.mediafire.com/?a3gdgfkbamqlrl4

Update 30/5/13
the Goertz visor is now acccurate with this update
http://www.mediafire.com/?pcdbaeu3x8mzsz7


Update 10/6/13
This is a major update.
Potez V1.4
1) It includes the Lorraine Petrel engined Potez 542, that saw service in Spain - not really an improvement on the Potez 540, as it had worse performances - and the radial Gnome and Rhone engined Potez 543 (almost all the planes of this version were sold to Romania) that had also a modified, enlarged vision, upper gunner turret.
2) The Spanish "locally upgraded" Potez 540 and 542 (the ones who are equipped with "Catalana " bombs, locally produced versions of Soviet bombs) are now equipped with Shkas MGs instead of the Lewis MkII (that still remains the armament of the remaining Potez 540 and 542)
3) The Potez 543 is equipped with Darne machine guns (a standard armament, BTW, on quite a number of Romanian aircraft, as were French bombs).
3) The Potez 540 is equipped with a functionnal Visor STAe modele 1924, the Potez 543 with a functionnal Visor STAE modele A. These visors, developped in ww1, remained the standard bombardier visor till the late 30s - not only in France but in other countries such as Poland and Soviet Union, among others, where they inspired the production of local variants. To aim, check that your are in level flight (your STAe visor includes a functional spirit level), adjust the middle pin (the "pinnule" in French, with the target - the middle one and not the front one as in the Italian Jozza, itself a developpment of the STAe).
As only direct drop using angle of bomb dropping is currently available in Il2, this visor is quite accurate till 1000m, as described in the original instructions of the STAE visor. Above this height "timed dropping" was used, a kind of real time calibration using a chronometer/reverse chronometer, as the direct method based only upon angle of dropping, resulted in bombs felling increasingly short of the objectives as bomb drop was made from a higher altitudes  - but with training you'll know better your visor and will learn how to overcome this shortcoming.
Note that I used the HUDCustomize mod in order to calibrate teh visor, as you need to use the TAS and not teh iAS - even at low altitude, the difference may be quite consistent on certain maps
4) The Bombardier position includes a functional Vion HA83 compass and other cosmetic improvements.
5) The characteristic side fuselage door will close when landing gear retracts (and open when you deploys the landing gear)
6) TGPU bomb racks will display in game (not in the QMB) in accrodance with the selected bomb array (similarly to the Type D and Type F racks)

Note: You need to install (if you have not done it already) the French and Spanish bombs packs to fly these birds and a supplementary armamanent package:
_Arms_Spain.rar
http://www.mediafire.com/?9n5tiud5j0zl73w
and
_Arms_Spain_newest.rar
http://www.mediafire.com/?dwecz5ejllce5oc
_Arms_France.rar
http://www.mediafire.com/?a7y12m23y3n9u63
_Arms_France_Potez540
http://www.mediafire.com/?n87f7y795yy3inj

Additions to air.ini:
Potez540            air.Potez540 1                       NOINFO    f01   SUMMER
Potez542            air.Potez542 1                       NOINFO    f01   SUMMER
Potez542            air.Potez543 1                       NOINFO    f01   SUMMER

plane_ru.properties
Potez540   Potez540, 1934
Potez542   Potez542, 1935
Potez543   Potez540, 1936

weapons_ru.properties

**********************************************************************************************
Potez540
**********************************************************************************************
Potez540.default                  Default (3x Lewis MkII)
Potez540.12x10kgP                  12x 10kg type P
Potez540.8x50kgA                  8x 50kg type A
Potez540.32x10kgA                  32x 10kg type P
Potez540.4x200kgMod1930+12x10kgP           4x 200kg type 1 + 12x10 kg type P
Potez540.4x250kgCatalana              4x 250kg "catalana"
Potez540.2x500kgCatalana            2x 500kg "catalana"
Potez540.2x500kgMod1930         2x 500kg modele1930
Potez540.none                     None

**********************************************************************************************
Potez540
**********************************************************************************************
Potez542.default                  Default (3x Lewis MkII)
Potez542.12x10kgP                  12x 10kg type P
Potez542.8x50kgA                  8x 50kg type A
Potez542.32x10kgA                  32x 10kg type P
Potez542.4x200kgMod1930+12x10kgP           4x 200kg type 1 + 12x10 kg type P
Potez542.4x250kgCatalana              4x 250kg "catalana" (Shkas MGs)
Potez542.2x500kgCatalana            2x 500kg "catalana" (Shkas MGs)
Potez542.2x500kgMod1930         2x 500kg modele1930
Potez542.none                     None

**********************************************************************************************
Potez540
**********************************************************************************************
Potez543.default                  Default (3x Darne Modele 1933)
Potez543.12x10kgP                  12x 10kg type P
Potez543.8x50kgA                  8x 50kg type A
Potez543.32x10kgA                  32x 10kg type P
Potez543.4x200kgMod1930+12x10kgP           4x 200kg type 1 + 12x10 kg type P
Potez543.4x100kgNo1              4x 100kg No1
Potez543.2x500kgNo1                    2x 500kg No1
Potez543.2x500kgMod1930         2x 500kg modele1930
Potez543.none                     None

Theses files should not cause any problems with your computer, but we accept no responsibility if you think it does.

Thanks to Oleg Maddox and Qtim for creating Il2 and opening the gates to Mod creation, to Kumpel for his matrix tool, and thanks to SAS for enabling modders to share their knowledge on Il2 modding.

Summer is only beginning...... ;) :D ;D

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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 02:58:24 PM »

And here are some skins - French and Spanish Republican - as well as a basic Template

Template
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hufxig

Skins
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w3ger0
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013, 03:02:42 PM »

Are you using a computer or a magic wand to make all of these models???
Magnificent work and thankyou  ;D
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 03:04:40 PM »

The Potez! 'Oh my god thank you DreamK! You always give us the very best presents from 30's SCW planes. :) 

Downloading now!   


Stunning 3D work.


I once read about how these were no match for the Nationalist fighters and were unpopular. But in the SCW it was a good asset to the Republicans earlier in the war.
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 03:23:05 PM »

Oh my goooooooooooood!!!!!!
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 03:30:29 PM »

Installed French/spanish bombs and aircaft, added air.ini, plane_ru etc.

540 shows in QMB but when I try to load the mission I get message 'mission loading failed:null'.....any ideas??
Running UP3 over 4.10.1 with latest buttons and DIFF FM
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 03:43:48 PM »

what is written in your log file?
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2013, 04:19:22 PM »

Great work! :) but I also just noticed similar problem, when I select Potez 540 in QMB, weapon Load field is empty and when I press button next to it, to show Potez, nothing happens...
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2013, 05:03:53 PM »

I'm getting the same error when trying to use this lovely airplane. It won't show in the QMB. I can select the Potez 540, 1934 but it doesn't show the airplane, just whatever plane had been there previously.
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2013, 05:36:00 PM »

Thanks a lot, DreamK.

Woops, same error as the others, no payload options.

Could it be somehow related to the use of * instead of the # in the weapons file?
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2013, 05:38:36 PM »

Our sim is growing beyond all expectations, and you are among the pioneers! 8)
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Re: Potez 540 Ready to DL
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2013, 10:32:24 PM »

Thanks Dreamk. With the early Heinkel, and Br 20 having been recently released, I'd guessed this wouldn't be far away. Excellent work all round.

cheers

David Prosser
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