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Squashman

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Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:49:09 PM »

Introducing a map of the Solomon Sea and Northernmost Coral Sea, including Eastern New Britain (Rabaul), Southern New Ireland,
Rennell Island and part of the Louisiades Archipelago.

Northern area of map

Southern area of Map

Imperial Japanese Navy assembles a cruiser force at Rabaul to sortie in answer to US invasion of Bougainville at Empress Augusta Bay

Bougainville, Empress Augusta Bay - US Forward Airfields of Tokorina, Pivu and Uncle


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I'm hoping this map can provide a significant expansion of the excellent stock 1C Maddox Solomons Islands maps. As you will see it includes the NE part of New Britain and the Japanese Naval and Air Base of Rabaul. As all of us PTO enthusiasts know, Rabaul was of course the progenitor of aggression across the Solomons throughout the course of most of WW2, from The Battle of the Coral Sea to the Invasion of Bougainville and beyond. Although the Japanese had several smaller air bases dotted around the Solomons, Rabaul was the nexus of Japanese power and the "untouchable" staging post for the major air and naval counter-attacks against the allied advance in the southern Pacific. It was also a focus for allied air-attack, much of which came from air bases within the Solomons, particularly those on Bougainville after the US foothold was established in late 1943.
So, partly to satisfy my own obsession with having "real" airfields from which to depart and return within missions, but mainly to provide a realistic sub-theatre in which to overlay historic missions, I give you this (big) battleground.

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Thanks and gratitude to;
Cyberolas for his Singapore textures
Bombsaway for his shallows textures
CzechTexan for his town texture from Lower Burma
DT for their NGNB maps, from which I have copied profusely
IC Maddox for Solomon Islands Maps, from which I have copied profusely

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Download Link http://www.mediafire.com/file/i3173i16h1mr9lx/sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea.7z

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Installation Instructions;

Unzip with 7zip if possible - Unzipped file contains
i) map folder "sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea"
ii) textures folders "Sq", "BA_Palau"
Both folders are already placed in the MODS folder hierarchy.

Install the folder sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea as follows;

    MODS(#SAS,#WAW,#WAW3)/MAPMODS/MAPS/sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea


Install the folder "sq" as follows

   MODS(#SAS,#WAW,#WAW3)/MAPMODS/MAPS/_Tex/sq

If you don't have Bombsaways' Palau Map, install the folder "BA_Palau" as follows

   MODS(#SAS,#WAW,#WAW3)/MAPMODS/MAPS/_Tex/BA_Palau


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Note - This map requires the "Singapore" textures by Cyberolas, from his reworking of
the Singapore Maps (this map topic is in pole position at the top of PTO maps at time of writing).
 
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Finally, add this entry to the all.ini file (inside the MAPS folder)

   sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea        sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea/load.ini

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******************* IMPORTANT ******************
This map has been tested in Modact 5.3, CUP (up to latest expansion Part 22), HSFX 7.03, BAT (up to v3.2 Angels High) and all
versions of 4.13 up to and including Modact 6.4. (My guess is that it will work in pre-4.12 versions, as long as the appropriate
supporting sfs files are there - see below)

If you are installing into a 4.12 version, you will need some files from 4.13 in order for the map to work properly.

The map requires some objects from the DT New Britain - New Guinea maps in 4.13, which are contained within 4.13 root directory sfs files -
If you look in the root folder of 4.13 you will see that there are some extra sfs files compared to 4.12 - namely fb_3do27.sfs and
fb_maps21.sfs -
 
You will therefore need the sfs files from 4.13 in order for the map to work properly.

This is very easy to do!

Just copy the following files from the main root directory of 4.13
fb_3do27.sfs
fb_maps21.sfs
Then paste them into your 4.12 root directory.

You must then ADD the following entries into your 4.12 .rc file to enable the sfs files to work -
The .rc file is inside STD folder - Mods (#WAW, SAS etc)/STD/rc file

@sfs MOUNT fb_3do27.sfs
@sfs MOUNT fb_maps21.sfs

Open the .rc file by double-clicking then scroll down to the maps and 3do sections - put the above entries at the bottom of each
section - they follow on numerically so it's obvious where they go

After this the map should work perfectly! - and you will have the added bonus of also having the new DT maps; New Britain New
Guinea and some Eastern European Maps (just copy the all.ini entries from the 4.13 maps folder for these extra maps to appear
in your FMB lists)

Actually to make it easier - here are the all.ini entries for NGNB maps (sorry, I don't know what the other maps are - I think
they may be Yugoslavia?? Try looking on the 4.13 update thread))

New-Britain_New-Guinea_Mar-43_DT NGNB_DT/NGNB_3-43.ini
New-Britain_New-Guinea_Sept-43_DT NGNB_DT/NGNB_9-43.ini
New-Britain_New-Guinea_Jan-44_DT NGNB_DT/NGNB_1-44.ini
New-Britain_New-Guinea_June-44_DT NGNB_DT/NGNB_6-44.ini

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If missions do not save, you probably have missing objects - get them at post #86 and #87 in the Eastern-Java Borneo thread on SAS website
https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,56172.0.html
https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,56172.msg624341.html#msg624341
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Best regards
Squashman



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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2017, 01:07:14 PM »

Amazing !!!

Is this big map's scale is 1:1 as real ?
Or a bit smaller ??
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 01:09:28 PM »

Hi Western - Yes it's as near to 1:1 as I could get, perhaps a little smaller but not much  ;D

Actually I had more screenshots but postimage would not oblige - I'll try again later.
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2017, 01:14:39 PM »

It sounds we have to fly very long hours and hard task to fight with US on your map as IJN pilot tried !!  :o

Big thanks !
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2017, 01:37:58 PM »

Hi Western

What kind of performance are you getting fps etc? Is it satisfactory?  8)
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 07:22:51 AM »

good !
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 01:51:37 PM »

Very interesting map! Successfully chosen territory, beautifully chosen texture.
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 02:52:02 PM »

Great news! Thank you Squashman for your efforts!
This map will be used in next update of my "Pearl Harbor - Tokyo" campaign, to show you final stage of Solomon islands campaign in December 1943 (this stage of campaign is ready at the moment), and Siege of Rabaul in first months of 1944.
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 03:29:10 PM »

Great news! Thank you Squashman for your efforts!
This map will be used in next update of my "Pearl Harbor - Tokyo" campaign, to show you final stage of Solomon islands campaign in December 1943 (this stage of campaign is ready at the moment), and Siege of Rabaul in first months of 1944.
Thanks Motorhead  ;D
Very much looking forward to next stages of PH-T campaign

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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 01:55:27 PM »

Thank you!
The scale of the map is amazing!
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 08:32:25 PM »

Awesome job Squashman  ;D :D ;)

Can't wait to download this on Sunday when I get back From Laos.

Looking forward to flying on it.

Cheers,
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Re: Coral Sea & Solomon Sea including Rabaul
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2017, 10:17:05 PM »

Squashman,

I thought I followed all the install instructions but when I try to load this map I get the following message " section [MAP2D] not found in 'maps/sq_Coral-Sea_Solomon-Sea/load.ini " and nothing loads. Any thoughts/suggestions on where to find this item?

I'm in BAT 3.2 SP3.

Thanks.
Mechanic

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