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whistler

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A missed opportunity: The Ju88 A-4/Torp Observer Post
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:52:02 AM »


Look at this beauty:




Did you know it comes with an Observer station?




The effect looks great, the downside is that you cannot control the binoculars thus rendering the feature completely useless. How am I supposed to scan the horizon for targets/threats if I cannot move the binoculars? So much effort and potential wasted, the case of a half-baked implementation.

Picture for a second we had working binoculars in some reconnaissance aircraft. Think of surveillance and intelligence missions. Wouldn't it be cool?

Here is my request:

- To allow control of the binoculars with the mouse, just like in any other gunner station.

If this can be achieved, we would have a working example that could be implemented in other aircraft and take reconnaissance missions to the next level.

Thanks for listening!
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Re: A missed oportunity: The Ju88 A-4/Torp Observer Post
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 08:10:05 AM »

Well Whistler ,

You need to RTFM.
This is NOT an "Observer Station" but rather the
TorpedoKommandoGeraet , or Torpedo Aiming System.

It's been a while , but I believe the details are in the IL2 1946 v4.10 Manual ,
roundabout page 23 ( best guess).
It's challenging to use , but helps calculate the correct lead when dropping Torps
on moving ships.

This is not to say that observer positions are without merit.
I'd love to see pannable/tiltable , and zoomable observer cameras in aircraft
which had them ( Mosquito R/O seats for one ) , and in Multi-seat recon aircraft.

Enjoy the TorpedoKommandogeraet !

Kopfdorfer
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Re: A missed opportunity: The Ju88 A-4/Torp Observer Post
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 08:24:43 AM »

And the sight didn't move one inch in any direction? Interesting. And it had two view-points, for both eyes, for modders to have implemented it with a binoculars effect? Ok then: historically-approved. I beg pardon for having judged without double checking first.

Still, my request is valid because I was thinking more of the potential of porting the sight to other aircraft to expand recon possibilities.

Thanks for the reply Kopfdorfer.

EDIT: The station class is named "CockpitJU_88A4torp_Observer.class" and that led to my initial misinterpretation.
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Re: A missed opportunity: The Ju88 A-4/Torp Observer Post
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 09:12:27 AM »

I like your request - don't get me wrong.
I just thought you would appreciate what the intent of the feature was.

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Re: A missed opportunity: The Ju88 A-4/Torp Observer Post
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 09:50:14 AM »

Appreciated for sure!

The implementation could have borrowed ideas from the gunners though, the bombsigh/binoculars could be fixed in auto mode (the default), and player-controllable in non-auto mode.
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