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Hello, I've recently bought the game and with it I was intending to purchase an HOTAS to enhance my experience, however I am not quite sure on which to purchase but I had my eyes fall on the X56, so was wondering if anyone uses it and how it behaves in IL2

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Hello pilots,

I wish to buy the La-5FN, I own Battle of Stalingrad, and Moscow, do I need the Battle of Kuban to get the FN or can I just buy it off IL-2 store (my game is on steam)

Thank you

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I'm looking for a high quality HOTAS to use with the flight sim games that I have like IL2 Sturmovik 1946/Battle of Stalingrad. Plus the WW1 flight sim I have and maybe more modern fighter games like DCS.

This VKB stick/base seems like a really good option specifically designed for WW2 games. It's a German WW2 fighter stick replica I think. The Pro version which I want is $245 but out of stock. There is a non Pro $100 version also.

https://vkbcontrollers.com/?product=gladiator-pro-mk-ii

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What files are required exactly for a complete career backup? There seems to be some stuff related to careers in:

%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Steam\steamapps\common\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad\data\Career %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Steam\steamapps\common\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad\data\swf\il2\usersave

Anyone knows if these are enough?

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Does anyone know if the aircraft lineup for the upcoming expansion is final? I would love to see some new bombers added to the game, perhaps a Heinkel He 177 or a Fw 200?

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Hello boys, you know I've always been jealous of all these people in air combat games that have real life air combat experience. So, since I'm unable to attend my country's Air force training I'd like to study some manuals myself. Can anyone propose a good, not-model-specific, combat manual about basic and more advanced maneuvers?

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Hi all new player here,

Love the game so far, Career mode is fantastic. I have not tried MP yet, but I noticed there is a COOP game mode. I noticed there aren't any servers, but it allows you to make your own game. My friends tried to join but couldn't.

Could someone explain how COOP works, and or how I can get it working?

Thanks!

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Or, should I buy everything through the IL-2 website instead?

Thanks!

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I just started reading Fighter Combat: Tactics and Maneuvering by R. L. Shaw and I was looking for some video demonstrations of the various maneuvers. I stumbled upon The Aerial Combat Library on YouTube for example, but it only shows a few of them. Can anyone share some more links, thanks.

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Hello!

I just got Battle of Stalingrad today and I'm very excited.

small detail I'm wondering if I can change, I want the map to display only Russian, not having the roman alphabet spellings next to all of them. Is this an option?

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Is this game more in line of a full blown simulator, or a realistic plane game?

The reason I ask is, I have been playing ww2 plane games since back in my Xbox 360 days, I started with IL2-birds of prey.

I remember playing multiplayer matches, and most of us always chose to play ok "realistic" difficulty setting.

I remember it being so.much.fun

I still consider birds of prey realistic mode the gold standard for plane games. Stalling mechanics and essential engine management.

Is battle of Stalingrad/Moscow/boddenplatte more akin to the simulator mode or the realistic? Is there an option to set it to realistic rather than simualtor?

I would understand if you think "just go to warthunder if you want arcade, you don't belong here"

I have... Issues, with warthunder. Firs today all, it's a free to play game, and the plane variety and matchmaker are (in my humble opinion) a bit of a mess.

Half of the plane variants make no friggin sense, and the crew "training" is absolute MAUS in my opinion.

I feel that BoM has much better plane "distribution". 1 or 2 variants of a given plane, and that difference changes how you play fundamentally. No unlocking octane fuel and pine framework, you get a plane, balanced for its purpose, and you fly it to the best of your abilities

That to me, seems perfect.

My.main concern is that I will be absolutely overwhelmed with the simulator controls. Last simulator match I remember playing, (a out 5 or 6 years ago),I did ok. I remember setting the trim and keeping an eye on the fuel gauge, that's about it

How many aspects of any given aircraft are you expected to manage individualy? Are there several difficulty levels where some of these aspects are done automatically?

If it's just Bird sof prey realistic with disabled 3rd person camera, I'm fricking sold. I loved that mode.

I've been on the fence of buying the game, I used to think I'd fall in love with it imediatly, but I'm affraid it will be too "simulator" for me.

What's your opinion about this? Can you guide me through the difficulty modes and tell me what should I expect? I've seen a few videos where they mention there are 2 flight modes, but they never go into much detail of one over the other.

Thanks again.

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