Posts by Gman

    Storch if you can, you should give the WW2 stuff in DCS a whirl - the flight model/dynamics/realism is handily the best out there. Il2 is pretty good these days, but doesn't hold a candle to DCS's WW2 stuff, IMO.


    I'll try your mission out tonight Iron, thanks for sharing it.

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    Hrrm, you think they would have been more specific about that Iron, it'd suck if they lose potential new players and customers because that license isn't easy to find.

    They can't. And that is what the Socialists cry about every day. Only thing I agree with them about is that Housing is totally unaffordable to the Middle and lower classes now. And because We have a paid for house, they claim "WE" are the cause. Wait....WHAT?

    Ditto - funny enough that IMO the socialists are mostly to blame for this predicament too, and certainly to blame for the problem to start getting even worse now.

    Here in Western Canada home prices have been sort of stable-ish for a bit. In the early to mid 2000s it was insane though.


    I built a new home in 2000, low 2000-ish sq feet, front attach garage, large pie lot in a new development area. I was in the mid $100k range, IIRC around $165k CAD. It sold (my x wife got it) in 2006 6 years later for $450. The home I'd bought in 2004 which was $300k CAD ish sold for $250k more than I paid for it in 2006 as well. The home the missus and I bought in Ft McMurray in 2006 for $450 ish sold for high $915k CAD, 5 years after we bought it as well. Pretty crazy increases, for better or worse, in terms of housing costs from 2004 to 2011 or so in Alberta. After getting wiped out in my divorce, I was fortunate to get in/out at the right time on my primary residences, which you don't have to pay cap gains tax on here in Canada, it's essentially free money. A couple rental properties we've owned (none now) over that period did ok as well, not as much $$$ gained, but certainly very profitable still.


    I don't know how new young families can start out these days in Canada. My monthly mortgage payment including interest and property tax was $950 a month CAD after putting about $15k down, on our new home we built in 1999/2000. That home now is close to $3k a month and needs at least $30k, more likely $50k as a down payment for even a well qualified buyer(s). That's a lot for a young family unless they're making very good salaries.

    I know it doesn't fit your purpose, but I'd like to check out the 2021 Escalade Diesel myself. Not interested in buying/leasing one, but I'd just like to see how that motor and powertrain is in the Escalade new platform. 27mpg they claim, which is very good for such a large heavy SUV, great range too, 28.3 gallon tank should give close to 750 mile range capability. 1200km for Canadian metric distance, that'd get me from home in Calgary to Abbotsford/lower mainland easily without needing to stop to refuel.

    Pew pew pew.


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    Heh, I had several of the Track Clip pros break myself. I spoke to Natural Point on the phone, the guy there told me that they had a large shipment freeze during shipping, and the material did NOT react well to this, making them very brittle. They didn't know about this until after they starting selling them and getting a huge number of returns, at least that's what he said when I asked why the efff they decided to let them get into the market in that condition. Anyhow, I had one break just from me picking it up off the top of my pc and gently bumping it against the side of the monitor beside that tower. "Ting", snap, break. Ridiculous.


    Anyhow, I'll try some of that stuff myself, I'd bought a few aftermarket battery powered track clip replacements from Delanclip, but it'd be nice to fix the originals that have fractured.

    Anybody know anything about these diesel Colorado ZR2's? Saw one on the job the other day and was impressed. The owner claims it has great range. It looked just like this one, but had a topper on the back.


    We had a leased 2018 ZR2 (gas) when we got rid of our last full size Duramax 2500 (had 3 of them over the years), posted about it before a couple/few years back, but a friend of mine has the ZR2 diesel. He loves it, big Ford diesel guy, it's him I got our diesel Expedition from long ago. Anyhow, he says the ZR2 is great, the little diesel is more than enough power to pull his 21" boat around or his trailer with quads/Seadoos.


    There are some YT vids of stock ZR2 Duramax trucks putting 190 HP and 375 Ft/lbs to the wheels on dyno tests. Pretty decent IMO. So far as range, I'll ask, pretty sure my friend will have a computer/tune set up for max range, he drives between the lower mainland/Abbotsford and his lake house in Kelowna year round, ton of highway miles (kms).


    If you do want the diesel motor, and want to buy/lease new, you only have a year or two left, GM says they are shitcanning the Duramax/diesel and V6 gas motors in the entire line of these mid size trucks, and going with a turbo 4 of some type (lame).

    Guntersville is coming up at the end of the month, if you are interested.

    Do you know if its telivised anywhere? That performance boat racing is something I know absolutely nothing about, but always wanted to go to a race, or at least get into following it online/on tv/etc. Do they race boats that large/fast in the Ontario power boat league or whatever it's called?

    DCS Free to play event - try any (ie all of the modules) for free for 2 weeks for each module, over a period of 6 months. Once that 6 months is up, you can restart for another 6 months. This should allow every DCS player to try every module they don't own. Pretty slick deal, I bet they capture a LOT of new sales from this. Hope it works out for ED.


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    Also, somewhat on topic still, regarding what it was like for the Germans under the bombardment of so many naval guns -


    This vid is of a battery (4 guns) of Finnish 5" guns during a shoot ex. The cameras are mostly set up in the target area. At :029 you can even see one of the rounds coming in. Anyhow, pretty telling of what just a 4 gun battery can do, ie a couple of twin 5" turrets on a ship alone.


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    https://www.historyonthenet.com/naval-artillery


    Interesting site, shows all the support vessels that were firing in support of the DDay landings. It has them broken up by beach/etc. A LOT of firepower.


    This is Sword beach's supporting fire ships. Crazy. 3 Battleships, 5 cruiser, a pile of destroyers. Storch's picture at the top of this page, post #21, is of USS Nevada @ Sword beach. 10 14" guns, 16 5" guns, 32 40mm guns, and 40 20mm guns.



    I'm reading "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" again right now. My favorite paragraph is about the gunnery officer on USS Johnston, who targeted an individual Jap Officer waving his sword on a beach trying to rally his troops. Put all 5 5" guns on him, let the gun director computer do its thing, then hit him/right by him, with all 5 rounds. Captain said "nice shooting, but don't use so much ammunition on one Jap again". The firepower on a Fletcher destroyer is unreal, the description of it in action in this book is fantastic. It's difficult to imagine what it'd be like on the receiving end of a battleship, or even a cruiser.

    I laughed out loud at the 0:38 mark when the Oompa Loompa cried out "aaaah" as he started running (sort of running).


    The full length video is on the guy who was filming's channel on Youtube. Typical woman Canadian cop, she wanted to charge the guy filming for "disturbing the peace" and "yelling" at the sawed off child abuser, and didn't seem very interested in doing much about charging the little shit with luring kids. It was in Essex Ontario, around Windsor near the border with Michigan (I think).


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    Guy in the bottom left of the frame - black/red handled Katana. Hiyah! Katana! Word up, represent, homeboy got hisself a sharp stick yo, keep on ballin in tha hood wit dat Deshawn.

    The idiot with the bump stock AR15s in Vegas IMO w.0ould have killed far more people if he'd used a common deer hunting rifle with decent optics. The range of most victims was 300m or less, easy peasy range to get lethal hits @ 90 percent or even higher - he could easily gotten off 15 aimed shots per minute with a decent bolt action optic equipped rifle. That would have = WAY more fatal casualties than what he did with his spraying of the crowd(s) with his bump stock 556 rifles.


    There is a large number of bolt action rifles available that accept detach box magazines, 5, 10, 20, even 30 round Pmags for some bolt action riles. Even still, as above, a grocery bag filled with even just 5 and 10 round magazines for a bolt action rifle would suffice for any tard mass shooter with even moderate skill.