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Post by vaughan » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:32 pm

Hi all.
I haven't had a flight sim for years so advice needed. Am I correct in thinking that I need to buy a flightsim e. g. Microsoft or Xplane etc and then software for an aircraft such as Hawk T1 etc and then scenery for North Wales and RAF Valley.
Probably need a new laptop as well from my Vista machine!
Any suggestions and advice greatly accepted


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Re: Newbie

Post by MiG_Eater » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:16 am

Hi Vaughan,

I spend a lot of my free time playing DCS - which is a combat flight sim, and I would highly recommend it. It is quite daunting at first, but well worth the effort once you begin to understand it.

If you are especially keen to fly over the UK, and not bothered about combat - FS2020 is supposed to be spectacular (though I haven't played it yet). The terrain engine uses google images to model the entire world in 3d. Its not perfect, but its really spectacular.

A new desktop with a decent graphics card and plenty of ram is, unfortunately, a requirement these days; so it can cost a fair bit to get started - but nevertheless i'd still recommend it if you can afford it. Its definitely worth getting a decent HOTAS as well. Again, if you can afford it, I can personally recommend VR as the closest you will ever come to flying without leaving the ground. I have an oculus rift and DCS BFM over the Nevada desert is absolutely stunning.

Hope that helps a bit,

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