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desirableroasted 07-21-14 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by maillemaker (Post 2226789)
I have GWX installed. I haven't seen the stoplight in years.

Steve

It's in GWX, but you lose it when you give up the plotting officer's assistance (I believe; I'd have to go back and toggle realism settings to be sure).

captgeo 07-21-14 08:39 PM

Had to quit my last career when I was into 3rd patrol due to save/crash problems, started my second career on first patrol current date Aug 08 39 and North of Scapa Flow monitoring freight traffic pattern's

Pistoliero 07-22-14 12:18 AM

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Originally Posted by desirableroasted (Post 2226845)
It's in GWX, but you lose it when you give up the plotting officer's assistance (I believe; I'd have to go back and toggle realism settings to be sure).

I run GWX and use weapon officer's assistance. No triangles confirmed. Maybe you need auto-aim on to see them though.

banryu79 07-22-14 03:06 AM

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Originally Posted by GalaKev
Yeah, I know what you mean. I have just left Kiel on my 6th patrol (5th wartime). After the 4th I upgraded to a IID, that to me seemed a lot better.

Got nothing factual to back my claims up, but just seemed to handle better. With PD, maybe its because its a slightly lower tower?

Dreaming about a Type IID me too, and I still have to go in war with my current boat, go figure :)

The PD issue I have is that when I specifically order "Preiscope Depth" my men usually try to keep the boat at 10 or that is my impresion. Btw, it looks like they aren't able to get there and/or keep the boat there, expecially at ahead slow. So the tip of the conning tower usually broach the surface.

I get better results ordering "Set depth 11" or "Set depth 12" or even better giving the "Dive!" order, then when we are down to 11 directly ordering the final depth (again 11/12 or 13).

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Originally Posted by GalaKev
Talking about qualifications, how realistic was it that a guy was put on a boat with no specific position taught, shall we say. I know when I joined the RN years ago, we were trained in specific areas. Mine was a RO. Maybe it was different in those times?

AFAIK all petty officers should be qualified, "by definition" (not my direct knowledge but I red it from other very experienced members of this community that looked like the y had direct naval experience in RL).

SO if you use SH3C you can give them all a qualification, I surely will do this as soon as possible (just reach port yesterday evenening).

maillemaker 07-22-14 12:02 PM

Quote:

AFAIK all petty officers should be qualified, "by definition" (not my direct knowledge but I red it from other very experienced members of this community that looked like the y had direct naval experience in RL).

SO if you use SH3C you can give them all a qualification, I surely will do this as soon as possible (just reach port yesterday evenening).
That's my understanding also.

But I do not use Commander to hand out qualifications or awards (except wound badges).

To me, part of what makes you grow attached to your accomplishments and your crew is the painstaking accumulation of awards and ranks and qualifications, building your crew from green fresh fish to skillful veterans. It makes it very hard when you die and have to start all over again.

Steve

vanjast 07-22-14 03:05 PM

Restarted after 2+ years of not playing....

1st patrol... Reality 100%+ ..RealNav - Current position approx 53N 13W at last fix (I've been lazy) on my way to Patrol Grid BE61.

Tonnage - 15,225 = 1 large cargo.
Torpedoes used - 6 (Duds ???)

2 attacks on one convoy.. decided to break off before dawn and continue to patrol grid.

Too many escorts and I'm still learning again - re-hone my lost skills on easier targets. :D

banryu79 07-23-14 02:30 AM

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Originally Posted by maillemaker (Post 2227095)
That's my understanding also.

But I do not use Commander to hand out qualifications or awards (except wound badges).

To me, part of what makes you grow attached to your accomplishments and your crew is the painstaking accumulation of awards and ranks and qualifications, building your crew from green fresh fish to skillful veterans. It makes it very hard when you die and have to start all over again.

Steve

I know that... feeling :)
In fact, I'm currently playing two careers. Both starting in 1939 but the first with a Type VIIx in Wilhelmshaven, the second with a Type IIx in Kiel.

I have decided that in the Type VIIx career I have "map contact updates" turned ON and I will get my crew qualified as per SH3 logic while in the TypeIIx career I have "map contact updates" turned OFF and I will manage my crew thanks to SH3C.

Riccardo1975 07-27-14 12:41 PM

April 30th 1942. Just south of New York after an uneventful crossing from Lorient. Caught two medium cargoes heading SSE in shallow water. Dispatched both with 3 T1s and about 25 rounds of deck gun. Sporadic return fire but both ships were burning and listing heavily before rolling under.

Heading west a sound contact bearing 030, moving away, sounds like a warship. Surface 2200m astern in the fading light to find a northbound Tugboat. Closed to 1200m and manned the 105. 7-8 rounds by a 13 patrol veteran gun crew soon gets the "She's going down!"

With hardly any warning we are attacked by a Kingfisher bearing 151 medium range, get half my Type IXC underwater and take 3% hull damage, flak gun and forward deck damage off a near miss. Dive to 22m and head West.

Crew think I'm crazy to be causing mayhem in such shallow water but...

Head West toward the shore into the early morning and soundman hears a northbound merchant moving fast, bearing roughly 300. Blow ballast and ahead full for a dogleg intercept course, NNW then WNW. Radar on. 16 knots. Broad daylight with a flat sea hoping its a tanker or similar.

Radar contact. Bearing off the starboard bow and a long way away. Decision time. Plot an intercept and man all guns....

Just as the watch shout "Ship spotted!" the gun crew start firing medium range waterline shots scoring hit after hit. Id the target.

Ceramic type ocean liner!!!

For the first time in my career I was at a total loss what to do. Crash dive or cease fire and run?

Return fire was pathetic so sent about 30 rounds over and its all over. Lifeboats are launched as we slip under the water on a reverse course silent running and get a sound contact of a warship heading for the stricken liner.

East coast USA is a definite target rich environment.

Riccardo U-501.

vanjast 07-28-14 02:07 AM

Life is not Fair ..bah wah wah !!
 
sniff.. sniff... I had to let this one go :wah: :wah: :wah:

http://www.ephotobay.com/image/lifeisnotfair.jpg

Paulebaer1979 07-28-14 02:21 AM

On patrol 23 with a type IX. Patrol order told me to cruise FF61. Left port on 21.11.1943. Current position CG72 four days later.

banryu79 07-28-14 03:05 AM

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Originally Posted by vanjast (Post 2228714)
sniff.. sniff... I had to let this one go :wah: :wah: :wah:

I feel your pain... :cry:

Riccardo1975 07-28-14 04:38 PM

24000 tonne tanker? Wow! Where do you find those? All i ever find is Nipwian class.... :(

maillemaker 07-31-14 11:35 AM

Saw a funny last night.

I attacked a convoy, and, as I am want to do lately, I kill the escorts first with magnetic torpedoes down their throats.

I nailed a Black Swan chaser, and as happens about 20% of the time, the ship was damaged but did not sink, so it just breaks off the attack and resumes its usual picket position in the convoy.

However, it was badly burning, and this particular damage model was leaving a trail of burning oil in the ocean. So it was merrily cruising the ocean, leaving a 2000-meter trail of fire behind it wherever it went.

I finally broke off the attack later to reload my external torpedoes, and when I was doing so I finally got a "She's going down!" message, so I guess maybe that fire damage mod actually does work - eventually. :)

Steve

vanjast 07-31-14 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Riccardo1975 (Post 2228900)
24000 tonne tanker? Wow! Where do you find those? All i ever find is Nipwian class.... :(

Thinking back.. I think the ships are set to DWT so as to prevent their impulse drives from working... and to overcome the 'silly' renown thing.

Riccardo1975 07-31-14 03:13 PM

I had 3 destroyers circling over me throwing dc's after a convoy attack West of Lisbon. Dodging the latest attack and heard a huge explosion on the surface 200 metres above. Went to external view and a Black Swan was missing its bridge and covered in flames.

Dodged them for another hour and they all sailed off.

One torpedo normally wipes them out. Yet one dc just removes the superstructure.

Weird.... :confused:


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