P-51D Airspeed Gauge Deluxe Package (KIAS, MPH, KPH + Bonus!)

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P-51D Airspeed Gauge Deluxe Package (KIAS, MPH, KPH + Bonus!)

P-51D Airspeed Gauge Deluxe Package (KIAS, MPH, KPH + Bonus!)

Type - Mod
Author - Quartermaster
Date - 11.03.2016 08:42
*** THIS MOD IS JSGME COMPATIBLE
** THIS MOD IS DCS 1.5/2.0 COMPATIBLE
* THIS MOD IS COMPATIBLE WITH ANY OTHER P-51D COCKPIT MODS
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CHANGELOG
v1.0 - Converted progressive US imperial units IAS gauge to read in KPH
v1.1 - Added marker pins for safe flaps down, safe gear down, final approach & touchdown recommended airspeeds @ sea level
v1.2 - Added conversions to read IAS in KIAS, added marker pins to the MPH standard gauge face, and... a Rage Face gauge!

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WHAT IS THIS MADNESS

This is, very simply, just a single gauge in your P-51D cockpit - the airspeed gauge - translated into KIAS, KPH and... Rage Faces. Yes, thats right, airspeed can be read with Rage Faces. Pretty accurately too. This also includes an MPH standard gauge with my recommended speed marker pins for flaps, gear, final approach & touchdown, as usual with my cockpit mods.

PLEASE NOTE: The P-51D's IAS gauge is VERY not surgical or precise in reality, nor is it in DCS. It's close/good enough to fly safely, thats about it. It is a progressive dial instrument, which means that as the needle sweeps around the gauge face, it may read more/fewer measured units per X number of degrees swept by the gauge needle. Thats why it looks weird, because it is.

As such - the gauge was designed with Miles Per Hour in mind.

KPH: I've set the large tick marks at 100 KPH increments and done my best to make it usable - the smaller ticks are 20kph increments, the rest you can figure out just be eyeballing it, it should make sense (as much as the MPH one does anyway in terms of its stupid progressive increments!)

MPH: I've simply added the color coded marker pins. That's it. Keep reading.

KIAS: Converted to read in KIAS with large ticks every 50 KIAS read, small ticks ever 10 KIAS read. Personally I prefer KIAS as that's... well, it's what I fly in with real airplanes, and most of the rest of world does too. Enjoy.

Rage Faces: Lets be honest, taildraggers are flown almost entirely by feel alone (seat of the pants, ladies!) and as such, you are really only looking at your airspeed during a fight to ensure you don't over-dive and hit VNE, and during the pattern right before landing you want to hit your safe flaps/gear speeds, then your ideal approach speed, and then from there on out your eyeballs need to be on the runway. KIAS ticks are still on the for-fun-only Rage Faces gauge version, but this one is just for fun, and not to be used for surgical observance of airspeed (duh).

As always, if you find anything wrong with my mods, need a hurt feelings report to fill out and submit to ED, or just need someone to talk about donuts with at 2am, I've been banned from the DCS forums and my email address is herrijam@gmail.com

-QM
  • License: Freeware - Free version, Unlimited distribution
  • Language: English
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