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2 Mental Omega News Bulletin #30 (13/06/2018)

Posted by Speeder on June 13, 2018 in Mental Omega APYR News

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As you might have heard or read, the original plan of mine for patch 3.3.4 for Mental Omega was to have it contain the conclusion of the Act Two storyline - the remaining 7 missions, the names of which you already know. After some thought and some recent developments, I've decided to switch the plans a bit and release new content to the players sooner, since I've known for a while that these final missions of Act Two would take more time and effort than usual to be completed, and a release earlier than in December would not be possible (and this date is not final either). As such, there's going to be an additional patch in Summer - the 3.3.4 update will become something different than I initially intended.
 

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Thanks to the efforts of our mission designers, both veterans and newcomers, we've prepared 9 completely new singleplayer missions for this surprise update! They are as follows:

  • Allied Covert Op Mission Fullmetal
  • Allied Covert Op Mission Gridlock
  • Soviet Covert Op Mission Eclipse
  • Soviet Covert Op Mission Dawnbreaker
  • Soviet Covert Op Mission Brothers in Arms
  • Epsilon Covert Op Mission Taciturn
  • Epsilon Covert Op Mission Nightcrawler
  • Epsilon Covert Op Mission Survivors
  • Foehn Origins Mission The Great Beyond

The Great Beyond is the 2nd out of three additional missions for the Foehn Origins. Back when I first announced Nobody Home for Foehn, I intended for the Origins campaign to have 3 missions total, however, thanks to Esther and Ollerus, the final number of missions in it will be 6, with the last 2 missions to be released alongside the finales of Allied, Soviet and Epsilon campaigns.
 
While Covert Ops are mostly side stories, Dawnbreaker and Brothers in Arms are both part of the final Soviet story arc: the liberation of Russia from Yuri's hands. As the Soviet task force on the Moon is preparing for their counter attack, the forces that remained on Earth after Meltdown begin the grand operation ahead of them, preparing the grounds for the major siege of Moscow.
 
Eclipse is a Chinese mission which takes place during their invasion of Japan in Act One. Survivors shows what Malver has done after Obsidian Sands, while Nightcrawler does the same for Rahn. Taciturn takes place between Act One and Act Two and is about Yuri's forces chasing down a Chinese agent who has found out the big Russian secret. The Allied Covert Ops, Fullmetal and Gridlock show what challenges the other task forces from the Paradox Expedition had to face, while the Paradox Engine itself was moving towards Cape Town.
 


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In addition to the new Foehn Origins mission and Covert Ops, another Challenge map will be added:

  • Firestorm Challenge against the Wings of Coronia armies with a Blasticade stronghold

As usual, new skirmish/multiplayer maps will also be available. They are as follows:

  • '(2) Closed Wide Open', '(2) Golden Spiral', '(2) Inferno Galore', '(3) Easter Island', '(4) Blood Feud Redux', '(4) Blue Hawaii', '(4) Dune Petrol',  '(4) Dune Shredder', '(4) Goldshire', '(4) Tetris', '(4) The Well', '(4) Woody Island', '(6) Avalanche', '(6) Black's Big Bluff',  '(6) Megalocirque', '(6) Rorschach', '(6) Winter Desolation'

Out of the all planned bugfixes and changes, I believe the following are the most noteworthy:

  • 'Free for All' can be chosen again as a game mode, it blocks the ability to make alliances before and during battle with no exceptions
  • the Built statistic has been added to the Statistics screen, which can now be completely cleared through a new button in the client
  • players can now choose a 'Random subfaction from a specific side' option in skirmish/multiplayer
  • Observers can now see a player's current production or money by clicking on their buildings
  • all amphibious transports are now immune to EMP weapons (but not freezing weapons)
  • several of Foehn infantry had their transport size reduced from 2 to 1 and can form IFV combos
  • Allied Co-Op map 'Low Rider' fully works again

You can see the complete list of upcoming new additions, proposed changes and bugfixes under the following link:
 

Patch 3.3.4 Changelog

 
Send us all the feedback regarding the proposed changes for the new update at the usual places. Long live Command & Conquer!
 

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The developer playthrough of Mental Omega campaign continues on our YouTube channel. Ahead of its release, you can already take a look at the Epsilon Covert Op Taciturn:
 

 

That's all for now, stay tuned for the 3.3.4 release and more news to come! 
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D & SHP Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 

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0 New D-day website

Posted by Mig Eater on June 6, 2018 in D-Day News

Yep it's that day of the year again, June 6th! Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Allied amphibious landing in Northern France which led the way for the liberation of Western Europe from German occupation.  

Of course today is also the anniversary of the Red Alert 2 mod D-day, which has now been in development for 16 years. To celebrate I have completely redone the D-day website with a new look and features. I plan to continue working on the new site to add more information and content in the coming weeks, which I'll post updates about on D-day's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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In addition to the new website I have also created a Discord chat server for D-day. I will be there as much as I can, so feel free to join in and ask me any question you may have about D-day.

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0 Patch 2.2.7 released!

Posted by OmegaBolt on June 1, 2018 in Tech Center News

Another month, another patch! This time with brand new, exclusive maps, a new gamemode and a whole lot of balance tweaks and bug fixes.

 

Here's an example of the new gamemode, and one of the new maps!

 

 

Big Features

  • FULL CNCNET SUPPORT - which means you can now view the number of online players from the client user bar (move your cursor near the top of the client window). You can also now visit the main CnCNet lobby from the YR Red-Resurrection client.
  • NINE NEW MAPS - Including 6 exclusive 1v1s and 3 2v2s.
  • ONE NEW GAMEMODE - Competitive, with a small select map pool and fixed options for tournament play.
  • And lots more changes... ranging from bug fixes to balance tweaks to graphical improvements.

You can view the full changelog here.

 

The patch can be downloaded and manually installed, if you are unable to use the client updater for whatever reason.

 

MANUAL INSTALL

 

Remember you can always join our Discord for active discussion and first-look at every upcoming patch!

 

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0 Patch 2.2.6 released!

Posted by OmegaBolt on May 2, 2018 in Tech Center News

After a couple of weeks of balance testing, a new patch is released that contains a bunch of fixes for things, balance changes and new artwork.
 

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Due to the overwhelming traffic from users using the website and downloading updates the website has been offline for the last 15 days as bandwidth was exceeded. As such I will restrict future updates to likely one per month, unless there's some desperate fix needed, and encourage people to download the manual install from ModDB when possible.
Here's a complete list of changes below.

Changelog
  - Updated Ares to latest test build
  - Updated manual
  - Updated AI:
    - Should now build more ore miners
    - Now functions with less money, and less cheating (unless Brutal AI is enabled). Denying miners can actually cripple their eco
    - Can now build and use the Cybernetics Core
    - Gets to T4 slower, building other things first instead
    - Should build more defences (particularly anti-air)
  - Updated missions:
    - S06: can no longer build Iron Curtain
  - Snow Place Like Home (4): fixed visible light posts and shroud glitch at the top of the map
  - Wojtek HP increased from 1250 to 1400
  - Liberty Tank HP increased from 650 to 750
  - Bishop HP reduced from 600 to 500
  - Prism Tank HP reduced from 1000 to 900
  - Combat Drugs: 50% firepower bonus replaced with a 40% rate of fire boost
  - Lightning Storm superweapon area of effect increased from 16 to 20
  - Flamethrower has gotten a new cameo
  - Bazooka cameo updated
  - Psi Corps Trooper has gotten a new cameo
  - Desolator has gotten a new cameo
  - Dante HP decreased from 900 to 800
  - Hammer Tank HP increased from 750 to 850
  - Tesla Mammoth damage per bolt increased from 140 to 180
  - Perun damage per lightning bolt reduced from 200 to 150
  - Flak Cannon received new artwork
  - Fusion Thrusters:
    - Duration reduced from 1 minute to 45 seconds
    - Speed boost reduced from 60% to 50% increase
    - Now also boosts rate of fire by 50% but decreases firepower by 25% (so an effective 25% firepower increase)
  - Mammoth Tank:
    - Now has a cameo (in case of being reverse engineered)
    - Cost reduced from 1750 to 1500
    - HP reduced from 1800 to 1500
  - Russian style wall towers should no longer display a missing string


The patch can be downloaded and manually installed, if you are unable to use the client updater for whatever reason.
 

MANUAL INSTALL


Remember you can always join our Discord for active discussion and first-look at every upcoming patch!
 

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0 Contra 009 work in progress - Update 13

Posted by predator_bg on April 8, 2018 in Contra News (eng)

Welcome to another Contra update and Happy Easter!
 
This time it took longer to release a news update, but the work never stopped since the last update. There's work behind the scenes and there's work you see in news such as new models. After all, we posted News Update 11 and 12 one week apart like never before, while keeping them detailed.
 
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Weather Manipulation Device (or WMD) is in the spotlights again. But why this model again? A sudden game crash was preventing us from inserting the model with all the initial details. Fortunately, that was fixed and the model was successfully inserted and looks as good as planned.
 
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Laser general's Tokamak super power plant got a texture overhaul and it glows on night maps.
 
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Salvage Factory is a new building for Assault general. It was about time for Assault to get a special building since Stealth has Jammer Station, Toxin has Chemical Lab and Demo has Airfield. This new building is of course still being tested, but currently, it is available at rank 3 and costs $3000. Salvage Factory drops a salvage crate at the red mark each few seconds. Players have to manually place their tank on that spot in order to get the crate. In addition, "Recycling" upgrade is now available for research at this structure, thus at rank 3. We have some more ideas for this structure which may become active abilities.
 
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The good old SDI Cannon is now a good new SDI Cannon. All stats remain unchanged.
 
One good screenshot follows up. Let's not forget about the standard way of showing cool stuff, hey! Infantry general's Troop Crawlers...
 
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... but it's not over yet. Particle and sound effects have also been improved without performance cost.
 

 
Before we end this update, we want to link you to Maelstrom's twitch. He streams Contra every Saturday, showing new content while testers play online: https://www.twitch.tv/maelstromx103
He was very generous to record new voice lines for Angel robots, and is planning to do some more for other units.

And as usual: Link to Discord.
 
Hope you enjoyed!

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3 YR Red-Resurrection 2.2 released!

Posted by OmegaBolt on April 1, 2018 in Tech Center News

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Soviet invasion confirmed! This is not a drill! YR Red-Resurrection 2.2 is finally here, no joke!

It is by the far biggest update to the mod ever, having taken the last year to develop (to the month), driven largely by the interest and feedback fromt the little discord community that has developed. The original goal was simply to port the mod to the CnCNet 5 client, making it possible to play online again and increase accessibility, but as it went along it resulted in almost totally overhauling the eight countries as well, making them very individual and unique.
 

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Tonnes of work has gone into this and I definitely want to thank the testers and contributors for making it possible and, largely, a fun experience. :p  Particularly a thanks needs to go to Starkku for making this entire thing possible by providing lots of technical support, particularly with the client, and the toolset he has developed.

And now its out!

Features
  • Two factions, the Allies and the Soviets with all new arsenals.
  • Four countries per faction, each with 12-15 unique units, structures and support powers.
  • An entirely rebalanced experience with rapid, dynamic gameplay providing the player with plenty of opportunities for attack.
  • Over 140 new units, structures & support powers (with 75+ added in this patch alone!).
  • Over 300 multiplayer maps and several game modes, including Dead Resurrection - where infantry killed in combat rise from the dead.
  • The vanilla Red Alert 2 campaign ported to work with the additional content of Red-Resurrection.
  • The CnCNet 5 client from rampastring & Starkku, with additional unique features.
  • Also includes an offline manual and map editor!

DOWNLOAD NOW


 And if you wish to take part in the growing Red-Resurrection community, follow the links below!
 

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0 Soviet Invasion Confirmed

Posted by OmegaBolt on March 26, 2018 in Tech Center News

Progress has come to a head on the development of YR Red-Resurrection 2.2, Commander. The Soviets have amassed their armies, the Allies are prepped for war and the world is a powder keg waiting to blow any day now! Who will you fight for?
 

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Yes, this means the next release is imminent and will feature:
  • Two factions, the Allies and the Soviets with new arsenals.
  • Four countries per faction, each with 12-15 unique units, structures and support powers.
  • An entirely rebalanced experience with rapid, dynamic gameplay providing the player with plenty of opportunities for attack.
  • Over 300 multiplayer maps and several game modes, including Dead Rising - where infantry killed in combat rise from the dead.
  • The vanilla Red Alert 2 campaign ported to work with the additional content of Red-Resurrection.
  • The CnCNet 5 client from rampastring, with additional unique features and menu themes.
To tie you over I've also uploaded a few more videos to youtube recently, the latest of which is a 2v2 with me & tyhednus vs AdmiralPit & modder666 (of Final War). Mistakes were made.
 


Stay tuned.

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0 Me-262 And Friends

Posted by Mig Eater on March 15, 2018 in D-Day News

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I'm back with a big news post covering the early development of German & Japanese jet aircraft with several Me-262 variants and copies. I actually made these units early last year & started writing the wiki pages for them last April! I'm glad I can now finally finish posting them.

Another variant that I started working on but was unable to finish was the Me-262 C-3a, which featured an extra rocket engine in the tail for short speed boosts. Due to limitations with the game's engine I was unable to get this system working, if it becomes possible in the future tho it will be added to D-day. I'd also planned to include the Soviet Sukhoi Su-9 & British Hawker P.1048 with these but both are independent designs that only resembled/were inspired by the Me-262 tho. I'll make them both at a later date along with several other early Allied jets.



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The German Me-262 was the first mass-produced & operationally used jet fighter in the world. Work on this revolutionary aircraft started in late 1938 under the code name Projekt 1065, the initial design proposed in April 1939 differed considerably from the production version, the engines were mounted in the wing roots & the wings were straight. Development of the BMW 003 jet engines intended for the Me-262 was repeatedly delayed because of the many technical problems encountered with this brand new propulsion system. Because of these problems it was decided to move the engines to pods fitted under the wing to facilitate easy removal for maintenance. This change also necessitated a change of the wings to a swept configuration to compensate for the change in centre of gravity.

The first "V1" prototype was ready in April 1941 however the BMW 003 jet engines intended for the aircraft weren't ready so a conventional Junkers Jumo 210 engine with a propeller was fitted to the nose so basic testing of the airframe could be carried out. It wasn't until November 1941 that a pair of BMW 003 were ready to be fitted to the prototype. For the first test flight the Jumo 210 was retained for safety, which proved wise as both BMW 003 engines suffered a flameout causing them to stall, the Jumo 210 was then used to bring the prototype safely back to base. With this failure it was decided to switch to the more reliable Jumo 004 jet engines. The first flight with the Jumo 004 took place on July 1942 in the V3 prototype, marking the first flight of the Me-262 with jets only.

There was opposition to the Me-262 from several high-ranking officials during early development including the head of Messerschmitt, who wanted to concentrate production on proven propeller designs. As well as the commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring who expected the war to be won before the aircraft could be ready for production, as such funding & support was withheld at times. After the Me-262 prototype was demonstrated to Hitler in mid 1943 he also insisted that the design should be modified into a multi-role fighter-bomber which lead to redesigns of the nearly finished fighter aircraft. These political problems along with the extended development of the jet engines meant that the Me-262 wasn't able to go into operation use until April 1944, six years after its original conception.

Once in combat though it proved highly capable and able to outperform most allied fighters, with several pilots becoming aces. It was however extremely vulnerable when taking off or landing as it couldn't maneuver or accelerate during this time or the engines would stall. Allied pilots would take advantage of this by loitering around airfields & then attacking Me-262 as they appeared. To combat this the Germans reinforced the anti-aircraft fortifications leading up to the runway in order to give the Me-262 more cover. As the war situation deteriorated though most Me-262's were grounded because of fuel shortages & a lack of trained pilots that could handle the power of the new jet aircraft.

Following the end of the war American, British, French & Soviet forces scrambled to capture these prized aircraft so they could be studied to advance their own jet aircraft programs. Comparative tests between the British Gloster Meteor & American P-80 Shooting Star showed the Me-262 to be superior in several aspects however the engines required constant maintenance & had a relatively short lifespan. As such these tests didn't last long and several aircraft were lost due to engine failures.

Out of the 1,430 aircraft built during the war only nine still exist today in museums, with only one still in its original markings. In 2003 the Texas Airplane Factory started the "Me-262 Project" in which they built several replicas using an original Me-262 that was undergoing restoration as a template. Unlike most replicas, which are classified as unique aircraft, the exact replication of the parts used in these Me-262s meant that they are officially registered as newly built Me-262s with the variant name of A-1c. They are all owned by private collectors who often fly them during air shows in American & Germany.



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The Messerschmitt Me-262 A-1a/U4 (in some sources know as the Pulkzerstörer "Pack destroyer") was a modification of the standard Me-262 A-1a airframe, replacing the four 30mm Mk108 cannons in the nose with a single 50mm Mk214 cannon. The 30mm Mk108 while a powerful weapon had a short range which along with the Me-262's high speed meant that the engagement time against enemy aircraft was often very short, especially against slow moving bombers. The 50mm Mk214 greatly increased the damage and weapon range of the Me-262, even giving it the ability to engage bombers from outside of their defensive range. The weapon had a limited amount of ammunition and was difficult to use while manoeuvring though, making it unsuitable in a dogfight with other fighters. Only two of these aircraft were built Wk/nr 111899 & Wk/nr 170083 in early 1945, there are rumours that one of them was used in combat before the war ended but no evidence has been found to substantiate these claims.

After the war Wk/nr 170083 was captured by American forces at Lechfeld airfield and transferred to the 54th Air Disarmament Squadron led by Colonel Watson (aka Watson's Whizzers), a unit which was tasked with finding and capturing advanced enemy aircraft. In preparations for transferring the aircraft back to American for testing its markings were repainted with USAF roundels and was named Wilma Jeanne after Watson's wife. It was then flown to Cherbourg where it was loaded onto the British aircraft carrier HMS Reaper along with other advanced German aircraft for the long journey across the Atlantic. Arriving in New Jersey the aircraft were then flown to Freeman Army Airfield, during the flight a turbine blade broke in the engine of the Me-262 A-1a/U4 and the plane was destroyed in the resulting crashed.



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The Messerschmitt Me-262 B-1a/U1 was a specialised night fighter variant of the Me-262 equipped with a FuG-218 Neptun radar for finding enemy aircraft in the dark. Development of a night fighter variant of the Me-262 started in late 1944 with the construction of the Me-262 A-1a/U2 prototype (Wk/nr 170056) which used the standard single seat A-1a airframe. Multiple tests were carried out using several different types of radar devices. While the technical sides of the tests proved successful the pilots however reported that they had difficulty flying and using the radar system simultaneously. In light of this it was decided to move development to the Me-262 B-1a two seater trainer airframe, the extra seat which was normally used by a flight instructor was instead modified for use by a dedicated radar operator who could guide the pilot to enemy targets. The addition of the radar antenna protruding from the nose produced extra drag and decreased the aircraft's speed, the space needed for the second seat required the removal of one of the fuel tanks too. To compensate for this loss two external fuel tanks were fitted under the nose, this also increased the drag and decreased the speed. Even with this loss in performance the Me-262 B-1a/U1 was still much faster then the enemy bombers and their escorts. Messerschmitt started work on developing a more advanced version called the Me-262 B-2a which would have featured a lengthened fuselage to hold more fuel instead of the external fuel tanks and the new "Berlin" centimetric radar dish which could be placed inside the nose reducing drag, the war ended before work on a prototype of this improved version could begin though.

Only seven of the Me-262 B-1a/U1 night fighters were built before the end of the war, they were all given to the 10th squadron of the Nachtjagdgeschwader 11 who used them to great effect with several of the pilots becoming aces, including Kurt Welter who still holds the world record for the most enemy planes shot down in a jet aircraft. In an effort to neutralise this threat the RAF bombed the based they were operating from, after which only four aircraft were left. After the war the three remaining aircraft were captured by British forces who transported them back to Britain for testing, one of them crashed during a storm and another was scrapped. The third and final aircraft was given to the South African air force where it sat in storage for many years, it was then given to the Johannesburg Museum who restored it in 1971 and has since been one of their major exhibits.



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The Me-262 SB.1a (Schnellbomber Ia) was a proposed "fast bomber" variant of the Me-262. The main difference was the relocation of the cockpit from the centre of the aircraft to the nose, this greatly increased the pilot's vision for the bombing role. This meant that the nose mounted cannons had to be removed though and it had to rely on its greater speed to outrun any enemy fighters. The front landing gear also required modifications to make it rotate 90 degrees and lay flat under the pilots seat. The space once occupied by the pilot was used to house an extra fuel tank increasing the aircraft's range. The design didn't progress further than the initial design proposal and no prototype or production version were built.



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The Messerschmitt Me-262 A-2a/U2 was a dedicated bomber variant of the Me-262 featuring a completely new fully glazed nose section that would house a second crew member who would lay down in a prone position. From there he could get a clear view for level bombing runs or guide remote controlled ordinance towards their target. Two prototypes of the Me-262 A-2a/U2 were built before the end of the war, one of them was captured by American forces who presumably took it back to American for testing along with other advance German aircraft and later scrapped it but information on this prototype's final fate is scarce.

One of the types of ordinance proposed for the Me-262 A-2a/U2 was the use of another Me-262 that has been fitted with explosives and converted into a pilotless flying bomb, with the Me-262 A-2a/U2 mounted on top of the pilotless Me-262 in a Mistel configuration. For take-offs they were both placed on a specialised trolley fitted with a rocket booster, after becoming airborne the trolley would then be jettisoned and collected for reuse. Once the Me-262 A-2a/U2 was within range of the target it would detonate the explosive bolts holding the two aircraft together. The bombardier in the nose of the Me-262 A-2a/U2 would then take remote controlled of the Me-262 bomb via radio and guide it to a collision course with the target.



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During World War II multiple factories in Czechoslovakian were employed by the Germans to produce different parts for the Me-262 A-1 fighter and Me-262 B-1 trainer aircraft. At the end of hostilities in Europe the factories and parts were captured by Soviet forces, all complete aircraft and some parts were taken back to the Soviet Union for testing. The jibs, tools and documents within the factories were handed over to the newly restored Czechoslovakian government though. Using some of the parts left by the soviets along with others newly constructed in the wartime factories Avia set to work to produce their own version of the Me-262 A-1 and Me-262 B-1. The first of the single seat aircraft the Avia S-92 was completed in August 1946 with the first two seater Avia CS-92 trainer flowing in December 1946. The aircraft proved to be difficult and extremely time consuming to make with many of the parts having to be individually hand made, making each plane slightly unique. As such only nine Avia S-92 and three CS-92 were completed over the next three years before production was discontinued. They served in the 5th fighter squadron as a training unit to help pilots get their first experience with jet aircraft. Most were scrapped in the 1950's but a single S-92 and CS-92 remain on display in the Prague Aviation Museum.

Yugoslavia showed interest in buying the S-92 and CS-92 and placed an order for one of each for evaluation but didn't receive any aircraft. There are reports that Israel bought several S-92 and one of them exploded during a test flight in April 1950, however there is no evidence to substantiate this. There have been suggestions that the aircraft that exploded was really a Gloster Meteor that the British had secretly given to Israel for testing and it was claimed to be a S-92 to cover it up, while slightly more plausible this is still a matter of conjecture.



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In early 1944 the Japanese military attaché in Germany was shown the Me-262 along with several other advanced German aircraft. Impressed by these new designs he reported back to the Japanese high command on who then authorized him to open negotiations to buy a production licence for the Me-262 & Me-163. Documents for the two planes along with a complete Me-163 and other aircraft parts where then loaded onto the Japanese submarine I-29 in Lorient France and left on 16 April 1944 to take the perilous journey around Africa back to Japan. On 14 July 1944 the I-29 arrived in Singapore, several of the passages then disembarked and completed the rest of the trip by plane, taking some of the Me-262 documents along with them. Once resupplied I-29 also left Singapore to complete the finial part of it's journey back to Japan. While going through the Luzon Strait though the I-29 was intercepted & sunk by American forces. With the loss of the I-29 & the parts it carried the engineers at Nakajima only had the few documents flown from Singapore along with the memories of a few offices who had seen the Me-262 first hand to work with.

Even with this limited amount of information Nakajima started work on the Kikka in September 1944. Several changes where made to the original Me-262 design making it simpler and easier for manufacture in Japan including using more readily available materials such as wood. One major change was the addition of folding wings which would enable the aircraft to be concealed more easily. At first it was planed to fit the Kikka with the Ishikawajima Tsu-11 motorjet which was originally designed for use on the MXY7 Ohka kamikaze plane. Instead Ishikawajima started development of new jet engine specificity for use in the Kikka called the Ne-10, this design however was unable to produce enough thrust to power the Kikka. With this failure work moved to the Ne-20 which was a reverse engineered version of the German BMW 003, the engineers at Ishikawajima only had a few photographs and a cut-away drawing to work from though. Even with this limited amount of information they were able to produce a usable engine.

The first prototype was completed in June 1945 and after ground tests it took to the skies for it's first flight on 7 August 1945 with with Lieutenant Commander Susumu Takaoka piloting. The short flight went well but the Ne-20 required a long time to get the Kikka up to takeoff speed. To elevate this on the second test flight the Kikka was fitted with RATO (rocket assisted take off) units, unfortunately the rockets had been fitted at an incorrect angle resulting in the Kikka crashing during takeoff. Work started on repairing the damage but the war ended before they could finish. A second prototype was also nearing completion at the time the war ended, along with around 20 other airframes in various stages of completion. After the war American forces captured airframes number 3, 4 and 5, they where sent to Patuxent River Naval Air Base in America for testing. The prototypes where later cannibalized to make a single complete aircraft, which was then given to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Museum kept it in storage for many years but it has recently been moved it to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for restoration work.



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While Nakajima's main focused was on completing the Kikka as quickly as possibly to help counter the expected Allied invasion of the Japanese home islands. A second team lead Iwao Shibuya started development of another aircraft that more more closely followed the original design of the Me-262 called the Ki-201 Karyu (Fire Dragon). This aircraft would also incorporate more advanced equipment that was then in development such as the Ne-230 turbojet & Ho-155-II cannons. A prototype was expected to be finished & ready for testing in December 1945, however the war ended before work could start putting an end to the development of the Ki-201.

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7 Mental Omega News Bulletin #29 (9/03/2018)

Posted by Speeder on March 9, 2018 in Mental Omega APYR News

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Finally, the newest patch for Mental Omega is here, and it is quite a milestone. The update 3.3.3, which includes Ares 1.0 by AlexB, marks the release, in which the save/load functions have been restored. Yes, you read that right - SAVE/LOAD FUNCTIONS ARE BACK IN MENTAL OMEGA. Additionally, since we've skipped Ares 0.E, we can mention that AlexB has also delivered another selection of improvements to Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge game engine. Like always, you can either use the Mental Omega Client to perform the update or download the files manually and extract them to your Mental Omega folder.
 
It's also worth mentioning again that our website supports two other languages, with language packs for the mod, which have been updated to work with update 3.3.3: Chinese and Russian.
 
 

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So, if you didn't get it the first few times: update 3.3.3 fixes save/load, so if you've been stalling your quest through the Mental Omega campaign, waiting for this feature to come back, now is the time! In addition: a customized version of the FinalAlert2 map editor, which is compatible with Mental Omega 3.3, is included in this update and accessible through the mod's client.

If you are a Windows 10 user and you've been experiencing issues with Mental Omega multiplayer recently, this update should fix those issues for you. If that doesn't happen, let us know. Also, you might want to try the new renderer, DDrawCompat created by Narzoul - it might enhance your game performance, especially if you are using the aforementioned Windows 10.
 

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The 3.3.3 update comes with 11 new singleplayer and cooperative missions, steadily approaching the conclusion to Act Two of Mental Omega. It also marks the release of first 3 missions for the 4th faction, the Foehn Revolt. In the story, they take place after Machinehead.
  • Allied Act Two Mission Insomnia
  • Allied Covert Op Mission Obstinate
  • Soviet Act Two Mission Meltdown
  • Soviet Act Two Mission Earthrise
  • Epsilon Act Two Mission Machinehead
  • Epsilon Act Two Mission Unthinkable
  • Epsilon Covert Op Mission Blood Rage
  • Foehn Origin Mission Nobody Home
  • Foehn Origin Mission Kill the Messenger
  • Foehn Origin Mission Tainted Empire
  • Epsilon Co-Op Mission Metaphor (replaces Cornered)
The 3.3.3 update includes full mission briefings for all of the new missions, meaning that this time there are none without one.
 

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In addition to the new story-based maps, a new Challenge map has been added, with its own unique trait, and several previously released ones have been heavily revamped.
  • Heroslayer Challenge against the enemies with a powerful "army of clones"
Last, but not least, numerous new skirmish/multiplayer maps have been added. They are as follows:
  • '(2) Big Little Lake', '(2) Obsidian Knoll', '(2) Poisonous Milk', '(2) Route Sixty Six', '(3) Medusa', '(3) Don't Cross the Streams', '(4) Extra Small', '(4) BizarroGrid', '(4) Ivory Wastes', '(4) Mentalopolis', '(4) Not Without A Boat', '(4) Practice Yellow', '(4) Red Sun Canyon', '(4) Scorpion Trail', '(6) All the Fury', '(6) Alert Status Red', '(6) Ant Arctic', '(6) Blizzard Peaks', '(6) Cold Hard Crash', '(6) Frostburn', '(6) Paradise Warfare', '(8) Pacific Rim Mega', '(8) Tic Tac Toe'

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Just like the last time, let's now talk about important gameplay changes, balance tweaks and bugfixes in this patch.
  • a new unit has been introduced into the Foehn navy, the Whipray: it is an anti-aircraft drone ship with a confusion rifle and a 'Golden Rocket' launcher, which requires a Cloud Piercer to be built. With its introduction, the Swordfish loses its AA capabilities, but also gets a price decrease to compensate.

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  • you can now check the game host's ping in the CnCNet lobby
  • the AI has been heavily revamped, especially in the special game modes
  • when starting a match or mission, you should no longer spawn into the original game's main menu and crash
  • most of Co-Op maps have been updated to feature difficulty changes
  • new Statistics window in the client logs your skirmish/multiplayer battles
  • multiple new IFV modes have been added to the game, Mercury IFV mode has been removed, each hero now has a mode of its own
  • Experimental Warpshop build limit has been increased from 1 to 2
  • firepower of all capturable tech defenses increased by 10-20%
  • price of all T2 defense towers decreased from $1200 to $1000
  • cloaked objects no longer get uncloaked when hit with effects, which don't affect those objects
  • stat buffs are now applied to objects, which are under the effect of Iron Curtain/Force Shield, most of nerfs still are not
  • you will now be given a proper amount of starting cash in Epsilon Co-Op Backbitten
  • choosing United States in Contagion Challenge will no longer give your MCV to the enemy instantly
You can see the complete list of new additions, changes and bugfixes under the following link:
 

Patch 3.3.3 Changelog

 
:thumbsuphappy: Send us all the feedback regarding the new update at the usual places.
 

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The developer playthrough of Mental Omega campaign continues on our YouTube channel. Videos for each of the new missions, on Mental difficulty, will soon be available on it. Here's Nobody Home, the beginning of the Foehn Origins.
 


That's all for now, stay tuned for more news! 
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists3D & SHP ArtistsMission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 

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2 Back from the dead

Posted by Mig Eater on March 2, 2018 in D-Day News

Yes your eyes do not deceive you, new D-day news post! It's been nearly a year since the last news post, this has mainly been due to a technical problem that blocked me from accessing the D-day website & forums, thus I was unable to post anything for over 10 months! Sadly during this time I was somewhat demotivated to work on D-day, I still made a few random units for fun but I didn't make that much overall progress tho.

Gladly now that the problem has been resolved I'm feeling refreshed, revitalized & ready to work on D-day again. So to kick things back into action I've made a set of generic buildings as well as a generic sidebar & loading screen. These graphics will be used as placeholders for where I have yet to make specific national themed artwork. Which can normally take months to just research & several more to make all the 3D models.

So with this set France will no longer be using those hideous grey boxes with "placeholders" written across them. It also means that the new countries of Poland, China, Sweden & Czechoslovakia that I have been slowing working on will be include as playable (but incomplete) sides in the next release along with Japan. These are of course just placeholders & each of these country will receive unique national artwork in a later release.

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I also plan to make a set of generic defensive buildings as well in the near future & of course I still have a backlog of over a 100 units that I still haven't posted/added to the wiki yet too so expect more news to come soon.

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