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TFX: by Digital Image Design

HUD (Heads Up Display) from TXX, 1993

Configuration

SECTION TWO

TFX CONFIGURATION

Until you become comfortable with TFX's level of realism, we recommend you select 'EASY' settings (or equivalents), to get into the swing of things. As your confidence grows you can make life more difficult for yourself and learn how to really fly by bumping up the settings. To return to TFX Configuration menu, press the "accent" key.

FLIGHT CONTROLS

Choose from 'JOYSTICK', 'MOUSE' or 'KEYBOARD' to control the basic flight of the aircraft. Note that the mouse is always used for the selection of options.

WORLD DETAIL

There are three levels: 'LOW', 'MEDIUM' or 'HIGH'. The lower the level of detail, the faster TFX runs.

FLIGHT MODEL

You decide the level of realism of the flight model and consequently the effect of forces on the aircraft and its handling. Choose from 'ARCADE', 'SIMPLE', 'REALISTIC' and 'MILITARY SPEC'. The choice depends on your confidence and ability.

ARCADE

Flight models don't come much simpler than this ... You can defy the laws of physics and have a ball. You can fly at ridiculous speeds but cannot stall or crash and you won't be affected by extreme turns.

SIMPLE

A little more complicated than the Arcade flight model.

REALISTIC

Very, but the aircraft are still simple enough to fly as the onboard computers take care of most of the hard work, leaving you to enjoy the flight - and combat, of course.

MILITARY SPEC

The creme de la creme of flight models. There has never - repeat, never - been a flight model as authentic as this for the home computer. Note that when using the Military Specification flight model, additions are made to the HUD, the MFDs, and more besides (further details are found in the relevant sections).

SOUND FX

The noises made during play may be turned 'ON' or 'OFF'. If possible, leave the sound effects on - they can help enormously (especially the speech).

MUSIC

Turn 'ON' or 'OFF' all the atmospheric music.

QUIT TO DOS

The same effect may be achieved during play as follows: Press and hold the left-hand shift key then press the Q key to pull up an options screen where you can quit to DOS or quit to the enroll screen. If you quit to the enroll screen, it will not affect your log (as if you have never played the mission) Press and hold the left-hand shift key then press the Q key again to return to DOS.

REALISM MENU

More advanced options. See below for further details.

REALISM MENU

G EFFECTS

The force of gravity can have unpleasant side-effects on pilots in flight (see G-FORCE on page 36). Choose from 'NONE', 'REDUCED' or 'REALISTIC' to determine the extent of redout or blackout when pulling high g's.

LOSS OF CONTROL

Choose from 'NONE', 'PARTIAL' or 'ALL' to determine the extent of control loss in extreme circumstances in flight.

CRASHING

Select 'ON' to ensure that ground crashes destroy your aircraft.

GEAR DAMAGE

Select 'ON' to ensure that rough landings and high airspeeds damage your landing gear.

WIND

Select 'ON' to activate the effects of wind when using the Military Specification flight model. See WEATHER CONDITIONS overleaf for further details.

TEMPERATURE

Affects the aerodynamic characteristics of the air. When this option is 'ON', the temperature will vary with geographic area, weather conditions and time of day. See WEATHER CONDITIONS overleaf for further details.

PRECIPITATION

Mainly affects runway quality, in that a wet runway can lengthen takeoff distance. Select 'ON' to ensure that rain or snow will fall and cause problems.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Note that these only affect the aircraft when using the Military Specification flight model.

Wind conditions vary with geographic area, weather and altitude. Obviously, wind will be very high in a storm, but higher winds will be experienced in the South Atlantic than in Italy. Additionally, TFX models the high altitude gulf stream patterns which are created by the Earth's rotation. In each world area, these are treated as 100-140 knot winds which occur in the stratosphere (above about 30,000 ft) and are roughly constant in direction and magnitude.

Bear in mind that temperatures are higher in hotter countries. That said, African nights are very cold, whereas in Colombia, clouds trap the heat, and there is less variation in temperature. "

From the manual