02.05.2006 01:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to a new update of Forgotten Hope 2. We had a week-long interruption in our news, while FileFront performed necessary maintenance, but we hope this week’s update will prove to have been worth the wait.
Today’s first item, the Hawker Hurricane was the main fighter of the RAF through the early stages of World War II. Most of the German planes shot down by British aircraft during the Battle of Britain were downed by Hurricanes, which while slower than the newer Supermarine Spitfire, was highly resistant to damage, maneuverable, and perhaps most importantly, was available in much larger numbers. As more Spitfires became available, Hurricanes were gradually replaced as a frontline fighter, and many were relegated to more specialized roles such as ground attack. Over 14,000 Hurricanes were built during the war.
The version shown today is a Hurricane Mark IIC, which entered service early in 1941. The IICs were equipped with an improved Rolls-Royce Merlin XX engine, which gave a maximum speed of about 334 miles per hour, and carried four Hispano-Suiza 20 mm cannon. The Hurricane Mark IIC was modeled and skinned by Lobo.
Our second item today is the Ordnance ML 3 inch Mortar, which was a standard weapon used by British infantry from its introduction in the 1920s and throughout the Second World War. The Mark II version could fire a 10 lb (4.54 kg) projectile 2750 yards (2525 m), and could be loaded with HE or smoke. It was usually transported by vehicle, although it could by broken down and carried by three men, when necessary. The 3 inch Mortar was modeled by Primo_itch, skinned by ctz and McGibs, and normal mapped by ctz.
Our last images for this week, are of a sandbag-walled North African section of trench, to provide a place to dive for cover when the mortar and Hispano-Suiza shells start to fall. The trenches were created by Lobo. These trenches are something of a "proof of concept" project, so expect to see more like them in the future.
That's all for today, but please come back next week for another Forgotten Hope update. Until then, feel encouraged to visit our public forums to discuss this update or other news.