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Tailwheel Steering On A P51d

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I have Shockwaves P51D Installed in my FS9 and because I do not yet have a Yoke & Peddles, Toe Brakes I have a hell of a time when I try to taxi to parking. Does anyone know what to do to enable tailwheel steering on this bird please??? :(

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Hi,Something I found somewhere: make the following change to the aircraft.cfg ://0 Class <0=none,1=wheel, 2=scrape, 3=float>//1 Longitudinal Position (feet)//2 Lateral Position (feet)//3 Vertical Position (feet)//4 Impact Damage Threshold (Feet Per Minute)//5 Brake Map (0=None, 1=Left, 2=Right)//6 Wheel Radius (feet)//7 Steer Angle (degrees)//8 Static Compression (feet) (0 if rigid)//9 Max/Static Compression Ratio//10 Damping Ratio (0=Undamped, 1=Critically Damped)//11 Extension Time (seconds)//12 Retraction Time (seconds)//13 Sound Type//14 Airspeed limit for retraction (KIAS)//15 Airspeed that gear gets damage at (KIAS)[contact_points]point.0 = 1, -38.0, 0.00, -3.820, 1200, 0, 0.333, 0, 0.55, 2.80, 0.50, 8.0, 8.0, 0, 131, 131point.1 = 1, 1.25, -11.00, -9.80, 1600, 1, 1.400, 0, 0.745, 1.25, 0.85, 10.0, 10.0, 2, 131, 131point.2 = 1, 1.25, 11.00, -9.80, 1600, 2, 1.400, 0, 0.745, 1.25, 0.85, 10.0, 10.0, 3, 131, 131The center "tail" gear is the one that has the lateral (third) value set to 0.0 The 7th value is the Steering Angle, that's the one you need to change. In this case it is set to 0. This will allow steering with the yoke or rudder pedals. If this number is currently set to either 0 or 180, set it to something like 60; the bigger the number the more sensitive the steering will be.Regards,Hugo

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Hi,Something I found somewhere: make the following change to the aircraft.cfg ://0 Class <0=none,1=wheel, 2=scrape, 3=float>//1 Longitudinal Position (feet)//2 Lateral Position (feet)//3 Vertical Position (feet)//4 Impact Damage Threshold (Feet Per Minute)//5 Brake Map (0=None, 1=Left, 2=Right)//6 Wheel Radius (feet)//7 Steer Angle (degrees)//8 Static Compression (feet) (0 if rigid)//9 Max/Static Compression Ratio//10 Damping Ratio (0=Undamped, 1=Critically Damped)//11 Extension Time (seconds)//12 Retraction Time (seconds)//13 Sound Type//14 Airspeed limit for retraction (KIAS)//15 Airspeed that gear gets damage at (KIAS)[contact_points]point.0 = 1, -38.0, 0.00, -3.820, 1200, 0, 0.333, 0, 0.55, 2.80, 0.50, 8.0, 8.0, 0, 131, 131point.1 = 1, 1.25, -11.00, -9.80, 1600, 1, 1.400, 0, 0.745, 1.25, 0.85, 10.0, 10.0, 2, 131, 131point.2 = 1, 1.25, 11.00, -9.80, 1600, 2, 1.400, 0, 0.745, 1.25, 0.85, 10.0, 10.0, 3, 131, 131The center "tail" gear is the one that has the lateral (third) value set to 0.0 The 7th value is the Steering Angle, that's the one you need to change. In this case it is set to 0. This will allow steering with the yoke or rudder pedals. If this number is currently set to either 0 or 180, set it to something like 60; the bigger the number the more sensitive the steering will be.Regards,Hugo
Thankyou for trying to help Hugo. I tried changing the points using your numbers but the aircraft was then elevated about a meter above the tarmac lol. This is a problem I have been trying to find an answer for for a long time now, I just keep asking every once in a while. One of these days maybe (smile). Here is the aircraft config file: (just in case it might help)[fltsim.0]title=P-51D 'Snooks'sim=p51dmodel=panel=sound=texture=kb_checklists=P-51D_checkkb_reference=P-51D_refatc_id=472505atc_airline=atc_flight_number=atc_heavy=0ui_manufacturer=WWII FIGHTERSui_type=P-51D Mustangui_variation='Snooks'ui_typerole="Single Engine Prop"ui_createdby="Shockwave Productions Inc."description='Cadillac of the Skies' is what pilots and civilians alike came to call the North American P-51 Mustang, and with good reason. Certainly the best all-around fighter of WWII, when all factors are considered, the aircraft was beautiful to behold, in the air or on the ground. The flight characteristics, while suicidal for a novice, were sharp-edged and rewarded a skilled pilot with pulse-pounding performance. The Mustang, in the 'D' model especially, had impressive range, excellent firepower, superb visibility, and exemplary agility and speed. While other aircraft were able to match some aspects of the Mustang's performance, none were able to match all of them. This "World War II Fighters" edition of the Wings of Power P-51D features the latest in "Absolute Realism" flight modeling and many other enhancements for the ultimate P-51D experience.atc_id_color=0x00000000atc_id_font=Verdana,-11,1,600,0prop_anim_ratio=1.02visual_damage=0[General]editable=1 atc_model=P-51Datc_type=EXPERIMENTAL performance=Manufacturer: North American\nModel: P-51D Mustang\nEngine: Packard-Merlin V-1650-7\nTakeoff Power: 1,490 horsepower\nCombat Power: 1,720 horsepower\nTop speed @ 25,000 ft: 437 mph TAS\nTop speed @ sea level: 366 mph TAS\nInitial climb: 3,500 fpm\nArmament: Six .50 caliber machine guns with 1,880 rounds of ammunition.\nRange: 1,195 miles on internal fuel\nEmpty weight: 7,266 lbs.\nTakeoff weight: 9,600 lbs.\nMaximum weight: 12,403 lbs.\nOrdnance: (2) 1,000 lb. bombs, ten rockets, or two 75-gallon drop tanks. Category=airplane[weight_and_balance]max_gross_weight = 12403empty_weight = 7266reference_datum_position = 0, 0, 0empty_weight_CG_position = 0, 0, 0empty_weight_pitch_MOI = 8604empty_weight_roll_MOI = 5359empty_weight_yaw_MOI = 10943empty_weight_coupled_MOI = 0CG_forward_limit = 0.000CG_aft_limit = 1.000max_number_of_stations = 6station_load.0 = 200.000000, -2.900000, 0.000000, 0.200000, Pilotstation_load.1 = 94.000000, 1.780000, 0.000000, 0.440000, Oil Tankstation_load.2 = 200.500000, 0.000000, -7.250000, -1.700000, Gunsstation_load.3 = 200.500000, 0.000000, 7.250000, -1.700000, Gunsstation_load.4 = 282.000000, 0.000000, -9.000000, -1.500000, Ammostation_load.5 = 282.000000, 0.000000, 9.000000, -1.500000, Ammo[lights]//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit, 5=landinglight.0 = 3, 0.06, -18.59, -0.9, fx_WWIIF_navred_smlight.1 = 3, 0.06, 18.58, -0.87, fx_WWIIF_navgre_smlight.2 = 3, -0.19, -18.54, -0.87, fx_WWIIF_strobewhi2light.3 = 3, -0.16, 18.52, -0.87, fx_WWIIF_strobewhilight.4 = 4, -2.28, 0, 1.93, fx_WWIIF_vclightlight.5 = 3, -0.23, 17.39, -1.25, fx_WWIIF_recog_sm_rlight.6 = 3, -0.89, 17.38, -1.25, fx_WWIIF_recog_sm_glight.7 = 3, -1.55, 17.38, -1.25, fx_WWIIF_recog_sm_y[GeneralEngineData]//0=Piston, 1=Jet, 2=None, 3=Helo-Turbine, 4=Rocket, 5=Turbopropengine_type = 0fuel_flow_scalar = 1.000min_throttle_limit = 0.000000max_contrail_temperature = -25engine.0 = 9.200, 0.000, 0.000max_contrail_temperature=-25[fuel]//Longitudinal (feet), Lateral (feet), Vertical (feet), Usable(gallons), Unusable (gallons)fuel_type = 1number_of_tank_selectors = 1electric_pump = 1Center1 = -6.530, 0.000, 0.000, 85.000, 0.000LeftMain = 0.000, -3.500, -1.900, 92.000, 0.000RightMain = 0.000, 3.500, -1.900, 92.000, 0.000External1 = 0.000, -7.650, -3.600, 75.000, 0.000External2 = 0.000, 7.650, -3.600, 75.000, 0.000[contact_points]static_pitch = 13.85static_cg_height = 6.52tailwheel_lock = 1gear_system_type = 1max_number_of_points = 18point.0 = 1, -13.8839, 0, -3.55, 3000, 0, 0.55, 180, 0.25, 2, 0.8, 5, 4, 0, 148, 180point.1 = 1, 1.7, -5.915, -7.1, 6000, 1, 1.125, 0, 0.4, 2.5, 0.8, 7, 10, 2, 148, 180point.2 = 1, 1.7, 5.915, -7.1, 6000, 2, 1.125, 0, 0.4, 2.5, 0.8, 10, 7, 3, 148, 180point.3 = 4.000, 0.000, -18.228, -1.292, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 5.000, 0.000, 0.000point.4 = 2.000, 0.000, -18.035, -1.330, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 5.000, 0.000, 0.000point.5 = 4.000, 0.000, 18.032, -1.327, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 6.000, 0.000, 0.000point.6 = 2.000, 0.000, 17.726, -1.369, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 6.000, 0.000, 0.000point.7 = 4.000, -19.199, 0.000, -1.152, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 9.000, 0.000, 0.000point.8 = 2.000, -19.803, 0.000, -1.011, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 9.000, 0.000, 0.000point.9 = 4.000, -4.350, 0.000, -3.827, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000point.10 = 2.000, -3.417, 0.000, -3.734, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000point.11 = 2.000, -3.006, 0.000, -3.672, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000point.12 = 2.000, 10.262, 0.000, -0.676, 1200.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 4.000, 0.000, 0.000point.13 = 4.000, 2.994, 0.000, -2.975, 10000.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 4.000, 0.000, 0.000point.14 = 2.000, 4.048, 0.000, -2.861, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 4.000, 0.000, 0.000point.15 = 2.000, 5.915, 0.000, -2.548, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 4.000, 0.000, 0.000point.16 = 2.000, 7.556, 0.000, -2.181, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 4.000, 0.000, 0.000point.17 = 4.000, 8.990, 0.000, -5.114, 1500.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000[keyboard_response]elevator = 350.000, 500.000aileron = 450.000, 1000.000rudder = 200.000, 1000.000[forcefeedback]gear_bump_nose_magnitude = 1000gear_bump_nose_direction = 18000gear_bump_nose_duration = 250000gear_bump_left_magnitude = 2000gear_bump_left_direction = 35500gear_bump_left_duration = 250000gear_bump_right_magnitude = 2000gear_bump_right_direction = 500gear_bump_right_duration = 250000ground_bumps_magnitude1 = 1250ground_bumps_angle1 = 8900ground_bumps_intercept1 = 5ground_bumps_slope1 = 0.48ground_bumps_magnitude2 = 450ground_bumps_angle2 = 9100ground_bumps_intercept2 = 0.075ground_bumps_slope2 = 1crash_magnitude1 = 2000crash_direction1 = 1000crash_magnitude2 = 2000crash_direction2 = 9000crash_period2 = 7500crash_duration2 = 2500000stick_shaker_magnitude = 2000stick_shaker_direction = 0stick_shaker_period = 111111[airplane_geometry]wing_area = 235.750wing_span = 37.030wing_root_chord = 8.660wing_dihedral = 5.000wing_incidence = 0.000wing_twist = 0.000oswald_efficiency_factor = 0.880wing_winglets_flag = 0wing_sweep = 3.500wing_pos_apex_lon = 2.170wing_pos_apex_vert = 0.000htail_area = 27.980htail_span = 13.200htail_pos_lon = -13.830htail_pos_vert = 0.000htail_incidence = 0.500htail_sweep = 9.000vtail_area = 9.610vtail_span = 4.530vtail_sweep = 20.000vtail_pos_lon = -15.680vtail_pos_vert = 0.680elevator_area = 13.050aileron_area = 12.000rudder_area = 10.700elevator_up_limit = 28.000elevator_down_limit = 24.000aileron_up_limit = 21.497aileron_down_limit = 20.346rudder_limit = 30.000elevator_trim_limit = 17.500spoiler_limit = 0.000aileron_to_spoileron_gain = 0.000spoiler_handle_available = 0min_ailerons_for_spoilerons = 0.000min_flaps_for_spoilerons = 0.000spoilerons_available = 0auto_spoiler_available=0positive_g_limit_flaps_up=12.000000positive_g_limit_flaps_down=10.000000negative_g_limit_flaps_up=-8.000000negative_g_limit_flaps_down=-6.000000[electrical]max_battery_voltage = 24generator_alternator_voltage = 28max_generator_alternator_amps = 100engine_generator_map = 1electric_always_available = 0avionics = 1, 5, 17pitot_heat = 0, 15, 17additional_system = 0, 20, 17gear_warning = 0, 2, 17fuel_pump = 0, 5, 17starter1 = 0, 20, 17light_nav = 0, 5, 17light_beacon = 0, 5, 17light_landing = 0, 5, 17light_taxi = 0, 5, 17light_strobe = 0, 5, 17light_panel = 0, 5, 17light_recognition = 0, 5, 17light_wing = 0, 5, 17light_logo = 0, 5, 17light_cabin = 0, 0, 0[flight_tuning]cruise_lift_scalar=1.000 pitch_stability=1.000 roll_stability=1.000 yaw_stability=1.000 parasite_drag_scalar=1.000 induced_drag_scalar=1.000 elevator_effectiveness=1.000 aileron_effectiveness=1.000 rudder_effectiveness=1.000 elevator_trim_effectiveness=1.000 aileron_trim_effectiveness=1.000 rudder_trim_effectiveness=1.000 p_factor_on_yaw = 1.755torque_on_roll = 2.856gyro_precession_on_yaw = 1.0gyro_precession_on_pitch = 1.0[Views]eyepoint=-2.9,0.0,2.15 [piston_engine]power_scalar=1.000 cylinder_displacement=137.250 compression_ratio=6.000 number_of_cylinders=12 max_rated_rpm=3000.000 max_rated_hp=1720.000 fuel_metering_type=2 cooling_type=1 normalized_starter_torque=0.035 turbocharged=1 max_design_mp=67.000 min_design_mp=5.000 critical_altitude=24100 emergency_boost_type=0 emergency_boost_mp_offset=0.000 emergency_boost_gain_offset=0.000 emergency_boost_duration=0 fuel_air_auto_mixture=0 auto_ignition=0 max_rpm_mechanical_efficiency_scalar=1.000 idle_rpm_mechanical_efficiency_scalar=1.000 max_rpm_friction_scalar=1.000 idle_rpm_friction_scalar=1.000 [propeller]thrust_scalar=1.000 propeller_type=0 propeller_diameter=11.167 propeller_blades=4 propeller_moi=49.000 beta_max=65.000 beta_min=23.000 min_gov_rpm=1400.000 prop_tc=0.010 gear_reduction_ratio=2.088 fixed_pitch_beta=0.000 low_speed_theory_limit=80.000 prop_sync_available=0 prop_deice_available=1 prop_feathering_available=0 prop_auto_feathering_available=0 min_rpm_for_feather=0.000 beta_feather=0.000 power_absorbed_cf=0.900 defeathering_accumulators_available=0 prop_reverse_available=0.000 minimum_on_ground_beta=0.000 minimum_reverse_beta=0.000 [exits]number_of_exits = 1exit_rate.0 = 0.4 ;Percent per second[brakes]toe_brakes_scale= 0.65parking_brake= 1[gear_warning_system]gear_warning_available= 0pct_throttle_limit= 0.000flap_limit_power= 0.000flap_limit_idle= 0.000[Reference Speeds]flaps_up_stall_speed=99.000 full_flaps_stall_speed=87.000 cruise_speed=275.000 max_indicated_speed=439.000max_mach=0.81[autopilot]autopilot_available=1 flight_director_available=0 default_vertical_speed=700.000 autothrottle_available=0 pitch_takeoff_ga=8.000 max_pitch= 10.000max_pitch_acceleration= 1.000max_pitch_velocity_lo_alt= 2.000max_pitch_velocity_hi_alt= 1.500max_pitch_velocity_lo_alt_breakpoint= 20000.000max_pitch_velocity_hi_alt_breakpoint= 28000.000max_bank= 25.000max_bank_acceleration= 1.800max_bank_velocity= 3.000max_throttle_rate= 0.100nav_proportional_control= 9.000nav_integrator_control= 0.250nav_derivative_control= 0.000nav_integrator_boundary= 2.500nav_derivative_boundary= 0.000gs_proportional_control= 9.520gs_integrator_control= 0.260gs_derivative_control= 0.000gs_integrator_boundary= 0.700gs_derivative_boundary= 0.000yaw_damper_gain= 0.000[hydraulic_system]electric_pumps=0engine_map= 1,0,0,0normal_pressure=1000[stall_warning]type= 1stick_shaker=1[attitude_indicators]attitude_indicator.0=1[turn_indicators]turn_indicator.0= 1,0[direction_indicators]direction_indicator.0=1,0 [Radios]Audio.1=1 Com.1=1 Com.2=1 Nav.1=1,0,1 Nav.2=1 Adf.1=1 Transponder.1=1 Marker.1=1 [Flaps.0]type= 1span-outboard= 0.500extending-time= 12.000system_type= 1damaging-speed= 150.000blowout-speed= 225.000lift_scalar= 0.000drag_scalar= 0.000pitch_scalar= 1.000flaps-position.0= 0.000, 0.000flaps-position.1= 10.000, 0.000flaps-position.2= 20.000, 0.000flaps-position.3= 30.000, 0.000flaps-position.4= 40.000, 0.000flaps-position.5= 50.000, 0.000[Flaps.1]type= 2span-outboard= 0.500extending-time= 12.000system_type= 1damaging-speed= 150.000blowout-speed= 225.000lift_scalar= 0.000drag_scalar= 1.000pitch_scalar= 0.000flaps-position.0= 0.000, 0.000flaps-position.1= 1.000, 0.000flaps-position.2= 5.000, 0.000flaps-position.3= 15.000, 0.000flaps-position.4= 30.000, 0.000flaps-position.5= 50.000, 0.000[Flaps.2]type= 2span-outboard= 0.500extending-time= 12.000system_type= 1damaging-speed= 150.000blowout-speed= 225.000lift_scalar= 1.000drag_scalar= 0.000pitch_scalar= 0.000flaps-position.0= 0.000, 0.000flaps-position.1= 15.000, 0.000flaps-position.2= 25.000, 0.000flaps-position.3= 40.000, 0.000flaps-position.4= 45.000, 0.000flaps-position.5= 50.000, 0.000[effects]wake = fx_WWIIF_wakewater = fx_WWIIF_spraydirt = fx_WWIIF_tchdrtconcrete = fx_WWIIF_sparkstouchdown=fx_WWIIF_tchdwn, 1contrail = fx_WWIIF_contrail_sstartup=fx_WWIIF_engstrt-p51windshield_rain_effect_available = 1[smokesystem]smoke.0 = 0, 0, 0, fx_WWIIF_propsmoke[pitot_static]pitot_heat=1.000000[vacuum_system]max_pressure=5.150000vacuum_type=1electric_backup_pressure=0.000000engine_map=1,0,0,0[pneumatic_system]max_pressure=0.000000bleed_air_scalar=0.000000[deice_system]structural_deice_type=1

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Hi,Try the following - it worked for the default DC 3 and the default Ford Tri- Motor [ thanks to Opa's tips and tweaks' downloadable from the library]. Go to the .cfg file and alter the 7th set of figures at 'point.o' from 180 to 60.Regards Stuart U.K. :(

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