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Ka-50 Black Shark: Attack Helicopter Spiral-bound – 31 Mar 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Publishing (31 Mar. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956183603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956183606
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 19 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having bought the excellent PC helicopter simulator DCS:Black Shark, I was at first daunted by the level of detail in the simulator. It is as real as you can get. Manuals are provided in pdf format on the CD, as well as many training videos.
However, what I needed was a hard copy manual to brouse and learn whilst away from the PC. This is the manual I needed.
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It's a print of the pdf included in the simulator but, alas, not in colour.

This makes it hard to understand some graphics, like engine performance since the lines are decoded by colour. Minus two stars for that.
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By ShammyB TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2010
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There was a time when Flight simulators came in a big box with a massive manual.

You don't get them anymore because (a) Flight simulators are not popular enough anymore to justify the additional cost and (b) shops prefer all the game boxes to be the same size (otherwise they dont fit on the shelves!), and that size is a standard DVD case with no room for anything other than an instruction pamphlet (or a pdf manual).

For those of us who love the old school ethic, you can now get the massive ring-bound manual seperately. Result!

All I need now is the keyboard overlay card and fold out map and I'll be in retro-gamer-geek helo-sim heaven :)
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This is a hard copy of the PDF file you get with the software product DCS: Black Shark. As such, it should really have been included with that product, but modern software releases demand cheap-as-possible production so it only comes as an optional extra purchase. I won't mark this book down because of that, as it sort of defeats the notion of reviewing it - if it was any better it wouldn't exist? :)

The main thing you should know about the book is that it is printed in black and white not colour. That said, I didn't miss the colour while reading it, all the information you need to glean is well presented and clear. The PDF book is already very good, so it's no surprise that the hardware version is also very good.

The front & back cover are made of stiff cardboard, which does make it slightly difficult to flick through the pages sometimes using the bend-the-cover flipping action used by most people, but on the other hand it is also a ring-bound volume, meaning you can simply flip the whole cover around to the back/front/wherever.

All in all a very nice product.
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Decades ago you used to buy a flight simulator program and there was enough documentation in the box to help you learn to fly the real thing. Nowadays you get a manual on the disc in PDF and with the price of ink it can be expensive to print it all out. So whilst this may seem expensive if you are serious about your sims you can do a lot worse than this. Good quality paper and ring bound for ease of reference. If it was printed in colour I would have given it five stars.
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Ok i should start by saying this in my opinion should have been added in the box like the sims of old (janes f18 and other sims,Apache-Havok,Falcon 4 etc) as to play this game as intended you realy do need this guide by your side for reference be you a first time Black shark player like myself or i would imagine sesoned players would find it most useful on the battlefield! ok about the book, it is quite well made with thick outer card covers and spiral bound but i will state the inner pages are a little thin and i found that where mine has been made or the holes punched, i had to open each page quite slow on the first run through to avoid ripping them as they had stuck together around the spiral holes and if your not carfull they can rip so go easy!! all in all though this guide book is very very thougher covering not just the game itself but the Ka 50 workings as a whole and weapons etc! if you love this game and or are a first timer i would say this is a must have and also a damn good little guide as a whole! would have been nice to have a little colour inside instead of black and white but thats just being picky!! All you got to do now is grab this guide before it keeps going out of stock!!
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