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Hedgehopper in Birds of Steel

Hedgehopper41 (10)

Destroy 5 light targets on Midway Island on Simulator difficulty in the "Midway Atoll" mission.

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Achievement won on 08 Aug 12
TA Score for this game: 1,946
Posted on 24 March 13 at 13:00, Edited on 19 March 18 at 00:20
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Firstly you need to get an exact idea of your targets, so load up the 'Midway Atoll' mission on 'Simplified' difficulty first.

I found it a great help to actually draw a simple sketch of the shape of the larger island from the map and mark the AA guns, trucks and bunkers for an easier idea of their positions. Only the targets on the larger island count for the achievement so ignore the smaller island altogether. Fly around for a while and try to remember things like the buildings and features of the island, and select 6 or 7 of the easiest most distinct targets for elimination. Personally I found the three AA guns along the piers to be easy to locate and take out and I liked the small truck near the large building on the north side too.

Now load up 'Midway Atoll' on 'Simulator' difficulty and destroy five light targets on Midway Island. Taking off is tricky in itself, my best advice is to use a light touch on the toggle stick to gently ease your nose up and use full speed, once leaving the carrier you'll get a lot of problems with control as the aircraft will unforgivably descend and fight you. Use the stick to control the aircraft but don't use any sharp movements and gain as much altitude as required, nice and easy.

Once in the air raise the landing gear and head for the objective. You have to save as many allied aircraft as possible and avoid the flak fire on this one. The large part of Midway Island has around 15-20 targets eligible for the achievement, but you only need five. Concentrate on your pre-selected targets primarily but if you happen to see some flak coming from an AA gun and you're lined up for the shot go for it.

Use a view you feel most comfortable with and use the zoom function to focus your fire more. Your aircraft is going to shake and shimmy violently with every shot so use bursts and if you have allied aircraft in reserve don't be afraid to kamikaze into the targets to finish them off.

Check out this video courtesy of 'MrKORNKLOWN' showing a successful run of this achievement. He does things a little differently than I've suggested but he ultimately gets the job done:
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