This is kind of a question and suggestion in one.
Question: Do the different level-of-detail models take up much space? When toying around with 3Ds Max back in the days a model was not much more than a few hundred kilobytes. Given that the trees & grass models in arma2 are pretty much all the same only a few LOD models would be needed.
Is it possible to load LOD models into RAM instead of having to load them from HDD every time? I understand there is RAMDISK but having such a feature in the game itself would be really nice. Of course the memory hunger would be a bit bigger but today's systems have 4GBram usually, OA taking 1.6 GB is not that much of a deal. If those other 400MB would be filled with LOD models for quicker LOD switching - I think that is an OK compromise.
Thoughts? Maybe I am totally wrong here. Correct me!