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  1. Totally stoked about today's update! The Spitfire family is my favorite airframe (along with the P-38). The announcement of the XIV joining our sim was already a highlight for me, but now getting to know that I'll be able to choose my favorite version (e wing with eliptic wing tips) is just perfect. Many thanks to the devs for their hard work. And for giving us so many options to tailor single planes to our likes.
  2. Agreed... I can hardly imagine what those poor chaps must have felt when they realized things took a wrong turn, trapped inside such a tiny and dark space, not being able to escape. The horror. Transporting additional personal in the fuselage of fighter planes seemed to have been a common tactic among other air forces as well. I've once read about a Soviet pilot (forgot his name, sorry) who lost his life while trying to emergency land his plane (think it was a Yak type...) after a technical problem. He was ordered to bail out, but refused to do so, because he was transporting a member of his ground crew in the fuselage. Unfortunately the landing attempt failed and both were killed. I bet somebody on here can give a more detailed insight of this tragic event.
  3. I agree on eveything you said. Though I'd like to add that flying this plane is nothing but a treat even if you don't use VR. Yes, from a competitive view this plane won't get you far. But the experience you'll get from flying it compares to nothing else in this game. Absolutely priceless and worth every penny.
  4. What I'm looking most forward to are the three British planes (Spitfire Mk. XIV, Typhoon, Mosquito) and the channel map, which will give us users the opportunity to create early war scenarios. I'm curious about what iteration of the Spitfire Mk. XIV we will receive. If I had to make an educated guess, I'd say we'll be getting the high back version with a C-wing, even though I hope for the devs to add an optional E-wing. Doubt we'll be seeing a low back with bubble canopy...
  5. Thanks for clearing this up. And sorry for causing confusion with my answer, but it sounded pretty logical to me. Again, it came from a math teacher of mine. I can actually remember now when he said it, it was when our class was supplied with new scientific calculators, which could be set to different units, including both degrees (360 max. value) and gradian (400 max. value). On the latter one he commented that we wouldn't need to use it, for it is only used in other countries, mentioning Russia as an example. Guess this was just a joke by him, or maybe him simply passing on misinformation. This 'information' and the maximum value shown on the I-16's gauge and the 53 degrees from the planes description almost corresponding perfectly when compared in both degrees and gradian units simply led me to my false assumption. Again, sorry for my wrong answer. And no, it was not intended as a 'in Soviet-Russia' cheap shot.
  6. Just here to wish you a happy birthday 🙂 Please don't count this post of mine as an entry for your giveaway, though. Still thanks for your generosity. Ps.: Living a happy life after eventually turning thirty actually is possible. Various scientists from all over the world have confirmed this.
  7. If I'm not mistaken, the reason for this is that Russia uses a different degree system, where 400 degrees is the maximum value, compared to the more common 360 degree system. At least a math teacher of mine mentioned something along these lines, many years ago. If you devide 60 degrees by 400 and 53 degrees by 360 it roughly gives you the same result, namely about 15%. I guess that the 60 degree shown on the I-16's gauges simply is the value that equals the 53 degrees of the common 360 degree system. Anyone still feel free to correct me if my assumptions are wrong.
  8. I'd recommend to get them all at once, if financially possible. If that's not an option, I'd recommend the exact same order as above. BoS gives you a plane set I'd like to call essential to start your journey as a WWII pilot. BoK offers a very good plane set as well, but especially shines with the Kuban map, which is easily the best map of them all. BoBp brings both the late war planes and a nice, really big map into the game. Both the P-38 and the Spitfire Mk. IX are my two favorite airframes, so I have a personal bias towards this module over... ... BoM. Again, this module brings you some very nice early war planes, like the I-16 and the Bf-109 E (the 'most different' Bf-109 experience you can get in this game), which are a joy to fly. Still, I'd recommend this one the least. Again, all modules are very good and offer their own experiences and come with different advantages. My list is a result of pure personal bias, of course, but be assured: Even in my book 'top tier' BoS and 'bottom tier' BoM are not seperated far from each other, quality wise.
  9. I agree, especially if you compare the sounds of most of the guns to their IL-2 1946 counterparts, mostly when you look at (or better: listen to) the MGs. The MG-131 sounded syntethic and not very beliavable, especially from inside the cockpit back in the day. While it might be true that you shouldn't hear the weapons at all from inside the cockpit, the sound design as it is feels quite astonishing. I have to agree with the OP though, that the MK-108 sounds somehow off in its' current iteration. But maybe that's only because I can't get its' hammering 1946 BOOM sound out of my head 😅
  10. When it comes to 'big' Great Battles modules, this scenario would be my favorite, along with Italy 1943. Apart from that, I just hope for the release of quite some collector's planes to fill in those gaps that prevent us from simulating scenarios we can't at the moment (and with the furure release of the Leningrad map). The following planes are a personal wishlist of mine: Fighters: - Brewster Buffalo - Hawker Hurricane (luckily we'll be getting this one soon) - I-153 - IAR-80/81 Bombers: - B-25 - IL-4 - Ju-87 B Transport: - C-47 / Li-2 Recon: - Fi-156 I know this is quite some list and that we might not even see half of them becoming a part of this sim. But I still hope that at least a few of them are gonna make it someday.
  11. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Even though I'm one of those people who enjoy the effect (maybe not for realism, but definitely for making players able to grasp that they are surrounded by glass and not just a frame with thin air in between), I can hardly argue with you. I'd still disagree on your point of pilots not accepting low quality materials for their planes, especially when it comes to our given time frame. A major complaint by VVS pilots was the low quality of the plexi glass in many Russian plane types. If you compare the reports from what we have in game, it looks like we ended with the far better material.
  12. Nope, I really enjoy the scratches on the canopies as well. Even though the effect could be toned down a little, I wouldn't want to see them gone, for they really give you the sense of being surrounded by (plexi) glass, together with the light blue tint of amored glass sections. The new effects shown in this diary look amazing and will only add up to the feeling of 'being there'. Stunning work.
  13. This! I really enjoy the new damage model for what you described right there. Before the update many kills were results of losing a wing or at least parts of it. Often the outcome was kind of predictable even before the attack was over. You pulled the trigger, you saw the impacts on the enemy's wing, you knew it would come off any second. This has changed. On my last SP sortie I was flying in a FW-190 A8, when encountering two Spitfire Mk. IX. I started my attack on one of them and was able to give him a full broadside with my cannons and MGs from slightly above, hitting both wings and fuselage. For a moment (I don't think it lasted longer than one or two seconds, but it felt very, very long) it looked like my attack had zero effect on him and in my mind I was like "No way he could survive THAT!". But a blink of an eye later the Spitfire started to briefly lift up, before entering a stall, spiraling down to the ground for good. I can't exactly tell why, but it felt incredibly rewarding. Much more than broken off wing, take nth.
  14. Armament of the destroyer consists only of a single MG-FF 20mm plus three MG-17. And a bombload smaller compared to the A-4's. For more forward firepower you would need the night fighter version, which switches the ventral gondola for two additional MG-FF. Not sure if we're going to see this modification.
  15. I'd like to second that. I'm pleased that the devs have decided to go for the C6, for I really like this version of the Ju-88. That said, I feel like the plane won't be too competitive in our sim, especially when it comes to mp. As much as I like the plane, I feel like that it's poorly armed (especially for a Zerstörer), featuring just a single 20mm MG FF and three MG 17 as forward armament.
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