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79_vRAF_Friendly_flyer

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  1. Ia, ia, ph'nglui mglw'nafh Chaika R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn, fhtagn!
  2. The Spitfire was developed throughout the war ad beyond, and it was only a year younger than the Hurry. "Obsolete" doesn't simply mean old, it's a bit more complicated. The problem with the Hurricane was not it's age, it was the construction. The thick wings would never allow it to be a fast fighter. Making it so would mean a radical redesign of the whole structure. Actually, it was redesigned in the experimental Hawker Tornado (basically a beefed up Hurricane with a new engine), which eventually gave way to the Hawker Typhoon. Hawker Tornado, 1st prototype: The Spitfire and Bf 109 (and the P-40) were all metal, thin winged constructions from the outset, making upgrading for faster flight possible without fully redesigning them. Actually, the Bf 109 saw a radical redesign between the E and F models, and the Spittfire too has a radical nose-job to become the Griffon-engined monstrosity that flew at the war's end.
  3. The only aeroplane overlap between the current Battle of Stalingrad ad the announced Battle of Moscow is the lovely Pe-2. The two are different versions, series 37 versus series 87. I have tried to find information on the difference between the two, but so far I've come up blank.
  4. Yes, but come on, it's the tubby little fighter! The epitome of crap-plane so far! I loved that funny little fighter since the first time I saw it.
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  6. Wow, what a beautiful guide! I love those vintage drawings!
  7. Not at all! The tongue is overmodelled! It is far too long, and give it an unfair airflow advantage. If you can map it to s slider, you will be able to out-turn even rabbits and small dogs, which is clearly unhistorical! This graph show the obvious gross mangling of the physics model, with billygoat and kid, and an eve for comparison: This scandalous favouritism to sheep-herding domestic markets rival the overblown roll-rate of the delta wood pencil, scandalous, scandalous!
  8. I have added a Sovjet markings file to Simmers Paintshot. The marking templates they had were made for old IL2 1024x1024 px templates and are too small for BOS-size templates. The new markings file has stars 536 pixels tall, more than ample for the skin templates. Comes with stars in three basic WWII styles, with worn and pristine versions. Enjoy! Download link: http://www.simmerspaintshop.com/forums/downloads/markings/3/large-sovjet-markings-248/
  9. Then again, a gaggle of 109s or even cannon armed Hurricanes with energy advantage and hight speed are dangerous opponents.
  10. Cool! Is the Buffalo a glass-fibre replica?
  11. You're right. It's hard to find good films of a catastrophic boiler rupture.
  12. You could tease us with some more screenies!
  13. Good point! The Zero was an amazing design, but again we see the short blanket theory in action. It only achieved what it did by sacrificing armour, self sealing tanks and a strong airframe. I believe the armament for the Bf 109 F was either two 7,92mm MGs or two 15 mm HMGs in addition to the cannon, but apart from that you are of course right. If we use Williams & Gustin as a reference, the two 15mm HMGs and one 20mm cannon give a gun power of around 112, while 6 Browning HMGs give 360. The HMG/motorcannon combination was too light even against fighters for all but the best shooters, so it was upgraded. The armament on the Mustang can be blames on the US Department of Ordinance and wasn't really a result of any shortcoming on the Mustangs part. If the Mustang had been given, let's say 4 upgraded, short barrel Mk.V Hispanos, it would be on par with the Tempest gun-wise, with a gun power of 1000. It would ad some weight on the other hand, and the Mustang wasn't too manoeuvrable to begin with. In an interceptor role it wouldn't have needed full tanks though, perhaps the two would balance out. As it was though, the 6 Browning HMGs would have been woefully adequate against heavy bombers, and marginal against medium ones. Now, theoretical considerations are all fine and dandy, but ideally we'd like to test it. I suggest firing up old IL21946 an try it out. It's a sim and not real life, but I think we can assume it is, if not correct, at least in the right ballpark. Edit one of the German interception missions and substitute a P-51 for one of those heavily armed 109/190s. If you don't like shooting down B-17s, put in Condors in stead, perhaps throw in a couple of Bf 109 Gs as escort. I believe you will find taking down any bombers very frustrating.
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