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  1. Safe to say that the home stretch for release is on the horizon?
  2. Had some time in the Tempest (11lbs), Spit and P-51 (both at 150 octane). Safe to say that the Tempest will make the shortest work of 262s. The Spit with 25lbs basically doesn't lose energy in well coordinated turns and absolutely shredded the AI K-4 at the same fuel setting. The P-51 is a really fun all-rounder as well.
  3. This Spit is one of the only (if not the only) examples still flying with its factory engine. If the engine [edited] then that's really a true shame.
  4. The LF Vc with Merlin 50M/55M served with the RAF and the French until the cessation of hostilities - mostly in the Med theatre - but these usually had the later elevator, 6-stub exhausts and other features which at first glance would make it hard to distinguish from a Mk. IX.
  5. The music in that trailer was a bit loud, would've loved to hear the Sabre's soundset. But alas this really is a work of art!
  6. That P-38 cockpit is a work of art. And regarding the Collector planes, if I even see a hint of "XIV" I may pass out from the lack of blood going to my brain.
  7. The P-51 is simply an inherently slicker airframe, the "laminar flow" wing in practice infers little advantage over a conventional airfoil. Properly applied Meredith theory, universal flush-riveting, lower thrust line and generally more refined aerodynamics allowed it to be faster than the Mk IX. The Spitfire IX also has one of the slicker airframes of the period, but the radiators (which couldn't properly apply Meredith theory, despite the fact they were designed to) and projecting cannon barrels created parasitic drag which cut down top speed a fair bit. What should have been done was get rid of the cannon and go for a 4x .50cal setup, much like the P-51B/C. This would have eliminated much of the parasitic drag being produced by the compromises made to fit the Hispano and its feed motor properly.
  8. Not quite, the airframe is broadly similar externally, but internally everything is revised and reinforced. Add to that the entirely different wings, it truly is a much more potent aircraft. Griffon Spitfires are a very confusing story. After the F Mk XII interim type with a single-stage Griffon, there were meant to be two "super-Spitfires": the F XVIII with the E wing (albeit with new stainless steel spars which allowed for higher VnE and greater stores capacity) and the Supermarine Victor F 21 (new names were discussed but eventually dropped), which was a revised version of the original fuselage with a wholly revised wing with extended tips and much larger tabbed ailerons (the tips were later clipped to the original span but unmodified in planform, which is why they look a bit blunted). The 21 was intended to arrive first (which it did) with the XVIII with a fail-safe in case the new wing was a flop. The XIV was in fact an offshoot of the Mk 21 project using the Mk VIII airframe, as an interim to get a two-stage Griffon "super-Spitfire" out as soon as possible for the invasion - but it ended up sticking just as the Mk V and IX did. Unfortunately it inherits the downsides of using an airframe specifically designed for the Merlin, unlike the XVIII and 21 which were purpose-built.
  9. Frankly the F Mk 21 is more interesting to me; I know it's not really relevant to the timeline to be depicted (in-service late March, reached the continent only at the end of hostilities) but it just tickles my fancy somehow I can't explain it.
  10. Sorry if I came off a bit prickish oof, I've just never been a fan of that recording it just underwhelms me for some reason. I hope the team has come up with something you'll just want to fire the volume up for.
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