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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It's a poor recording from quite far away (the engine note has a frequency too high for some old microphones), these are better: The Sabre was said to be something like 4 times as loud as a Merlin (probably an exaggeration, but apparently late night run-ups of the engine would disturb people and livestock over a mile away), with a very high pitch "scream" sound which was extremely fatiguing to pilots. Since it's also a sleeve-valve engine it should also have that characteristic "whoosh" that the Centaurus and Hercules have (you can hear it in both videos).
  7. I sure hope the team have made some new Sabre engine sounds no game/sim has had a very good approximation of the Sabre's scream so far.
  8. There may have been variations in the upper cowling, as there are in Mk IXs and XVIs, but i think it's just a trick of the camera.
  9. Some Sabre and RP-3 sounds here.
  10. The two supposedly had more or less identical turning circles. Whilst I can't say anything for the P-47, the Tempest has a similar, if slightly worse turning circle compared to the P-51 (specifically the Mustang F Mk III/P-51B): AFDU Trials of early Tempest
  11. It's important as the Sabre was completely unique, with an ear-splitting exhaust note yet also a throaty growl and the "whoosh" of a sleeve valve engine. That video featuring some of the only recordings made makes it useful.
  12. The sound of the Sabre is something important that has to be done right, I feel. Unfortunately this video, and one other recording (of a Typhoon taxying) are all there is in terms of reference:
  13. Tempest 😍😍. What a beauty it will be, I'd wager it'll be the best of the allied mounts.
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