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  1. I-16 vs. Bf 109E7 P-38J vs. Bf 109G14 LaGG-3 vs. Bf 110G2
  2. Yeah, it's a bit of a bummer, but that's how sales work. Some people are just bound to have bought the stuff right before it goes on sale. But look at the bright side: This is arguably one of the best products to pay full price for. The devs are a small, independent team, and they need every penny.
  3. They most definitely produce recoil. You will feel the yawing motion very distinctly, if one of your wing guns is out of action and you fire the other.
  4. Aside from fuses settings, it is important to keep in mind, that bombs and explosive munitions in general were (and are) made to not go off, unless triggered by the right type of fuse. A bomb accidentally falling to the ground might be scary as hell, but something has to go very very wrong in order for it to be set off. If this was not the case, and bombs could go off simply by being bumped or having their shells damaged, then big bomber formations with planes flying close to one another ladden with tons of explosives would have been completely inviable. All it would take is for one bomber to take a hit in the bomb bay to destroy half the formation.
  5. Generally speaking parts would be interchangeable (though often not identical), but in reality it was not always the case. Production quality was rough and tolerances loose. Focus was on producing things that worked right out of the factor, and less attention was given to making sure that each factory produced to the exact same standards. A famous example of this is the PPSh-41 sub-machinegun. It had a 71-round drum magazine that was more or less copied from the Finnish KP-31 and proved notoriously problematic. It could be very reliable and work flawlessly, if it was paired with a gun that fit just right, otherwise it was prone to all sorts of failures. Collectors to this day sometimes meet up in groups to exchange drums and find one that is just right for their PPSh. In the end the Soviets ended up phasing out production of the drums and shift to simpler 35-round stick mags - and eventually move on to the PPS-43, which was even simpler, with even looser tolerancens and ended up as probably the best sub-gun of WW2.
  6. @OP: To me the Yak-9 is worth it, simply because of how important and iconic it is. A plane that was produced in those insane numbers, and served for such a long time pretty much unchanged, is a must-have.
  7. Well... Outwardly and performance-wise the two are very similar (largely coincidental), but in construction they differ quite a bit. The main reason both lines were kept in production, even as they converged was because re-tooling and restructuring the factories that were already producing one line to produce the other would have slowed down production significantly, something the USSR couldn't afford at the time. This was true for almost every aspect of Soviet war time production: Things were only really stadardized within the factory - not between factories. This is why for instance the T-34 tank was at one point being produced with 3 different types of turret, depending on where it was manufactured. Later the two lines of Yaks diverged again and ended up with two quite distinct fighters.
  8. Totally self-contradicting. You claim to want "total simulation", then demand one arcadish thing after another. Please do not for a minute imagine, that you are speaking on behalf of anyone but yourself. This is the one good point you make here: Player communication can indeed be improved, and the devs are well aware of it. Are you really though? Seems an odd way of offering your "help". Barge in on your very first post, clearly having not searched the forum, to see if there are any discussions of the points you are about to bring forth. Insulting the devs at every turn. Pretending to speak for everyone, when you have only been part of the community for mere minutes. This is not "helping", this is trolling.
  9. Wrong, around 3/4 of players never play online.
  10. No, it won't work like you say, because for a plane in flight, wind speed only affects ground speed, not air speed. Once you get a little above treetop altitude, wind generally blows rather uniformly and steadily from one direction. This means that any aircraft flying through the air is carried away by the wind, without the wind being felt by the plane at all. Effectively there is no wind blowing around an aircraft in flight - only as relates to ground speed. The same will go for any projectile fired from said aircraft. It is a bit easier to understand, if you have ever flown in a hot air ballon (an un-tethered one) . Once it takes off it is carried off by the wind, quickly matching the speed and direction of the wind, and suddenly the air around the balloon seems to become extremely calm, as if no wind is blowing at all, and often you can hear noises from the ground with almost unnatural clarity. If you were to fire a gun from a hot air balloon, the bullet would move as if there was no wind as viewed from the balloon. Since there is effectively no wind blowing, it can't affect the bullet and the balloon differently. The exact thing happens to an airplane, but since the plane is not just drifting with the wind but moving under its own power at several hundred mph through the air, the lack of wind is not really felt.
  11. For aerial gunnery (an aircraft shooting at another aircraft) wind has zero influence, because both aircraft are moving with the wind, essentially they are both inside a "block" of air that's moving pretty much uniformly relative to the ground. Therefore there is largely no wind around an aircraft in flight, and the only airflow is created by the aircraft movement through the "block" of air. Wind has a huge impact on air-to-ground gunnery though.
  12. Pretty much all aviators at the time carried a knife. Not as a weapon, but to cut themselves free, in case they became trapped in a wrecked aircraft. The knife he used looked like a standard issue German bayonet, which was a pretty versatile instrument that was easy to get hold of and came with a sheath (great for not accidentally cutting yourself during flight) To me it makes a lot of sense, that a WW1 pilot would carry such a knife.
  13. The British army was not racially segregated (at least not by the time of WW1, but I don't think it ever officially was). Though "colonial" regiments of purely African volunteers were a thing - and these were kept sharply segregated and were often treated with suspicion and disrespect - there was also the occasional Brit of African or Indian descent mixed in with the regular units. The black community in the UK in the 19th and early 20th century was a good deal larger than most people are aware of today. Almost all of them were of course descended from slaves, but by WW1 they were all British citizens and served in the army same as everyone else and were generally not subject to any special regulations. For the same reason, these POC soldiers are largely invisible in the historic scources, because the army did not register people by race, but they do show up in photographs from time to time. Btw: This is not to say that society back then wasn't grossly racist, and that race relations in Britain were rosy red - not at all. But it wasn't like the US and you would meet the occasional POC serving alongside his white comrades.
  14. In that case, it has to be a StuG. If it must be Allied I would say Churchill, just to mix thing up and have something that useful on both fronts.
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