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  1. The. 303s are pretty good at one thing: puncturing coolant tanks. As soon as you see that thick white smoke, you can disengage, because you have put your oppoment on s timer, and they will shortly head home. Often they will make it home, and you won't get a kill, but you have still done your job.
  2. As far as I've read, neither the ShKAS nor the ShVAK were particularly prone to jamming. The rotating "bird cage" ensured an extremely smooth cycling necesary for very high RoF, and the relatively soft steel and loose tolerances used in manufacturing also helped (but severely reduced service life, though not as badly as the UB) However, apparently, when a ShKAS/ShVAK did jam, it jammed HARD.
  3. I shot the wheel off a P-40 last night. It went straight for my wheels as well but only managed to knock off the gear cover.
  4. This reads like a typical set of tactics for a gamer who is singularly focused on personal score. You might get somewhat decent scores that way, but you are not really being useful to your team. My suggestions, if you want your team - not just yourself - to succeed would be: 1. Join a squad, or at least be on TeamSpeak or whatever communications the server recommends. Give reports and listen to what your team mates say. 2. Don't fly alone. With just one wingman with a minimum of coordination you'll see twice as much and be very tough for an enemy to engag
  5. Wait a minute... You LIKED season 8??!?? As in "felt positive about it"? Yeez man, you're off the deep end.
  6. I've seen the first kind in the air from time to time, mostly flown by an opponent. I've only ever flown the second kind myself tho...
  7. A simple question with a complicated answer - or at least with several answers, most of which probably contributed to the downfall of the MiG-3. 1. The VVS was right in the middle of a massive transitioning to a new generation of aircraft, which would replace pretty much all types over the next couple of years. The result was, that pilot training was severely lacking. The MiG-3 was by far the most advanced aircraft fielded by the VVS at the time, and the pilot retraining program simply couldn't keep up. This meant, that there were always more MiGs available than there were pilots
  8. If I can make a suggestion, give the MiG-3 a try. It is immensely satisfying to fly and has a lot of interesting quirks. Against it's 1941 contemporaries, it is VERY capable - only really outclassed by the Bf 109F4, has very nice view from the cockpit and very pleasant handling in the air. The ground handling is... ....intreresting. But if nothing else it provided an interesting challenge. Plus, it's the prettiest aircraft ever built.
  9. I-16 vs. Bf 109E7 P-38J vs. Bf 109G14 LaGG-3 vs. Bf 110G2
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 o
  13. 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
  14. @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.
  15. 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 facto
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