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  1. Killing a P-38 with a MC.202 is no small feat, congrats!
  2. That's precisely the thinking of Japanese in early '40s about their aircraft. "Why haul all that armor around when you can simply avoid being shot at."
  3. Not only sheer amount of fuel (more than twice the normal capacity of other contemporary fighters), but also its location - first tank to drain going down from 100% is located behind the pilot; when full it shifts your center of gravity backwards, making aircraft nearly impossible to maneuver with. Keep in mind that even with 50% fuel you still have more than what you'd have with 100% in a Spitfire with similar engine for example, so it's up to you to decide how much dead weight you really need to haul around in dogfights.
  4. Being a nuclear physicist I was like this for a second: On a serious note - hat's off for another patch and restless support!
  5. Short answer to OP: Yes. Something is terribly wrong with P-47s FM, in particular it's ability to zoom or energy retention if you will.
  6. Hey all, I've bought a new computer and I'm planning to migrate my IL-2 there. Now since I'm on a metered connection, I'd like to avoid downloading entire sim once again - is there a way I can use the existing install on my old machine to transfer the bulk of data locally and download only the necessary files, thus minimizing downloaded data? Will simply copying the entire folder do the trick, with installer only fixing it? Thnx!
  7. Looks about right. UB was about two times more powerful than MG131 - which was comparable to SAFAT energy wise.
  8. Yeah, MiG is a nasty bird to master, however it does have some perks. Regarding dogfighting, it will give you the smoothest, sharpest turns if you keep her in a narrow domain of about 380 to 400 kph. Go slower and you'll bleed energy like hell, go faster and your controls will become heavy. But stay in that sweet spot and you have one of the best dogfighters in your hands.
  9. Why don't you just upload them on this forum? Simply drag them into the textbox.
  10. "A lady in the air, a bitch on the ground." ~ one of Spitfire test pilots
  11. Yak-1B is an outstanding low altitude performer and dogfighter. Flies like on rails, features an outstanding all round visibility (with glass back armor) with bubble top canopy. 1 on 1 nothing beats it below 4km alt in 1943. However, it has limited air to ground ordnance (2 light bombs, no rockets), limited firepower (one 20mm and one .50 cal UBS), and limited ammo duration (mere 120 shells for 20mm and 200 bullets for MG). Spitfire MkV offers no air to ground weaponry at all, and offers similarly limited ammo duration as a Yak (60 shells per cannon for a total of 120, 300 rpgs for peashooters). It's low level performance will leave you in the dust more than often, however it provides an excellent dogfighting capabilities and good altitude performance. La-5 gives you two ShVAK cannons in the nose with 170 shells per cannon (The best combo of firepower + ammo duration). It also features an air cooled radial which should make you more survivable due to no risk of coolant leak. With an F subversion (included) you get unlimited boost time. However, it doesn't fly nearly as smooth as a Yak or Spit in tight turns. Similarly to Yak, it offers you two light bombs (100 kg max) for ground attack.
  12. Thanks a lot for this, looks really promising! A minor question - it is mentioned in the video that damage modelling for the engine was turned off in order to focus on air-frame damage susceptibility. Does this include fuel tank as well? Because probably there should be more fuel tank fires. Anyhow, stay safe, stay healthy.
  13. The answer is simple and non-philosophical: it was because Jumo 213A couldn't mount engine cannon (it was intended for bombers initially), but 213F could (and did). End of story.
  14. Whoah! Revised DM sounds like another milestone for already launched models. The last one being revised high-g pilot physiology for me. Looking forward!
  15. Seeing what IL-2 dev team can do, I'll take any "ACRARA" (As Close To Reality As Reasonably Achievable ) aircraft they produce! If there is anyone on Earth these days more suitable than IL2 devs to guesstimate the missing parameters for Japanese warbirds, there aren't many. Consequently, not only I wouldn't mind, I'd even encourage and expect them to make informed estimations, extrapolations and even guesses. Hell, even current, well researched aircraft need constant tweaking from the beginning on.
  16. All my G14 skins from DetCord, with upper three among them: https://we.tl/t-u3nvQnHCrF
  17. Yeah, precisely. Looks as if they had no place to give it some serious guns and forcefully squeezed some MGs into the cowling.
  18. The only Soviet WW2 fighter that looks cool IMO - at least until the Yak-9U comes around.
  19. An outstanding gun platform too. I usually use only 4 fifties and keep the cannon in reserve. It's amazing how devastating 4 fifties become when packed tightly in the nose, with no convergence issues. Not to mention contra rotating props, which make it an excellent strafer and prop hanger in dogfights. It's a big target however, and it's tail seems to be made out of balsa wood. Hope this gets fixed (if fix is due).
  20. Historical importance is a reason enough for me. Yes, it might have very similar performance to the Yak-1B, but it might offer much more in form of modifications and weaponry. While Yak-1B was a pure low to med altitude battlefield air dominance dogfighter, Yak-9 was a multi purpose fighter with plethora of loadout options and versions.
  21. I agree, mission generator works in mysterious ways. I recall playing an IL-2 career, where for the longest duration I wouldn't meet anything in the air but gaggles of Bf 109s. No Stukas, no 110s no Heinkels, no nuffin' but hordes and hordes of 109s. Can get boring after a while.
  22. Would be nice to get the SD-4 anti-armor bomblets for these canisters beside standard SD-2. Sort of equivalent of the potent Russian PTAB anti-armor bomblets.
  23. Yay, we are also getting the 2x40mm version!
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