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  1. 109 is, and always will be my first love. 190 makes me feel like I’m peeking forward through bit fat catfish lips.
  2. I like to use portions of the cockpit and canopy to give me a general idea of the orientation of my aircraft in really hard maneuvers. Glance at canopy bracing, side walls of the cockpit, mirror, etc and how they’re oriented to the ground and horizon. With time, you’ll develop the muscle memory needed to do crazy maneuvers without ever needing to look ahead except when finally lining up a guns shot or the occasional glance at speed. I spend most of the fight padlocked on the bandit when in close and actively fighting the guy, but I spend most of the approach to him and any time saddled up on his six looking around and checking for other trouble. You can’t do that easily in a scissors fight since your relative positions change so violently and unpredictably, and losing sight of the guy is tantamount to suicide. Enter the fight with surplus energy and with some spare horsepower in your pocket, once you start to feel sluggish and you feel the airplane fighting you, then open up as much as you need to maintain your energy and drop flaps. If you get to know your plane, you’ll be able to tell just through changes in handling characteristics what your energy state is and you can save yourself that unneeded glance at the speedometer. Also, zoom all the way out when dogfighting hard the extra FOV you get is life and death. You really only need to zoom in all the way when you’re ready to shoot or to ID a bogey.
  3. Disappointing that many of these memoirs will likely never see western audiences due to lack of translation. I appreciate the suggestions, though.
  4. I've been reading Glantz's "When Titans Clashed" recently to get a better understanding of the theater in a big picture sense, but I really want to dig into some squadron level or personnel memoir style literature to get a feeling of what life was like on the Russian side of the war. We have plenty of fascinating choices to browse that offer the Luftwaffe perspective on the eastern front, but a brief search for similar material on their VVS counterparts turns up little. Does anyone have any recommended reading for someone who wants to dive more in-depth on the VVS experience?
  5. Have you tried mapping the trim hat to the "(X) trim axis" commands yet? The action is described as an axis, but it also takes hat inputs as positive and negative. You also need to make sure that the aircraft you are trying to trim actually has trim tabs. No variant of 109 has elevator, or aileron trim for example - instead it only has direct adjustment of the horizontal stabilizer, located in the commans as "horizontal stabilizer axis". I have also not had any luck with the "trim switch" commands, but "trim axis" commands work just fine. The annoying thing about the mapping interface is that many commands are specific to individual aircraft, and thus have no effect in aircraft that lack those systems or have them automated. I've made the mistake of thinking the binding system is wonking out, when really I was just being a potato and not knowing the functions of the aircraft.
  6. At close ranges the spotting is fairly good, at least with my rig. The real suffering comes in that 10-5km range where the contacts are understandably tiny, and the pixels tend to blend in with the background landscape and even just the plain sky around dusk/dawn. The contacts tend to blend in with the general fuzziness of the horizon, probably as a result of the DOF effects and SSAO. Turning off SSAO does make things pop out more, but in general the contacts at mid range lack contrast with the background. Reflections really help with spotting, and I hope they can be utilized more, especially at that 10-5km range where every little bit of help is needed spotting targets without alternate vis.
  7. Some people take issue with alternate visibility for various reasons. My personal gripe is that planes end up huge at 10km out, but then shrink to tiny imperceptible specs halfway in, then get normal sized in close quarters, and the scaling seems dependent on zoom settings as well - making for a really odd situation where I'd zoom *out* to spot targets at distance. Not perfect and still needs revision imo, but definitely a world of difference. The problem is that many servers still use the original "expert" visibility, and spotting planes outright without flak, tracers, or map callouts is virtually impossible on monitors around 19.5-30 inches unless you really tweak your graphics settings. It makes air to air combat inacessible to those people who will go on to think that they're just bad because they keep getting bounced by invisible fighters, when really its a hardware and graphics issue. Hell, I now play on a 36" monitor, and I still lose fighters if they fly over forests, and its especially bad on winter maps with winter planes. It's not a matter of "alternate being available", but that expert spotting is just objectively bad and uncomfortable - it's the worst part of the sim imo.
  8. Recently transitioning to learning the P-51 and P-47 after maining the P-40 for a while, and am really loving the performance upgrades and better cockpits. If you haven't flown the P-40 much, or ever I seriously recommend starting off with it if you want to really appreciate the horsepower you have. General handling seems very good in the P-51, but there is a *nasty* snap stall if you try to do any quick and hard maneuvering if going slow, or pulling hard Gs already. Right now since I'm still unfamilliar with the 51, it frequently happens when I try to reverse from a high G turn, or when I'm maneuvering hard on the deck. She really seems to need finesse on the stick, no hard panicked jerks, but smooth and consistent pressure to get her around the tightest curves with flaps a couple notches down if needed. She Booms and Zooms with the best, but is also a demon in a dogfight if well handled. The .50s are godly if you're a decent shot, and luckily enough the cockpit canopy frames are narrow enough to let you track targets at high angles off for really well aimed deflection shots, and there's plenty of ammo for them. On high-g tracking snapshots, just pull more lead than you think is needed at first. I personally prefer to lob tracers *in front* of the bandit if I'm going to miss, rather tham behind. Who knows, maybe the guy will panic and have a seizure at the controls?
  9. A very grim fact was that on the opening days of Barbarossa Soviet pilots in the central fronts had on average 3-5 hours of flight experience, almost no training in BFM or night flying, and served in an organization that executed squadron commanders for sabotage in the event of crashes where pilots or even aircraft were lost. Squadrons flying the newer aircraft barely received flight time to specialize in them prior to combat due to the aforementioned stifling organizational culture of the VVS at the time. There was even one instance where a MiG-3 pilot failed to shoot down a Fiesler Storch because he did not know to disengage the gun trigger safety catch prior to engaging. The point being even an inexperienced pilot demonstrating success in spite of those odds is an immeasurably valuable commodity. They deserved every bonus, medal, and commendation they got.
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