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  1. Ta 152 and He 162... Not sure. I mean, I love the He 162 and I would buy it immediately. In fact I have a number of documents like the pilot manual at home. But planes like those can be perceived as power creep if not outright power fantasy by some. Some would also demand plane x (likely a Meteor, or if less historically accurate a P-80), and then we are heading straight to 1946. That being said, I would not mind a battle between the Ta 152 and the Yak-3, or a He 162 vs a Meteor. Considering we have some high-performance German airplanes left, which saw more regular service, we sho
  2. Those are great ideas, indeed. And while Berlin itself is not possible, they could do a Battle of Seelow Heights-module and treat Berlin like they treated Moscow in the BoM-module. Pitting late war Soviet designs against late war western Allies is also tempting, especially Yak-3 vs P-51. However I would prefer Courland, since I like the scenario better. And it would be an opportunity to bring the Ju 87 D5 which was stilled used up there.
  3. Maybe, but there are a few other, reasonable options left: Bf 109 G14/AS Bf 109 T2 Fw 190 A9. Combined with the obvious G10, that's good enough for at least one, if not two modules. I for one would love to get the G14/AS since it was used to counter the Mosquito attacks against Norway and I like the Norway scenario. The French planes would be amazing, especially the Bloch MB 152. And the D 520 was my favourite when I was a kid. Unfortunately, it is a niche within a niche.
  4. I don't think there is any point to bother with the night fighter projects since they are out of scope and range for this game; even the day fighter projects seem beyond what a mod in game could do being often based on the C which we probably do not get anyway. The documentation of those projects is not bad at all. The thing is we would be lucky to get a Ar 234 B2, and if we want any forward mounted armament I think the WB 151/20 pod is our best chance. Not the B2/N with radar and not some C-variant with four engines, because I don't think they are on the table,
  5. Just to clarify: Sommer's Ar234 was not a night fighter or anything. It was a regular Ar234B2b that got a field mod in order to use the WB151/20. It seems it was a rather spontaneous action, especially the wording on the Revi sounds like that: "Auch ein Reflexvisier ließ sich auftreiben und wurde noch in der selben Nacht eingebaut [...] Nach Ende der Besprechung ließ er die Visieranlage für den WB 151/20 kalibrieren" (loc.cit.) [Even a gunsight could be found somewhere and it was installed the same night [...] After the briefing he had the gunsight calibrated for the WB 151/20]
  6. Not sure if that is compelling evidence but iirc there is a number of publications saying Erich Sommer used an Ar234B with the WB-151 during his flights in Italy 1945, using it only once in anger against a F-5 on April 5 1945. This includes Manfred Griehl (Strahlflugzeug Arado Ar 234 Blitz, Stuttgart 2003, p.110) who often uses original documents. I think it is solid evidence for a limited use. Not exactly Normandy '44... but then, it is a collector's aircraft, and from a strictly historical perspective using the Ar234 in a Normandy module is quite liberal in and of itself.
  7. Naja, in Sachen 2.WK gab es halt eine Mythenbildung in Zeiten vor der Globalisierung und im Kalten Krieg, die dann logischerweise die andere Seite des Eisernen Vorhangs nicht erreicht hat. Dass die P-47 z.B. für nahezu unzerstörbar gehalten wurde, hat man in Russland nicht gewusst. Natürlich hat sie Vorteile in Sachen 'Survivability', nur was ihr von manchen zugeschrieben wird, ist albern. Da würde etwas Multiperspektivität helfen: in deutschen Memoiren reichen kurze Feuerstöße, um die P-47 zu erledigen. Die abgeschossenen Piloten berichten eben nicht davon, was ihr Flugzeug alles aushiel
  8. From a historical point of view, a late build of the 109 G6 makes sense. The Luftwaffe's fighter force was absolutely ill-equipped to deal with its western opponents when Overlord began, not just in terms of numbers. There is some merit in recreating that scenario faithfully, and it is not like we did not get our online-competitive late '44 Luftwaffe fighters already. I admit it is very sad that the G6AS was not included, though. It would have made a great collector's aircraft since it was there (far more so than the great but not so fitting Ar234), it was not insignificant at all,
  9. Since we are talking about mods for the A8/F8.... what about the option to have a bubble canopy like the D9? I like the looks of it.
  10. That is true, and notable aces liked the 109. BUT... Few of them had a chance to compare it to other aircraft in a meaningful way, except trainers of course. Günther Rall for example never thought the 109 was inferior... until he got to sit in a Mustang. It was only then he realized how outmatched his plane actually was. He was an expert pilot, and very lucky, so he never experienced being outmatched like most Luftwaffe pilots did in 1944. (This kind of bias is not limited to 109 pilots of course.) That is true and did not just hurt the
  11. If I am not mistaken, several SGs still had Ju 87 D5s in late 1944, so it could be used for late war scenarios, too. And that could make for some fun campaigns, trying to evade swarms of Yaks without much fighter cover... Anyway, I agree the D5 is needed. The Raketenbomben in particular would be interesting, even though we somewhat lack the proper targets for now.
  12. Und wenn das in BoN auch so ist, kann man das Modul vergessen. Overlord mit 4 Schiffen und 3 Panzern geht nicht. Deswegen machen sich ja die Weiten Russland so gut für das Spiel; auch das Eismeer und Nordsee wäre ein gutes Szenario, zumal da wesentlich spannendere Flieger drin wären (Hellcat, Corsair, Beaufighter). Mit etwas Geschick geht auch was im östlichen Mittelmeer... Das Darstellen von Massen von Einheiten auf kleinem Raum scheint nicht die Stärke des Spiels zu sein. Deswegen weiß ich auch nicht, wieso irgendjemand die Normandie 44 für gut befand. Normandie 42, C
  13. It is not really fantasy, though. Wildcats (Martlets), Hellcats and Corsairs were used over Norway and in the MTO, and they did fight with the classic German fighters like the Bf 109. Norway in particular could be a quite interesting scenario.
  14. Sie konnte mit einem WB 151A ausgerüstet werden, der am Unterrumpf ETC eingehängt wurde. Ein paar Ar 234 sind damit scharfe Einsätze geflogen und nicht nur Nachtjäger. Erich Sommer ist sicher der bekannteste Fall.
  15. Gerade die Normandie-Szenarie stößt an die Grenzen, würde ich sagen. Bodenplatte war schon ein Knaller: Amis, die bislang gefehlt haben; High-End-Versionen von 109 und 190; dazu die Me 262. Das war für viele sicher aufregend und ein großer Sprung. Die Auswahl der Flieger bei BoN muss im Vergleich dazu einfach blass wirken. Es gibt wirklich gute Gründe, die für die Normandie sprechen... die Flugzeuge gehören m.E. eher nicht dazu. Die (nach BoBP) ansprechenden Flieger wie Mosquito hätte man größtenteils oder komplett auch für andere Module verwenden können. ...und sie ziehen das Mod
  16. Indeed. It is kind of strange how often the Dorniers were overlooked. The Do 217 e.g. would have a good place in a Normandy '44 scenario, as well as in other future modules, and it could have introduced guided munitions. However it has to be admitted that this aircraft presumably requires a lot of resources to model properly. The Ju 88 C6 is a more cost effective choice.
  17. Och naja... 109 G6/AS, G10, G14/AS, 190 A9, plus die fehlenden 2-Mots (Me 210, Do 217 etc.), plus die Verbündeten. Gerade bei letzteren wäre theoretisch noch einiges drin. Frage ist wirklich, wie viel Zugkraft unbekanntere Szenarien und Flugzeuge haben. Ich würde sofort in eine Avia B-135 hüpfen, um Bulgariens Ölfelder zu schützen, aber massentauglich ist was anderes.
  18. Ich dachte, es gäbe nicht genug (gut übersetztes) Quellenmaterial bzw. Infos über die japanischen Flugzeuge...? Und ich persönlich hoffe noch auf ein paar mehr europäische Szenarien.
  19. If only those weapons were all forward mounted and would not require the Bola... Again, don't get me wrong, I like the Ju 88 like the next enthusiast. The C6 was good at what it was supposed to do, we just cannot do that very well in game.
  20. Wenn es denn was Westliches sein muss, hätte ich eher Italien genommen, denn da ist die Flugzeugauswahl frischer (und ebenfalls für Neukunden brauchbar). Normandie 44 ist als Szenario nett, wenn es denn mit 1000+ Schiffen kommt, aber in Sachen Flieger nach Bodenplatte alles andere als frisch. Irgendwann sicher. Ich hätte es nur lieber früher als später.
  21. Ich glaube, das Problem ist das Timing dieses spezifischen Moduls. Die neuen Varianten von 109, 190, Mustang und Thunderbolt - die den Kern der Flugzeugauswahl bilden - sind gerade nach Bodenplatte nicht gerade aufregend. Dass sich die meisten auf Me 410 und Mosquito freuen, ist schon vielsagend. Wäre man 1945 geblieben und an die Ostfront gegangen, wäre ich begeistert. Offensichtlich sind die späten Yaks und Las frischer (und auch für fiktionale Ost gegen West-Szenarien interessant...). Doch selbst die Achse sieht besser aus; mir zumindest hätte eine Fw 190 A9 sehr gefallen als Hö
  22. I can tell you three reason: Fritz-X, Hs 293, and beauty.
  23. I agree those are very interesting and historically more important than sims usually give them credit for. I am glad we get one of them. And if we had long range escort and patrol missions over the Atlantic, I'd be ecstatic. Still, as far as heavy-heavy fighters go, the Ju 88 C6a seems poorly armed. Since you mentioned it: a Do 217 fighter would be more fun for me simply because there are more guns. Anyway, I am glad we get the Ju 88 fighter, it is better than no heavy-heavy (prop*) fighter. And I am happy for the fans who want it. * the Magirusbombe gun pod was us
  24. That, and I would love to try it out against the I-16...
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