I am a pretty new sim pilot and have gotten to a point in IL2 that I can consistently land most planes. I am even getting into dogfight tactics.
Then I hit the Spitfire and was just constantly ground looping. It was starting to really get on my nerves. I spent about a week trying all kinds of variations when landing the plane.
If you search on Google for this problem, this thread is the #1 ranked result.
People in this thread actually do give the answer (Mmaruda two posts above for example) but for some reason it didn't register with me i.e. I seem to need things explicitly spelled out!
In fact it took me to read all the comments of this Youtube video for the penny to drop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhYpyQgYy3M. There is a comment nearly all the way at the bottom which is responded to by the video maker:
This was my light-bulb moment!
So basically when I touch down I bleed of some speed whilst going straight. From the moment I first apply brakes I now never let them go. Use the rudder to adjust left and right in a stabby fashion. If you let the brakes go at all the momentum will spin you out.
Now I am consistently landing the Spitfire and am a very happy sim pilot.
Apologies if this was obvious to everyone else in the thread. But it wasn't to me!
Hope it helps someone out there!!