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  1. Without a map and with a limited planeset it's no wonder that people bail early. There's also no classic dogfight to be had at the moment, as the Dr.I is not really a match for the Camel. All of this will (hopefully) change before release.
  2. D.VIII and D.XII collectibles would sell like hotcakes. On the Entente side of things, I want a Hanriot for myself, but I'm not sure how popular it would turn out to be. The Nieuport 28 is a whole 'nother can o' worms conundrum.
  3. Next question: did he wear brown pants or did they brown during dogfights?
  4. Everyone knows that life was black and white back then.
  5. Flares are more of a multiplayer item, where they can be very useful. Pistols have a very limited use at the moment. They used to be quite potent tools in RoF for damaging an opponent's wings in turnfights or for committing suicide by repeatedly shooting yourself in the crotch (not the most efficient way to go but definitely the most ballsy). Thankfully, wings (and crotches) are more or less impervious to bullets in FC.
  6. Yes, this is the crux of the issue. They can't just increase the Fokker Dr.I's RPM to 1400 and call it a day, it needs to perform better at its current RPM, which means an FM change rather than a quick fix. Here's hoping!
  7. Only the Fokker Dr.I currently doesn’t match the old RoF data. That is to say: it’s using the post-1.034 model which limits its RPM to 1200 and hence its top speed at sea level to 165km/h, exactly the same as in RoF (so not even a 5km/h speed difference found on other planes). Still, there is a possibility its FM will be reviewed before release, but as always no guarantees.
  8. 194km/h is speed at sea level without altitude throttle. From some testing I did just now, it's actually closer to 196km/h, or about 1km/h faster than the Camel. As for how long until it blows, you are welcome to find out 😄 I find that you can safely apply some altitude throttle even at sea level, around 15-20%. Always be on the lookout for the audio cue. Some very slight knocking will probably not damage the engine within a meaningful amount of time. This puts her top speed at around 200km/h at sea level. That said, a 5km/h advantage on the Camel is nothing, and I recommend you don't engage them below 2000m, preferrably 3000m. As for RoF, the SPAD's actual top speed is 214km/h at sea level, so she's exactly 5km/h faster in Flying Circus. Personally I think the Camel is fine if we consider her as historically a 188km/h machine, she's 7km/h too fast. It's the German scouts which are likely all a bit too slow, save for the Fokker D.VII and Fokker D.VIIF. I believe that the original developers of the RoF FMs may have missed the fact that most top speed for German scouts as found in German Aircraft of the First World War by Peter Gray & Owen Thetford (1962) are listed at 3000-4000m, though not for all planes, which is where the confusion may have come from. Perhaps this was also lost in translation to Russian. For reference: Fokker D.VII (186km/h at 1000m) Fokker Dr.I (165km/h at 4000m): Pfalz D.IIIa (165km/h at 3000m) Halberstadt CL.II (165km/h at 5000m) Albatros D.Va (165km/h without altitude specified, but it is technically impossible that it would be slower than the Pfalz D.IIIa or Halberstadt CL.II) This would place the top speed of all the Mercedes D.IIIa planes at around 180-195km/h at sea level (very rough estimate), which is true at least for the Fokker D.VII in FC. Now before you start jumping to conclusions and demanding people's heads, please understand that much of the data is sketchy at best and that there is a great deal of confusion between engine types, fitted propellers and other real world variables. Chiefest of all, the apparent lack of distinction made between a 160hp Mercedes D.III, a 180hp Mercedes D.IIIa and the field-modded overcompressed "200hp" Mercedes D.IIIa"u" (unofficial designation). For example, the Halberstadt CL.II is listed at 165km/h at 5000m with a 160hp Mercedes D.III, which seems implausible compared to a Pfalz D.IIIa performing the same with the same engine (or better) at 3000m. Also, the Oberursel Ur.II on the Fokker Dr.I we know didn't perform as well as the Le Rhone 9J fitted on the prototype Fokker F.I, due to the use of Voltol Ersatz oil. More pragmatically in Flying Circus, there is also the issue of bullet spread (or lack thereof), the Fokker D.VII not correctly overrevving in unpowered dives and the Pfalz having an extremely tough airframe in dives (up to 9g), even compared to the average full cantilever World War II machine. So airspeed really isn't everything and it shouldn't stop you from enjoying a good dogfight. That said, without wanting to incite anything, I'll admit that having some extra dev time to look at these old birds would be more than welcome, provided the data is properly analysed first and sanity checks are made. Finally, I do beg that people please don't listen to me, personally, as I cannot claim to be anything but an armchair historian (though I'm steadily becoming a bonafide flightsim forum historian — I'm keeping record of everything).
  9. Get a used MSFFB2 off eBay (and a spare), MFG Crosswind pedals and a throttle (I have a Saitek X52 Pro, a Warthog throttle is probably better, though I like having rotary dials for radiator, mixture, prop pitch etc.). Forget about what it will cost you, just do it. Sell a kidney if you have to.
  10. The Pfalz D.IIIa and Sopwith Dolphin are both steady gun platforms. It says so here, so it must be true: If RoF is anything to go by, the upcoming S.E.5a, Albatros D.Va and two-seaters are all also rather stable. The absolute stability champion is the Pfalz D.XII, which we're not getting yet.
  11. 3.012b is out, but no announcement?
  12. Flying Circus is $70 now but will go up to $80 at release, which I believe will be by the end of the year (early access started mid-2018 and it is almost feature complete). There's actually a possibility to knock something extra off the price if you have a RoF promo code for having made a number of purchases in the RoF store over the years. https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/52185-where-promo-code-flying-circus-early-access-hidden/ I'm not entirely sure if the promo is still valid, though — that is, of course, if you qualify for it. Battle of Kuban was released in March 2018 and has had its first sale last month, so I'd expect a similar thing to happen for Flying Circus: that is, for it to go on 33% sale by late 2020, and 66% off by 2021. So either buy now (slightly cheaper than in a few months) and join in the fun right away, or definitely wait till the price comes down.
  13. It is a blast, and it is available in early form! https://il2sturmovik.com/store/flying-circus/ Purchasing Vol 1 will allow you to fly the currently released planes in multiplayer and in single player quick mission, using whatever BoX WWII maps you have available, as the Arras sector WWI map is not yet released. The planes released so far are the Sopwith Camel, Sopwith Dolphin, SPAD XIII, Fokker D.VII, Fokker D.VIIF, Fokker Dr.I and Pfalz D.IIIa. The SE5a and Albatros D.Va are likely close to release, with the Bristol F.2B, Halberstadt CL.II and Arras map following after the Bodenplatte map.
  14. Two-seater heavy fighter / multipurpose death platform / wholesale Albatros butcher. Fun story: by the end of the war, they were no longer escorted by scouts. They escorted scouts. But yes, they can also bomb.
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