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  1. Just mulling over what a Tank Crew for the Western Front would look like if they ever made it. I would like to see something like this take place in Europe in 1944, maybe around Caen: Germans - PIV Ausf. H - Panther Ausf. G - Tiger - Jagpanzer IV - Ostwind British (I actually like the Brits as a faction better than US, because I think they fielded a greater variety of tank models) - M4A4 Sherman - Sherman Firefly - Churchill - Cromwell - Centaur AA One nice thing about this lineup is that a version of the PIV, Panther, Tiger, and Sherman will have already been modeled for the first Tank Crew. So there are "only" 6 models to start from scratch. And of those six, the Jagpanzer IV and Firefly are using the same chassis as the PIV and Sherman.
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    I find I'm so excited for PTO that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a sim man can feel. A sim man at a start of a long journey whose development is uncertain. I hope they are working on PTO. I hope to sit in a Zero and start its engines. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. 😛
  3. Feel free to speculate on what you think will be the new collector planes, but this thread is also for sharing what you hope are the new collector planes. I'm assuming we're talking 2 planes and of course no 4 engine bombers. My hopes would be: Mosquito B-25 Mitchell
  4. Also, so many decapitations.
  5. The problem with that is they didn't have the manpower to man a bunch of medium tanks. They needed to build a tank that allowed 5 German tankers to take on 5-10 enemy tanks to have a chance. It didn't work, but building more powerful tanks made more sense than more medium tanks.
  6. That's basically the entire design philosophy behind the F-35. There may be planes that can outmaneuver it, but if you don't know it's there until after it fires a missile at you, does it really make a difference?
  7. Really good posts. What I've read about Kursk follows what you're saying. I think a particularly salient point is that the German failure at Kursk was more the result of a lack of manpower, specifically trained panzer grenadiers and the officers and NCO's to lead them, than it was a lack of armored vehicles. The most serious shortage for Germany in the later half of the war (along with oil) was manpower. For this reason I quibble a bit with your assertion that it was an error for Germany to concentrate on larger heavy tanks as opposed to building, "a better medium tank." More PIV's, or an improved version of the PIV, was not a solution for Germany because they didn't have the trained manpower reserves to man enough medium tanks at anywhere near the numbers to counter Allied numbers. They were in desperate need of force multipliers, like a tank that enabled a 5 man crew to match the combat power of 5-10 allied tanks. This ultimately was not successful either, but I would argue that the idea was more sound than trying to outproduce the Allies, which was impossible for Germany to do. My last thought on Kursk is that it is not only overblown in terms of tank battles, it gets overblown in terms of overall importance. The reality is that even if Germany was successful, closing off the Kursk salient and destroying the armies w/in, the Soviets had more armies coming. Win or lose, Kursk wasn't a turning point either way for Germany. Their fate was sealed at Stalingrad, or even in front of the gates of Moscow.
  8. Would second that regarding the A-20. Built like a bomber, flies like a heavy fighter. A great plane to learn bombers with.
  9. Yeah, but nobody wants to play mud in MP.
  10. I would like to see the Stug replace the Ferdinand, because the Stug is cooler.
  11. Is the Stug in this game as an AI controlled vehicle? Is there a list of AI assets planned for the game?
  12. I agree that 4 Stugs is better than a Tiger, but only if you have the trained manpower to operate them. Everything I've read indicates that by 1944 the Germans were scraping bottom of the barrel for men. I actually think the consensus is the big tanks were a mistake, which I think only tells half the story. Anyway, fun to discuss.
  13. But who would crew those 4 Stugs? The worst shortage for Germany after fuel was trained manpower. That's one reason they were searching for wonder weapons. They had to find a way to leverage their manpower. A Tiger or Panther required 5 men. 4 Stugs required 16. But I do agree that the Stug should be playable in game.
  14. I had to edit my post from highway to roads. I thought highway driving in England was pretty easy. The sheer terror came when I got off the highway and drove the back roads, a drive I assumed would be a piece of cake. Specifically, I was driving from Bovington to Bath. I'm on the wrong side of the road (for me), wrong side of the car (with a stick no less), some surprisingly steep grades, and negotiating traffic circles backwards. It was scary stuff. The worst part was the narrowness of the roads and the fact that the "shoulder" was often a series of houses or a stone wall! The roads also felt busy compared to a rural US highway. My wife and kids tell me the countryside on the drive was just lovely, I wouldn't know. I was too busy trying not to kill the whole family. Bath, BTW, was wonderful. My wife and I are seriously looking at it as a retirement option someday. Pretty pricey real estate though. Not London pricey, but not cheap!
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