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  1. From a technical standpoint, E and C wings are structurally identical - E and C are only labels for armament configuration. I've read several reports that V-1 chasers only flew with 20mm (i.e. no .50 or .303) to save weight. Given the time frame of this airframe I don't doubt that this is what we're seeing in the photos.
  2. V-1 chasing performed using modified Sabre IIA engines at +11lbs 3700rpm on 150 grade fuel.
  3. "Quickly" in this case was about 9 man-hours if I remember rightly.
  4. Thanks! I had somehow missed this. At least it doesn't throw the date out by years!
  5. I reckon 3rd Jan 45 is a good guide - that's the date the new paint jobs arrived and 150 grade fuel started being disseminated so it seems logical a few more bits of RAF policy review would float around then too. It also corresponds broadly to the dubiously sourced "mandated" clipped wings due to skin wrinkling. As for the clipped wingtip section itself, it works on any Spitfire wing, C or E armament. Mark XIIs demonstrate a close analogue of a clipped C armament 14.
  6. Sadly not: I believe NH169 and RM704 are examples of clipped-wing high back XIVs High-back F.XIVes were certainly built and delivered in 1945 - this one to Hong Kong. It's very possible that 2TAF refitted elliptical wingtips to their new arrivals at pilot/squadron request as there are many photos of FR.XIVes (built with bubbles and clipped wings) with refitted elliptical wingtips in 2TAF. Also of interest, No. 2 Sqn BAF (Belgians) flew at least one shiny silver high-back F.XIVe with clipped wings from Florennes post war.
  7. The Merlin 70 was used in parallel with the Merlin 63 & 66, and the clipped wings were also not a mark of later development. Many Spitfires flew with rounded tips until VE Day.
  8. Tempests hunting V-1s used Sabre IIA engines (modified to IIB standards at the fields, but not yet with that name) running +11lbs boost at 3700rpm.
  9. It's a bad idea, we've discussed it to death on the admin team and firmly believe 8km is the best compromise.
  10. I guess you guys didn't get time to tweak the value for this patch either do you think we might see the correct values when the Spitfire XIV arrives?
  11. Very different plane, entirely different engines.
  12. Weather and time is randomly generated each time a mission is run.
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