I have a few suggestions regarding the bombsight interface (valid for both He-111 and Pe-2):
- Make it possible to switch between the map and the bombsight with one key
On the bombing run when you are searching for the right target, you want to consult the map quite often. Right now you have to:
- switch from the bombsight to the cockpit (v)
- display map all over the screen, so you lose a bit of of the situational awareness (p)
- switch back to the cockpit (p)
- switch to the bombsight view (v)
- Do not reset the bombsight angle when switching to/fro the cockpit
When you are manually looking forward with the bombsight to spot the target ahead and you switch to the cockpit (v) and back, the view angle is lost and you have to tilt the bombsight forward again. By this you are losing pretious time and positional awareness
- Use the same setting for all bombsight modes (auto, manual, sight)
The left-right alignment of the bombsight (correction for wind drift) is different in aiming / sighting modes, making it very hard to align properly on the target. When you finally recognize in the sighting view the target you are required to hit and turn the plane to fly towards it, there is too little time left to switch back to the aiming mode and realign the plane once more as the view is now off.
- Hide the bombsight interface altogether
Similarly as you can hide the HUD messages in the cockpit view (h), could you also hide the whole bombsight interface and maximize the actual bombsight circle to look more realistically?
Now there are some ideas regarding the functionality of the bombsight (actually something we know from the old IL-2 Sturmovik 1946):
- It does not seem historical to enter the speed value from the gauge directly into the bombsight. Maybe this could be changed on the expert difficulty so the bombardier would need to make the conversion from IAS to TAS manually?
- Would it be possible to move the bombsight left and right in the sighting view? That is ofen required to find the target and if you sometime in the future model B-24 with the Norden bombsight, that was how the whole plane was guided during the bomb run.