It is a shame that the IL-2 community splintered. It was all good for a while, but last I checked, which has been a while, the Ultra Mod group was still struggling with a beta of their version 3 mod pack. Oleg and company changed a number of things with the 4.10 version of the sim and I understand that the changes broke many of the mods. Oh, well, I have not messed with IL-2 in a few years and I have no intention of starting again.
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Posted by Stans on 16 October 2013 - 05:16 PM
Posted by Old Guy on 15 October 2013 - 07:12 PM
The Marines at Henderson could almost always count on Coastwatchers to report Jap air raids while they were still about an hour away. Sometimes the warnings didn't get through, but when they did, the F4Fs could usually be at altitude and bounce the incoming raid from above.
Coastwatchers and Ultra often gave warning of surface ships headed for the 'Canal, as well, but for a long time there wasn't much that could be done about those attacks. The Navy fought a bloody series of night battles with the Japs in the area now known as Iron Bottom Sound and all around Savo Island. The Nips had much more experience at night combat and they had the Long Lance torpedo. US commanders took an unholy amount of time learning how to use radar as an effective tool for night engagements. Eventually, they DID learn and the Japanese tactical and strategic situation began to worsen. The Japanese failure to develop adequate radar equipment hurt them severely, although it's unlikely that even a crash radar development program begun in 1942 would have helped much. Japanese industry was already operating at near maximum when the war started. They were never able to bring modern weapons into play in sufficient numbers to make a measurable difference in their situation.
By 1944 the US Navy and Air Corps were essentially two or three generations ahead of the Japs. All the sons of Nippon had left was fighting spirit. Sadly, they inflicted severe casualties before the end. Even more sad, their cultural inability to face reality and end the war cost them millions of young men.
Posted by Stans on 15 October 2013 - 04:34 PM
I don't think there were any Allied aircraft that could out turn the A6M, at least up through the A6M5. Beyond the A6M5, the Zeke got heavier as weapons and armor were added, but engine technology and fuel quality did not compensate for the added weight. Older U.S. aircraft such as the P-39, P-40, and F4F could not out climb nor climb with the early A6M's, but the P-38, P-51, F6F, and F4U could climb with or out climb the A6M. I used this climbing ability to my advantage numerous times in IL-2 Sturmovik : Pacific Fighters and again in 1946. I would just put my F4U into a climbing turn, preferably to starboard, and watch the pretty tracers arcing well below my crate. That either gave enough time for one of my squad mates to find me and dispatch the Zeke or the bandit would be lured into higher altitudes where I had the advantage. That was one thing that the IL2 series got right.
Posted by Old Guy on 15 October 2013 - 01:21 PM
The P-400 had a 20mm cannon instead of the 37mm in the P-39. The Soviets loved the 37mm gun. It apparently was the perfect weapon to attack vehicles with, including Panzer through at least the Mk IV.
Soviet pilots loved American planes for lots of reasons, but I've seen one mentioned several times. Heaters. Not only did the US planes have heaters -- they worked.
Posted by Donster on 14 October 2013 - 05:53 PM
I heard we exported the P-39 to Soviet Russia with Vodka bottle holders in the cockpit as standard equipment. You'd have to be drunk on your ass to fly an Airacobra into combat against German AA. Oh and sheepskin seat covers to keep Ivan's ass warm during the winter months. Dyed dark brown. Wouldn't want Comrade Corporal Ground Crew Assistant thinking Comrade Officer Pilot came back from mission with crap in his flight suit. Lowers morale for the boys on the ground. Comrade Corporal Ground Crew Assistant cannot smell aroma of shit since all Russian Military food smells and tastes like shit. Especially Lend Lease food from Britain.
Posted by Donster on 14 October 2013 - 01:21 PM
Depending on what you read, 2nd Lt. William Fiedler, Jr, was the only American ace flying an Airacobra. He flew in the 68th FS and 70th FS. On 13 January 1943 the AAF units on Guadalcanal became part of the Thirteenth Air Force. The situation on Guadalcanal itself was no longer so desperate, and the P-39 was most likely to be used to support attacks on Japanese bases across the Solomon Islands or for low level interceptions, where its problems over 15,000ft were not relevant. This period also saw the first signs of a decline in the quality of the Japanese pilots, as the early losses began to take their toll. This period also saw 2nd Lt. William Fiedler score five victories in the P-39, making him the only American air ace to become an ace in the Airacobra.
"Around a dozen AAF aces scored five kills with the P-39, although this total was far outstripped by the Soviet Red Air Force, whose pilots rated the Airacobra as one of the best lend-lease fighters of the war."
Posted by Old Guy on 14 October 2013 - 01:18 PM
The P-39's major weakness was not the oxygen system, it was the lack of a supercharger. Bell's original design specified the use of a blower for increased performance above medium altitudes. I don't know off hand if the supercharger was intended to be a single- or dual-stage unit. The Merlin-powered P-51 had a two-stage blower.
The oxygen problems encountered by P-39s at Guadalcanal were the fault of the Air Corps. No one thought to send in the necessary equipment to pressurize the AirCobra systems. The equipment used by Navy and Marine aircraft was of a different type.
The P-39 certainly had other faults, but I can't help but wonder how a properly supercharged version would have worked in 1942. By the end of '42 or early '43 the airplane was obsolete anyway, from a design and function standpoint.
It's one of those 'What if ...' scenarios. What if the P-39 had entered service with a supercharged engine? The supercharger, by the way, was deleted by the Air Corps during design workup -- probably as a cost saving measure. A blown P-39 would have had a reasonable climb rate and would have been faster than the Zero. It also had the armament necessary to vaporize a Zero. How much difference the supercharged P-39 could have made in the air fighting over New Guinea is anybody's guess.
Posted by Donster on 11 October 2013 - 11:52 AM
The P-39 did well in the Pacific against ground targets.
Posted by Stans on 11 October 2013 - 11:08 AM
The P-39 wasn't bad so long as you didn't try to fly it at altitudes that would require the pilot to wear an oxygen mask. Kept low, it did ok. The British bought it based on the premise that it could fly at 400 mph true airspeed above 14,000 feet altitude. Bell actually managed to get one to do do just that, but it involved tons of work to smooth and blend skin, wing and empennage joints, then many coats of primer, all sanded smooth, followed by camo paint that was also sanded smooth. Not the sort of thing that was practical for mass produced aircraft. The British took delivery of many P-39's and when they found that the mass produced P-39 was not up to the specified standard requested, they shipped them off to the Soviets.
Posted by Stans on 29 January 2013 - 05:42 PM
Posted by Donster on 08 January 2013 - 05:00 AM
Congrats to the Alabama Crimson Tide for beating the living shit out of Notre Dame in the BCS College Championship Game last night 42-14! I thought that Notre Dame was way to overrated. Only reason they were in that game was the fact they were undefeated, but against inferior opponents mostly. Should have lost the game against Pitt a couple of times but lucked out in the like 3rd overtime. Not to take anything away from Alabama, as they would have kicked anybody's but who would have been put up against them. Alabama's third BCS Title in four years.
Posted by theRiddler on 19 November 2012 - 08:48 AM
i have server error when trying to download ... any idea ??
I had a similar problem last week, but apparently it doesn't happen to everyone. Try accessing the downloads through a proxy like this one
Don't forget to change the file extension of the download.. it will be downloaded as a "browse.php" with 262Mb.. change it to something that ends in ".exe".
Posted by Stans on 05 November 2012 - 05:48 AM
Posted by cobraj on 29 October 2012 - 07:48 PM
Posted by Stans on 27 October 2012 - 04:42 PM
It's sad, you can smoke, you can vote, you can own a firearm, you can drive any vehicle or fly an aircraft, you can go off to war and die for your country, but you can't even sip a beer. Just doesn't make sense.
Posted by Whizkid on 24 October 2012 - 09:31 PM
Posted by Fittop on 23 October 2012 - 11:23 PM
Posted by The Dude on 23 October 2012 - 06:48 PM
P.S. Liked the "matriarchal guided missles" line
Posted by Donster on 23 October 2012 - 03:54 PM
Posted by Stag on 29 September 2012 - 12:32 PM