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geetarman
06-11-2004, 11:56 AM
My understanding is that the the P-40, P-38, P-51 and P-47 basically had everything automatic.
Yet I still see posts with guys flying these planes using prop pitch, mixture, blowers, etc.

I'd like to fly as realistically as possible. Because of my understanding of the US planes, I basically only manipulate the throttle, flaps, dive brakes (if there) and radiator. I never touch mixture, prop pitch, magnetos, etc.

Are these additional functions truly automatic in FB or can I get better performance from these planes, if I manually operate them.

I'm a bit confused!

geetarman
06-11-2004, 11:56 AM
My understanding is that the the P-40, P-38, P-51 and P-47 basically had everything automatic.
Yet I still see posts with guys flying these planes using prop pitch, mixture, blowers, etc.

I'd like to fly as realistically as possible. Because of my understanding of the US planes, I basically only manipulate the throttle, flaps, dive brakes (if there) and radiator. I never touch mixture, prop pitch, magnetos, etc.

Are these additional functions truly automatic in FB or can I get better performance from these planes, if I manually operate them.

I'm a bit confused!

IL2-chuter
06-11-2004, 12:53 PM
IRL you wouldn't have gotten better performance manually (don't know about game). Pilots sometimes got better range by leaning manually (over Auto Lean). http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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michapma
06-11-2004, 01:53 PM
You'll fins some information here:
http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~chapman/il2guide/cemguide/intro.htm

Basically, for combat performance you want the simplest controls possible. Mid- and late-war aircraft have more automation, especially mixture. All aircraft except early warbirds had some kind of turbocharger or supercharger, and some models had two-stage deals.

Propeller systems tend to be the most discussed and misunderstood system. This is due in part to the variance between different systems. The US aircraft you mentioned all use constant-speed propellers. These have governors that change prop pitch to keep the rpm constant, so when you change the setting you are changing rpm. It's a bit more complicated than that, and you have to learn what the purpose of controlling rpm is. But for combat, you want full rpm unless you are trying to cool your engine as fast as possible. And, unrealistically, you can reduce rpms in a dive with prop pitch.

Cheers,
Mike

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