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Rajvosa
03-05-2004, 02:00 AM
No, no, no! Stay calm, this is not another whine-thread. I'm merely curious - why is the gunsight in Bf 109 and Fw 190 situated off-center? There must have been some point to make it valid, when almost all other countries had centered sights!

Also, how come that Bf 109 has a fuel line running along the right sidewall of the cockpit? You know, the yellow pipe with a clear portion. What's the purpose of that? Isn't it rather risky to have such an arrangement?

Just wondering... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/93.gif

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Jasko

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Rajvosa
03-05-2004, 02:00 AM
No, no, no! Stay calm, this is not another whine-thread. I'm merely curious - why is the gunsight in Bf 109 and Fw 190 situated off-center? There must have been some point to make it valid, when almost all other countries had centered sights!

Also, how come that Bf 109 has a fuel line running along the right sidewall of the cockpit? You know, the yellow pipe with a clear portion. What's the purpose of that? Isn't it rather risky to have such an arrangement?

Just wondering... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/93.gif

Regards,

Jasko

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elephant_il2
03-05-2004, 02:25 AM
Press 'Shift+F1'to enter gunsight mode and make your revi gunsight valid.

HangerQueen
03-05-2004, 02:34 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by elephant_il2:
Press 'Shift+F1'to enter gunsight mode and make your revi gunsight valid.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think what he means is "Why is the gunsight off-centre in the first place?". Having to tilt your head to look through the gunsight must be a bit awkward.

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ddost
03-05-2004, 02:42 AM
I read the anwser to this somewhere on this board, it has to do with that those gunsights were able to fold up or sideways to allow the pilot to get into/outof the cockpit.

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Rajvosa
03-05-2004, 02:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by elephant_il2:
Press 'Shift+F1'to enter gunsight mode and make your revi gunsight valid.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Geez! I know that! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif

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Jasko

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boohaa
03-05-2004, 02:48 AM
Its because the germans believed that looking thru the gunsight with the right eye only is best way to aim.Think rifle crosshair and closing left eye.

Xnomad
03-05-2004, 04:07 AM
The fuel line is the one that connects to the drop tank, there is a little clear section in it to see if fuel is still running, if it isn't you drop the tank.

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Gershy
03-05-2004, 04:19 AM
I think they didn't mean to look through it with the right eye and close the left one. I think it was meant to be looked trough with the right while keeping the left eye open...just as you should do when you use a gun with a scope. Keeping the left eye open gives a different perspective. I think that's the purpose.

Kampfmeister
03-05-2004, 05:09 AM
One thing is for sure, and that is that it worked pretty well for the pilots considering the LW kill statistics. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

03-05-2004, 06:23 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Rajvosa:
I'm merely curious - why is the gunsight in Bf 109 and Fw 190 situated off-center? There must have been some point to make it valid, when almost all other countries had centered sights!
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The reason to that is because it allows more accurate aiming, plus the gunsight doesnt blocks the sight completely.

For most humans, the right eye`s vision is dominant - you can try it out, when you use both of your eyes, the picture is more similiar to what you see when you only use your right eye. Hence the aligment of the gunsight with your dominant eye.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Also, how come that Bf 109 has a fuel line running along the right sidewall of the cockpit? You know, the yellow pipe with a clear portion. What's the purpose of that? Isn't it rather risky to have such an arrangement?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

It`s only for the droptank, a visual checking device for fuel flow. On Bf 109, compressed air was taken from the supercharger to the droptank, which presses the fuel into the main tank. Fuel was always fed to the engine from the main tank, so the feed line only worked if you used your droptank - otherwise, no. It only allowed you to see if there`s a problem. Simple but certain solution. Fuel flow meters can go wrong... this cannot.