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12-22-2006, 11:58 AM
I been trying to test out my strafing skills but so far...not so good at it. How do you WWII boys take out like an entire row of aircraft on the ground? When I try to do it, it takes several bullets to blow up one aircraft. Is there a specific area you guys aim for?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-22-2006, 12:14 PM
I think you should try to use a big gun. Aircaft are harder to blow up in the game then you think. In real life, it is easy to render an aircraft un-serviceable beacause just a few bullet holes in the wrong places, like the wingor the engine, and the aircraft is unable to fly.

Unfortunatly, in Il-2 it isn't that simple. It appears that static aircraft are just like any other ground object. It has a number of hitpoints appearantly wich you need to chew away to completly destroy it. There is just two states for any ground object. It is either destroyed, obliterated or it is not. I guess the best way to destroy static aircraft is to use a big gun or good marksmanship with little guns. I usually take out static aircraft (and tanks and ships) with rockets or bombs. Trucks are quite easy to destroy and even the lightest gun will make it explode. Il-2 isn't really perfect for mud-moving.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-22-2006, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by AznKamiKazeKid:
I been trying to test out my strafing skills but so far...not so good at it. How do you WWII boys take out like an entire row of aircraft on the ground? When I try to do it, it takes several bullets to blow up one aircraft. Is there a specific area you guys aim for?
Its usually hard to take out an entire row...but the best thing to do is from a 40 degree dive onto the target and walk the bullets up the line of aircraft. If you do it right with a decently armed plane you can usually take out a whole bunch.

I find attacks from the sides at a low angle do less damage.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-22-2006, 01:01 PM
Is there a specific area you guys aim for?
I never find the time to do that.
But, I do use the rudder to fine tune my aiming... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif (using pedals)<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-22-2006, 01:13 PM
I'd say that strafing a row of objects is not an ideal way of attacking. This is a Hollywood thing, and certainly not how you'd be trained to do ground attack.

The majority of your rounds will end up striking the spaces in between the targets, rather than the targets themselves.

What you should practice is concentrating your fire on one target, destroying it, then quickly switching to the next. You'll destroy more targets, and waste less ammo in the process.

The exception might be if you have extraordinary firepower and weak targets. Like if you are strafing a row of human or AI planes with MK108s.

12-22-2006, 03:51 PM
If you are only doing a strafing mission you can adjust the gun convergence to a greater distance and use the zoom in key to see better.

You might try using combat flaps as you set up on the targets. Try to hit just one ground target when you destroy it then line up on the next one. It might take several passes.

12-22-2006, 03:59 PM
yeah if you are going to be strafing adjust your convergence longer... I tried to strafe some trucks with my regular convergence for turnfighting which is 100m and I couldn't hit a thing until I was way too close to the ground and the targets...<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-22-2006, 08:10 PM
If you make a mission in the FMB where a few (6-10) enemy planes land right away while you fly to the target, then strafe THOSE planes down a row, you'll find it is totally different, even with 50 cals. The planes won't blow up, and indeed many will not even smoke or burn.

If you then switch to a view where you can see the enemy planes, however, you will see them shot up and leaking. Real strafing didn't have to blow the plane up, just riddle the hell out of it such that it would be unflyable---at least in the immediate future.


12-23-2006, 07:49 AM
I'm not sure what you are using for guns but the IL2 does a nice job on fighters with just a quick squeeze. You want to be careful of target fixation since you can wind up in the dirt. I like to come in low, pick one target at a time and pull out quick to avoid the blast. I also learned the trick that AI use to let your gun tracers mark the target for rockets. I really have been having fun with the IL2. What a great bird. I ignored it for the fighters at first http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif I just wish I knew the charateristics of all of the ordnance available

Skoshi Tiger
12-25-2006, 06:34 PM
Surely the aircraft should be properly dispersed, camouflaged and parked in individual revetments! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif