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Athosd
10-18-2004, 08:59 PM
Will the A6M2-N 'Rufe' develop different flight characteristics in game if the floatation gear is removed (shot or snapped)?

Presumably this aircraft will have a hard time manoeuvring with other fighters.
If the floats can be destroyed separately without crippling the aircraft (as with the Ju87 fixed undercarriage) - will that result in an improvement in the planes agility? Or will it be unchanged apart from the inability to land on water?

Cheers

Athos

Jason Bourne
10-18-2004, 09:41 PM
hmmm. good question, i would guess that the flight characteristics(sp) would actually improve without the floats. however, dont be so sure that you could not TnB with other fighters, since the whole reason they put floats on the zero was the good rang and excellent manuverability

Nimits
10-19-2004, 09:44 AM
The Rufe was not match for non-float fighters; its main purpose was to provide some basic anti-bomber protection in areas or on ships that could not handle traditional aircraft.

Aeronautico
10-19-2004, 08:10 PM
I imagine the Rufe was trimmed and set to fly with the float, and once that is removed it'b be COMPLETELY unbalanced. It'd be nice to see this in the sim.


Nimits' point makes me think on sombething that we always tend to ignore (although it is not related to this subject): the reason for fighters is to intercept bombers, or to fight fighters which intercept bombers.
In IL-2 and most of other flight sims it seems that the only reason to fly is to fight fighters, and to do it so that "only one will survive". How dumb is that, let alone realistic? Fighters are meant to avoid the effects of the openent bombing effort, nothing else.

ehangar
10-19-2004, 10:06 PM
I've read some data on the Rufe that its almost as maneuverable as the Zeke without floats, and could hold its own against other fighters.

I've always wondered just how true this was, and I guess we'll find out in PF.

Anyone tried dogfighting with it yet against a Wilcat or P40?

ednavar
10-20-2004, 03:14 AM
It is fairly maneuverable. I've tried it against Ace AI Wildcat and I can easly down them. I hope we can soon try that online together http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

S!

The2ndBismark
10-20-2004, 03:53 AM
I've flown the Rufe in single player, and managed to get my main float shot off, I also lost aileron and elevator control, but I was still able to land on the side pontoons, even with just rudder. I did notice that I gained some speed without the main float, although I didn't get to use it much, having only a rudder to fly with. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Athosd
10-20-2004, 04:26 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by The2ndBismark:
I've flown the Rufe in single player, and managed to get my main float shot off, I also lost aileron and elevator control, but I was still able to land on the side pontoons, even with just rudder. I did notice that I gained some speed without the main float, although I didn't get to use it much, having only a rudder to fly with. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Interesting. Are you able to fly really low and fast and scrub the float off on an obstacle - without scrubbing yourself off the ready roster at the same time? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

If that is possible I wonder if we'll see it as a tactic (of desperation to be sure) online.

Eg If caught in a losing situation - rip off the float on the nearest hill top and turn the tables with your improved agility.

Personally I hope it can't be done without major damage to the plane.

Cheers

Athos

Chuck_Older
10-20-2004, 05:12 AM
There was fuel in the float. If it gets shot off, you might have to call the fire department