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dazza9806482
05-04-2004, 07:19 AM
Hi Guys

Keeping with the tradition of great help on this forum, I need some advice on prop pitch.

Whilst I usually fly LW and am content to use auto prop pitch, I want to start flying other planes.

Is proper manipulation of prop pitch essential for top performance on allied aircraft? If you just remain at 100% are u not getting the best speed etc.? How much of a performance increase do you get?

and finally a brief guide and optimum settings would be nice!

Sorry im such a noob, and if this has been posted before, apologies.

Thanks in advance http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

dazza9806482
05-04-2004, 07:19 AM
Hi Guys

Keeping with the tradition of great help on this forum, I need some advice on prop pitch.

Whilst I usually fly LW and am content to use auto prop pitch, I want to start flying other planes.

Is proper manipulation of prop pitch essential for top performance on allied aircraft? If you just remain at 100% are u not getting the best speed etc.? How much of a performance increase do you get?

and finally a brief guide and optimum settings would be nice!

Sorry im such a noob, and if this has been posted before, apologies.

Thanks in advance http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

BaldieJr
05-04-2004, 07:27 AM
READ THE MANUAL ON CD 2 FOR OPTIMUM SETTINGS PER PLANE.

Sorry, but these posts are coming too often.

Lets say you get best power at 2500 RPM. If you go into a steep climb you'll loose RPM. Open up the prop pitch to maintain 2500 RPM in order to maintain best power to the prop.

If you dive, you'll need less power to maintain 2500 RPM so you'll need to lower it.

Its that simple.

2500 RPM is not a magic number. Best power settings can be obtianed by reading the manual on CD 2.

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MystiqBlackCat
05-04-2004, 07:37 AM
Prop pitch on allied planes affects the maximum rpm that your engine can run at. 100% is used to get top speed and take off power, I use 90 or 85% for climbing and about 60 for cruising because the low rpm's help conserve fuel and keep your engine nice and cool. You can also set your pitch to 0% if your engine is about to cut out and make the blades slightly more aerodynamic, its similar to feathering a prop.

You should lower your prop pitch when in a dive so as not to overheat your engine. In combat you probably won't need your pitch at 100% all the time as you aren't going for full speed so its a good idea to use 85 90 or 95 to help keep the engine a little cooler along with rad flaps while maintaining good combat speeds.

Truthfully I have found that the FW190 A's and F work the same as allied planes and I can squeeze better performance out of them with manual pitch, I still use auto but just for cruising.

I'll tell you something else, everybody was a "noob" at some point, they weren't born with all the knowledge even if they would like to think they were. I hope this helps. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

maxim26
05-04-2004, 08:06 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BaldieJr:
READ THE MANUAL ON CD 2 FOR OPTIMUM SETTINGS PER PLANE.

Sorry, but these posts are coming too often.

Lets say you get best power at 2500 RPM. If you go into a steep climb you'll loose RPM. Open up the prop pitch to maintain 2500 RPM in order to maintain best power to the prop.

If you dive, you'll need less power to maintain 2500 RPM so you'll need to lower it.

Its that simple.

2500 RPM is not a magic number. Best power settings can be obtianed by reading the manual on CD 2.

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Specs:
More expensive than the dining set.
Less expensive than the couch.
Smaller than the dishwasher.
Just as noisy as the refridgerator.
Faster than the cars' computer.
Less practical than the car.
Face it, people who put thier computer specs in thier signature are pretty ****ing wierd.

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If you are not in the mood just skip the thread. This guy deserve to get some help. The manual is not helpful at all.

Allie a/c **** have manual pitch control. They have constant speed props. It means thet you dont control pitch directly, but control revolutions of your engine. So if you need full power just give 100%, if you need to cool the engine down, lowere your rpm.

Bf109 manual prop pitch is usefull during steep climbs. I give 3000 rpm and k4 climbe like a hell. Then i switcg back to auto because there is no benefit from manual control in situations other then climb.

LeadSpitter_
05-04-2004, 08:36 AM
You need to download adobe acrobat to view the pdf from www.adobe.com (http://www.adobe.com)

This is the basics but should help you out

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/Tailspin/documents/CEM_IL2FB.pdf

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BaldieJr
05-04-2004, 09:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by maxim26:

If you are not in the mood just skip the thread. This guy deserve to get some help. The manual is not helpful at all.

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Search Results: for "prop pitch" (500+ matches)

On the main page of this forum there was already one prop pitch thread.

If people could be bothered to search, or possibly read the first page, they probably wouldn't get snippy remarks. No offense to the guy who posted this question, I just think he should have taken it upon himself to read the titles of a few post before asking this question again.

And... the manual explains everything you need to know about pitch settings. The only thing missing are rpm settings for the planes released in AEP.

Prop pitch is easier to understand than everyone wants it to be.

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">
Specs:
More expensive than the dining set.
Less expensive than the couch.
Smaller than the dishwasher.
Just as noisy as the refridgerator.
Faster than the cars' computer.
Less practical than the car.
Face it, people who put thier computer specs in thier signature are pretty ****ing wierd.

</pre>

dazza9806482
05-04-2004, 09:18 AM
baldie, i appreciate what your saying i really do.

and maybe im exploiting the good nature of the majority of posters by not reading previous posts.

However a simple search often throws up all kinds of useless debates involving 12 year olds about the climb rates and roll rates of virtual planes.

i asked some specific questions and got some specific answers. so thanks guys

if u resent my laziness, dont bother replying, that way u dont fall into the trap of irrelevant posts that really waste peoples time! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

tsisqua
05-04-2004, 09:46 AM
Dazza,
Good to have you here at the forum.

Trust me, Baldie is a good guy. He helps people on here every time that he sees them in need. Most of us here do as well. Sometimes it can get to ya, eh, Baldie?

BTW, his advice to you about pitch control is the best I've ever seen posted here.

Cut Baldie a little slack. You will grow to love him, as we all have.

Welcome To The Madnesshttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/784.gif

Tsisqua

dazza9806482
05-04-2004, 10:10 AM
Thanks Tsisqua

I was being lazy! I was in work and trying to keep my obvious skiving to a minimum.

I do appreciate Baldie's and everyones help, and in future will try to do a quick search.

this forum is my first and only one. everyone is helpful and intelligent (and if not, at least their entertaining!)and i am guilty of perhaps exploiting thir goodwill.

cos i am a lazy s.o.b.!

thanks again all
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dazza9806482
05-04-2004, 10:12 AM
by the way baldie, are u actually baldy?

i mean male pattern baldness?

cos i am, at 24, and it sucks bad!