View Full Version : Hanging on the prop?

05-03-2010, 04:20 AM
I heard a few people discussing this in-game about how someone had "hung on their prop" to get away from them... what are they talking about?

05-03-2010, 04:31 AM
I believe that could be describing climbing at a very steep angle in a plane that alows it (like Spitfire, 109, A6M...). If an opponent can't climb that steep, you effectively can get away from a pursuer this way.

05-03-2010, 04:58 AM
Another thing it could be describing which is far more dangerous is someone firewalling the engine with whatever boost they have and going vertical. Depending on initial speeds and engine power, it *sometimes* allows you to reverse positions relative to another aircraft. On the other hand, people hanging at the top of the arc are absurdly easy to shoot if someone else comes along http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

05-03-2010, 06:58 AM
I heard that as a reference to the last seconds of a vertical zoom climb. When the plane reaches it's highest point, still pointing upwards (not slipping or tumbling sideways), it looks as if it hangs on its propeller for a few seconds, before falling back and starting a dive.

If a pursuer follows this plane in the climb, and runs out of energy faster, the extra seconds of "hanging on the prop" are vital to reverse the situation immediately - the pursuer tumbles down earlier, and the chased airplane can become the chaser.

The big problem is judging someones ability to zoom climb. If you try to zoom climb and hang on the prop with too little energy, a pursuing plan may keep up the pace with ease, and have a very nice point blank range shot at your aircraft. So you basically need a speed or altitude advantage that surely gets you out of his gun range (>600m)

05-03-2010, 09:18 AM
No better present than coming along and noticing a completely E dry plane after an overly steep and long zoom climb, practically floating in mid air. Boom. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-03-2010, 12:58 PM
Here's me hanging on the prop and doing a zero that stalled first:

05-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Something like this (300K - Vanilla V4.08) (http://www.vanjast.com/IL2Movies/quick0009.ntrk)

05-03-2010, 03:44 PM
Wing tip smoke wouldev been good for that tail silde. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

05-03-2010, 04:04 PM
I'm in the habit of kicking it down prop pitch to 70-80% if i want to keep my nose pitched up another few seconds. The key is timing it as the air speed drops off. Its the simulated effect of the prop scooping more air over the control surfaces which can sometimes buy another 3 or 4 seconds of time depending on the plane.

Nice tracks btw.


05-03-2010, 07:49 PM