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neural_dream
08-20-2005, 07:15 AM
This is the 3rd post in a series of topics on the Revised Cockpit Reference Guide that i am working on. It will contain all planes this time so i will share it with you just after the release of the last patch. In these topics i post what i have chosen for the time being to write about each aircraft as side-info to the cockpit reference. This way the experts of this forum will quickly point out errors and maybe offer better alternatives to my words for each aircraft. Do not stick that much to numbers. I offer approximate ones first because you can never be sure with so many conflicting numbers out there, and second because this is a compact guide and shouldn't waste precious space by adding all speeds for every model of a plane if they are very similar. Still if you find that there are important inconsistencies please tell me so before i "release" the guide next month.
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Lavochkin La-5,5F,5FN (`42-`43)
In order to build the La-5 designer Semyon Alexseyevich Lavochkin kept the lightweight and easy-to-assemble
basic airframe of the LaGG-3 and put a Shvetsov M-82F radial engine in it, along with some modifications on the
fuselage to improve the visibility and allow for heavier armament. The result was a very successful aircraft, mount
of many of the Russian aces of WW2. The La-5FN was equipped with the M-82FN direct-injection engine and
had better flying characteristics than the Bf109G and the FW190A-4 at low and medium altitudes.
Max. speed: La5,5F/5FN 550/580km/h at sea level and 600/630km/h at 6250m. Turn time 20/18.5s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ Consider switching the supercharger to stage 2 at around 3500m for La-5 and La-5F, and 4500m for the La-5FN.
¦ The La-5 and La-5F are significantly weaker above 4000m. The La-5FN has its worst performance between 3000
and 4500m.
Armament:
La-5,5F,5FN: nose - 2x20mm ShVAK (left 170rpg/15sec, right 200rpg/17sec)
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Lavochkin La-7 (`44)
The La-7 was a variant of the La-5 with only a few minor differences. It is considered as the best Soviet piston-engined fighter of WW2 and probably the best overall fighter of the war at low and medium altitudes.
Max. speed: La-7/7 3xB20 600/612km/h at sea level and 680km/h at 6000m. Turn time 18-19s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ Consider to start decreasing the fuel mix when over 3000m.
¦ The La-7 has two supercharger stages. Consider switching to stage 2 over around 3000m and definitely
before 4500m and switch back to stage 1 under that altitude. Lower than 1500m in stage 2 causes engine damage.
¦ The La-7 is significantly weaker at high altitudes and is generally slower than contemporary aircraft over 5000m.
¦ The La-7 is not a very good diver. If you follow a P-47 or a FW190 in a steep high-speed dive you risk falling apart; it will start losing parts before it reaches 800km/h.
Armament:
La-7: nose - 2x20mm ShVAK (200rpg/17sec)
La-7 3xB20: nose - 3x20mm B20s (left 150rpg/13sec, middle 150rpg/13sec, right 130rpg/11sec)

neural_dream
08-20-2005, 07:15 AM
This is the 3rd post in a series of topics on the Revised Cockpit Reference Guide that i am working on. It will contain all planes this time so i will share it with you just after the release of the last patch. In these topics i post what i have chosen for the time being to write about each aircraft as side-info to the cockpit reference. This way the experts of this forum will quickly point out errors and maybe offer better alternatives to my words for each aircraft. Do not stick that much to numbers. I offer approximate ones first because you can never be sure with so many conflicting numbers out there, and second because this is a compact guide and shouldn't waste precious space by adding all speeds for every model of a plane if they are very similar. Still if you find that there are important inconsistencies please tell me so before i "release" the guide next month.
-----------------------------------------------
Lavochkin La-5,5F,5FN (`42-`43)
In order to build the La-5 designer Semyon Alexseyevich Lavochkin kept the lightweight and easy-to-assemble
basic airframe of the LaGG-3 and put a Shvetsov M-82F radial engine in it, along with some modifications on the
fuselage to improve the visibility and allow for heavier armament. The result was a very successful aircraft, mount
of many of the Russian aces of WW2. The La-5FN was equipped with the M-82FN direct-injection engine and
had better flying characteristics than the Bf109G and the FW190A-4 at low and medium altitudes.
Max. speed: La5,5F/5FN 550/580km/h at sea level and 600/630km/h at 6250m. Turn time 20/18.5s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ Consider switching the supercharger to stage 2 at around 3500m for La-5 and La-5F, and 4500m for the La-5FN.
¦ The La-5 and La-5F are significantly weaker above 4000m. The La-5FN has its worst performance between 3000
and 4500m.
Armament:
La-5,5F,5FN: nose - 2x20mm ShVAK (left 170rpg/15sec, right 200rpg/17sec)
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Lavochkin La-7 (`44)
The La-7 was a variant of the La-5 with only a few minor differences. It is considered as the best Soviet piston-engined fighter of WW2 and probably the best overall fighter of the war at low and medium altitudes.
Max. speed: La-7/7 3xB20 600/612km/h at sea level and 680km/h at 6000m. Turn time 18-19s at 1000m.
Tips:
¦ Consider to start decreasing the fuel mix when over 3000m.
¦ The La-7 has two supercharger stages. Consider switching to stage 2 over around 3000m and definitely
before 4500m and switch back to stage 1 under that altitude. Lower than 1500m in stage 2 causes engine damage.
¦ The La-7 is significantly weaker at high altitudes and is generally slower than contemporary aircraft over 5000m.
¦ The La-7 is not a very good diver. If you follow a P-47 or a FW190 in a steep high-speed dive you risk falling apart; it will start losing parts before it reaches 800km/h.
Armament:
La-7: nose - 2x20mm ShVAK (200rpg/17sec)
La-7 3xB20: nose - 3x20mm B20s (left 150rpg/13sec, middle 150rpg/13sec, right 130rpg/11sec)

neural_dream
08-20-2005, 07:18 AM
Tomorrow the Stukas

DeerHunterUK
08-20-2005, 07:24 AM
I've got a quick question\comment. Would it be worth when posting the maximum speeds to post a maximum speed for 100% throttle and another for 110% throttle and WEP?
Nice guide though.

neural_dream
08-20-2005, 09:24 AM
I am not exactly sure why. You fly at max speed only for a while and when you need it (110%+WEP). Why should there be a second max speed without those boosts?

Kocur_
08-20-2005, 01:58 PM
Let me add, that La-7 3 x B-20 were produced in 1945 only. There were 368 of them in last batches of wartime production, in spring of 1945. Simply B-20 cannons werent available before 1945.

Kuna15
08-20-2005, 03:55 PM
I'm looking forward to your guide. Excellent work mate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

DeerHunterUK
08-21-2005, 05:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by neural_dream:
I am not exactly sure why. You fly at max speed only for a while and when you need it (110%+WEP). Why should there be a second max speed without those boosts? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The reason I asked was because I tend not to use the boost\110% throttle too much to save on the engine life. If I need to go above cruising speed I'll use 100% throttle, but your point is well taken.

neural_dream
08-29-2005, 07:15 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kocur_:
Let me add, that La-7 3 x B-20 were produced in 1945 only. There were 368 of them in last batches of wartime production, in spring of 1945. Simply B-20 cannons werent available before 1945. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oleg replied by
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">La-7s with 3 B-20 cannons was in production from the beginning. Faults of the cannons in the first series was the reason to produce the old scheme like on La-5 in parallel with the 3 cannos version. On the Front La-7 with 3 cannons and La-7 with 2 cannons had ratio like something 1 to 15 in 1944 and greater in 1945. Kozedub after test of 3 cannons La-7 selected two cannons version and it was in 1944... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

so i will keep the dates the way they are. I don't say he must be right, but since he is responsible for the game and this is a guide for the game ...

Kocur_
08-29-2005, 09:25 AM
Kocur replied too. You are right: lets wait.