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Ruy Horta
06-23-2004, 11:04 AM
This appears to be a Japanese translation of a USN report on the handling characteristics of the Zero (Mod. 52?), however not knowing Japanese its difficult for me to understand - if at all.

http://www.xs4all.nl/~rhorta/TEMP/INFO/

zero_01 to zero_08

are the report (with 08 being something on the F4U and F6F)

zero_00

cover of source

BTW. would be nice if someone could translate the exact title on the cover of Maru Mech No. 14 for me, please.

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[This message was edited by Ruy Horta on Wed June 23 2004 at 10:14 AM.]

Ruy Horta
06-23-2004, 11:04 AM
This appears to be a Japanese translation of a USN report on the handling characteristics of the Zero (Mod. 52?), however not knowing Japanese its difficult for me to understand - if at all.

http://www.xs4all.nl/~rhorta/TEMP/INFO/

zero_01 to zero_08

are the report (with 08 being something on the F4U and F6F)

zero_00

cover of source

BTW. would be nice if someone could translate the exact title on the cover of Maru Mech No. 14 for me, please.

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Ruy Horta

[This message was edited by Ruy Horta on Wed June 23 2004 at 10:14 AM.]

sugaki
06-23-2004, 12:06 PM
Title for the issue reads:

Magazine Exclusive! Zero's rebirth ground/Inside Report
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The Planes of Fame Men who brought the Zero back to the skies


The first five pages outlines mostly how to recover from stalls, application of rudder, aileron, etc.

No solid stats for roll rates but it does compare roll ate to F6F and F4U in zero_08.jpg. Note the Zero is probably a Model 22 (A6M3 zero), which had a slightly more powerful engine, and essentially same wing as the Model 21 (got rid of the clipped wing shape).

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Against F4U and F6F, rollrates are about the same below 200kt (370 km)--however above that it takes a lot of strength to roll.

Turning--Against F4U, mid to low level turns are considerably better with Zero. Using flaps on F4U can make it turn 1.5 times in the time that the Zero turns 1 time. Against the F6F the Zero is moderately more maneuverable--under 10,000 ft, a Zero can turn 1 time in the time it takes a F6F to do 1.5 turn.

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In zero_07.jpg, it gives conclusions on the overall characteristics of the aircraft. Some of the pertinent ones are:

1) Zero is very stable when flaps are up full and power is off. Satisfactory stability.

4) Aileron movement is very good at low speeds. However, above 120mph the force applied to the stick becomes greater, restricting control.

7) Directional stability is very good.

9) Stall characteristics are satisfactory both in power-off, flaps down and power-on flaps up. Stall warnings emerge predicatably, and movement of the plane is gentle when stalling. Recover from stalls is very quick.

What is observed from the Zero is very different from the FB zero. Roll rate is slow even at low speeds, low speed characteristics are very unfriendly, with the plane jerking to the left when approaching stalls--as I mentioned awhile back, it's supposed to be gentle. Low to mid speed is the forte of the Zero, something which isn't reflected at all especially in the A6M5. While the A6M2 turns well, it still jerks when stalls.

Although engine management is inaccurate in the CFS2 Zero (you can go 100% throttle and just stay there), and too little compensation was needed for take-off/landing, overall flight characteristics were closer. Target Rabaul with all its rough edges has a great FM for the Zero.

-Aki

[This message was edited by sugaki on Wed June 23 2004 at 11:18 AM.]

Ruy Horta
06-23-2004, 12:18 PM
Happy to hear that the material "might" be of some use, thanks a million Aki!

BTW, last question wrt cover - does that include the bit in the blue field and what's written next to it?

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sugaki
06-23-2004, 12:45 PM
The baby blue box says "Special compilation of charts/graphs," the big bold text to right of it simply says "Reisen."

Ruy Horta
06-23-2004, 01:41 PM
Aki...

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