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  1. Reason my interest was perked to see USS New Mexico and USS Colorado getting operational type aircraft was after browsing through last update to game. Noticed that they gave quite a few tier 1 & 2 ships tweaks for appearance sake (Black Swan, Orlan, Erie, Hashidate, Hermelin, Chester, Dresden, Novik, Weymouth, Umikaze, Sampson, Storozhevoi). So why not bring the USS New Mexico and USS Colorado up on par detail wise with their corresponding Japanese Navy counterparts. Also would like to see them allow the option to carry spotter aircraft on cruiser class similar as to how they did the British cruisers. Not terribly keen on the make-believe floatplane fighters, would like to have the option of having a Vought Kingfisher or even possibly Curtiss Seagull on the stern of the US Navy cruisers. Though do like that they did model two historic shipborne floatplane fighters with and the Blackburn Roc, though for some reason they use the Roc as scout. Of course both the Loire and Roc pretty much dismal failures with Loire seeing extremely limited operational service and the Roc never seeing any operational service.
  2. Kind of curious why the USS New Mexico and the USS Colorado are not depicted carrying the Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes. The USS New Mexico is depicted carrying a Vought VE-7 float plane trainer from 1918 compared to the Fuso which is equipped with Mitsubishi F1M2 Pete from 1942. Also the Colorado comes with the N3N-1 from 1934 compared to Nagato which is equipped with the Aichi E13A1 Jake from 1942. Just wondering why the Japanese battleships are depicted carrying operational floatplanes for that period, while the US Navy Battleships of same tier depicted with obsolete trainers. At the very least depict the tier 6 and 7 US Navy battleships equipped with Curtiss SOC-1 Seagull.
  3. Hmmmn....Hmmmn... kind of guessing you answer own question.
  4. Graf Zepplin tier 8? preliminary info

    Imagine those latter shots are Ju 87 E variants. Basically navalized D variant. Sounds like they saw years worth of evaluation at Travemunde and facility at Peenemunde-West. Looks like they even tested it with rocket-assisted take off equipment. Might be a case with the additional naval gear that it was a real dog so to speak.
  5. Curious, wouldn't the Graf Zeppelin be a little out classed at Tier 8? Shoot pretty light on aircraft complement compared to something like the US Navy and Japanese types. Be neat if they did it lower tier with Ju 87s as dive bombers, Fiesler Fi 167 in torpedo bomber role and Bf 109s in fighter role.
  6. Looks to be another fun addition to the game.
  7. Looking forward to the release of this one.
  8. Soviet Battleships

    Shoot rather see them focus on British. French and Italian ships before more what if Soviet types. Wouldn't mind seeing them add more BBs to the US Navy line as well. So many neat US Navy BBs still to be done. Much rather see them put out battleships done that actually made it out of dry dock.
  9. Snagged the Yubari like the chap in previous post, so imagine you might have a shot at that one sometime in the future. Nifty little light cruiser.
  10. BEST looking ships

    Kind of think the Yubari looks like the sports car of the light cruisers.
  11. At 3,000lbs for just the bomb alone, not counting the guidance equipment... kind of looking that way.
  12. How do we fix battleships?

    Agree with how it is probably more about how people play the class of ship. At times it sees like a lot of the battleship players are more concerned about not taking damage than they are about dishing it out. For me it really gets fun when you hear your secondary armament kicking in.
  13. Found an article by Richard Moss from 11 September 2015 that does indicate that Eric Brown did one powered flight in Me 163. "By his own admission, when Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown climbed into the cockpit of the experimental Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet, he wondered if he was going to survive his test flight in the German rocket-powered fighter aircraft.Brown flew the notoriously volatile German plane on June 10 1945 after capturing it at Husum, Schleswig Holstein, at the end of the war. Under instructions from Winston Churchill – who wanted to learn as much as possible about Germany’s technological weapons – the Royal Navy test pilot was part of a mission to travel to Germany, test rocket aircraft and bring them back to Britain.Introduced in late 1944, the Komet was a short-range rocket interceptor with a phenomenal rate of climb and speed. With only a few minutes flight duration at full power and packed with highly flammable rocket fuel, it was a highly dangerous plane to fly; fatal accidents were common.Luckily Brown survived his flight and went on to forge an audacious flying career piloting over 487 different types of aircraft. And this week he was reunited with one of the most dangerous of them at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune.The 96-year-old visited the Museum as part of a £3.6 million redevelopment of two nationally significant Second World War hangars, which will incorporate interactive digital displays showing archive footage and interviews exploring the history, technology and personal stories behind each aircraft. Confessing to being “pleased to see the Komet again”, 70 years after he flew it, Captain Brown remembered how he was “very determined to fly this rocket aircraft back in 1945 because to me it was the most exciting thing on the horizon, a totally new experience”.“I remember watching the ground crew very carefully before take-off, wondering if they thought they were waving goodbye to me forever or whether they thought this thing was going to return,” he added.“The noise it made was absolutely thunderous, and it was like being in charge of a runaway train; everything changed so rapidly and I really had to have my wits about me. I had been used to the top fighters in the game with rates of climb of about 3,000 feet per minute, but this thing climbed at 16,000 feet per minute.“The angle of climb was about 45 degrees and I couldn’t see the horizon. It was an incredibly volatile aircraft, and its operational record – just 16 kills and 10 aircraft lost in combat – made it, in my opinion, a tool of desperation.”Despite its volatility the Komet was the fastest aircraft of the Second World War. Pilots who flew it wore special rubber suits to protect themselves in the event of leakages of the rocket fuel, which was so corrosive that it would dissolve human flesh on contact. Despite all the risks it proved to be ineffective in combat."
  14. Whoever developed the air groups for US Navy must be a bit daft. The options for the Japanese Navy just seem more balanced. Wish they would allow for tailoring the air groups based on player's choice of configuration. All fighters pretty much pure waste of a carrier if it has no offensive capability.
  15. add ocean back

    Yep, pretty much like the ocean map.