Great news overall, and I was hoping for* Le Prieur rockets for ages.
I hope the historical method of delivery is absolutely necessary as well, and they are hilariously inaccurate otherwise. If theres any deviation from the procedure it should be the case...IE
Quoted by Harry Woodman in Windsock, from Recherches et Inventions, April
"The rockets were charged with about 200 grams of black powder and at the
front they had a wooden penetration cone to which was fixed a triangular
knife blade. The rockets were launced by an electric switch in the
cockpit, in groups of several ata a time (bouquet!). The aircraft was in
a nose dive at the time of ignition and the rockets launched at a range
of 200 metres woulds penetrate the envelope of a German 'sausage' and set
it on fire thanks to the stream of incandescent matter which continued to
spout from the rear of the rockets. On May 22nd 1916, the 'rocketeer'
Charles Nungesser and five other great war aces effectively participated
in the recapture of Douamont, setting afire most of the Drachens along
the 35 km front, depriving the German general staff and most of the enemy
artillery of valuable information. Mr Le Prieur's invention caused the
destruction of about 50 German kite baloons."
An American observer is quoted from a US War Dept report of Dec 1916
"The fire is commenced at 100-150 metres whilst diving at an angle of 45
degrees. The steeper the dive the greater the trajectory and the more
effective the attack. The attack should be made in the direction of the
length of the baloon and against the wind... the ring of the front sight
permits the pilot to calculate the distance at which the firing is to
commence ..... the pilot should fire as soon as the balloon fills the
The discharge of the rockets does not occur immediately the button is
touched and the delay varies slightly from one rocket to another. It is
absolutely necessary to continue to hold the target in sight and the dive
until the last rocket has been discharged. If the pilot breaks off or
pulls out of the dive too quickly the last rockets will go in different
directions and give a dispersion which is altogether inadmissable.
Should be fun!
I still hope that further work is being done RE: the dodgy turret system, as I have all the two seaters barring the Halbie...but never bother actually manning a turret myself as its pretty frustrating at present. Would be great if this is so....haven't been keeping up to date on the issue tbh. Heres hoping...but I have a funny feeling it will be fixed before too long.
A nice surprise and bonus would be further FM revisions, which a lot are waiting on too. I've kind of accepted the 'balancing' thing way back from the Pfalz DXII engine etc, not a big deal to me really. The Huns should consider a change of name to "RFC-Wanabees" along with their Aldis and Lewis guns, and start drinking more tea.
They did pinch the Triplane idea as well, lest we forget. Bless em. Imitation is after all the most sincere form of flattery.
Will be interesting to see how performance impact is modeled with more than standard guns too, I'm going through a Sop TripeHound phase atm....and I'll be getting me another gun and trying it out.
Not fond of where the Aldis is mounted though, would be cool if we could change it to centre mount with the mod.
Good stuff though overall, looking forward to it.