. Sacha's projected to make a comeback when the MiG-21 releases. I have a new story arc I'm planning out, and I hope to finally close out the last arc in the first installment.
I tried the Ka-50 when the first version of Black Shark
was released. It is very, very well done but for some reason it just doesn't resonate
with me. I think that I find the helos too limited; I like to do some air to air, and in Flanker/Flanker2/Lock On
I was into f-pole jousting with the R-27. The MiG won't be able to pack R-27s, but the R-3R will be a serious challenge for SARH missile jousting, especially since it is not typically intended for that use.
And I prefer fast movers for air to ground, setting up a good approach and making that bomb run or rocket run to hovering and hosing the enemy down with antitank missiles. I especially like slashing, low-level attacks with high-drag bombs, and the MiG will be well suited to that. I tried to run the Ka-50 the same way I'd do a jet but it's not as maneuverable in linear flight and you have to be careful of overstressing the rotors. To a fixed-wing jet gal it doesn't entirely feel right. I'm sure that Sacha would disagree with me, though; the last story I did revealed that she loves helicopters.
Part of the issue for me is the Ka-50's threat warning system; it does not pick up radar threats and one thing I have historically enjoyed is air-defense suppression. I think that the MiG-21 will not be well suited for that because it has no antiradar missile, but it will still be more survivable than the Ka-50 against tactical SAM systems like the SA-6 and SA-11, I think, and if it can get in close with the X-66 or better yet, high-drag bombs, which Beczl is modeling several of, it can be a threat.
The key, I think, is modeling an aircraft I'm already interested in. I have like 500+ hours in Falcon 4.0 because I loved the F-16, and equivalent in Flanker
et al. because I have always been fascinated with the Su-27 and MiG-29, especially the MiG-29 9-12. All this pales next to my interest in the MiG-21, I had one of those tiny Bachmann models of the MiG-21F-13 growing up that hung out with my Barbies....