I just read the Accu-sim manual for the B-377 and I'm really excited for the future. I don't really get excited for two seater, multi-engined types but I'm practically delirious now thinking of how Accu-sim can be applied to the single-engined fighters I love.
I hope I haven't offended anybody with my above suggestions on cockpit changes. I'll admit that while my best sources are pilot's operating notes issued during the war, they can't cover all of the aircraft produced. Sometimes I get the feeling that, like snowflakes, no two Thunderbolts left Republic's plants configured exactly the same. I'm sure that changes incorporated at the factory weren't always as direct as textbooks would have us believe; maybe older parts had to be used up first or new parts were gradually introduced as they became available. Field modifications and upgrades would further blur the line of what a 'definitive' Thunderbolt of any given production block would look like. And then of course many Thunderbolts served into the 1950s and were continuously upgraded by the units that operated them to keep them combat-ready.
As for the Razorback's throttle design, I admit I am confused by an aircraft on display at the USAF Museum in Ohio:
Razorback cockpit photo
I understand this aircraft is currently painted to represent Col. Neel Kearby's P-47D-4-RA "Fiery Ginger IV." In actuality the airframe is a Curtiss-built P-47G; did Curtiss install a differently styled throttle lever? Is this a replacement quadrant taken from a late model Thunderbolt? Either way, this example seems to be an anomolie when compared to vintage photographs of early P-47D cockpits:
Wartime photo of P-47D-5 throttle quadrant
I would also refer you to the wartime pilot familiarization films, circa 1943
. I noticed P-47D-5RE stenciled on the bulkhead in part II of this film series. Skip to about 14 minutes on the first film to where the instructor starts pointing out various cockpit controls. Note that:
1. The throttle handle is the square kind.
2. The turbo overspeed light is explained.
3. The landing gear light is a single light positioned above the instrument panel.
Again, I'm not trying to be overly critical. I think I want what you are also trying to achieve: an aircraft that closely matches all the real world tech manuals, operating notes and performance data available for it. See it in the vintage manual, do it in Flight Simulator. Overall, though, I'd rather have the Accu-sim technology added than worry about cosmetics that have no affect on the plane's actual performance.
In conclusion, I'm looking forward to using that window defroster control.
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