Good news. Our Accu-Sim P-51D has been in beta for a few days. Now, we have sustained a massive barrage from the testers, which is normal when we kick beta off, but I just read this comment from our own resident Spitfire crew chief, Darryl. I'm just going to post what he said here:
I am never going to divorce the Spitfire but I am seriously considering cheating on her with the P-51!!
A couple or three questions for Dudley, mainly because I have never found a P-51 model that I even remotely liked..until now...Darryl"
So far, it has survived for 48 hours without any major issues, so that is a very good sign. However, we have a lot of work ahead still with bug fixes, testing, manuals, etc.
For those P-40 flyers, this is going to be a very different experience. You have a throttle in the P-51 that automatically maintains power for you, whereas in the P-40, your hand is directly connected to the throttle on the engine, meaning, you can easily over-boost the P-40. You also have a mechanical 2-speed supercharger in the P-51. When it switches, it's basically a different engine so you have to respect the point at which this switch happens. The Mustang also does a nice job automatically keeping the engine cool, so you will find you are not glued to the temperature gauges like you are when flying the early Spit or P-40. And in general, we have some next generation stuff happening under the hood with Accu-Sim, that will again carry our Spitfire and P-40 ahead. When this P-51 comes out, we will have three aircraft living in the same world, simultaneously. This is important because, the P-40 represents the raw Warbirds at the outbreak, whereas the P-51 represents the heavy, fast, automatic systems in later years. This means Accu-Sim has covered the entire span of WWII combustion engine technology. You P-40 pilots will appreciate these advancements, but what a contrast these aircraft represent. I can see why some pilots see the P-40 as their favorite, and others the P-51. It really comes down to what type of aircraft you prefer.
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