Thanks for replies gentlemen.
Stickman, interesting link to the other thread and the attempts/search to find more historically accurate anchor to base the sim on. Buddye's comment that many of the aircraft at the beginning of BoB were 'vintage 1939' is correct for both sides. The RAF did step up production drastically over the late spring & summer, as well as retrofitted the older fighters by adding pilot armor and self-sealing tanks after experience in the BoF. From my meager book knowledge the most common Bf109 at the beginning of BoB was still the E1 with only 4 MG17 machine guns. The Luft did not step up production so much in 1940, but they did retrofit many E1's to E3's, and then E4's, with just a handful of F series aircraft introduced at the end. Haven't played a true BoB campaign yet, but hope the E1/E3/E4 ratio and progression is reflected (though I hate being on the receiving end of Minengeschoss...
From my OP, I base my interpretation of what 8 Brownings should be able to inflict on unarmored bombers according to first hand accounts I've read (not that I pretend to be a BoB expert but it is a topic of continued interest over the years), not the least being Peter Townsend's book "Duel of Eagles
". Eight Brownings put a lot of bullets in the air, and if the bomber's crew compartment is at the receiving end of the convergence point, it takes most of them out of action--dead or wounded. Head on attacks, if accurate (big IF of course) were devastating.
BTW, I'm not trying to change everyone's game to reflect my preferences or interpretation of history, I'm just trying to enjoy my own better. Comparing what I manage to accomplish when playing BoBII to what others accomplish is not a concern to me.
If you haven't poked around inside EJ's ordnance website, you are in for a treat http://www.inert-ord.net/index.html#home
. As he says:
There is endless debate over the benefits and disadvantages of the types and combinations of guns used... Simply put, there is a limited amount of weight and space you can devote to the weapons system. Typically, the bigger the round, the heavier the gun and slower the rate of fire. So what is better, many smaller rounds fired, resulting in a greater chance of finding the target, or fewer larger shells deployed with a lesser chance of scoring, but resulting in greater damage for each shot?