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(Tier V) A6M5

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Poll: A6M5 Plane Balance (56 members have cast votes)

How balanced do you think this plane is overall?

  1. Very overpowered (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Somewhat overpowered (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Reasonably balanced (24 votes [42.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  4. Somewhat underpowered (24 votes [42.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  5. Very underpowered (8 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

How fun is this plane to fly?

  1. One of my favorites! (16 votes [28.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

  2. I really like it (14 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  3. It’s fun (14 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  4. Not my favorite (6 votes [10.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.71%

  5. I hate it! (6 votes [10.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.71%

How much of a factor does this plane contribute to a team’s victory? (Assume all planes are of the same tier in the match)

  1. Overwhelming contribution (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Strong contribution (11 votes [19.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.64%

  3. Reasonable contribution (26 votes [46.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.43%

  4. Low contribution (13 votes [23.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.21%

  5. Non-factor (6 votes [10.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.71%

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EasyEight #21 Posted 01 September 2013 - 01:32 AM

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So far I like the T1-T3 planes, they are good dogfighters and can hold their own in matches. The T4 A6M1 is an UP POS IMHO. It has a very weak engine and a very poor climb rate, which IIRC is not the way the Zero was -- it was supposed to be a good climber, in WoWP it can't even out-climb biplane and has no decent acceleration. Typically if I get into trouble against a biplane (even if I'm supposed to be a better turning plane...), I'll try to extend using superior speed/engine power and re-engage. Can't do that in the Zero. It's lawn mower engine overheats in an instant. And the guns...yikes, such a low DPS. This was the plane that dominated the Pacific for years???

Enigmato #22 Posted 23 September 2013 - 06:06 PM

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Played 99 battles, through stock to full configuration.
Plane balance - Does good for its tier. Distinguished ability to turn, whilst fairly crippled in other aspects - I think it's better to have more planes with different characteristics, and I consider Zero's are good example.
Historical accuracy - Fragile, good turn rate, mediocre speed / climb - overall, I think it's accurate enough. But the Type 99 guns may need some adjustment, as it is slightly inferior than its German counterpart MG-FF series although they're actually the same model. Too prone to overheating. (maybe reflecting lower ammunition carriage?)
Power curve - Steep. 7.7mm stock machine guns are frustrating in Tier V plane, low projectile speed of Type 99-1 causes divergent line of fire in longer range. Both weakness diminishes by upgrade. Engine upgrades, on the other hand, seems to be trivial compared to weapon upgrades.
Adjustment recommendations - More heat capacity(?) of 20mm guns, in trade of cooling speed may be necessary in my opinion. It Overheats too fast, sometimes causing perfectly positioned attack run against High-HP targets fail.
Additional notes - I wonder it has fuel tank 'hitbox' in its wings?

lordelamin #23 Posted 07 November 2013 - 01:27 AM

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Agility is very nice, but without top engine, she is dead meat.

Shadow4869 #24 Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:33 PM

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Battles played: 150-200 ish

Plane Balance: Engine Could use about 5% more power and roll rate could be slightly increased, other than that perfect.

Historical Accuracy: Not sure:(

Power Curve: The weapons are fine where they are. Heck the tier 4 Japanese has more firepower than an upgraded P-51 Mustang.

Adjustment Reccommendations: I would say a 3-5% increase in engine power, or a little faster boost cooldown.

The other one is, roll rate. The roll rate seems sluggish, especially compared to Russian planes.I would like to see about 5-10% increase in roll rates for Japanese aircraft from tier 4 to 6. Not sure about 7 an up yet:)

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