Only up as far as tier 6, and only in the La and IL lines. La-5 is fun as hell, everything the LaGG-3 wanted to be and isn't any more. Good low-mid altitude TNB fighter with enough boost to climb and stick to heavies trying to zoom up off the deck, and enough gun power to kill most things relatively quickly. IL-2(t) is an IL, with all the hilarity and sometimes frustration that comes from flying the whales.
LaGG-3 was terrible, and seems like the only dog in the tree so far, but it was an exercise in frustration most of the time, due to the low firepower. Yak-1 and MiG-3 are good. One's the best low-altitude TnB plane in its tier, the other is the best high-altitude TnB plane in its tier. Yak-7 is derpy, but hilarious when you manage to get that 37mm to hit.
For low tiers, all the Polikarpovs are amazing, with the exception of the I-17, which is mediocre by comparison. The early model really stands out, though, because it has everything: it's fast, ridiculously nimble (only out-turned by the A5M if I recall correctly, and it's much faster and has better guns than A5M, so just BnZ), has good firepower, and generally curbstomps every other plane in its tier 1v1.
Edited by thehelmsman, 22 April 2017 - 05:17 PM.