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jrm000kc #1 Posted 06 April 2018 - 04:14 AM

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After the bitter experience of the complete turkey of a plane, the XF4F, I was thinking 'oh great' a classic WG clunker in front of the beloved Corsair, the F4F 'Wildcat'. Am I experiencing a complete fluke or is this plane an actual solid performer? I was ecstatic upon completing the best game of my life this morning. It was supposed to be my last one before buying the Corsair. After this I'm holding on to her for awhile longer. Thoughts? Thanks for reading.

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Personally I really didn't enjoy the F4F much. I felt there's too many aircraft that you just can't escape from, where the Corsair's only real problem is Mustangs which can keep up with it during boosts, and there wasn't anything else to really back it up (for example, the Hurricane II has excelent guns for the tier and decent ordnance in exchange for agility an speed). I never really got to use the ordnance much either, though I never researched the rockets while I flew it so maybe I missed something there :bajan:


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Cenotaph #3 Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:07 AM

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I liked the F4F quite a bit... much more so than the P-40.

 

Hit reg. just seems far better in the F4F


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SpiritFoxMY #4 Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:40 AM

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I never liked it. It was a very meh performer: not fast enough to run, not agile enough to turn and with too low a service ceiling to outclimb its enemies. Strictly mediocre all around IMO

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YagabodooN #5 Posted 06 April 2018 - 06:21 AM

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The Bearcat isn't terrible, has good cap flipping capability, struggles in tight dogfights BUT......

 

just trust me, when you get the Corsair and fully deck it out, you will never, ever look back



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View PostYagabodooN, on 06 April 2018 - 06:21 AM, said:

The Bearcat isn't terrible, has good cap flipping capability, struggles in tight dogfights BUT.....

 

Wildcat. Bearcat ain't in game yet.


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soydivision #7 Posted 06 April 2018 - 11:57 AM

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You can do alright with it if you're disciplined about keeping its speed up.

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I like the Wildcat.

Better than some, not as good as others.

 

A keeper IMHO.


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NorthernPorter #9 Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:19 PM

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I have a love hate relationship with it. I liked it's guns and was able to do okay with it. But I am able to do so much better in the P-40. That's just my experience with it.

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View PostNorthernPorter, on 06 April 2018 - 01:19 PM, said:

I have a love hate relationship with it. I liked it's guns and was able to do okay with it. But I am able to do so much better in the P-40. That's just my experience with it.

 

My thoughts exactly!  I still have one but moved the crew; I was thinking about giving it another shot. I need more multi's to complete a mission.

 

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jrm000kc #11 Posted 06 April 2018 - 03:46 PM

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Thanks for you thoughts guys.

View PostYagabodooN, on 06 April 2018 - 06:21 AM, said:

The Bearcat isn't terrible, has good cap flipping capability, struggles in tight dogfights BUT......

 

just trust me, when you get the Corsair and fully deck it out, you will never, ever look back

 

You are SO correct. I'm used to having to literally 'hug' targets with the Wildcat and Mustang's very limited guns. (Using a joystick I believe weaker guns make you a better marksman.) All I can say about the Corsair so far is OMG those quad 20's!!!!! (Big difference is I've had to learn to discipline myself to bursts instead of just holding the trigger down.) I typically boost to the nearest important sector and drop my 2 bombs then immediately go to fighter mode. The Wildcat is very good IMHO at keeping low and protecting captured sectors given you have a team capturing them. I give the pilot marksman skill and the rest is all about milking as much maneuverability as possible.

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109E will eat the F4F for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Midnight Snack.  

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The F4F is a tough, resilient fighter, but can't turn much at all and just doesn't have the altitude and speed to be a real good BnZ. Faster fighters like the 109 and turning fighters like the Spitfire and Zero will beat it every time. In WWII, the Wildcat had a hard time against Zeros alone. The Wildcat was the plane that inspired the "Thatch" maneuver that enabled two plans to cover each other's six. With friendlies around you to help out, you can do quite a bit, but alone the Wildcat is a bit of a struggle as it is outperformed by many planes in it's tier. I didn't keep it and was very glad to move on to the Corsair, which is way better in speed, altitude, and firepower and does a much better job at competing with other planes in it's tier.

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View Postjrm000kc, on 06 April 2018 - 10:46 AM, said:

Thanks for you thoughts guys.

 

You are SO correct. I'm used to having to literally 'hug' targets with the Wildcat and Mustang's very limited guns. (Using a joystick I believe weaker guns make you a better marksman.) All I can say about the Corsair so far is OMG those quad 20's!!!!! (Big difference is I've had to learn to discipline myself to bursts instead of just holding the trigger down.) I typically boost to the nearest important sector and drop my 2 bombs then immediately go to fighter mode. The Wildcat is very good IMHO at keeping low and protecting captured sectors given you have a team capturing them. I give the pilot marksman skill and the rest is all about milking as much maneuverability as possible.

Wanna learn fire discipline?  Go play the Ki-43 series, those guns overheat in a second...that will break the “spray and pray” tendencies.  


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DataNinja #15 Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:47 PM

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I really liked the F4F and the P40 in 1.9....haven't flown them as much in 2.0....but in 2.0, I like the P40 over the F4F.....

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View PostSpiritFoxMY, on 06 April 2018 - 07:36 AM, said:

 

Wildcat. Bearcat ain't in game yet.

 

Ah yes, thanks fox.  I would love the F8F in game as well; may make a nice T6. 

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View PostPostTraumatic, on 06 April 2018 - 12:16 PM, said:

109E will eat the F4F for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Midnight Snack.  

 

Ah yes, the BnZ breed. I'll see one coming head on knowing it's a diving speed attack and just break off below. (Mistake being breaking off left or right, which exposes too much area.) Once BnZ has flown past I flip over and simply follow them into the turn that usually happens. I really haven't had any issues with 109's. I'm just not into the BnZ thing as I'd rather have turning capability which IMHO matters more once you avoid the dive attack. It usually works unless I get this weird lag thing that'll make my plane fly like a bathtub.

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View Postcomtedumas, on 06 April 2018 - 01:56 PM, said:

Wanna learn fire discipline?  Go play the Ki-43 series, those guns overheat in a second...that will break the “spray and pray” tendencies.  

 

I haven't played Japanese too much. Seems they all suffer from serious overheating just like you stated.

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View PostDataNinja, on 06 April 2018 - 04:47 PM, said:

I really liked the F4F and the P40 in 1.9....haven't flown them as much in 2.0....but in 2.0, I like the P40 over the F4F.....

 

What's odd is the P-40 definitely outperforms but for some reason the Wildcat is the plane I get outstanding battles in. Got 19k experience in the battle that caused me to write this topic. Now I've probably just jinxed myself....

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View Postjrm000kc, on 07 April 2018 - 01:22 AM, said:

 

I haven't played Japanese too much. Seems they all suffer from serious overheating just like you stated.

 

You best start the Ki line then, they are a hybrid of energy and turnfighting; fragile themselves but once you get to T7 the burst damage is actually ridiculous.  I recommend a full speed build as it gives you more opportunities to pick targets in slash attacks and close the range to get better hits. 




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