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CorvusCorvax #401 Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:36 AM

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View PostCaptain_Underpants53, on 17 January 2022 - 12:05 AM, said:

 

11K tokens

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I have only ever had a max of about 750 tokens.  I will admit to paying the gold price for specializing the Masha and the Su-10.  It appears as though I must have also done so for the B-29C.  I do not remember doing that, but maybe I had too much eggnog one night and decided I needed a spec bomber that I never play.  I should play it some, before the nerfs...


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ItsSubmersible #402 Posted 17 January 2022 - 02:49 AM

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WOW! I have something like 150 tokens right now, Think I hit 200 at one point max!

qu33kKC #403 Posted 24 January 2022 - 12:11 AM

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I spec'd the Pogo today.  Test flight seemed to vindicate CorvusCorvax's suggestion that GOA was the way to go.  As much as I don't want to sacrifice accuracy, given my poor shooting to begin with, with ultimate Gunsight and GOA guns, things melted right nicely.

 

As a note, I managed an ACE game in it on the way to Spec, and another with 16 kills.  The Ace was almost half ADFs, but the second was 15 red and only 1 ADF.  Big bounce towards Spec, to put it mildly.

 

(I also had a couple of games downtiered vs humans where I struggled to get half a dozen kills.  Pretty much my story in light fighters as a general rule!) 


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I Spec'd the Duckling yesterday.  (Hs 129 A.)

 

As anticipated, the addition of an engine consumable slot took this plane well into OP territory. . . . .

 

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CorvusCorvax #405 Posted 31 January 2022 - 03:19 PM

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Flying for tokens means flying Period I.  So, while out flying some seldom-flown aircraft (I-180?  How long have YOU been in my hangar???) I found that at some point I had gotten the I-5 SHKaS and it was 40 or so enemy planes away from specialization.  OK, I need raw XP from LF or MRF in Period I, so, two birds - one stone.


This plane is pretty good at Tier II.

I also found that I have a LOT of low-tier premium USSR planes that I just don't remember getting.  Some low-tier GAA that I've never seen before, a couple of LF, a couple MRF...

 

Specialization doesn't make much of a difference on low-tier aircraft, but one thing I did notice - playing T2 and winning drops a BOATLOAD of mechanical parts.  A convincing win playing one of my T8 HF will drop 7-10 mechanical parts, but I usually have to score in the high teens in PP to get that.

In T2, the parts drops were 11-13 regularly.  I guess when I need silver, I farm the T8 skies in my premiums.  When I need mechanical parts, I farm the T2 skies in my regular, old planes and club all the seals.  It seems like I ride around with thousands of all the other parts, including airframe parts, but mechanical parts is always a bottleneck.  ESPECIALLY when you try upgrading Special Projects gear.  Holy crud, those guy in Period III just drain your parts like dollars at strip clubs near military bases.
 


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CorvusCorvax #406 Posted 19 March 2022 - 10:44 PM

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F-82E and XP-58 added to the ranks of Specialist. Up next? The La-160...

Edited by CorvusCorvax, 20 March 2022 - 03:49 PM.

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painintheglute #407 Posted 20 March 2022 - 10:09 AM

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i liked the jr21b before spec. and now i love it after i spec'ed today.

 

up next, the f4f

 


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Chillax!! Have A Little Fun!! :great:

qu33kKC #408 Posted 21 March 2022 - 07:06 PM

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Spent some time yesterday Flighting with CorvusCorvax, and were discussing his latest planes.  During the discussion, I noticed that my FJ-1 was only 40 kills short of Spec, so I took the Fury up for a few games today.  First game out, ACE and 16 red kills.  :izmena:

 

Took me 5 more games to get the rest, but managed it, and took the bird up for a test drive.  Having the additional speed and boost juice was a very good thing.  Still hate the short range of the .50s, but at least the damage is better post-buff.



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Spent the last two days grinding the Wildcat F4F.  Was having a decent enough time of it, 6~10 kills, ground targets as they came.  Finally got the required number of kills, put a speed build in the new engine slots and took her out for a spin.  The engine upgrade was a huge improvement, I could climb after heavy ADFs without sucking wind, and even could get after the lower alt bombers a time or two.  End result of the test run was rather eye-opening.

 

22620 points, 20 kills and 1 ground, ACE, Lambert, Marseille, Legend and Kozedub.    This was over the Egypt map, so clearly Ra Himself was shining upon the F4F's empennage!  :teethhappy:  



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View Postqu33kKC, on 11 April 2022 - 10:02 AM, said:

Spent the last two days grinding the Wildcat F4F.  Was having a decent enough time of it, 6~10 kills, ground targets as they came.  Finally got the required number of kills, put a speed build in the new engine slots and took her out for a spin.  The engine upgrade was a huge improvement, I could climb after heavy ADFs without sucking wind, and even could get after the lower alt bombers a time or two.  End result of the test run was rather eye-opening.

 

22620 points, 20 kills and 1 ground, ACE, Lambert, Marseille, Legend and Kozedub.    This was over the Egypt map, so clearly Ra Himself was shining upon the F4F's empennage!  :teethhappy:  

 

I detested the F4F.  I did get it to specialized and got HoTS in it (once, I think).   I'll have to take it back out now the MGs have been buffed (and I know a few more things now than I did back then).   I've seen it flown beautifully by other pilots, so I know it can be done.

 

It's my 13th worst win rate plane at 43.00%.


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CorvusCorvax #411 Posted 11 April 2022 - 11:02 PM

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Finally specced the F4U-1.  That was a slog - three or four battles against GAVCA flighted XP-54s wasn't awesome.  I'm going to drop this plane for a while - I am tired of playing MRF, TBH.
Got, flew, and specced the P-36, on the advice of qu33kKC, and it is a handy little bugger.  I might have to fly this guy some more.
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ItsSubmersible #412 Posted 11 April 2022 - 11:50 PM

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F4F once specced is quite a suprising machine. I do quite well in it. Glad to be done with the F94 event slog! Going to lay off that level for a while, I'm just a points pinata for all the specced planes.

qu33kKC #413 Posted 12 April 2022 - 11:39 AM

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@Corsair and in general:  downtier in a MultiRole is suffering.

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Specced out the 190a5 and 190D. Experimental bolt carriers almost calibrated to max + polished skin + Gunsight = one mean bird!

Blaster_63 #415 Posted 17 April 2022 - 04:12 PM

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Was able to finish specializing 3 planes this weekend,  the XP-55, F2H, and Ki-45.  Getting close on the Starfire and P-47N.

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Wildcats are very capable in a one v one. They are amazingly (slightly above) average at everything they do. 
Sure every other plane out there is better than it at something. Maybe even two somethings.
BUT 
THat also means that every other plane out there is worse than the Wildcat at something. Maybe even two somethings.
it is a bit of a learning curve but after awhile you find out what the other planes cant do that you can and then play in a way that leverages that. 
Untill then ...
Stay away from big clots of enemy aircraft. Load up the Ordnance and go find stuff to cap.
Dont know where to go? Follow a friendly attacker and help him help you. Secure the occasional ground kill when you have nothing better to do. 
  Shoot the pesky planes trying to kill him. That sort of thing.  You ARE a MultiRole so when in doubt always follow Rule Zero.

Fair warning. My success rate at speculative guesswork is on par with my WinRate. Hit or Miss.
 I start on the right track and then sometimes make a weird left turn and get lost in the weeds ... 

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View PostwylleEcoyote, on 24 April 2022 - 09:37 AM, said:

Wildcats are very capable in a one v one. They are amazingly (slightly above) average at everything they do. 
Sure every other plane out there is better than it at something. Maybe even two somethings.
BUT 
THat also means that every other plane out there is worse than the Wildcat at something. Maybe even two somethings.
it is a bit of a learning curve but after awhile you find out what the other planes cant do that you can and then play in a way that leverages that. 
Untill then ...
Stay away from big clots of enemy aircraft. Load up the Ordnance and go find stuff to cap.
Dont know where to go? Follow a friendly attacker and help him help you. Secure the occasional ground kill when you have nothing better to do. 
  Shoot the pesky planes trying to kill him. That sort of thing.  You ARE a MultiRole so when in doubt always follow Rule Zero.

One thing I have noticed about the F4F that doesn’t seem to show up anywhere in the official spec - either the damage resistance is high, or the hitboxes are small.  This makes getting into a scrap more easily survivable.

 

It is my opinion that the XP-55 gets the same benefit.  I have noticed when fighting XP-55s that it takes more effort to shoot them down than Zeros, Spits and Yaks of the same tier.  This includes when using the mighty XP-54.


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qu33kKC #418 Posted 25 April 2022 - 10:53 AM

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Corvus, the XP-55 is a very narrow plane, I suspect hitbox effects there.  The Swoose seems to have the same ability for the same reason.  The Wildcat does seem to soak up punishment, as do the P-47s.

 

observation, not data. . . . .



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I Spec'd the VB 10 and took it out for several test runs.

 

As I suspected, the additional Engine slot, Ultimate gear and AdEx kicking in made a heck of a difference.  Could actually climb without feeling like I was swimming in mud, felt more capable of BnZ, overall a marked improvement.  Between the Gunsight and Long Barrels I ended up with multiple crit-increases, and some accuracy buffs, which really seemed to help finish off enemy planes.  Marginally better than the TigerCat, still not a Zwilling.



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Spitfire today as my first tier V. I know, I'm at the begining :)




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