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P-51H Specialist Equipment?

P-51 Fighter Specialist Tier 8

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dragon2928 #1 Posted 25 May 2019 - 06:34 PM

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I have relatively recently gotten to Tier 8 and am having a pretty good time on my new P-51H.  It took a lot of getting used to though, definitely a different style from other light fighters.  
I am strongly considering making this one of my few specialist planes, but have no idea what upgrades and equipment I should be focusing on.  Can any experienced P-51 pilots share their specialist build preferences?

Another concern I had is whether it will be worth it for the extra customization versus having a "shoot me" sign tacked on to the aircraft.

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losttwo #2 Posted 25 May 2019 - 09:00 PM

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Personally I go for speed builds on my fighters

 



GeorgePatton #3 Posted 25 May 2019 - 09:00 PM

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I haven't really flown P-51H (I have it in the hangar) but I've certainly seen quite a few of them. I've never seen them specialized and I've often wondered if there's a reason for that. P-51H has always felt mediocre at best to me - it's pretty good with energy retention but the short range on the .50s means it's not very effective at tier 8. I'm interested to see what suggestions show up here!

 

 

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trikke #4 Posted 25 May 2019 - 09:26 PM

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i do love flying my K, it has a distinctive flight 'feel' that appeals to me

 

that said...  i don't see many higher tier p-51s that have been specialized, and personally wouldn't consider specializing mine

 

instead, i would use the time and effort to finish pushing up to the Sabre

 

 


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SkyWolf__WM #5 Posted 25 May 2019 - 10:59 PM

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All of my 51's are specialized. P51-A, -D , -K, and -H. As a rule I generally go for  Advanced airframe and advanced engine armor. Then it depends on what else is available.

I try to make the plane tougher to take down. The 6 .50's aren't great (or 4 on the -A) but they better fit the brain dead-stroked out spray and pray method that I find myself using.

There are certain days where my hand is not steady enough for cannons and machine guns work better. Some days not so much and cannons are fine. :(


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dragon2928 #6 Posted 26 May 2019 - 01:35 AM

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Thanks for the replies!  Skywolf, do you consider the additional toughness worth the extra attention specialization gets from some folks?  

I find that the P51 seems to lend itself to a "bully" play style.  I have the speed and altitude to catch just about any bomber or heavy fighter, and once I get on them there's basically nothing they can do about it.  Occasionally someone will have a ridiculously powerful rear gun, or a lucky shot takes out my engines and I have to wave off.  But not that lucky, as the engine seems to be extremely fragile.  
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SkyWolf__WM #7 Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:34 PM

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View Postdragon2928, on 25 May 2019 - 08:35 PM, said:

Thanks for the replies!  Skywolf, do you consider the additional toughness worth the extra attention specialization gets from some folks?  

I find that the P51 seems to lend itself to a "bully" play style.  I have the speed and altitude to catch just about any bomber or heavy fighter, and once I get on them there's basically nothing they can do about it.  Occasionally someone will have a ridiculously powerful rear gun, or a lucky shot takes out my engines and I have to wave off.  But not that lucky, as the engine seems to be extremely fragile.  

 

I never specialize on purpose. I just fly them and when it gives me the option to specialize I just go ahead and do it.  :sceptic:
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wylleEcoyote #8 Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:45 PM

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wing mounted heavy machineguns have a weird sort of dps that goes from being as effective as throwing spitballs to tearing a target in half with a chainsaw
And it is all heavily dependent upon how far away you are.
The accuracy buffs from a gunsight and/or marksman skills are make a noticable difference in just how close you want to be for that "buzzsaw" effect to kick in.

Something else to consider may be how you fly.    If for example, you find that your sustained engine power is sufficient to stay on someones six once you get there...
then maybe getting an enhanced booster for quicker climbs to get into those nice positions.
Yes It reduces your overall boost time but it makes the boost time you have Much More Efficient. Its a really nice Side-grade.
And unlike many other equipment, does not really hurt your performance in other areas.

Pair this with Polished Skin and you can get similar Get Up and GoBabyGO! in a dive.  (with the additional benefit of faster travel in level flight for getting from one cap to another)
The benefit to vertical engagements is potent (and you have some of the best altitude ratings in the game to take full advantage of this)  and the overall playstyle is about as fun as a roller-coaster.

But you dont get something for nothing.
That Polished Skin will limit your ability to survive turn fighting other light fighters (and some multiroles that choose to go all in on agility) to a noticeable degree.
But most of them dont have the altitude ratings to keep up with you.  Thus allowing you to engage them (or not) at will.


Fair warning. My success rate at speculative guesswork is much like my WinRate. Hit or Miss.
Usually I start on the right track and then a make a weird left turn and get lost in the weeds ... 
And yet it doesn't stop me from speculation.

Specialist Planes I have from : Japan, USA, UK, Germany, USSR, Europe
Light Fighters:   XP-31, Model 81A-1, P-40, P-51A, P-39N-1, XF15C, DH.100 F1, Fw 56, He 112, Bf 109 B / E / E-3 / F, Me 209 v4 / A, Me P.1092, I-17
Multi-Roles: Type 91, F11C-2, F4F, P-26, P-47B, Fw 190 A-1 / A-5 / D, I- 5 / 15 / 16(e)(l)

Heavy Fighters: P-38 F/J,  XP-58, Beaufighter,  Bf 110 C-6, Me 410, Do 335 A-1, Me 262, Tu-1, SE 100,

Attack Aircraft: Hs 123, Ha 137, Hs 129 A, Ju 87 G, Me 265, Me 1099 B-2
Bombers: Do 17 Z, He 111 H2, Pe-2, Do 217 M
 


dragon2928 #9 Posted 27 May 2019 - 02:50 AM

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Thanks for the tips Wylle!  I'll probably save up to buy the T9 and go back for specialization later, though that does sound tempting.  
You are absolutely correct about being able to choose fights.  Occasionally I get overzealous and someone lures me down too low... if I recover my wits in time I can usually get them to try and follow me in a rather impressive direct vertical climb until they stall or wave off, then loop around and destroy them on the way back down.  Immensely satisfying when it works!
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wylleEcoyote #10 Posted 27 May 2019 - 07:59 PM

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Its certainly a way to do things but not the only way.

For cheeky shenanigans a maxed out turn build will serve you well.
If, you find yourself constantly flying low enough to make other light and Multi role fighters (that arent MiG or Me209) think that with a bit of boost they can juuust catch you before you escape...
Then; when they come up into their yellow band to get you and all of a sudden their agility drops off, you can (literally) turn the tables quick while you are still within your optimal altitude band.

Both ways are really fun when they work. With practice. Otherwise Both of them will bite you badly if you screw up.

Fair warning. My success rate at speculative guesswork is much like my WinRate. Hit or Miss.
Usually I start on the right track and then a make a weird left turn and get lost in the weeds ... 
And yet it doesn't stop me from speculation.

Specialist Planes I have from : Japan, USA, UK, Germany, USSR, Europe
Light Fighters:   XP-31, Model 81A-1, P-40, P-51A, P-39N-1, XF15C, DH.100 F1, Fw 56, He 112, Bf 109 B / E / E-3 / F, Me 209 v4 / A, Me P.1092, I-17
Multi-Roles: Type 91, F11C-2, F4F, P-26, P-47B, Fw 190 A-1 / A-5 / D, I- 5 / 15 / 16(e)(l)

Heavy Fighters: P-38 F/J,  XP-58, Beaufighter,  Bf 110 C-6, Me 410, Do 335 A-1, Me 262, Tu-1, SE 100,

Attack Aircraft: Hs 123, Ha 137, Hs 129 A, Ju 87 G, Me 265, Me 1099 B-2
Bombers: Do 17 Z, He 111 H2, Pe-2, Do 217 M
 






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