I recently submitted a bug report dealing with the Junkers Ju 87 D-5's non-functioning dive brakes in this game. As this is an obvious bug, I expected a response stating that this problem will be corrected in a future patch. Instead, the response from a Gaijin representative was that the D-5 'never had airbrakes' and that the 'discussion was over':
This response from Gaijin seemed to be an uninformed decree or personal opinion that the aircraft in question will never be equipped with dive brakes in the game as a measure of balance or nerfage instead of impartially basing this aircraft's in-game attributes off of its historical counterpart, documents, or aircraft manual. In other words, it seems that Gaijin "feels" like the Ju 87 D-5 should not receive dive brakes or the ability to dive bomb despite all of the historical evidence to the contrary:
This inspired me to gather some evidence and post it here in an attempt to undo this inexplicable nerfage and restore the functionality of the dive brakes on the Ju 87 D-5 that we have in the game.
1.) The Ju 87 D-5 was the first variant of the Stuka that equipped the 20 mm MG 151/20 forward firing cannon. A key identifying feature are the 20 mm barrels protruding from the leading edges of the wings. This is a very good identifier of a model D-5 or higher variant as all preceding models of the Stuka used the MG 17 machine gun:
2.) The dive brakes are easily spotted on Ju 87s. They were attached under the wings just aft of the leading edges and outboard of the main undercarriage fairings, these taking the form of slats turning through 90° in a dive:
3.) Looking through books / documents for pictures of aircraft with both protruding 20 mm cannon in addition to having dive brake slats resulted in finding these pictures:
Edited by BigBawsBarabus, 07 August 2014 - 10:19 AM.
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