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Knowing there's a possibility the maps could be huge (a lot of ocean), will drop tanks be considered? Or will it be too difficult to make? ...or maybe it'll just be pointless to have in the game?

I was really hoping to see it in BoX but unfortunately, it was cancelled..ย ๐Ÿ˜•

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13-years-ago ๐Ÿ˜ณ I posted a test video for a HFX mod for IL2 1946.

What I loved was the tanks tumbling away, while unused fuel streamed from the tanks as they were jettisoned.ย 

I mean as long as they work, this would be great to see again ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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10 minutes ago, wheelsup_cavu said:

Did any of the fighters launched off of either sides carriers use drop tanks during the actual Battle of Midway?


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Not 100% if they were used during the actual battle but Wildcats and Zeros both are capable of using them.ย  I'd much rather this sim have them from the outset than take the, "we'll add them later..." approach and then later never comes like what has happened with Great Battles ...

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5 minutes ago, DBFlyguy said:

Wildcats and Zeros both are capable of using them

I did remember that they were capable but I just never read any reports or found any website that mentioned that any of the Carrier aircraft actually utilized them during the battle. Same goes for those aircraft that were based on Midway Island. 102.gif.da3279a64d7beb8da7b4d01a3972084a.gif

5 minutes ago, DBFlyguy said:

I'd much rather this sim have them from the outset

Totally agree. :classic_cool:


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The first F4F external tank was a 'bathtub' shaped 42 gallon centerline tank introduced around (May 1942?), but apparently not used in combat until the Guadalcanal campaign. The standard 58 gal underwing drop tanks were introdudced as field modification from late summer 1942.

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3 hours ago, CountZero said:

i dont see rason why they would need them for Midway, they better focus on just basic things at start and get some product out, add extra stuff later

Oh yes, of course. I'm not expecting them to add a lot on day 1, but I was wondering if it'll be considered later on down the road.

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On 6/29/2023 at 6:12 PM, DBFlyguy said:

I'd much rather this sim have them from the outset than take the, "we'll add them later..." approach and then later never comes like what has happened with Great Battles ...

I feel adding Drop Tanks in this game will be a personal goal for Jason and one of the most important things to have upon release.

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Drop tanks are crucial.

The Type O Zero used them from the getgo, over China, at Pearl Harbour, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies.
Both the Ki-27 and the Ki-43 were equipped with such for the start of the Malaya operation.

And of course the Allies used them extensively over New Guinea with the P-39, P-40, P-47 and P-38 all carrying them.

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