It’s been a few weeks since the last big update from 1CGS on IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte but a lot is going on behind the scenes. The biggest news is around the forthcoming 3.004 update and around the latest work-in-progress P-47 and FW190D-9 renders.
Dora and Thunderbolt
Every aircraft update for Battle of Bodenplatte feels just a little bit special. This time we have the FW190D-9 and the P-47D-28 – favourites of many sim pilots and aviation enthusiasts.
The long nose FW190D-9 “Dora” was easily one of the Luftwaffe’s best fighters at the end of the war and typically flown by some of the best still in the ranks in late 1944 and 1945. The D-9 made a major impression along the Western front particularly in 1945. Twin MG151/20 cannons and a pair of MG131 machine guns dials back the firepower a bit from the standard A series FW190 but for most pilots – its more than enough.
This is the first time we have confirmation of which P-47 we’re specifically getting. Although most assumed we would have a bubble canopy version (by far the most numerous in the late 1944-1945 timeline) but now we have confirmation on the bubble canopy and the specific variant: The P-47D-28 differs from earlier versions primarily by its use of a Curtiss Electric paddle-bladed propeller. Armed with eight .50cal machine guns and fitted with a R-2800-59 engine capable of 2300hp with water injection, the P-47 is a true beast of a fighter capable of fighting at extreme high altitudes or blasting ground targets at low levels.
A sense of timeline
We’re also getting a bit of a sense of the timeline with IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte. We know the following aircraft are in one stage of development or another:
- Fw 190D-9
- Me 262A
- Hawker Tempest Mk.V series 2
- Bf 109 K-4
This is the first time we’ve also had confirmation on the P-51D-15 and that the Tempest is indeed a Series 2 aircraft (not a surprise). The art team appears to be working on multiple aircraft at once. Its unclear if this is different from the past or not.
The FW190A-8 is about to enter testing and if past indicators are true, testing takes about 2 weeks to complete. That could potentially put the FW190A-8 in the 3.004 June patch before the month is up. As the A-8 is relatively similar to the A-5, development and testing has likely been swift.
The P-47 has also entered into the flight model development stage. I would put it in the running for the next aircraft to be launched into early access as well.
Early access may look a bit like this:
- June: FW190A-8
- July: P-47D-28
- August: FW190D-9
Just a little speculation!
Update: I’ve updated the list of FW190s thanks to a reader who pointed out my duplicate FW190D-9 entry. That is what happens when I write when I’m tired!
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