1CGS shows off P-51B/C for Battle of Normandy

For a second week in a row we’ve gotten a good look at a new aircraft for the in-development IL-2: Battle of Normandy for the IL-2: Great Battles Series. This week we’ve got our first look at the in progress P-51B/C Mustang which boasts some impressive customization options. Let’s have a look!

Lots of options

1CGS is showing off their latest work in progress Mustang model and it’s an impressive model indeed. We’re also learning what 1CGS plans to do with this aircraft and there’s some impressive modifications that will give us a pretty wide variety of options.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Two engine modifications:
    • Packard-Merlin V-1650-3 (based on the Merlin 63)
    • Packard-Merlin V-1650-7 (based on the Merlin 66)
  • Three gunsights including a gyro gunsight
  • Two canopy options including the standard and the Malcom hood
  • 150 octane fuel option

Deciphering the earlier Mustang version

This Polish squadron Mustang Mark III has a Malcom hood

The P-51B was the first to have a serially produced Packard-Merlin engine and, just like the P-47D-22 with its “Razorback” configuration, had somewhat better handling attributes than the bubble canopy version. When appropriately configured, it was one of the fastest Mustang versions around.

Although the developer diary lists this version as having superior low altitude performance versus the Mustang, I believe that may have only been the case for RAF Mustang Mark III’s that were specially prepared for V-1 chasing. With meticulously polished surfaces and paint, running higher than normal boost and the 150 high octane fuel option, these Mustangs were among the fastest aircraft of the war at low level.

The earlier V-1650-3 boasts a slightly higher critical altitude for its supercharger configuration and did eke out a 2 mph top speed advantage over the P-51D and did so at a slightly higher altitude (in exchange for poorer low altitude performance).

In any case, getting this version of the Mustang is exciting and will help fill in the history of the type in the series. That it is getting so many modifications will ensure that it’s useful across a wide variety of scenarios and time periods which is great to see. A few RAF skins (at least one with famous Polish pilot please) and we’ll be good!

See the full update here.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. harryvoyager says:

    This make me really look forward to a time when we can do the strategic air war in Il-2 Great Battles.

    Maybe 2025?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Maybe! 🙂

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  2. Blue 5 says:

    I love the D models in their blazing aluminium glory, but the Malcolm Hood Cs I always felt looked quite cool in UK camo. That is my favourite model overall from an aesthetic perspective.

    Any chance of an extra ammo option, do we think?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I would guess that it might come with an extra ammo option. It seems to be a thing where it was done.

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      1. Blue 5 says:

        4 x .5s with additional ammo is sufficient throw against most German aircraft and offers the benefit of reduced weight. I really hope we see it sooner rather than later.

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  3. Richard says:

    I pre-purchased BON months ago.
    Not had time to get into this simulation in some time, what is the current update on availability?
    Thanks

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Hi Richard. The first content has been released with the P-47D-22 (review here: https://stormbirds.blog/2020/07/28/thunderbolt-ascendant-il-2-battle-of-normandy-p-47d-22-review/) and there are lots in the pipeline now with the Spitfire XIV, Typhoon IB, P-51B/C and C-47 all having been shown off. Also expecting to see something on the new Fw190A-6 as well.

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