Another short but image filled update from the folks at 1C Game Studios as they show off their latest work on the Ju88C-6 and the Gleaves-class destroyer that we saw just two weeks ago. Significant progress has been made! Let’s check it out.
Ju88C-6 flies again
Fans of twin engine aircraft might find this update interesting as we’ve got the Ju88C-6 on display. This fighter-bomber/attack/Zerstörer variant of the Ju88 I think is going to be a bit of a sleeper hit as its combined guns and bomb loadout will make it a potent attack aircraft perhaps in a similar vein to the A-20B in IL-2 multiplayer servers.
The latest update shows the aircraft in-engine and flying around the landscape. Check them out!
Also of note is the underwing bombs. There’s been some debate about the Ju88C-6 and what kind of bomb loadout would be available to it. Some information suggested only internal carriage while others referenced external loadouts.
Fortunately, a post by Vik’s from the 1CGS team seems to have cleared up the details with direct quotation from a book on the subject.
From “Sea Eagles vol.2.Luftwaffe Antishipping Units 1942-1945” Classic Pub, p174:
A week later, the Allies invaded Normandy and the Luftwaffe was forced to rush reinforcements within ränge of the beachhead. The first of 2. Jagdkorps’ units to be sent to the skies over Normandy were the Junkers 88 C-6s and R-2s of ZG 1. For the weeks preceding the Invasion, they had carried out anti-invasion patrols so it came as no surprise that on the afternoon of 6 June 1944, they were committed to battle, as Uffz Aegidius Berzborn recalls:
“The days before the Invasion began, there had been permanent air attacks on our bases so that we were often forced to move to other airfields. Then came the ‘Longest Day’, the Invasion. I do not remember how many missions we flew to the Orne Estuary and for those missions, our planes carried bombs under the wings.
Our losses during these attacks were enormous. I saw how my comrades were butchered. The combats were so cruel and the enemy’s air superiority was overwhelming…”
That should add some added capability with bigger bombs being carried in exchange for a drag penalty. Of course, in the real world example above, it’s clear that the overwhelming air superiority of the Allies over the beachhead overwhelmed any capability that ZG1’s Ju88C-6’s may have had. I suspect the single player experience may be difficult but that the Ju88C-6 in our simulator will have more range of option in multiplayer.
Gleaves fully textured
Something else on display in this short update is the USS Gleaves and the Gleaves-class of destroyer. Just two weeks ago we saw the untextured version. Now, things have jumped forward and it appears fully detailed and textured. And it looks really good!