P-51B cockpit makes appearance in new IL-2 dev diary!

It’s been a long road but we’re nearly there as the long awaited P-51B Mustang for IL-2: Battle of Normandy looks to be entering the final stretch towards release. Here’s all of the latest news!

Cockpit nearly finished

In this latest report from IL-2’s Executive Producer, Jason Williams reports that the P-51B’s cockpit is nearly finished. On display today is the finished standard canopy with images showing off the three possible gunsight configurations including the K-14 lead computing gunsight. Not quite finished is the Malcolm hood canopy which is still in production and coming soon.

Also on display are some of the new schemes for the P-51 as well as a look at its fighter bomber bombload.

Never has it been more clear just how different the P-51B is from the later D model that we have now. Although clearly the same aircraft, the revised wing, totally reconfigured cockpit and bubble canopy really made the P-51D into the definitive model. Now we get to have a first hand experience with the evolution that lead up to it.

Two December patches?

Jason reports that they expect to release two patches in December. The first will come with the DFW C.V and the new cloud technology while the second patch is planned to include the P-51B and potentially the first release of the new fuel systems for the Bf109 (including fuel tanks).

The fuel systems seems like it is a might-be rather than a more definitive case but we’ll see how the month plays out. And of course once the fuel systems in the Bf109 are done, that feature will be moving outwards to encompass other aircraft types. It will surely take some time to complete so it will be a long term objective of the team.

Check out these details and more screenshots in the latest developer diary!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Novice-Flyer says:

    Wish we could have seen a pic of Drop Tank since the last and only time a Drop Tank was shown was late last year I believe. But would this mean that the Bf-109 has completely different fuel systems than other aircraft in the game such as the Fw-190?

    But still, it’s great to see the P-51B and that it will be released this month 🙂

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      We haven’t seen anything since then, you’re right!

      I’m sure we’ll see that over the next few weeks. And yes it will mean that the Bf109 will, for a time, be the only aircraft with the new system. I’m sure a priority will be to roll the system out across all of the other aircraft after that.

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  2. Blue 5 says:

    Still prefer it over the ‘D’ model, but the Malcolm Hood would be my preference. Great work as usual and the fuel systems sounds very interesting.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      There is something really nice about the B model. It has cleaner lines in some respects and the razorback canopy looks great even if it was not nearly as good for visibility!

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