The latest IL-2 Great Battles Series developer diary give us a whole bunch of screenshots of the Spitfire XIV “bubbletop” version as well as some details about its expected release date.
Bubble canopy aircraft were introduced by most countries during WWII at one point or another. The bubble canopy on the P-51D, P-47D-25, Typhoon and others are legendary from the west while other countries including Japan and the Soviet Union also introduced them.
Supermarine began work bubble canopy Spitfire models for quite some time before introducing into series production and the Mark XIV model saw this changeover happen for aircraft in early 1945 with a limited number of bubble canopy versions serving in the last month of the war.
1CGS today have released a bunch of new images of the Spitfire XIVe “Bubbletop” which was announced earlier this year and is currently available for pre-order.
Two wing variations, the standard and clipped wing, are confirmed and other modifications are teased but not yet detailed.
According to 1CGS, the Spitfire XIVe “Bubbletop” won’t be ready or released until Spring of 2023 so there will be a bit of a wait for this Collector Plane.
The next project for the 1CGS team was also teased with mention of new technology, design documents for new aircraft and objects. They mention six Collector Planes that are currently in development and that some of them will release before the end of this year while others will release early in 2023.
I’m not sure if six Collector Planes means that an additional airplane is in development or if the IAR80 and 81 are being counted as separate. The others include the C-47A, Siemens-Schuckert D.IV, and the Sopwith Snipe.
Check out the update right here for more details and even more screenshots.