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2 hours ago, LostCosmonaut said:

Sticking 3 different types of gun on your plane seems like a weird choice, but what do I know?




per Collimatrix, build quality on Ta-152s was utterly garbage



Having the pilot sit on the fuel tank, with another fuel tank right in front of him, doesn't seem like a very wise choice. Granted most aircraft of the time were death traps, but putting the tanks in the wings would at least keep the vapours away from the cockpit

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A bunch of Berkut/Firkin goodness has dropped, courtesy of Paralay on the Key Publishing forums:     Model of a further-developed Berkut with rectangular nozzles.  Sukhoi actually test-flew a rec


Build quality on everything German late war was fucking rubbish AFAIK. After the war, "Made in Germany" was basically a synonym for what "Made in China" is now. I've seen a lot of genuine late-war German planes and other artifacts in museums. They are typically so bad that you can tell if something is a replica because it doesn't look like dog puke.

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According to documents elsewhere on the forum that weapon diagram is wrong.....Neither the cowling guns, nor the outboard cannons, were fitted to any of the very few H series Ta-152s that actually got built, as far as I can tell.


PS - Having said that the diagram does appear to have C series (short span) wings.

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22 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

According to documents elsewhere on the forum that weapon diagram is wrong.....Neither the cowling guns, nor the outboard cannons, were fitted to any of the very few H series Ta-152s that actually got built, as far as I can tell.


PS - Having said that the diagram does appear to have C series (short span) wings.

The Smithsonian's TA-152 is sort of a chimera of a C and H model that has cowling guns but long, H model wings.  All 152s actually built were hastily cobbled prototypes and preproduction examples, so they probably all deviated from design blueprints to some extent.

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I think there's turboshafts in the pods, with the drive somehow (shaft? electric?) transferred to the central thingy. Assuming the turboshaft engines don't grenade first, which is a real possibility with that inlet


ETA: I'm assuming the third image is the earliest concept, which lead to the first and second images - this means that they must have had a conversation something like this: "you know the pitot inlet? That thing jet engines need to not explode? It looks dumb, lets get rid of it"

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