Well where do i start? Well first of im guna say this is just a super dopper aircraft 15/10!!! Sounds Great fell Great! Its been worth the wait may i add.
Now im guna say whats wrong....
I fly the spit mk 1 with 2 pitch prop done about 10 hours on airframe, Going to have to replace engine for the 4th time now?? I'm a little concerned about that fact.
"Average Engine life 100 hours"
Now i don't have the slightest clue why because im Letting her warm up to about 90 to 100 rad temp before takeoff oil comes up to 40c i never let the oil pressure go Bellow 25psi. Takeoff on 4 psi climb out retract undercarriage Rad temp about 110 by that stage, maxing out 115. I bring her back to 2200rpm -2.5psi. climb up to about 3000 feet. level of bring rpm back to 2100 - 2000 ruining -3psi, rad temp 112-114, doing about 175mph, cant really do much more.
Now Killratios guide said you want to bring rad flaps back to normal flight so you decrease drag. So i bring them back to normal flight, i get the slightest speed increase maybe 3mph rad temp then slowly increase so im forced to fly with them open. So i fly around for around for half an hour on those settings. Rad comes back to 104 - 99 if im lucky. So i head back in, come on to base lower gear below 160, finals about 100 lower flaps rad temp 105. Now im already to land start to flare about 90mph and gease her on, most of the times i cant tell iv landed. Rewarding!!!
then i make a quick taxi in park her let idle for maybe 20 secs on 33psi oil pressure, pull the shut down ring. Now comes the depressing part!
Shift+7 now the mechanic tells me shes "runing ok" I do a compression test lost about 6-8 psi. I do about 3 flights like that and i get told need new bearings and on the 3rd hour of engine life She fails to pass inspection.
Does anyone have a clue to what im doing wrong? Is this pilot error or is this a bug? Iv got 400 hours of flight experience with over 180 of that in Accu-sim aircraft. Please somebody help me!!!
P.S. i never let her go over 90c oil and very really let her go over 120 Rad temp. Day temp 20c And i never push her to hard nothing over 4psi. Iv been thinking to myself how could this be such a great war machine if its got 3 hour engine life? lol
I think the main question is still "open"
How come that, if i very careful with the operations mostly above 10000feet the MKIa engine life is so short...
is it possible that back then the old days, the early spitfires after let's say 2-3 combat sorties (many with agressive combat usage), the mechanics must had to change the MAIN BEARINGS , the pistons the rings, overall set the hole engine to peaces..
and for this at every single on of them... (more than 500)
iv started to fly the mkIIa just right now.. if i know correctly, the merlin XII is more rugged... i hope this is modelled as it should be;)
it's so cool in this plane, that you must really see and understand what the gauges showing to you...
not just for the checklist, and do it for just "realistic" way...
if someone who red some old maintance books... or was mechanics that time (ancestro maybe) and saying that is pretty normal was back at the days
it's really fine for me! just a bit... strange for me
i would really happy if the 6-10hours go way up the 30hours (with realistic combat usage) lifespan