Big filters....actually guys these are to filter out dust and dirt from desert flying rather than to improve cooling.
And yes, they are the most disgraceful debasement of art ever inflicted upon the poor Spitifre!!!
I spent a large chunk of my time helping to get the cooling issue sorted. The constant pressure was the standoff between "user friendly" and "accurate". I always held my line that "accurate" was more important and *hoped* the community would accept that. This was a luxury I had, as it wasn't MY money financing the development. To their everlasting credit "accurate" was set as the benchmark by Scott and the guys.
I am thrilled (and not a little relieved!!) that , since release, the overwhelming reaction has been "gee this is hard, I want to master this" as opposed to "this is hard...it can't be right".
There are several things which got Spitfires into the air quickly in 1940:
1. Pre warming, checking.
Oftentimes the runup checks had been done by acks. So when the SCRAMBLE bell rang, the acks restarted the engines and the pilot jumped in and pretty much got going without the usual formalities. A good squadron was reckoned to be able to get into the air within two minutes. No time for checks there!!
2. Pilots trained to know what they were doing.
It has long been a bugbear of mine that anybody can jump into flight sim and get an aircraft up and down and "survive". Despite what you see in the movies, there is so close to nil chance of this happening in RL, it is not funny.
You do not need (and I don't want you to
) know how well (Ok, badly
) I perform in a B-17 Accusim or the P-47. ... training and practice..... I lack both.
3. They did boil.
If the situation was desperate enough limits were pushed, some good pilots got away with it, some boiled but managed to keep going and some RTB'd.
(Oh, and my apologies for the "alan"....