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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:57 am 
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I am not exactly a novice simmer when it comes to WWII airplanes, but I am not a real pilot and there is always something to learn. For some reason I can't come to grips with getting the 190 radials off the ground. The Tank inlines want to go straight and bore a hole in the air and I have had much less trouble with them. I am locking my tailwheel, I have a foot firmly down on the right pedal. I am looking out along the left side of the nose, I am watching my throttle work, but I still can't keep the beast in a straight line. What should I be doing which I am not!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:53 pm 
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Sorry sounds like yer doin everything right ... double check yer calibration?

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How quickly are you advancing the throttles? With the 190, you have to do it slowly and carefuly, adjusting your rudder as needed.

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Redrooster has it right. You have to slowly work the throttles up to 100%. Say open the throttle up to about 30% and let it get some speed built up then put it up to about 45 - 50%. Once the tail comes off the ground you should be fine to push the throttle up to 100% gradually.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:35 pm 
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Point-man wrote:
Redrooster has it right. You have to slowly work the throttles up to 100%. Say open the throttle up to about 30% and let it get some speed built up then put it up to about 45 - 50%. Once the tail comes off the ground you should be fine to push the throttle up to 100% gradually.


Takeoffs are not done at 100 percent throttle, check the checklist to see what the boost pressure should be for a normal takeoff, and advance the throttle smoothly. For the Fw190 A8, this is going to be 1.42 ata and if you have plenty of runway you could easily take off with only 1.1 or 1.2 ata. However, you don't have to take forever to get it up to takeoff power, because the sooner you get there, the sooner the propwash will give you some rudder control. No doubt, these Fw190s needed more attention than most fighters of this type.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:11 pm 
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Thank you all for the excellent information. I will apply the tips with care. I can't say how much I enjoy learning the ropes with these marvelous WOP models. I've been flying the He 219 for months.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:33 am 
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Thanks to all for the advice. I am getting airborne but my style would result in my being sent to a Luftwaffe Field Division. Practice makes perfect!


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