Bombing the Reich - Focke-Wulf Mod v0.9
This mod aims to revive the Luftwaffe to a what-if scenario, giving the Axis player more options in terms of strategy
and resource/industry management. The original 1943 Campaign in Bombing the Reich provide for a historical simulation
to the point that the Axis player is tied to the historical industrial development, meaning that the damage dealt to
the German industry is hard coded into the game no matter how poorly the Allied player perform.
The goal of this mod is to disregard the history books and instead of re-living history we aim to re-write it, as it
could have been had not a few pivotal mistakes in industrial planning not been made. More specifically, what would
have happened if the Ta152/FW190D programme been given priority by the RLM from October 1943 onwards? As requested by
Focke-Wulf first in oct-43 then again in dec that year. Historically both requests were denied which puzzled staff
at Focke-Wulf as it was RLMs Technische Amt that had initiated the programme and its design goals.
Ta152 development priority would have meant earlier availability dates but more importantly, the Ta152A type would
have been fielded early in 1944. Now, game balance is a great concern to me and I suppose to everyone with any serious
intent to play PBEM game(s). This is not so much a issue as one could suspect though, as the early Ta152 types were no
super planes but rather sluggish. They were, however, very heavily armed as the intended role for the Ta152 was
originally to replace the twin-engined Bf110 family of Zerstörer aircraft with a more resource effective design which
also held more development potential for the future. The Ta152 was comparatively fast in level flight as well as in
acceleration due to its reduced frontal area from the original FW190A design.
Another key project of German aircraft industry was the Junker Jumo 222. It was a massive radial (picture the typical
German inverted V-12 but with another bank of cylinders on top) of 24 cylinders capable of some ~2900 takeoff HP. The
project never materialized historically, but only just neared operational reliability requirements at war's end. Had
the Jagdwaffe fared better in fending off allied aerial bombardment this could have turned out differently however,
availability dates thus reflect the completion of this design and integration with the Ta152H and He219 as was
historically intended. Engine requirements do reflect the R&D challenges inherent in the design.
A few aircraft were taken out of the planeset. The Bf109H had structural and stability shortcomings that ultimately
called for cancellation of the program. The Bf109Z is a impractical concept for many reasons which I will not
elaborate on here. The Ju88G was removed simply to make room, perhaps it will be restored at a later time.
Adjusted altitude performance of the jets, they should be less maneuverable close to ground but more maneuverable at
medium altitudes reflecting their amazing vertical maneuverability due to vertical penetration performance (zoom
climb). The 262 however performed poorly at high altitudes which its base maneuverability rating reflects well. Its
vulnerability at takeoff and landing is notorious so the worse maneuvering at low altitude should represent that.
FW190A-7 a version historically not manufactured in large numbers, introduced the cowling MG131 upgrade.
FW190A-9 powered by the boosted BMW 801F with a whopping 2400 takeoff HP. Historically this was fielded with
a different version of the BMW 801 than originally intended for the type producing "only" 2000 takeoff HP.
Do335A-0 is simply the pre-production model, had the RLM decided to approve this as a production standard.
He219A-0 is the A-2 renamed to correct designation.
He219A-2 is the A-5 renamed to correct designation.
He219B-1 is the Jumo 222 powered version of the type. Note engine requirement.
FW190D-13 is a later Dora powered by the Jumo 213E/F. It has the D-11 as a sub-type locked to aug-44.
FW190D-14 was powered by the DB603L. It has the D-15 as a sub-type locked to jan-45.
Ta152A-0 was the pre-production series, armament and performance reflect that. It has the A-1 as a a sub-type locked
to apr-44. Both versions would have fielded early Jumo 213C engines of lower power ratings, performance reflect that.
Ta152A-2 is a later version of the 152A with a slightly more powerful engine and a matured design. It has the /R3 as
a sub-type locked to jun-44.
Ta152B-5/N is a elaborate type which is my own conversion of the planned B-5 standard of 3 x Mk103 configuration.
Other than being a night fighter, practically identical to the A version.
Ta152H-3 is a later version of the infamous H armed with 3 x Mk103 cannons.
Ta152H-8 is the Jumo 222 powered beast. Note engine requirement and no motorkanone for this type but instead twin
MG151/20 cannons in a new type of cowling installation.
Me262A-0 is pre-production model 262 made available.
Me262A-4 is a later version of the 262 (designation may be wrong so please correct me if you know better) with twin
300L droptanks and twin Mk103s instead of the previous standard quad Mk108s.
List of added aircraft types
Aircraft Parts Engine E-Quant Availability /Sub-type availability
FW 190A-7 FW190 BMW801D 1 nov-43
FW 190A-9 FW190 BMW801F 1 nov-44
Do 335A-0 Do335 DB 603A 2 sep-44
He 219A-0 He219 DB 603A 2 sep-43
He 219A-2 He219 DB 603A 2 jul-44
He 219B-1 He219 Jumo 222 3 feb-45
FW 190D-13 FW190 late Jumo 213C 1 nov-44 /FW190D-11 aug-44
FW 190D-14 FW190 late DB 603L 1 dec-44 /FW190D-15 jan-45
Ta 152A-0 Ta152 Jumo 213C 1 mar-44 /Ta152A-1 apr-44
Ta 152A-2 Ta152 Jumo 213C 1 jun-44 /Ta152A-2/R3 jun-44
Ta 152B-5/N Ta152 Jumo 213C 1 aug-44
Ta 152H-3 Ta152H Jumo 213E/F 1 dec-44
Ta 152H-8 Ta152H Jumo 222 2 jan-45
Me 262A-0 Me262 Jumo Jets 4 mar-44
Me 262A-4 Me262 Jumo Jets 4 nov-44
In addition to the above some changes were made to availability dates to reflect the core intent with this mod. Now the Allied player will feel the pressure to perform. It is a big unknown however how the AI will handle Axis production and upgrades though. It needs to be tested.
Hals und Beinbruch!!!
< Message edited by Turner -- 11/9/2013 5:38:00 PM >