Markenzwieback wrote: I WUB PUGS wrote:
Mephistopheles wrote:What is completely forgotten is the fact that the machine cannon of the FW190 are aligned much closer to the centerline. Therefor they should have an accuracy advantage vs any other aircraft carrying its guns in the wings like the Mustag or p47 or spitefire.
Physical gun location means nothing considering gun harmonization was used on every fighter once designers moved away from synchronized fuselage guns and put them in the wings.
Wrong. Center fuselage mounted guns (BF-109 F-series and beyond, P-38) did not necessarily require harmonization (basically shooting straight ahead in most cases) and had the benefit of concentrated firepower on all distances.
This was one of the reasons why the Russians used this method in all their fighter planes. Increased manoeuvrability was another.
They didn't necessarily require it, but they could still use it and did. And firepower diminished over distance anyway which is why guns were laid in various patterns to provide anywhere from a single point to layers like some P-51 pilots having outer guns at 700m, middle at 500m and inner at 300m, or like the first Hurricanes and Spitfires that setup the .303's like shotguns.
Still, the FW190's inner wing cannons being located closer to center doesn't mean anything considering it most certainly used convergence as 20mm losses energy faster and would need to be aligned to converge with the center firing guns.
Even the 109F needed to set some convergence due to the energy loss difference between the MG's and the nose cannon.
For gameplay purposes, given the engagement ranges are seemingly standardized, I don't see at all why one MG should be favored over another in terms of accuracy. Cannons should be just slightly less accurate. It's not like the planes are opening up at 1200m with MG's trying to land lucky shots.
Also, it's a little weird that you cite two center-mounted gun planes (109 and P-38) to address a comment I made specifically about wing-mounted gun planes.......... like the FW190 that had BOTH types and the guns we're talking about specifically are located in the wings........