Whos faster: Tempest Spitfire XIV & Bf109K-4 DC

Whos faster: Tempest, Spitfire XIV & Bf109K-4 DC

So which plane can escape the others on the deck or catch the others?

Bf109K-4 with DC engine: for 10 minutes on the deck. 614KMH

Tempest 9 Pound boost on the deck for 5 minutes 600KMH

Spitfire XIV 18 pound boost for 5 minutes 574KMH

Noteworthy: Although the Spit 14 is a big terrifying bird of prey, its optimised for 6000 feet, so on the deck it should be less powerful and thus slower. A K-4 DC on the deck should be 40KMH faster than a Spit 14. So if you are in a DC and can get out of gun range, you can just fly away from a pursuing Spit 14. However the 14 climbs better on the deck and obviously turns better on the deck too. I have seen Spit 14s also drop flaps in close-in combat against Bf109K-4 DC. TLDR: DC Bf109K-4’s advantage against Spit 14 on the deck is straight line speed advantage of 40KMH, but may have problems in prolonged dogfights.

Against the Tempest, the K-4 DC is a bit faster but not compellingly so. The Tempest turns better, (20 seconds vs the K-4 DC’s 24 seconds 350 degree turn) climbs better 21 meters/second Versus K-4 DC’s 19.7 meters/second. But the K-4 DC is still very competitive and nimble against the Tempest. For example, chasing a Tempest if he turns, you in a DC can climb and convert speed to height advantage, instead of following in a turn fight that you cant win. Also the Tempest cant escape as the DC is faster and the Tempest only has 5 minutes at full power and also overheats in a turn without opening the big radiator hatch, while the K-4 DC can do top power without overheating for 10 minutes, enabling the DC to mix it up against Tempests. Note: There is sometimes an option for increased boost for the Tempest. This might give the Tempest the sea-level edge on the DC. Id make a habbit of in multiplayer, before starting, look at the Tempest options for that extra boost or if its greyed out and also then look at your K-4 and see if it has DC available.

Wood, hammer, nails.

Wood, hammer, nails.

Like the video series above shows, a nice cabin can be put up with basically just a hammer and some nails.

A lot can be done with a hammer and some nails. Screws, ‘battens’ are all the rage these days, but nails are still really good too. There are construction nails and they are often stainless steel, or galvanised.
Both are rust resistant, but stainless is extra rust resistant and so is useful for coastal locations, for example, but stainless costs more.

There are different nail lengths and different weight hammers and also the length of the hammer can vary. Basically different sized hammers are suited to different nail sizes. Good thing about this age-old method is that it doesnt require electricity.

There is soft wood and hard wood. Also there’s moisture content of the wood in the same way a sponge can be bloated and water logged or dry hard and a bit brittle and shrunken, wood has these characteristics. In my opinion hammering a nail into very dry hardwood is possible, but more likely to cause the wood to crack and more likely for the nail to bend. Sometimes pre-drilling is needed. Moist hardwoods – like straight from the saw mill, can often be hammered into without any problems. I reckon also when the moist hardwood dries it shrinks and further grips the nail all the more.

Wood’s moisture content will affect the finished result. For example a fence build with ‘wet’ treated pine fence palings fixed side by side: After six months the palings have dried out, there will be almost 1cm gaps in between. Overlapping the palings solves the shrinkage problem.

TLDR: moisture content changes can result in changed dimensions. softwood such as pine or hardwood such as (here in Australia) red gum can be used. Softwoods are a bit less sturdy than hardwoods, so more material is required for the same application, but both will work very well.

Older pre-1970 building methods often used hardwood and nails. One trick is to pay close attention to a/ what species of wood was used and b/ what nail type did they use. Stainless and galvanised nails were popular, or iron nails if its really old work, like 1800’s and usually with a certain head type and a certain length. Nails may be in metric or imperial length, for example equivalent lengths might be 75mm or 3 inch.

Also the consideration of how well a species goes in the ground if its a post. Some species such as Cyprus pine, can make good posts, because they are able to survive well in the ground. Red gum is a hardwood used for house posts, because its so strong and because it performs well in the ground over time.