Poll: Favorite Daimler-powered Fighter? Part 2

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Favorite DB 605-powered Fighter?

  1. Messerschmitt Bf 109G "Gustav"

    31.3%
  2. Fiat G.55 Centauro

    43.8%
  3. Macchi C.205 Veltro

    6.3%
  4. Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario

    18.8%
  1. ShVAK

    ShVAK Member

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    This time, fighters with the DB 605 (including license built versions from Fiat).

    Bf 109 "Gustav"

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    G.55 Centauro

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    C.205 Veltro

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    Re.2005 Saggitario

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    Vote!
     
  2. tomo pauk

    tomo pauk Creator of Interesting Threads

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    Italian fighters look just great. My favorite is the G.55, maybe the best looking prop driven fighter ever produced.
     
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    I like the G.55 too.

    Not quite as much as Tomo, though!
     
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    the italian fighters are all heavier and larger of Gustav, they never got the more powerfull 605 variants so my choice is for the Gustav (like a -10 variant).
    If we limited the choice at summer '43 situation, the Gustav had ever the advandage, smaller and lighter, but i think the G-55 is a good choice for a heavy fighter (has 3 gun and 2 hmg as standard so i comparing it with Gustav with pods).
     
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    Centauro is just beautiful. Probably the best-looking DB-605 fighter of them all. Sleek are powerful looking.
     
  6. ShVAK

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    I give it to the Re.2005, it is by far the best looking liquid-cooled engine fighter to me (rivaled only by the other Serie 5 fighters and late Spitfires). Too bad it was too expensive to produce in numbers.
     
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    The Centauro certainly has flair. If looks could kill...
     
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    I believe the Lufwaffe tested all these Italian fighters with a view to possibly producing them in conjunction with the Bf109, of even replacing it. The rationale was that the small airframe of the 109 was unable to take full advantage of the the increasing power of the avilable enginves. The Centuro and Veltro were rated as very good, the Saggitario excellent. At the end of the day it was the long construction time that made the Luftwaffe stick with the Gustav even though they realised the 109 was pretty much at the end of its design life.
     
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    #9 ShVAK, Oct 3, 2012
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    The results of the Rechlin tests of the Serie 5 in '42 found the Centauro to be the best overall both for its capabilities and relative ease of production, but it still took 3 times the man hours compared to a Bf 109G, and the Re.2005 while slightly better as a fighter took even longer than the Fiat to build. Luftwaffe II.Gruppe of JG 77 post-Armistice got a few C.205V's in late 1943 and was reportedly displeased with unreliable radios and with how long the Macchis took to rearm.
     
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    '109. No suprise, I suppose.
     
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