I find the SE5a in RoF a great plane, an excellent survivalist - an Acemaker, maybe not so much.
1. Its excellent for running away when i stuff up an attack
2. I can bomb stuff like Tanks and Vehicles on roads and/or take on enemy aircraft
3. Visibility is good
4. Can trim in-flight and landings are easy
1. Personally i can't hit much with the guns. Not a good attribute for BnZ, (but its ok - see 1. above)
Not sure why but i find it very hard to put away other planes even from decent attack positions with the SE5a.
Recently i got a chance at an experienced RoF pilot. I came in from a high-ish 7o'clock as he strafed a train, firing 50-60 rounds at him from about 120m....nothing, didn't even notice i was there, or certainly wasn't bothered by my attempts. Tried again after a small zoom, this time from near zero-deflection..ah, this time he noticed and turned tight, i zoomed...long story short he hit my engine after a minute or so of me circling above and getting a bit of a flying lesson tbh
I flew away and should've landed unharmed but tried to make home field and the engine died just short.
Basically the SE5a allowed me to survive in spite of myself and i could have dis-engaged even earlier.
So i started recording some flights to try study where my bullets are actually going. No great insight yet, but compared with a Spad or Albie, concentration of fire seems worse with the SE. Which might be expected with that gun layout. Am trying out various convergence settings in case that makes a difference, but any tips on this most welcome
I've a feeling that the SE5a is a good BnZer for the everyman, but the Spad might be the real Acemaker
"Gathering his pilots around him on arrival he gave a pep talk, saying that they were equipped with the finest machine of all time and had three battle-experienced flight commanders. He expected every one of them to fight like hell and that it must never be said that any of them ever failed to go to the aid of a comrade, regardless of the cost, and that no patrol was ever to be late in taking off."
Major Keith 'Grid' Caldwell, 74 Sq