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#1 Colin2590001

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 14:50

being new to the game and wanting to keep thing as simple as possible while I master the basics I use automatic mixture and radiator, does operating these manualy add to performance or is it just a "realism" thing. On the subject of radiators I see no engine temperature gauge in my cockpits,how do I know when to open or close the radiator shutters?


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#2 J5_Klugermann

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 16:50

Temp gauges are usually a part of the Mod packs. Open radiator when you see smoke.

 

If you buy Mods stay clear of the Gus Mod.


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#3 J2_Bidu

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 17:12

As Klugermann said it's easy to know when you're running too hot because it will steam. Running too cold however is not so obvious, and can crash your engine.

On planes with mixture but no radiator, a leaner mixture than the usual optimal for rpm (depends on altitude) will help keep your engine warm. But this is for extreme scenarios.
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#4 SeaW0lf

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 01:12

does operating these manualy add to performance or is it just a "realism" thing.

 

Yes, it adds to performance. The auto mixture feature is always too off to be useful competitively. Doing a quick test now, the Fokker D8 with auto mixture is from 4 to 5km/h slower, which is a lot.


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#5 Colin2590001

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 13:54

 As usual I find the answers helpful and informative, I appreciate you taking the time to answer what to an experianced flier must seem very basic questions. My thanks to all.


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