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SAS~CirX

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Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« on: September 04, 2009, 09:52:18 AM »



Yak-3Km (marine)

This is a fictional plane, a navalized Yak-3 with hardpoints under the wings.
This is based off the Yak-3K mod from Aviaskins (Blitz), but with a few differences:

1) The canopy opens from the outside view (inside view will come later we hope)
2) The Slot is renamed to avoid confusion with the REAL Yak-3K, which were test planes for nose cannons.
3) The weapons loadout options of the 3K mod is reduced to more realistic versions.
4) The Gun armament is changed to be similar to Yak-3.

This mod uses the  Yak-3K body mesh, so you may have both versions in your game if you like, using the same body file.

This mod uses the Yak3K FM, included in SAS Buttons v1.0 and later. It is identical to Yak-3 FM, but a little heavier.

Line to add to air.ini:
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Yak-3Km            air.YAK_3Km 1                          NOINFO  r01   SUMMER


Skinfolder name is Yak-3Km
Use the latest SAS Buttons File you can find

Download Yak-3Km:
http://storebror.it.cx/sas/archive/SAS/cirxmods/YAK-3Km.7z[/b][/color][/size]

To install, put unzipped folder correctly in your Mods folder, and add line to air.ini

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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2009, 02:19:47 PM »

While it IS a fantasy plane, it's not as far-fetched as it sounds. The Soviets had the "Graf Zeppelin" in their possession and although she most probably would have required a LOT of work, they could theoretically have repaired/completed her- Stalin was determined to build a navy with modern battleships and a carrier would have been a useful companion. Instead of completing "Graf Zeppelin", however, the Soviets used her as a target and sank her, as they did with the Panzerschiff "Lützow" which had been scuttled off Swinemünde. Stalin's post-war battlefleet plans were ultimately cancelled under Krushchev.
The main difficulty in repairing "Graf Zeppelin" would have been in obtaining spare parts for her as most of her equipment had been made in the Western occupation zones of Germany; quite apart from the disruption of Germany's industry, the Western Powers were hardly likely to allow the Soviets to order the necessary bits and pieces as relations between the former allies had soured and a Soviet carrier would hardly have been in the West's interests.
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009, 02:25:52 PM »

WhAT!??

you mean..they DIDNT like Stalin???  ;D ;D

Thanx for the share, I never knew they had the Zep. Well, wherever it is these day, someone better dig it out, cause the 109T-4 is a comin. ;)
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009, 03:54:28 PM »

"Graf Zeppelin" is at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, she was discovered by a Polish diving outfit fairly recently. The Germans scuttled her at Stettin on 25/4/45, the Soviets managed to refloat her in March 1946 and towed her to Swinemünde, finally using her for target practice in 1947. Presumably her damage level was beyond the Soviets' capability to repair.
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009, 09:09:02 PM »

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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009, 03:44:04 AM »

I downloaded the original Russian mod from Aviaskins when it was released and it's fun- so is this one!
After thinking a bit more about its historical possibility, my guess is that the Soviets would more probably have used a navailzed Yak-9U variant than a Yak-3; the "U" stands for "Ulisennui" or "strengthened", the (9Us had strengthened airframes (the classicists among us will discern "Ulysses" in "Ulisennui") which would have been more suited to the batterings of deck landings...... if they used a Yak at all. They may well have copied the USN's policy of using radial-engined planes, which would have given a navalized La-7. Or they may even have skipped the piston-engined fighters and started with jets straight away. Navalized Yak-15, anybody? For torpedo bombers, add IL-10 with torpedo armament which leaves the Soviet naval dive bomber slot vacant.
Now, where's the Graf Zeppelin model for IL2?????????
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2009, 03:50:22 AM »

By the way, where did you get that skin with naval ensign on the fuselage?
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2009, 04:49:51 AM »

The skin was from the mod originally. I agree with you on the 9U, AND the La7 and IL10 also. But I think this mod was from the beginning more a "lets try it" mod than a serious attempt at making a possible history.
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2009, 04:58:17 AM »

However, if I was to let MY fatasy go, I would say forget 1946. What if that idiot Neville Chamberlain offered to sell a British Carrier to Stalin as an enticement to not sign a non agression pack with Hitler. This gives USSR a Carrier to escort thenorthern convoys as early as 1941, which would probably initially be equipped with Seahurricanes and Swordfish, until the Navalized Yak7's and later 9s, IL2's and Su2 and stuff could get produced.

At first they would probably have navalised the I-151 as a stopgap to help attrition, as well as a U2 utility plane, and later after Stalin throws his famous wing glue hissy fit at Yakolev, a Naval La5.

Is someone else thinking that this would make one awesome campaign?
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2009, 05:01:33 AM »

If someone Get me a Royal Navy Carrier with new slot and skin (and creative name ...the Lenin!?!) I think I might do the pack.

We will need cool naval skins for all the above too.
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2009, 06:44:31 AM »

Original Yak-3M ("Morskoj"="Naval") was created by its author under impression of Sergei Anisimov's book "Variant bis" (alternate history genre). According the book at autumn 1944 soviet navy had a single light aircraft carrier "Tchapayev" build from light cruiser's hull (like Independence-class). Its main purpose was providing of air cover for strike force consisted also of two heavy surface ships in the Atlantic. That because "Tchapayev" carried 32 Yak-3 and Yak-9D interceptors, 5 Yak-9DD fighter-reconnaisance planes, 8 Sukhoi dive-bombers (an improved version of Su-2) and no torpedo bombers.
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Re: Yak-3Km Russian Naval Fighter
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2009, 07:15:40 AM »

For a name, "Valery Chkalov" (a famous 1930s Soviet aviator) might be appropriate for a Soviet carrier. As for a possible carrier bribe for Stalin in 1939, he would have been more interested in a KGV, I think. Even after WW2 had decisively proved that the carrier was the new Queen of the Seas and that battleships had gone the way of the dodo, Stalin insisted on battleships for the Soviet Navy. And the only modern carrier the RN had at that time was "Ark Royal"; somehow I can hardly imagine the Sea Lords agreeing to such a transfer, they would probably have resigned in toto- and probably the First Lord as well.

Re Yak-3M(orskoi), or perhaps Yak-3F(lot), that sounds like a more realistic designation than Yak-3Km.
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