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YN-83 Karakovic by jflaxman YN-83 Karakovic by jflaxman
The Karakovic was named after the large, ungainly wading birds that hunt crabs in the expansive marshes to the south of Golgorod - a region that became a grave for many an invading army. These heavily armed and armoured aircraft are dedicated tank killers, though they are equally effective against lighter vehicles, supply lines and artillery. When given adequate protection against more agile enemy fighters, Karakovic squadrons cut bloody swathes through Tarkavian ground forces while shrugging off opposing fire.

Design Features:

- Short nose and triangular fuselage improve the pilot's downward view, aiding target acquisition.

- Large control surfaces ensure effective handling at low speeds. Airbrakes give the pilot the option of making slower attack runs, allowing more time to aim and fire.

- The primary autocannon can destroy most tanks with a single round, especially if they are engaged from above and behind where their armour is weakest.

- Hardpoints in the wings can be fitted with smaller caliber machine guns, bomb racks or unguided rockets for use against softer targets.

- The pilot and gunner sit in a heavily armoured "bath" which shields them from ground fire. The engines derive added protection from large armoured air intakes, while more delicate vents and radiators are positioned on top of the cowlings.

- A pair of rear-facing machine guns gives the Karakovic a fighting chance against attacks from behind and above. The inverted tail unit permits a wider arc of fire.

- If the rudder is destroyed, the tail planes' coarse dihedral provides some directional control, though the Karakovic is prone to yaw - more so if one engine loses power. Low stalling speeds ensure the crew have a good chance of surviving crash landings outside enemy territory.
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white31 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
This reminds me of the Soviet Su-8, a twin-engined armored attack plane carrying 45 mm cannon for knocking out tanks. It was intended as an interdiction aircraft with range as well as an assault aircraft. Unfortunately, it was developed too close to the end of ww ii and wasn't really needed. Also, Sukhoi had offended Stalin. So, only test aircraft were built. It didn't have that odd tail, just a twin tail. See "Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War, Vol. 2", p.82 by Yefim Gordon and Dmitri Khazanov.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Looks like a cross between the Il-2, the Pe-2, the Me-410, and the B-25 G Mitchell that was armed with a 75mm howitzer in the nose.
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chirurgeon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An alternative to the IL-2, with a hint of Me-110...gorgeous! Yes, the twin tail gives you two dead spots, but neither make for the best approach to attacking anyway. Historically, the IL-2 could only carry about 150 rounds for the rear gunner anyway...it was more bark than bite.

Well drawn...superb artwork!
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TairaNoritsune Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds rather Pe-2 or Tu-2, but that's just my oppinion.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
There's a bit of the Henschel 129 here as well. This is an old drawing and in hindsight I'd have used an H-tail, which would add an extra rudder and be better suited to rough landings.

The Il-2 was a great bird, and I've often felt Western historians don't give the air battles on the eastern front enough attention. Thanks for the awesome feedback!
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lastbullet2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
hate to be in a tank that this was shooting at.
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SierraSykes Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Me 410 * Badass = this. Thats all there is to it.
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Csp499 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta love just how much detail you put into this old crate's design philosophy; a level of pragmatism I only attempt to match.
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the look of the engines!
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Medjugore Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good-looking inspiration!
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