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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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chirurgeon 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 Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds rather Pe-2 or Tu-2, but that's just my oppinion.
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:iconjflaxman:
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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:iconlastbullet2:
hate to be in a tank that this was shooting at.
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:iconsierrasykes:
Me 410 * Badass = this. Thats all there is to it.
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Csp499 Mar 14, 2013  Student 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 Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the look of the engines!
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Medjugore Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good-looking inspiration!
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1-800-Breads Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool design, though I have to say that the engines have a star-wars-y look to them that takes away from the strong dieselpunk style present in your other planes
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:iconvon-krupp:
This is a very well thought-out design; I can actually see something like this popping up in a hypothetical extended version of World War II. Only problem is the split tail: it actually gives you less of a firing arc since you now have two dead spots where you can't shoot as opposed to one. Even if the enemy plane gets on your immediate six, a single tail surface is fine because he will weave around, and you can hit in then. Also, if it's a dual machine gun setup as you have here, the rounds will simply go around the tail unit in a straight-back shot. All in all though, this is damn cool.
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