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Tired of fighting on Norway? Getting long queue times for that new event going on? Ever wanted to improve your gaming experience on War Thunder with custom scenarios, custom models, custom missions, and custom locations?
Then War Thunder: CDK (Content Developer Kit) is the right tool for you!
War Thunder CDK is a set of tools for user content creation available to every player.
The CDK is installed in the game folder and allows the player to edit or create new unique missions and locations, as well as helps create game models. Players can share created content with each other on LIVE and take part in the Revenue Share program by adding their content to the game and earning real money.
On this very wiki you are reading this text on now, we show all the resources needed to start working with the editor, and with an FAQ for your everyday questions!
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By 1943 the Ilyushin Il-2 formed the main striking power of the Soviet Air Force, comprising almost one third of its combat strength. Tanks were a tough nut for the Shturmovik to crack though; bombs had to be placed very precisely, the 20mm ShVAK cannon of early aircraft were ineffective against armour and the 23mm VYa cannon could penetrate only light armour. A more powerful gun was needed against the increasingly heavy German tanks being fielded.
Combat trials with Il-2s equipped with the 37mm ShFK cannons started in early 1943, but the guns proved unreliable and so the Nudelman/Suranov NS-37 cannon was selected instead for tank busting. With the cannon mounted under the wings, the Il-2-37 could not carry rockets, and the bomb load was reduced to just 200kg.
The NS-37 cannon is a very potent weapon in War Thunder against both air or ground targets and the generous 50 rounds each give the Il-2-37 plenty of opportunity to wreak havoc. Soft targets and light tanks are easily destroyed, whilst the weaker side and rear armour of medium tanks can be targeted, but heavy tanks and pillboxes are mostly resistant to cannon attack. Top armour is usually weak and can be hit in a steep diving attack, but don’t forget to leave enough altitude to safely pull out. The cannon has little effect on destroyers and larger ships but performs admirably against patrol boats. The Il-2-37 will undoubtedly be a useful asset in Naval forces combat.
Fire single shots, or at most short bursts, as pilots found the heavy recoil produced by the cannons made it difficult to hold them on target for a long burst. Because the guns are wing mounted, convergence (guns targeting distance) is important: set it to your preferred range (300-400m works well) and try and fire around that distance.
-Author: John "Zoso" Moore
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