Nimrod Mk II
|This page is about the British naval fighter Nimrod Mk II. For the other version, see Nimrod Mk I.
The Hawker Nimrod was a carrier-borne, biplane fighter which entered service with Britain's Fleet Air Arm in 1931. By 1934, full-scale production of Nimrod Mk I fighters was replaced by that of Mk II fighters. All Nimrod Mk IIs were fitted with an arrestor hook for carrier operations, their wings were modified with a slight sweep back and tail surfaces were slightly larger than those of the Nimrod Mk I. The powerplant was also improved in the Mk II; a 608 hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel V liquid cooled, in-line engine replaced the earlier 590 hp engine. The Hawker Nimrod fighter was replaced in first-line units by the Gloster Sea Gladiator and the Blackburn Skua before the start of World War II. Nimrods continued to be operated as training and liaison aircraft until July 1941. At the end only 30 units of the Mk.II variant were ever built.
It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. The Nimrod Mk II is a rank I plane for Britain. It is a biplane with 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers machine guns. The main difference between it and the Mk. I is the slightly swept wing and more powerful engine. Climb rate, turn rate, roll rate, and acrobatic ability are superb, mostly due to the Nimrod being a biplane. Being a biplane, the Nimrod is very forgiving and thus is very flexible in techniques and tactics. Turn rate provides players with a thrilling beginning in Arcade, and the roll rate and climb rate provides for some interesting acrobatics with the Nimrod. The armament is poor when compared to contemporaries. For Simulator Battles (SB) the Nimrod provides a great chance for players to have their first taste of Simulator Battles. The open cockpit provides beginners with an open and clear view, and learning to use the gun sight provides unique gameplay for beginners.
The Nimrod Mk II is a extremely agile aircraft owing to its biplane design. The Nimrod will handily and readily match most if not all enemy aircraft it encounters in turn fighting. It can be noted that it has a rather steady rate of acceleration with nothing exceptional to note. It can readily climb at a respectable rate to allow it to keep pace and join the fray alongside its teammates without much issue either. All around, the Nimrod at its base level will perform what its pilot asks of it with little issue
It typically tops out at around 255 km/h during level flight, during a dive this will rise to around 350 km/h on average with of course further attainable speed with harsher dives. It will still respond to sharp turns even at its diving speed and bleed back to around 255 km/h retaining most of this speed well during a turnfight if the pilot is careful to not stall by climbing. Should the player push the Nimrod to its upper limits of around 400 km/h in very steep dives they will find the control surfaces begin to lock up, meaning an immediate turn to engage a threat will be impossible and the Nimrod will sluggishly turn until it bleeds enough energy to regain its agility once more around the 350 km/h mark.
The Nimrod can handle as many Gs as it is able to generate at its speed and weight, provided the pilot is trained. Lower level crews may suffer the occasional blackout due to the Gs pulled during the harsher manoeuvres the Nimrod can pull.
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Survivability and armour
This aircraft is vulnerable, as there is no armour protection for any of the modules. All the modules are focused towards the front of the plane.
- No armour protection
- Self-sealing fuel tanks
Modifications and economy
Being a basic biplane with no secondary armaments, the modification path is a simple recommendation of focus on attaining the 'New 7mm MGs' modification. Owing to the relatively low damage caused by the 7.7 mm Vickers, trigger time on your target will be vital and this upgrade will extend the amount of time the guns may run before overheating and potentially jamming.
Further to this is simply enhancing the agility and mobility of the Nimrod Mk II.
The Nimrod Mk II is armed with:
- 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers E machine guns, nose-mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
These are the standard Vickers machine guns prevalent in the early British tree, they are high capacity and very fast-firing but owing to their lower calibre they do considerably less damage to an airframe than their contemporaries such as the 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns found on Italian aircraft. However their high RoF allows them to be more forgiving for newer players, scoring hits and allowing one to get a feel for the lead on these guns comfortably.
Focusing vital spots if possible is essential, head on engagements are not encouraged due to the unfavourable chances of destroying an aircraft that most likely will have superior firepower.
The belts available are simply different mixtures of rounds already suitably available on the default belt. However it is advisable to take the 'universal' belt as it removes filler 'Ball' rounds and leaves only a mix of Tracer, AP, and IAI rounds.
Usage in battles
Piloting the Nimrod Mk II will be relatively the same regardless of the game mode (AB, RB or SB.) The Nimrod is a pure fighter craft and is not capable of carrying any strike armaments and its ability to provide CAS is limited to opportune gun runs on vehicles with open tops or no armour whatsoever.
The Nimrod Mk II is very much a dogfighter, it is sturdy comparatively as biplanes go, and able to turn with the best of its peers and keep them on their toes. Players may find it more suitable to focus on anti-fighter and anti-strike craft gameplay as the Vickers machine guns will struggle to bring down full size bombers when encountered and one will most likely end up with a destroyed Nimrod at the hands of one of many turrets typically found upon bomber aircraft.
Positions where the Nimrod has the chance to tail another craft are the most likely to result in a confirmed kill, however with pilot skill the Nimrod can easily reverse a tail on itself with patience. Head-on engagements are discouraged due to the low damage potential of the Vickers machine guns, however confident pilots may succeed readily due to the high RoF and ability to 'pilot snipe'.
Opponents to keep a keen eye out for are:
CR.32: These Italian craft can match and even out-turn the Nimrod Mk II while boasting the aforementioned fearsome twin Breda 12.7mm machine guns. Even a small pass during a turnfight can reduce the Nimrod to a flaming wreckage.
Ki-10: These Japanese craft, while sporting the same calibre armament as the Nimrod, they can also readily outturn and harass a Nimrod Mk II.
I-15: All I-15s, whether the Russian or Chinese variants, are fearsome opponents owing to their excellent agility and slightly superior firepower comparative to the Nimrod's own.
Manual Engine Control
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Not auto controlled
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Not auto controlled
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Pros and cons
- Fantastic turn rate
- Good climb rate
- Great roll rate
- Good endurance
- Low speed
- Low service ceiling
- Extremely weak armament
- Weak durability
The Hawker Nimrod was a carrier-borne, biplane fighter which entered service with Britain's Fleet Air Arm in 1931. By 1934, full-scale production of Nimrod Mk I fighters was replaced by that of Mk II fighters. All Nimrod Mk IIs were fitted with an arrestor hook for carrier operations, their wings were modified with a slight sweep back and tail surfaces were slightly larger than those of the Nimrod Mk I. The powerplant was also improved in the Mk II; a 608 hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel V liquid cooled, in-line engine replaced the earlier 590 hp engine. Only 30 Nimrod Mk IIs were build for service in the Fleet Air Arm, although many of the Mk Is were updated to Mk II standard.
Hawker Aircraft Ltd failed to receive significant export orders for the Nimrod; only four machines were sent abroad, including one supplied to Japan, one to Portugal, and two to Denmark. The Danish fighters were known as the Nimrodderne.
In 1933, the Fleet Air Arm's units were reorganized. Independent flights were combined into Squadrons, which were numbered from 800 up. Hawker Nimrod fighters were in service with No. 800 (HMS Courageous), 801 (HMS Furious) and 802 (HMS Glorious) Squadrons, with two flights of nine Nimrods in each. The command structure again saw change following the 1937 Inskip Report, when naval aviation was handed back from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy, and Britain's Nimrods became the property of the Admiralty.
The Hawker Nimrod fighter was replaced in first-line units by the Gloster Sea Gladiator and the Blackburn Skua before the start of World War II. Nimrods continued to be operated as training and liaison aircraft until July 1941, by which time they had long been considered obsolete and were taken out of service. The Danish Nimroddernes were used until the German invasion in April 1940, but did not see combat against the Luftwaffe.
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