Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mediocrità Italiana

The Breda Ba.27 Metallico was in reality, an improved, smoothed sheet metal skinned prototype version of the corrugated skinned original from 1933. Despite being heralded as having an "ultramodern design" by a few journalists, having more than a passing resemblance to the Boeing P-26. Sadly, the aircraft didn't impress the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Airforce) during trials, nor secured a possible purchase by Norwegian Air Force.

However, the Metallico would have modest success in export sales to the Chinese nationalist government. An order of 18 aircraft was placed, of which 11 were delivered, equipping one squadron from 1935 to 1938. The Breda would see active service during the Second Sino-Japanese War, none are known to survive to this day.

In World of Warplanes, the Breda Ba.27M Metallico is a premium tier III Fighter in Chinese Nationalist markings. While most other aircraft have at least one or two qualities that make out stand out from their tech tree or premium peers, by fate or design, the Breda is probably the mediocre aircraft of any tier in the game. Even within it's own tier, it has "middle of the road" attributes in just about everything, firepower, rate of climb, speed, you name it.

However, the plane does show potential for improvement, but that is dependent on the player who flies it....

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