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Sven A
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It seems to me that some decks are imbalanced, ie, there are a card with a sharp left turn but no card with a sharp right turn. Is this how it's supposed to be? But then why?

I have checked my decks and no card seems to be missing. Unfortunately I havent got them here so I can't say which decks I'm talking about but maybe someone else has noticed this too?

Any thoughts?

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Andreas Kr├╝ger
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Yes, it is intentional. Some planes had a heavy rotating engine which made turns in the direction of this rotation more difficult (because the plane would rather turn against the engine to keep the balance of momentum, I hope I got the physics right now :-)).
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That is pretty much correct. Even today most prop aircraft (which only have shaft and flywheel spinning, unlike rotaries where the bulk of the engine spun) favor a turn to the right and need a little bit of rudder applied when turning left to keep the plane in trim. The P-38 in WWII used twin radial engines (not rotaries, radials where the engine is fixed) that rotated in opposition to each other and had a distinct advantage rolling out to the left when it was being pursued by single-engine aircraft.

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Seth Owen
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The World War I aircraft were so light that the mass of the rotating engine had a significant effect. The World War II aircraft were heavier so the effect was less noticable, although as noted it could still have tactical significance.
 
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I was at the College Park Airport Museum this past month in Washington DC and they showed an explanation of what a rotary engine is and had examples. It's not merely the mass of the aircraft being smaller, but the mass of the rotating object being much larger -- the entire crankcase spins along with the propeller. There's a lot more weight trying to push the plane to roll right.

Frankly, I was a big gobsmacked when I saw it. The engine seems to be inside-out. But -- they're lighter since the case replaces the flywheel, and they run cooler since the spinning motion naturally puts a breeze on the engine parts.

Learn something new everyday.

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Sven A
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Great, thanks!

It's incredible how much knowledge there is on the bgg!

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