timtom -> RE: Admiral's Edition Air War Thread (7/10/2012 2:32:06 PM)
Not sure if this has been fixed or not but in my scen1 started under original release unit but patched to last official update 3131 No80 RAAF renames to 440930 on 093044
Not seeing that in my version (v1.01.08r9).
Minor errors I noticed, apologies if it has already been reported:
1. VS-2 (1777) has the presumably invalid rename date of 4301.
2. VP-22 (2718) has the presumably invalid rename date of 441000.
Thanks...Ten-thumbs strikes again.
It was discovered in Mike's AAR that the Tojo uses Ha-34 in Scen 1 and Ha-35 in Scen 2. Is that intentional or was that an oversight when the Ha-34 change was made?
There is 3066 No.1 Sqn RAAF unit at Kota Bharu. It begins war with 8 airframes, 4 under repair, and 2 in reserve. I have not found anything about their initial composition, and why there should be aircrafts in repair. The only sure thing is that they send 7 planes in intial strike, and made 17 sorties during whole night (not possible to replicate in-game).
Anyway, in Scenario beginning at 8th December this unit have identical composition, but Awajisan Maru is already heavily damaged. That means, that No.1 Sqn RAAF already took part in combat, and AAR shows that:
No.1 Squadron RAAF continued making bombing runs, some 17 sorties being flown, landing, rearming and taking off again until 05.00. Japanese escorts put up a thick cover of AA fire, shooting down at least two Hudsons and badly damaging three others.
which actually suggest, that this unit is already after initial loses (2 planes).
So... maybe it should start war with full complement of 4 planes in reserve, or maybe at 8th December it should have even less planes, and more damaged?
The reference used is Appendix A "RAF Strength in Singapore and Malaya: 7 December 1941" in Propert, Henry: The Forgotten Air Force: The Royal Air Force in the War Against Japan, Brassey 1995 in turn referencing AHQ Far East Signal Q497 dated 9/12/41 but pertaining to 7/12/41 local time. You'll find other figures in other literature, but we chose Propert because it's referenced. No.1 Sqn's ORB is missing for this period, so perhaps we'll never know. Anyway, Propert gives 1 Sqn's strength as 8 servicable a/c and 6 a/c unservicable, which under a T/O for a GR sqn of 12+6 became 8+4 = 12 plus 2 reserve in my interpretation.
I would imagine you're right about the Dec.8 (game time) strength, though I don't maintain that scenario.
Is it correct that the Australian DC-2 production runs from March to Mai 1942 but production is ZERO?
Unless there's a factory hiding somewhere then no, production should be 3.
I've seen a number of posts by those who should be in the know that a new patch is in the works for the game. I would very much like to ask the the KI-44 Tojo be looked at and hopefully changed.
If I may be so bold to say the Ki-44 IIa Tojo should be dropped from the game.
The Ki-44 IIa was a preproduction prodotype model and only 4-8 were ever built.
The first production model was the KI-44 IIb it began production in Oct.42. Like all KI-44 it had armor. It was armed with 2x 12.7mm HO-103 machine guns in the nose and 2x 12.7mm HO-103 machine guns in the wings. This is by far the most numerous version of the KI-44 Tojo built.
The KI-44 IIc had a variety of differant weapon combinations. The most common was 2x 12.7mm HO-103 machine guns in the nose and 2x 20mm HO-5 cannons in the wings. 40mm Ho301 cannons were tried but as soon as these models reached the field, they were found to be ineffective and were replace buy 20mm or even 37mm cannons in the field and on the production line.
If a 44 version is to be done it should be the KI-44III. Numerous prodotypes for this aircraft were built with an even greater variety of armaments than the IIc, so many prodotypes in fact that the delay in getting to production caused the KI-44III to be cancelled in favor of the KI-84.
As a suggestion the KI-44III be armed with 4x20mm HO-5 cannons. Seen this 4x20mm armament in a number of places, not sure if they were nose and wing or just wing. If you want to make us JFBs very happy give it 2x12.7mm HO-103 machine guns in the nose and 4x 20mm HO-5 cannons in the wings. Seen this in a few places also. If 4x20mm cannons are used on the wings, no bombs or drop tanks can be carried.
I have a number of my own sources to support these suggested changes, but I can't hold them up and show them to you. Here are some online ones.
Thank you for the read.
Now I just hope I put this in the right place.
edit was to insert a missing II
During development, a fair bit of virtual ink was spilled trying to unravel the questions you highlight above. Long story short, we arrived at a position comforming to that outlines by Jim Long in post three on the linked topic over on J-aircraft.org -> http://www.j-aircraft.org/smf/index.php?topic=5995.0 and post four here -> http://www.j-aircraft.org/smf/index.php?topic=9225.0
Note that recent publications by Nick Millman (Aircraft of the Aces: Ki-44 "Tojo" Aces of WWII, Osprey 2011) and Richard Dunn (Exploding Fuel Tanks: Saga of technology that changed the course of the Pacific air war, S.D.G. 2011) support the Long position on the armament and protection, but then they're part of the J-aircraft posse :)
Additionally, regarding what frames where produced when, we contacted Robert Brown of LemaireSoft who co-produced the web transcription of the USSBS production figures -> http://lemairesoft.sytes.net:1945/weben/avion/stats/11054.html#18155 Robert informed us that the USSBS researchers actually didn't know the production details of the Ki-44-II & III, that is to say they only knew the total production and the breakdown on LemaireSoft only represents an at best educated guess. The latter also helps explain why the likes of Francillon and Bueschel are decided wolly about on the subject.