On Spits first:
my current set up, not set in stone, willing to learn
3 Spit V, 6 Spit IX, 3 Spit VIII
Seems OK to me. My main quibble with the original was that actual production of Spits in August 1943 was over 300 Mk IX/VIIIs, but an increase to 9 per day of both addresses that.
0 Spit V, 8 Spit IX, 3 Spit XIV, 3 Tiffie, 4 Temp
Probably too many Tempests there for me - I'd argue for 2 per day, and reducing the Spit XIV to 2 per day to limit deployment. I still stand by the need for a mid or late-44 upgrade to the stock Spit IX, as by the end of the year they were being delivered with the kind of improvement that the later block P-47D's had (better armament, more fuel, bubble canopy, different full-throttle height for the engine, higher boost pressures, etc) and the production of the Packard-Merlin engined XVI should be reflected in increased production by September '44. So if the later Jug D's are in, I think there's a case for the IXE to cover the late production IXE/XVIE.
4 Spit IX, 4 Spit XIV, 4 Temp
Excellent idea for a '45 replacement rate; and this is when the Tempest production should be increased. My personal preference would be for the following:
3 Spit IXC, 6 Spit IXE, 3 Spit XIVE, 1 Spit F.21 (Feb '45).
The F.21 sort of parallels the P-47N - small usage, but I'd like to have it. If not, maybe increase the XIVE production rate to 4.
if I know you, I am sure you have some ideas on what Spits should be in the game
Heh heh heh...
I thought the Spit VIII was a simi short production run ? should it carry on into 44 (reason I gave it a extra one in 43, to help the stockpile when it goes out of production ????)
The XIV was produced in exchange for VIII airframes at the Supermarine production group on a 1-1 basis as the Griffon 65 became available, starting in December 1943. However, there weren't enough engines to use for the entire production run, and the VIII remained in service throughout 1944 in the MTO on a reducing scale and in the Far East in increasing numbers. I think it should continue at 1 per day in '44 on the same basis as P-40F/L production in '43, before finally being subsumed by the XIV in '45.
On the Jug, you're absolutely right about the chronology, but why not move the D-25 forward a couple of months to absorb the D-20? It's not that much a violation of the historical reality. I think it's harder for me to counter your point about the D-11 or D-15 external tankage issue, as that is needed ASAP in game terms. Maybe a compromise is possible - end D-6 production in '44 in favour of the D-15, and then bring the D-25 in the spring of '44?
Just a thought. I still reckon the Thunderbolt is the backbone of the USAAF fighter position in the first six months of the game, and dividing up the replacements into too-many sub-variants will reduce its impact too much.
Any other opinions on this welcome, BTW.
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