Well, the initial balance of power is still in Japans favour, especially regarding the surface forces. The carrier forces are more even, but the US needs to gather and consolidate its carrier forces first before it can really face Japan.
Initial setup - forces in the pacific only,
4 Kongo class
2 Fuso class
2 Ise class
2 Nagato class
2 Tosa class
1 Harima class
2 Sagami class
2 Echizen class
2 Yamato class
(4 BC, 9 BB, 2 Modern BB, 4 Super BB)
-2 More CV due in the first half of 42
3 New Mexico
2 North Carolina
1 South Dakota
(2 BC, 13 BB, 3 Modern BB)
-3 South Dakota due in the first half of 42
2 Lexington (one damaged)
-1 Wasp transferring in the first half of 42
-1 Essex transferring in the first half of 42
-2 Essex launched in the first half of 42
I'd say the USN can probably take a good shot at engaging the KB in mid-late 42. Of course, this is likely to go either way, and its not until mid-late 43 that they can really crush it for certain.
Its going to take until mid 43 and the Montanas however, for the USN to get its qualitative advantage in surface forces back. By late 42, they'll have the numbers, and radar will probably help, but nothing to match the 4 super BBs on even terms.
PS; Finished converting everything for Scen 41 except the new Allied aircraft. Should be done with those today.
< Message edited by JuanG -- 9/13/2009 2:32:10 PM >