From: Frankfurt, Germany
Continue Nell production or convert to Betty?
Given all the other things that seem to need converting - and the expense of doing so - I'm definitely considering leaving the Nell's in production.
Balance between Sally and Helen?
In my last stock game, I built no Helens, only Sallys, I now think this was a mistake, just because of the engine aspect, better to spread out the engine consumption. In AE, the Sally looks like the better bomber, except for the armor aboard the Helen. Need to do some testing. But it would cost 1000s of supply to convert the Helen factory over to Sally's and those points could instead be spent building the Helen factory up to a higher level. I'm leaning in the direction of building up the factory instead of converting it.
No naval transports till 44 - other than the Mav/Em - that hurts - wasted slots!
If resources were not the limiting factor, I'd probably opimize more. But as things stand, and after all our discussions, I am inclined to do as follows:
- Keep both the Nell and the Betty in production, but increase Nell production.
- Keep both the Sally and the Helen in production, and increase the production of both.
- Keep both the A6M2 and A6M3 in production, and increase the production of both.
As you mention, the supply used for converting a factory is better used at expanding it. Besides, if we have to big a surplus of a plane, we can stop production for a while.
At the same time, there are certain factories that might be better used by converting them to produce other airframes:
- The Nate factories converted to A6M2 (Harbin) and Oscar (Maebashi) production. I'd rather have Zeros and Oscars than Nates...
and I am willing to pay the supplies for it.
- The Ki-36 factory converted to Oscar production. The Ki-36 is not needed, more Oscars definitely are.
- The Ki-51 factory converted to Ki-48 production. The Ki-48 becomes armored soon, and can replace most/all of the light bombers.
- the Ki-56 factory converted to whatever is needed the most... or to C5M if nothing else.
Just my 2 cents and, as I said before, I have changed my mind quite a few times. I undoubtedly will do so again. But I do believe I will be a much better player due to these discussions, thanks guys!
I´m doing the following in my current PBEM as Japan:
- Keep both Nell and Betty in production, but increase Betty production to about 60-80
- Increase A6M2 production to perhaps 100; slowly convert A5M4 squadrons to A6M2 while keeping up a reserve for the carriers
- Increase B5N2 and D3A1 production to about 40-50 each (and convert the B5N1 factory to B5N2); land-based squadrons are equipped with Mabels and B5N1 to use up the existing stocks and save B5N2 for the carriers
- Convert/expand float plane production to 20-30 E13A1, 10-15 F1M and 5-10 E14Y1; set all non-submarine-based squadrons to convert to 2/3 E13A1, 1/3 F1M (the E13A1 is a far better scout, but the F1M can double as a float fighter)
- Convert all Army fighter factories to Ki-43-Ic; set all Army fighter squadrons except those in China and Manchuria to convert to Ki-43-Ic
- Convert and expand Army bomber factories to produce ca 100 Ki-21-IIa and 30-40 Ki-48-Ib (which has the added bonus of these upgrading to better versions for free later on); set squadrons outside China/Manchuria to convert to 2/3 Ki-21 and 1/3 Ki-48
- Convert Army recon factories to Ki-46-II Dinah, and set all squadrons outside China/Manchuria to upgrade to this
- Convert Army transport factories to MC-21; set most squadrons to upgrade to this, but keep a few to use up remaining Ki-57-I stocks
As the war goes on, I plan to:
- Keep the A6M2 as a long-range escort, but expand A6M3 production when that becomes available, to be able to produce the superior A6M3a in larger number when it is ready; I might convert the A6M2 factory to A6M3a by then
- Convert D3A production to D4Y models when available
- Convert B5N productionto B6N models when available
- Ultimately convert all patrol production to latest H8K model
- Convert all naval transport production to H8K2-L
- split Army fighter production about 20/40/20/20 between Ki-43-IIa, Ki-45-KAIa, Ki-44-IIa and Ki-61-Ia; ultimately most of these will convert to Ki-84 production
- split Army bomber production about 40/20/40 between Ki-48-IIb, Ki-21-IIb and the Ki-49 models, with Ki-21 and Ki-49 production later to convert to Ki-67 models
- let Army recon production automatically upgrade to Ki-46 III
- convert Army transport production to Ki-49-II KAI
Of course, all of this is from studying the numbers in the database and WitpStaff; the realities of war might change some or all of this.