From: St.Petersburg, Russia
I'm currently trying not to deviate from historical production too much, to see how different planes perform, but one thing I decided to do is to convert Ki-21s production to Ki-49s, immediately after Ki-49-II will become available. It has armor, and armor means alot in AE. Also, I consider expanding Ki-49-Is production by 2-3 times. Unlike later versions it has a magnetic anomaly detector and so is better against subs, so I want to stockpile enough of them for Army ASW patrol units to last the entire war (obviously, ASW is not a very hazardous duty, but ops losses will accumulate over time). Ki-49-I seems to be the only IJA plane any good at ASW, and you really need IJN Netty and Mavis/Emily units for other purposes. Moreover, said detector makes it practically unique, because Lorna is really, really hampered by short range it has in AE, and it arrives only in 44/4, anyway. Even if MAD just works as a bad radar, having a radar-equipped ASW plane in 1942 is not bad (G3M3 units are needed for naval search, after all). The only reason not to stockpile some Ki-49-Is for your ASW needs I see is gamey-ness of this decision.
< Message edited by FatR -- 12/19/2009 12:25:55 AM >