From: Alberta, Canada
I'm just learning the Japanese side of the game too, but I have to disagree with you on the production figures you think to be too high for certain aircraft, Kate's in particular. first off we are playing with PDU off, so I don't have the flexibility of upgrades typical for most Japanese players and learning that not everything can be upgraded to what I'd like.
In this PBEM I took almost no air losses at Pearl Harbour, and KB has had no engagements worthy of note since, and you can see that my pools are almost empty in terms of Zero's, Kate's, Val's, and Betty's...this is all with minimal combat losses. Daily flights of Oscars and Zeros to gain air superiority will attrition away your reserve as well. My pools are mostly being drained by upgrading and filling up unit sizes, what's going to happen when I start losing large numbers of aircraft to combat operations? Upgrading air units is a priority for me, you may like to fly around with Claudes, Nate's and Jean's, but I, for one, do not. Air power will be key for Japan and I want to make sure production can handle the losses I'm about to start taking from further combat operations.
You might as well upgrade now when times are good, they will get better in the short term with new conquests, but there will be the day that I'll be glad I have enough planes in the pools to weather the huge losses I'll be taking. If you don't take a long term view now, you'll get caught with your pants down later. And from what I've seen with changing factory production to newer models, the factories actually get smaller and you produce less planes after switching their production. I'd rather invest in larger factories now producing 100+ planes and still produce say 50+ planes after I switch production, than have a 40+ factory later, upgrade it and produce 20+planes. Of course I'm still figuring this out and don't know the long term effects yet. Just look at anything in history though, if you are not constantly upgrading and investing in new techology early, there comes the day when your enemy outclasses you, because you dropped the ball on utilizing a long term approach, and the production isn't there anymore because your factories are now a pile of rubble. It's happened to great wannabe Empire's throughout history.
That being said, good luck...the dialogue between players trying out the Japanese side is a great way to get better from discussions just like this one. time will tell though.
< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 12/9/2009 11:11:17 PM >