From: Chicago, Illinois
Miller's point earlier got me thinking. I wonder if he is right about Oscar being better than Tojo. This is an important question, because you need to plan ahead on fighter production, and changing it is pretty much impossible once you commit.
First, on Tojo v Tony, it's not easy to dissect, because the different versions come on at various times. Off the bat, you get a TOJO 5 months early. TONY comes with armor in early '43, but is otherwise inferior. So, how important is the armor? Then, Tojo gets armor later in 1943, and THEN is a superior plane. Until the Tony get an upgrade in weaponry. Etc. etc. This is very complex, and someone need to break it down, weighting what is important vs. what isn't. Which one is better? It depends on which month you ask.
To make it more complicated, the OSCAR isn't trash anymore like in WITP. Us old timers made our last Oscar in July of 1942, then stopped. Is the OSCAR better than the TOJO? Tojo is still faster, but that means less in AE. The armament is almost equal, because the 7.7mm mg sucks pretty bad. OSCAR is more maneuverable, and in May'43 the IIb model gets armor. As always, the range is much better, capable of escorting Bettys. So how important is armor again? Etc. etc.................
WITP was pretty straightforward; TONY/TOJO came in the same month, and were almost equal. Now it's alot more complex! Someone please break it down for us!