From: Alberta, Canada
I personally don't like the fact it changed at all, whether hard coded or not. I understand maybe for a Scenario 1 game with PDU off, but not for any other situation. I believe it represent the historic lack of planes and pilots, I get that. What about a PDU on game or Scenario 2? They are meant to represent a more prepared Japan and since PDU on means you can build aircraft and train pilots to your hearts content you shouldn't be shackled by this. I can insure that I have pilots and aircraft available to fill out KB way before July. This change completely undermines the intent behind a PDU on game in my opinion.
In my latest PBEM, I've just received the CV Hiyo, yet I can only field 36 aircraft out of a total capacity of 53 aircraft. It's a PDU on game, I have the planes, I have the pilots and it just seems wrong that I have to split up naval LBA to max out my CV air capacity and can't resize my original groups. As far as I'm concerned, KB has been neutered until July 1942.
I can't comment on the Allied side of things. I know certain CV air units disband in 43 and the remaining groups then double in size to compensate. I don't know if this is historic or some function of the game.
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