From: Wilmington, NC
I believe you are correct Michael.
And even though the OP is referring to the instant conversion to production once the date is reached via R&D advancement I wonder if the following point might not help resolve the matter instead.
I had lost a couple of R&D factories early in my PBEM because I thought selecting upgrade from the "upgrade/keep" option would have the following effect:
1. If "upgrade" selected, then automatically convert the R&D factory to the next R&D airframe in the research tree if available once production date was triggered (If no new variant was researchable from the current airframe then the factory would go to production). Maybe having the "upgrade" option greyed out if no more variants exist.
2. If "keep" selected, then the R&D factory would convert to production as soon as the availability date was reached.
I had then reversed the logic when that didn't work and, as it current behaves, the "upgrade/keep" function does not appear to do anything with regard to R&D factories as either setting seems to have the same effect (factory converts to production at the date the airframe becomes available).
Although this function works fine for production faciilities (keeping existing airframes or upgrading) it seems counter-intuitive to have it available for the R&D factories if it doesn't actually effect the transformation of the R&D factory.
Perhaps the function can be implemented for R&D as well. If not, perhaps this option can be removed for R&D factories. No matter what decision is made, it would probably be good to document how it affects both R&D and production factories differently in the documentation update.
Until then, players will need to monitor their R&D progress more closely and decide whether or not to manually upgrade to another airframe before the potiential availability date arrives.
Ah, that must with the R&D preference option then.
< Message edited by vonTirpitz -- 8/13/2011 4:47:45 PM >