From: PDX (and now) London, UK
So, he is hoarding his newer, better planes. I don't have access to Tracker right now for allies to give you good numbers, but P40K and P38G models are in full production at decent rates since Sept/Oct. F4U just started for him and F6F start in a couple of months.
So, you have parity with him right with the IJA for another 6 months or so until the P47 shows up. You need Frank to match the P47 as the Tojo is just too slow. You've just started to lose parity with the IJN as the Zero can't compete against the F4U, then the F6F arrives in huge numbers in March. Unfortunately, the IJN gets only George for the land-based units but has to wait a long time to see Sam for the CV's.
'43 is transition and for me is the hardest year of the war to play. Always remember that allied production is a lot higher than simply the onboard and offboard production totalled. They get a lot of full groups rotating in with new aircraft unlike IJ. Roughly, that doubles their production. So while the F4U might only have 30 ac/month off board production, the allies are getting at least one new group/month with Corsairs already equipped so that gives them another 30 planes ... or more.
Yes, but, nonetheless, the allied cannot sustain many months of offensive missions against a well defended IJAAF perimeter.
George and Franks are good, but their service rating sucks so much that you can't really rely on them. I say better to have 50 Tojos in the air than 25 Franks. I strongly suggest to invest R&D resources on the second models of George and Jacks that, with a service rating of 2, can get in the air a lot more....waiting for the SAM
Under this optic i think those who invest a lot on the Tony-KI-100 are not fools.... with a service rating of 1 it's a very important plane to have...and has 2 20mm on CL.... Too late for us, probably, but those who starts new games should really consider, imho, a balanced air force also keeping into considerations the service ratings and not only the firepower
I am facing the service rating issue now. The Jack is somehow even worse than the George in it's availability. Not sure why that is. I'm really needing the next versions that go to a 2 service rating. I've also realized that having nodes with one base that has a ton of support, more than you need (250-300 support), and a big field, then smaller bases around is a good idea. The big base is the part I was missing. I'm rectifying this everywhere now, as most of my bigger bases had only 100-150 support. I have a lot of air HQs arriving which is incredibly helpful.
I'll have the Frank soon but the Tony Id is also a decent variant with a 2 service rating, and the Ki-100 will come in late 44. The Tojo IIc is already proving itself and will be useful and in production probably until the very late war fighters like the Ki-83 and possibly the Ki-94 come online.
The most important part about an aggressive Empire with some extended boundaries in 42 is that I have more stuff now in late 43 to defend the core of important areas in the DEI, BUrma and Central Pacific. In about 45 days I'll get about 2k AV of new brigades, a bunch more engineers and base forces and several new HQs, plus a bunch of new air groups. If he doesn't make a very big risky move in the next two months, the perimeter will be much more solid and tough to crack.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill