and at least 2M HI in the bank
It'll be tough, but I should make it. Got about 900k in Feb. '43 and rising well.
Also means that I had to expend 6M supply to have built the factories.
If you're including the R&D investment, I'm well on my way. I have about 3.5M in the bank right now, and rising slowly. That should change soon as I, at least, am dealing with my early '43 aircraft increases. At least for me I've gotten a bunch of 'new' aircraft to play with. Production went from 10-12/day to about 20-23/day with the new 'toys'.
It is so hard not to build 1000/month Ki44 in the mid game and just dominate easily.
Not even close. I just started getting the 'c' a couple of months ago and am building 'up' to five/day right now. The 'a' production was a mere three/day. Now in a PBEM its probable I'd need some more if the tempo demanded it, but I try to only produce the bare minimum to 'get by'.
with full ARM/VEH pools
Not sure how much is enough here. I'm approaching 200k in the ARM pool, but I've shut off a few. Producing ~400/day now, although that might be a mistake. VEH pool is ~38k with full production expanded over time to 250/day. All three divisions and most regiments have the Type-1 tank at the moment. A few in China and Manchukuo still have lesser models.
I prefer Shindens for that
I've had five R&D sites working from day one. All will likely go straight to production. Of course they still have a long way to complete their research. Is that enough?
Ok, let me see if I can comment clearly here.
If you are at 900K 9/43, then you should be close if you are watching your MSY production. I don't build much, that saves a lot of HI.
6M supply is earmarked ONLY for building the final fighter factories + engines to support them. Then at least another 4M supply to run the army and air missions.
From 12/7/41 -> 6/1/44 with just your starting supply production you will build over 21M supply. You should actually build closer to 25M supply with normal expansion. So of that 25M, you need to not spend half of it.
How? Watch air missions, don't over build bases, don't overbuild factories. Follow the Mike Solli guidelines.
You may not be building 1000 Tojo/month, but seen a lot of players do it. Even 300 month means you spent 600K supply. Make sure you won't regret having 300/mo fewer A7M's in 45.
ARM/VEH. You almost cannot have too much, maybe if you ever hit 1M, maybe. Remember, they cannot be bombed. Once made, they are in the bank impervious to the allies. After 9/44 you will be getting a lot of new units AND the operation tempo just goes crazy. And then the SOV activates. You will burn 2000 - 5000 ARM per day.
RnD: I'm of the "Either I'm in or I'm not" crowd on RnD. So, either I build 1 or 2 factories which will be eventually sized to the production that I want of the model (like Jill/Judy) and these I accept I will get on the historical date OR I put 12 -18 RnD on the model because I want to get it meaningfully early. 15 Rnd means when researched I am getting 450/mo, 15/day of that model. I can get Frank in Y43Q3, and 450/mo is pretty close to the number I want. That means I can field a new Frank unit every 4 or 5 days. So not only do I get it early, but I get enough quantity right away to make a difference.
15 RnD on A7M will get it in late '44. 18 RnD on A7M will move it to mid-ish '44 …
That's just me …