From: PDX (and now) London, UK
ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
Mitsubishi Ha-31: They are currently used for the Ki-46-II and Ki-57-II. The Dinah will soon phase out and the Ki45 KAIc Nick FB will phase in. The size 65 engine factory is fine as is.
I didn't save enough of these for the Ki-44 Id NF, which is the only early plane to use as NF in two big FB groups of mine. I would skip the Nick Ic (I'm still using the Nick Ia as it's armament is better with the CL 20mm) and look toward building the Nick Id.
Mitsubishi Ha-32: Currently used for the Betty, Emily and Sally. The Betty is currently off with 100 in the pool so I am accumulating engines with >200 in the pool. I plan on using them for the B6N2 and Emily transport and later, the Francis. I'd like to get the engine bonus for the Jill. I have 2 factories (140 & 90) and will increase each by 15 in Feb 43.
The Jack also uses this which is good later to diversify engine use.
Mitsubishi Ha-33: Eventually, I'll need ~350 a month of these engines. Currently, I have the Val (off for good), Jake (27 forever it seems), Nell (30 planes, but off with 100 in the pool), Mavis transport (4 and intermittent, will convert to Emily transport in 7/43 (Ha-32 engine)) and Tina (10 planes). Later I'll swap the Tina for the Tabby (also 10 planes this engine) and add the Ki-100 and Ki-102. I'll need ~120 more when the fighters come online (150 Ki-100-II in 8/43 & 90 Ki-102 some time in mid-1944 for 90 Ki-102b).
The Ki-102 and D4Y3-4 plus the transports and Ki-100 put ugh demands on this engine. More than I would have thought due to the number of 2E planes using it.
Mitsubishi Ha-43: I plan on using this engine for the A7M3-J. Not sure when it will arrive but I have 5 R&D factories allocated and will produce 150 a month when it does arrive. Currently, the engine factory is at 40 and will increase it to 150 beginning in 1/44.
It's also the Ki-83 and J7W1 if you get that far. Again, lots of use late.
Nakajima Ha-35: Ahh, the Ha-35. Total production is currently 390 (250, 70 & 70). I will increase each factory by 20 for a total of 450. Current production is 120 A6M5, 128 Ki-43-IIa and 15 Ki-45 KAIa. I have 4 Oscar and 6 Zero R&D factories. Some of them will become operational.
Good that I have a big pool of these as my big factories for this are in Tokyo, and they're beginning to suffer from the bombing. Something to consider is where the factories are placed. Osaka and Tokyo may lose them first, so make sure to put a big pool tougher for whatever is there.
Nakajima Ha-44: There is one size 30 R&D factory. It's a short term build for the B6N1, which will be short lived. It'll come out in 5/43 and produce only until the accelerated B6N2 (Ha-32) arrives. This engine will then be phased out.
If I get far enough the Ha-44 uses it as well. Might be a good idea to get a pool going just in case you make it to that plane. It might be the best all around fighter for the Japanese, but I don't quite know yet.
Nakajima Ha-45: Currently there are 120 (90 & 30) R&D factories. This will be used for the George, Frank, Grace and Peggy. I currently have all accelerated (6, 6, 4 & 1 factories respectively). Not sure how many George & Frank factories I'll make operational, but I plan on adding more R&D factories to both of them. My intent is to add 3 to each as they become available from other models and pull out 3 to keep the R&D at 6 factories each. We'll see if I can swing that. Anyway, I will expand both engine factories by 90 beginning in Jan 43 for an ultimate total of 300 engine factories. I want to get the engines operational as soon as possible to get the engine bonus going.
My totals are ~1000 factories for this engine!!! It's a lot of your most important late war planes, although the George is being phased out, there are a lot of Frank R n D factories converting by the end.
NE turbojet: I have no factories on this engine but plan on setting up 2 factories with 90 engines each, probably in late 43. I want to build the Ki-201 Kikka, but we'll see how that pans out. I currently have 6 R&D factories on the Kikka but it's going very slowly, which is not surprising. I don't expect this plane before 1945. Just a fantasy of mine.
I still only have two 10 point factories researching jets in 1/45, and I wonder if I'l get to use them at all. The unprepared two x30 factories are still 10 and 9 points from researching, so it's looking unlikely that I'll push the jets farther than 12/45. It's dicey if you'll ever get to the point to use them, but same for the Ki-94.
Here is the link to my engines and production in early 45. I think you've probably seen it but it could help see what you might need.
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