From: The Big Nowhere
Even with the 2 engine thing, I'd keep the early Dinah as well. It is just an all around more capable aircraft for recon.
On the transports, I usually consolidate down to 2 types, 1 for army and 1 for navy.
And you want the B7A 'Ryusei' (Grace). It is the best of the Japanese torpedo bombers. It was a Torpedo-Dive bomber, meant to take the place of both the D4Y and B6N.
The Dinah II is a bit faster than the Babs, but that's about it's only advantage. And does speed really matter that much for recon aircraft? I guess it may help reduce losses to CAP by a little bit, but do these reduced losses justify the extra HI devoted to its extra engine?
I also like the idea of one transport for the IJA, but only because the Thalia is clearly better than all of the other choices.
For the IJN, each transport has its own advantage. The Tina is the only one you have early in the war and it has an incredible range. If you want to do anything significant with your paratroopers early on, it seems as though the Tina is absolutely required.
The Tabby has a heck of a load capacity (so you can actually transport a decent amount of supply if needed).
The Betty can replace the Tina later on.
The float feature of the two Mavis variants and the Emily allow them to operate out of size 0 bases. I will only be producing one of these at any one time. As a new model appears, I will shift over in this order - H6K2-L then H6K4-L then H8K2-L.
So in actuality, I'm only going to be producing one member from each of three "groups" of these IJN transports at any time - one from the Tina/Betty pair; the Tabby and one from the Mavis/Emily group.
As for the Grace, I am definitely going to produce it. I just listed it with the DBs. The game considers it a DB, so that's where I put it in my original list.
Hmm, I guess I think more end game. 2Es make better kamikazes, because 2E aircraft are just more survivable.
And it has been a while since I played with the Grace, forgot that only 1 type is given, other than both mission types.
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