From: PDX (and now) London, UK
Yes guys, thank you.
Actually i stopped Mavis production for a months because i stockpiled more than 20 of them.
Now that the Emilies have become available i have a factory producing 10 Mavis (the latest model) and another one producing 15 Emilies. Still don't know if it's worth to have both of them...probably not. So, for the moment, i'm keeping only the Emilies in production, while the mavis will wait... their only problem is their service rating (4), which means they will more or less always be grounded... I'm planning to boost their search abilities using some G3M3s groups...
I really cannot boost my HI at the moment Obvert (Erik, right?). It takes too much supply to repair those damaged factories and i need to start stockpiling as much supplies as possible.
Probably the right thing to do would be to halt some more Naval Shipyards (so stop producing subs for example)...
Thinking about what to do with the Nicks now.... The KI-45 is a good bomber killer (armour + 20mm gun) but by mid 1943 it's completely outclassed. Also by that date We should have Franks and Georges arriving in good numbers, along with Tojo IIc ... so the KI-45 will simply become too expensive (2 engines) and too underpowered towards other IJA planes (2 Tojos IIc worth a lot more than one KI-45a imho).
Now i'd have A LOT of units that could be upgraded to Nthe KI-45, but i'm refraining to do so... my fear is that once upgraded i'll be stuck with the FB path and won't be able to convert them back into regular fighters...
At the moment i have 100 Nicks operating... is it enough?
That's about what I have, and to tell the truth, they've been only useful in a limited role. Mostly LR CAP over a base out of sweep range for the Allies, or in a layered CAP with a lot of high CAP to protect against sweeps. I've jumped him a few times, but Jocke is very careful and deliberate about his 4Es. Always en masse, always with sweeps and escort if possible. So I would keep those 100, but yes, maybe not more.
Halting some subs, even for a while, is a good move. I slowed everything for a while, halted Musashi, and took a look every few weeks to see what ships I'd re-start. This balanced my production well for a while and built pools even. Your supply will likely improve when your Chinese assets produce more and when the combat there slows. I began to get supply in 6 figures in Tokyo only in the autumn of 42. Then it just kept rising. I know it will be tighter for you, but it should still equalize after your major operations have finished and you're just digging in.
At places like Singers and Soerabaja though you could just occasionally pump up the HI by 3-5 factories. Just a little at a time. This will make a difference eventually. I have Soerabaja at 70, Batavia at 50, Singers at 130, Saigon and Georgetown at 50 each.
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