From: The Big Nowhere
Its still unclear that there were no production between those two dates and i find that kinda hard to believe.
What's unclear? The numbers are what the numbers are...
They should know they will lose some aircraft, esp after pearl harbor. But where did the other kates came from? and why they stop producting it??
What other Kates are you talking about? To paraphrase Shattered Sword...Japanese carrier attack aircraft production had for all intents and purposes ceased by the middle of 1942. They produced a bunch of B5N's before the war ever began, then decided to halt production at the Nakajima plant in anticipation of bringing on the B6N. The Japanese were not planning for a long war of attrition.
EDIT: Nakajima ceased production at their facility of B5N's in Aug 1941 when they produced 8, peak production in 1941 was in April, May and June when they produced 26, 27 & 24 respectively. In July 41 they produced 10. Jan -Mar 41 they averaged 12. Spreadsheet does not include monthly production for 1939 or 1940.
Sorry but that's the historical reality...the Japanese aircraft industry of 1942 was not very efficient.
Of course, the first thing a IJN player does is convert a factory to B5Ns and ramp it up to about 36-48 B5Ns per month. We have the luxury of hindsight.
Of course it is what it is. The IJN expected the B6N to be online in early 1942, but the model had problems and they had to hastily restart B5N production...which meant having to reset the factory tools for it. That also explains some of the delay, they had already reset for B6N production and had to retool back to B5N...IIRC.
So then i should leave it blank? Let see how things go, i still havent find any infos on this situations. Unless you can provide it, so i can dig alittle deeper on the B5N Kates. It is possible they been making them more than one plant, or being relocate.
Personally, I'd leave it just as it is in stock. When it comes down to it, the more realistic option is to leave the Kate factory at zero producing. If you want to be nice to the AI or player, then you could add in 12-16 disabled production so it still starts at zero but will build up to a modest production to reflect the reality of the situation.
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