From: St.Petersburg, Russia
Judy. SR only matters after a few days of op's. MOST CV battles are decided on the first day. Longer range and bigger bomb matter, SR is minor point.
PS: as pointed out above, the Val was obsolete in '41. Think Stuka ... too old, too slow, too short legged, and too little bomb.
Speed and particularly range of D3A were good for 1941-42 (the game undersells it somewhat, IMO, or, rather, gives its SBD excessive normal range with its maximum payload). Its only major flaw was relatively light bombload (370kg max, 250 normal). Like many Japanese planes it suffered in 1943 and later from insufficient improvements to its engine and delays with mass production of its intended replacement (D4Y was supposed to enter production somewhere in late 1942, but only appeared in significant numbers during the Battle of Philippine Sea, AFAIK).
< Message edited by FatR -- 8/25/2012 10:54:05 PM >