From: Iowan in MD/DC
Ok rookie confession- I don't really understand what it means to have too many shipyard points for my Navy and Merchants. Does that mean i should cancel more ships? Or turn shipyards off to save resources? Confused as to the best solution there.
This is scenario 1. The fuel is a problem. I've got half the Japanese fleet rushing troops to Truk and the Noumea area. Enough is coming from the DEI direct to Truk to sustain this major operation but I could have managed the gas better.
The aircraft production looks lower than it is-- this snapshot shows by city, not total by aircraft. Also A6M3 Zero production about to shoot up to 90, and I've got 330 A6M2 Zeroes in the pool. Basically focusing on Oscars, Zeroes, Nick's, Betty's, Kate's and Val's for combat aircraft.
There's at least 75,000 supply on Caledonia, and 100k on ships at Truk. Also each new convoy is carrying its own supply for the smaller island chain buildups between Rabaul and Noumea. So we've got time fortunately.
I don't want to go off-topic from Caledonia too much, but since a PBEM grand campaign represents such a significant investment of time:
I just meant that you have 30,000-some naval shipyard points in your pool, and 60,000-some merchant points (it's basically like HI - you build it with the shipyards, and it's used up by the ships under production). This means that you are effectively overbuilding each turn and storing the production for later. I've heard that this is good to do for late war for merchant shipping, when you won't be able to keep up with your needs. With that kind of pool of NavSY points, you should be able to accelerate all of your Unryu CVs and then some!
I don't know exactly what the difference is between scen 1 and scen 2 on Oil/Fuel. In Tracker, how much does your global oil/fuel level change each turn, on average? With 3229 Refineries going, your oil should be dropping somewhere around (32290 - 27250) per turn, or about 5040 per turn, yes? That's only 410 more days of refining at full capacity, or until September 1, 1943. Assuming you lose no oil production between now and then. Are there other sources of oil you might be able to grab (Magwe, vulnerable as it is, or northern China)?
On the bottom-right of that industry screen, there is Aircraft Engines: 412 + (81 -rd) and Aircraft Assembly: 458 + (10 - rd). That is what I was looking at for your aircraft production. What do your aircraft pools look like? Of course it depends on how much you lose, but later in the war you're going to lose a lot more as the Allied fighters get better. Your numbers raise my eyebrows a little because my aircraft production targets total around 750 in mid- to late-1942, with the number of engines necessary to support it as well as building up some engines in the pool for the R&D bonus.
And I must add a disclaimer that I've never played a PBEM grand campaign, and there are others on here with a far deeper background on IJ production than I. I hope they can expand on (and, I'm sure, correct some of) my advice.
< Message edited by Lokasenna -- 2/27/2013 8:29:07 PM >