From: PDX (and now) London, UK
I'm trying to wrap my head around playing as Japan and am trying to consolidate some air frame building. The Japanese have four types of single engine level bombers available to build at the start of the war but should I be building any?
I know the 2E Sally has a higher service rating than 1E bombers but it can carry more and further than any of the single engines. Besides the frames there is the engine production to think about too but I'm not worried about that at the moment. I'm just looking at the stats of these single engine planes and trying to decide what if any to build.
For IJAAF don't worry about building 1E. You can use the ones you have in China, especially the Sonia, as it has the camera and carries 4 x 50kg, so gets more hits on fields, etc. It actually can be really effective there, but virtually no where else, as it'll get chewed up by flak easily.
For 2E you want the Helen ASAP as it has armor, good range, speed, and load. It is your workhorse for the entire war. So if you build one build that, but you will likely also want the Peggy as it's quick, also comes with a version that carries torpedoes, but this is late.
The rest of the 1E are usually training planes. The Anns occasionally get into ASW work. They are cheap to fly, decent load and range. I wouldn't make any though.
For the IJN of course you need the Judy line to be your primary DB. The Grace is the best strike plane in the game for any nation, hands down, so make that a priority too. It is later though.
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