This is our last email between John and me on the subject....
BTSL v3.1 (Michael's current game – now in 8/21/43)
A6M2 (12/41) to M5 (10/42) to M5b (3/43) to M8 (8/43) – CV capable line (I’ve stayed with 120/month and stopped production in 8/43 as George take over everywhere)
A6M3 (2/42) to M3b (6/42) to M4 (1/43) to M4-J (7/43) to M8-J (2/44) - Interceptor (I stopped after M3b and went to M5 line and now George)
A7M2 Sam (9/44) to M3 (9/45)
Frank: need to include to show what 10 R&D factories can do!!
Ki-84a (4/44) to 84b (3/45) to 84r (12/45) – I got the ‘a’ at end of 7/43 with 4x 30 and 4x 60 factories plus engine bonus. There is one factory for ‘b’ and ‘r’ models. The ‘b’ model is now advancing one month every 15 days. Should be available around 6/44.
George: I used 8 R&D factories
N1K1-J (1/43) - I got in 11/42; to K2-J (4/44) I got in 4/43; to K4-A (1/45) I’m getting in 9/43; to K5-J (5/45) - Three factories are producing 270/month while the other five stay on R&D
BTSL v5.1 (downloaded this morning)
A6M2 (12/41) to M5 (10/42) - CV capable line
A6M3 (2/42) – Interceptor
A6M5a (2/43) – FB, CV capable, with armor Move back a few months. Michael: I would like this model to be a continuation of the M5 model line. This may end up being your CV based fighter until Jack and/or George comes out.
A7M2 Sam (11/44) to M3 (4/45)
A7M3-J (6/45) – NF with the cannons firing up??
Michael: Are we deciding the Sam is not going to be a viable option for these mods??
Jack: Advance line three months
J2M2 (2/43) to M3 (12/43) to M5 (8/44) – land interceptor
J2M3a (1/44) to M3b (6/44) to M3c (4/45) – John: They are SUPPOSED to be all CV. Additionally, move the better service rating M3b up faster. That could be a draw for production.
John: With more focus, this CV-Variant could come in in mid-to-late 1943. This would be a full six to seven months prior to George. Would also have to check engines.
Michael: This may be my stop gap CV fighter that is used mostly for defense in ’43 (CAP). They do go from SR3 to SR2 and get more speed, but slower than George which is just under 400mph. From your experience vs Dan, how do they stand up to the Corsairs? Do you like the Jack or George vs the best Allied CV fighters?
N1K1-J (9/43) to K2-A (11/44) to K4-A (5/45) to K5-A (10/45) – only 1st model is NOT CV capable!!
John: How would that affect your production speed?
Michael: Still my CV based fighter of choice is George. I will add more R&D factories (12 plus) to get the CV variant a year early. Just in time for the last CV/CVL finishing production in late ’43. It has better speed, longer range, and the same maneuver numbers as the Jack.
What would I produce??
10 R&D for Frank and George lines each. So, Frank ‘a’ and George K1-J in summer of 43. The CV capable George will be around 1/44. “IF” I was willing to devote at least 6 to 8 R&D factories to get J2M3a Jack (CV capable), it would come in same time as 2nd gen George which is CV capable. Why produce the Sam at all?? You have the 2nd gen George with 3rd gen shortly behind. I’m going all in on George, some for land based Jack only, and no Sam with these numbers.
What would I change??
Zero – A6M5a goes back to just a fighter and start date is moved back to 6/43. This model would have to be main CV fighter for 43 until 2nd gen George arrives. I don’t know what to do about the Sam to make it a viable option??
Jack – All three M3a, b, c are CV capable
George – K4-A back to 5/45 as it is only two months behind K2-A right now.