From: LI, NY
The Helen gets armor, a bit more range, and slightly superior defensive guns as compared to the Sally.
My point is that since these A/C are so similar, that its not really worth the investment to bring the Helen to operation as the only air-frame to use the Ha-34 engine in scen2. Might as well just go straight for the Peggy, which IIRC is the next Japanese army bomber.
I see your point in Scen 2, though even then I see advantages to the Helen.
- Armor is a big deal. I thought about skipping the Helen and going straight to the Peggy even in Scenario 1, but the Peggy arrives 2 years after the Helen. If the armor reduces my losses even 10%, over nearly 2 years that's a lot fewer planes and pilots to replace.
- From a payload perspective the IJA and IJN never get better bombers - everything tops out at 4 x 250kg bombs (Sally/Helen). The Peggy is actually a step down (3 x 250kg). In terms of putting bombs on target, you have to send an extra 1/3 the number bombers with the Peggy to get the same bomb load as the Helen. Of course, the Peggy adds speed (huge in air combat model) and range (11/13 goes up to 14/17) so at ranges 12 & 13 the Peggy carries a bigger load and can still strike at ranges 14-17. I see the Helen not so much being replaced by the Peggy as being augmented by it.
OK, I can see your points as well.
From my standpoint, while armor may be a 'big deal', I'm not so sure when it comes to bombers. Once Allied fighters get to my bombers I find they're toast. In addition if the speed of the Peggy reduces my losses by just 10%, well...
Also while the Peggy does have a reduced bomb load its supply costs will also be reduced. One supply for every 2K load capacity, IIRC the Peggy's load is less than 2k, while the Helen is ~2200. In addition to all that one model of the Peggy will carry torps, much better to sink ships, as opposed to bombs.
In the end its all a matter of personal preferences, and game style anyway. A thousand players, a thousand ways to play, as I like to say. Enjoy
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