From: Iowan in MD/DC
The top ten repairing r&d plane lines. Given how meek the Allies have been, I wish now that I gave a bigger priority to the Sam rather than the Frank.
Kikka, eh? Odd choice.
I don't know. You're fine on the Frank vs. the Sam. There really are not that many IJNAF fighter units late war when compared to IJAAF. You'll need 500+ Franks operable at any one time. Outside of your CVs, which shouldn't be seeing consistently heavy usage, you don't need many (if any) Sams. You should be filling in with Jacks and Georges, or Shindens(!).
Refresh us on the Ki-74. Why are you researching this? I've never even built it.
Did you actually put more into the Tsurugi? I think I'd really just rather have Franks for IJAAF kamikazes.
I splurged and built up Maizuru to a size 50 naval shipyard, and it is doing all the big conversions. Next month a whole new slug of ships will convert to AR.
I really like AR, as they are great at repairing system damage incredibly fast. Japan has enough cargo ships, and the other neat use for those ships might be AV...
In my most recent game, after initial experience of not being able to repair ships as fast as I would have liked given Japan's higher "repair density", I converted at least 15 ARs.
I do not find the AVs particularly useful, honestly. You get a few to start with, and maybe it's my previous habit of using a 500K+ liquid capacity cargo TF along with 5 embedded AVs, escorted by 3-4 CVEs for extra ASW... but I found those initial AVs to be plenty.
The unfortunate thing is that some of the AR conversion possibilities are Yusen and Kyushu, which can be AKs - far more useful early in the war. These 15-knot are what, Takashi (or whatever it is)?
Can you convert the AD to AV?