From: Near Portland, OR
Well what I am trying to come up with (in ideas) is for example the aircraft must of been deployed by at least a full squadron of 72 aircraft. Now the F4u-1C was a rare bird with 200 built, however I can't find the information readily available, but it was deployed on at least 3 carriers starting in August '43.
What I propose is if the aircraft was deployed with over 72 aircraft, then it should be added or moded later on. Now saying this I don't mean add every Export model or Field model available. It would have to be significiantly used to be added to the game, for example P-47C would be a waste adding to the game, I believe it was sent to europe only (Not entirely sure which model was deployed other then N model). However with half a dozen P-47 models, only 2 would be added for sure.
Only problem I can see with adding B-25H is not only did it have a 1,000 made (Enough to be added in game for sure) but the 75mm gun would have to be used at 100 feet, and secondly an extremely low rate of firing (it was hand re-loaded) meaning probably 1 shot per pass including the 6x500lb's it would carry in the belly. I am sure the designers probably added this, unless the limitations of the game say otherwise.
What I was proposing was not EVERY field modification made, for example the Il-2 sturmovik had close to 100 variations, but add the modifications that were in productions and not field modified, also that were deployed in numbers above 72 to the pacific.
The P-47D saw service first with the 5th AF in the SWPAC and later in the CBI. The first to arrive were Razorback models with the bubble tops replacing them over time. All three major versions of the P-47 to see combat in the Pacific are included (two versions of the D and the N).
The B-25G and H are in game, as are several other variants.
Units are still limited to one aircraft type. If a variant was never the majority type in a unit, it may not appear in the game. The information on the deployment of the F4U-1C is spotty. I have never seen any information of a unit that fully deployed them.
WitP AE - Test team lead, programmer