From: LI, NY
Well it appears Japan has many needs and not enough of anything (stock scenario anyway). So my approach is going to be Husimi class to AR, Kyushu class to AV. Hate to loose the 300 oil/fuel they carry, but figure they'll save enough tankers as escorts with a Jake on ASW to compensate.
Don't convert the Kyushu to anything but an AV! It's advantage is it's speed and size, so it can move with the best TK/AO. Sitting in port as an AR all of that is useless.
I find (after converting a lot of them) that the ARs are not so useful in the end. Forward bases are vulnerable and rear bases not so easy to get stricken ships to. The ARs help sometimes, but I could have gotten by with 2-3 for the entire game, assuming they were in safe ports. Truk and Rabaul are the main spots where you'll use them. Maybe one up North?
In the DEI lots of decent ports and shipyards are nearby.
Yeah, that's what I said Kyushu to AV. Not all. How many? That's why I'm playing the AI (and also here) to figure these things out. I've got several AV's already. Some will need to support bases others maybe as convoy escorts. So I figure 2 or 3. As for the AR's... I see the advantages of using the naval HO's, but again would a couple Husimi as AR's be useful? Yes they take 360 days to convert, so if I don't do any soon and find I need a few later... too late. See, not that far into the game yet. I've played all previous versions back to PacWar, but this ones' quite different. Also am I really going to miss a handful of fast transports? Don't know yet. Again that's why I'm playing the AI and in this forum. I thank all for their input its a great help and all is considered if not implemented. Everyone has there own style or play, just trying to find out if mine is going to lead to an early disaster or not.