PDU OFF notes: 1 George Sentai and 1 Jack Sentai for most of 43 (I think there are only 4 Jack sentai for the whole game so the two r&d factories for them won't really do much good). But I can get 7 Frank A in 43, and in this mod they start production in 1/44. In addition, there are 5-6 Frank B squadrons as soon as 43 but they would be tough accelerate earlier than 6/44. However, you can get 12 Frank R squadrons in 43. Easier to get them by bumping the Frank A r&d factories to them.
So it seems to me the Frank A model is perhaps the most important model to heavily research after the Oscar Line. Shooting to get it six months early should be a very high priority and with a strong enough focus you can probably really accelerate the Frank R too and what is better actually have a decent number of squadrons flying them.
Tojo IIa has 3 sentai, IIb has 6, and IIc has 8 sentai in play for 43. That is not too shabby either...and some of the IIc upgrade to the Frank A.
I am looking at bombers to r&d, and I am hard pressed to really find any other than the carrier planes. Everything else should be focused on Zero, Oscar, Frank, Tojo and a little Tony.
Night fighters are an ungodly mess. No Myrt. Only two small squadrons of Iriving for late 43. However Nick D does have 3 big sentai but how to get it early? Defending against night bombing is going to be really tough because of limited squadrons. And we know Jocke loves night bombing.
You know hard to say. Let me play Devil's Advocate ... you know it is what I do best.
Frank is a defensive fighter, unless this scen has increased the range. With your current position, will you have handed over initiative to the allies in mid 43? If so why? Think this through with me here a bit.
You have PH and the Aleutians. He is completely stalled in the North and Central Pacific. If you are able to take the rich area of India (everything South of Delhi, and why wouldn't you) for 12 months, that will net you in supply and HI about 25000 1E AC equivalents.
That is a HUGE number of aircraft. He can't compete against those numbers until '45. That means you could hold the initiative through '43 easily and into '44. Think about that. All of China is yours. Most of India. Maybe remove NZ and large portions of OZ. Remember, no china and you have a LOT of AV to to elsewhere.
This start allows you to really think outside of the box. Economy drives everything. I know that Alfred long ago published a position that OZ was better than India, but I have never subscribed to that. India with China gone is a very strong economic base, strong enough since you own PH to keep on the offensive for a long time.
That means OFFENSIVE AC, not the historical defensive models. Yes, you're going to lose more pilots. But he doesn't have near the AC pools to keep up for a LONG TIME.
Sure you want Frank, you always do. But this game could go really deep, all the way to '46. You likely won't be on the defensive until mid '44. That presents other models that normally come too late to be useful, but in this game late '44 looks to be prime for you.
EX: SAM looks to be MUCH more interesting than normal. You need the A6M until you leave the offensive. A7M is a defensive plane due to range. With 9xRnD factories, getting A7M in mid '44 is certainly achievable. Almost EVERY IJN fighter group upgrades to A7M. Useful plane that, right? +30 groups to ~400mph? Yeah.
Digression: Economic Analysis
OK, Taking all the normal areas plus all of China and S. India gives you almost 9000 HI if you just repair what you take, no extra building (which I rarely advise) and about 3200 OIL or 28,800 fuel/day refined, 10,800 after HI requirements, plenty for the IJN.
9000 HI fact = 18,000 HI pts. ARM+VEH=5000. NSY+MSY= 6000. That leave 7000 for AC. That's 2000 1.7Eng AC equivalents per month. That's a booming economy completely sustainable. And who leaves their NSY+MSY running so high after mid-42? So plenty of HI stockpiled too boot.
Pick your AC and Engine factories carefully for expansion. Few models. Lots'a AC. Saves you supply.
Regression: Targets. Is the SOV in mid 43 viable? Maybe. Why? Lousy aircraft models until '45. Yeah, a lot of armor coming at you, but you will control the skies handily. How would it feel to own China, S India and have SOV bottled up at Krasnovarsk? Not to mention ~900 LI factories and NO BEAR breathing down you neck in '45? Wow. Fantasyland.
Anyway, just all thoughts here with a few numbers for you to consider.
How can this happen? Initiative. If you don't give it up, he can't store up the air groups and LCU's to hurt you. If you go hard in India and he doesn't move the USAAF there, you will take Karachi and then he is really in trouble. Plus you get ~1M fuel. So, of course he moves it there, but with your AC production you can simply overwhelm it. Yep, you're going to lose 1000's. He cannot trade at 2:1 with you and I bet you can do better; 1.7 - 1.5:1. He ends up with no 2e or 4E pools. At worst you stalemate somewhere between Bombay and Karachi. Best you take it all.
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