Examining my possible Nick Sentai...and I have three to immediately choose from all currently flying Nates.
4th Sentai size 36, Saigon (upgrades later to NF)
5th Sentai size 30, Honshu (upgrades later to NF)
84th IF Chutai, size 12 but 36 pilots at Saigon.
So I will upgrade the the 4th and then the 84th, rail them to Cam Ranh Bay for quicker repairs and a slug of replacement planes. So in six-seven days the 4th Sentai should have 24 Nicks in them.
I have never had good luck in using the Nick as a sweeper, although Mr. Kane has. I am not adverse to trying. Given my shortage of fighters, I will probably use them initially in a defense against beasts to start until the pools and squadrons build up a bit. The A6M3 will be the sweeper.
To go beyond these three, I will need to allocate PP and convert light bombers into Nick squadrons at 10 PP per max plane size of the squadron.
The vast majority of those LB squadrons are restricted, thus will need PP allocated twice (to change HQ, and then change status (LB to FB).
However, there are some MB units that can convert to LB for free, and then to FB. Most promising is the 90th Sentai (size 31) and the 12th Sentai (size 27). Overall, tracker identifies 8 sentai or chutai that can convert now and are currently active and only one reinforcement unit prior to 1945. However there exists the chance of converting standard MB units to FB with an extra PP cost for the switch to LB.
So an average of 270 pp per squadron times 8 gives us a total PP cost of 2160 or about 500 pps more than a full division. So 216 more fighter bombers flying missions.
I will have to await my next turn to see the PP cost of converting standard MB squadrons over to LB and then to FB. I know the two mentioned above are free, but I am not certain on the remaining.
And finally, I am expecting a 2000 foot bombing campaign against Honshu to start at any moment. Unfortunately, I am really no ready for it. American beasts are in the Singers area for now...
< Message edited by Lowpe -- 1/20/2018 5:14:19 PM >