From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ki-49 Helen is to be my level bomber until end of the war
It has slighlty better range than Ki-21 Sally and carry 4x250kgs bombs vs only 3 for Ki-67
Furthermore Helen has better defensive armement....if it makes any different
Armor, as per my understanding, only increases survivability of your pilot if plane is shot down : it does not make plane more resistant to damage , for which you have to consider the Durability of the plane
So armor is very valuable if you want to fight above your own territory, but if plane is shot down above ennemy base, few chance to get your pilot back even if he managed to bail out...
I don t build D3A2 due to its reduced range, and as suggested you need to push for D4Y serie and target to have the D4Y3 asap (it has much better service rating than D4Y1 and D4Y2, which are using less reliable Aichi Ha-60 engine)
To boost the R&D for the Judy, i had to produce more than 500 Aichi Ha-60 to get the engine bonus, even if i was not to build so many D4Y1 and D4Y2...
So i ended with great number of unused Aichi Ha-60 in my pool, reason why i decided to build the D4Y1-C as IJN recon plane : it has an acceptble service rate and i can dry off my Aichi Ha-60 stock, instead of producing the more expensive J1N1-C Irving with its 2x Ha-35
Not planning to use D4Y1-C on carrier, but it is single engine, so better for use on forward bases with small airfield, than twin engine Irving
D4Y1-C Judy will be replaced in Aug 44 by C6N1 Myrt
I dont produce Ki-48 Lily : it has a too light bomb load : with its 100kgs bombs, it is useless even if you manage to hit the target. All my IJAF bomber squadrons are on Ki-49 II Helen, even if some groups are still using early produced Ki-21 Sally (mainly in China, or for ASW purpose)
You can spare the Ki-30 Ann, with its 250kgs bomb and 6 hex range, for ASW mission on the potential choke point. All other light bombers are only good for training duty
For IJN transport, I produce H8K2-L Mavis : surely it has a very bad SR, so you cannot use intensively, but it has a formidable cargo load, 12400, and its main point : it is a float plane, so very useful to supply them, and to renforce/evacuate your troops when US bombers will start to smash all your bases, one by one, destroying the runways...
Otherwise, i relay on IJAF transport groups with Ki-49 II KAI Helen, after they have replaced initial production of Ki-57 Topsy, using the Ha-5 engine pool available at the start of the campaign
< Message edited by ElvisDaKing -- 9/11/2018 1:33:27 PM >
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