The heavy bomber equipment in TOAW apparently used a different rating method than the smaller aircraft. In keeping with my desire to not alter the current ratings too much, I will leave the heavy bombers alone until I gain a better understanding as to how they were rated. (The method I mentioned above generates a defense factor rating that is too high for the heavy bombers.) My sense at the moment is that the standard DB rates them as too weak, but they're typically not a critical element of scenarios, so no real harm in waiting a bit on those.
Our colleague Mr. Mussey has kindly offered to "host" air units rated by my method in an update of his Next War Expanded scenario, so that will be a great opportunity to see how 1960s and 1970s aircraft equipment interact in TOAW with the new ratings. Thanks, Mussey! Players may find Soviet aircraft have improved capability ...
As an aside, "converting" the ratings is a huge exercise in data collection and interpretation. I think now that it will be better to move in stages and provide equipment updates based on historical eras rather than trying to convert the entire air equipment DB at one go.
Absolutely! Many tweaks have been added since Beta and Cathar's new aircraft model, I believe, will make this scenario a more accurate depiction of modern land, air, and naval combat in the late 1970's. He has given me a generous amount of his time and expertise that has been indispensable in creating a better game. As we await this roll-out, I've been going over (yet again) some map and orbat modifications brought to my attention. We are in the final stretch...
< Message edited by mussey -- 4/18/2019 9:16:17 PM >
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