From: LI, NY
for me the Lima is better used moving resources rather than sitting in port as an AKE.
This AKE conversion used to be needed as the Lima's were the only vessels capable of reloading 16" (40cm) shells for Japan. That said there wasn't a large need, so I used to convert six and spread them throughout the empire for the Mutsu and Nagato. Now things have changed and AKE's will 'add' to resup larger cal weapons. Intended? Either way it is what it is. As of now all one need to convert to AKE are some of the plentiful Aden's. They can handle Japan's requirements.
IIRC these vessels will also convert to AK's, which is something Japan will need after the early war load/unload bonuses expire. AK's will load/unload at a rate of 600, compared to 250 for xAP's/xAK's.
As for using them on short haul runs, I don't. They are long haul guys with a very good capacity. I really don't understand how players don't haul resources from the SRA and other areas home. If I use fuel to do so, so be it. As long as I see my fuel levels increasing I don't care. If they were dropping for some reason I would check to see why and then act accordingly. If that meant that my resource haul was the cause, then at that point I would suspend my long haul gets.
Let's keep in mind that everything in the game will probably change over the course of same. So, what works in the first few months of the game will not in the later stages. As for merchie conversions most may be changed back later. So, if a Lima is an AK, at any point I desire it may become an xAK again, and haul resources from an expanded Fusan. Again I can expand Fusan whenever I wish. The key is to be flexible and change with the conditions of the game at the current time.
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