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  1. IJN 'sanity options' for 1936-1943?

    Some specific aircraft-related suggestions: - inquire the licence production of the Ju-87C with Germany/Junkers, the Japanese version powered by a Japanese radial engine; it has a superior payload capability vs. D3A due to the bigger wing and better flaps; it also has folding wings - make the...
  2. IJN 'sanity options' for 1936-1943?

    Don't make Yamatos. Make 2 BBs with 3x3 16in guns instead. Anti-aircraft artillery: buy licence for the Bofors and Oerlikon (Oerlikon licence is already being negotiated for the aircraft guns), not for the French 25mm. Bigger calibre guns are as good as anything in the world, the fire-control...
  3. IJN 'sanity options' for 1936-1943?

    More emphasis to stock up with fuel when it is cheap to buy is required. Pilots and aircrew training, too. Radars are a must. American subs will became a menace for the island nation, so (re-)learning the British lessons from the ww1 will be needed.
  4. IJN 'sanity options' for 1936-1943?

    As imbalanced as it was, IJN was a formidable force in a slice of time. This is their 'chance' to became even more formidable by setting aside dubious ideas and hardware, while outfitting themselves with better gear that is to be used in a more efficient way, supported by the improved logistics...
  5. Plausible way(s) to have the TSR-2 in service?

    Not wanting to clog the current TSR-2 with an what-if tangent, here is the what-if :) What might be the plausible way to have the TSR-2 in service in a reasonable time-scale, say from late 1960s/early 1970s on? Let's handwave the political climate in order to give it better odds. Any worth in...
  6. AHC/WI: US version of the AK-47

    M2 Carbine as an 'almost AK-47'?
  7. 'Sanity options' for the Japanese army, 1935-42

    Seems like the IJA was not using an AA gun smaller than 75mm and bigger than 20mm? I'd suggest the 40mm Bofors to be produced, either in the original caliber or in the Japanese 37mm caliber (ammo from the AT gun). From the logistical standpoint - introduce the steam-powered trucks & tractors...
  8. 'Sanity options' for the Japanese army, 1935-42

    Works for me. Already with 2 x Bredas we're either equal or better vs. the Ki-43, that often have had one HMG and one LMG installed, due to availability and reliability issues with the OTL HMG (referred as 'cannon' by IJA since it was also firing the HE shells, tiny as they were in that...
  9. 'Sanity options' for the Japanese army, 1935-42

    Excellent. Fund the development of radars; copy/steal/licence European types. No DB 601 licence for Kawasaki, have them make Ha-41 (1940-41) and later (1942 on) the Ha-109 engines under licence (Kawasaki was making radials under licence anyway until 1945 - this time they make radials only)...
  10. 'Sanity options' for the Japanese army, 1935-42

    Does this include the IJA air srvice?
  11. 'Minimum' fighter A/C for 1937-45?

    Agreed 100%. Peregrine was an okay engine; it was a bed of roses* compared to the A-S Tiger, Bristol Taurus, BMW 801, host of Napier engines, a host of Daimler Benz engines, G&R 14K. A few hundreds of manufactured in 1940 kept the Whirlwinds in thick of the fight well into 1943, delivering...
  12. 'Minimum' fighter A/C for 1937-45?

    Agreed on all points. I'd avoid using Hurricane as a starting point here for the same reasons I'd avoid any Grumman's fighter before F8F - too big even for the engines installed historically, with performance taking a hit as consequence. Rather use Fury or even Gladiator and go from there, if...
  13. 'Minimum' fighter A/C for 1937-45?

    To move from the 'legacy' aircraft companies in the UK - perhaps we might take a look at what Capt. Percival was doing from 1932 on. Especially the Mew Gull, with it's razor-sharp wings and excellent performance even on modest horsepower installed. So I'd suggest that Percival company designs a...
  14. 'Minimum' fighter A/C for 1937-45?

    Supercharged engines prefer the lower compression ratio, not the higher. The small RR Peregrine (21 liter) have had the compression ratio of 6:1 (same as Merlin or Griffon) and was still making almost 900 HP at 15000+ ft on 87 oct fuel (and 1000+- HP on 100 oct fuel and at ~10000 ft). The humble...
  15. Japanese skip the Oscar and Zero?

    Spitfire and Bf 109 went to have 2000 HP+- engines on board. My intentions with the Ki-27 and A5M are much more modest and with a more limited time span, talk under 1000 HP and up to 1943 in the improved form. P-40 have had at least as much stretch as the Bf 109 or Spitfire. Basic weakness - not...
  16. Japanese skip the Oscar and Zero?

    For the IJN, the 'clean sheet of paper' role can be taken by fighters designed around the Kinsei of 1500+ HP. That engine was 1st operationally used in September of 1940 aboard the G4M 'Betty' bombers against the targets in China hinterland. The 'mid life upgrade' I've had in mind for the A5M...
  17. Japanese skip the Oscar and Zero?

    US Navy went from 1200 HP on F4F to 2000 HP on Hellcat & Corsair - increase of 2/3rds. US Army went from 1200-1500 HP P-40s and P-39s to 2500-2800 HP on P-38G (a twin to boot) in 12-15 months.
  18. Japanese skip the Oscar and Zero?

    Awfully big jump for whom?
  19. Japanese skip the Oscar and Zero?

    Would it be a problem to go with what is suggested in the 1st post here:
  20. Japanese skip the Oscar and Zero?

    Could not agree more. Stick the Japanese tidbits (engine, guns, gauges, radio) and press on. 1941: Ki-27, Ki-43, start of production of Ki-44 (5 delivered in summer) 1942: Ki-27, Ki-43, Ki-44 1943: Ki-43, Ki-44, start of production of Ki-84 (25 delivered, 1st in August) 1944: Ki-43 (last...
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