Howdy, Nukemind here a newb who is getting better and in love with Japanese planes. I wanted to do a look at the fighters of the two Pacific War nations. Specifically, their BR. Let’s take a look at the BRs between Japan and America.
USA Rank 2: 2.925, 12 fighters. Starting 3: 2.7, 2.3, 2.7 Highest 4.0
USA Rank 3: 3.975, 12 fighters. Starting 3: 3.7, 3.7, 3.0
USA Rank 4: 5.02, 11 Fighters. Starting 3: 4, 4, 5.7
Japan Rank 2: 2.75, 16 fighters. Starting: 2.7, 2.0, 1.7. Highest: 4.7 Helped by three 1.7s bringing down average.
Japan Rank 3: 4.51 (+.6), 13 fighters. Starting: 4.3, 4.3, 3.0. Highest: 5.3, which is the first fighter in a group with the later one being lower. 3.0 and 3.7 heavies bring average down.
Japan Rank 4: 6.0 (+.98), 10 fighters. Starting 3: 5.3, 6, 5.3. Highest: 7.7. Two heavies are 5.3 and 6.0, not significantly changing average.
What does this tell us? Well, first off, the first time a Japanese pilot hopes in a Rank 3 plane he will be getting a 4.0 minimum BR. That may be his only plane at that level but it’s what he will get (using arcade as an example). His other planes may very well be 2.0s and 2.7s. Personally I did far better facing 4.7s and the like in my Ki-43-II thanks to the double MGs than the Ki-43-III, but that’s also due to the lack of upgrades on the Ki-43-III when I got it.
Secondly, and this is what’s not shown, Rank III and IV American planes are late war and even post war designs. The P-51H was produced near the end of the war but didn’t reach front line units: it’s sitting pretty at 6.0 while the BASE Ki-84 is at the same level. At the same time we have tons of good American planes under the base 4.3 level of Japanese Rank IIIs. Any American pilot- or German, or Italian, or whomever- who uses good ol’ BnZ tactics can easily and routinely smack around Japanese planes, IJN/IJA planes require baiting enemies into attacking. So why 1941 and 1942 planes- even 1940 planes- are thrown against late war planes is beyond me.
Personally, I migrated here from another game. I rather like War Thunder- I started playing it in 2014 but only lasted a few battles. I am not bad at it at all, mainly because I’ve flown every flight sim under the sun before coming here. But I just don’t get, and indeed have never seen, a game that throws these much older, much more fragile, slower, less powerful planes into the jaws of 1945/46 planes. There is, after all, a reason why by the late war the Zeros and Oscars were being torn to shreds by the dozens for fairly few kills.