Well, the Japanese Threat event is almost a week old, so I thought it was time to share the experience of the new line with everyone, if you haven't gotten a good look at the characteristics of the new aircraft. This entry addresses the tier III Nakajima Ki-27 Nate land based Imperial Japanese Army fighter. The model replaced the Kawasaki Ki-10 biplane and participated in the Kalkyn Ghol conflict with the USSR in 1939 as well as the second Sino-Japanese war. The aircraft was obsolete and retired by the time the USA entered the conflict.
Strong traits on the aircraft are speed, maneuverability and altitude performance. The thing is scary good at high altitude and will handle like a Ki-33 while in the red band and all the way down to the hard deck. You have a choice between mounting twin 7.7mm MGs or a pair of 50 cals. I prefer carrying the 50 cals. The firepower is necessary if you get placed in a tier IV match and does not severely affect your ability to maneuver, though it does make you slightly less capable than a Ki-33 in that regard.
The weakest trait of this line of aircraft that I can see being a trend is low health. The Ki-27 has five fewer health than the A5M when both are fully upgraded. Later models in the line seem to trade firepower for speed and altitude ability while retaining excellent maneuvering.
The placement of the guns is unusual and I think lends to even better accuracy at close ranges. The guns also have a very long endurance, even the 50cals can fire for quite a while without overheating.
And all this is happening while you're dogfighting 109Bs at their own altitude band, or ambushing them as they dive down on someone more helpless than you.
The line is definitely worth a look when it comes out, and I wish all good luck in getting one of the line out of the supply crates.
Good hunting! <o