I think you’re on the right track with the Russian opening.
I have been thinking about:
Finland-3 inf, 1 arm
Belorussia-4 inf, 1 bmb
East Ukraine-(strafe and retreat to Caucasus)5 inf, 2 art, 1 arm, 1 fig
The UK builds usually depend on what Germany did on G1 but, 1 IC, 1 CV isn’t bad as long as you have a DD left to protect against the remaining German SS. Otherwise, 1 IC, 2 DD is decent.
I don’t know about the IC in Norway. The UK is always committed to navy builds in the Atlantic, might as well just stick to TP’s instead of the Norway IC. If you want the IC, SAF, Australia, or India seem like better choices.
The US builds might depend on KJF or KGF but, with both you already start out with 3 fighters so 2 CV, 1 fig can’t hurt. That almost immediately gives you enough protection for sz12 in a KGF or, with KJF, it gets you pretty close to equal footing with the Japanese navy and sets you up to take back the Solomans and the NO on US2.
I agree. You should definitely counterattack sz53.
Personally, I think that with the Japanese starting out with only 1 TP in 42’ that a KJF is a definite possibility. Putting the UK IC in India or Australia is a lot safer in 42’ than in 41’. Plus, Egypt is too strong for Germany to attack on G1, so an Indian IC has a boatload of reinforcements to choose from. And with the Japanese about the same strength as they are 41’ but the US starting out better in the Pacific with an extra bomber to boot, the Allies could be swarming all over Japan from turn 2 onward.