By Mike Crane
Mick Yarrow did it again. Now I have the finest fleet of support ships I could ever want for my kamikaze game because Mick has created even more models of support ships for the US Pacific fleet of WWII in 1/3000 scale. The handmade balsa ships have been completely replaced and I feel as if I have moved up from driving a Volkswagen to wheeling around in a Cadillac.
Here are pictures of the latest nine ships from MY Navy 1/3000. Please notice the pink ID labels on the packages. These labels not only contain the names of the ships but they also contain very important statistical information about each of them. Rather than trust my poor memory, I open the packages one at a time and write the name of the ship on the bottom of the model immediately with a fine-point Sharpie pen. Then I save the labels for future reference.
3344a—Wright balloon carrying ship
3346—USS Hammondsport, Kitty Hawk class aviation transport
3347—USS Laramie, oiler
3348—USS San Clemente, seaplane tender
3349—USS Samaritan, hospital ship
3350—USS Artemis, attack transport
3351—USS Cascade, destroyer tender
3360—Box transport, Liberty ship
3361—USS Zaniah, repair and supply
Although 1/3000 is a very small scale (the second photo shows the models
placed on a grid of 2” squares), the detail on these ships is very good. They are easy to paint. I began playing with them immediately after spraying them with gray primer, but a good painter could pick out more detail using a watery-thin black wash over the gray primer paint. (Be sure to wipe off the excess black and allow the rest to settle into the crevices of the model. When the black wash is dry, dry brush with a lighter gray paint for the highlights.) And, best of all, the price is quite reasonable at 80 pence (about a dollar) for each ship.
These ships are certainly worth checking out if you are planning a naval campaign using small models. Ships from all nations and theaters are cataloged at this website: http://spanglefish.com/mickyarrowminiatures/ .