Review of some Mick Yarrow 1/3000 WWII ships

By Mike Crane

I am making a simple game based on the idea of Japanese kamikazes breaking through the combat air patrol (CAP) placed around US warships and attacking the lightly defended auxiliary ships behind them.

Photo of MY ships 1Aware of my interest in gaming kamikazes, Rob Morgan sent seven packets containing some 1/3000 scale US auxiliary ships serving in the Pacific during WWII. Another packet contained 2 LCTs. Rob suggested that I consider using Japanese mini subs (also made by MY in 1/3000 scale) and Japanese bomb boats, which he said can be represented by taking the tiny motor boats from the 1/1200 HMS Cossack Airfix kits. I appreciated the advice but my head and heart were already set on something less involved. The metal ships were spray painted gray and immediately put into use play-testing. Photo of My ships 2I liked these MY ship models because:
1. They were models of lesser known auxiliary ships instead of the more common warships.
2. They were models of US ships that actually served in the Pacific.
3. They were small enough to fit within a 2″ square on the playing board I was using.
4. They had very good detail even though they were made in 1/3000 scale.
5. They weren’t hard to paint. (I just sprayed them with gray primer.)
6. They mixed very well with my Allied and Axis models (DD and cargo ships) and my homemade balsa tankers that I had been using.
7. And, although these were a gift, at 80 pence a pack they are inexpensive. I am no monetary exchange guru, but I assume there are 100 pence in a pound and a currency converter on the computer says that the British pound is worth about $1.50 at the present time. One could build a couple of small fleets with historic WWII models at this price — say a small British convoy with escorts headed for Malta and a small fleet of Italian warships sent to intercept them. Hmmm. And submarines and bomb boats ….

Photo of My ships 3

Left to right: T0p Row — 3338 USS Consolation (hospital ship); 3342 USS Nitro (ammunition ship); 3337 USS Gen. Herbert A. Dargue (aircraft repair ship); and, 3343 two LCTs; Bottom Row — 3339 USS Rescue (hospital ship); 3335 USS Carina (cargo ship); 3336 USS Sheepscott (gasoline tanker); and, 3344 USS San Clemente (seaplane tender).

More painted Mick Yarrow models and figures may be seen at this computer website:

About mike crane

I am a retired high school teacher living in Texarkana, Arkansas, USA. Although I enjoy wargaming in all periods, my favorite eras are WWII, Colonial, ACW, and Napoleonic. I enjoy making rules that are simple, fast, and fun.
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1 Response to Review of some Mick Yarrow 1/3000 WWII ships

  1. George Arnold says:

    From Rob Morgan:

    A brief examination of Mick Yarrow’s useful new additions to the US Pacific Fleet Train, reviewed here by Mike Crane, also useful for Allied convoys generally, reminded me of the fact that in 1943-4, the Americans transferred a group of Liberty ships (most sources say seven in all) to the USSR “on loan” purportedly, but they were never returned. They included Henry W Corbett, Charles Wilkes and Thomas F. Flaherty, and in Soviet service were renamed, as examples, Odessa,Sebastopol,Kolhoynik, Aleksander and Volgograd. One or two names were changed as political whims altered.
    They were used throughout the last year of the war, and remained in active service in the case of four of the ships until the early 1980s. One or two at least may have gone beyond that, and may well still be afloat as hulks.
    Of course, this gives the potential for a small 1/3000th Cold War convoy, using Mick Yarrow’s 3054 Liberty Ship at a decent price of 80p. Soviet escorts come from Skytrex, of course. Convoys make for excellent solo games, and the scenario of supplying a new friendly country or of clandestine operations, even of an attempt to defect (an early “Hunt for Red October?”) is possible.
    In the early 1970s, the USSR acquired two Cunard liners, Saxonia and Ivernia, 20 knot ships with the capacity for 900 passengers. In Soviet mercantile service, they became Leonid Sobinov and Fedor Shalyapin and could be utilised as troop transports in a Cold War scenario. Both models are available from Skytrex, LO17 Saxonia (the two were identical, and remained externally so in Soviet hands) in their 1/3000th liners range, but at a far more expensive cost of £5 each.
    The US Navy retained a Liberty ship into the 1970s, USS Tutuila,(ARG4) an Engine Repair Ship.

    -Rob Morgan

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