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.
Aware 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. I 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 ….
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: http://spanglefish.com/mickyarrowminiatures/