Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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The thread is "Comprehensive Micronaut wish list." I haven't been keeping this up to date, so the most recent posting is July 19, 2014. I still have the original Word documents in my files, so I will try to update these in the future.
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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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So glad to hear from you Donald. I've been hoping and praying the corona virus didn't get you. Welcome back; you were missed. Stay safe.
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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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I've never really been one for naval warfare, but the current argy-bargy in the South China Sea has sparked my interest. Sadly, there's nothing in the GHQ range for the RAN! So my wish list is as follows:

Royal Australian Navy
Collins class submarine - six commissioned and in service
Hobart class destroyer - three commissioned and in service
ANZAC class frigate - eight commissioned and in service, plus two in service with the RNZN
Canberra class landing helicopter dock - two commissioned and in service
Armidale class patrol boat - 14 commissioned, thirteen in service with one destroyed by fire

I'm yet to do any further research, but I'm certain there's more modern Chinese ships that would be needed also, so watch this space for yet more pie-in-the-sky wish-listing.
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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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Here is my updated Micronaut Consolidated Wish List for 2020-2021. One of my previous choices (WWII Soviet destroyer Storozhevoy (Type 7U)) is scheduled for production, so I have replaced it. My choices are (in alphabetical order of country of origin):

• WWII France torpedo boat La Melpomene-class: This class of miniature destroyers was intended for escort work in the Mediterranean. They turned out overweight, lacking in stability, and unsuited for open-ocean work. They were fast, however, and several of them had interesting careers. There are numerous other small ships of similar characteristics that I would like modeled (see Italian Spica-class below). The scheduled Black Swan class fits into this group

• WWII France destroyer Vauquelin-class: GHQ’s FRN5 is labeled as Vauquelin, but I believe the arrangement of the torpedoes and the shape of the stern is that of the preceding Aigle class. There are several classes of WWII-era French destroyers yet to be modeled by GHQ; any of the following would be welcome: Mogador, Guepard, Chacal, L’Adroit, and Bourrasque.

• WWII Germany amphibious craft: Germany had a variety of small and medium-sized amphibious craft such as F-lighters, Marinefährprahm, Siebel ferry, etc. These were used in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and other coastal combat areas. I would like something similar to USN54, Landing Assault Craft, or USN55, Landing Support Craft, with a variety of types in a package.

• WWII Germany Aircraft Pack 2 [(Fw 190A/F or Bf 109T), Ju 88 or Ju 188 (preferably armed as a dive-bomber), He 111 (preferably with torpedo armament), He 115 floatplane, and/or He 177 (preferably with FX 1400 guided bomb or Hs 293 missiles)]: All five types played significant roles in maritime combat. The Germans really need a single-engine fighter. Maybe even both fighter types rather than one of the Heinkel aircraft.

• WWI Italy light cruiser Bixio-class or Quarto: One of these would give the Italians a scouting force to go along with its heavier forces. The Pisa-class cruiser that GHQ produced for the 2018-2019 season is an armored cruiser rather than a light cruiser.

• WWI Italy battleship Dante Alighieri: This one-of-a-kind battleship carried heavy armament and had a high speed at the expense of relatively light armor. I would like to have it both because of its unusual appearance and to complete the Italian WWI battle fleet.

• WWII Italy destroyer Folgore-class: This class of four destroyers and the similar Freccia-class saw extensive service as escorts in the Mediterranean. Less than satisfactory because of mechanical unreliability, these ships still deserve to have a good model in 1/2400 scale. CinC makes a model for the Freccia class, but GHQ would be better.

• WWI Italy destroyer Indomito or Pilo-class: I would like the WWI Italian fleet to have a full-sized destroyer. The Soldato-class that GHQ produced last year is more of a torpedo boat rather than a destroyer.

• WWII Italy torpedo boat Spica-class: These were good-looking ships with high speed, but let down by the armament scheme. Their gun and torpedo armament was ineffective against full-size destroyers and left insufficient capacity for defensive weapons. They would have been much better escorts with more anti-submarine capability and air defenses. I would like more of these smaller warships available.

• WWII Japan late-war Navy aircraft: Aichi B7A Ryusei [Grace], Kawanishi N1K Shiden [George], Mitsubishi A7M Reppu [Sam], Yokosuka D4Y3 [Judy] (radial version), Yokosuka P1Y Ginga [Frances]. Although Jill, Val, etc. continued fighting to the end of the war, they were meat on the table for Hellcats and Corsairs. Improved Japanese aircraft make hypothetical late-war battles more evenly balanced. I was disappointed that GHQ did not include any of these when they released IJN58, CV Unryu.

• WWII Japan heavy cruiser Maya, late-war appearance: This Takao class heavy cruiser was badly damaged at Rabaul. After repairs, the ruined “C” turret had been replaced by two additional twin 5-inch mounts. Although this is a single ship, I think the interest in Japanese cruisers is enough to make this a good choice for GHQ’s production.

• WWII Japan destroyer Mutsuki class, fast transport conversion: This was the last of the Japanese destroyer classes before the introduction of the revolutionary “Special Type” Fubuki. Considered obsolescent by 1940, they were converted into fast transports, most of which were sunk during the Solomons Campaign. This is the configuration that I would prefer.

• WWII Japan destroyer Shimakaze: This was only a single ship but many more were planned. This was a particularly fast and powerful design for a classic destroyer. Later in the war, the main gun armament was reduced to provide additional anti-aircraft protection. I would prefer the original appearance.

• WWII Soviet Union battleship Sovyetskiy Soyuz design: This is the only hypothetical ship on my wish list. As with the German H, British Lion, and US BB-67 designs that are already available from GHQ; work was started but none were completed. I think the only 1/2400 model of Sovyetskiy Soyuz now available is a 3-D printed version.

• WWI UK battlecruiser Renown-class: This was the last class of battlecruisers completed during the Great War. Repulse saw combat in the First World War when she participated in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight. Although CinC makes a model of this class, GHQ’s would be better

• WWII UK aircraft Fleet Air Arm pack: By now, anyone with 1/2400-scale British aircraft has plenty of Swordfish, but none of the other purpose-built aircraft used on carriers. Blackburn Skua, Fairey Fulmar, Fairey Firefly, and Fairey Barracuda would provide some variety on the decks. For land-based designs adapted for carrier use, Gloster Gladiators and Hawker Hurricanes would also be useful in addition to the available Spitfires. All of these aircraft saw significant combat from British carriers. If a Hurricane were available, it would also allow me to put aircraft on Catapult Armed Merchant Ships (CAMSs).

• WWII UK battleships Duke of York, Anson, or Howe: GHQ has produced Prince of Wales, but I would like to have a late-war version of this class, with significantly increased medium anti-aircraft weaponry. Although none of these ships were identical at the end of the war, the differences are small enough that I would accept any of these three to represent the others.

• WWII UK light cruisers Scylla and Charybdis: These two ships were nominally part of the Dido class, but because of shortage of the 5.25-inch guns that were to have been their main armament, they each received four twin 4.5-inch anti-aircraft guns instead. Sometimes referred to as “toothless,” they proved excellent anti-aircraft escorts and saw significant combat.

• WWII UK destroyers ‘V & W’ long-range escort conversions. These ships underwent significant conversion from obsolescent destroyers into effective anti-submarine escorts. The extent of the conversion makes it impractical to change GHQ’s UKN43 into this appearance. GHQ has already produced the unconverted version and the even more extensively converted anti-aircraft WAIR version. I would like them to continue with this and later the fast (short-range) escort version.

• WWII USA aircraft: land-based attack and medium bombers: The Douglas A-20 Havoc and its late-war replacement, the A-26 Invader, were high-powered attack types. GHQ already makes a B-25B (with USS Hornet and in the land-based bomber set), but I would like to have a late-model B-25H or J for low-level anti-shipping strikes. Although the Martin B-26 Marauder was used mostly for medium-altitude level bombing in Europe, they participated in the Battle of Midway as torpedo bombers.

• WWII USA auxiliary ships: Just before and during WWII the USA constructed a large number of purpose-built auxiliary ships on a common hull design. These included the Dixie (AD 14)-class destroyer tenders [5 in class], the Fulton (AS 11)-class submarine tenders [4 in class], and the Vulcan (AR 5)-class repair ships [7 in class]. Although the classes were not identical, they were similar in carrying significant self-defense armament so that they could serve in advanced bases.

• WWII USA attack transport Harris (APA 2) class: Sixteen medium-sized passenger liners were built at the end of WWI to the “Design 1029” standard, also known as the “dollar design” and the “President 535-foot” design. Most operated as merchant liners between the wars, were taken over by the Army in 1940 and transferred to the Navy in 1942. Four were sold outside the US in the late 1930s, one remained in service with the Army, three were sunk as Navy transport ships before conversion to attack transports, and eight were converted into attack transports. I would prefer these modeled as attack transports with the military transport second choice, but the civil version would be OK.

• WWII US heavy cruiser Indianapolis (CA 35) (final configuration) – We are about half-way to being able to represent all the US pre-war heavy cruiser types in both early-war & late-war configuration. A late-war Pensacola (CA 24), Chester (CA 27), Augusta (CA 31), or New Orleans (CA 32) would also be welcome, but Indianapolis gets my vote because of her tragic sinking.

• WWII US heavy cruiser Oregon City (CA 122)-class: These were modifications of the Baltimore-class with reduced superstructure to provide better sky arcs for the anti-aircraft guns. Their single funnels gave them a distinctly different appearance from the Baltimores. They were completed too late to see combat in WWII. To go along with the Oregon City class, I’d like to see the corresponding modification of the Cleveland-class – the Fargo (CL 106)-class.
Don S.
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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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Consolidated Micronaut Wish List Summary
Replaced by updated list 2020-09-27.
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I vote two thumbs up for the new voting format. All of my votes are below the threshold either way but I think this is a definite upgrade. Thank you Don for all of the Blood, Sweat & Toil you put in to it.

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Consolidated Micronaut Wish List Summary

Replaced by updated list 2020-10-18.

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Replaced by updated list 2020-10-19.

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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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I'm not sure why there is a listing for the Ardent Class 64 in pre-steam. The HMS Agamemnon was an Ardent class 64 so, other than maybe alternate stern galleries...they're covered.
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Consolidated Micronaut Wish List Summary

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Pre-Dreadnaught
US Mississippi Class (2 built for USN sold to Greece Sunk in WW2.)

WW1
Greek Battleship Salamis (almost built but scrapped in the 1930s)
Greek Battleship Vasilefs Konstantinos (slight Modified version of the French Bretagne class NB scrapped in 1925).

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Two French ships which differed considerably from their sister-ships, and would be nice to have one day. perhaps existing tooling could be modified without having to craft a new model?

BB STRASBOURG (significantly different bridge structure from DUNKERQUE)
CA SUFFREN (also significantly different bridge structure from COLBERT, DUPLEIX, FOCH)


Also some British ships which differed considerably from their sisters already available from GHQ:
CV COURAGEOUS (shorter flight deck, lower quarterdeck)
CV INDOMITABLE (higher flight deck due to second hangar)
CV IMPLACABLE and INDEFATIGABLE (modified design)
BB MALAYA
CA KENT (not modernized to same extent as sisters)
CA YORK (very different from EXETER)

Always lots to suggest!

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USNS Red Cloud T-AKR 313 preposition ship
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Re: Consolidated Micronaut Wish List

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I'm still amazed that GHQ doesn't do any WW1 German Submarines. As I've said before, it seems the WW1 range is supported primarily by collectors rather than wargamers.
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