Early season events are always exciting, because it’s the first time we get an opportunity to see what everyone was working on over the cold, wet winter months. Most notable this year was Don Perez’s new 5 gun HNlMS Tromp. Originally started by a member in Washington, then brought down to California where a few things were added before it made it’s way back to Oregon. Most of the ships rough hull and superstructure construction was completed before Don picked it up in late 2015 and he completely finished the ship. Only down side to this new warships initial launching was requests that that the name be changed from Tromp to Jacob van Heemskerck, the other ship in the class.
Next comes the tiniest addition to the ever growing PMWC fleet of ships; John Kort’s 19″ German Schnellboot. The torpedo boat carries a single 2-shot torpedo gun in the bow. Finding the right balance of weight and power for the little combat ship has been a challenge. At least 2 more Schnellboots and an American PT boat are still under construction by other members.
Next is Russell’s Holscher’s completely rebuilt USS Southerland. Originally built by Paul Fleming as the Orlick in the 1990’s and used successfully as a fixed gun ship for many years. The entire internal layout was rebuilt, new rotating guns and the superstructure stripped and re-configured as the Southerland. At least one allied captain was heard threating to switch to axis, just so he could shoot at it.
A ship we’ve seen before and fought against many times…but not looking like this! John’s Z-39 was rebuilt and repainted over the winter in an authentic “Norwegian Campaign” color scheme. Many allied captains applaud this new paint job as a way to finally be able to specifically identify one from all the others.
We also got a small glance of Don Perez’s next project; the USS Chevalier DD-805. Still needs superstructure detail and to have the rear gun installed and she will be ready for combat. Ship will also need to be slowed down just a little… Don must have used a new experimental propulsion system, that was capable of moving the ship at a conservative 80 knots.
With this last photo from the days event, you can see the comparative size difference between the USS Southerland and the DKM S-100 running along side. The destroyer is 65 inches long to 19 inches for the torpedo boat.
Overall for an early season event it was very successful. Three sorties were run, with Axis winning 2-1.
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