From: De Eye-lands, Mon
Looking at stuff for the SF Scen, and ... Oh, Holly Shimoly !!! Found a vein of the Mother Lode !!! This one has listings, details, specs, and photos of virtually all the Japanese auxiliary “Babes” types; xPC/PB, xAMc, xCMC, ACM, you name it. It dials down to the ultimate nitty gritty detail. There is an English set of pages that are excellent, but the Japanese pages are out of this world.
For example (in English), click on Tokusetsukansen. Under Tokusetsu Tokumutei, click on Tokusetsu Sokaitei, and you get detail on the 120 civilian hulls (trawlers, and such) that were converted to xAMc from 1939 to 1945 (with photos of 90% of them). The Data page has: Name, Gross T, Net T, L, B, D, Main Dates, Hull Type, Propulsion, Nominal HP, even has their Call Signs; WOOF !!!
There were 393 Tokusetsu Kanshitei (xPC/PB) 90% of which were between 60 and 120 GTs (the largest was 268 GT). They were fishing boats whose role was to patrol on a picket line. Mostly wood and with minimal weaponry (1-2 MGs only) they should probably use the Babes ‘seatruck’ stats and art.
There were 94 Tokusetsu Hokan (xPG/PB), mostly 1000-1500 GT. Babes models these pretty well with the Ansyu (and the photos match as well). Their role was to patrol, transport, minimal minelaying.
There were 296 Tokusetsu Kusentei (xSC) pretty much split between 100 GT and 300 GT types. It just goes on-and-on. I’m getting dizzy just looking at all this.
Main utility was in Guard Districts and areas subordinate to Base Forces. Indeed, they “belonged” to a Base Force, or Guard Force, rather than to a “Fleet”. They were administratively IJN, but did not belong to Combined Fleet. Indeed, most were manned by their civilian crews, and some were actually Army vessels. Some of the larger, and more capable, may have had a small Naval component (2-4 ratings and a PO, maybe) to operate guns, DCs, sweeping gear, laying gear, etc, and do makee-learnee with the poor schlob civilians.
Fun stuff. And, yes Don, I know you are coming. I’m waiting with baited breath. There’s a few boats in there that Matt and I have bets on, as which ones you are gonna want art and stats for Bring it, my friend.
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