Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1930s in the South Pacific

On Saturday Mike S. a new customer from, almost, nearby Paducah, KY. came by.  While talking about what he was going to use the Cannon Fodder US Navy figures we have for sale it turns out he is working on a campaign scenario for the South Pacific during the 1930s.  Think South Pacific, Sadie Thompson, Tales of the Gold Monkey and you get the basic idea.  Well shiver me timbers says I, so am I. SO, we swapped stories about what we were considering doing.

I would really like comments, questions, figure ideas, however you can help me.

I was considering 20mm figures, but am having trouble locating the civilians I want to use for the opening moves. I have the Japanese and Marines in 20mm as well as bunkers and trench system for the Japanese as the Marine try to take the island back.  Well, I think that may stay that way.  I am currently thinking of using Pulp Figures  Japanese as well as some other figure officer types, I don't really want WWII uniforms until much later in the campaign I am contemplating.  My early ideas still work after taking with Mike, now I need a gruman Goose and  perhaps turn a Catalina into a Pan Pacific passenger plane.
Here are my thought so far from my notes:
The island is located between the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, it is a midway point for flights from Oz to Hawaii. It also was a coaling station. A small copra plantation on the south end of the island with ca. 200 islanders and an Aussie planter.  The island is shaped like an atoll, I think.
The island has a protected sea plane harbor that can also accommodate a small freighter at the docks - hence the coaling station. The airline is constructing an airstrip secretly for the US Navy. A navy LT CMR and a PO oversee the construction.
In the area of the harbor is the airline hotel, company store, 3 to 4 houses, warehouse near the dock, coal bunkers next to the dock, partial hanger for sea planes, radio tower and shack, plantation house and a couple of dozen native huts on the south end.
The native village consists of the huts, fishing boats/canoe, drying sheds and storage for copra. The natives have a fresh water stream. The planter grows his own food and sells the surplus to the airline, wild pigs and goats inhabit the island.
The airstrip consists of a cleared area big enough for the runway but not fully cleared of stumps, the beginnings of a tower, barracks for the construction workers, partial hanger for planes, construction equipment, fuel bunkers. Power is supplied by generators in each area.
The harbor area has a desalinization plant that supplies a water tank of x,000 gallons. There is an established road between the harbor and the airstrip and the planter. NThere are numerous other trails.
An old volcano is on the north end of the island. The island is nearly surrounded by sandy beaches except for cliffs at the north end from ancient volcanic activity. There are small passes through the coral reef surrounding the island. The passes are only bit enough for a small freighter.
Vehicles on the island:
The planter has a flatbed or pickup truck. The airline has a pickup, 2 cars, gas truck, and small bus.
The construction crew has a pickup, flatbed, bulldozer, steamroller, steam shovel, grader, and dump truck.
The navy has a car.
There is also a water truck and gas truck.
The barracks, tower and hanger are at the south end of the runway to take advantage of the fresh water stream.

Guns on the island:
The planter has several rifles and a pistol.
Navy personnel each have a .45.
Civilians at the harbor have a rifle, shotgun and a couple of pistols.
Construction crew have 3-4 pistols and 2 rifles, up to 3 crew can be WWI or later vets.
Pan Am first flew Sikorsky S-40 in 1931 (American Clipper), then S-42 in 34 (Hong Kong Clipper) and Martin M-130s in 35 (Philippine Clipper, China Clipper)
ON Guam the Pan Am had a hotel on a quad with band stand in middle, and small pool. Water tower, small buildings, some palms, small bushes forming hedge along walkways.
The dock was 2 to 3 feet high, with buildings at one end, planes do not have to fit in to the hanger on/at the dock.

Wake and Midway each had:
12 prefab buildings
2 diesel engines for elec.
2 windmills for water pumps
1 CAT blade and crane
2-4K gal tankers for AV gas and water
1 38 foot power launch
8 antenna masts 35’ above ground in special pattern for radio control, direction finding and transmission
400’ dock with barge as floating dock for planes

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