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    Avatar photoAdmiralHawke

    I’ve recently painted 1/3000 models of two of the Dutch light cruisers that took part in the East Indies campaign in early 1942.

    The Dutch light cruiser De Ruyter in 1/3000
    The Dutch light cruiser De Ruyter was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Karel Doorman. The ship had a distinctive tower bridge that was reminiscent of the German panzerschiffe. De Ruyter was wearing a disruptive camouflage in 1942 that, apparently, included a dark green, though you can’t really see it in this picture.

    The Dutch light cruiser Java in 1/3000
    The older Dutch light cruiser Java. She was wearing a two-tone disruptive camouflage in February 1942.

    Both models are from Tiny Thingamajigs and the mat is from Tiny Wargames. Sadly, Tiny Thingamajigs hasn’t made a model of the smaller light cruiser Tromp or the Dutch destroyers that took part in the campaign.

    Avatar photokyoteblue

    Nice to see them, pity about Tromp and the DDs though.

    Avatar photoAdmiralHawke

    Tiny Thingamajigs’s models are amazing considering their tiny scale. For some reason he stopped creating new models about 10 years ago before making any British, Dutch or German destroyers. But the ones he did make are superb.

    Avatar photoMike Headden

    I suspect I may be teaching my granny to suck eggs here but Navwar have Tromp and the destroyers in 1/3000

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    Avatar photoAdmiralHawke

    Yes. I believe Navwar has pretty much every ship from the Second World War. 😉

    The Dutch ships are all in the Davco 1/3000 range too. They are mistakenly listed under the United States on the Navy Models & Books site:

    There was a seller on Shapeways offering the Dutch destroyers in 1/3000, but they are not listed any more: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/snafu-store?section=Ships&s=0. (Shapeways is expensive, obviously, particularly for models that you only expect to use once or twice).

    I will probably just use a couple of Davco 1/3000 British G&H class for the Dutch destroyers at Java Sea as they are very similar in layout. Tromp is not so easy to substitute, but I’ll cross that bridge if I decide to game the Battle of Badoeng Strait. 🙂

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