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Re: Spider Navy SN-2-14 Yasukawa Maru
I visit the University of Texas at Austin a lot, and at Paul's encouragement tried to get in to see the Bel Geddes collection. They through every bureaucratic hurdle imaginable to prevent this, so I never did. Don't know what their problem is, but they are intensely protective of this collection. For what it is worth....
I don't have any Bel Geddes models. I have seen a couple that possibly could be, but they lack provenance, so there's no way to know for sure.
Bel Geddes had a large collection of 1:1200 scale models that he used for photographic purposes. I have seen photos of these models, but none are close up enough to tell who made them. At a distance many look like Wiking, Comet, Bessarabis, TreMo etc. But all sources I have read indicate that Bel Geddes had his models made, in metal, by his own employees and there is no mention of him ever using commercially made models. That being the case, these models would have been one of a kind, and exceedingly rare. The University of Texas in Austin has Bel Geddes archival materials, including about a dozen models of his. The list includes names of ships that were also made by Comet etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. The models are in storage and you would need to write in advance for permission to see them. I have never been there.
Bel Geddes apparently assisted the USN during the war with recognition training, and I believe assisted in setting up the Submarine Attack Trainer program which used models mounted on a special base. I know someone who has several of these models and the models are definitely not ones made by any of the known producers. Were they made by Bel Geddes craftsmen? I don't know.
Paul - Do you have any Bel Geddes models you'd be willing to post photos of? I've never seen a photo of one except for those shot from a distance....
Yes, actually, I donít think that the attack teacher models were made by either Comet or South Salem, who were the producers of the 1:1200 scale merchant ships during the war. So I donít know who made those models. It has been suggested that the attack teacher models were produced by Norman Bel Geddesís studio.
In case you are wondering, I didn't write that my model was by Comet. I don't recall Dorris stating who manufactured the model. I also previously had a model of NURNBERG made for the submarine attack teacher. You can also look up
Yasukawa Maru in ONI 208-J.
I know the difference between YASUKUNI MARU and YASUKAWA MARU. No doubt about it here.
Are you sure thatís YASUKAWA MARU? Comet produced YASUKUNI MARU, an entirely different ship, but not YUSUKAWA.
I have a 1:1200 scale model of the YASUKAWA MARU made for use on the Navy's submarine attack teacher during WWII. It's metal with brass cowl vents & wire masts. It's a little beat up, but accurate & nice to have. These models were described in Ship Models for the Military by Fred Dorris, pages 26-29.
Attached are pics of the Spider Navy's SN-2-14 Yasukawa Maru.
with the Wirral WM110a Civilian version
Info from the following website: http://ww6.enjoy.ne.jp/~iwashige/modellist.htm
Yasukawa Maru (Kawasaki Kisen: 6770 total tons)
It was purchased and repaired from the English ship "Silver Cypress" that was severely damaged by a fire accident. In 1941, the army was requisitioned the ship and it was active as an air defense ship during the Pacific War. On November 2, 42, after being attacked by US military aircraft in the Strait of Dumper, it became non-navigable and was disposed of by the bombardment of a marine vessel "ÍJ".
Yasukawa maru (Kawasaki kisen, 6770 grt) IJA Military Transport)
Launched in Dec 1930 as Silver Cypress, Silver line London, purchased by Kawasaki Kisen in 1939.
Damaged by US Aircraft and scuttled off New Britain Island on 15 Nov 42.