3d printed in Pumpkin Orange
Size: (63.2 x 7.31 x 9.24mm)
Chitose was a light seaplane tender of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. First laid down as a seaplane tender in 1934 at Kure Navy yard, the ship originally carried Kawanishi E7K Type 94 "Alf" and Nakajima E8N Type 95 "Dave" floatplanes. Although it has been speculated that Chitose also carried Type A midget submarines, only her sister ship, Chiyoda had that capability. Chitose saw several naval actions, taking part in the Battle of Midway though seeing no combat there. She was bombed by B-17 Flying Fortresses off Davao, Philippines, on 4 January 1942, sustaining negligible damage. She covered the Japanese landings in the East Indies and New Guinea from January–April 1942, and was damaged in the Eastern Solomons in August 1942.
Chitose underwent conversion to a light aircraft carrier at Sasebo Navy Yard commencing on 26 January 1943, was recommissioned on 1 November 1943 as CVL (24) and completed as a carrier on 1 January 1944. She was assigned to Carrier Division 3 as part of the Japanese Third Fleet.
HBG Customer House Rule:
For the big Chitose, HBG-3DP-0269
63mm-long piece represents a what-if heavy seaplane tender/escort carrier variant, which the IJN could have built. Had it been built, this heavy variant would have been armed with limited guns for defense, and would have been capable of supporting 2 seaplanes (providing the usual +1 to attack and movement to up to 2 seaplanes each round, provided those seaplanes began movement in the same sea zone as the Chitose) and also serving as an escort carrier carrying 1 fighter or tactical bomber.
Cost 13, attack 1 (d6) or 2 (d12), defense 2 (d6) or 3 (d12), move 2.
For a future smaller Chitose, HBG-___-____
Seaplane tender, capable of supporting 1 seaplane per round, providing +1 to attack and movement to a seaplane which begins movement in the same sea zone as the Chitose).
Cost 10, attack 1 (d6) or 2 (d12), defense 1 (d6) or 2 (d12), move 2.