|The USS Cassin was a Mahan Class Destroyer best known as a survivor of Pearl Harbor.|
|Cassin was in drydock with Downes (DD-375) and Pennsylvania (BB-35) at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. In the Japanese attack, an incendiary bomb exploded Downes fuel tanks, causing uncontrollable fires on board both Downes and Cassin. Cassin slipped from her keel blocks and rested against Downes. Both ships were considered lost, and Cassin was decommissioned as of 7 December 1941. However, superb salvage saved Cassin, to play an outstanding role in World War II, and she was towed to Mare Island Navy Yard for rebuilding.|
|Recommisisoned 6 February 1944, Cassin
reported at Pearl Harbor 22 April, and was assigned escort duty from Majuro
until August. By shooting out caves and bombarding Aguijan Island, she
aided in the consolidation of Tinian from 15 to 25 August, and then assumed
escort duties out of Saipan Her guns took revenge on the Japanese once
more when she took part in the bombardment of Marcus Island on 9 October.
This was part of the preparations for the Leyte assault, and was an attempt
to convince the Japanese that the main attack they sensed was coming would
be directed at the Bonins. With the same force which had struck at Marcus,
Cassin sailed on to join TG 38.1 on 16 October, as the carriers of that
group prepared the air strikes designed to neutralize the Japanese airfields
in the Manila area prior to the assault landings on Leyte. Cassin
steamed northeast of Luzon during the Leyte landings, and when the landings
had been successfully launched, was dispatched with her group to refuel
and replenish at Ulithi. However, when TF 38 made contact with the Japanese
Center Force rounding the southern cape of Mindoro bound for its part in
the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf, Cassin‘s group was recalled
to join the approaching action. In the afternoon of 26 October, her group
at last reached position to launch aircraft which attacked the Japanese
ships in one of the longest-range carrier strikes of the war. These strikes
continued as the Japanese fleet retired north, diminished and battered.
Cassin’s next assignment was to the preparations for the assault on Iwo Jima on the night of 11-12 November 1944, and again on 24 January 1945, she bombarded the island as part of the pre assault softening up and otherwise engaged in patrol, escort and radar picket duties around Saipan. On 23 February, she sailed from Saipan to escort an ammunition ship to newly invaded Iwo Jima, returning to Guam 28 February with a hospital ship laden with some of the many men wounded on the fiercely contested island. She returned to Iwo Jima in mid-March for radar picket and air-sea rescue duty. With periods at Guam and Saipan for replenishment and repairs, she continued on this duty through most of the remainder of the war.
As vivid proof that hazards of war come not only from the enemy, Cassin endured the violence of a typhoon on 6 June 1945, losing one of her men overboard, as well as a motor whaleboat. On 20 July, she bombarded Kita, Iwo Jima, and on 7 August, she boarded and searched a Japanese hospital ship to insure compliance with international law. Since there were no violations, she allowed the Japanese ship to proceed on its way. With the war over, she continued air-sea rescue off Iwo Jima, guarding the air evacuation of released prisoners of war from Japan. She returned to Norfolk, Va., 1 November 1945, and was decommissioned there 17 December 1945. Cassin was sold 25 November 1947.
Cassin received six battle stars for World War II
It's not everyday that a model manufacturer takes the time to not only release a new kit, but to produce it in some pretty unique variants. This MidShip kit is based on the USS Cassin's post reconstruction fit. With a totally rebuilt bridge resembling one applied to some of the Sumner Class Destroyers then building. This kit takes the basic Mahan Class Destroyer and adds the parts needed to make it a 1943 version.
|HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE PARTS|
|The hull is molded one piece with a bow insert. The molding is very good, the pictures below show flash where the hull breaks. This is exaggerated in the photo's and will be easily corrected with a light touch of sandpaper. The deck features some nice chock details. These destroyers were steel decked so there is not a whole lot of surface detail. The shape appears to match my plans of the USS Cushing.|
|The deck insert is correct for the later Fanning
and Dunlap, but is lacking the wrap around shield for the number
one gun mount found on the Mahan Class. The modeler will have to
scratch one out of thin plastic sheet or brass strip. These are shown on
the box art, but curiously were left out of the kit. I hope that MidShip
will at least make these available in resin like they did in the bridge
part # R1. Most of the parts on this sprue are nicely molded and some are
very thin and fine.
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|This extra sprue includes the post reconstruction specific parts found
on the Cassin. A new Atlantic style bridge is included as well as
the specific decks and Cassin specific details. The Cassin
as rebuilt didn't have the angled step up found on other sister ships.
Two twin 40 mm gun mounts were mounted on a longer aft superstructure deckhouse.
The molding on these parts is like the other parts with nice door and portholes
|The decal sheet includes flags and pennants as well as both prewar and early and late war hull numbers. These are printed by Microscale and are typical of the high quality decals they usually produce. They are nicely registered and sharp.|
|The instructions are nicely done on an four pages
Page 1 includes a color profile with Model Master and White Ensign Colorcoats
paint equivalents. The color profile is however so dark it is hard to make
anything out on it, I would recommend lightening this view. A class list
and specs of the ship are included as well.