South Pacific WWII Museum in Vanuatu
During the Pacific War of World War II, Espiritu Santo - the largest of the New Hebrides' islands - became home to the largest military base in the South Pacific, with around 500,000 Army, Navy, Marine Corps personnel passing through the base.
So the base was more than big, it was gigantic, with three bomber airfields, a fighter airfield, seaplane base, one of the largest floating dry docks in the world, a PT Boat base and much more.
Base Button as it was code-named, was essentially a massive maintenance and supply base, so warehousing was vital to keeping the fleet restocked, refuelled and rearmed.
In fact, during September 1944 there was 38,000 tons of naval ordnance stored there and a tank farm held almost 90 million litres of fuel. Plus, the Supply Storage Unit that was located just up from the main wharf, featured 60 Quonset hut warehouses and outdoor storage space of around 400,000 square feet.
Fast forward 75 years and the island of Espiritu Santo, in what is now known as Vanuatu, is the home of the South Pacific World War II Museum. An ambitious, not for profit project to build a world class museum that will fulfil a dual role:
• To commemorate those who fought for freedom in the Pacific.
• To educate the generations of NI-Vanuatu people on the vital role their ancestors played supporting the Allied forces.
Until the team of passionate volunteers can raise the necessary funding for their flagship museum, they're operating out of a smaller museum, which is on the site of where the larger one will be built.
Project Manager, James Carter who is based in Melbourne, looks after the Museum's website, social media, video production, research and more. That includes creating relevant scale models and dioramas to go on display in the Museum.
Some of the models - particularly the dioramas - can take months to build. James, a big fan of Iwata airbrushes, had been using a borrowed Iwata NEO CN, before buying one himself. They were used for both the aircraft and vehicles featured in the dioramas, as well as the dioramas themselves. But we felt he could do better.
Anest Iwata Australia, Managing Director Karl Isherwood said, "we're proud to support the work James is doing and were more than happy to donate an Iwata Eclipse and Iwata Revolution to the Museum to assist James in the creation of the Museum displays."
These models and diorama's are just some of the models created by James using Iwata airbrushes.