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redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Dreadnought, Zvezda 1:350 Scale - The Zvezda 1:350 scale HMS Dreadnought is a very nice kit with outstanding detail, which feature by feature, matches the location and shape as shown in the Anatomy of the Ship Dreadnought. There are some exceptions and omissions, which could be easily corrected with a comprehensive photo-etch set.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Hoche 1891 French Pre-Dreadnought, The Grand Hotel, Combrig 1:350 Scale - Summer is here and it is time to go on vacation and check into the Grand Hotel in the form of Combrig’s 1:350 scale Hoche. Only with Combrig can you build this Disney version of a battleship with her towering superstructure, amidship castles, severe tumblehome, and heavy large structures hanging above each major gun position. With a plethora of resin and ship specific parts Combrig provides all of the cake and frosting for this concoction but the instructions are wanting.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Danton 1911 French Post-Dreadnought Pre-Dreadnought Mixed Gun Battleship, Combrig 1:350 Scale - The last French mixed gun battleship design, the Danton, is one of the most glorious. It has everything that any admirer of fierce face gaulic designs fancies, tumblehome, five top hat funnels, eight oval pill box turrets. Now Combrig has provided a resin and brass kit in regal 1:350 scale of the Danton that provides all of the parts for this large battleship.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Huascar 1866, Peruvian Ironclad Turret Ship, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale model of one of the first ironclads built with a turret designed by Captain Cowpers Coles. The Peruvian ironclad Huascar was for a time the most powerful warship in Latin America . Seized in battle by Chile in 1879, the ship is still in existence as a museum in honor of the navies of both Chile and Peru . Before starting construction, decide which fit that you wish to model. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Carnot, French Predreadnought 1905, Yumenato 1:700 Scale, Build Review by Jim Baumann - The 1/700 scale kit of the French predreadnought battleship Carnot from the low-volume Japanese resin producer Yumenatu is not without a number of problems. These are caused in the main by there being no (usable) plans in existence. The build shows her in August 1905 on way to the International Fleet Review at Spithead UK. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Danton 1911 French Post-Dreadnought Pre-Dreadnought Mixed Gun Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Danton was not a pre-dreadnought but a post-dreadnought design, in which the French chose to build a mixed armament battleship and rejected the all big gun layout of HMS Dreadnought but the ship had a greater displacement than the British battleship. The 1:700 scale Combrig Danton provides excellently produced resin and brass parts to model Danton in all her eight turret, five funnel, top hat cap glory.
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMVS Cerberus Breastwork Monitor, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Combrig 1:350 scale HMVS Cerberus is an absolute gem with outstanding resin castings throughout. Cast in waterline format, when finished the modeler will have the only example of a breast-work monitor commercially available. The only disappointing factor of the lack of a brass photo-etched fret is mitigated by the fact that almost all brass parts are generic such as inclined ladders and railing. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Izmail, Imperial Russian Battle Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Combrig 1:700 scale Izmail is a large and striking kit. Armed with 14-inch/52 main guns, this Russian battle cruiser design had longer 14-inch guns than those found in any other navy. If it had not been for a twist of fate, they could have been ordered in 1911, instead of 1912, and completed shortly after the start of World War One. Four powerful Izmails and four Sevastopol class battleships would have certainly complicated the Baltic balance of power immensely. Combrig provides full resin and brass parts, excluding railing, to build a scale replica of one of the largest Imperial Russian warship ever launched. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Roberts 1941, British Monitor, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - Dumpy, ungainly, wide of beam, if HMS Roberts was set up as a blind date, when asked “Well what does she/he look like?” you would have received the response, “Hey, she/he has great character.  It is the character and those same ungainly lines that make the HMS Roberts so fascinating. Now, if you ask the question, “What does the White Ensign Models 1:350 scale kit of HMS Roberts look like?”, then there is a different response. “The WEM Roberts is gorgeous!” 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Caesar 1898, Last of the Majestic Class Battleships, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Now you can have William White’s wonder, the Majestic Class British battleship, which established the standard design for the British battleship for almost a decade. HMS Caesar was the last of the nine ships of the class and is different in barbette design and bridge location from the first six ships in bridge location and seven ships in barbette design. Combrig provides their usual outstanding casting with clean, crisp and detailed parts but no photo-etch. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS  Agincourt 1916, The Gin Palace, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - If you have yearned for a big, burley Gin Palace , your ship has arrived with the 1:350 scale Agincourt from Iron Shipwright. No battleship has had the number of turrets as Agincourt and as they are on centerline, it created an extraordinarily long ship for the time. Iron Shipwright has provided a winner of this odd bird.
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Bellerophon, British Battleship 1909, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - If you have been waiting for a worthy follow up for the 1:350 HMS Dreadnought kit, the Iron Shipwright HMS Bellerophon will certainly be your ticket. With two closely spaced tripods the Bellerophon has a more majestic profile than the Dreadnought with her single tripod. Although almost a repeat of the Dreadnought design, the presence of two tripods does create a significantly different look.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Virginia BB-13 1906, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - The Niko USS Virginia BB-13 1906, as built fit, has a beautifully cast hull with superb detail with a good cast of supporting smaller resin parts and full relief-etched brass fret. There are some minor, easily correctible, problems with armament parts but the uniquely American double story turrets will come through with all of their magnificent glory and splendor. Teddy Roosevelt would be beaming with this baby. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Royal Sovereign 1904, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Subjective opinion that it is, I believe the Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale HMS Royal Sovereign 1904 is the best quality kit this company has ever produced. The casting has first class details and minimal casting flaws. The inclusion of brass barrels a decal sheet and significantly improved instructions are only supplementary evidence for my conclusion.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Tirpitz, Lonely Queen of the North, Dragon Premium Edition, 1:700 Scale - The Dragon Premium Edition Tirpitz in 1:700 scale is an excellent kit but one that is marred by one significant omission. With Tirpitz specific parts and inclusion of all eight C/37 4.1-inch gun mounts, Dragon got the specifics right but omitted the portholes on the port bow.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Yamato, Blast From the Past, Aurora 1:600 Scale - The Aurora Yamato is the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde of Aurora model ship kits with the port side of an early fit and starboard of a late fit Yamato. Yet, the kit is a historic model release, at least in the United States. The 1:600 scale Aurora Yamato was the first and only larger model of an Imperial Japanese Navy warship readily available for the majority of US modelers until the advent of the 1:700 scale waterline explosion of the 1970s. Come and enjoy this bizarre model design. 
 redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Glorious 1918 Fit, Light Battle Cruiser, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - Slip the surly bounds of earth with the 1:700th scale HMS Glorious 1918 fit from Admiralty Model Works. With flying off platforms and excess Sopwiths, mount your own glorious strike on the skulking High Seas Fleet. This model provides air and sea assets in one outstanding example of the warship producer’s art. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Courageous 1917-1918, Light Battle Cruiser, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - Roll out the barrel or roll off the mine. The Clapham Junction fit of HMS Outrageous--- er--- HMS Courageous 1917-1918 provides a kit for a 20,000-ton fast minelayer, nee large light cruiser, prima facie light battle cruiser. Casting detail ranges the field from superb to superb, complemented with a full photo-etch fret, brass main gun barrels and masts, metal anchor chain, and a colorful decal sheet. Anyway you slice it, the Admiralty Model Works 1:700 scale HMS Courageous is a magnificent kit. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Liberte 1908, The Penultimate French Predreadnought Design, FleetNet 1:700 Scale - With the 1:700 scale Liberte FleetNet provides a very good kit of the penultimate French predreadnought battleship design. The kit provides error free castings of good to excellent quality. There is no brass photo-etch fret but generic photo-etch parts can remedy this deficiency. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Admiral Ushakov, Ex-Kirov, Russian Rocket Cruiser, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Review by Bob Carr - Trumpeter’s Admiral Ushakov is big, detailed, and certainly conveys the impression of the famous battle cruiser. Unfortunately, the kit is a mixture of features from both the Ushakov and the Frunze and will require some scratch-building to correctly complete as the Ushakov/Kirov
redball.gif (371 bytes) Kongo 1944, Japanese Fast Battleship, Fujimi 1:350 Scale - The Fujimi 1:350 scale Kongo is not your granddad’s Fujimi kit! This kit is absolutely superb, not only in detail, but also in the comprehensive nature of what Fujimi has included. The Fujimi Kongo blows any of the Tamiya 1:350 scale battleship kits out of the water! 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Renown 1916, Fisher's Favorite, NNT 1:700 Scale - Now you can get the last true battle cruiser, Jackie Fisher’s beloved HMS Renown. This beautiful large design maximized Fisher’s favorites of heavy hitting guns with 15-inch twin turrets and a high 32-knot top speed, while minimizing what Fisher considered unnecessary, armor. With the NNT 1:700 scale HMS Renown 1916 you can build this lovely, large floating magazine as she first appeared at the dawn of her long noble career. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Pennsylvania BB-38 1944, Dragon 1:700 Scale - Dragon deserves a hearty round of applause. They went out on a limb to produce a one-off design. How many injected plastic companies do this with warship kits? DML spent a great deal of effort and time to get it right and in case you didn’t catch the discussions on the message board during the development of this kit, Dragon actually listened to the opinions of ship modelers. The Dragon 1:700 scale USS Pennsylvania should be in every waterline collection. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Konig, Konig Class German Battleship 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - Build the best of the pre-World War One German battleships with the 1:700 scale Combrig SMS Konig. In the 1914 fit you get the original light pole mast version, complete with net shelves and booms and also an enlarged forward superstructure because she was built as squadron flagship. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Kaiserin, Kaiser Class German Battleship 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - With SMS Kaiserin you have a battleship fit for an Empress. The Combrig 1:700 scale model of the ship provides resin and brass parts for a late war fit of the battleship. The Combrig Kaiserin comes with a heavy pole foremast and enlarged foretop, which, if fitted, would have been a post Jutland addition.
redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Oldenburg, Helgoland Class German Battleship 1912, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review -
Now you can give perfidious Albion a run for the Reich Mark. It is time for your Place in the Sun with the new Combrig 1:700 scale dreadnoughts of the High Seas Fleet and there is no better starting place than the SMS Oldenburg.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Bismarck, Aurora 1:600 Scale, Blast From the Past - The Aurora Bismarck was the first kit of the ship larger than the 1:1200 scale and that alone, earns the kit a place in the Hall of Fame. As an added bonus, the John Steel box art still has visceral impact and equally belongs in the Box Art Hall of Fame alongside so many other Steel works. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Caio Duilio, Italian Battleship 1885, Delphis 1:700 Scale -
Delphis has brought a very unusual but highly historic warship to life in 1:700 scale. Neither the Caio Duilio, nor the Dandolo ever saw action. However, their appearance triggered more than a decade of warship designs that carried very slow firing monster guns of increasing size. Further confirming the visionary design of this class are the clamshell doors for internal storage of a torpedo boat. Delphis has done a very good job in bringing this design to the modeler. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Inflexible, Fighting in Three Seas, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
The 1:700 scale Combrig Inflexible kit is perfect for one of her three early operations, the Goeben chase in August 1914, the Battle of the Falklands in December 1914 or the naval assault on the Narrows in March 1915. Combrig has provided a great quantity of splendid resin and brass parts and this kit belongs in the collection of admirers of that most glamorous type of big gun ship, the battle cruiser. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Ting Yuen, Dragon of the East, Imperial Chinese Battleship 1885, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale -
For a decade, the two battleships of the Ting Yuen class were the most powerful ships in the Pacific. If the quality of their shells had matched the stoutness of their construction at the Battle of the Yalu, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95 may have had a different outcome. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a splendid 1:350 scale model of this Imperial Chinese battleship. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Queen Mary, British Battlecruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
Combrig has launched the first of their Splendid Cats. The HMS Queen Mary was outrageously beautiful and Combrig has reproduced the power and magnificence of the battle cruiser in this 1:700 scale kit. With the high parts number of miniscule resin and brass parts, the Combrig Queen Mary is probably not for the beginner but is certainly a superb kit for any modeler with resin experience. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Iron Duke, British Battleship 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
Finally Combrig has gotten around to the flagship of the Grand Fleet through 1916. The HMS Iron Duke had classic good looks and Combrig has reproduced those looks in this 1:700 scale kit. With numerous resin and brass parts, the kit can be intimidating to the uninitiated but it is a gold mine of detail. Sir John Jellicoe can sail again. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Invincible, British Battle Cruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
Outstanding! Combrig has captured the peculiarities of HMS Invincible. All of those architectural features that made Invincible unique from her sisterships are there. The model has casemate positions in the forward superstructure, different shaped turrets and a short forward funnel for the Battle of the Falklands fit. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Queen Mary, British Battle Cruiser, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale -
The 1:350 scale model of the battle cruiser, HMS Queen Mary, by Commanders/Iron Shipwright is every inch a Splendid Cat. The one piece, full hull casting is beautiful and has an enormous amount of detail cast integral to the hull. The hull casting is the strongest element of the kit but there are others, such as three brass photo-etch frets. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Benbow, Iron Duke Class Battleship 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
Combrig has released kits for all four members of the Iron Duke class. None of the kits are identical to each other. The Combrig 1:700 scale kit of HMS Benbow portrays the ship as commissioned in November 1914. The Combrig Benbow kit also provides the best basis for building a Jutland fit of the Iron Duke class. The kit features excellent resin castings as well as a decent, but not spectacular, ship specific brass photo-etch fret. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Indomitable, British Battle Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
This is another superb model from Combrig, which includes ship specific brass photo-etch. The Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Indomitable kit will allow the modeler to build a post 1910 Indomitable with lengthened forward funnel. Sign up now with your favorite retailer, as their first shipment of the Combrig Indomitable won't last long. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Bismarck, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale -
With this Dragon 1:700 scale Premium Edition of the Bismarck, DML provides not only new plastic parts but in addition, the included brass photo-etch fret provides some really outstanding parts. Yes, the 20mm guns are clunky but most of the plastic parts are good to excellent in detail. If you have the first version of the DML Bismarck, you can see the differences with this new release. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Arizona, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale -
The new Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 scale release of USS Arizona replaces all of the unpopular hard rubber parts and cast metal parts of the initial DML release with injected plastic versions. Additionally the Premium Edition includes a second brass fret, which primarily provides detailed cranes. One further significant addition, which is in common with other DML Premium Edition releases, is full lower hull for modelers wishing to build a full hull version of the famous ship.  
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Roberts, Last of the Monitors, Combrig 1:700 Scale -
The Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Roberts is an excellent kit. With the Roberts, Combrig corrected mistakes made in their Abercrombie kit, making the Roberts even more attractive for the modeler over her sistership. With a little RN pattern photo-etch, you can build a beautiful reproduction of the last of the monitors. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS King George V, Blast from the Past, Aurora 1:600 Scale -
All hail Aurora! Truly in many ways Aurora was a company ahead of its time. They dared to be different. They dared to produce strange, exotic, foreign, alien designs. So what if they were sometimes a little short of accuracy. Aurora and 1959, an exciting new frontier with boundless opportunities. Picture yourself tooling down to the malt shop in your fire-engine red Cadillac convertible with snow white interior, clutching the futuristic Aurora KGV
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Espana, Spanish Battleship 1913, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Preview Combrig has just released kits for two Spanish battleships, Espana and Jaime I. This provides a photographic preview of the Espana. The three battleships of this class were the smallest dreadnought type battleships to be built. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Gangut, Imperial Russian Battleship 1894, Combrig 1:700 Scale - This installment by Combrig of the battleships of the Imperial Russian Navy in 1:700 scale, presents a highly unusual subject with a very short history. Designed to fight the ships of the Imperial German Navy, the only opponents that Gangut faced and which ultimately vanquished her were uncharted rocks in the Baltic Sea. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Faa di Bruno, Italian Monitor 1917-1943, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale -
This is a small but delightful subject. The Regia Marina 1:700 scale Faa di Bruno is certainly one of the most unusual subjects currently available. Regia Marina has done their usual fine job in resin casting and presentation of a complete photo-etch fret. The instructions could have been clearer but the build of this ship is relatively simple. However, this complaint is infinitesimal compared to the joy of having this odd bird. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Maine, American 2nd Class Battleship 1898, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Remember the Maine! With the Combrig USS Maine in 1:700 scale, you certainly will not forget.
Top drawer in every regard. The Combrig Maine has a tremendous amount of detail cast integral to the hull and major component castings and an excellent brass ship-specific photo-etch fret. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Illinois BB-7, American Predreadnought Battleship, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - After veering from the low freeboard Indiana class, to the high freeboard Iowa and then back again to the low freeboard Kearsarge class, the USN finally decided to build blue ocean battleships with the high freeboard Illinois class. The Illinois is also the first USN battleship to mount a modern style main gun turret and was the only class to have side by side funnels. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale model of USS Illinois BB-7. 
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The Regia Marina 1:700 scale Vittorio Veneto/Littorio is an excellent kit but incredibly, the Regia Marina 1:700 Roma exceeds her two sisters in detail. Not only was the Roma considered the most handsome and graceful of the original three ships but also the Regia Marina Roma now can hear that same acclamation. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Queen Mary, British Battle Cruiser 1913, NNT 1:700 Scale - You cannot go wrong with the NNT 1:700 scale model of the British battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary. Although the model can use photo-etch railing and replacements for inclined and accommodation ladders, the photo-etch of ship specific parts is good. However, where this model excels is in the quality and detail of the hull casting. In this regard the NNT Queen Mary is one of the most intricately detailed hull castings currently available to the modeler. As the British public said about the originals, you can also say about this replica of the third of the class, that the NNT model of Queen Mary is a "Splendid Cat". 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Renown, British 2nd Class Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale - 
The Combrig 1:700 scale Renown offers great opportunities to the Royal Navy modeler as well as being of interest to the naval historian. Just the color scheme options offer a wide variety of choices. Just think of a white battleship, with buff funnels, red striping and a green waterline flying the Royal colors. Who wouldn’t want to model a battleship in that gaudy livery? 
redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Vittorio Veneto, Italian Battleship, Delphis Model 1:350 Scale - The Delphis Model RN Vittorio Veneto in 1:350 scale is a massive and beautiful kit. Delphis provides a huge number resin parts of excellent quality. Some of these resin parts are as good or better than found elsewhere in detail. Two large brass frets of average quality are provided but not all of these parts are used. However, the instructions could have been better organized. However, in the final analysis, Delphis provides all of the ingredients for a lovely prima donna in any collection of warship replicas. Review by Steve Backer. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Thunderer, British Super Dreadnought 1915, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig provides a wealth of fine detail in quantity as well as quality for their 1:700 scale kit of HMS Thunderer. There is a level of detailed richness provided that commands a deliberate and thoughtful build. Any Royal Navy modeler should be thrilled to build Combrig’s rendition of the world’s first class of super dreadnought. Review by Steve Backer.  

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USS Kearsarge BB-5 1900, The Advent of the Two Story Turret, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale  - Commanders/Iron Shipwright as produced a very nice 1:350 scale model of a truly unique design, that of the USS Kearsarge BB-5. Naval designers constrained by a Congressional limit on displacement tried to shove 10 pounds of powder into a 5 pound silk bag. The “weight-saving” superposed turret was the solution. This one-piece full-hulled model captures the novel design of this failed experiment.  
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Mikasa, Admiral Togo's Flagship at the Battle of Tsushima 1905, Hasegawa 1:350 Scale - The Mikasa at Tsushima represents the Imperial Japanese Fleet at the height of its glory, under greatest hero of the Japanese Navy. The ship and the battle are the halfway point between the birth and the death of that navy. Although Japanese battleships grew far bigger, none were as historically significant as the Mikasa. As the first 1:350 scale Japanese injected plastic kit in some time, the Hasegawa Mikasa certainly upholds the Japanese reputation for high quality, fine plastic models.   
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HMS Orion, The First Super-Dreadnought 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Royal Navy 12-inch gun had reached the end of the line of development. The RN needed a new, longer ranged weapon for new battleships. The answer was the 13.5-inch/45 Mk V gun. Ten were mounted in five twin centerline turrets in the first of a new class, HMS Orion. With a broadside weight almost twice that of the HMS Dreadnought, which was only four years old, the press instantly dubbed the Orion class, "Super-Dreadnoughts". Combrig has just released models of all four members of the Orion class in 1:700 scale. This is a photographic review of the Combrig HMS Orion kit, which is configured in her early appearance from 1912 to 1914.
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HMS Erin, The Chatty Battleship 1915, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The HMS Erin was a unique ship. Thirteen 13.5-inch gunned, all big gun battleships served in the Royal Navy in World War One and Erin was the 13th. For Erin 13 was not an unlucky number in that she was a very efficient design with a unique appearance that distinguished her from her cousins of the Orion, King George V and Iron Duke classes. The Combrig HMS Erin kit in 1:700 scale provides a beautiful and somewhat complex kit in brass and resin. Review by Steve Backer.
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St Andrew, Royal Navy N3 Battleship Design of 1921, Imperial Hobby Productions 1:700 Scale - From being the greatest naval power in the world in 1918, the Royal Navy was in danger of slipping into third place behind the USN and Japanese Imperial Navy by 1921. The RN had to play catch up and the N3 battleship design mounting nine 18-inch guns, finalized in November 1921, was designed to accomplish the task. The Washington Treaty of February 1922 ended the plans for the N3 but features from these plans were incorporated into the much smaller Rodney and Nelson. Imperial Hobby Productions produces a 1:700 scale model of the N3 British battleship design. Review by Steve Backer. 
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H-Klasse German Battleship, Design H-39, NNT 1:700 Scale - Is the Bismarck big enough for you? Do you want to super-size it? Now you are able to build the big brother to Bismarck. Six battleships of the H-39 design were ordered and two were laid down in 1939 and were planned to be operational in 1944. With the start of World War Two work was suspended on them but they were not canceled until 1942. NNT has produced a 1:700 scale, multi-media kit of the H Class large battleship. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Novgorod, Imprial Russian Armored Steam Battery 1874, Commanders/Iron Shipwright – Do you like well-rounded warship designs? If so, here is your cup of tea. Russia needed armored warships to operate in the Black Sea that would maximize firepower and armor on the lightest possible displacement and shallowest draft. Vice Admiral A. A. Popov thought he had a better idea and came up with a round ship. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:192 scale multimedia model of the Novgorod, the first armored warship to operate in the Black Sea for Russia. Review by Steve Backer. 
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Kniaz Suvorov, Imperial Russian Battleship 1905, Eastern Express 1:350 Scale - Do you like your battleships with slab sides or with graceful curves? If you like curves, it is hard to beat the extreme tumblehome of the Borodino Class battleships of Imperial Russia. The Kniaz Suvorov was a member of this class and became the flagship of Vice Admiral Rozhestvensky and the 2nd Pacific Squadron. From this ship Rohestvensky commanded his fleet from the Baltic through an 18,000-mile epic voyage only to end in disaster at Tsushima slightly over 100 years ago. Eastern Express of Russia has produced a 1:350 scale model of this imposing battleship. Review by Steve Backer.
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HMS Agincourt, The Gin Palace 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In the space of less than eight months the largest battleship in the world was owned by three different countries. Ordered by Brazil to overawe the Argentines and Chile as Rio de Janeiro, she was then sold to Turkey, as Sultan Osman I, who desired to fight the Greeks and on the eve of her departure for Turkey was ordered seized by Winston Churchill for the Royal Navy and named HMS Agincourt. No battleship ever carried so many main gun turrets, so many main guns or so great a secondary. She was the longest and heaviest battleship of her time. Combrig now produces a 1:700 scale model of the Gin Palace as she appeared in 1918. Review by Steve Backer.
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USS North Carolina BB-55, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale - For some time modelers have been asking, "Has any one seen the Trumpeter North Carolina? What is it like?" You need no longer be in the dark because Guido Hopp has filed a full reconnaissance report in photographs and text on the USS North Carolina in 1:350 Scale from Trumpeter. Thanks to Guido, you can see that there is smooth sailing ahead. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Queen Mary, Lion Class Battlecruiser, NNT 1:700 Scale, Photographic Preview - These photographs are fresh from NNT. They portray the new NNT model of HMS Queen Mary, modified Lion Class battlecruiser. NNT has the Queen Mary kit ready to go in 1:700 scale.  

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Invincible, The First Battlecruiser December 1914, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Admiral Jackie Fisher loved speed and when he became the First Sea Lord of the Admiralty in 1904 one of his first actions was to assemble a board to determine the next British battleship design, which was to become the HMS Dreadnought. The second order of business was to design a new armored cruiser design, which went further in departure in that type than Dreadnought did with the battleship type. That design became the HMS Invincible, the first of the battlecruisers. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale limited production kit of Fisher's beloved "Greyhound of the Sea". Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes)HMVS Cerberus, Breastwork Monitor 1870, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In 1867 the crown colony of Victoria wanted a first class warship to protect the port of Melbourne and the gold shipments leaving from that port. The Royal Navy Admiralty allowed their chief designer, Edward Reed, to design a ship that would fill the bill. The result was a totally unique warship that was a prophet of the future, HMVS Cerberus, breastwork monitor, Combrig has now produced the Cerberus in 1:700 scale and it is a miniature gem. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Duncan, British Predreadnought Fast Battleship 1903, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The design of the Duncan Class of battleship was the direct response to initial incorrect information that the Imperial Russian battleships of the Peresviet Class would be capable of 19-knots. The RN wanted their own fast battleships and the result was the Duncan Class, which sacrificed two inches of armor to achieve a speed of 19-knots. This is the last design that was prepared from start to finish by Sir William White.

redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Vittorio Veneto, Italian Battleship, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - Nominally of a displacement of 35,000-tons, the last class of battleship to be be completed by the Italian navy, the Vittorio Veneto Class, was really close to 41,000-tons displacement. Ships of classic Italian beauty, Vittorio Veneto and Littorio were both laid down on October 28, 1934. Regia Marina has released a new version of the battleship in 1:700 scale that can be used to build either ship in any fit of her career. This version includes four photo-etched frets. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Dreadnought, Jackie Fisher's Revolutionary Battleship of 1906, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Admiral Jackie Fisher's dream battleship of 1906 was one of the most significant designs in the history of the capital ship. This extraordinary design deserves an extraordinary model and this is just what has been just released by Combrig. With the release of their 1:700 scale HMS Dreadnought, Combrig has established a new plateau for them in detail, complexity and fidelity in resin warship models. Not only does this superb kit feature a large number of the highest quality resin castings but also comes with two brass photo-etch frets. It is simply one of the best 1:700 scale models of 2004. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Arizona, Dragon 1:700 Scale - With the Dragon USS Arizona being priced at only a quarter to a fifth of the price of a resin kit of the ship in 1:700 scale, there is no denying the allure of the Dragon product. It truly is a great product at a great price.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Henri IV, French Coast Defense Battleship 1903, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In 1897 the French Navy selected famed naval architect Emile Bertin to design a new coast defense battleship. Bertin's design became the Henry IV and was packed with design innovations. However, one feature almost totally unnoticed at the time would be adopted by the navies of every country, the superfiring turret. In another innovation for Combrig, they have now produced the first model kit of a French predreadnought battleship in any scale with their Henri IV in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Renown 1942, Building a Battlecruiser, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - One of the most spectacular releases of 2004 in 1:700 scale was the HMS Renown, British Battlecruiser 1942 by White Ensign Models. All of the components are top notch but was that enough to satisfy a purest like Jim Baumann? Of course not! This is Jim's "Build Review" of the WEM HMS Renown, which could be subtitled "Perfecting the Perfect". 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Dreadnought 1907, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Preview - The first reconnaissance photographs are in, as long range scout Dmitry Antonov has sent in these photographs of the resin parts for the 1:700 scale model of HMS Dreadnought by Combrig. In the next few weeks Combrig will be completing the brass photo-etch fret and instructions for the new release. Dmitry reports that the photo-etch fret for the Dreadnought will be the most extensive yet from Combrig. As Dmitry said, the "Photos should speak for themselves". They do, and most eloquently.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Oklahoma BB-37, 1941, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Overlooked compared to the USS Arizona, the Mighty Okie, as the USS Oklahoma BB-37 was called by her crew, was the other lost battleship of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Oklahoma and sister Nevada were revolutionary in 1912 when laid down, as they reintroduced the "All or Nothing" armor scheme that was subsequently adopted by other navies for their battleships. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced an 1:350 scale one-piece full hull models of USS Oklahoma and USS Nevada as they appeared on December 7, 1941. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Renown, British Battlecruiser 1942, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - The Royal Navy's HMS Renown battlecruiser commissioned in 1916 came to be the last battlecruiser of the RN after the loss of her sister, HMS Repulse in December 1941. She was handled with such flair and audacity that her crew called her the Largest Destroyer in the Fleet. White Ensign Models has produced an 1:700 scale kit of the Renown as she appeared in 1942. This kit is a tour de force in detail and quality and really must be seen to be believed. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Swiftsure, British Predreadnought Battleship 1904, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In 1901 Chile placed an order for two battleships to be built in Great Britain. There was a strong possibility of war with Argentina and Chile needed the ships to be built quickly. They were designed to suit Chile's needs. In 1903 after Chile and Argentina had defused the crisis between them, the ships were put up for sale on the world market. The Royal Navy was not interested in the pair, until H. M. Government got word that Imperial Russia was interested in buying the British built ships. In December 1903 the pair were snapped up by the Royal Navy and became HMS Swiftsure and HMS Triumph. At the time, they were reported to be the fastest and most powerful battleships in the fleet. Combrig has produced the greyhound of the fleet, HMS Swiftsure in 1:700 Scale. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Arkansas BM-7, The Last of the Monitors 1902, Box 261 1:350 Scale - The Spanish-American War was not even two weeks old when on May 4, 1898 a nervous Congress authorized the construction of four new monitors to guard the ports of the United States. These ships became the USS Arkansas Class and were the last of a breed for the USN started in 1862 with the USS Monitor. By 1901 before the first one was finished they were called practically worthless in one of the leading publications of the day. However, the Arkansas was the first USN warship to mount the 12-Inch/40 gun. The class had advanced features built into an obsolete type. The newest 1:350 scale kit from Box 261 is the USS Arkansas 1902. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Oregon BB-3, The Bulldog of the Fleet 1898, YS Master Pieces 1:700 Scale - Although the USS Oregon BB-3 is 1:700 scale. This new kit from YS Master Pieces is packed with detail worthy of models of a far larger scale. Superb in every respect, this is one of the best kits available in this scale. The Bulldog of the Fleet after steaming 16,000 miles in 66 days joined the North Atlantic Squadron of Rear Admiral William Sampson just in time to become part of the blockade of Admiral Cervera's Spanish Cruiser squadron. The Oregon turned in a stellar performance at the Battle of Santiago. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Amphitrite, BM-2 New Navy Monitor 1898, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The design and construction of the four ship Amphitrite Class monitors for the New Steel Navy of the USN was an early example of an "end run" around politicians. Billed to Congress of refits of obsolete monitors of the American Civil War, they were really completely new construction. Because the Navy Department received so little funding from the parsimonious politicians, the ship took nine years to launch from being laid down and a total of 21 years to reach commissioning. As a consequence they were obsolete when launched. Arguably, the worst design for the New Steel Navy, the USS Amphitrite is now available in kit form. Felix Bustelo reviews the 1:350 scale model of USS Amphitrite produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Tiger, British Battlecruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - HMS Tiger, the last of the "Splendid Cats" of Vice Admiral David Beatty was indeed splendid in so many ways. She was the fastest and most powerful battlecruiser available to the Royal Navy in 1914. However, it was her handsome lines that will always be remembered. Combrig has just produced a model of HMS Tiger, as she appeared in 1914 and at the Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Royal Oak 1939, WSW 1:700 Scale - One of the five battleships of the Royal Sovereign Class, the Rs, as they were called were the newest battleships to serve in the Royal Navy in World War One. Always second fiddle to the glamorous fast battleships of the Queen Elizabeth Class, they did not receive the funding for major rebuilds between the wars. In 1939 Royal Oak was the most modern of the five. She was the first major warship sunk in World War Two as she was sunk by U-47 in Scampa Flow on October 14, 1939. WSW has produced an excellent 1:700 scale kit of HMS Royal Oak as she was in 1939. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Queen Elizabeth 1918, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - Brand new from White Ensign Models is the Queen Elizabeth in 1:700 scales she appeared at the end of World War One. Designed as the original Fast Battleship, the design was actually a gamble for the Royal Navy but one that paid handsome dividends. The WEM kit has outstanding detail and sets a new standard in detail. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Tiger, The Most Splendid Cat, An Initial Look at the Combrig 1:700 Scale British Battlecruiser -
At long last, there will finally be a model of one of the most handsome warships ever built, HMS Tiger. The last of the "Splendid Cats" the Tiger was the best of the British battlecruisers of World War One. Her single forward tripod and three closely placed round funnels gave her a strikingly beautiful appearance. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale model of the Tiger, which will be available from White Ensign Models, Pacific Front, NNT and other retailers very shortly.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Repulse, British Battlecruiser 1941, 1:600 Scale Model from Frog - After a very long time of being out of production, the Airfix 1:600 scale model of the British battlecruiser HMS Repulse, as she appeared in 1941 has been released by Frog. Arguably the best of the series of British Warships of WWII produced by Airfix, the Repulse kit has remarkable detail for a 20 year old kit. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS King Edward VII, British Battleship 1905 - The last British battleship design attributed to Sir William White was the eight ship King Edward VII Class. It broke from the previous pattern and introduced an intermediate armament of 9.2-Inch guns. The eight ships in the class were the battleships of the 1901/02/03 Naval Estimates. The latest release from Combrig is their 1:700 scale HMS King Edward VII. Photographic Review of the components. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS South Dakota BB-49, 1921 Battleship - As part of the gigantic 1916 USN building program, six battleships of 43,200 tons and mounting twelve 16-Inch guns were laid down. They were well toward completion when they were terminated under the clauses of the Washington Treaty. Imperial Hobby Productions has the companion model for their Lexington battlecruiser, the USS South Dakota BB-49 in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Lexington CC-1, 1921 Battlecruiser - After a decade of ignoring the battlecruiser, the USN was finally sold on the concept. As part of a huge building program the USN laid down sixb battlecruisers of the Lexington Class. As a result of the Washington Treaty the ships were broken up on the slip, except for Lexington and Saratoga, which were completed as aircraft carriers. Imperial Hobby Productions has released a kit of the USS Lexington CC-1 battlecruiser design in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Hyuga, Imperial Japanese Battleship - A frequent question on the message board asks if the the new 1:700 scale Japanese warship models with "New Tooling" are worth the additional cost over the older kits on the same subject. If the battleship kit of Hyuga is a guide, the answer is most definitely yes. This 1:700 kit from Hasegawa is a completely new kit, not a reworked version of the 30 year old model. This in-box review by Steve Backer contains photographs of all the components and comparison photos of the new versus the old kits of Hyuga, so you can compare them for yourself.  

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Colorado BB-45, 1944 Fit - At the time of Pearl Harbor the most current battleships in service were the "Big Five" of the California and Maryland Classes, which went into service in the early 1920s. Only one of these five battleships was not at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the USS Colorado BB-45. During World War One every battleship in the USN was fitted with the classically American cage or basket mast. By 1945 only Colorado and Maryland were still equipped with them. H-P Models has produced a 1:700 scale resin kit of the Colorado, as she appeared in 1944. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Rostislav, Imperial Russian Black Sea Battleship - The Rostislav was launched in 1896 as a 2nd rank battleship for the Imperial Russian Black Sea Fleet. In World War One this small battleship earned a special niche in naval history by becoming one of the first major warships to be devoted to shore bombardment and ground support as well as being one of the first major warships to be damaged in an air attack. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale model of this small but feisty battleship. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Royal Sovereign, 1904 - When William White became the Director of Naval Construction (DNC) in 1885, the battleships of the Royal Navy were a haphazard assortment of oddities. For the 1889 program, he designed a battleship that would set the standards for the Royal Navy and the world until the advent of the dreadnought. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale model of the HMS Royal Sovereign of the first classic R Class. In-Box review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Maryland, BB-46, December 7, 1941 - The first 16-Inch gunned battleship laid down and commissioned in the USN, the USS Maryland, nicknamed Fighting Mary and Old Mary, suffered the least damage and least casualties of any battleship present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Iron Shipwright produces a 1:350 scale one piece full hull kit of USS Maryland as she appeared on December 7, 1941. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Panteleimon, Imperial Russian Black Sea Battleship - For most of her career, this battleship steamed under the name of Panteleimon but she will always be known by the name she only carried for her first 18 months of service, Kniaz Potemkin-Tavaricheskii, the Battleship Potemkin. This photographic review looks at the history of the Panteleimon and the 1:700 scale model of the ship, produced by Combrig

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Abercrombie, British Monitor, 1943 - The last of 42 monitors to be built for the Royal Navy in the 20th Century, HMS Abercrombie supported the US 7th Army in landings at Sicily and Salerno. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale kit, which is the first model on a non-Russian or Finnish subject from the .company. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Seydlitz, German Battlecruiser, 1916  Rob Mackie takes a look at WSW's newly released 1:700th scale battlecruiser SMS Seydlitz. A gallery of NHC photos of the legendary Jutland participant is included. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Michigan, BB-27, First All Big Gun Battleship of the USN - The USS Michigan was authorized and designed before HMS Dreadnought. She introduced two novel features into battleship construction, superfiring turrets and the cagemast. Iron Shipwright is producing a 1:350 scale, full hull model of USS Michigan BB-27 as of 1918. This is a preview that shows the resin components of the kit. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Repulse, British Battlecruiser 1939 - Jim Baumann tells of the techniques and procedures that he used in building the HMS Repulse from B-Resina in 1:700 scale. Jim provides extensive text and photographic coverage. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Imperator Aleksandr III, Imperial Russian Battleship 1904 - The Imperator Aleksandr III was the second of the five Borodino Class battleships. A member of the Imperial Guard establishment, the Imperator Aleksandr III was lost with all hands at the Battle of Tsushima. Combrig has now produced a beautiful 1:700 scale kit of this important warship. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Imperator Aleksandr II, Imperial Russian Battleship 1893 - In 1885 the Imperial Russian Admiralty was unsure whether to build barbette or turret battleships. As a comparison, two battleships were built to the same design, except the armor scheme. Imperator Aleksandr II was laid down as a barbette battleship and six months later Imperator Nikolai I was laid down as a turret battleship. Combrig has just released an outstanding little kit of Imperator Aleksandr II in 1:700 scale. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Texas, BB-35 - Iron Shipwright has produced a full hull 1:350 scale model of USS Texas, BB-35 as she appeared in 1944. Bruce Brotherton looks at this large model of the only World War One era Dreadnought, still in existence. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Dvenadtsat Apostolov, Imperial Russian  Battleship 1892 - The Dvenadtsat Apostolov was designed as a barbette ship with heavy guns in heavily armored barbettes with lightly armored domed gun houses. Combrig has just produced this Black Sea battleship in 1:700 scale. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Texas, The First Battleship for the United States Navy - After allowing the navy to hibernate for twenty years since the American Civil War, Congress woke up to the fact that the United States had no navy. Congress voted for one armored cruiser and one battleship. The battleship became USS Texas, which participated in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on July 3, 1898. Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale model of Old Hoodoo, as Texas, was called for her bad luck. Photographic Preview of the resin parts and brass photo-etch. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Invincible, 1921 British Battlecruiser Design G-3 - In 1920 the Royal Navy was rapidly falling behind the USN and IJN in a new naval battleship race. Britain's answer was the G-3 battlecruiser design. Imperial Hobby Productions has produced a 1:700 scale Craftsman Kit of HMS Invincible, G-3 battlecruiser design. Four were ordered in October 1921 and cancelled in February 1922 as the British representatives of the Washington Cherry Trees. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Barham, British Battleship 1941 - The HMS Barham was one of the five Queen Elizabeth Class of fast battleships built during World War One. Refitted from 1930 to 1934, Barham had a rather short and checkered career in World War Two with her high point being her participation at the Battle of Cape Matapan. John Currie provides a photographic review of the 1:700 scale resin kit of HMS Barham from H-P Models

redball.gif (371 bytes) Caio Duilio, Italian Battleship - Laid down in 1912 the two battleships of the Caio Duilio Class were completely rebuilt from 1937 to 1940. The end result was a striking beautiful warship that served the Italian Navy until 1956. Until now, this class has been unavailable in any scale. Regia Marina has now produced a 1:700 scale model of exceptional quality of the Caio Duilio and sistership, Andrea Doria. In Box Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS New Jersey, Battlecarrier, BB/CV Hybrid  - In 1979 the four battleships of the Iowa Class were reactivated. Phase I was the initial activation. A proposed Phase II would have removed the aft turret and added a hanger and flight deck for an air wing of 12 Harriers. Nichimo jumped on this proposal and modified an existing all gun New Jersey  kit that it had in its 30cm Box Scale Line, to create a model of the Martin-Marietta hybrid design. Of course the class never received the Phase II rebuild. In this "Blast from the Past" the Nichimo USS New Jersey "Battlecarrier" is examined. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Imperator Aleksandr III - The third and last Black Sea Dreadnought of the Imperatritsa Mariya Class, the Imperator Aleksandr III at various times flew the flag of Imperial Russia, Kerensky Russia, the Independent Ukraine, Germany, Britain and White Russia as the only White Russian dreadnought. This is a photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of this battleship. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Slava - The Borodino Class of Russian predreadnought battleships had a poor reputation after the Battle of Tsushima, where three of the class capsized and sank and one was captured. However, the last of the class, Slava, showed what the ship could do when well crewed and well manned. At Moon Sound on October 10, 1917 Slava took on two German dreadnoughts. Combrig now has a 1:700 scale kit of the Slava in her 1917 fit. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya - The second of the Imperatritsa Mariya Class, Black Sea Dreadnoughts, Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya was easily distinguished from her two sisters by her bow. This is a photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of this battleship. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monterey, 1893 Monitor - A new verse on an old theme, the monitor. Among the warship designs of the New Steel Navy was a steel hulled monitor, the USS Monterey BM 6. This is a build review by Steve Backer of the new 1:350 scale full hull kit of the USS Monterey from Iron Shipwright

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Repulse - In company with HMS Prince of Wales, the battlecruiser HMS Repulse was sunk by Japanese bombers on December 10, 1941. John Currie has photographed the components of the 1:700 scale kit from H-P Models. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Renown - One of the most beloved warships of Great Britain in World War Two, was the HMS Renown. John Currie has photographs of all of the components of the H-P Models 1:700 scale model of HMS Renown, as she appeared in World War Two. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monterey, 1893 Monitor - There was a group of officers in the USN, wedded to the concept of monitors. With the rebirth of the New Steel Navy in the late 1880s, the monitor, USS Monterey, was the third armored ship laid down, after Maine and Texas. Iron Shipwright has now produced a 1:350 scale, resin and brass kit of USS Monterey. The components of the kit are shown in this photographic preview. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Japanese Battleship, Project 13-16 of 1921 - A huge battleship building race preceded World War One. The war had not finished when another race started building momentum among the victorious nations. The Imperial Japanese Navy brought forth their 8-8 Program in order to seize the initiative in the Pacific. The final product of this program was to be the design of four super-battleships mounting 18-inch guns, Project 13-16. Imperial Hobby Productions has a limited reissue of this massive (915 feet oa) design in 1:700 scale. In Box Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Arizona BB 39 - On December 5, 1941 USS Arizona entered Pearl Harbor for her last time. Hi-Mold has just released an excellent 1:700 scale kit of the Arizona. The components of the kit are shown in this photographic preview. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Imperatritsa Maria - The first Black Sea dreadnought of the Imperial Russian Navy was the Imperatritsa Maria completed in 1915. Lost to a magazine explosion in October 1916, this battleship is now available in 1:700 scale from Combrig. This is a photographic preview of the Imperatritsa Maria

redball.gif (371 bytes) Georgi Pobedonosets Imperial Russian Battleship - Launched in 1892 the Georgi Pobedonosets was the fourth and last ship in the Ekatrina II Class. A ship ahead of its time, she was armed with six twelve-inch guns mounted in three turrets. This is a photographic preview of the new kit in 1:700 scale from Combrig

redball.gif (371 bytes) Shikishima, Japanese Battleship - Shikishima was one of the six battleships of the Imperial Japanese Fleet in the Russo-Japanese War. The 1:700 Modelkrak kit is reviewed by Hyun Yu

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Pennsylvania, BB-38, 1944 - This is a preview of the 1:350 resin kit of Pennsy in her 1944 fit, being produced by Iron Shipwright. Photographs show all of the resin parts. Photo-Etch and Instructions are not ready yet (September 2002).  

redball.gif (371 bytes) Roma, 1943 Italian Battleship - The last Italian Battleship ever finished, the Roma was also the first victim of a new weapon system, the guided missile. In-Box Review of the 1:700 scale kit from H-P Models by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Marat, 1937 Soviet Battleship - This Russian dreadnought from World War One was modernized in the early 1930s. She was sunk in a JU-87 Stuka attack in 1941. The 1:700 scale kit from H-P Models is subject to a Build Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Retvizan - An In-Box Review of the Combrig 1:350 Scale kit shows all of the components of the first 1:350 kit by this company. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Andrei Pervozvanny- This is the last class of Russian Predreadnought and the only battleships to have cage masts, that were not built in the US. This 1:700 kit is the first kit from Combrig in that scale to come with photo-etched parts. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS North Carolina- A first look at all of the coponents of the latest kits from Regia Marina, in 1:700 scale, the sisterships, North Carolina also with photos of the different instructions for Washington

redball.gif (371 bytes) Schleswig-Holstein- The latest 1:700 kit from WSW of Germany is the German Predreadnought Battleship, Schleswig-Holstein in her 1939 fit, when the fired the first shots of World War Two. This "First Look" photographic survey shows all of the components of the model.

redball.gif (371 bytes) The Pitroad/Hi-Mold model of the USS Tennessee, BB-43, 1941 in 1:700 scale is the subject of this build review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Goeben / Moltke A first look at all of the components of the NNT 1:700 scale model of the Battlecruiser of the High Seas Fleet.

redball.gif (371 bytes) First Look at the components of the USS Tennessee, BB-43, 1941, 1:700, released by Pit-Road/Hi Mold.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Arizona, BB-39, Iron Shipwright/Toms 1:350 Scale. Iron Shipwright will be releasing 1:350 kits of all eight battleships that were at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. This is a look at the first of the Pacific Fleet Battle Line.

redball.gif (371 bytes) YS Master Pieces, USS Oregon, BB-3, 1898 First Look at the components of this one piece, full hull 1:350 Scale resin model. Found in the Reviews Section.

redball.gif (371 bytes) H-P Models, USS Pennsylvania, BB-38, 1943 First Look at the components of the kit. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Kombrig 1:700 Oslyabya vs Modelkrak 1:700 Peresvet: buildup reviews/comparison by Steve Backer

redball.gif (371 bytes) WSW 1:700 French Battlecruiser Strasbourg buildup review by David Lilly

redball.gif (371 bytes) Admiral Graf Spee, German Panzerschiffe 1939, Commanders/Iron Cruiser 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Arizona BB-39, USN Battleship 1941, Banner 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Arizona BB-39, USN Battleship 1921, Toms Modelworks 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Arizona BB-39, USN Battleship 1941, Classic Warships 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Baden, German Battleship 1917, WSW 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Bismarck, German Battleship 1941, Samek 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Derfflinger, German Battlecruiser 1916, WSW 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Dreadnought, British Battleship 1907, Steel Navy 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Dreadnought, British Battleship 1906, Steel Navy 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Dunkerque, French Battlecruiser 1941, Samek 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Dunkerque, French Battlecruiser 1941, Samek 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Erzherzog Ferdinand Max, Austro-Hungarian Battleship 1905, WSW 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Fuso, Imperial Japanese Battleship 1942, Hi-Mold 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Hood, British Battlecruiser 1941, Commanders/Iron Shipwright & White Ensign Models 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Hood, British Battlecruiser 1941, Tamiya 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Iowa, USN Battleship 1990, NNT 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Iron Duke, British Battleship 1914, White Ensign Models 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Kaiser, German Battleship 1914, WSW 1:700  

redball.gif (371 bytes) King George V, British Battleship 1941, Airfix 1:600 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Konig, German Battleship 1914, ICM 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Lutzow, German Battlecruiser 1916, WSW 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Mackensen, German Battlecruiser 1918, NNT 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Massachusetts, USN Battleship 1945, Blue Water Navy 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Mikasa, Japanese Battleship 1904, Seals Models 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Nagato, Japanese Battleship 1941, Hi-Mold 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) New Mexico, USN Battleship 1944, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 

redball.gif (371 bytes) North Carolina, USN Battleship 1942, Classic Warships, 1:350 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Oregon, BB-3, USN Battleship 1898, YS Master Pieces 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Oregon, BB-3, USN Battleship 1898, YS Master Pieces 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Petropavlosk, Imperial Russian Battleship 1914, WSW 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Puritan, USN Monitor, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Queen Elizabeth, British Battleship 1915, Waveline 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Radetzky, Austro-Hungarian Battleship 1916, NNT 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Retvizan, Imperial Russian Battleship 1904, Combrig 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Richelieu, French Battleship 1944, Hi-Mold 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Rodney/Nelson, British Battleship 1942, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350  

redball.gif (371 bytes) Royal Sovereign, British Battleship 1940, Revell/Frog 1:500

redball.gif (371 bytes) Seydlitz, German Battlecruiser 1916, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Seydlitz, German Battlecruiser 1916, Classic Warships 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Seydlitz, German Battlecruiser 1916, WSW 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Strasbourg, French Battlecruiser 1941, WSW 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Texas BB-35, USN Battleship 1941, Viking Models 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Texas, BB-35, USN Battleship 1941, Samek 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Tennessee BB-43, USN Battleship 1944, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350

redball.gif (371 bytes) Tennessee BB-43, USN Battleship 1944, Classic Warships 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Tennessee BB-43, USN Battleship 1941, Hi-Mold 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Tirpitz, German Battleship 1944, Samek 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Viribus Unitis, Austro-Hungarian Battleship 1916, WSW 1:700 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Vittorio Veneto, Italian Battleship 1941, Regia Marina (Original Release) 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Warspite, British Battleship 1940, Airfix 1:600

redball.gif (371 bytes) Warspite, British Battleship 1940, B Resina 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) West Virginia, USN Battleship 1941, Toms Modelworks 1:350 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Yamashiro, Japanese Battleship 1942, Hi-Mold 1:700

redball.gif (371 bytes) Yamato, Japanese Battleship, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, New Tooling - What I want to know is where did the Tamiya boys get their info on designing this new Paula Jones version of the Big Y?  Ya, give it a major nose job, fluff its hair a bit, throw some designer threads on it, and hold out for a million bucks. There's your new Yamato in a nutshell. Review by Jim Gordon.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Yamato, Japanese Battleship 1944, Nichimo 1:200

redball.gif (371 bytes) Yamato, Japanese Battleship 1944, Nichimo 1:200


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