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redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Kent, County Class Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:350 Scale - From 1898 to 1905 the Royal Navy designed seven classes of armored cruisers. In less than a decade, in this period of armored cruiser mania, there were 35 British armored cruisers built. Ten of these were of the trade protection County Class. HMS Kent was one of these. With the Combrig 1:350 scale Kent , any modeler can build a resin and brass version of one of the victors of the Falklands .
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMAS Perth, Sydney or Improved Leander Class Light Cruiser, NNT 1:700 Scale Deluxe Kit - The 1:700 scale HMAS Perth, deluxe version produced by NNT, is an excellent model. The castings range from excellent to good. The design of the ship with its numerous platforms with support structures, well executed by NNT in resin and photo-etch, will make for busy and intricate upper works and the range-finding baffles on the funnels make Perth totally unique. The inclusion of brass barrels and additional photo-etch frets in the deluxe Perth makes shopping for 3rd party after-market detail nonexistent to minimal. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Worcester CL-144 1958, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - An exemplary product in every facet except one, as the photo-etch inclined ladders are merely ordinary and not exceptional, the Admiralty Model Works 1:700 scale USS Worcester can be built as the 1958 fit with unique parts for the Worcester or Roanoke with a 3rd option for a Worcester 1950 fit. This is an outstanding kit with superb resin parts, brass barrels and masts and two relief-etched frets that provides the best kit available of the unique heavy AA Worcester class light cruiser.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Long Beach CGN-9, Nuclear Missile Cruiser 1961, Cyber-Hobby/Dragon 1:700 Scale - Cyber-Hobby/Dragon had produced a plastic and brass 1:700 scale model of the last true cruiser to be built for the USN, the splendid USS Long Beach. Thoughtfully, parts for the 1961 and 1967 fits have been included as well as a lower hull part for full hull enthusiasts. Now you can fire up your nuke and go on that long delayed around the world cruise. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Ajax, Leander Class Light Cruiser, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale Hey Bunky, now you can guffaw at the Graf, laugh at Langsdorf and chortle at the Chermans because Iron Shipwright has the perfect antidote to plastic Graf Spees with a ISW 1:350 scale HMS Ajax. How can a brutish plastic Graf stand up against a spanking new resin and brass Ajax , manned with men with Hearts of Oak?
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Roanoke CL-145 1957, AA Light Cruiser, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - The Niko Roanoke is a very good kit with excellent resin castings and a large brass photo-etch fret. However, the hull casting has a significant shortcoming with no wooden planking detail. Further, with no plan view in the instructions, additional reference will be needed for exact placement of a few fittings.
redball.gif (371 bytes) Edgar Quinet 1911, French Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Thanks to Combrig, you now can get a 1:700 scale of the best of the French armored cruisers, the Edgar Quinet. An ancestor of the heavy cruiser, the Edgar Quinet ditched the mixed armament of France other countries' armored cruisers and went to an all big gun armament of fourteen 7.6-inch guns mounted in twin gun turrets, single gun turrets and casemate guns. With a speed of 24-knots, the Edgar Quinet was a good design. There was only one problem. Across the channel the Royal Navy started building the Invincible class battle cruisers that put an end to armored cruiser mania and introduced battle cruiser madness. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Emanuele Filiberto Duca D'Aosta 1935, Italian Light Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The fourth class of Condottieri Italian Light Cruisers continued with the trend for larger but better protected cruisers. The two ships of the Duca D’Aosta Class saw another jump in displacement and continued the Italian tradition of designing elegant warships. Combrig has released their own 1:700 scale model of Duca D'Aosta
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Atlanta 1886, Protected Cruiser, First of the New Steel Navy, Combrig 1:700 Scale - So what if the USS Atlanta protected cruiser rode the pine at the New York Navy Yard for the big one of 1898, while sister ship USS Boston snagged the glory at the Battle of Manila Bay. You don't have to feel like a Times Square Commando when you get the Combrig 1:700 scale USS Atlanta. Snag one of these babies and you'll be ready to send in the Marines at any of those pesky Central American, South American or Caribbean states that dare to threaten US interests and critical banana supply. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Dupleix, Desaix Class Armored Cruiser 1903, U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 Scale - You can go to any four star restaurant on the Champs d’Elysée and you won’t find a dish as tasty as the U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 scale French armored cruiser Dupleix. Although not perfect, the Dupleix is a very commendable first effort at a large kit for U-Boat Laboratorium.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Marblehead 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - This is clearly another winner from Niko Model. Through a wide variety of resin and brass photo-etch parts, all of which are very well executed, one 1942 variant of the wacky and wonderful Omaha class can be built. If you like these slim jim, over-loaded, four stack retro-cruisers, the 1:700 scale Niko Model 1942 USS Marblehead is for you.
 redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Portland CA-33, Sweet Pea 1944, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - From the horrific Battle of the Pips or the green hell of Majuro, along with lesser known engagements such as Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Surigao Strait and Okinawa, the USS Portland CA-33 seemed to be everywhere and was lucky. Now Niko Model has produced an excellent 1:700 scale model of the Sweet Pea as she appeared in 1944 when she blazed away at the Yamashiro and smashed the bridge and engine room of Mogami
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Northampton CLC-1, Command Cruiser, Imperial Hobby Productions 1:700 Scale - IHP presents most of the fixuns for a delicious dinner of the CLC-1 USS Northampton. This one-off large command cruiser served for almost two decades as a fleet command ship and its increased freeboard and towering superstructure makes a truly unique appearance in the 1950s and 1960s USN fleet. The IHP Northampton can use photo-etch and in keeping with the Craftsman type of model, the Northampton provides good but not spectacular resin castings. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Huntington CL-107 1948, Fargo Class Light Cruiser, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Niko Model has produced an excellent 1:700 scale model of USS Huntington in her 1948 fit. One of only two ships in the "improved" Cleveland design, as the Fargo class was called. The Huntington, along with the Fargo, had very short careers. However, as a design, their single stack and reduced superstructure, made them rather beautiful, balanced cruisers. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Chokai, Japanese Takao Class Heavy Cruiser 1942, Aoshima 1:350 Scale - Aoshima has produced a very fine 1:350 scale model of the most impressive of the Japanese heavy cruisers, the Takao Class. The Chokai 1942 kit is perfect for the Chokai and Maya in 1942 and with some fairly easy modifications for all four members of the class in 1936. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS St Louis CL-49 1942, Midship Models 1:700 Scale, Kit Review by Andrew Payne - The new Midship Model of USS St. Louis CL-49 portrays the ship as she appeared in summer and fall 1942. This review is a little bit different, as it is bifurcated. The actual kit review is by Andrew Payne and the photographs and history are by Steve Backer. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMAS Sydney 1914, H-P Models 1:700 Scale, Review by George Hargreaves - HMS Sydney engaged the German light cruiser Emden on 9th November 1914 and sank her. George Hargreaves reviews the H-P Models 1:700 scale kit of the HMAS Sydney of the First World War. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Norfolk, British County Class Heavy Cruiser, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale Photographic Review - Some warships of the Royal Navy in World War Two won fame in the Mediterranean. However, there is one that won her fame by hunting big game on the open ocean and holds the unique distinction of being the only Royal Navy warship to engage and participate in the destruction of two German battleships. That ship is the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk. Now Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a multi-media 1:350 scale model of the famed HMS Norfolk
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Drake, British Armored Cruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig presents another winner with their 1:700 scale model of HMS Drake. The cruiser hull is large and impressive and yet with less parts on the included photo-etch fret than found in most Combrig release, the Drake should prove an easy build.
redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Blucher, German Armored Cruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig has done another admirable job in producing a 1:700 scale replica of the best of the armored cruisers. Although a World War One warship, this Blucher kit is not for the beginner. With its numerous searchlight platforms and raised boat skids, there are some delicate subassemblies found here. However, for everybody else the Combrig Blucher is recommended without reservation.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Monterey CG-61, Ticonderoga Class Aegis Missile Cruiser, Dragon 1:700 Scale - The Dragon 1:700 scale USS Monterey, CG-61, continues where the DML USS Philippine Sea kit ended. It is the same kit with two significant differences. One of course is the new decal sheet with names and numbers of CG-61 through CG-63. The other difference is the inclusion of a new sprue, which includes an assortment of radomes and communication domes. This presents the most modern Tico fit yet offered. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Cleveland, Denver Class Peace Cruiser 1918, Modelkrak 1:700 Scale - "Hurry, hurry, hurry! Git chur Peace Cruisers raht chere!" Do your friends in the Bay Area make fun of you for war toys? Are your love beads too tight from inhaling resin vapors of the latest warship model? The solution is to build the Modelkrak 1:700 scale USS Cleveland "Peace Cruiser", rather than a "Warship". 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Leviathan, Drake Class Armored Cruiser 1903, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - Leviathan is a proper name for a member of this class of gigantic armored cruiser. For years the members of this class were among the largest and fastest warships in the world. Now, thanks to Combrig, 1:700 models of these giants can grace the Home Fleet of any modeler. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Philippine Sea CG-58, Ticonderoga Class Aegis Missile Cruiser, Dragon 1:700 Scale - The 1:700 scale USS Philippine Sea, CG-58, represents the VLS equipped version of the Ticonderoga class Aegis missile cruiser. Dragon extends the Premium Edition execution to one of the primary AA platforms of the modern USN. With a brass fret with lattice masts, radars and a full set of railing, not to mention a new gorgeous decal sheet, Dragon adds more bang for the buck with this Premium Edition
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Kent, County Class Armored Cruiser 1903, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Time to revenge the Monmouth. With the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Kent, you’ll have the most effective of the 35 armored cruisers to fly the White Ensign. This small County class armored cruiser sank two German light cruisers in distant waters and justified the County class design concept as commerce protectors. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Guided Missile Fleet, USS Boston, USS Nautilus & USS Currituck, Revell Reissue - Beat the prices of E-Bay and get half-century old Models for a pittance. With the reissue of Revell’s Guided Missile Fleet and Seaplane Tender you can relive a simpler period when this set was the ne plus ultra of shipbuilding. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Gneisenau, German Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - If it is time to add Grosser Kreuzer to your High Seas Fleet, the Combrig 1:700 scale SMS Gneisenau will more than suffice. This highly detailed kit replicates one of the best armored cruisers produced by Imperial Germany, which in the short span of 36 days went from overwhelming victory to overwhelming defeat. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Monmouth, County Class Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Join the Cult of the Armored Cruiser! There is no need for passwords, secret handshakes or decoder rings. Nor do you need to recite passages from Whispers From the Fleet. With the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Monmouth you will get an excellent model of one of Kit Cradock’s doomed squadron. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Vesuvius, Pneumatic Dynamite Gun Cruiser 1890, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Pssst! Hey Buddy, do you need a naval equalizer to all of those fancy-pants European Fleets? Take a gander at this Rolex, …er…, Pneumatic Dynamite Gun Cruiser, instant naval credibility on the cheap. What if you could get a 900-ton ship, which mounted three 15-inch guns and capable of a blindingly fast 21-knots, all for the laughably low price of 350k smackers. These are no ordinary cannons but through the miracle of compressed air and American know-how, they fire nitrocellulose, dynamite filled shells. One hit from one of these babies and there goes one of those expensive 15,000-ton battleships. With a squadron of these in your fleet, John Bull will go weak in his knees, Kaiser Bill will have heart palpitations and the Dons will be all a-twitter. Combrig has produced this marvel of naval technology of 1890 in 1:700 scale with their release of USS Vesuvius
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Cumberland, County Class Armored Cruiser 1904, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - The first of the 1:700 scale Royal Navy armored cruisers have now been released by Combrig. The photographs of the Cumberland in this article, show the components found in the kit. This article is basically a pictorial review/preview of the kit. The hull is surprisingly large with a goodly quantity of excellent resin fittings and equipment.
redball.gif (371 bytes) SMS Regensburg, German Light Cruiser 1917, H-P Models 1:700 Scale - The H-P Models 1:700 scale model of SMS Regensburg presents a good model but does present some significant deficiencies. Parts range from good to mediocre and the lack of locator lines on the deck presents a pitfall for the unwary. However, with care and a few changes a very nice model of this light cruiser can be built. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS San Diego CL-53, USN AA Cruiser, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale - Dragon provides a vast number of parts in their Premium Edition kit for USS San Diego. However, only about 40% to 50% of the parts are used as Dragon has included upgraded, more detailed parts for some items, as well as older parts found in the previous Atlanta release. A brand-new photo-etch fret designed for this kit and new decal sheet are also very significant upgrades that add detail to the Premium Edition. The Atlanta class has always been popular and with the array of different AA guns and radar, almost any fit of the ships of the class can be duplicated. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Abdiel, Fast Mine Layer 1943, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - The White Ensign Models 1:350 scale HMS Abdiel is a significant release of a neglected type of warship. Far better known as an ultra-high speed transport in transporting the most critical items and supplies, especially to Malta, than for laying mines, the four ships of the class in the 1938 program were crucial assets for the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean War. This is not a small model but is not out-sized. The WEM resin, white metal and brass kit is absolutely stunning. Every type of part is first rate and concludes with the best instructions in the business. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Olympia, Protected Cruiser 1898, Combrig 1:700 Scale - You may build when ready Gridley! Your name does not have to be Charles Gridley to appreciate the Combrig USS Olympia in 1:700 scale. The lines are right, the parts are right and defect free, the instructions are clear, almost every aspect of the model is tweaked to provide for an easy and enjoyable build.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Chicago, Protected Cruiser 1898, Combrig 1:700 Scale The USS Chicago, a protected cruiser laid down in 1883, was the most powerful warship in the new American Steel Navy for half a decade. When laid down in 1883 at the John Roach Yards of Chester, Pennsylvania, she was the largest warship that could have built at that time in the United States. Combrig has now produced a 1:700 scale kit of the USS Chicago as she appeared after her 1895-1898 refit. Review by Steve Backer.  
redball.gif (371 bytes) Scipione Africano, Capitani Romani Class Italian Light Cruiser, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Named after the famed general Scipio Africanus of the Roman Republic, the Scipione Africano was one of only three ships of the Capitani Romani Class of ultra light cruisers to enter service of the Regia Marina in World War Two. Built as an answer to very large destroyers building for the French Navy, the ships featured huge power plants on small frames and were extremely fast. Scipione Africano was victorious in her only surface action in the war when she was attacked by four British torpedo boats (MTBs) in the Strait of Messina. Niko Model of Poland produces a very good 1:700 scale model of this beautiful cruiser. Review by Steve Backer. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Chicago CG-11, Albany Class Missile Cruiser, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Do you like your "Tall Ladies" really tall and stately? Geoff Cook does and built the new Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale USS Albany missile cruiser as USS Chicago CG-11 for the 2005 USA IPMS Nationals. In this article Geoff tells about the kit and how he built it. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Baltimore, USN Protected Cruiser 1890, Combrig, 1:700 Scale The best of the cruisers built for the USN in the 1880s, the USS Baltimore was a second generation cruiser of the new US Steel Navy built from a British design. Built as a flagship, the Baltimore was scheduled to replace USS Olympia as flagship US Asiatic Squadron but in preparation for war with Spain, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt let the squadron commander, George Dewey, to keep Olympia as well as Baltimore. Second in line at the Battle of Manila Bay the USS Baltimore saw the advent of three wars in which the USN rose from a 5th Class power to the most potent naval force ever seen. Combrig has released a 1:700 scale of the USS Baltimore, protected cruiser of 1890. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Admiral Makarov Project 1134A Berkut A Kresta II, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Admiral Makarov was the fourth of the ten ship class of Large Antisubmarine Ships (BPK) of Project 1134A Berkut A, NATO Code name Kresta II. A derivation of the previous Project 1134 Berkut, Kresta I, this class changed missions with a true ASW capability, rather than being a Rocket Cruiser (RKR) with a name change, as was the Kresta I. Combrig now has released models of four ships in the class, including the Admiral Makarov, in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) ORP Conrad, Polish D Class Light Cruiser 1944, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Some ship designs seem to be caught between two wars. The Royal Navy D Class light cruiser was one of these designs. The first three were ordered in 1916 and two of these became the only two cruisers of the Polish Navy in World War Two. HMS Danae, the first of the D Class was transferred to the Polish Navy and renamed ORP Conrad in 1944 as a replacement for her sistership, ORP Dragon which was sunk off Caen, one week after D-Day. The newest 1:700 scale kit from Niko Model is the ORP Conrad, a unique mixture of old and new. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Raimondo Montecuccoli, Italian Light Cruiser, Delphis 1:350 Scale RN Raimondo Montecuccoli was one of the two Italian light cruisers in the 3rd Group of Condottieri. With the Montecuccoli Class the size of the ships increased dramatically over the preceding class and added significant armor. She was one of the most attractive cruisers ever built. Delphis has produced that company’s first 1:350 scale model in their Montecuccoli. The model has a one-piece full hull with two large frets of brass photo-etch. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Minneapolis CA36, USN Heavy Cruiser 1943, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Of the seven New Orleans Class heavy cruisers, three were sunk at the Battle of Savo Island, Astoria, Quincy & Vincennes; three were badly damaged at some point, New Orleans, Minneapolis & San Francisco; with only the Tuscaloosa to escape serious damage or sinking. The four survivors all received a major refit at mid-war which dramatically changed their appearance. This model is of the USS Minneapolis from Combrig in 1:700 scale. The model represents the Minnie as she appeared after her first major refit in August 1943 with a new bridge, new 40mm batteries and one less crane. This superb kit comes with two photo-etched brass frets and fills a large gap in any cruiser collection. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Tone, Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Yankee Modelworks 1:350 Scale, Sneak Peek of Master Pattern - Since there have been a series of questions concerning the Yankee Modelworks forthcoming release of the Japanese heavy cruiser Tone in 1:350 scale, Mike Bishop, who built the master for the kit, thought that it would beneficial for modelers to have an early sneak peek at the kit. These photographs show the master used as the pattern for the kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Astoria CA-34, New Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - in the 1920s the United States Navy built three classes of heavy cruisers in a short period of time under the limitations of the Washington Treaty. The USN was not happy with the armor protection on these first three classes. For the next design they changed the machinery layout and shortened the ship in order to provide a heavier armor scheme. The result was the New Orleans Class of heavy cruisers. USS Astoria CA-34 was the first of the class of seven ships to be laid down. Astoria was in the Northern Force between Savo Island and Tulagi on the night of August 8 to 9, 1942 when the Tokyo Express made its first run and achieved a stunning victory at the Battle of Savo Island. Astoria was one of the four allied cruisers lost in that battle. Combrig has just produced a resin and brass photo-etch model of the Astoria as she appeared in Operation Watchtower. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Attilio Regolo, Italian Capitani Romani Ultra Light Cruiser 1942, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - This class of ships took the Italian Navy's penchant for very fast, small cruisers with no armor to extreme form. Capable of 40 knots the Attilio Regolo was the first of the Capitani Romani named after the great historical figures from Imperial and Republican Rome. Regia Marina has produced a model of Attilio Regolo in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS New York ACR-2, Prima Donna of the New American Steel Navy, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - In 1893 a new warship was commissioned into the reborn United States Navy. It was the first of the new armored warships to complete in spite of the fact that two others were ordered earlier. However, unlike the USS Maine and USS Texas, which were designed from the start as second class warships, the new armored cruiser, USS New York, was the finest armored cruiser in the world when commissioned. From the day of her commissioning the New York was the most sought after command in the USN. Throughout the 1890s and into the new century New York was the flagship of the premiere formation of the USN, the North Atlantic Squadron. However, when her chance came on July 3, 1898, fate cruelly snatched glory from her. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a one-piece full hull model of the USS New York ACR-2 in 1:350 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Bainbridge CGN-25, JAG 1:700 Scale, Builp Up Review - Peter Van Buren has a marked fondness for the model kits from JAG but then again, who doesn't? Fine detail combined with superb casting always make any JAG product a standout. This time Peter has built the latest from JAG, the USS Bainbridge CGN-25 in 1:700 scale.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Bainbridge CGN-25, Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser, JAG 1:700 Scale The USS Bainbridge was the first nuclear powered escort ship built for the USN. Originally classed as a frigate and given a destroyer leader hull number DLGN-25, the Bainbridge was retyped as a cruiser in 1975. JAG has produced a superb 1:700 scale model of the Billy B as she appeared in her last fit. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Algérie, French Heavy Cruiser 1941-1942, Combrig 1:700 Scale - From 1921 through 1935 all major naval powers engaged in building heavy cruisers. With the Washington Treaty Battleship Holliday in effect, naval competition concentrated on heavy cruiser construction. Of all the Treaty Cruisers constructed by all the powers, the best design within Treaty limits, was the 7th and last French heavy cruiser, the Algérie. When the Kriegsmarine set to design their Hipper Class heavy cruisers, the requirements specified that it had to equal the best of foreign cruisers, which was further specified as the Algérie. Now you can add this striking cruiser to your fleet. Combrig has produced a resin and brass photo-etch model of the Algérie in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMAS Sydney, Australian Modified Leander Class Light Cruiser, NNT 1:700 Scale - The Royal Navy redesigned the single stack Leander Class light cruiser in order to incorporate a new machinery plan. The new class dubbed the Modified Leander Class were handsome two funnel light cruisers. The HMAS Sydney was the last of the three to be laid down but the first of the class to be completed. HMAS Sydney excelled in the fighting in the Mediterranean Sea in 1940, at one time ambushing two Italian light cruisers. However, she is best remembered for her loss with all hands from an engagement with the German raider Kormoran. NNT has now produced an 1:700 scale model of this excellent and tragic cruiser. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Long Beach CGN-9, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The USS Long Beach CGN-9 was the first nuclear powered cruiser in the world. She had a long life of 34 years, ending in 1995. She was totally unique in appearance with a towering block house superstructure. Geoff Cook reviews his build of the Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale USS Long Beach CGN-9. Geoff built her in the appearance Long Beach had late in her career with Harpoon & Tomahawk missiles and a lattice main mast.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Bainbridge CGN-25, JAG 1:700 Scale - These photographs are from JAG and show the resin hull casting and photo-etch fret for the JAG USS Bainbridge in 1:700 scale. The Bainbridge will be available in mid to late July 2004 when JAG will start shipping the kits. The model will feature resin and white metal smaller parts, photo-etched fret and full decal sheet including low and high visibility hull numbers.

redball.gif (371 bytes) RN Eugenio Di Savoia, Italian Light Cruiser 1937, Delphis 1:700 Scale - This class of two light cruisers, Emanuele Filiberto Duca D’Aosta and Eugenio Di Savoia, was the 4th class of Italian light cruisers collectively called the Condottieri. Prior to this design, Italian light cruisers were practically unarmored. This design changed that trend by having 22% of her displacement devoted to armor and was a far better all-around warship. Delphis makes a 1:700 resin model of the Eugenio Di Savoia. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Boston, Protected Cruiser 1887, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - In 1883 the United States had no navy of which to speak. The relics in service in the USN were easily outclassed by the navies of Chile and Brazil, not to mention almost every European country. In 1883 three cruisers and a dispatch vessel were finally approved by a Congress, wary of large navies. The first two cruisers to be commissioned were USS Atlanta of 1886 and USS Boston of 1887. These sisterships were substandard when compared with European designs but were well worth their price in jump-starting the US naval construction industry and for training officers and crew of the American Steel Navy. The Boston was with Commodore Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay. Now the first class of steel  and steam cruiser for the USN will be available in 1:350 scale from Commanders/Iron Shipwright. This is a preview of the kit showing the hull casting, brass photo-etch fret and some but not all of the smaller resin parts.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Scylla, Dido Class AA Cruiser 1942, WSW 1:700 Scale - The Dido Class of light cruisers were designed to carry five 5.25-inch twin mounts. However, the new King George V Class battleships also mounted this system as secondary batteries. There were not enough to go around and the battleships had the priority. Because of this most of the Dido Class were fitted without their full five turrets. The crunch came with the three ships of the 1938 Programme. There were only enough available 5.25-inch mounts for one of the three Didos in this group. The other two, Scylla and Charybdis, received four 4.5-inch twin mounts. Because of their light main armament, the pair became known as The Toothless Terrors. The latest model from WSW is HMS Scylla in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Brooklyn ACR-3, Armored Cruiser 1898, YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale - At the Battle of Santiago on July 3, 1898, both American flag officers flew their flags on armored cruisers. Commodore Schley, who had defacto command during the battle was aboard the USS Brooklyn, the newest of the American armored cruisers. Exhibiting all facets of French warship design, the Brooklyn was an extremely handsome warship of flowing curves, as well as being one of the most powerful cruisers of her type. The latest 1:350 scale reproduction from YS Master Pieces is the USS Brooklyn, who has produced a kit as lovely as the original design. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Building the SMS Zenta, WSW 1:700 Scale - Jim Baumann relates his experiences and techniques that he used in building the Austro-Hungarian Scout Cruiser, SMS Zenta, in 1:700 scale from WSW. He portrays the cruiser under partial auxiliary sail as she crossed the Indian Ocean in a 1900 Pacific cruise. Jim really likes the WSW kit and tells you why.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian Light Cruiser WW2, Regia Marina 1:700 - The Italian Navy launched a series of very fast, almost unarmored light cruisers in the 1930s. They were collectively called the Condottieri. The 5th class did a complete turn around in that they sacrificed speed for very good armor protection. This class consisted of , Luigi Di Savoia Duca Degli Abruzzi and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Regia Marina has released a 1:700 scale resin and photo-etch model of these cruisers with options to build either ship in any fit from 1938 to 1951. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Admiral Ushakov, Russian Rocket Cruiser - The culmination of the Rocket Cruiser (RKR) concept, the four ships of the Kirov Class are sometimes called atomic cruisers because of their nuclear propulsion. Large  and impressive, the first of the class was Kirov, which was renamed Admiral Ushakov in 1992. The Admiral Ushakov varied significantly from the following three sisterships. Dragon has produced injection plastic kits of both variants. It is time for a reconnaissance of this significant release and the scouts are back. This photographic review of the 256 part Admiral Ushakov in 1:700 scale from Dragon shows all of the components of the kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Nisshin, Japanese Armored Cruiser 1904 - With tensions nearing a peak between Imperial Japan and Imperial Russia in China and Korea, Japan went shopping for naval reinforcements. From Argentina she purchased the last two Garibaldi Class Armored Cruisers, built in Italy. Designed to be an armored cruiser fit to steam in a line of battle, Nisshin lived up to the hype, as flagship of Vice-Admiral Misu, second in command to Admiral Togo at Tsushima, Nisshin suffered more hits than any other Japanese ship, other than Mikasa. Combrig is about to release an 1:350 scale model of Admiral Misu's flagship. This photographic preview shows all of the resin components and the instructions.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS California CGN-36 -Peter Van Buren looks at the JAG USS California CGN-36 in 1:700 scale. In his build of this beautiful JAG model, Peter has, as always, added is own special touches.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Long Beach CGN-9, 1:350 Scale - This 17,350 ton (fl) cruiser was the first nuclear powered surface escort. Designed to complement and provide anti-air and anti-submarine capabilities for CVN-65, the USS Long Beach was one of the most distinctive designs of the era. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has now produced a one piece, full hull model of Long Beach in 1:350 scale.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Moskva, Project 1164 Rocket Cruiser (RKR) - The Moskva originally Slava is one of the four newest missile cruisers built for the Soviet Union and then the Russian and Ukrainian navies. Second in size only to the huge Kirov Rocket Cruisers, the class is very distinctive with their sixteen Surface to Surface missile canisters running a third the length of the ship. This photographic preview shows all of the resin components of this 1:700 scale kit from Combrig, plus the box art and decal sheet, which  is a first for Combrig. There is no need to search for decals to replicate the Russian style numbers on the side of the hulls. Also shown is the initial draft of the instructions. Not shown in this review is the photo-etched fret and final instructions that will come with the kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) WSW KuK Sangt Georg, Austro Hungarian Panzerkreuzer, 1917/18 - Rob Mackie takes an in-box look at this recent WSW 1:700th waterline release and likes what he sees .

redball.gif (371 bytes) Varyag, Imperial Russian Cruiser 1st Rank, 1904 - In 1898 the Imperial Russian Admiralty went shopping overseas for warships for their rapidly expanding fleet. William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, won the contract to build the Battleship Retvizan and the Cruiser 1st Rank Varyag. The Varyag never lived up to her possibilities because of a poor selection for the boilers by Cramp. On February 9, 1904 Varyag took on an entire Japanese cruiser squadron in a vain attempt to break through their blockade and reach Port Arthur. Box 261 is about to release a 1:350 scale model of this cruiser. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Kasuga, Japanese Armored Cruiser 1904 - Kasuga and her sister Nisshin were purchased by Japan on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War. When Japan lost 1/3 of her battleship force to mines on May 15, 1904, Kasuga and Nisshin were placed with the battleships in the battle line. The last of ten Garibaldi Class Cruisers built for export by Ansaldo in Genoa, Italy, the armored cruiser Kasuga in 1:350 scale, is the first model from Box 261, a new model producer from Kiev. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Avrora, Russian Protected Cruiser & Hero of the Revolution - In 1927 the old Russian protected cruiser, Avrora received the Order of the Red Banner for the part she played in the October Revolution. Combrig has released a 1:700 scale resin kit of Avrora, as she appeared prior to a refit in World War One.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Milwaukee, St. Louis Class Protected Cruiser - The USN wanted an improved Olympia design of intermediate cruiser. What they created was a thoroughly unsatisfactory design. Although possessing the good looks of a smaller version of the Pennsylvania, the 9,700 ton cruisers were grossly under-gunned with only six-inch guns. Iron Shipwright has produced the USS  Milwaukee in 1:350 scale. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Dmitri Donskoi, Russian Armored Cruiser, Cruiser 1st Rank, Laid Down in 1881, the cruiser was at Tsushima. The Combrig 1:700 scale model of Dmitri Donskoi depicts her as commissioned in 1885 with three full masts with fighting tops, plus bowsprit. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Vladimir Monomakh, Build Review - Laid down in 1880 this armored cruiser is fitted with a full set of masts and sails. She is an example of the confusion that existed in all navies cruiser designs of the period. Build review of the 1:700 scale kit of Vladimir Monomakh produced by Combrig. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Pallada, Russian Protected Cruiser 1904 - Pallada was name ship of a three member class of protected cruisers rated as Cruisers First Rank by the Imperial Russian Navy. She was a member of the First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur. This is a photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Pallada of the Russo-Japanese War.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Novik, Cruiser 2nd Class - During the Russo-Japanese War, no Imperial Russian warship was handled with more aggressively, with skill and professionalism than the small 3,000 ton cruiser 2nd rank, Novik. Combrig has produced a 1:350 scale model of this notable vessel. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Brooklyn, Armored Cruiser AC 3 - The USS Brooklyn was Commodore Schley's flagship at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, where she played a leading role. Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale model of this famous cruiser. Build review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Vladimir Monomakh, Russian Armored Cruiser - This early armored cruiser was 25 years old when she sailed in to battle at Tsushima. Combrig has just produced Vladimir Monomakh in 1:700 scale as the cruiser appeared at Tsushima. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser - The Askold, Cruiser 1st Rank, was one of the most distinctive ships of her time. This five stack cruiser is now available in 1:350 scale from Combrig. The multimedia kit has a two piece hull, so it can be assembled waterline or full hull. This is a photographic preview of the components. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Virginia, CGN 38 - Peter Van Buren provides a Build Review of the 1:700 scale model of the USS Virginia by JAG. Peter has the crew manning the side. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Delhi, Anti-Aircraft Cruiser - John Currie presents a photographic study of the components to the recent H-P Models release of a 1:700 model of HMS Delhi, CLAA. She was refitted with five 5-inch/38cal single mounts in 1941-1942 in the US for AA service.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Brooklyn, Armored Cruiser ACR-3 - In November 2002 Iron Shipwright will release their 1:350 scale model of USS Brooklyn. The extreme tumble home design of the armored cruiser gave her a very distinctive, French appearance. The multimedia kit has a one piece full hull and three brass photo-etched frets. This is a photographic preview of the components.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Azov, Project 1134BF Berkut B - The most greatly modified of the seven ship Kara class was the Azov. Equipped with the SA-N-6 VLS system, Azov was the test bed for the Kirov and Slava classes. Photographic Preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Azov.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Ochakov, Project 1134B Berkut B - Nikolayev and Ochakov were the first two ships of the Kara class. The Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Ochakov represents the design as initially built.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Diana, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser - One of the few survivors of the ill fated Russian First Pacific Squadron based at Port Arthur is the subject of this photographic preview. This kit is one of the newest 1:700 models from Combrig.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Petropavlovsk, Project 1134B Berkut B - A photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the fifth ship of the NATO Code Name Kara Class.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Virginia, CGN-38 - The latest kit from JAG, the Virginia in 1:700 Scale exceeds the very high standards of previous kits from JAG. In-Box Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Long Beach CGN-9 - Peter Van Buren provides a build review of this 1:700 scale kit from JAG.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Pallada II, Named after a cruiser lost at Port Arthur, the Pallada was one of the three armored cruisers built to the design of Bayan, medium armored cruiser. This 1:700 kit from Combrig depicts the cruiser at the start of WWI in 1914.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Georgios Averoff- This is a "First Look" a the first 1:700 model from YS Masterpieces. This kit is a one piece full hull model of this Greek Armored Cruiser. The kit is also available in the traditional waterline format.  Remarkably, the full hull model is almost an identical miniature of the 1:350 scale kit of  Averoff. First Class production standards all the way.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Boyarin, Imperial Russian Cruiser, 2nd Rank, Build-up Review of this new Combrig cruiser, that served with the First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Georgios Averoff Quintin Trammell's build and commentary of the YS Master Pieces 1:350 Greek Armored Cruiser.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Combrig's Bayan,` Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser, 1:700 Scale. A look at the components. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) The Iron Shipwright, 1:350 USS Birmingham, CL-62 is the subject of Dave Judy's build-up review. Dave portrayed Birmingham as she appeared after the explosion of USS Princeton CVL, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, caused severe damage to the cruiser. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale Georgios Averoff, Greek Armored Cruiser, 1912  One piece, full hull resin model of the Greek Flagship during the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913.

redball.gif (371 bytes) WSW 1:700th SMS Zenta, Austrian Torpedo Cruiser. Build-up review by Steve Backer

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Dido. Royal Navy AA Cruiser, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - This is an outstanding kit that I recommend highly.  Cost when purchased directly from White Ensign Models is 38.25 pounds (about US $63) air post included. A straightforward build, it is suitable for a ship modeler seeking to construct his first 1/700th resin kit. Review by Rob Mackie. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Sheffield, Town Class Light Cruiser, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - The state of the art in ship modelling has just been advanced by another couple of notches, a wonderful kit beautifully presented.  I've had the kit in my hands for approx. 2 hours so far, and I haven't stopped grinning yet. Review by Colin Ritchie. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser, White Ensign Models & WSW Kit Comparison 1:700 Scale - Either kit will will build into a great model, so if you are considering an Askold, choose the one that bests fits your building style. Review by Rob Mackie. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Chester, Light Cruiser 1916, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - This is an excellent kit of a beautiful and important World War I warship. It is complete and well engineered. I highly recommend it.  Review by Alberto Rada. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS San Francisco, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Iron Shipwright has announced a 1/350 scale model of the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco. Mastered by Jon Warneke, the kit is a one piece full-hull model depicting the cruiser in its October 1944 fit. Review by Rob Mackie.


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