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Transport, Merchant Ship & Auxiliary Reviews

redball.gif (371 bytes) SS Pocahontas Seam, Liberty Type Collier 1948, Loose Cannon Models 1:700 Scale - SS Pocahontas Seam by Loose Cannon Models in 1:700 scale, presents a unique opportunity for the modeler. The kit comes with resin and photo-etch parts to build this Liberty Ship based collier design in different guises, flying the US , Yugoslav or Bulgarian flags with different name plates and funnel markings.
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Coronado LCS-4 Littoral Combat Ship, Cyber-Hobby/Dragon 1:700 Scale - The CyberHobby/Dragon 1:700 scale kit of USS Coronado LCS-4 is not just a replay of their USS Independence LCS-2 kit. Yes, most of the parts are identical with those provided in the Independence kit, but also there are three new plastic sprues and a second photo-etch fret that provide detailed miniature models of new equipment such as the MH-53E heavy helicopter, MQ-8 drone helicopter and MK-105 aerially towed anti-mine sled. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) World War Two, USN Barges Set Two, YC293 & YC755, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7005 - Lion Roar Barge Set Two, Set R7005 provides the modeler with accommodation barges for dioramas but in two decidedly different configurations. YC-293 appears as a dwelling with a long series of standard building windows. However, YF-755 still has the appearance of a cargo barge, even though it was used at Ulithi for berthing. Either way Lion Roar provides excellent resin and stainless steel relief-etched photo-etch.   
redball.gif (371 bytes) Acharné, French Coastal Tugboat, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Build-Review by Felix Bustelo - L’Arsenal’s roots lie in producing Marine Nationale 1/400 scale kits and accessories and they continue produce kits for that niche market.  The latest kit in the 1/400 scale line is the coastal tugboat Acharné with a build review by Felix Bustelo
redball.gif (371 bytes) World War Two USN Barges Set One, YF390 & YF959, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7004 - Lion Roar has produced three sets of the homely but essential barges in 1:700 scale. The barge bunnies will love these, however these little gems are just perfect for yard or port dioramas hitched up to a more glamorous warship. The photographs shown here are for World War II USN Barges 1, Set R7004, which includes YF-390 and YF959
redball.gif (371 bytes) SS Wentworth III, British Tramp Steamer 1918, Battlefleet Models 1:700 Scale - If an ugly duckling tramp from RDuckCo is your hunger, Battlefleet Models has your meal with their 1:700 scale model of SS Wentworth III 1918 multimedia British Tramp Steamer. Nothing fancy, the model is a good, solid model of a working slow speed cargo ship. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Independence LCS-2 Littoral Combat Ship 2010, Cyber-Hobby/Dragon 1:700 Scale - Is it a Klingon Bird of Prey or a Federation Starship? The bridge of USS Independence LCS-2 has side by side positions for the OOD and Junior OOD. When asked why he likes to sit right behind these positions, the current captain of this futuristic ship said, “It’s because of Captain Kirk, of course!Dragon has produced an excellent plastic and brass 1:700 scale model of this brand new ship that provides a lot of options for the modeler.  
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Endurance, Modern Ice Patrol Ship, MT Miniatures 1:700 Scale - The MT Miniatures HMS Endurance, modern ice patrol vessel in 1:700 scale is a tale of two models. Not only can the modeler get a kit to be assembled and painted, as with other producers, but also the model is available fully assembled and painted with numbering and flight deck patterns. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Fort Drum 1941, Concrete Battleship of Manila Bay, OKB Grigorov/Retrokit 1:700 Scale, Review by Peter Fulgoney -  The OKB Grigorov/Retrokit 1:700 scale Fort Drum represents a purpose made concrete “fort”, built on an island off Manila Bay to protect the harbour entrance. The kit represents the fort in 1941, and includes the main armament of 2 sets of 14-inch guns together with a cage mast and platform. Review by Peter Fulgoney
redball.gif (371 bytes) Cunard Atlantic Conveyor 1982, Container Ship/Auxilliary Aircraft Carrier, NNT 1:700 Scale - The Cunard Atlantic Conveyor is the largest NNT effort to date. This ship was a key component of the Royal Navy strike force for the seizure of the Falkland Islands and her loss to an Argentine Exocet was one of the most severe blows suffered by the British in the campaign. NNT has produced a superb 1:700 scale Atlantic Conveyor with resin and photo-etch parts, full detail sheet and more aircraft on deck than either of the two British Aircraft Carriers. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) SS Californian 1902, British Cargo Steamer, Loose Cannon Models 1:700 Scale - Don’t be a Stanley Lord, asleep at the switch when destiny comes-a-calling. When you see those white distress rockets, thanks to Loose Cannon’s 1:700 scale SS Californian, you can steam your pink funneled pride to save Leonardo DiCaprio and more importantly rescue lovely Kate Winslet from the icy fingers of the North Atlantic
redball.gif (371 bytes) Deutschland Type 440 German School Ship 1965, NNT 1:700 Scale - The Bundesmarine Deutschland Type 440 was a historic ship. For more than a quarter of a century thousands of officers of the third German national navy learned their art through instruction received aboard this first German built warship constructed after World War Two. The NNT Deutschland in 1:700 scale is an excellent replica in resin and metal of this historic vessel. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Kilauea Class AE, Ammunition Replenishment Ship, Ships & Company 1:700 Scale - Ships & Company presents another well done 1:700 scale modern USN ship in the form of the last of the purpose built ammunition ships, the Kilauea class AE. Now you can join Dave Baker in building the Mount Baker, or any of the other seven ships in the class in resin and photo-etch. However, the instructions need improvement. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Shughart, Large Medium Speed Vehicle Transport (RoRo), Ships& Company 1:700 Scale - Ships & Company has produced a large and very interesting kit of a modern US RoRo in 1:700 scale with the Shughart. Although minor clean up is required, the parts are uniformly well cast. However, the overall presentation is marred by incomplete instructions. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Hakata PL-05 High Endurance Cutter, Japan Coast Guard, Skywave 1:700 Scale - All Coasties will love the Skywave Hakata. This modern design has a dramatic bow sheer and the white and blue Japan Coast Guard paint scheme makes an interesting supplement to the white and orange-red USCG scheme. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Motozatteres Series 1, Italian Motor Barges, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - Now you too can be a Mr. Moto with the Regia Marina Motozatteres Series 1 in 1:700 scale. One box gives you a feisty fleet of motorized barges to launch an armored assault to freeze the French and blast the British. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Cimarron, Modern USN Replenishment Ship, JAG 1:700 Scale - JAG is the best-known producer of modern warship and auxiliary designs. The JAG USS Cimarron is another in their line of extraordinary multimedia kits in 1:700 scale. The JAG Cimarron does not disappoint in that it provides superb parts for a first class reproduction of this replenishment ship. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Pawnee, Fleet Ocean Tug 1944, Loose Cannon 1:700 Scale - Dave Angelo might be roasting on the beach at Jacksonville, Florida, but his 1:700 scale model of the USN fleet tug USS Pawnee is cool! Although small, the Loose Cannon Pawnee provides a wealth of resin and brass detail. Although the model will build into a beautiful stand alone miniature, with its late war fit, it shouts to be part of a diorama along with a model of USS Houston
redball.gif (371 bytes) HMT Stormking, Royal Navy Fleet Tug, Loose Cannon Models 1:700 Scale - One of the major strengths of Loose Cannon Models is their consistency in producing the odd, the unusual, the overlooked. While other companies produce the sleek warships that are the "Beautiful People" of the oceans, Loose Cannon produces the blue collar working ships. They are overlooked, they are unsung, they are the very necessary "Joe Six-Packs" of the steam navies of the world. Loose Cannon has produced another quirky little auxiliary with their 1:700 HMT Stormking

redball.gif (371 bytes) MSC-60 or Acacia Class French Minesweeper 1955, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale - L'Arsenal has produced another excellent kit. Although a minesweeper is not a large ship, in 1:400 scale the L'Arsenal MSC-60 or Acacia class is large enough to sink your teeth into in detail, which is amply provided by L'Arsenal. Whether you are a grognard or novice, this kit provides a very good combination of detail, coupled with comparative ease of assembly. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Communication Cutter Project 357, Soviet Union 1953, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The eighteen communication cutters of Project 357 were designed to provide extended communication range to transmit orders to units of the Soviet fleet. Combrig is always bringing new and exotic topics to the 1:700 scale modeler and the Project 357 communication vessel surely ranks as an exotic topic. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) British Harbor Set 1890-1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig has produced a unique set centered around the tug Ioann Kronshtadsky. As if this historic vessel was not enough because of its small size, Combrig has included 52 launches, boats and rafts to further enhance the appeal of this product for the modeler. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Mashu AOE-425, JMSDF Fast Combat Support Ship, FleetNet 1:700 Scale - FleetNet has produced a large resin model of excellent quality of the large Fast Combat Support Ship Mashu AOE-425 in 1:700 scale. The resin casting is top drawer with no casting defects and includes not only outstanding smaller resin parts but also a sprue of injected plastic parts. The concise instructions in English and colorful decal sheet add further luster to this model. Although no photo-etch is included, it appears that only generic items such as railing would be required to further detail the FleetNet Mashu
redball.gif (371 bytes) Nickolai Filchenkov, Project 1171 Tapir Class Type IV BDK 1976, NATO Code Name Alligator LST, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The 1:700 scale  Combrig Nickolai Filchenkov presents the opportunity to own the Russian Gunfire Gators. This is the 14th and last of the Project 1171 BDKs, NATO code name Alligator. Only two of the class were built to this Type IV standard. The model features a forward superstructure with 140mm rocket launcher on the top deck and an extended superstructure aft. Now only will you get the rocket launcher introduced with the Type III variant and the twin 57mm mount found on the original Type I variant, but also you get two twin 25mm gun positions, which were only found on the Type IV variant. What more could a growing Gator want? 
redball.gif (371 bytes) Voronezhsky Komsomolets, Project 1171 Tapir Class Type I BDK, NATO Code Name Alligator LST, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Russian Gators are coming. If you are a "Gator" enthusiast you will have to get the Russian Alligator class LSTs. The design is a mixture of the blunt-bowed WW2 design with clamshell doors on the cutwater and modern streamlined superstructure. The Voronezhsky Komsomolets is the first of the ships of the Project 1171 Tapir class BDKs and reflects the Type I variant, identifiable with two cranes forward, one crane aft, lack of superstructure forward and smaller aft superstructure. 
redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Liddle APD-60, Fast Transport 1944, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - The Niko Model USS Liddle presents a very interesting and unique model. Because of their mission, the 50 Buckley class destroyer escort APD conversions had a very high and distinctive profile. With the high quality hull casting and accompanying smaller resin parts, coupled with a large brass photo-etch fret with extensive relief-etching, the Niko Liddle is a standout kit. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Landing Ship Medium Rocket LSM(R)-188 to 195, Loose Cannon 1:700 Scale - In September 1944 USN designers applied rocket mounts to the Landing Ship, Medium (LSM) and in October the Pacific Fleet asked for twelve of the rocket ships. This created the largest of the rocket equipped fire support ships to appear in the war, the Landing Ship, Medium, Rocket LSM(R). The first eight, LSM(R)-188 through 195, could fire 480 5-inch rockets in 30 seconds for area saturation bombardment. Loose Cannon has produced a 1:700 scale model of this king of rocket support ships of World War Two. Review by Steve Backer. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Liberty Ship, The Ugly Duckling, L’Arsenal 1:350 Scale Able to carry its own displacement in cargo, the ungainly Liberty Ship was a crucial component to victory for the allies in World War Two. The best, most detailed, and most accurate model available of this crucial ship is the 1:350 scale Liberty Ship produced by L’Arsenal. This article is a photographic review of this new kit.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Kormoran, Hilfskreuzer HSK-8 1941, NNT 1:700 Scale - At over 18,000-tons, the Kormoran HSK-8 was the largest and longest ranged Hilfskreuzer to enter Kriegsmarine service. Launched in 1938 under the name Steiermark for merchant service with the Hamburg-Amerika Line (HAPAG), the ship was taken over by the German Navy and armed as an auxiliary cruiser for service in the role as a commerce raider. She had one cruise but that one lasted almost one year from Germany to Western Australia. It ended in the pyric duel with HMAS Sydney on November 19, 1941. NNT has produced the Kormoran in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Grille, German Aviso-State Yacht 1935, Combrig 1:700 Scale The Grille was the second ship of that name built for the German navy. Both were typed as avisos, a specialty type that emphasized range and habitability and both served as the state yacht, the first for the Kaisers and the second for Adolf Hitler. However, both also served as ships of war. One of the newest releases from Combrig is this 1:700 scale resin and brass photo-etched model of the Grille of World War Two. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Liberty Ship, Jeremiah O'Brien, 1:350 Scale from Trumpeter, Test Shots - After seeing the test shot photographs for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS Nimitz, here are follow-up test shot photographs from Stevens International of the Trumpeter 1:350 scale Liberty Ship, "Jeremiah O'Brien". 

redball.gif (371 bytes) Koreits Times Two: Imperial Russian Gunboat Box 261 1:350 Scale & Combrig 1:700 Scale - In an effort to counter the "Monitor Madness" of Felix Bustelo, Jim Baumann inaugurates Gunboat Mania. Jim puts on the full court press with a double dip of Baumann Builds. He discloses a multitude of his arts and techniques as he builds the Box 261 Imperial Russian gunboat Koreits in 1:350 scale and the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of the same ship.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Krasin, Soviet Icebreaker 1922, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Most modelers have not heard of the Krasin but this 10,000 ton icebreaker is probably the most famous of her type. Best known for rescuing the crew of the Italian airship, Italia, after the airship crashed in flying over the North Pole in May 1928. The Krasin served as an icebreaker in continuous use for over half a century and still exists as a museum ship in Saint Petersburg. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale kit of Krasin, as she appeared in 1922. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Vireo AM-52, Minesweeper/Fleet Tug, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale - The USS Vireo AM-52 should have been nominated for an Oscar for 1942, as Best Supporting Actor in an Auxiliary Role. From coming to the aide of USS California at Pearl Harbor, to serving as tender for USS Enterprise CV-6 and finally for trying to tow the USS Yorktown CV-5 to safety after the Battle of Midway, the game Vireo was always in the midst of history changing events. Corsair Armada has produced an outstanding 1:700 scale model of USS Vireo. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Lenin, Soviet Caspian Sea Gunboat 1942, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The use of the Caspian Sea was extremely important for the Soviet Union during World War Two. Sea transport was used to move petroleum products from the Baku region northward. In 1940 the gunboat Lenin (ex-Kars) received a major refit that made her an AA ship. As one of the largest, if not the largest, naval units of the Caspian Flotilla, the Lenin was crucial in protecting Soviet transports from German air attack. Combrig has produced an 1:700 scale model of the Lenin in 1942 at the height of the threat to the Soviet Union.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Kars, Imperial Russian Gunboat 1910, Combrig, 1:700 Scale - Laid down in 1908 three years after the end of the Russo-Japanese War, the Kars was advanced for her time. Kars and her sistership were the first surface warships in the world to use diesel propulsion. Transported to the Caspian Sea in 1911, the gunboat was renamed Lenin in 1920 and served in the Caspian Flotilla into the 1950s. Combrig has produced an 1:700 model of the Kars. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Koreits, Imperial Russian Gunboat 1904, Box 261, 1:350 Scale - The end of the 19th century was the height of the age of Imperialism. Every imperial power worthy of its name had gunboats to show the flag. The Koreits, laid down in 1885 was the second class of gunboats to be built for the Imperial Russian Navy. Equipped with a very heavy gun armament and an enormous ram, the Koreits earned a place in naval history out of all proportion to her small size and limited mission. She fired the first shot of the Russo-Japanese War as well as being the first warship to be destroyed in the war. Box 261 from Kiev, Ukraine has produced an 1:350 scale one piece full hull multimedia model of the Koreits. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Marti, 6,000 ton Soviet Mine Layer 1941 - In 1893 the Tsar Alexander III decided that he needed another large yacht and the Shtandart was laid down. The yacht was used extensively by his son, Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs. After the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War, the purposes of a yacht ran contrary to the political thought in the new Soviet state. Something practical had to be made of the 6,000 ton ship and what was more practical than a mine layer, a plain working ship for the worker's state of the Soviet Union. The yacht was converted into the mine layer Marti. Combrig has now produced a 1:700 scale model of this unique vessel. Review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Sacramento, Modern Fleet Replenishment Ship - Does your carrier battle group need replenishment? JAG steams to the rescue with the USS Sacramento in 1:700 scale. Peter Van Buren has built this large model and tells you what he sees.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Admiral Gumanenko, Modern Russian Minehunter 1994 - In the 20th Century the Russian and Soviet Navies specialized in mine warfare. For the first time a model of a modern Russian minehunter is available. The Admiral Gumanenko is one of two ships in the class of larger size minehunter that has been released from Combrig in 1:700 scale.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Atlantic Conveyor, Container Ship - A true garage manufactured kit, the 1:700 scale resin model of the modern Container Ship, Atlantic Conveyor doesn't have any bells and whistles but modern merchant ships are almost never produced. Peter Van Buren looks at this challenge to the modeler.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Towada, Modern JMSDF Oiler - Peter Van Buren reviews the Pitroad 1:700 scale model of the modern oiler of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, the Towada.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Yermak, Imperial Russian Icebreaker - Russia has over 6,000 miles (10,000 km) of ice-choked northern coast, facing the Arctic Ocean. The Yermak was a 8,400 ton vessel, that was the first to be purposely built as an icebreaker. Yermak proved to be very successful in exploration and lifesaving missions. Combrig now has a 1:700 scale kit of the first Russian icebreaker.

redball.gif (371 bytes) YMS-260 Yard Minesweeper - The small, mass produced Yard Minesweeper is the subject of the building of the YMS-260 from Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale by Felix Bustelo.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Landing Craft Assault LCA - Mike Leonard looks at  the 1:72nd scale of the British Landing Craft Assault (LCA) from Armageddon.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Avocet, Seaplane Tender - In this diorama entitled Tending the Flock, Felix Bustelo used the Iron Shipwrights 1:350 kit of the seaplane tender, USS Avocet, to portray sistership USS Gannet in a prewar scene. Felix reviews the kit and explains his build of the diorama. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Anchorage, LSD-36 - Peter Van Buren's article and photographs on building the new 1:700 scale USS Anchorage by JAG.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Anchorage, LSD - The 1:700 scale model of this modern amphibian is one of the newest kits from JAG. In Box-Review from Peter Van Buren.

redball.gif (371 bytes) YMS-260 Yard Minesweeper, USN WWII - In-Box Review of the 1:350th scale full hull model of the second series 130 feet wooden hull, harbor minesweeper, produced by Iron Shipwright.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Newport, LST-1179, a Build Review by Peter Van Buren of the 1:700 Scale JAG model of this significant LST. Peter also contrasts the JAG kit with the Modelwerks version of Newport.

redball.gif (371 bytes) HMS Ledbury, The In-Box review of this White Ensign Models 1:350 scale modern Royal Navy minehunter by Felix Bustelo.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Newport, LST-1179, 1:700 kit by Cascade Modelwerks. In-Box review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) USS Katahdin, Armored Steam Ram, Ed Grune's Build-Up review of the Iron Shipwright 1:350 kit of America's last purpose built ram.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Tatekawa Maru, Japanese Fleet Oiler, 1944, 1:700 kit by H-P Models. In-Box review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Victoria, Italian Passenger Liner/ Troopship, 1:700 kit by Regia Marina. Build-up review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) 1:700th scale Loose Cannon  Productions Victory Ship review by John Sheridan

redball.gif (371 bytes) 1:700th scale Loose Cannon Productions AD-14 USS Dixie Destroyer Tender review by John Sheridan

redball.gif (371 bytes) 1:700th scale Loose Cannon  Productions SS Lyons Creek Tanker review by John Sheridan

redball.gif (371 bytes) In box review by Steve Backer of the Iron Shipwright 1:350 kit, USS Katahdin, Armored Steam Ram, the 1896 dead end of millennia of warship design, the purpose built ram. 

redball.gif (371 bytes) First Look at L'Arsenal's newest 1:350 kit, Tripartite Class Minehunter, a major class of vessel in modern mine warfare.

redball.gif (371 bytes) First Look at Regia Marina's newest 1:700 kit, The Motorship, Victoria, Liner & Troop Transport 1931-1942

redball.gif (371 bytes) WSW 1:700 Merchant Ship Set, Accessory #A 001, a tanker, freighter and two tugs in one kit. In-box review by Steve Backer.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Regia Marina 1:700 Minehunters of the Lerici, Gaeta and Osprey Classes, buildup review by Steve Backer

redball.gif (371 bytes) Regia Marina Poeti Motonavi, Italian Motorship Transport of World War Two - Regia Marina has produced an unusual model of this transport used during World War Two. The kit includes armored and soft skin vehicles as deck cargo.

redball.gif (371 bytes) Regia Marina Ramb, Italian Auxiliary Cruiser, World War Two - The Italian Navy converted a number of transports into auxiliary cruisers. Some, such as the Ramb series were built for the purpose. Regia Marina produces a 1:700 scale kit of the Ramb.

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