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December 23, 2010 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


December 21, 2010 USS Keokuk 1863, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - With the Flagship Models USS Keokuk the modeler gets a 1:192nd scale model of one of the more bizarre ironclad designs of the American Civil War. With a turtle back hull, fixed armored gun towers and prominent ram, no one will mistake the fighting Keokuk for a plain Jane monitor. All the parts are present in resin, white metal and relief-etched brass for a waterline or full hull version of this ill fated ironclad. Added to the American Civil War Reviews Section. 


December 20, 2010 HMS Barham, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Built by An Chu - This is the 1:700 scale model of the British battleship HMS Barham produced by White Ensign Models and built by An Chu. Added to the Battleship Gallery


December 17, 2010 Gneisenau in Norway 1944, Redesigned and Rebuilt with 15-Inch Gun Turrets, HP-Models 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Christoph Mentzel - H-P Models has produced a 1:700 scale model of Gneisenau as she would have appeared if her rebuild with 15-Inch guns and a longer bow would have been completed. Cristoph Mentzel built the kit as part of a diorama of Gneisenau in Norway in 1944. Added to the Diorama Gallery


December 15, 2010 Mikasa 1904, 1:550 Scale, Scratch-Built by Greg Shoda - These are photos of Greg Shoda's latest project. He built this model of the IJN Mikasa in 1/550 scale card. The work took about 3 months off and on. It was based upon simple drawings Greg found in a Japanese book. Added to the Battleship Gallery


December 14, 2010 HMS Agincourt 1917, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas has done another magnificent job with his construction of the Combrig 1:700 scale model of HMS Agincourt. The fit reflects her appearance in late 1917. The original flying bridges amidship and aft tripod have been removed but the Gin Palace still retains the tall amidship derrick. Added to the Battleship Gallery


December 10, 2010 HMS Hood 1941, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Zenden Ng - Zenden Ng built the Tamiya 1:700 scale HMS Hood primarily out of the box but with some rigging. Added to the Battleship Gallery


December 9. 2010 USS Arizona Brass Barrel Set, Master Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Mini-Hobbies and most recently the Hobby Boss label have released an 1:350 Scale USS Arizona and there are plenty of photo-etch sets out there to help overcome the kits' shortcomings.  So with some good modeling skills and good brass you would make a winner of this kit with a bit of work and TLC. Now some additional help as arrived with the Master Model USS Arizona barrel set. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 


December 8, 2010 Dunkerque at Mers-El-Kebir 1940, Samek 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Christoph Mentzel - Christoph Mentzel built a harbour diorama of Mers-El-Kebir, which he had seen a nice picture of at that time. To the Samek kit he have added several photo-etch parts from L'Arsenal like the new catapult, parts for the Loire seaplane and the Valeur-Honneur-Discipline-Patrie logos from the French Navy.  Added to the Diorama Gallery


December 7, 2010 USS Chicago CG-11, JAG 1:700 Scale, Built by Chen. Chih-Pang - This model is the JAG 1:700 scale kit of the USS Chicago CG-11 built by Chen.Chih-Pang. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


December 4, 2010 U-552, Type VIIC U-Boat, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Joe Brannin - These are pictures of Joe Brannin's U-552, Type VIIC, 1/72 scale U-Boat by Revell. He put a resin pressure hull in because he opened up all of the flooding holes and if someone were to look in they would see a hollow hull. Added to the Submarine Gallery


December 3, 2010 Sun Princess, Princess Cruise Liner, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Song Jung Gun - Song Jung Gun completed a model of the Princess Cruise Liner, Sun Princess. It is scratch-built in 1:200 scale, mainly from Ginko wood. Added to the Transport Gallery


December 2, 2010 USS Boston, Protected Cruiser, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - Felix Bustelo's build of the Iron Shipwrights 1:350 Scale USS Boston was basically out of the box with a couple of exceptions. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


December 1, 2010 Kursk, Modern Russian Submarine, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Thierry Jacquemin - This is the 1/700 scale Tamiya " KURSK " kit by Thierry Jacquemin. He forgot to spray a gloss clear coat before applying the decals and the punishment came: silvering... It's not visible too much to the naked eye, but photographs are pitiless. It's his first attempt at creating a (very basic) sea base, done with a simple aluminum foil. Added to the Submarine Gallery


November 25, 2010 USS Monitor 1862. Cottage Industry Models 1:96 Scale, Built by David Nanberg - David Nanberg started with William Blackmore's excellent Cottage Industry Models 1/96 scale USS Monitor resin kit and constructed most of the interior below deck. Added to the American Civil War Gallery


November 23, 2010 HMS Repulse Brass Photo-Etch Set, Gold Medal Models 1:350 Scale - The Gold Medal Models brass photo-etched set for the 1:350 scale Trumpeter kit of HMS Repulse is an essential requirement for completion of the plastic time as a realistic replica. Not only does it provide far more detailed relief-etched parts than supplied in the kit, but also it supplies all of the parts that the Trumpeter kit lacks. Added to the 1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


November 22, 2010 Ayanami, Japanese Destroyer 1942, Pitroad 1:700 Scale, Built by Dan Kaplan - This is the PitRoad Ayanami kit in1/700 scale Fubuki Type II kits, modeled as Ayanami 1942, at the time of the Guadalcanal campaign. Ayanami was sunk November 14-15 during the one of the ferocious, close range night battles with US forces. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


November 21, 2010 Legionario, Italian Destroyer 1944, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Aldo Petrina - Here are photographs of the Regia Marina destroyer, Legionario, as she appeared in 1944 as a member of the Co-Belligerent Italian Navy. The model is 1:200 scale and was scratch-built by Aldo Petrina from Italy using yard plans that he was able to procure. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


November 20, 2010 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 by Jim Baumann shows her in August 1905 on way to the International Fleet Review at Spithead UK. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


November 19, 2010 Admiral Graf Spee 1939, Heller 1:400 Scale, Built by Ted Bunn - Ted Bunn's Heller 1:400 scale Graf Spee was painted with Colourcoats paints from White Ensign Models. He also fitted her out with the dedicated WEM Photo-Etch set for this kit. L'Arsenal products include their resin crew figures set, oxygen and acetylene bottles and their Arado Ar-196 resin seaplane. The main and secondary brass gun barrels came from Modelmarine.de. Added to the Battleship Gallery


November 18, 2010 USS England DE-635 Destroyer Escort, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Chuck Bauer - DE-635, a Buckley-class destroyer escort, was named in honor of Ensign John C. England, who was killed in action aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor . This is Chuck Bauer's build of the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS England. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


November 17, 2010 USS Independence CVL-22, Light Aircraft Carrier 1943, Dragon 1:350 Scale - Dragon brings all the detail found in their 1:350 scale destroyer kits to the big time with their USS Independence CVL-22 1:350 scale aircraft carrier. The kit is loaded with options throughout assembly from fit to aircraft complement. With outstanding execution of plastic parts and optional brass parts provided for equipment, which plastic can’t adequately capture, the Dragon Independence covers all of the bases. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Reviews Section. 


November 16, 2010 Delfin, Project 667 BDRM, NATO Codename Delta IV, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale - Have you been waiting for a 1:700 scale Soviet Boomer, other than the Typhoon? Now your wait is over because the Bulgarian firm of OKB Grigorov has produced the Delfin Project 667 BDRM, NATO Codename Delta IV. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section.

 

November 15, 2010 USN 5-Inch/25 (127mm) Gun Barrels, Master Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Master Models has an impressive and growing inventory of barrels marketed in their Sea Masters Series in the two major scales - 1/350 and 1/700.  One of their more recent offerings is a set of 1/350 scale 5”/25 barrels sold in packages of 14.  These barrels were originally available only as part of their USS San Francisco set but they are now sold separately. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 


November 14, 2010 HMS Repulse, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Colin Swager - This is the HMS Repulse 1/350 scale kit by Trumpeter. Colin Swager  just completed model of this famous ship in her Mediterranean colours. She is painted in Tamiya and Humbrol flat enamels, coated with Tamiya clear flat spray. Added to the Battleship Gallery


November 13, 2010 USS Illinois BB-7, Niko Model 1:700 Scle, Built by Bob Cicconi - This is Bob Cicconi's latest build, the 1/700 scale Niko USS Illinois, BB-7, circa 1901. The kit is out-of-the-box with caenis line and stretched sprue rigging and a flag from Tauro. Added to the Battleship Gallery


September 15, 2010 Richelieu, September 1943, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Louis Carabott - Louis Carabott wanted to portray the Richelieu from Trumpeter in 1:350 scale in a diorama in the New York Navy Yard  before leaving for Europe to join the home fleet at Scapa Flow after an extensive refit and trials in the East Coast. The battleship was painted in a Soft Edge MS-3X Camouflage utilizing USN Colours. Added to the Diorama Gallery


September 14, 2010 Oliver Hazard Perry Brass 76mm/62 Gun and Antennas, Master Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Academy 1/350 Scale plastic kit of the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate was generally well received and it garnered very positive reviews. Injection-molded gun barrels and antennas typically are a little over scale due to the limitations in the process.  To help address this, Master Models has released a set comprising of a turned brass 76mm/62 OTO-Melara gun barrels and five antennas. From the heart of the Financial District in Downtown Manhattan Felix "The Enforcer" Bustelo presents this review of the Master Model set. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 

Master Models 1/350 Scale 
Oliver Hazard Perry Frigate Set
Review By Felix Bustelo


September 12, 2010 USS Long Beach CGN-9, Revell, Box Scale, Built by Falk Pletscher - Falk Pletscher brings another "Blast from the Past" - Revell's USS LONG BEACH. This kit of 1960 vintage was originally released even before the real ship was commissioned. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


August 30, 2010 USS Brooklyn, USN Armored Cruiser, YS Masterpieces 1:350 Scale, Built by Peter Plattner - The location was Scale Model World 2004 in Telford... it was time. Peter Plattner bought three kits from YS Masterpieces in 1:350 scale; Averoff, Oregon and Brooklyn. All ships pre Word War One, all have tremendous character, all three kits of very high quality. After this heroic act of conscience and wallet damage Peter hid them from himself.... Fully fed and done with Christmas celebrations he retired to his study. There he had the joys of modeling solitude. Examining these kits is simply a pleasure. Here is his build of the USS Brooklyn. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


August 24, 2010 Agano, Japanese Light Cruiser, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Zenden Ng - With this Tamiya 1:700 scale model of the Japanese light cruiser Agano, Zenden Ng built everything out of the box, except for a few Lion Roar IJN railing used on the superstructure. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


August 22, 2010 HMS Sheffield Type 42 Batch 1 Destroyer, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Phil Reeder -  White Ensign Models produced a 1:350th scale kit of the Nottingham. This kit is of a batch 2 Type 42, whereas the Sheffield was a batch 1. Helped by a set of Jecobin plans of her Phil Reeder managed to alter the kit to batch 1 standard. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


August 14, 2010 USS Nevada, December 7, 1941, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Jeff Sharp - Jeff Sharp built the 1:350 scale USS Nevada from Iron Shipwright to depict the battleship just before the air attack on the morning of December 7, 1941. She is shown in the traditional dark gray (5D) and light gray (5L) paint scheme with turret crowns painted to designate the ship within the division. Nevada is also sporting the false bow wave, which made her unique among the battleships that morning. Added to the Diorama Gallery


August 13, 2010 Variag at Macao, Zvezda 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Andrea Oneto - Andrea Oneto set the Imperial Russian protected cruiser Variag  in once Portuguese colony of Macao China during the cruiser’s courtesy visit. It is Sunday and on board near the bow the ship’s Chaplain (Pope) is getting ready one religious ceremony. Off to the side the Portuguese harbor patrol boat is intercepting Chinese smugglers. Added to the Diorama Gallery


August 7, 2010 HMS Thunderer 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Hanchang Kuo - This is Hanchang Kuo's Combrig 1/700 scale HMS Thunderer finished in her 1914 fit. This is an excellent kit but as usual Combrig's instructions weren't of much help. Added to the Battleship Gallery


August 6, 2010 Minsk, Modern Russian Aircraft Carrier, Aoshima 1:700 Scale, Built by William Zammit - This is the 1:700 scale Russian aircraft carrier Minsk, produced by Aoshima and built by William Zammit of the United Kingdom. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


August 5, 2010 Shirayuki, Fubuki Type 1 Special Type, Pitroad 1:700 Scale, Built by Dan Kaplan - Pictured is Shirayuki, a Fubuki class Type I destroyer, from the PitRoad Fubuki kit, modeled in her early war fit as of March 1943 at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, where she was sunk. The only notable change to her fit at that time was the replacement of her 7.5m motor launches with larger 10m, cargo type launches. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


August 2, 2010 August 2010 Mystery Model #1 - The July Mystery Models were soft balls served up on a plate for batting practice compared to this high, hard chin music August Mystery Model. I anticipate only an insider will know this one. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


July 26, 2010 Bouvet, French Battleship, YS Masterpieces 1:350 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Here are photos of Bob Cicconi's latest build, the YS Masterpieces 1/350 sclae Bouvet. It's a departure from Bob's normal 1/700 scale, but it was the only kit of the Bouvet available at the time. He built it out of the box except for the rigging. Added to the Battleship Gallery


July 25, 2010 Belgian Navy Minesweeper Lobelia M921 Walk Around - During September 2009 New York City celebrated the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in what is now New York Harbor .  Hudson ’s ship, the Half Moon, sailed north along what the river that would bear his name. The Belgian Tripartite Class Mine Hunter Lobelia was present for the NYC anniversary and Felix Bustelo was welcomed aboard. Why just settle for a half moon when you can get a full moon by Felix. Added to the Photo Tours Section. 


July 24, 2010 HMAS Perth 1942, NNT 1:700 Scale, Built by Norbert Thiel - On December 7, 1941 Japan went to war with the western powers to secure natural resources. With a total oil and steel embargo against Japan, the country would run out of critical raw materials unless she left China or secured the recourses elsewhere, primarily in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Defending the Dutch colony was a polyglot collection of forces call ABDA Force. Ships were present from America, Britain, Netherlands and Australia, hence the name. HMAS Perth was the Australian cruiser of the force. The entire force was demolished by the Japanese with HMAS Perth and USS Houston meeting their end at the Battle of Sunda Strait. NNT now has a 1:700 scale kit of Perth, as seen in this build by Norbert Thiel. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


July 16, 2010 Conte di Cavour Class Battleship Resin and Photo-Etch Detail Set, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - One of the latest releases from Regia Marina is this resin and photo-etch set for 1:700 scale models of the two ships of the Conte di Cavour class battleships. Designed to outfit either the Delphis model or the Pit Road version, this set provides a variety of fine detail. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


July 14, 2010 Casabianca, French Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - To the barricades, mes amis, opps, wrong revolution.  For this Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale or le quatorze juillet here is the Casabianca in 1:350 scale by L'Arsenal. Now, where did I place my sabots, on to Rikers Island! Added to the Submarine Gallery


July 11, 2010 July 2010 Mystery Model #4 - Well, with Saturday's July Mystery Model #3, it makes sense to have a bookends weekend with July Mystery Model #4 for Sunday. The two make a perfect pair as they had so much in common. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


July 10, 2010 July 2010 Mystery Model #3 - Cat got your tongue? Are you shy about guessing the identity of Mystery Models? This splendid example of a model should be an easy guess. So don't be a fraidy cat and give it a try. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


July 9, 2010 Kirov, Russian Missile Cruiser, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Chuck Bauer - The model Chuck Bauer built represents the Kirov in its “late” phase, just prior to its nuclear accident, re-naming and decommissioning. The Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit accurately represents the major elements of the ship, and would make a decent model “out of the box.” Added to the Cruiser Gallery


July 8, 2010 July 2010 Mystery Model #2 - Yes, that's right, the second Mystery Model in the week. With the July Mystery Model 1, posted 05 July, Germa Coenders stated that mystery models have been few and far between. Well, here is another one and I'll help you guess the name, scale and manufacturer be letting you know that this is not the sister ship of the first Mystery Model for July. If you look closely, you'll notice some subtle differences between this model the one posted three days ago. They do ,however, have one thing in common but what is it?  Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryNo fair, an anonymous poster calling himself The Mole stated "Foxtrot class Soviet sub, 1:350 scale, Admiralty Model Works." Obviously an insider but correct and should be available at the Nationals.


July 7, 2010 USS Monssen DD-436 May 1941, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Built by Phil Reeder - These are  photos of Phil Reeder's conversion of the Dragon 350th scale Livermore kit. It depicts the Monssen as she appeared in May 1941,when first completed. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


July 5, 2010 July 2010 Mystery Model - Let the fireworks continue with this July Mystery Model. Gee, I wonder what this ship is? I wonder what the scale is and who is the producer? This won't be too much of a stumper. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Chris Preston had the first correct answer with "Hhmmm............looks like a 1/350th DKM SCHARNHORST by Dragon." 


July 4, 2010 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. Added to the Auxiliary Reviews Section. 


July 3, 2010 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


June 29, 2010 HMVS Cerberus Breastwork Monitor, Combrig 1:350 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


June 28, 2010 USS Ticonderoga CV-14, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Mike Golden - This is Mike Golden's build of the Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS TICONDEROGA CV-14. There was some scratch building on hull side, such as fuel lines port side and hull re-enforcement on both sides of hull. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


June 21, 2010 HMAS Voyager 1964, 1:24 Scale, Scratch-Built by Ken Taylor - If you think that you have trouble with finding space for your models, how about this model of HMAS Voyager, which is in 1:24th scale scratch-built by Ken Taylor. That's right, 1:24th scale! It measures just over 16-feet (5m) long and tops out over 350 pounds (160kg). Added to the Destroyer Gallery


June 20, 2010 Gneisenau, Operation Berlin March 1941, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Gus Villanueva - Gus Villanueva built the 1:700 scale Tamiya Gneisenau to portray her as she entered Brest on 21 March 1941 at the conclusion of Operation Berlin , which was a very successful raid into the North Atlantic. Added to the Battleship Gallery


June 19, 2010 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


June 15, 2010 HMS Erin 1915, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Erin, built by Kostas Katseas. The Erin was ordered from the Vickers Yard in 1911 by Turkey and Vickers designed a ship that packed quite a punch in a small size. Added to the Battleship Gallery


June 8, 2010 USS Van Valkenburg DD-656, Fletcher Class Destroyer, Iron Shipwright 1:192 Scale, Built by Alan McGivern - In light of all the discussions lately about the best destroyer, Alan McGivern thought he would show some photos of his latest model. Alan built the USS Van Valkenburg out of the Iron Shipwrights 1:192 scale Fletcher kit, which was a great kit with some nice photo-etch. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


June 5, 2010 Warship Hobbies - Warship Hobbies is a brand new store, which specializes in 1:700 scale warships. On their site there are discount coupons, special bundle prices, photo gallery, forum, warship tours and more. So for all 1:700 scale modelers, go visit Warship Hobbies to catch their latest deals. SteelNavy is pleased to welcome Warship Hobbies as a sponsor.


May 28, 2010 HMS Diamond, Daring Class Destroyer, Scratch-Built in 1:350 Scale by Phil Reeder - This is Phil Reeder's scratch-built model of the Daring class destroyer HMS Diamond, as she appeared in 1953. The scale is 1/350th and all construction was done with plastic sheet ,and spare parts. I used a set of Nexus plans in 1" = 8 feet. The 4.5 barrels were BMK  4.7" brass barrels. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


May 27, 2010 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. Added to the Auxiliary Reviews Section. 


May 25, 2010 Type XXVIIB Seehund, ICM 1:72 Scale, Built by Al Magnus - Here are some pictures of Al Magnus' 1/72 scale ICM Type XXVIIB Seehund submarine. Basically it was built straight out of the box. Al added loops made from bent wire to the upper fore and aft of the hull. Added to the Submarine Gallery


May 23, 2010 Prinz Eugen, Revell 1:720 Scale, Built by David DeLang - Here is something you don't see everyday, that ancient, ANCIENT mariner, the Revell 1:720 scale Prinz Eugen. Initially released in 1967, there have been very few sightings of this puppy since the release of the Tamiya 1:700 Prinz Eugen and the new Trumpeter 1:700 scale Prinz Eugen and Admiral Hipper kits. However, thanks to David DeLang you can now get into Mr. Peabody's "Way-Back" machine and dial back 40+ years when this kit was new and every new ship kit was a joy, because they were so few in number. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


May 22, 2010 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! Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


May 21, 2010 Enduring Freedom 2001, Dragon & Panda 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Glavan Srdjan - Here is a diorama by Glavan Srdjan in 1/350 scale constructed with Panda models, Dragon models in 1:350 scale. All photo-etch sets are from White Ensign Models together with additional helicopters. Added to the Diorama Gallery


May 19, 2010 Scharnhorst at Anchor, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is a diorama by Kostas Katseas with the Tamiya 1/700 scale Scharnhorst and with a Hobby boss U-Boat. This commission of the Scharnhorst kit was stress free  as the Tamiya kit even though its old, is still sharp and captures the lines of this elegant ship quite nicely. Added to the Diorama Gallery


May 17, 2010 Scharnhorst Brass Main Mast, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700150 - For modelers of the Tamiya 1:700 scale Scharnhorst, Flyhawk has produced set FH 700150 brass mainmast. As with the other mast sets from Flyhawk, the set includes turned brass mast legs and a relief-etched brass fret for platforms, supports and railings. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


May 13, 2010  Dreadnought, Iron Shipwrights 1:350 Scale, Built by Colin Swager - These are some photographs of Colin Swager's just completed HMS Dreadnought, Iron Shipwright's 1/350 scale resin kit. Extra detail was added from White Ensign Models and L'Arsenal and some scratch-building. Added to the Battleship Gallery


May 12, 2010 USS Turner Joy DD-951, BaD Models and Scratch-Built in 1:96 Scale by Robert Rodriquez - USS Turner Joy DD-951 is a BaD Models kit , which Robert Rodriguez has modified and detailed out. He really likes this line of kits, as they are pretty good and they give him plenty of opportunity for detailing. The hull is plank on frame construction, and then fiber glassed. The superstructure was sheeted in .015 sheet plastic, the masts are plastic rod and as are the antenna arrays. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


May 11, 2010 Jean Bart 1950, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the Trumpeter 1/700 scale Jean Bart around 1950. Kostas Katseas tried to add the side bulges, as well as modify the bridge. Apart from that he kept the whole thing rather simple. Added to the Battleship Gallery


May 10, 2010 USS Juneau 1942, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale, Built by Jim Kloek - This is Jim Kloek's build of the Dragon Premium Edition 1/700 scale kit of the U.S.S. Juneau.  This is repop of the old Skywave kit, with a full hull option, some newer Dragon weapons sprues, and a photo-etched fret added. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


May 7, 2010 USS Chanticleer ASR-7, Submarine Rescue Vessel, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - This is the USS Chanticleer ASR-7, one of the newer 1:350 scale kits from Iron Shipwrights that was released without any fanfare, which is a shame because it is a really good kit.   Like all Iron Shipwrights kits in 1:350 scale, they build into a great model out of the box and you can add extra details. Felix Bustelo built this model. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


May 6, 2010 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


May 5, 2010 Bismarck, Dragon 1:700 Scale, Built by Krzysztof Andrzejak - Here are a few photographs of Krzysztof Andrzejak's "Bismarck" by Dragon in 1:700scale. The painting of the ship is from 24 May 1941 during the battle of the Denmark Strait. Added to the Battleship Gallery


May 4, 2010 Venus, Daphne Class French Diesel Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Daphne class was the end result of a 1952 design request and construction of the first three (Daphne, Diane & Doris) commenced in 1958. In total, 11 Daphne class subs entered service between June 1964 and March 1970. Felix Bustelo has a build review of the L'Arsenal 1:400 scale Daphne in his build of the kit as Venus. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


May 3, 2010 Modern USN Accommodation Laders, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700084 - If you are looking for modern USN Accommodation Ladders in 1:700 scale, Flyhawk Model has Set FH 700084 USN Modern Ladders. Included in the set are eighteen multi-piece accommodation ladders with twelve uncovered ladders and six canvas covered ladders. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


May 2, 2010 USS Fletcher, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Don Clark - Don Clark just started to do 1/350 scale warship models with photo-etch. This Tamiya USS Fletcher has a combination of Gold Medal Models and Eduard photo-etch. It is his first finished ship with photo-etch. There are some scratch-built items on the ship particularly on the deck houses. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


May 1, 2010 May Day Morris Dancer Madness Mystery Model - OK, time to get out of your May Day Morris Dancer outfit and get down to this Mystery Model. Identifying the ship should be easy, as the model simply shouts its name but who is the manufacturer and what is the scale? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


April 30, 2010 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. Added to the Auxiliary Reviews


April 29, 2010 USS Katahdin, Armored Steam Ram, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Fritz Koopman, Photographs by Matt Grzybinski - This is the Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale kit of the armored steam ram USS Kathadin. Fritz Koopman picked it up several years ago from Ted Paris at a Noreastcon, thinking it would be a nice weekend kit. It took him four months instead. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


April 28, 2010 WWII USN Anchors & Chocks, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7062 - Lion Roar produces a brass photo-etch set of 1:700 scale WWII USN Anchors and Chocks, R7062. Anchor flukes are relief etched and come in three sizes with twelve large, twelve medium and eight small anchors. You can also replace those hugely over-scale plastic chocks with the brass chocks in this set. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 26, 2010 MSDF Railing, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700089 - If you build 1:700 scale models of the sleek warships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Course, as the modern Japanese Navy is called, this brass photo-etch set is just right for providing those essential fittings taken for granted, railing. Flyhawk set FH 700089 provides four patterns of railing plus flight deck safety netting. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 25, 2010 USS Houston 1941, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - Here is Rob Weilacher's Corsair Armada 1/700 scale USS Houston finished as pre-war fit.  Rob used Pollyscale paints, photo-etch from Gold Medal Models and some Tom’s Modelworks.  Wonderful kit, as always, from Mike Czibovic. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


April 24, 2010 Yamato Premium Wooden Deck Set, Fujimi 1:500 Scale -You can't keep a good idea down and Fujimi has brought back 1:500 scale for their new release of a Yamato. This scale gives you a real alternative if you think 1:700 scale is too small or you don't have a spare gymnasium for a 1:350 scale Yamato. To further enhance their Yamato kit, Fujimi has also released a set of premium wooden decks. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section. 


April 22, 2010 WWII Large Ventilators, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH-700160 - Flyhawk Model has released three different sets of mushroom ventilators for 1:700 scale WWII warships. Set FH 700160, WWII Warship Ventilators I, contains forty large turned brass ventilators wit relief etched additional detail in the for of a riveted/bolted top plate and side louvers. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section. 

April 21, 2010 USS Colorado, H-P Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the USS Colorado in 1:700 scale from H-P Models and built by Kostas Katseas. The model depicts the ship as modified with a large anti-torpedo bulge on each side and with only the fore cage mast. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 20, 2010 USS Iowa BB-4, 1:96 Scale, Scratch-Built by Tim Quinlan - Here are pictures of Tim Quinlan,s USS Iowa scratch- built in 1/96th scale.  The Iowa (BB-4) was a one-off design, essentially an improved Indiana class battleship. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 18, 2010 Yukikaze & Ukuru, Hasegawa & Pit Road 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Jean Barby - These are models of the Yukikaze by Hasegawa in 1/350 scale and the Ukuru is in the same scale from Pit Road. The diorama is built by Jean Barby. Added to the Diorama Gallery


April 17, 2010 Yamato, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Louis Carabott -  Well known Maltese Falcon Louis Carabott used the now old Tamiya 1/350 scale kit, which had been laying on the shelf for quite some time.  He also included the White Ensign Models photo etch detail set as well as the detail sets of the AA guns from Veteran and boating equipment from Voyager Models. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 12, 2010 Modern USN Railing, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700086 - Flyhawk Model brass photo-etch set FH 700086 is designed to provide a wide array of railing for modern US Navy ships in 1:700 scale. Not designed for one particular model, Flyhawk decided to provide five different patterns of USN railing, as well as six different patterns of safety netting. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 11, 2010 Gneisenau Brass Masts, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700151 - Another installment of the Flyhawk Model range of metal masts for the heavy warships of the Deutsch Kriegsmarine is this set. Flyhawk set FH700151 provides both the foremast and main mast for the 1:700 scale Tamiya kit. Included are two turned brass tapered mass and a full photo-etch brass frets of yardarms and additional details. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 9, 2010 Royal Navy 4-Inch (102mm) MK XII Brass Barrels, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700076 - Flyhawk Model is well known for their numerous relief-etched brass frets. However, Flyhawk also produces an expanding series of turned brass barrels and fittings. This is Flyhawk set FH-700076, which provides nine Royal Navy 4-Inch (102mm) MK XII guns in 1:700 scale. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 


April 8, 2010 Giuseppe Miraglia, Italian Seaplane Tender, Delphis 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Guillaume Monnier -This is the Italian seaplane tender Giuseppe Miraglia. Built 1921 as a cargo ship, she was transformed to a seaplane tender during the 1925-1927 period. Guillaume Monnier built this diorama with the Delphis 1:700 scale kit. Added to the Diorama Gallery


April 7, 2010 WWII Medium Ventilators, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH-700161 - Flyhawk Model set, WWII Ventilators II FH-700161, has forty medium size mushroom ventilators for 1:700 scale World War Two warships. The ventilators are beautifully executed turned brass pieces. If this were not enough, Flyhawk also provides a photo-etch fret of additional relief-etched details in the form of ventilator tops and side louvers. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section. 


April 5, 2010 IJN Anti-Aircraft Guns II, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700068 - Flyhawk Model set FH 700068, IJN Anti-Aircraft Guns II,  provides 1:700 scale AA guns for Imperial Japanese Navy twin and triple 25mm AA gun mounts. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 4, 2010 USS Northampton 1941, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale, Built by Robert Dedmon - Robert Dedmon back dated the Corsair Armada 1:700 scale USS Northampton kit from as sunk configuration to as she was at the beginning of the war. He removed tubs around the aft superstructure and enlarged the forward funnel (done to reduce stack gasses on the bridge). Added to the Cruiser Gallery


April 3, 2010 Tirpitz Brass Main Mast, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700153 - Among the Flyhawk Model releases of turned brass main masts with additional photo-etch detail in 1:700 scale is the Tirpitz mast. Flyhawk set FH 700153 provides tapered turned brass mast legs, although only one is needed a a fret of relief-etched photo-etch. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 2, 2010 Nagato, Aoshima 1:700 Scale, Built by Jose Soca - Jose Soca always liked Nagato and built this Aoshima 1:700 scale model of her. Nagato with her striking pagoda mast and unique design, is what the real essence of the Imperial Japanese Navy was all about in Jose's opinion. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 1, 2010 Russian Water-Tight Doors, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700103 - With the explosion of plastic kits from Trumpeter, Dragon and others on Russian warships in 1:700 scale, its time to add additional brass photo-etch details. Flyhawk Model has a set of Russian Water-Tight Doors. Flyhawk set FH 700103, however, provides more than just doors, as life rings and bow stars also appear on this set. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


March 31, 2010 MT Miniatures - SteelNavy is pleased to welcome MT Miniatures of the United Kingdom as a sponsor of SteelNavy. MT is brand new and as their first release has produced the current HMS Endurance, Ice Patrol Ship, in 1:700 scale. A notable distinction with MT is that the HMS Endurance is available as a resin kit or pre-assembled and pre-painted. MT Miniatures link added to Home Page.

IJN Davits & Cable Reels, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700065 - Flyhawk Model produces FH 700065 for Imperial Japanese Navy davits and cable reels in 1:700 scale. There are four different styles of davits with hull side mounting brackets. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


March 30, 2010 IJN Accommodation Ladders, Flyhawk Model 1:350 Scale, Set FH 350015 - With all of the 1:350 full hull Imperial Japanese Navy kits released over the last two years, there is certainly a need for detail. When it comes to accommodation ladders, why make do with slabs of plastic when Flyhawk has a set of IJN Accommodation Ladders in 1:350 scale. Flyhawk Model set FH 350015 provides twelve accommodation ladders with six each in two sizes. Added to the 1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


March 29, 2010 HMS Delhi 1942, British Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:350 Scale by Phil Reeder -  One ship in the Royal Navy that has always fascinated Phil Reeder was the Delhi. This was because she was equipped with USN 5"/38 cal guns and the Mk 37 fire-control system, similar that fitted in the US Fletcher class destroyers. She probably was the only British build ship with a foreign main armament. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


March 28, 2010 USS Alaska CB-1, Samek 1:700 Scale, Built by James Kloek - This is Jim Kloek's  build of the Samek 1/700 scale USS Alaska.  This is a very nice resin kit which built up into what is a good looking model.  The build is pretty much out of the box, although Jim did replace the kit quad 40mm with the aftermarket guns from Niko, and the 20mm Oerlikons with photo-etch from Gold Medal Models. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 27, 2010 HMS Iron Duke 1916, Airfix 1:600 Scale, Modified & Built by Wes Beatty - This is the Airfix 1:600 scale kit of HMS Iron DukeWes Beatty tried to backdate the kit to circa. 1916.  The White Ensign Models photo-etched set was used.. The deck was replaced with scribed Evergreen styrene. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 23, 2010 SMS Weissenburg, German Predreadnought, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - This is the Combrig 1/700 scale SMS Weissenburg built by Bob Cicconi. It's a really nice kit, but for some reason there are no instructions whatsoever regarding the boat stowage racks, the photo-etched aft superstructure support, and several other items on the photo-etch fret. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 22, 2010 Jeremiah O'Brien, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Werner De keersmaecker - The model is the build by Werner De keersmaeker of the Trumpeter Jeremiah O' Brien in 1/350 scale. Gold Medal Models photo-etch was added.  Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


March 20, 2010 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


March 18, 2010 Modern USN Aircraft Carriers Deck Vehicles, Set JAG 711 - With JAG set 711 you get superbly cast resin parts and a photo-etch fret for a monster Tilley and enough small tractors and trolleys to stage your own Talladega 500. With set JAG 711 you know that you have rolled a winner. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section. 


March 17, 2010 2010 Dragon Catalog - You may have heard of three upcoming 1:350 scale warship kits, two of which, a German Z39 destroyer and the USS Independence CVL-22 get one photograph each but the biggest release is the German battleship Scharnhorst 1943, which gets an entire page. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


March 16, 2010 HMS Iron Duke 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas has built the Combrig 1:700 Scale HMS Iron Duke in her 1918 fit with coffee pot search light towers. No longer the flagship of the Grand Fleet, since she was replaced by HMS Queen Elizabeth when Admiral Beatty became commander, replacing Admiral Jellicoe, the Iron Duke still exhibits the classic elegance of the British battleship at the height of her power. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 15, 2010 Prinz Eugen 1942, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Here is the Trumpeter 1/700 scale Prinz Eugen 1942 built by Kostas Katseas. The Lion Roar photo-etch set and Flyhawk brass mast set were used on the kit.. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


March 14, 2010 USS Iowa BB-4 1898, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Norbert Thiel - Norbert Thiel has built the Niko Model 1:700 scale USS Iowa BB-4. The ship is painted in the buff and white peace time livery. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 13, 2010 Clemenceau, Heller 1:400 Class, Modified and Built by Eric Courtial - These are pictures of the conversion by Eric Courtial of the old Heller 1:400 scale kit of the battleship Richelieu into the Clemenceau. The Clemenceau was the third of the Richelieu class, a little modified (new superstructures), and was laid down in January 1939.  Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 8, 2010 Atlantic Conveyor, Cunard RoRo Container Ship/RN Auxiliary Carrier, NNT 1:700 Scale, Built by Norert Thiel - Here are some pictures of the latest NNT 1:700 scale model, the famous Atlantic Conveyor sunk at the Falkland Islands. Built by Norbert Thiel. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


March 7, 2010 HMS Dainty 1934, White Ensign Models Glowworm 1:350 Scale, Built by Phil Reeder - This is Phil Reeder's build of White Ensign Model's 1:350th scale HMS Glowworm kit. He back-dated it to represent HMS Dainty, as she appeared in 1934. Phil used a  Norman Ough plan of the Daring to help him do this. Many minor alterations were made to some of the kit parts. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


March 6, 2010 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. Added to the Auxiliary/Transport Reviews Section. 


March 1, 2010 Gneisenau, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Brian Miller - These are a few photographs of Brian Miller's 1/700 scale German battlecruiser Gneisenau from Tamiya. The paint scheme is from December 1940 while she was in Korsfjord , Norway . Brian built it entirely out-of-box. Added to the Battleship Gallery


February 28, 2010 Buds of Spring #2 - The first shoot of spring was a big, burly baby bud with seven main gun turrets in 1:350 scale. This second bud is from a different species of the 1:350 floral family but has its own attractions. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.


February 27, 2010 Buds of Spring #1 - Yes, February 27th is here with only one more day to go to reach March.  The earth is stirring and waking from a frozen hibernation. Likewise new warship kits are appearing at the break of spring. Here is one of the early shoots but this one is a big, burly bud in 1:350 scale. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.


February 26, 2010 USS Indianapolis CA-35, 1:200 Scale, Scratch-Built by Shuki Aloni - These are pictures of Shuki Aloni's USS Indianapolis CA-35 made from scratch from card board, balsa wood etc, in 1:200 scale. It took him 3 weeks to build it. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.


February 23, 2010 USS North Carolina 1942, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Jim Kloek - These photographs are of Jim Kloek's build of the Regia Marina 1/700 scale resin kit of the USS North Carolina.  This is an excellent kit which provides parts and instructions for building the ship in any of its configurations from as launched to post-war. Added to the Diorama Gallery


February 21, 2010 Bismarck, Swampworks 1:144 Scale, Built & Modified by Tim Quinlan - Here are pictures of Tim Quinlan's 1: 144th scale semi scratch- built model of the DKM Bismarck.  Tim's model started out as a combat model, but he lost interest in that venue, and decided to complete her as a high detail operating model. Added to the Battleship Gallery


February 20, 2010 Admirable Class Minesweeper, Lindberg 1:125 Scale, Built by Joe Brannin - This is the Lindberg Minesweeper in 1/125 scale.  It is a good basic reproduction of an Admirable class minesweeper.  I sanded off all of the cast plated lines and used aftermarket parts. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


February 19, 2010 WWII Small Ventilators, Flyhawk Models 1:700 Scale, Set FH-700162 - Flyhawk Models has just produced three different sets of turned brass ventilator fittings for 1:700 scale warships. Flyhawk Ventilators III, FH-700162, has the smallest ventilators and they are SMALL. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section. 

USS Arizona, Digital Navy 1:100 Scale, Resized from 1:250 Scale & Built by Mark Taylor - This is Digital Navy's USS Arizona in 1/100 scale. This is a paper model kit that is designed to 1/250 scale, but Mark Taylor had the inspiration to increase zoom to 250% and make the model similar in size to the 1/96 version that currently resides at the Arizona Memorial Museum . Added to the Battleship Gallery


February 18, 2010 HMS Hood 15-Inch Gun Brass Barrels, Aber 1:700 Scale, Aber Sets L-08 & L-09 - Aber from Poland has produced two different sets of turned brass barrels for 1:700 scale HMS Hood kits. Which one you get depends upon if the kit turrets have blast bags or don't have them. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 

USS Ranger CV-4 1944, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - Here are photos of Rob Weilacher's just finished CV-4 USS Ranger by Corsair Armada in 1/700 scale.  A great kit and a lot of fun to build. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery.


February 17, 2010 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. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


February 16, 2010 Admiral Hipper, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Phil Reeder - This is Phil Reeder's build of Trumpeter`s 1:350 scale Admiral Hipper. It is an out of the box (OOB) build. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.


February 8, 2010 Daphne, Modern French Diesel Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Review by Falk Pletscher -  L'Arsenal has produced a nice 1/400 scale kit of the Daphne French medium-seize hunter-killer submarines, which served mainly in the Mediterranean . They were also exported to Portugal , Pakistan , and South Africa , and they were built under license in Spain . Review by Falk Pletscher. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


February 7, 2010 John W. Brown, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Marco Magrini - Marco Magrini built this diorama around the Trumpeter 1:700 scale John W. Brown. Other parts came from Sky Wave, Loose Cannon, an White Ensign Models. Photo-Etch was from Lion Roar, Eduard and White Ensign Models and paint was Gunze. Added to the Diorama Gallery


February 5, 2010 U-14 Austro-Hungarian Submarine 1916, U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - On 20 December 1914, the French submarine Curie attempted to infiltrate the Austro-Hungarian naval base at Pola, only to be caught in the harbor defense nets.  She was forced to surface and was sunk by gunfire. She was raised, refitted and renamed U-14. In 1916, U-14 was fitted with new engines, given a German-style conning tower and had an 88mm deck gun mounted forward.  These changes not only dramatically changed her outward appearance; it also significantly improved her fighting capabilities. Under the command of Lieutenant Georg Ritter Von Trapp (of “The Sound of Music” fame) the U-14 was one of most successful submarines in the Austro-Hungarian fleet. The U-14 kit is the latest submarine kit from the St. Petersburg, Russia based U-Boat Laboratorium. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


February 4, 2010 USN Twin 3-Inch/50 AA Open Mounts & MK-56 Directors. Veteran Models 1:700 Scale, VTM 70001 - Veteran Models products are of uniformly  superb quality. Item by item Veteran produces supremely detailed scaled weapons and fittings and their USN Twin 3-Inch/50 VTM 70001 mounts starts the fine tradition. Included are resin and brass parts for four of the twin mounts. The bases are spectacular and all resin parts are excellent. Also included are four resin with photo-etch details  MK-56 directors  for the guns. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 

USS Gearing, Scratch-Built in 1:350 Scale by Pierre Marchal - Pierre Marchal prefers to scratch-build in 1:350 scale rather than to work on commercial kits. His subject of choice are the ships of the US Navy of World War Two, especially those that served in the Pacific. This is Pierre's build of USS Gearing, shown in three parts from the process through the final model on a water textured base. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


February 3, 2010 Hand Rails WWII, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700096 - Flyhawk Model produces a photo-etch fret of generic hand or foot rails in 1:700 scale. Flyhawk set FH 700096 contains twelve runs of straight railing and thirty-four curved rails for funnels. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 

USS Minneapolis 1943, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Jim Kloek - The photos are of Jim Kloek's build of the Combrig 1/700 scale U.S.S. Minneapolis.  This is a very nice kit which represents the ship as she emerged from her mid-1943 reconstruction. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.


February 2, 2010 Aoba, Sunk at Kure 1945, Hasegawa 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Bob Cicconi - Here are some shots of  the Aoba sunk in the shallow waters of Kure Harbor late July, 1945. I did put the AA guns on as they weren't taken off until shortly after the final attack that sank her. I used the Hasegawa re-tooled Aoba. Added to the Diorama Gallery


January 24, 2010 Hermann Marwede, German Rescue Vessel, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Christian Groth - Here are pictures of the Revell kit in 1:72 scale of the German rescue vessel "Hermann Marwede" operating around Heligoland, German Bight. The ship is build out of the box by Christian Groth with some parts scratch-built like the handrails, the helicopter-deck, the props and so on. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


January 23, 2010 German Kriegsmarine Deck Railing, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700064 - With the Dragon and Trumpeter and Aoshima new mold Bismarck & Tirpitz kits, not to mention the new Trumpeter Admiral Hipper and Prinz Eugen kits in 1:700 scale, there certainly is a need for photo-etch railings for all of the new kits. Flyhawk Model set FH 700064 provides World War II German Kriegsmarine Railing in 1:700 scale. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 

Arsenal Ship CG-86, Jim Shirley Productions 1:700 Scale, Built by Nektarios Koufopoulos - These are some photos of the old Jim Shirley Productions of the what-if 1/700 scale arsenal ship CG-86, a design for a heavy SAM cruiser. The model was built by Nektarios Koufopoulos. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.


January 22, 2010 Yamato 1945, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - These pictures are of a model of the battleship Yamato in 1:200 scale scratch-built by Shuki Aloni. The model was made from scratch from card board, balsa wood and few other materials. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 21, 2010 PLA Type 33, Chinese Submarine, Hobby Boss 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Here are photographs of Bob Cicconi's latest build, the Hobby Boss 1/700 scale PLA Type 33 submarine. Bob built it pretty much out of the box, except that he put a photo-etch antenna on the front sail,  changed the location of the whip antenna there, and cut out the six windows at the front of the sail. Added to the Submarine Gallery


January 20, 2010 Bismarck and Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Straits, Trumpeter Bismarck & Tamiya Prinz Eugen 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Katseas Kostas - This is a diorama in 1:700 scale by Katseas Kostas portraying the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen in their engagement with HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales. Katseas used the Trumpeter Bismarck and Tamiya Prinz Eugen kits. Added to the Diorama Gallery


January 19, 2010 USS Texas, Predreadnought Battleship, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Norbert Thiel - Here are some photographs of Nobert Thiel's finished USS Texas from Niko Model in 1:700 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 18, 2010 HMS LCI(L)-125, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Felix Bustelo - This is Felix Bustelo's build of the Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS LCI(L)-125 kit, which is a short bridge British-design LCI.  HMS LCI(L)-125 was manned by a Royal Canadian Navy crew with LT. Charles R. Parker RCNVR in command  at the Invasion of Normandy.  Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


January 17, 2010 Bismarck, Revell 1:350 Scale, Built by Katseas Kostas - Katseas Kostas' latest commission in 1/350 scale, the Revell Bismarck is a very nice kit and a definite improvement upon the old Tamiya kit. However, for someone who wants to super detail there is still room available for improvements. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 16, 2010 Admiral Graf Spee, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - This model from Shuki Aloni's collection is of the "Pocket Battleship" Admiral Graf Spee. It is made in 1:200 scale from scratch and from card board and balsa wood with some other materials. It took Shuki 4 weeks to build. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 14, 2010 USN WW2 Cruiser Cranes, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale R7060 - The label of Lion Roar photo-etch set R7060 states that the set is for 1:700 scale battleships. However, one quick glance at the instructions clearly shows that this stainless steel photo-etched fret is designed for 1:700 scale WWII USN heavy and light cruisers. Cranes for seven different classes are provided. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 

I-400, Japanese Submarine, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Pappy Orion - This is the 1/350 scale Tamiya I-400 kit. Pappy Orion has added White Ensign Model's photo-etch railings as well as the Tamiya 1/350 scale plastic figures. Added to the Submarine Gallery


January 13, 2010 Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser Brass Photo-Etched Main Decks, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, FH 700092 - This Flyhawk Model brass photo-etch set is an elegant set, which replaces the main decks for a 1:700 scale Myoko class heavy cruiser. Beautifully relief-etched, the brass decks of Flyhawk set FH 700092 provide extraordinary detail with necessary deck openings, fitting locations. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 

Oslyabya, Ice Locked in the Baltic, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Peter Fulgoney - No need to leave the warmth of your home to see to towering tumblehomed hull of the Imperial Russian battleship, Oslyabya. Peter Fulgoney has already done that for you with this diorama of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of Oslabya in which the high freeboard of the battleship rises from the frozen Baltic like an iceberg. Shot at select locations in the United Kingdom in a frozen January 2010. Added to the Diorama Gallery


January 12, 2010 Prinz Eugen Brass Main Mast, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale FH 700154 - Flyhawk Model has introduced a new line of brass after market accessories for 1:700 scale model warships. This one is the brass main mast for the 1:700 scale Prinz Eugen. Flyhawk set FH 700154 includes turned brass and relief-etched photo-etched brass parts for a complete replacement of the main mast. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 

Shokaku, Japanese Aircraft Carrier, Fujimi 1:350 Scale, Built by Rick Cotton - Rick Cotton has built the new Fujimi 1:350 scale Shokaku. Added to the Aircraft Carriers Gallery.


January 11, 2010 SMS Seydlitz 1916, WSW 1:700 Scale, Built by Norbert Thiel - These are shots of Norbert Thiel's finished WSW Seydlitz model. He have used his NNT gun barrels, his NNT  life buoys and boats from Kombrig. Norbert also changed the deck openings according to the 1916 appearance. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 10, 2010 Modern German Class 122 Frigate Decals, NNT 1:700 Scale, Set D700-14 -  NNT produces a set of decals for the modern German navy Class 122 frigates in 1:700 scale. In this set, you get some common markings such as flight deck markings, warning circles, naval ensigns but the bulk of the sheet is composed of markings for the individual ships in the class. For each of the eight frigates of the 122 Class NNT provides the deck designator, hull markings (F207-F214) and ship's crests. Added to the Decals Reviews Section. 


January 1, 2010 Mikuma 1938, Japanese Light Cruiser, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Claudio Matteini - Claudio Matteini shows the heights of detail that can be achieved with an older kit. He used the Tamiya 1:700 scale Mikuma, as built as a light cruiser with fifteen 6-inch guns, as the basis of the build. Then with an overwhelming quantity of after-market parts and copious scratch-building, Claudio converted a standard plastic kit into a museum piece. Added to the Featured Articles Section.




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