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September 18, 2011 Chih Yuen, Imperial Chinese Protected Cruiser, Wooden Decks For the Bronco Models Kit, ArtwoxModel 1:350 Scale - The ArtwoxModel wooden decks for the 1:350 scale Bronco Chih Yuen is an outstanding product. It is a perfect vehicle to try out wooden decks on plastic models because of the lower price of the decks and model, minimal superstructure cutouts, and smaller size. Added to the Decks, Conversion Sets and Fittings Reviews Section. 


September 15, 2011 RN Roma, Italian Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Song Jung Gun - This is a 1/200 scale model of the Italian battleship, Roma. It took Song Jung Gun nine months to scratch-build this model from wood stock. Added to the Battleship Gallery


August 31, 2011 SteelNavy would like to welcome North Star Models / Askold Line as a supporter of the web site. Started in July 2011 the company is from the Ukraine and produces an assortment of products from photo-etch from ship and aircraft kits to upcoming models of the Soviet YaAZ-210 heavy trucks. 

Modern Russian Water Tight & Gas Tight Doors, North Star Askold Line 1:700 Scale - Pssst! Hey Buddy! Could you use over 300 relief-etched brass doors for 1:700 scale modern Russian warships? Of course you could! North Star Models/ Askold Line has produced fret 700001 with 340 water tight and gas tight doors in 1:700 scale. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.


August 17, 2011 HMS Prince George 1915, Majestic Class Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Peter Fulgoney - Peter Fulgoney has built the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Majestic kit as the sister ship HMS Prince George, as she appeared in 1915 in shore bombardment duties at the Dardanelles. Added to the Battleship Gallery


August 3, 2011 USS Wasp LHD-1, The Ultimate Set, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - GUNG HO, You mud marines! Whether being deployed from the sky or crawling across the beach, you can ride into battle in style by following Jarhead Hall with the White Ensign Models 1:350 scale brass photo-etch Ultimate Photo-Etch set for the USS Wasp LHD-1. With four frets of brilliantly designed relief-etched parts for the ship, aircraft, landing craft and vehicles of the Wasp, you can seize the objective and be back to your T-Bone steaks in your air-conditioned dining halls in no time. Added to the 1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


August 2, 2011 USS Wasp CV-7, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - These are photographs of the Corsair Armada 1/700 scale CV-7 USS Wasp built by Rob Weilacher. Aircraft are from Trumpeter as is some of the extra photo-etch beyond what comes with the kit. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


August 1, 2011 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. Added to the Transport & Auxiliaries Reviews Section. 


July 31, 2011 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar, Flagship Models 1:32 Scale - Who needs chariots to reduce the rebs to submission when the Flagship 1:32 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar can do the job single handedly. With this heavy ordnance, you can quickly reduce any of those Confederate forts guarding a rebel port, seize the port and promptly end the nefarious blockade running. Jefferson Davis will be groveling in no time. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 


July 28, 2011 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. Added to the Transport & Auxiliaries Reviews Section. 


July 26, 2011 HMS Dreadnought, Zvezda 1:350 Scale - The Zvezda 1:350 scale HMS Dreadnought is a very nice kit with outstanding detail, which feature by feature, matches the location and shape as shown in the Anatomy of the Ship Dreadnought. There are some exceptions and omissions, which could be easily corrected with a comprehensive photo-etch set. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


July 25, 2011 HMS Hood 1941, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the Trumpeter 1:350 scale HMS Hood 1941 built by Kostas Katseas. He used the White Ensign Models photo-etch set and replacement resin turrets. Added to the Battleship Gallery


July 24, 2011 Mutsu Wooden Decks For the Aoshima Kit, ArtwoxModel 1:700 Scale - If you are looking for outstanding quality wooden decks to further enhance you Mutsu kit produced by Aoshima in 1:700 scale, try the wooden deck set produced by ArtwoxModel. Available from more and more retailers, including in the United States, pick up the set and you won't be disappointed. Added to the Decks, Conversion Sets and Fittings Reviews Section. 


July 23, 2011 July 2011 Sizzling Summer Mystery Model - Instead of standing under the sun and suffering heat stroke, you can pass your time inside, in cool air conditioning studying silhouettes to guess the identity of this July Sizzling Summer Mystery Model. For those venturing to toasty Omaha for the IPMS convention, you'll be able to see the model at one of the vendors tables. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


July 22, 2011 Hoche 1891 French Pre-Dreadnought, The Grand Hotel, Combrig 1:350 Scale - Summer is here and it is time to go on vacation and check into the Grand Hotel in the form of Combrig’s 1:350 scale Hoche. Only with Combrig can you build this Disney version of a battleship with her towering superstructure, amidship castles, severe tumblehome, and heavy large structures hanging above each major gun position. With a plethora of resin and ship specific parts Combrig provides all of the cake and frosting for this concoction but the instructions are wanting. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


July 19, 2011 IJN Aircraft Carrier Drains, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7032 - Lion Roar brass 1:700 scale photo-etch set R7032 is entitled IJN Aircraft Carrier Drain. What is a carrier drain? When I saw them I thought they were hull side catwalks and the photographs were labeled as such. I was wrong. Dan Kaplan knew exactly what they were. "These are not catwalks. IJN CV flight decks were ringed with rain gutters. That's what LionRoar's "Drains" are meant to depict, though only the top of them. In reality, in cross-section, they would look just like rain gutters with a support tab spaced every 6" or so on top." Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


July 16, 2011 USS Worcester CL-144, Admiralty Modelworks 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is Kostas Katseas' build of the Admiralty Modelworks 1:700 scale USS Worcester CL-144. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


July 13, 2011 Jaguar, French Destroyer 1924, Kartonowa Flota 1:300 Scale, Built by Chris Smithers - Card models can build large, impressive warship models. Chris Smithers shows how he used the Kartonowa Flotta 1:300 scale card model of the French destroyer Jaguar to build a magnificent replica of this three funnel destroyer. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


July 12, 2011 U-202, Type VII U-Boat, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Stephen Vallis - Here are some photographs of Stephen Vallis' model of U-202. This is the Revell 1/72 scale kit with White Ensign Models brass and crew figures from Revell. Added to the Submarine Gallery


July 11, 2011 HMCS Chilliwack, Canadian Corvette, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Bill Hutcherson - This is the Revell kit of HMCS Snowberry, modified to represent HMCS Chilliwack, built by Bill Hutcherson. It required quite a bit of modification on engine room decking - moving the 2 pounder bandstand aft, adding steel deck to accommodate the 26 foot whaler, including a fair amount of GLS upgrading. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


July 10, 2011 I-400, Japanese Aircraft Carrying Submarine, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Greg Agnello - This is Tamiya's version of the I-400 in 1/700 scale. Greg Agnello added some photo-etched handrails, hatches and figures along with some additional rigging form reference photographs. The ship was weathered with different mixed hues of paints to achieve the desired effects. Added to the Submarine Gallery


July 9, 2011 Fort Drum, The Concrete Battleship of Manila Bay, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale, Built by Peter Fulgoney - This build is based on the OKB GRIGOROV 1:700 scale resin kit which was on sale last year. Peter Fulgoney started building the kit straight away, and out of the box but like all builds these days it needs reference back up. Added to the Battleship Gallery


July 8, 2011 Prinz Eugen Wooden Decks For the Trumpeter Kit, ArtwoxModel 1:350 Scale - With the twenty-eight wooden decks for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale model of the Prinz Eugen, the ArtwoxModel wooden deck set for the cruiser, you can revel in wooden decking to your heart's delight. Great appearance, good fit, low price, the ArtwoxModel  1:350 scale Prinz Eugen wooden deck set delivers big time! Added to the Decks, Conversion Sets and Fittings Reviews Section. 


July 2, 2011 SMS Hindenburg, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - Here are photos of Greg Shoda's 1/550 scale model of SMS Hindenburg. It is a very simple model without a lot of detailing. The hardest part was aligning the tripod legs. Greg dropped the model at least a couple of times since he finished it, but it is pretty sturdy. Added to the Battleship Gallery


July 1, 2011 HMS Repulse Wooden Decks For the Trumpeter Kit, ArtwoxModel 1:350 Scale - I'm pumped about the ArtwoxModel five deck set for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale HMS Repulse. After fitting the wooden quarterdeck to the plastic Trumpeter deck, I found that removing the wooden deck from the sheet was easy and really enhanced the appearance off the battlecruiser's long quarterdeck. Added to the Decks, Conversion Sets and Fittings Reviews Section. 


June 30, 2011 SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship, Trumpeter Ship 1:350 Scale, Built by Dave Wick - This is the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a Liberty Ship, produced in 1/350th Scale by Trumpeter and built by Dave Wick. It is built with Gold Medal Models and Eduard Brass accessories, in addition to Tom's Model Works 1/350th scale armor. Added to the Transport Gallery


June 29, 2011 SteelNavy welcomes ArtwoxModel as a sponsor. If wooden decks on you warships are what you want for enhancement on a plastic model, ArtwoxModel already has a good selection of 1:350 and 1:700 wooden decks for many of the most popular model ships produced by Aoshima, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Dragon, Hasegawa, and Revell, as well as large sheets of decking, which you can customize for kits that do not yet have a model specific sheet available. The ArtwoxModel Icon is found on the main page. 

Yamashiro Wooden Decks For the Aoshima Kit, ArtwoxModel 1:700 Scale - The ArtwoxModel wooden decks set for the 1:700 scale Aoshima Yamashiro is an impressive product, especially given the ease with which the deck cut-outs are punched out. It makes me want to go out and buy the kit just so I can build it with the ArtwoxModel wooden decks. Added to the Decks, Conversion Sets and Fittings Reviews Section.


June 28, 2011 USS El Paso LKA-117, Amphibious Cargo Transport, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Photographs from Maurizio Chiaro - Here is another master pattern of a new product of Ships & Co. still a US Navy subject, the USS El Paso LKA-117, one of the  Charleston Class amphibious cargo ships.  The model is in 1/700  scale. Added to the Transport Gallery


June 27, 2011 USS Chancellorsville CG-62, San Diego, Photographs by George Silvaney - The Ticonderoga Class, Aegis cruiser USS Chancellorsville CG-62 is shown at San Diego , California . All photographs were taken by George Silvaney. Added to the Ship Tours Section. 


June 26, 2011 USS Wichita AOR-1, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Photographs from Maurizio Chiaro - Ships & Co. is pleased to announce that the master of the USS Wichita AOR-1 in 1:700 scale is finished. It will be soon sent to the resin  maker to produce the kits. The kit is supplied with cast resin parts and with standard decals, but NO photo-etch inside. Added to the Transport Gallery


June 25, 2011 USS Northampton 1941, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale, Built by Jeff Sharp - This is the USS Northampton in late 1941 with the false bow wave. It was built by Jeff Sharp from the Corsair Armada 1:700 scale kit. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


June 24, 2011 Leander Class Variants, British Frigates, MT Miniatures, Built by Tony Stubbs - Tony Stubbs recently came across a site that is producing 1/700 scale resin kits of Royal Navy ships from the 60s,70s and 80s. The site is MT Miniatures (A link to MT Miniatures is on the home page). Tony purchased all 4 of their Leander Class variations and with a bit of help from some White Ensign Models brass and some Dragon spares he got a very nice result. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


June 23, 2011 Eaglewall's Table Top Navy, By Donald Hood -  All and more that you ever wanted to know about the iconic line of Eagle model ships is provided in Eaglewall’s Table Top Navy by Donald Hood. The volume is a pure delight. Added to the Book Reviews Section. 


June 22, 2011 HMS Agincourt, The Gin Palace, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the HMS Agincourt in 1:350 scale by Iron Shipwright built by Kostas Katseas. Added to the Battleship Gallery


June 20, 2011 Surcouf, French Big Gun Submarine, Heller 1:400 Scale, Built by Patrice Legrand - You will find some pictures of Patrice Legrand's Surcouf. This French submarine is produced by Heller in 1:400 scale. This is the updated version with resin part and photo-etched parts from L'Arsenal. Added to the Submarine Gallery


June 19, 2011 Tarantul II, Missile Boat, Innex 1:400 Scale, Built by Hans Beernink - Here is Hans Beernink's 1/400 scale Innex Tarantul II class missile boat.  The Innex, which Hans believes is from the Mirage line and is based from that kit. It had a good overall shape but its details were soft. Much of the kit was re-worked or scratch-built. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


June 17, 2011 USS Gato 1943, AFV Club 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the AFV Club 1/350 scale kit of the USS Gato 1943 fit built by Kostas Katseas. The Gato 1943 variant has two 40mm Bofor guns on the tower. The guns  are provided by L'Arsenal. Added to the Submarine Gallery


June 16, 2011 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 . Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section. 


June 13, 2011 SS Catahoula, Molasses Tanker 1920-1942, Battlefleet Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Lamar Jones - This is the SS Catahoula, Molasses Tanker operated by the Cuba Distilling Company and built by Lamar Jones. The model is a modified Hog Islander from the Battlefleet Models line, in 1/700 scale. The modifications include down rigged booms, cut down bulwarks, plated over hatches and addition of other tank hatches, and a cat walk from the mid-ship house to the stern. Added to the Transport Gallery


June 12, 2011 Ships & Company and Model Victoria - SteelNavy welcomes back Ships & Company along with the parent company Model Victoria as sponsors of the site. The icons for both are now linked to the main page. 


June 10, 2011 USS Missouri BB-63 1944, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Neil McJunkins - This is the USS Missouri BB-63 from the Tamiya kit in 1:350 scale built by Neil McJunkins. Gold Medal Models photo-etch was used for the railings and the Kingfishers are from Trumpeter. She is painted in Measure 32, Design 22D using White Ensign Colourcoats. Added to the Battleship Gallery


June 8, 2011 Scharnhorst Saluting U-47 1939, Diorama by Kostas Katseas in 1:700 Scale - This is Scharnhorst in 1939 built in 1/700 scale with the Tamiya kit and with the Flyhawk set by Kostas Katseas. She is shown giving honors to the returning U-47 , after the sinking of Royal Oak at Scapa flow . Added to the Diorama Gallery


June 7, 2011 IJN 25mm Antiaircraft Guns II, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7031 - The Imperial Japanese Navy introduced their single 25mm antiaircraft guns early in the war and only later fielded the twin and triple gun mounts. Lion Roar has released a set of 1:700 scale single 25mm guns with IJN 25mm Antiaircraft Guns Set II R7031. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


June 6, 2011 Danton 1911 French Post-Dreadnought Pre-Dreadnought Mixed Gun Battleship, Combrig 1:350 Scale - The last French mixed gun battleship design, the Danton, is one of the most glorious. It has everything that any admirer of fierce face gaulic designs fancies, tumblehome, five top hat funnels, eight oval pill box turrets. Now Combrig has provided a resin and brass kit in regal 1:350 scale of the Danton that provides all of the parts for this large battleship. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


June 5, 2011 USS Canberra CAG-2 1967, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Jörg Kuhnert - These are photos  of the built model by Jörg Kuhnert of the USS Canberra CAG-2 from Niko Model in 1:700 scale. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


June 4, 2011 Sverdlov, Soviet Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Shuki Aloni has built a new model of the Soviet cruiser Sverdlov scratch-built in 1:200 scale. It took him one month to build and in his tradition, it was made of card board and balsa  wood and that is the reason for it's very light weight  (900 grams only -105 cm long). Added to the Cruiser Gallery


June 3, 2011 HMS Exeter D89, Type 42 British Destroyer, Skywave/Pitroad 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - These are photos of Bob Cicconi's latest build, the Skywave/Pit Road 1/700 scale HMS Exeter D-89, that he did as part of a group build. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


May 23, 2011 X-Craft, British Midget Submarine, Admiralty Model Works 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - Admiralty Model Works has gained a reputation for well-cast 1/700 scale kits and 1/350 scale accessories and now they are venturing into 1/350 scale submarine kits.  They had already released kits of the Foxtrot and HMS Astute class and Felix Bustelo was pleasantly surprised to hear Pavel Vacata’s announcement that Admiralty Model Works was going to release a 1/350 scale model of the X-Craft British Midget Submarine. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


May 21, 2011 HMS Sheffield, Town Class Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - These are pictures of the HMS Sheffield scratch-built in 1:200 by Shuki Aloni. It took him three weeks to built it  last year and it also made from cardboard and balsa wood. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


May 20, 2011 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. Added to the Transport & Auxiliaries Reviews Section. 


May 18, 2011 IJN 25mm Anitiaircraft Guns I, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7030 - Lion Roar IJN 25mm Antiaircraft Guns I 1:700 scale photo-etch set, R7030, provides relief etched brass for the double and triple 25 mm gun mounts found on mid to late war warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The set has enough parts to produce sixteen triple 25mm mounts and five twin 25mm mounts. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


May 17, 2011 IJN Destroyer Depth Charge Racks, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7029 - With a wide variety of excellent 1:700 scale plastic kits of IJN Japanese destroyers available, the question comes on what items deserve to have their plastic parts replaced with brass photo-etch. One piece of equipment readily jumps to mind, the depth charge racks. With Lion Roar set R7029 you have the set necessary to accomplish this refit. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


May 16, 2011 HMS Invincible 1982, Airfix 1:350 Scale, Built by Louis Carabott - On release of the 1:350 scale Airfix Illustrious kit Louis Carabott decided to convert HMS Illustrious, at present,   to HMS Invincible during the Falkland Conflict in  1982 which is completely different in all aspects to the Airfix offering. A different ship and a different era. Added to the Aircraft Carriers Gallery


May 15, 2011 Zwaardvis Class SS-793, Robin Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Chen, Chih-Pang - This is the model kit from Robin Models in 1/350 scale of the Zwaardvis Class submarine SS-793 built by Chen, Chih-Pang.  She is service  with the Taiwanese Navy. Added to the Submarine Gallery


May 14, 2011 Lira Project 705 Alfa Class, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo -Felix Bustelo doesn't usually build in 1/700 scale but he must say the OKB Grigorov Alfa attack submarine was a fun kit to build. The draft, emergency buoy and rescue hatch markings came of a 1/700 scale Soviet submarine decal sheet that Greg "Gunner" Stitz was kind enough to give Felix. Added to the Submarine Gallery


May 13, 2011 HMS Montgomery, Town Class Destroyer, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Glavan Srdjan - Here are a few pictures of the latest work by Captain Glavan Srdjan. It is a model of HMS Montgomery Town Class destroyer produced by White Ensign Models in 1:350 scale. To build this resin model he spent approximately one month and as you can see at the end, it is very nice presentation. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


May 12, 2011 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. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section. 


May 11, 2011 Project 641, NATO Code Foxtrot, Attack Submarine, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - The Admiralty Model Works 1:700 scale Project 641 Foxtrot Soviet diesel attack submarines provides two excellently detailed models of the class, one waterline and one full hull. The excellent resin castings are further supplemented with a photo-etch fret, brass rods, superb decals and comprehensive instructions. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


May 10, 2011 Retvizan, Imperial Russian Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - One of Greg Shoda's ongoing projects has been to build a model of each Russian battleship classes starting from Navarin. He held off on building Retvizan for several years as he did not think that he could successfully render the small oval openings seen in the model. Greg finally started the build in December 2010 but not with much confidence as the plans he used included a great many details that were a challenge for him to render in 1/550 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery


May 9, 2011 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. Added to the Transport & Auxiliaries Reviews Section. 


May 8, 2011 Hai Pao SS-792, Robin Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Chen, Chih-Pang - This is the model kit of the Robin Model 1/350 scale Balao class submarine Hai Pao SS-792 built by Chen, Chih-Pang. Originally built as the USS Tusk (SS-426), on April, 11, 1946. The Tusk remained in US Service until 1973 when she was transferred to Taiwan as part of the  Security Assistance Program.  Added to the Submarine Gallery


May 7, 2011 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. Added to the Transport & Auxiliaries Reviews Section. 


May 6, 2011 USS Leahy CG-16, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Geoff Cook - This is Geoff Cook's Commanders/Iron Shipwright USS Leahy CG-16 in 1/350 scale. Geoff finished her several years ago but  had to take a long hiatus from ship modeling due to a new job and cross country move. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


May 5, 2011 IJN Funnel Foot Rails, Lion Roar 1:700 Scale, Set R7033 - If you examine any Imperial Japanese Navy warship from World War Two, you’ll notice the prominent use of hand/foot rails on the funnels. It doesn’t matter if they are a battleship or aircraft carrier or a destroyer, they all have these rails. Injected plastic manufacturers have replicated this feature, if they have tried at all, with raised seams. Unfortunately, that doesn’t cut it. Now, Lion Roar has come out with a brass photo-etch fret to provide these iconic features in 1:700 scale with their R7033 photo-etch set. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


April 16, 2011 U-558, AFV Club 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas built this small vignette by using the AFV Club 1:350 scale U-558. Added to the Diorama Gallery


April 15, 2011 USS Arizona BB-39, Trumpeter 1:200 Scale, Built by J. David Nedreski - The ship is the USS Arizona by Trumpeter in 1:200 scale, mounted on oak with basswood strips. David Nedreski add the additional photo-etch offered by Trumpeter. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 14, 2011 Admiral Graf Spee 1936, Academy 1:350 Scale, Built by Colin Swager - This is the Admiral Graf Spee as she appeared in 1936 from the Academy kit in 1:350 scale. Colin Swager added wooden decks, brass barrels on main and secondary armament, Eduard Kreigsmarine figures. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 13, 2011 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. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section. 


April 12, 2011 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. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section. 


April 11, 2011 Myoko, Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Aoshima 1:350 Scale, Built by Jose Soca -  This 1941 Myoko was a pleasant build. Jose Soca doesn’t regret having building the Aoshima 1:350 scale Myoko because he like her a lot after her refit when those big wind baffles were added to the bridge. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


April 10, 2011 HMCS Fennel, Canadian Corvette, Matchbox 1:72 Scale, Built by Kevin Wenker - This is the Matchbox corvette kit in 1:72 scale kit totally redone by Kevin Wenker as the HMCS Fennel using the GLS (Great Little Ships) brass replacement and accessories package.  It is painted with Mr. Color and Tamiya and weathered with oil paints. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


April 9, 2011 USS Lexington CV-2, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Jae Won Kim - Jae Won Kim recently completed a new model of the Trumpeter 1/700 scale US Carrier Lexington. He built her as she appeared at her last battle in the Coral Sea . Jae used photo-etched parts from Gold Medal Models, Flyhawk and Lion Roar. Added to the Aircraft Carriers Gallery


April 8, 2011 Spanish 5.5-Inch Secondary Gun from the Armored Cruiser Infanta Maria Teresa, by Nathan Bartlett - You can find odd bits of history scattered here and there. Nathan Bartlett found such a bit in Ottumwa, Iowa after hearing a rumor that some of the ordinance salvaged from the hulks of the Spanish fleet was displayed on the town square. The 5.5-Inch secondary gun was salvaged from the Infanta Maria Teresa was removed at some point and displayed in Ottumwa. Added to the Ordnance Section in the Warship Walk-Arounds Column


April 7, 2011 HMVS Cerberus, Australian Monitor, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - Monitor Maven, Felix Bustelo, having built quantities of USN monitors, ventured further afield. Afflicted with monitor madness, Felix had a go with Her Majesty's Victoria Ship Cerberus in 1:350 scale from Combrig. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 6, 2011 HMS Repulse 1941, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Jaap Pluimgraaff - This  is the HMS Repulse from Trumpeter in 1:350 scale built by Jaap Pluimgraaff. Everything is hand painted apart from some experiments with air spray bottles from Tamiya on the main mast. Portholes, bridge windows and spotting top windows are made with crystal clear. Added to the Battleship Gallery


April 5, 2011 Sachsen, Federal German Frigate, NNT 1:700 Scale, Built by Norbert Thiel - Here are  photographs of the, Sachsen of the Federal German Navy, from NNT in 1: 700 scale and built by Norbert Thiel. Everything used for this build is included in the kit. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


April 1, 2011 Commandant Bourdais, French Aviso Escorteur, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Built by Nicolas Dupont - These are the  pictures of Commandant Bourdais, a French aviso escorteur in the groéland in the sixties, in a mission in fishing boat assistance. The model, built by Nicolas Dupont, is the one from L'Arsenal in1:400 scale. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


March 31, 2011 USS Arizona BB-39, Revell Original Box Scale Kit, Built by Andrew Desautels - This is the old Revell USS Arizona with Gold Medal Models brass detail, a few bits from the Tom's Modelworks set, and a ton of scratch-building, including the Kingfishers and the 5" AA guns on the boat deck. Andrew Desautels is normally an aircraft builder, but this is his first serious attempt at a ship. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 30, 2011 Battlefleet Models - Looking for the odd? Looking for the unusual? Go into the undiscovered country with Battlefleet Models, producers of tramp steamers, auxiliaries and the downright bizarre. SteelNavy welcomes Battlefleet Models with their link on the main page. 

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. Added to the Transport Reviews Section. 


March 29, 2011 Gremyashchiy, Soviet Project 7 Destroyer 1936, Combrig 1:350 Scale - Project 7 was the first new destroyer design of the Soviet Union . Called the Gnevnyi Class in the west, this design was completely modern and large and provided the back bone of the Soviet destroyer force in World War Two, suffering high losses in the Baltic and Black Seas . Combrig/Box 261 had provided their first 1:350 scale kit of a World War Two subject with their Northern Fleet Project 7 Gremyashchiy. The kit can be built full hull or waterline and contains not only finely detailed and crisp resin part but a huge relief–etched brass fret. Bravo Combrig! Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section. 


March 28, 2011 Helgoland, Imperial German Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - These are photos of Greg Shoda's model of the German battleship Helg oland. Greg scratch-built it in 1:550 scale a while ago during my protracted monochrome phase when I was not very concerned with ship paint schemes. Added to the Battleship Gallery


March 23, 2011 USS Whidbey Island LSD-41, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Built by Maurizio Chiaro - Here is a new kit from Ships & Co., the USS Whidbey Island LSD-41 in 1:700 scale. Maurizio Chiaro received it from the owners to express my opinion and for assembly. The box comes with a new image with a color that is close to blue, with the brand new label that  incorporates the Ships & Co. logo attached to the Model Victoria logo. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


March 19, 2011 Sendai, Japanese Light Cruiser at the Battle of Midway June 1942, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Gus Villanueva - This is the Sendai, Japanese light cruiser of the 1st Fleet, Main Body at the Battle of Midway. The Fujimi 1:700 scale kit was built by Gus Villanueva. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


March 18, 2011 HMS Trafalagar, Battle Class Destroyer, H-P Models, Built by John Rodriguez Asti - The model is an H-P Models  1/700 scale HMS Trafalgar. In the past year John Rodriguez Asti bought a H-P Models HMS St. James kit from Pacific Front Hobbies  and  he decided to complete it as the HMS Trafalgar. In John's opinion he believes that is one of the best kit from H-P Models. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


March 10, 2011 RV Meteor, Revell 1:300 Scale, Built by Georgios Lefkakis - Here are some photographs of RV Meteor by Revell AG at 1/300 scale and built by Georgios Lefkakis. "Features and modifications include", ice and snow on the sides and deck, rust and oil spills on decks and cranes,  rear drag sonar, spare prop on the front deck, steel cables and shackles, humpback whales, tender to shore boats. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


March 9, 2011 Lira Class Project 705, NATO Code Name Alfa Soviet Attack Submarine, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale - With your 1:700 scale OKB Grigorov Alfa you can put the pedal to the metal, at least until the liquid metal lead/bismuth coolant causes you to glow in the dark. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


February 20, 2011 LCT-610 Royal Navy June 6, 1944, Heller 1:400 Scale, Built by Peter Randall - This is the old 1:400 scale Heller LCT kit, given to Peter Randall by an IPMS Auckland member, and built as the Royal Navy LCT-610, as of June 6, 1944. The idea was just a quick build with minimal extra detailing, minimal being a loose term. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


February 18, 2011 USS Brooklyn 1898, Iron Shipwright 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Here are photos of Bob Cicconi's latest build, the Iron Shipwrights 1/700 scale armored cruiser Brooklyn circa 1898. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


February 11, 2011 USS Brownson DD-868, Gearing Class Destroyer, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Built by Jeff Prowse - These are photographs of Jeff Prowse's latest project DRAGON's 1/350 scale Gearing Class destroyer built as USS Brownson DD-868. He used White Ensign Models photo-etch and Scale Master decals. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


February 9, 2011 Ship Models from Kits, By David Griffith - How do you begin a book review? When it comes to Ship Models from Kits by David Griffith, I think we can look at the question. "I wondered what you guys thought about this book." and the subsequent answers to that question. Added to the Book Reviews Section.


February 7, 2011 US 3-Inch/50 Gun Barrels, Master Model 1:350 Scale, Review By Felix Bustelo - The Polish company Master Models has added the US 3”/50 gun to its 1/350 scale brass barrels offerings. The barrels are sold in packages of 12 which enables to you fit several kits. Review by Felix Bustelo. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 


February 6, 2011 USS Idaho, H-P Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Katseas Kostas built the HP Models 1:700 scale USS Idaho at anchor and done in an overall 5N.  Added to the Battleship Gallery


February 5, 2011 HMS Hood Refit 1942, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Modified and Built by Peter Fulgoney - Peter Fulgoney's latest build is a 1/700 scale HMS HOOD 1942, as if modernized after Renown. This exercise is based on two of Tamiya's kits, HMS Hood and HMS King George VAdded to the Battleship Gallery


February 4, 2011 USS Gato SS-212, Fleet Submarine 1941, AFV 1:350 Scale, Review by Greg "Gunner" Stitz - Greg "Gunner" Stitz reviews the USS Gato SS-212 kit in 1:350 scale from AFV. Greg was a Gunner’s Mate (Guns) First Class and is now curator of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum , home of the Balao-class submarine USS Razorback (SS-394) so he knows a few things about Gato/Balao class submarines. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


February 3, 2011 SMS Lutzow, Imperial German Battle Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - The Combrig 1/700 scale SMS Lutzow is of typical Combrig quality. Kostas Katseas added some extra details in the form of etched port holes, doors, ladders, hand-rails around funnels area.  Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 30, 2011 USCGC Firebush WLB-393, Coast Guard Buoy Tender, Scratch-Built in 1:48 Scale by Robert Rodriguez - This build  by Robert Rodriguez is a fully scratch-built 1/48 scale model of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Firebush  (WLB-393). The Firebush was a 180 foot ocean going buoy tender commissioned in July of 1944 and decommissioned in 2003 . Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


January 29, 2011 Bismarck in Engagement with Hood, Revell 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas built the Revell 1/350 scale Bismarck with the Lion Roar photo-etch set. The model depicts Bismarck in her engagement with HMS Hood. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 28, 2011 PCE-877 Okinawa Campaign 1945, Scratch-Built in 1:96 Scale by Steve Kohls -   The model of the PCE-877 is scratch-built by Steve Kohls in 1/96 scale and represents her configuration during the OKINAWA CAMPAIGN.  She displays the measure 22 camouflage. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


January 27, 2011 RSS Sea Scorpion, Missile Patrol Boat Singapore Navy, Scratch-Built in 1:350 Scale by Zenden Ng - Zenden Ng served onboard RSS Sea Scorpion for nearly 4 years out of his short 6 year career in the Republic of Singapore Navy . It left a huge affection and impression on him. Zenden wanted to own it but unfortunately, there is no available kit of this model. So he needed to do it the hard way and scratch-built his former boat. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


January 23, 2011 Moreno, Argentine Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - These are some photographs that Greg Shoda took of his model of the ARA Moreno. The model is a 1/550 scale representation of the little known US-built dreadnought. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 21, 2011 CSS Teaser, Armed Tug Boat, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale, Built by Rusty White - Here is Rusty White's build of his Flagship Models kit of the 1/192 scale CSS Teaser.  Rusty needed a built up version for the box art as well as a mounting for the upcoming Civil War Reconnaissance Balloon kit which will be released soon. The model was built straight from the box and weathered with oil washes. Added to the American Civil War Gallery


January 19, 2011 USS Vermont, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Four Kings - Group Build - Niko of Poland released a cage mast version of the Connecticut class US Navy Predreadnoughts in late 2008, as the USS Vermont.   A number of modelers who expressed an interest in building this wonderful kit of at best a little known ship of the pre dreadnought era got together over the internet and decided to do a group build of her. Bob Cicconi, Neal Clarke, Bruno Gire, and Bruce Kapito each ordered the kit from our various retailers and set a start date for commencing their builds. Added to the Battleship Gallery


January 13, 2011 HMS Tartar 1944, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Bob Cicconi's latest build is the Trumpeter 1/700 scale  HMCS Huron 1944 built as the HMS Tartar 1944. The kit is pretty decent, but needs a little cosmetic work on the hull.  Added to the Destroyer  Gallery


January 11, 2011 Wilhelm Bauer, Type XXI U-Boat, Built by Chuck Bauer - Chuck Bauer built the Revell 1:144 scale model of Wihelm Bauer, which he built out of the box. This sub was a ‘test bed” for him, as it represents his first use of an airbrush. On the main hull he tried artist’s oils for weathering. Added to the Submarine Gallery


January 9, 2011 Yamato, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas makes a big splash with his build of the 1:700 scale Yamato from Tamiya. It perfectly represents the largest battleship ever built plowing through the ocean at maximum speed. Added to the Battleship Gallery.


January 7, 2011 USS Franklin CV-13, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Jeffrey Prowse - These are photographs of Jeff Prowse's recently completed project, the 1/350 scale USS Franklin CV-13 from Trumpeter with photo-etch from White Ensign Models and Eduard. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery



January 6, 2011 PT-109 Modeled with Dazzle Camouflage Scheme, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Ed Wong - Here are photographs of a Revell 1:72 scale PT-109  built by Ed Wong. The build is pretty much straight out of the box, with some exceptions. The model was used to display a unique dazzle or zebra camouflage scheme that appeared on another boat. Added to the Destroyer & Small Combatants Gallery


January 4, 2011 Type IX-B U-Boat, Hobby Boss 1:350 Scale, Built by Werner De keersmaecker - This is the Hobby Boss 1/350 scale Type IX-B U-Boat built by Werner De keersmaecker. The, rigging added and scratch-built guns with photo-etch parts from the spares box. Added to the Submarine Gallery


January 2, 2011 Toti, Italian Submarine, Regia Marina 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - Basically the Regia Marina 1:350 scale Toti is out of the box with a couple of exceptions. Added to the Submarine Gallery


 
January 1, 2011 Kongo, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - To start out 2011 on the right foot we have another of Kostas Katseas remarkable builds. This time it is the Kongo by Fujimi in 1:700 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery.


 


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