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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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
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?  No 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 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. Chris Preston had the first correct answer with "Hhmmm............looks like a 1/350th DKM SCHARNHORST by Dragon." 
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? Only a few minutes after posting the photographs Simon Scheuer posted "May Mystery Model - SMS Von der Tann - 1/700 Kombrig, what more is there to say."
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. 
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. 
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. 
Thanksgiving 2009 Mystery Model - There is no need to wait until Thursday to start your Thanksgiving Day feast with this Thanksgiving Mystery Model. You may enjoy a roast turkey meal on Thanksgiving but with model warship kits there is no need to get a gobbler when you can enjoy prime cuts like this. 
Preview of USS Intrepid, SCB-125 Angled Deck Essex Class, Ships & Company 1:700 Scale - Ships & Company are preparing to release their own 1:700 scale SCB-125 angled deck Essex, the USS Intrepid. Here are some photographs of the initial casting with some parts dry-fitted to give an idea of appearance.
October 2008 Mystery Model - The moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter is aligned with Mars....so it must be time for a Mystery Model. What is this Mysterion, who is the conjurer, and in what scale? 
Lion Roar - New Items in 1:700 & 1:350 Scales July 2008 - Lion Roar is coming out with some interesting items in 1:700 scale. For Imperial Japanese Navy carrier commanders there is a line of aircraft. For all Hood hooligans, how about a super-detail set for the Great Ship with 1941 and 1931 fits? 
Ships of India, 1:400 to 1:700 Scale, Built by Ullhas Chogle - Ullhas Chogle of India presents four of his models of ships of his country's navy. Included is the INS Jalashwa by JAG and IJN Rajput by Combrig in 1:700 scale and the INS Ajay and INS Prabal in 1:400 scale by Mirage
USS Princeton CVS-37, Drgon 1:700 Scale, Preview Poster - Fresh from Dragon is a poster on their forthcoming release of the USS Princeton CVS-37. This version of the classic Essex design was used for antisubmarine duties.
Dragon Preview, USS Buchanan DD-484 1942, 1:350 Scale - Dragon sent the box art for the bottom of the box for their upcoming 1:350 scale USS Buchanan DD-484 1942. The Buchanan is a member of the Gleaves class. 
October 2007 Mystery Model #8 - If you thought that October Mystery Model #7 was a product with strong flavor, this Mystery Model may also appeal to you. Without a doubt this one has a noble lineage with an exceptionally well balanced blend. 
October 2007 Mystery Model #7 - Now this is truly a full bodied product with enough flavor to last all seven days of the week. No way is this designed for epicureans who belief in moderation, this robusto is for those who believe in glorious excess.
October 2007 Mystery Model #6 - Finally we get to the more robust, full flavored products. Although not the strongest flavored product from this October crop, this fine specimen certainly provides interest for those who enjoy a full flavored main course.
October 2007 Mystery Model #5 - Before we go to the robusto blends found in the rich bottom lands, let's look at one more medium strength product. Less powerful than some, this blend still exhibits a good combination of characteristics that provides satisfaction to any epicurean. 
October 2007 Mystery Model #4 - After looking at the lighter blends, we continue down the hillside to where the base of the hills level out to the flat bottomlands. Here we find an interesting variety that has more punch than the lighter products on the hillside but not the punch of the full flavored blends in the heart of the plantation. 
October 2007 Mystery Model #3 - Some may say that the bouquet of October Mystery Model #2 is too old fashioned and traditional. For those people October Mystery Model #3 may prove just the tonic. Still light bodied, this product has a bolder, more modern taste.
October 2007 Mystery Model #2 - This varietal is perfect for the advance course, even though it does not have the punch of the main body vines found in the rich bottom lands. Here is one example of the hillside product. 
October 2007 Mystery Model #1 - Sure, I know, you get easily confused. No, this Mystery Model is not HMS Tiger. It may not be a Splendid Cat but it is still the cat's meow. Can you name the ship, scale and manufacturer for October 2007 Mystery Model #1. 
September 2007 Mystery Model - With the fall harvest upon us in the glorious month of October, you still have one last chance of guessing a Mystery Model with the dying remnants of the summer heat of September. So hit the keyboard with guesses for this Mystery Model. 
2007 IPMS US National Convention, The Second Day, Photographs by Jon Iverson - Cub Reporter Jon Iverson was hard at work on the second say of the 2007 US IPMS National convention. Jon reports that the action is really heating up, with many new ship entries revealed on Thursday. 
2007 IPMS US National Convention, Photographs by Jon Iverson - Jon Iverson was at the 2007 IPMS US National convention from the first day. Here are photographs of some of the entrants, as well as overall shots. Also included are photographs of the new Admiralty Models HMS Courageous 1917 in 1:700 scale. 
May Madness - OK, before the heat of summer arrives, let's look at a little May madness. These photographs show a number of master patterns for models that have yet to be released. When will they be cast? Who knows? When will they be available for purchase? Who knows? So many questions, so few answers. 
April Mystery Model #1 - Lets start out April with an unusual subject. You wont find warship kits with architecture like this every day. Obviously, it is an auxiliary of some kind, but which? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Spring Planting, A Bumper Crop for 2007 - Shown here is a rare breed. Clearly these shoots are already growing fast. They certainly have not reached full maturity yet but when they do, they are certain to grace many a modeler's table. Photograph are courtesy of Andrey Veslivy
March Mystery Model #3 - An' don't you know the shamrocks are a growing for St Patrick's Day. An' in another patch this St. Patrick's Day Mystery Model is also wearin' a bit o the green in the photograph above. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Richard Gardner was spot on with' "That is the long awaited White Ensign Models HMS Norfolk Duke class frigate in 1/350 scale. And very nice looking it is to. Might have to have a word with the nice man at the bank."
March Mystery Model #2, 2007 - For our continuing March Madness of Mystery Models, here is March Mystery Model #2. Since no one correctly answered the searing queries for March Mystery Model #1, perhaps this will be easier.  The photographs show the model with only four of her multiple parts dry-fitted. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
March Mystery Model #1 - Time for a little March madness. Take a pause from endless basketball games and eye this mélange of mystery model photographs. Just right as the first shoots of spring try to break through. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Future Attraction? - Here is an interesting photo that I received. Clearly it is a CAD drawing, however, there certainly is the possibility that this is part of the preliminary work for a model kit release. 
February Mystery Model #1 - Time out, Time out, Time out! Sorry to interrupt Chapter MMMCXIV of the fabled blue battleship discourse but before you turn blue in this frozen February, take a look at this Mystery Model. I can guarantee you that this model is NOT a blue battleship.
January Mystery Model #3 - "We want eight and we won't wait." You may wish to practice chanting this historic slogan, when you acquire January Mystery Model #3, or any of the eight Royal Navy capitol ships just released by the producer of this kit. That's right, eight capitol ships at once! However, it is a balanced release with four battle cruisers and four battleships. The slogan may come in handy when your spouse notices the increase in your fleet. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #2 - Since January Mystery Model #1 was so popular, I guess we can run another one. For January Mystery Model #2 we have a subject that has something in common with model #1 but is a different ship. Just one difference is that model #2 has five turrets, not four. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Avery Boyer identified the Combrig 1:700 scale Iron Duke and added, "Another one I can't wait to get at!"
January 2007, Mystery Model #1 - Well 2007 is here and we have not had a Mystery Model yet for the year. It is time to break the ice for 2007. Here is the first of many Mystery Models for the new year. This tasty tidbit will arrive shortly at your favorite retailer, if it is not there already. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Martin J. Quinn was first with "The battle-cruiser HMS Invincible in 1/700 by Combrig. Looks like a sweet little kit!"
New Models from Delphis Models - Here are five new 1:700 scale items from Delphis Models. Additionally, there is a railway gun operated by the Italian Navy during World War Two in HO scale. 
October Mystery Model #4 - Time for an October Surprise and the Rise of the Great Pumpkin! This black bag project surely has to rank as the Great Pumpkin of October 2006. What other model can equal the size, majesty and grandeur of this magnificent Halloween treat. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  
October Mystery Model #3 - While waiting in the pumpkin patch awaiting the Great Pumpkin of October, another likely candidate has been spotted. Is this the Great Pumpkin or is their another October Surprise on the horizon? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
October Mystery Model #2 - It is time for another tasty treat in the October harvest cornucopia of goodies. As you wait for the Great Pumpkin, you can feast your eyes on this new model. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
October Mystery Model #1 - Ahh October! The most perfect month of the year. Crisp cool evenings with dew on the pumpkins. Time to start preparing for that most perfect evening for any youngster, Halloween. Although it is still almost four weeks away, it is not too early to whip up ideas for treats. One such treat may be this model because it certainly is no trick. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Clara Blumenfeld, German Collier 1915, Scratch-Built in 1:700 Scale by Dariusz Mazurowski - Clara Blumenfeld was one of the many coal supply chips of Kaiserliche Marine during WWI. She was built in 1918 by Bremer Vulkan yard for Bernhard Blumenfeld from Hamburg. Mobilized in August 1914 as Kohleschiff 8 (German coal ship), and returned to the owner in September 1916. Dariusz Mazurowski scratch-built the ship in 1:700 scale. 
August Trifecta of Mystery Models - Horse Racing - The Sport of Kings! Well, here are three horses for you. For the SteelNavy August Trifecta, can you identify the names of all three ships, scale of the models and name of manufacturer?  
July Mystery Model #2 - Time for a new Mystery Model. You don't have to get out your Enigma machine to type out the answer to this one. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
July Mystery Model #1 - Summer is here and it is almost the 4th of July. This mystery model has nothing in common with the American War for Independence, except the name of the ship. This happens to be the master pattern for the model, which I received on Friday. 
June Mystery Model #1, Maters in the Morning - It is June. Time for some fried green tomatoes. Well this tomato is not green but is not quite ripe yet. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Chatham ShipCraft Series Volumes #5 & #6 Preview - In July 2006 volumes number 5 and 6 in the Chatham ShipCraft series will be published. Classic Warships Publishing, the US distributor, presents a short preview of the two volumes with cover photographs. 
May Mystery Model #2, Ah! I Love the Smell of Prop Wash in the Morning! - Whether you like prop wash or jet blast, this Mystery Model will exert appeal. You think that you have seen it before? Maybe, maybe not. In any event warm up your Cutlasses and Panthers. Where are Mickey Rooney and William Holden when you need them? 
May Mystery Model #1, Riddler or Joker? - First, all of the talk about best cruisers of World War Two and now this, a bagful of photographs left on the Commissioner's doorstep of a model cruiser. Commissioner Gordon is befuddled and confused. What to do? It appears that the Riddler is again running amuck! But wait! It could be the Joker. Riddler or Joker, it matters not which, the Commissioner's forces are not up to the task. It is time to go to the roof to send the signal. Only the Dynamic Duo can handle this conundrum. 
HMS Surprise, RN Frigate, 1:130 Scale, Modified Lindberg Kit by Don Ferguson - Don Ferguson took the Lindberg "Jolly Roger" pirate ship and modified it to the HMS Surprise.  He shortened the hull and changed the galley windows and stern windows. He did other scratch building on deck to make the HMS Surprise
TYP Models, Preview of Two New Releases - A new company called TYP is planning on releasing two new models. TYP has an unusual concept in tying two two impending kit releases together. The first two releases from TYP will be a warship kit and a figure. Indeed, as can be seen from the photographs of the products from TYP, the naval figure, called "The Heroic Yeoman" is given more emphasis than the ship. This concept is obvious from from the slogan used on the theatrical trailers of "The Heroic Yeoman and His Ship". This is a preview of the two models. 
Wonder Boys Consortium, New Hobby Product - This product is the result of collaboration among three hobby producers. It is important to emphasize that the photographs represent a preview of only some of the components of this product. One of the largest components is not even shown. A true multi-media product, components will come in at least four different mediums. The name, Wonder Boys Consortium, reflects the diversity of the contributors to this project, who not only hail from different sections of the USA but also from outside of the US. This is a preview of the new WBC hobby product.
March Mystery Model #1, The Magic Mushroom of March - Do you like to walk in the wild, off the beaten path? Why join the mass building the 999th incarnation of the USS Bland and HMS Dull, when you can sharpen your skills on the truly bizarre. This mystery model so qualifies. No it is not a Leprechaun's mushroom prepared for St. Paddy's Day, it is a replica of an actual warship. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Russian Winter - Sneak Peek at New Projects from Combrig - Winters in Moskva can be pretty cold. So how do the guys at Combrig stay warm during the long Russian winter? They stay at work on new projects to add to the Combrig lineup. Here is some design work on just a couple of them. 
January 2006 Mystery Model #4 - Well here is a design that is easy to remember. With this arrangement of superstructure and main armament, how could you forget? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? The mysterious MB was first with this Mystery Model with "USS Maine, Combrig, 1:700"
January 2006, Mystery Model #3 - Now for something off the beaten path. Here is an odd bird for you, although it was a monster for its time and place. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Michael D'Silva was right on with "US Broadside Ironclad Dunderberg (1865; later French Rochambeau)" from Combrig in 1:700 scale. 
January 2006, Mystery Model #2 - Due to the interest in January Mystery Model #1, January Mystery Model #2 shares one very distinctive architectural feature with #1. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Ken Hoolihan was first with "HMS Renown 1897, 1/700, Combrig. The common feature with Mystery model #1 is side by side funnels."
January 2006, Mystery Model #1 - You have thrown out the old 2005 Christmas tree, so it is time to get a start on 2006. There is plenty more quality modeling time ahead of you until spring starts to thaw your surroundings, so time for a new model. Maybe it will be this mystery model, if this era is to your liking. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? John Crawford stated "Is it ISW USS Illinois BB 7 1/350 scale" However, unlike Jeopardy, answers do not have to be in the form of a question.
NNT New Model for October 2005, the Frigate Koln in 1:700 Scale - New from Norbert Thiel and NNT is the modern German Navy Koln. The railing and wood base are the only items in the photograph that do not come in the kit. NNT has other subjects from the Modern German Navy in the pipeline. There is also a redo of a K.u.K. subject with brass barrels, as well as a new model of one of Kaiser Wilhelm's light cruisers from World War One. Stay tuned for more from NNT of Germany. 
Regia Marina, New Products for October 2005 - For this month the Italian company of Regia Marina is introducing four new models and two accessory packets. Submarines predominate with DaVinci and Tazzoli, Guppy conversions put into service in the Italian Navy in the 1950s, as well as a World War Two Type XXI U-Boat. For surface action there is the RN Zeno 1941-42 of the important Navigatori Class destroyers. All four models are in 1:700 scale. For accessories there is a decal sheet in 1:350 scale for Italian float planes and a 1:700 scale photo-etch fret of various chock designs. 
October Mystery Model #1 - Only four more shopping months until Valentines. What exotic confection will you acquire for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Perhaps this Mystery Model will be perfect. No creation of any confectioner is as sweet as this three stack dish of beauty. Besides maybe your significant other will see that your heart's in the right place and let you partake in the feast. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Tokyo Model Show, September 2005 - In the third weekend of September 2005, the annual Tokyo Model Show was held. Hideo Gotoh attended and photographed the releases featured by the Japanese and Chinese model companies at the show. 
Strange Days on Ol’ Rocky Top – Rube’s Misterion Elixers - Yes, these are strange days on ol’ Rocky Top. Far up in the hills an hollers of eastern Tennessee , ol’ cousin Rube has bin mixin an fixin his misterion elixers. Take a gander at what he be brewin.
Novegro Hobby Models Expo September 2005 - On the weekend of September 23 through 25, 2005 the Novegro Hobby Models Expo was held. Delphis Models of Rome , Italy had a display at the Expo. Maurizio Maggi,, Alessandro Luciani,and Dario Agostinelli of Delphis attended. Since the photographs were taken by Dario, they naturally concentrate on the Delphis display and new releases.   
Delphis Models Fall 2005 Releases - Delphis Models of Rome, Italy will be releasing four models next weekend at the Novegro Hobby Models Expo. The star of the show will be the big boy for your 1:350 scale Regia Marina, the R.N. Vittorio Veneto, everybody's favorite Italian Corazzata. Perhaps your preference is in 1:700 scale. Well, Delphis has you covered as well with three releases. From World War Two is the light cruiser Cadorna and from the modern Italian navy are the frigates Lupo and Maestrale
September Mystery Model #4 - This is another subject from the 19th century. This subject is still widely known today and was the best of her type when built. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
September Mystery Model #3 - For this "Mystery Model", we'll go back to the 19th century. This subject is not widely known today but when she was commissioned it was her navy's most powerful warship. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
September Mystery Model #2 - How can you miss this one? Class name will be sufficient as there is more than one ship in the class and photograph of ship specific parts is not shown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? This is HMS Orion in 1:700 scale produced by Combrig. Zach Pease got it right when he stated. "This looks to be HMS Orion or at least Orion Class in 1916 or 18. I am guessing she is in 1/700th scale and produced by Combrig.
HMS Victoria Gun Barrels, Steve Nuttall Barrels 1:192 Scale - Here is a look at the barrels that Steve Nuttall will be producing for the upcoming HMS Victoria being produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright in 1:192 scale. The 16.25-inch smashers for the forward turret are ready to go but the 10-inch gun in an open mount with gun-shield at the stern still needs a little more work. Steve says that more breach detail will be added along with trunions. 
September Mystery Model #1 - Here is one that not everyone can peg but surely someone will get the right answer. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Bruno Gire got it when he said, "Guess this is French T47 Escorteur d'Escadre Surcouf by l'Arsenal, scale 1-700.". It is indeed the first shots of the Surcouf 1/700 Escorteur d'escadre from L'Arsenal. The ship is here in her original fit as a T-47B.
USS Lexington CV2, 1:350 Scale, IPMS Back-Dating Products Display at 2005 IPMS National Convention - As part of the displays for the 2005 IPMS National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, IPMS had a display on the new products designed to back-date the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS Lexington CV2 to a prewar fit. 
August Mystery Model #1 - Here is a new model that we'll try to sneak past you. However, more than one sea hawk should know this one. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Chris Preston was first with the correct answer as he identified the model as the soon to be released HMS Starling in 1:700 scale from White Ensign Models. 
July Mystery Model #1 - This will be a next to impossible test. Shown here are the ship's boats and a turret from a model about to be released. Using only that limited amount of information, can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? HMS Victoria, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:192 Scale
June Mystery Model #2 - This model is the other shoe dropping. If the warship design of Mystery Model #1 was glorious deliberate excess, the design for Mystery Model #2 was elegant efficiency Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
June Mystery Model #1 - This one is a no brainer for topic and producer. However, it is now available for those modelers who like guns, lots and lots of guns. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Regia Marina - Coming Attractions - How about some glimpses of coming attractions from Regia Marina. One shows one of the photo-etch frets from the Regia Marina Roma. The Roma was different from the earlier two sisterships, Vittorio Veneto and Littorio. Another photograph shows photo-etch for machine guns. The third photograph, well, make up your own mind about that one. 
Work in Progress, April 2005 - Here are some products in the course of development. One set of photographs shows decals in 1:350 scale for Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW7) for the aircraft of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late 1970s. The other product shows the progress made on the master of March Mystery Model #3. 
April Mystery Model #1 - These photographs show the master pattern of a model that will appear. This particular producer is known for the exceptional quality of their products. You can be certain that when released, the model will be a superb product. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  
Ray D. Bean's Secret Life as Naval Aviator - Most SteelNavy readers know Ray D. Bean as a photographer from Winnipeg, Canada. Some my know Ray a a charter member of the Cabal of Kit Consultants. However, Ray's love for the ships of the USN is based on his secret career as naval aviator. In this rare series of photographs, Ray's aviation career is chronicled. 
Men of the Bainbridge - In the modern nuclear United States Navy, the only types of warships now on roll are either aircraft carriers or submarines. At one time however, there was another type, the CGN. Why did the navy decommission all CGNs? Who knows? What is known is that crewmen of the CGNs were a special breed and there are none more special than those proud veterans of USS Bainbridge CGN-25. On this April 1, 2005, we will take a candid look at it took to be a Man of the Bainbridge
March Mystery Model #3 - Here is a hard one, well.... maybe. This subject is the master pattern for a hull. All of the lines of the hull are there and the next step will be to add the detail on the hull sides and deck. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
March Mystery Model #2 - For the second Mystery Model of March we have a production run copy of a ship oozing with character. The subject had a long if somewhat undistinguished service life. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
March Mystery Model #1 - The subject of this Mystery Model should be obvious for anyone with some form of vision, however, it is anticipated that few if any, will correctly provide the informational requirements. These photographs show the master pattern for the model. It does not reflect the final form of the master, as it is still in the process of being created. As the master progresses, much more detail will be added. Hang onto your hats, this baby will be nice!  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
In the Kitchen with Dinah - As spring approaches what new culinary treats is Dinah whipping up in her kitchen? Maybe a little Antipasto Primavera for the main course of Fettuccine Lexington. Who can tell? Is it soup yet?  
February Mystery Model #4 - Another tasty tidbit for the February modeler is this subject, which did some her best work in the January-February time frame. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
February Mystery Model #3 - This subject has many twists and turns, plus has an interesting assortment of ordnance. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
February Mystery Model #2 - This subject should be a change of pace on many levels. You may have a chance to identify it if your memory of naval history is not too rusty. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Bruce Buchner wasn't just whistling Dixie with his answer of "CSS Arkansas, Old Steam Navy, 1/96th Scale".
February Mystery Model #1 - The scale and name of the manufacturer is obvious but what about the ship? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Michael D'Silva of Oz was right on target with "Combrig 1:700 HMS Duncan"
Recon Ralph Scopes Out Regia Marina - Recon Ralph left his secret hideout in the Palazzo Borghese to file this spot report on the suspicious activity generated by Giampiero Galeotti of Regia Maria. He had to run all the way to the top of the Spanish steps to broadcast this report in standard SALUTE format. 
January Mystery Model #6 - OK you eagle-eyed sea scouts, you have been very good at identifying Mystery Models, but this little baby may prove to be a stumper. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #5 - I love subjects off of the beaten path. For the subject of January Mystery Model #5, there is an unusual ship not often seen or identified. It is clearly not a Revell Iowa or Airfix Hood but what is it? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? The Mysterious MG was first with the correct answer with "I think the French Gille from IHP in 1/700". MG was right as it is the new version of the 1913 French battlecruiser design by Imperial Hobby Productions. 
Jetsam on Beaver Dam Creek - The rains are over and there are nice crisp blue skies. However, with the end of the rain, Beaver Dam Creek has started to fall. Obviously another limb of the resin tree has fallen in and been sculpted into this bit of jetsam.
January Mystery Model #4 - For January Mystery Model #4, these are photographs of the master pattern of a new resin warship model being prepared for production. They show you not only what is coming down the road but also one method in which the pattern is prepared. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #3 - The parade of new models continues in snowy January 2005 with a SteelNavy blizzard of Mystery Models. Although some modelers may not be familiar with the particular class of Mystery Model #3, the overall lines of the ship are unmistakable as to the navy that built them. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
January Mystery Model #2 - Here is a golden oldie. Not the model, as it is brand new for 2005, but the subject, which is a very different from your run of the mill AA cruiser. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Pieter nailed it right away with, "HMVS Cerberus 1/700 by Kombrig." It is the British built monitor that was transferred to the navy of Victoria before all of the states, or is it provinces, of Australia were unified.
Flotsam on Beaver Dam Creek - Ray D. Bean well known Canadian member of the Cabal of Consultants, left the door open and let one of his Canadian cold fronts sweep through on Thursday. With all of that dry cold Canadian air slamming into the mild, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, the result was a lot of rain. Good ole Beaver Dam Creek rose with all of the rain fall and a limb from a resin tree fell into the torrent as was sculpted into this odd form.
Delphis Models New Kits of 2004 - Alessandro Luciani of Delphis Models sent in these photographs of the three newest models from his company that were produced in 2004. The three models cover three different eras of Italian warships, pre-World War One with RN Napoli, World War Two with RN Raimondo Montecuccoli and modern with the Stromboli. All of the photographs were taken by Dario Agostinelli and show the three kits after they have been built and painted.
January Mystery Model #1 - To start of the new year in a grand fashion, here is the first Mystery Model for 2005. Hmmmmm, what is it? Is it Honey Barge X923? Nooo, the armament fit is not quite right. So maybe you can be better at identifying it than I am. Sorry only one photograph currently available. However, that one photograph provides more than enough structural hints to get the sleuths a-sleuthing. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Bolyai Model Show, Hungary October 2004 - These pictures were taken by Akos Gergely at the Bolyai Model Show in October in Hungary. There are two ships and the scale is 1:1000. Both are scratch-built. The first ship is one from the SMS Kaiser Class. The second ship is the British World War Monitor, HMS General Wolfe that mounted one of the 18-inch guns built for the HMS Furious, mounted in a fixed position, firing to starboard. 
November Mystery Model #6 - Here is another subject of a type of vessel not of seen. From the lines the ship, you can tell that that its function is not to engage in combat. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Alan was close with, "I guess it is Italian fleet oiler STROMBOLI, 1/700 by Regia Marina." but was wrong with the manufacturer. Maurizio Chiaro quickly jumped in with the correct manufacturer. "By Delphis no Regia Marina"
November Mystery Model #5 - Beam me up Scotty! Welcome to the Starship Enterpr.....Wait a minute! This isn't a sci-fi web site, this is a site on warships. I know this will be difficult. With that knife like bow, it could be a missile cruiser but it isn't. With the rounded contours it could be a boomer but it isn't. Nor is it the starship Enterprise, CV-6 Enterprise or CVN-65 Enterprise. So what is it? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
November Mystery Model #4 - This is something different. All that is shown are photographs of photo-etch parts of a model about to be released. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? The mysterious Tom L. was equally clipped with "HMS Dreadnought, Combrig, 1/700th scale. N/T"
November Mystery Model #3 - No! This is not the same kit as November Mystery Model #2, or November Mystery #1 for that matter, but obvious clues are in the photographs. Another easy one to answer. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  Rob Weilacher was short and to the point with, "Mystery ship 11-12-2004 - Minneapolis 1/700 Combrig N/T"
November Mystery Model #2 - For the November Mystery Model #2, the photographs almost shout the answer. So this is another one that should be easy to answer. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Jon Iverson was the first to identify this model with "There is just no doubt about this one. This is the forthcoming USS Astoria CA-34 by Combrig. Awesome!! It looks fantastic!! Thanks Combrig for putting out these great subjects!"
November Mystery Model #1 - We have not had a Mystery Model since September, so its time for one. This one should not be too tough because the subject has very distinctive, indeed unique, architecture. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? This is the Henri IV, French coast defense battleship of 1903. ROMYLOS CHATZIIOANNOU was the first person to correctly identify the kit as produced by Combrig in 1:700 scale.
Milano Hobby Model Expo, September 2004 - At the end of September the Milano Hobby Model Expo occurred in Milan, Italy. This yearly event is the largest in the country and often features new releases from Italian companies. This year was no exception. Regia Marina and Delphis both featured new kits. Maurizio Chiaro has photographed many of the subjects of the Milano show.
Roger Reconn & the Attack of the Woodman Be Afraid! Be very Afraid! The Woodman is about to hit your wallet, bank account, and cash stash. Here are the first photographs of a new product about to become available.
September Mystery Model #1 - The August Mystery Model #3 was tougher to identify, as anticipated, as no one has yet fulfilled the informational requirements. However, it is clear that Tom L. and Kazimierz Zygadlo are honor graduates of the Sherlock Holmes School of Sleuthing. They are both on the scent and saw past the ruse that was August Mystery Model #3. The parts shown as August Mystery Model #3 are actually parts to this model, sort of like the doll within a doll of a Russian Matrushka nesting doll.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
August Mystery Model #3 - Now it is the end of the month, the last chance for a Mystery Model for August. The August Mystery Model #2 was quickly identified, so we'll try something that should be tougher. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
August Mystery Model #2 - It is getting near the end of the month, s o its time for another Mystery Model for August. No matter how esoteric or off the beaten path of the subjects, someone always seems to know the identity. Well, try this one on for size.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Uwe Geiling identified it right away. "It's a german navy type F 123 frigate. "Brandenburg" was the first of this class of four ships to enter service. Scale is 1:700 from NNT."
August Mystery Model #1 - Its time to start off August and what better subject than a Mystery Model. The nationality and time period will be obvious from one of the photographs but what is it? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Felix Bustelo was first, beating Captain Morgan by 37 minutes, in identifying this model as the German yacht Grille from Combrig in 1:700 scale.
July Mystery Model - Well, since this is the last day of the month and there has not been a Mystery Model so far in July, here goes the one and only 2004 July Mystery Model. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Although John Littrell and Terry Wong correctly identified the subject as Algerie, no one identified the kit as being produced by Combrig in 1:700 scale. 
Ted and Deb's Most Excellent Adventure, The Italian-American Connection - In April 2004 Ted and Deb Paris of Commanders/Iron Shipwright left balmy up-state New York to rough it in the wilds of Roma, Napoli and the Isle of Capri. In reality there was a clandestine meeting on Ted's luxury yacht in the Bay of Naples between Ted and his Italian connection, none other than Giampiero Galeotti of Regia Marina. The shocking truth is exposed through the pictures of Giampiero. 
June Mystery Model #7 - When it rains it pours! Thursday, there was a package waiting with the WEM HMS Renown and on Friday, two more packages arrived. One had a very tasty battleship model, about which more will be heard and seen. The other package contained this model, June Mystery Model #7. The model was washed before photos were taken and as you can see, some water drops are still present. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
Model Show at Grado, Italy, May 12 to May 19, 2004 - Between May 12 and May 19, 2004 a Model Show was held at Grado (Gorizia), Italy. The Club "Modellistica Monfalconese" made an appearance in force and entered models in many categories. Club members include, Germano Asquini, Riccardo Benco, Luciano Rizzato, Stellio Tognon and other. All of these photographs were sent by Luciano Rizzato
Yiannis Sagiadinos, International Man of Mystery - Round Up the Usual Suspects! The Interpol Drag-Net had been out for some time but Yiannis "International Man of Mystery" Sagiadinos and Jacques "The Silver Fox of Normandie" Druel had avoided photographic capture. However, the reward money of two Euros was beyond temptation for Evelyne Druel. Jacque's wife and she turned in the photographic evidence of the Dynamic Duo's secret meeting on the Island of Corfu. Actually, Jacques of L'Arsenal and Evelyne went on vacation on the Greek island in the Adriatic and visited Yiannis of YS Master Pieces
June Mystery Model #6 - This Mystery Model is a little different. In the past the subject has been a limited production resin kit. Not so with June Mystery Model #6. It is obviously an injected plastic kit. It is brand new but some of you may have already come across it. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? It is the USS Kidd in 1:350 scale from DML. Charles Landrum guessed it, but then, he's a ringer, as is clear from his statement: "I was a Helo Control Officer on KIDD from 1983-1986."
June Mystery Model #5 - For those that may see a strong resemblance among this model, June Mystery Model #1, June Mystery Model #2, June Mystery Model #3 and June Mystery Model #4,  maybe you should clean your glasses, as this is a different kit. Included are four photographs showing all five; June MM5, June MM4, June MM3, June MM2 and June MM1, as well as a friend who decided to tag along, at the top. As you can see, they are different from each other, as all six hulls are unique. What ship is this? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Marc Flake was first with "In my opinion, this hull looks nothing like the first four. Even when placed side-by-side with the others. ;^D My guess is the HMS Swiftsure (or Triumph), 1/700, Combrig." It was the Combrig Swiftsure.
June Mystery Model #4 - For those that may see a faint resemblance among this model, June Mystery Model #1, June Mystery Model #2 and June Mystery Model #3,  this is a different kit. Included are four photographs showing all four; June MM4, June MM3, June MM2 and June MM1. As you can see, they are different from each other. Or is it, as Yogi said, deja vu all over again? What ship is this? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Although this ship was identified for June Mystery Model #3, no one identified this as Project 61ME, the Rajput Destroyer for the Indian Navy. From Combrig in 1:700 scale.
June Mystery Model #3 - For those that may see a slight resemblance among this model, June Mystery Model #1, and June Mystery Model #2,  this is a different kit. Included are four photographs showing all three; June MM3, June MM2 and June MM1. As you can see, they are different from each other as night and day. As one example, June Mystery Model #3 has no aft gun mount position. What ship is this? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? No right answers were forthcoming for this model. It was identified as the Rajput but that was the June Mystery Model #4. This is the one off Project 61E variant Smetlivy, converted in this configuration in 1991. Combrig in 1:700 Scale.
June Mystery Model #2 - For those that may see a minor resemblance between this model and June Mystery Model #1, this is a different kit. Included are two photographs showing both June MM2 and June MM1. As you can see, they are different. What ship is this? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Mark Meredith was correct when he identified this kit as the Project 61M "Modified Kashin" from Combrig in 1:700 scale. It has a beefed up superstructure and Styx SSM added from the original Project 61 design. The kit is Slavny from Combrig.
June Mystery Model #1 - This one is SWEET! The design has very strong characteristics with every aspect of the design screaming warship. What ship is this? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  This was the first Mystery Model in a series of Project 61 "Kashin Class" Soviet destroyers. Combrig is producing five variants of the design. This model is the original design and portrays Obraztsovy as of 1965. Mark J. was first to identify it with "Kashin class destroyer, Combrig, 1/700."
May Mystery Model #5 - SteelNavy is grateful for the assistance of internationally know Inspector Clouseau in the discovery of this Mystery Model. Inspector Clouseau, who does have a strange affinity for all things pink, uncovered these photographs in the course of one of his many important investigations and quickly alerted the SteelNavy staff. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  
May Mystery Model #4 - Well its time to return to the standard format of showing photographs of new releases. Here is another new one. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Mark J. hit the nail on the head with "Parchim class, 1/700, Combrig. They sure have been after our money lately." It is the Parchim Class corvette by Combrig in 1:700 scale.
May Mystery Model #3 - To add a little mayhem to the May Mystery Models, here is a twist on the usual format. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Robert Dibbon, AKA Grinch, was right when he said the kit was the HMCS Kootenay, Ex-HMS Decoy, British D Class Destroyer in 1:350 scale from Armada Models of Canada. The kit has been long out of production but there are rumors that the master pattern is in a cave behind Ray Bean's igloo. This model was posted because of a question regarding converting the WEM J Class to HMS Hero. This is the only 1:350 kit that I know of of the classic square bridge British destroyer of the A through I Classes.
May Mystery Model #2 - So many models, so little time. May Mystery Model #2 and more on the way. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Geoff Baker was very specific in his correct identification of this model. "Model 1 is a Kombrig Koni I class in 1/700. Model 2 is a Kombrig Koni IV class in 1/700 of the Lbyian Navy with the fwd Styx launchers & blast defectors" This model is the Libyan Al Hani, Koni IV from Combrig in 1:700 scale. 
May Mystery Model #1 - For the first May Mystery Model, we have one of the prototypes of a warship designed specifically for export. The prominent sheer line should be a strong clue. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Mark J. identified it immediately. "Koni class, 1/700, Combrig." Right on every count. This is the Delfin of the Koni I variant from Combrig in 1:700 scale. 
April Mystery Model #4 - For this week we will try another subject that is off the beaten path. The ship has historic interest but is comparatively unknown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? 
April Mystery Model #3 - The Easter Bunny just hopped by this week scattering Easter Eggs filled with candy (for Felix Bustelo) and Mystery Models for me. I found one egg hidden in the corner, opened it up and Voila! No need to fear Delilah with this baby in your squadron. This is NOT an insignificant subject and should be most welcome among the Illuminati. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Germa Coenders correctly identified the armored cruiser New York with "This undoubtely american stern profile, flush deck, side single main gun positions,....I'd say it is the USS armored cruiser New York before the refit that led to the suppression of the side main guns.ISW is the main manufacturer of ships of this era and usually produces them at 1/350th scale.This early posting gives European residents a better chance to be the earliest, thanks a lot."
April Mystery Model #2 - Felix "Candyman" Bustelo seems awfully confident that he knew the identity of the April Mystery Model #1. Of course, already having the kit in his basement might help give him an edge. Although April Mystery Model #1 was on the easy side of identification, April Mystery Model #2 is not quite as well known. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Charlie Scardon was first to identify this model. "Mystery Model 2 is the USS Atlanta or USS Boston. The offset barbette and the little round conning tower are a dead give away. Probably 1/350 ISW." Germa Coenders went further in narrowing the selection between the two sisterships. "I agree. The question is which one of the two. Atlanta was the name ship of the class, and Boston was in the Philippines squadron. ISW seems to be committed to providing most of the ships of the Philippines squadron (Olympia, Charleston, Monterey...), so my guess would be for Boston, ISW, 1/350th." It is the USS Boston, protected cruiser, from Commanders/Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale.
April Mystery Model #1 - Well, it has been more than a month since there has been a mystery model. With Spring having sprung it is time for the mysteries to commence. This model is of a design that is very distinctive and should not cause any problem in identification. Furthermore, this model is in production, so some of you may already have it. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  "It is the USS Iowa BB-4 in 1/350 scale from Iron Shipwrights. I have one on Slip C in my basement shipyard ." Never bet against Felix Bustelo's basement because its right. Felix said that it was a 1:350 scale USS Iowa BB-4 from Commanders/Iron Shipwright and it is. The Iowa was the first true ocean going battleship of the USN and exhibits a degree of French design influence but not as musch as the armored cruiser Brooklyn. 
New Model Kits from NNT for 2004 - If you have been wondering what will be coming from NNT for 2004, well here is a look at four subjects. Actually it is three subjects as two kits are available separately or available together. There is the large German destroyer B-98 of World War One. For the RN and RAN enthusiasts, there is the HMAS Sydney. NNT has produced the the German Merchant Raider Kormoran. Lastly there is a Limited Edition issue of the HMAS Sydney and Kormoran in the same box. 
March Mystery Model #1 - This model is packed with detail. Totally first rate, the model is of a design that is very distinctive and should not cause any problem in identification. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  Felix Bustelo likes his candy and recognizes eye candy when he sees it. "Ok - I'll take a stab: USS Oregon, 1/700 scale, YS Masterpieces. Now give me some candy! Felix Bustelo" Felix is right, it is the YS Master Pieces USS Oregon.
Mole Moves at WEM - The mole at White Ensign Models keeps tunneling away. Here are the latest photographs of the 1:700 scale HMS Renown, currently under the care of Mad Pete Hall. This reflects the status of the master pattern earlier this week. The mole assures that more is to follow in due time. 
February Mystery Model #3 - No one will ever accuse the subject of this model of being handsome or beautiful. However, it does have a certain charm if you can get beyond her architectural ugliness. Who is this ugly duckling?  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Although a number of people correctly identified this as the 1918 Eagle Boat produced by the Ford Motor Company, no one correctly identified that it is from Commanders/Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale.
February Mystery Model #2 - For the February Mystery Model #2, here are photos of a model that has not yet been released. As you can see from the photographs, there is not much left to be done to get this baby ready for the market.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Dick J. was the first to name this one. "My guess is the 1/700 Porter class, by Combrig. (probably the early war version)" It is the Porter Class in a pre-war fit, 1936 to early 1941. 
February Mystery Model #1 - For the February Mystery Model, here are photos of a Not So Mystery Model, as the kit has just been released and a few lucky modelers already have it in their hands. In part the mystery is why no one has produced this subject before as it is one of the most handsome warships ever created. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  If you already have this model, (you know who you are), you are ineligible to answer. Akos correctly identified this as a model of HMS Tiger, British battlecruiser, produced by Combrig in 1:700 scale. 
December Mystery Model #2 - With the days fast dwindling for 2003, this is the final chance this year to identify a Mystery Model. Here are photographs of the master for a forthcoming release. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  Also, what gives with that wild and crazy deck? Look closely, because it is very different from the norm. Geoff Baker called it. Peter Halls WEM 1/700 HMS Renown n/t,Posted by Geoff Baker on December 30, 2003, 8:59:13, in reply to "Mystery Model #2"
December Mystery Model Combo - For a change here is a combination Mystery Model featuring the bridge-work from two warship models. Can you identify the names of each ship by their bridge structure, scale of models and name of manufacturer? Don Klausmeyer was first with "First! December Mystery Model(s), Posted by Don Klausmeyer on December 28, 2003, Iron Shipwright, 1/350, USS Nevada and USS Oklahoma."
Kriegsmarine Catapult in 1:72 Scale - Tired of having no launch facilities for your Arados? Well, just follow the example of Phil Cartwright who scratch-built his very own Kriegsmarine catapult in 1:72 scale. 
Singing In the Rain and the Stonehenge Mysteries - As I saw film coverage of women fighting and shoving their way in to a Wal-Mart before the sun rose for the after Thanksgiving sales, I thought how strange, how bizarre, modeling is much more sensible. Then I opened a message from Jim Baumann...What was I saying? Oh!...Never Mind.
November Mystery Model #2 - This kit should be very welcome and easily identifiable. Coming from a company that aggressively produces the over-looked or off the beaten track subjects, this won't be the last in this series. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? As additional questions, what was the class nickname and why? It took a Triumvirate of warship sleuths to answer all of the questions. Mike Wolfe identified it as HMS King Edward VII, Darius P. identified the "Wobbly Eight" nickname and Joel Labow identified the reason for the nickname, "ships of this class handled well but had difficulty steering a straight course, hence the appellation "Wobbly Eight."
November Mystery Ship #1 - This is a detail from a postcard that portrays a warship. The question is, what warship is it? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. Ted Nigrelli was the first to identify this at a Virginia Class USN battleship. "I'll go with the Virginia class, despite the giveaway double story main turrets being cropped from view??" This particular card shows the USS Virginia, herself. It is a "colorized" photograph and was posted on August 19, 1908 at 1:30PM from Greenwood, South Carolina. 
November Mystery Model #1 - OK guys. Here is a new model that will be available shortly. As you can see, all of the work has been done. The photograph shows the kit built and painted but without the rigging. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? As an additional question, what significant role did this ship play in naval history? Keith Glueck was first, followed by Santi Caro (The Spanish Guy), to identify this as the 1:350 scale model of the Imperial Russian gunboat Korieits coming from Box 261. She did fire the first shot of the Russo-Japanese War. 
October Mystery Model #1 - Here is a new kit that will be released shortly. You have to love the extreme tumblehome and bow scroll-work. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? This is the hull for the 1:350 scale model of USS Brooklyn, armored cruiser and flagship at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, being produced by YS Masterpieces. If everything goes as planned, Yiannis Sagiadinos will have the model available at the Telford show in the UK. Dick Wood identified the kit but initially thought it was 1:700 scale. Mike T (modelguy2) was the first to identify the kit in one post.
September Mystery Model #6 - Since this is the last day of September, there is still time for one more September Mystery Model. Hopefully this will prove of interest. It most definitely is not just another pretty battleship. Sorry, I only have the title photograph for the hull but do have one showing the smaller parts, which will be posted after the subject has been identified.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Cesare Fiorini correctly identified this kit as the modern Italian fleet replenishment ship, Etna. The model is being produced by Regia Marina in 1:700 scale. 
September Mystery Ship - Mark Meredith furnished this photograph as a Mystery Ship. He wants to see if the guys can ID the ship(s). Of course the word guys is used in a gender neutral sense, so girls/women/females/femmes et jeune filles/frau und fraulein/ and Ray Bean are welcome to participate as well. Felix Bustelo, notable citizen of the Big Apple, was the first to identify this as USS Intrepid, in her capacity as museum ship in New York City. The photograph was taken from a satellite. Felix beat Bruno Gire by one minute and nine seconds. 
September Mystery Model #5 - Here is another model for September that is completely different from the others posted this month. These are photographs are also of the master of a model that will probably be going into production in the near to mid-term. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? 
September Mystery Model #4 - These are photographs of the master of a model that will probably be going into production in the near to mid-term. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? 
September Mystery Model #3 - Identifying this Mystery Model will be more difficult. You have the title photograph above to use, which is a photograph of the forecastle. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Also, what clue is on the photograph that indicates your choice? Chris Preston of Victoria, B.C., Canada was the first with the answer of HMAS Canberra in 1:700 scale by Combrig. This is indeed the Canberra from Combrig, to be followed soon by HMAS Australia, County Class Cruiser. I personally agree with Terry Wong that the hull knuckle screams County Class. The 2nd photograph shows all of the resin parts for the kit, which will be available very shortly. 
September Mystery Model #2 - No, this is not deja vu. The kit is very distinctive and should not fool too many people. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? "These are 1/350 Kasuga and Nissin from Kombrig. Look like these two are great kits!!!" That is the statement of Dmitry Antonov to this Mystery Model. Dmitry is right and you don't have to be Russian to recognize the excellence of these two Russian products. The last two photographs show two kits that shows that there are two different ships involved. Kasuga and Nisshin varied in their main armament. Kasuga had a single 9.2-Inch turret forward and a twin 8-Inch turret aft. Nisshin had twin 8-Inch turrets fore and aft. 
September Mystery Model #1 - This Mystery Model is really a treat. The topic should not come as a surprise. What is clear from the photographs is the manifest quality of the kit. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Pieter Cornelissen was the first to identify the kit as the HMS Royal Sovereign from Combrig in 1:700 scale. He even identified that the model reflected the post 1903-1904 refit in which the secondary guns had casemates built around their positions. Originally they were open mounts with gun shields. This kit is a Toe Curler, ie exquisite. Now if only White Ensign Models would produce some Royal Navy photo-etch to go with the time period. We will need it for Royal Sovereign and others. 
August Mystery Ship - Many more people have heard of this subject than have seen it. The artist rendering and plan & profile will give you a clue. What is it? Terry Wong of the UK was the first correct response in identifying this as the design of an all big gun battleship by General Vittorio Cuniberti published at the end of Jane's Fighting Ships 1903 in the article, "An Ideal Battleship for the Royal Navy". The drawing is the frontispiece for the volume.
August Mystery Model #2 -Something Old, Something New. The August Mystery Model #1 was a warship launched over a century ago. For August Mystery Model #2, there is a subject as new as today's headlines. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? 
Odds & Ends, August 2003 - A small collection of eight photographs of items that have a connection with USN or USMC topics.
August Mystery Model #1 - In an era in which warships typically had tumblehome and curves, the design for this subject was very slab sided. No person will call this ship pretty but she does a unique place in history. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? 
July Mystery Model #3 - Here is another collective Mystery Model. These are all parts to a project known only to a handful at the present time. However, that should change in the future. Can you identify the name of the items, scale of model and name of manufacturer? 
July Mystery Model #2 - This class has been known by two names. Either class name will do to identify these models. This totally distinctive design cannot be mistaken for anything else. If you need a hint - do the initials RKR mean anything to you? The photographs show a few of the major parts dry fitted. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Four or five people instantly identified this model as a Slava/Moskva/Atlant/Project 1164 Russian Rocket Cruiser in 1:700 Scale from Combrig. Joseph Reindler was correct when so called it.
July Mystery Model #1 - This subject is very interesting for a number of reasons. Because of the unique shape its identity should not stump too many modelers. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? John Currie, as a member of the Royal Navy, certainly knows the history and warships of his service, present and past. John was absolutely correct when he identified this model as the monitor HMS Abercrombie in 1:700 scale from Combrig.
June Mystery Model #2 - Here is a tasty morsel. In fact, it is so tasty that it qualifies as a seven course meal. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Simon Scheuer identified this correctly as the HMS Queen Elizabeth 1918, coming from White Ensign Models in 1:700 scale. 
June Mystery Model #1 - Here are photographs of some armament, J-ventilator funnels and hull of a new model. Some of the major parts have been dry fitted to provide form. Not all parts are shown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Santiago Caro Gutierrez of Spain correctly identified the model as the Russian protected cruiser Varyag from Box 261 but his first post didn't identify scale. One of his countrymen, Germa Coenders, provided the proper scale, 1:350.
May Mystery Model #7 - This subject is a very interesting release of an important warship in a victorious fleet. Strangely enough, there is only one other model in this scale of the nation and era of this warship. Parts are shown dry-fitted. Not all parts are shown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Quintin Trammell was the first to identify this as the Kasuga in 1:350 scale from the new firm Box 261 in Kiev, Ukraine. Keith Glueck could have been first but he identified it as the Yasuga.
May Mystery Model #6 - So you are still running short of hulls to put on the embargo line? Here is another one ready to search for those pesky ballistic missiles. The photographs are of a partially assembled model. Some parts are being reworked. Can you identify the name of the ship (specific name not required, only designation), scale of model and name of manufacturer?  
May Mystery Model #5 - Are your destroyer squadrons out of shape and showing their age? No problem, with this baby you give them new life. Can you identify the name of the ship (specific name not required, only designation), scale of model and name of manufacturer? Although Mike T identified this as a Sumner Fram in 1:350 scale from ISW, it was Joel Labow who first said it was a Sumner Fram II.
May Mystery Model #4 - The May Mystery Model #3 featured things that buzz in the air, harassing honest warships. For this Mystery Model, we look at something that lurks underwater, waiting for the unwary. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Although it took two posts to designate all of the elements, Philippe Minet correctly identified this model as a 1:700 scale model of the French submarine Casabianca coming from L'Arsenal.
May Mystery Model #3 - What in the world are these aerial annoyances doing on a web site devoted to warships? They are a collective May Mystery Model #3. Can you identify the name of the ship (?), scale of model and name of manufacturer?
May Mystery Model #2 - Love it or hate it, this warship is probably the sleekest design ever created. OH, Wait! Haven't I said this before? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Geoff Baker must be the resident expert on La Fayette, as he was also the first to identify this kit as the 1:400 scale model of La Fayette from Heller.
May Mystery Model #1 - Love it or hate it, this warship is probably the sleekest design ever created. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Geoff Baker was the first to identify this kit as the La Fayette F710, French Stealth Frigate, in 1:700 scale from L'Arsenal.
March Mystery Model #2 - OK so you don't have to have a degree in Astral Physics to identify this warship. However, who is the manufacturer and in what scale is the model? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer?
March Mystery Model #1 - For this Mystery Model, there is another odd design, featuring a duck-billed bow. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? No Felix, you can not answer. Gary Griffith was the first to correctly identify this kit as an Aloe Class Net Tender in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright.
January Mystery Model #8 - This model was released in 2002. Given the superb quality of the components to the kit, it deserves to be in the spotlight. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Terry Wiltshire was the first to identify this model as the HMS Exeter, Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyer in 1:600 scale from White Ensign Models.
January Mystery Model #7 - Everyone keeps naming the Mystery Models correctly. OK, no more Mr. Nice Guy, try this one on for size. Hint, it is not the BWN USS Lexington mentioned by John Sheridan. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Bil Ragan correctly identified this kit as the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Likhoi, 1906 Russian Destroyer. 
January Mystery Model #6 - Still in search of a stumper, this model is not instantly recognizable. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? A lot of people identified this model as the USS Charleston, a British designed cruiser for the USN, in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright but Mike Hagerty was first. 
January Mystery Model #5 - Another odd subject this time out. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Juha Joutsi of Finland was the first person to correctly identify this kit as the 8,000 ton Russian icebreaker Yermak of 1893 in 1:700 scale from Combrig. 
January Mystery Model #4 - This new product should not stump anyone and should be very popular. The lines are instantly recognized. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Rob Weilach was the first to identify this as the Nautilus 1:350 scale Yorktown/Enterprise conversion for the Trumpeter Hornet.
January Mystery Model #3 - This is a model of a 19th Century design. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? As identified by Peppe Giuffrè, this model is the Combrig 1:700 scale Imperial Russian Cruiser First Class, Dmitri Donskoi 1885. 
January Mystery Model #2 - This new model will interest many modelers. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Kuno Bauer recognized this model as a Borodino Class battleship in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Valeriy Sedov was the first to actually identify the model as the Slava. This kit is the Slava in World War One in 1917. 
January 2003 Mystery Model #1 - A ship with a unique bow is the subject of this model. Although there were others in the class, only one ship had this prowl. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Vladimir Yakubov correctly identified this model as Imperatritsa Ekaterina II from Combrig in 1:700 scale. Other names used by this Black Sea battleship were Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya "Empress Catherine the Great" and Svobodnaya Rossiya. 
December Mystery Model #3 - This one should be very easy. This is a copy of the production hull for a soon to be released kit. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Jackie Bell was the first to correctly identify this as the USS Texas in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. The ISW Texas should be available in the first quarter of 2003.
December Mystery Model #2 - A very distinctive looking ship, this model should come as a surprise. This is a photograph of the master pattern. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? This is the master pattern for USS Michigan, the first USN dreadnought. Actually the Michigan was authorized before HMS Dreadnought but the Royal Navy was much faster in laying down and building the all big gun battleship. Gary Griffith correctly identified the model as South Carolina, sistership to Michigan, in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. Currently, there is no release date available for this model.
December Mystery Model #1 - This one is an odd bird with character and not just another pretty face. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Plucky Kiwi, S.A. Lawes, and Man About Town, Felix Bustelo, are ineligible to answer this one. Bradford Chaucer hit the nail on the head. This is a Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale model of USS Monterey, Coastal Defense Monitor, which mounted two 12 inch and two 10 inch guns. Basically she was a smaller version of the USS Puritan. Since the photo-etch, instructions and resin parts are already done, the kit should be available..... well, about now.
November Mystery Model #10 - This is the master pattern for another very interesting warship kit with some beautiful lines. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Steve Berti got this one right. This is the master pattern for the USS California, later USS San Diego, Armored Cruiser, from Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale. 
November Mystery Model #9 - This one should be fairly easy. The architecture is unmistakable as one of three classes that were laid down but which one? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Valeriy Sedov was the first to identify this kit as the Imperatritsa Maria, Black Sea dreadnought in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Vladimir Yakubov identified it as Imperator Nikolai I. Although nominally a sistership, Imperator Nikolai I was 46 feet (14m) longer than the other three of the class. 
November Mystery Model #8 - This model may be more difficult to identify. It has architectural features not found on most warship models currently available. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Jean-Paul Binot correctly picked this one as the Vladimir Monomakh, Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser, from Combrig in 1:700 scale. Vladimir Monomakh was laid down in 1880 and a quarter of a century later was at Tsushima.
November Mystery Model #7 - The fourth in a series of warships of similar design and size. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer?
November Mystery Model #6 - Here is another very interesting and well done model. This one should come as a surprise for most modelers of the period. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Pieter Cornelissen was first to correctly identify the kit as the Boyarin, Cruiser 2nd Rank of the Imperial Russian Navy. The model is indeed by Combrig in 1:350 scale and as with the case of th Combrig 1:350 scale Novik, it should be available shortly.
November Mystery Model #5 - As you can see, here is the third in the series of warships of similar size. However, this one is larger than the earlier two. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Felix Bustelo, man about town and all around bon vivant of the Big Apple, correctly identified this model of USS Du Pont TB-7 in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. Du Pont and Porter TB-6 were 175 feet in length and displaced 165 tons. Authorized March 2, 1895. 
November Mystery Model #4 - With the stylish, clean lines of the prototype and beautiful execution by the model manufacturer, this warship kit is a treat for modelers. However, what warship is the subject? Can you identify the name of the warship, name of the manufacturer and scale of the model?  Ken Gray was less than two minutes ahead of Jean-Paul Binot in identifying this kit correctly as the Novik, Imperial Russian Cruiser 2nd Rank. This kit is from Combrig of Russia in 1:350 scale and will be available shortly. 
November Mystery Model #3 - This warship is very similar to that of November #1. However it is a different ship and model. Can you identify the name of the warship, name of the manufacturer and scale of the model? This is the Foote Class TB3-5 (Foote, Rodgers and Winslow). This 160 foot, 142 ton torpedo boat class was authorized in July 1894. Bradford Chaucer correctly identified the warship being produced by Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale.
November Mystery Model #2 - These are a few photographs of a brand new release of a very interesting subject. Can you identify the name of the warship, name of the manufacturer and scale of the model? Quintin Trammell was very quick to correctly identify this model as the new Combrig five stack Imperial Russian Cruiser Askold in 1:350 scale.
November Mystery Model #1 - Here is a model off of the beaten path. The master is complete and ready for production. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer?  This is the Davis Class TB 12 & 13 (Davis & Fox). This 146 foot, 154 ton torpedo boat class was authorized in June 1896. San Diego Class of 02 correctly identified the warship being produced by Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale.
October Mystery Model #4 - This photograph shows the amidships overhead plan of the master of a model to be released in the near future. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Rob Weilach was the first to correctly state that this kit is the USS Sangamon in 1:700 scale from Loose Cannon Productions. The release date for this CVE is anticipated to be in January 2003. 
October Mystery Model #3 - This is a photograph of the master of a future warship kit. The master is not yet complete as some details have yet to be added.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Mike Hagerty was the first person to correctly identify the USS Milwaukee (St. Louis Class Protected  Cruiser) model in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. Congress tried to limit expenses by mandating smaller, cheaper cruisers. The result was this class of cruisers that were grossly under gunned for their size. The Milwaukee should be available in December 2002.
October Mystery Model #2 - Again, there are photographs of the hull of a warship kit soon to be released. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Ed Grune was the first to identify this model as the USS Paulding DD-22. The Paulding was the second class of the "Flivvers", as the 700-750 ton destroyer classes were called. Larger than the preceding destroyer designs, the class was the first US design to have twin torpedo mounts. The model is in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. It has optional parts to construct it "As Built" with an open T bridge platform and small aft deck-house or the 1916 fit with windscreen and covered bridge and large aft deck-house. The Paulding should be available before Christmas. 
October Mystery Model #1 - These photographs show the hull of an upcoming warship model that should be of some degree of interest. Can you identify the warship, scale and manufacturer. You can't get anything past S.A. Lawes, The Seer of the South Pacific. The sagacious Kiwi was the first to correctly identify this model as the USS Brooklyn, Armored Cruiser, in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. The kit will be available in November.
September Mystery Model #3 - This photo shows the master pattern for the hull of a warship model to be released. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale, and name of the manufacturer? Corrado Gajetti of Italy was the first to identify this model as the Italian Battleship Andrea Doria / Caio Duilio, 1:700 scale from Regia Marina. The photographs show the master patterns for the resin parts to the kit. It is interesting to see how the smaller parts are attached to the resin runner by pour tubes to allow the casting of the parts. Also shown is the pattern for the photo-etched set for the kit.
September Mystery Model #2 - Aircraft parts in resin and brass, from an forthcoming warship release are shown. Can you identify the ship, manufacturer and scale? Aircraft for the 1:400 Bearn aircraft carrier. Also shown are photos of box top side and end panels, photo-etch an styrene deck pieces. Pieter Cornelissen was first to correctly identify the kit.
September Mystery Model #1 - Superstructure parts for an upcoming resin warship release are shown. Can you identify the ship, manufacturer and scale? Superstructure Parts for the forthcoming 1:350 Resin Kit for the USS Nevada, 1944 fit from Iron Shipwright. Correctly identified by Dave Becker.
August Mystery Model #1 - Can you identify the name of the ship, scale and manufacturer of an forthcoming kit by photos of one turret from the model? The photo was correctly identified by Bob Dedmon as a turret (B or X) from the forthcoming Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale kit of the USS Pennsylvania, 1944.
Newsboy, Model Shipways 1/96, #2, Bill Wood's build of the solid hull sailing ship model.
Cascade Modelwerks, Works in Progress, Photographs of work in progress on future releases from Joe Damato.
The Ships of Charleroi A look at some of the ship entries in the Charleroi, Belgium Model Shows of 2001 & 2002. Most photos are of scratch-built 1:100 scale models. 
1:78th scale HMS Victory by Bobby Ivanov (Manuta)
First Look: PE for Regia Marina's USS Washington & North Carolina, #2 A look at the PE templates for the soon to be released kits.
1998 US IPMS Nationals: Ship Model Photos
SMML Con, USS Hornet, 22 April 2001
2001 U.S. IPMS Nationals Ship Model Coverage  
Vintage Front Engine Dragsters in 1:1 Scale!

Images from the 2001 Tokyo Model Show

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