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26 December 2004 Sinking of HMS Aboukir - Improving Pre-Built Models - David LaPell shows how he used the Navis model of the British armored cruiser HMS Hogue to build a diorama of the sinking of the sistership, HMS Aboukir. Added to the Features Section


4 December 2004 From Merchant to Military, Four Quick Conversions - Paul Jacobs shows four easy and quick conversions of merchant ships into military. Features are the German Schwerin, French Aramis, British Westralia and American Cape May. Added to the Features Section


27 November 2004 The Scratch-Built Models of Martyn Denchfield - These are five ships in 1:1200 scale scratch-built by Martyn Denchfield. As can be seen, the emphasis is placed on naval aviation of the Royal Navy during World War One with models of HMS Ark Royal, HMS Campania and HMS Vindictive. The other two are the HMS Princess Royal battlecruiser of World War I and the lone holdout of World War Two, the HMS Roxburgh, one of the 50 WWI vintage Lend Lease USN flush-deck destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy. Added to the Features Section

21 November 2004 New Superior 1:1200 Never Were Models - Superior has released three more models of battleships that were designed but never laid down. These three designs are the British N3 design of 1922, the British 15A/B design of 1935 and the Japanese No.13 design of 1921. Added to the Features Section


9 November 2004 A 140, Japanese Battleship Design of 1935 - The Imperial Japanese Navy knew that they could not out-produce the United States Navy, so their goal was produce ships that were individually superior to anything that the USN produced. In 1935 they came up with Design A140 for a 69,000 ton battleship with all main guns mounted forward. (J111) Bob Weymouth has painted and photographed his model of the A 140 1935 Japanese battleship design. Added to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery


24 October 2004 1898 Fleetparade in the Netherlands, Diorama in 1:1250 Scale - On the 15th September 1898 a fleetparade was held by the Royal Dutch Navy in honour of the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina. On October 7, 2004 an exposition opened in the maritime Panorama Mesdag museum in The Hague which highlights the parade. The Dutch Ship Collectors Club prepared a diorama in 1:1250 scale for a museum exhibit and Rhenania released five Dutch torpedo-boats, just for this event. Photographs and text from Robert F. van Oosten and Hans Dorlas. Added to the Features Section


13 October 2004 Added  models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery, of Pier Head Models, which specializes in River Mersey & Irish Sea Ferries, as well as the Welsh Navy. 

   Pier Head Models Mona's Queen (3), Irish Sea Ferry 1934, #2, #3 - Photographs from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Mona's Queen (3), WWII Troopship 1940, #2 - Photographs from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models
   Pier Head Models St. Seiriol, Welsh Coastal Cruise Ship, #2, #3 - Photographs from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models
   Pier Head Models St. Trillo, Welsh Coastal Cruise Ship, #2 - Photographs from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Upton, River Mersey Ferry - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 


26 September 2004 Von der Tann, German Battlecruiser, Navis, Modified & Painted by David LaPell - These are photographs of the 1:1250 scale Navis Von der Tann. The ship has been completely repainted by David LaPell. David repositioned and moved the main gun barrels and rigged the ship with bristles from a large paint brush. He then attached the ship to a base made from spackle, painted with acrylics and covered with future floor wax. Added to the Features Section


23 September 2004 Added  models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery, of Pier Head Models, which specializes in Mersey Ferries. 

   Pier Head Models Bidston, Mersey Ferry, #2, #3 - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models
   Pier Head Models Bidston & Prenton, Mersey Ferries - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Lady of Mann 1930, Irish Sea Ferry, #2, #3, #4, #5 - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Lady of Mann 1934, Irish Sea Ferry, #2 - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Lady of Mann 1960, Irish Sea Ferry - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Lancashire, Mersey Ferry - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models Lancashire & Storeton, Mersey Ferries - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models


20 September 2004 Simple Neptun Conversions by Peter Ewell - It is easy to add new subjects to your fleet with some simple conversions. Peter Ewell shows how he added the USS Bristol 1941, USS Ralph Talbot 1945 and USCGC Taney by converting other Neptun models. Added to the Features Section


27 August 2004 Added 1 model to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

Akagi, Three Deck Japanese Carrier, 1930 - (Trident 1065) John Olsen looks at the original design of the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi, which featured three flight decks. The Trident model of Akagi shows her in the three deck design as of 1930. 


21 August 2004 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery, The Regia Marina takes the forefront with these seven models custom pained by Paul Jacobs

   Argonaut - Generali Achille Papa - (AR-314) Italian Torpedo Boat, Ex-Destroyer Generali Class, painted by Paul Jacobs 
   Neptun - RN Fiume, Italian Heavy Cruiser, #2 - (N-1532) Painted by Paul Jacobs 
   Neptun - RN Attendolo, Italian Light Cruiser, #2 - (N-1542) The third series of Condottieri. Painted by Paul Jacobs. 
   Neptun - RN Cadorna, Italian Light Cruiser, #2 - (N-1543) The second series of Condottieri. Painted by Paul Jacobs. 
   Neptun - RN Bande Nere, Italian Light Cruiser, #2 - (N-1544) The first series of Condottieri. Painted by Paul Jacobs. 
   Neptun - RN Ascari, Italian Destroyer, #2 - (N-1560) Soldati Class, painted by Paul Jacobs. 
   Neptun - RN Legionario, Italian Destroyer, #2 - (N-1560) Soldati Class, painted by Paul Jacobs. 


13 August 2004 New Releases for August 2004 from Superior - Superior has released seven new models in 1:1200 scale. Two models are in their noted The Fleet That Never Was range of designs that were never finished as designed. Those two are the original 1916 design for a seven-funneled Lexington battlecruiser and the A140, a 1935 Japanese battleship design for a follow on to the Yamato. Additionally, five new models have been added to the World War Two range. The emphasis was the Mediterranean with Le Hardi, French destroyer 1942; Primaguet, French light cruiser; Bande Nere, Italian light cruiser; Cadorna, Italian light cruiser; and Trento, Italian heavy cruiser. Added to the Features Section


10 August 2004 USS Lexington CC-1, USN Battlecruiser Design 1916 - (A-203) This is the initial seven-funneled design produced by Superior Models in 1:1200 scale. Painted and photographed by Bob Weymouth. Added to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery


26 July 2004 Small Harbor Diorama - Here are a few photographs of my small harbour made by Hansa/Schowanek about 1970. The ships are from Mercator, Albatros, Pharos, Rhenania and the floating dock by Nautik Art were added. I put the diorama in the original Hansa/Schowanek box. Photographs from Joachim Thiel. Added to the Features Section


17 July 2004 Added 5 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery, Some of the older, very interesting subjects by Hai

   Hai USS Sable, Great Lakes Training Carrier 1943, #2, #3, #4 - (Hai-178) The USN converted two Great Lakes, side paddle wheelers into training carriers for take off and landing training. 
   Hai USS Wolverine, Great Lakes Training Carrier 1943, #2, #3, #4 - (Hai-179) The USN converted two Great Lakes, side paddle wheelers into training carriers for take off and landing training. 
   Hai USS Utah, Gunnery Training Ship, Ex-Battleship 1941, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - (Hai-187) A forgotten victim of the Pearl Harbor attack was the USS Utah, which was also sunk in the December 7, 1941 raid. The wreck of the Utah is still at Pearl Harbor. 
   Hai USS Texas, 2nd Class Battleship 1898, #2, #3, #4 - (Hai-194) Nicknamed "Old Hoodoo" for her reputation as a bad luck ship, the 2nd class battleship USS Texas was a key participant at the Battle of Santiago di Cuba on July 3, 1898. 
   Hai Giuseppe Garibaldi, Modern Italian Carrier, #2, #3, #4 - (Hai-225) The latest ship of the Italian Navy to carry this name of one of the founders of the modern Italian state is this carrier. 


10 July 2004 Central America, 1857 Gold Ship By Argos, Special Series 14-S - The special edition Central America is produced by Argos and is model number 14-S. Ulrich H. Rudofsky provides the history of the ship which carried prospectors en route to the California Gold Rush and then the gold back to New York. She was sunk in a hurricane in 1857, 160 miles off North Carolina. Added to Product Reviews Section. 


3 July 2004 Surabaya Naval Base Dutch East Java, February 1942 in 1:1250 Scale - This is the Dutch naval base of Surabaya, East Java, just before the Japanese invasion started. The diorama was built by Robert van Oosten and measures a meter (over a yard) square. The pictures were made by Hans Dorlas, who dazzle painted the models of the De Ruyter from Rhenania, Java from Clydside. and the destroyer, van Gent, Evertsen class Star model. Added to the 1250 Scale Features Page


26 June 2004 Added 5 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery, and added a new producer, Pier Head Models

   Mercator Jaime I, Spanish Battleship, #2 - Joachim Thiel added detail and painted the Spanish battleship, Jaime I, to portray her as she served in the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. 
   Neptun Lutzow, Heavy Cruiser, #2, #3, #4 - (N-1035) Originally named the Deutschland and the first of the Panzershiffes, the ship was renamed Lutzow and reclassified as a heavy cruiser. Painted and detailed by Paul Jacobs.
   Pier Head Models  Ben my Chree, 1927, #2, #3, #4, #5 - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 
   Pier Head Models  Ben my Chree, 1934, #2, #3 - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models  
   Pier Head Models  Ben my Chree, Troopship, #2, #3 - Photograph from Chris Hankin of Pier Head Models 


7 June 2004 Added 4 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery, All Royal Navy Subjects from World War II by Neptun

   Neptun HMS Courageous 1939, #2, #3, #4, #5 - (N-1119) British Carrier converted from WWI Light Battlecruiser. 
   Neptun HMS York 1939, #2, #3, #4, #5 - (N-1131) First Type B British Heavy Cruiser. With six instead of eight 8-inch (205mm) guns and a lighter displacement compared to the Type A County Class, the Type B heavy cruiser was designed to be an effort to get more cruisers for a shrinking defense budget. 
   Neptun HMS Norfolk 1941, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - (N-1132) Famous County Class heavy cruiser. Involved in hunting Bismarck and the Battle of the North Cape against Scharnhorst. 
   Neptun HMS Berwick 1941, #2, #3, #4 - (N-1134b) One of the original Kent Class of the County Class heavy cruisers, which had prominent waterline bulges. Subsequently modified to add a prominent hangar to the rear amidships. 


21 May 2004 HMS Griffin British Destroyer, Card Model in 1:1250 Scale - Michael Kaintoch downscaled the 1:400 scale card model of ORP Garland by JSC to build the British destroyer HMS Griffin in 1:1250 scale. Clearly Michael as discovered one of the benefits of card models. They can be scaled up or down to the size that you want. Yes the labels on the photograph state 1:600 but amazingly this card model is in 1:1250 scale. Since the article didn't mention scale but had an Airfix Cossack, it was assumed to be in 1:600 scale. However, it was a 1:1200 Airfix Cossack. Added to the Features Section



8 May 2004 Added 5 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery (All Photographs by Hans Dorlas) These models are all placed in scenic dioramas. 

   Neptun USS Arizona BB-39 (N-1306) The Neptun USS Arizona is placed in a scenic diorama by Hans Dorlas.
   Nordzee Boissevain, Liner, Scenic Diorama by Hans Dorlas. (NZ-30a)
   Rhenania Gelderland, Netherlands Cruiser - Placed in diorama by Hans Dorlas (RH-134)
   Rhenania Wolf, Netherlands Destroyer - Placed in diorama by Hans Dorlas (RH-135)
   Trident-Alpha De Zeven Provincien, Netherlands Cruiser - Placed in diorama by Hans Dorlas (Ta-10117)


25 April 2004 The Big 5 in 1:1250 Scale - The last two classes of USN battleships to be completed before the terms of the Washington Treaty terminated battleship building, were the Tennessee Class and Colorado Class. Although Tennessee and California were armed with twelve 14-inch guns and the following Colorado, Maryland and West Virginia had eight 16-inch guns, in almost every other way they resembled each other. As the newest battleships in 1921-1922, the two classes were the least modified in 1941. Paul Jacobs brings you The Big 5 as they were called, from soup to nuts. Added to the Features Section


17 April 2004 Added 9 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery (All Photographs by Rob Mackie)

  MS Astor, British Cruise Ship, 1996,  #2, #3, (AL-77N)
  Uganda, as British Hospital Ship, 1982, #2, #3, #4 (ALK-71)
  Tom Sawyer, Germany-Sweden Ferry (2000), #2, #3, #4 (AL-225) 
  Druzhnyy, Krivak I Class, Russia, 1986,  #2 (Argos AS-R-04) 
  Kojima, Japanese Coast Guard, 2000, #2, #3 (HBM 36)
 
USS Schley DD-103 (Wickes Class), 1918, #2, #3 (NM-360N)
  USS Fletcher DD-445 (1943), #2, #3  (N-1361T)
  IJN DD Yoizuki, 1945, #2 (N-1262A)
  Ushio, IJN DD, 1935 (OPT S-15), #2


 

4 April 2004 Added 8 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery (All Photographs by Rob Mackie)

  Kursk, K-141, Cruise Missile Submarine (Argos AS-R-03) 
  Cheyenne, SSN-773, Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine (Argos AS-73)
 
HMS Emerald, "E" Class Light Cruiser, 1939, #2, #3 (Neptun N-1147)    
 
HMS Cardiff, Ceres Class Light Cruiser, 1917, #2, #3 (Navis NM-140aN) 
 
Wolf, Destroyer, Netherlands 1912, #2, #3 (Rhenania RH-135) 
  USS Atlanta, Protected Cruiser, 1886, #2, (Hai-486) 
  HMS Dreadnought, Turret Ironclad BB 1880, #2, #3 (Hai-456) 
  Rochambeau (ex USS Dunderberg), Oceangoing Ironclad Screw Frigate, 1870, #2 (Hai-491)


31 March 2004 Russian Submarine Harbor - Joachim Thiel built this diorama of a Russian Submarine Harbor with a 1250 scale harbor produced by Nautik-Art and ship models from Mercator, Argos and Nautik-Art. Added to the Features Section


27 March 2004 For March 1250 Scale will look at two liners from Carlo Marquardt and two warships from Neptun.. Added 4 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Carlo Marquardt RMS Olympic, British Passenger Liner 1911, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - The first of three sisters from Harland Wolff for the White Star Lines.The RMS Olympic was the only one of the three to make it past World War One. (CM-144) 
   Carlo Marquardt Norwegian Crown, Cruise Ship #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - Cruise Liner for the Norwegian Cruise Lines. (CM-KR-272) 
   Neptun HMS Wivern, V-W Class Destroyer, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - The V-W Class of RN destroyers were built at the end of World War One. Large numbers were still serving with the Royal Navy throughout World War Two. (N-1169c) 
   Neptun IJN Mogami CA/CV 1944, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - After the Battle of Midway in which the heavy cruiser Mogami was heavily damaged, the cruiser was refitted with a seaplane deck in place of the aft two turrets. She was lost at Surigao Strait in this fit. (N-1231) 


15 March 2004 Duguay Trouin, French Light Cruiser 1944, Converting the Primauguet - There is no model of the French light cruiser Duguay Trouin as she appeared in 1944. The Neptun Model of her sistership, Primauguet (N-1444), reflects the ship in the early 1930s. However, that didn't stop Paul Jacobs from adding a 1944 Duguay Trouin to his collection. Paul explains how he updated the Neptun model to a 1944 vintage cruiser. Added to the Features Section


23 February 2004 East Coast Meeting of 1250 Collectors, May 22, 2004 the Bronx, New York - Time to go to the Big Apple for the East Coast Meeting of 1250 Collectors. The meeting will be located at the New York State University Maritime College on May 22, 2004. The campus is a secure facility and dorm rooms are available at the incredibly low price (for NYC) of $30 per night. Side trips can be made to the USS Intrepid and the South Street Seaport. So make plans now to see, 1000s of 1250 scale models, assorted luminaries of the hobby, a 1:1 scale Essex Class carrier, the Empire State Building and a reasonable facsimile of Felix Bustelo. Actually, no one knows if Felix will be there as he will probably be ensconced in his palatial Long Island Home but at least you will be able to call and heckle him. Tom Haughton is the organizer of the meeting and has put a tremendous amount of planning and time into the project. So if you are interested in attending, send Tom an e-mail. Added to the Features Section


21 February 2004 RN Conte di Cavour, Super-detailing the Neptun Model - Neptun models are renowned for their high level of detail. However, Joachim Thiel shows that much more can be added by the collector. Joachim super-detailed the Neptun model of the RN Conte di Cavour, Italian battleship. Added to the Features Section


1 February 2004 For February 1250 Scale will look at the three great liners that had name changes, plus Italy's only holder of the Blue Riband. Added 4 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Carlo Marquardt Leviathan, US Passenger Liner, 1923-1938, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 - When the United States entered the First World War, the HAPAG liner Vaterland was seized and renamed the Leviathan. Used as a transport during the war, she was transferred to the United States Lines afterward. She was the largest ship in the world from 1914 to 1922 and from 1923 to 1931. (CM-222) 
   Carlo Marquardt Norway, Norwegian Cruise Ship 1999, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - Launched as the France as a trans-Atlantic passenger liner, the ship subsequently sold to the Norwegian Cruise Lines. The liner was subsequently renamed the Norway and as of 2004 is still in service. (CM-KR-270) 
   Mercator RMS Berengaria, British Liner, Cunard 1922-1938, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - In service in 1913 for HAPAG as the Imperator, she was the largest ship in the world from 1913 to 1914. Seized after World War One by the British government, she was sold to Cunard Lines. Cunard renamed the liner Berengaria, after the queen of Richard the Lionheart. (M-418A) 
   Mercator Rex, Italia Lines Passenger Liner, 1933-1945, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - The Rex was built as the premier passenger liner for the Italia Lines. She was the holder of the Blue Riband from August 16, 1933 until June 3, 1935, when the title was taken by the Normandie. (M-568) 


27 January 2004 Couronne, French Ironclad of 1862 - In June 1864 the French Ironclad Couronne was at Cherbourg. Also in the harbor was the Confederate raider CSS Alabama, which had terrorized the civilian shipping of the Union. The steam sloop USS Kearsarge arrived outside the harbor and set the stage for one of the most famous ship to ship engagements of the 19th Century. The Couronne, far stronger than either of the two protagonists is never remembered for her minor supporting role in escorting the Alabama out of the harbor. John Eagan decided to have a model of Couronne, and since none were available, he built it himself. Added to the Features Section


06 January 2004 RMS Mauretania: From Liner to Troopship - In January 1918 the RMS Mauretania received a spectacular dazzle camouflage pattern, as well as six 4.7-Inch deck guns. John Olsen has taken the Albatros model of RMS Mauretania AL-166, added deck guns and the dazzle scheme to convert her to her 1918 appearance. Added to the Features Section


01 January 2004 To break in the New Year, 1250 Scale will look at the five great liners of one of the two great German lines, Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) North German Lloyd. Added 5 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Carlo Marquardt - Bremen, German Liner 1929, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - The first great liner built in Germany after World War One. Blue Riband holder 22 July 1929 to 25 March 1930, Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) North German Lloyd, 51,656 tons (CM-236) 
   Carlo Marquardt - Europa, German Liner 1930, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - The last of the great liners from Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) North German Lloyd. Blue Riband holder 25 March 1930 to 16 August 1933, 49, 746 tons (CM-237) 
   Mercator - Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse 1897, #2, #3, #4 - The first great liner from Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) North German Lloyd. For the first time a German Liner seized the Blue Riband from British liners. Blue Riband holder 5 April 1898 to 12 July 1900. 14,349 tons (M-401) 
   Mercator - Kaiser Wilhelm II 1903, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - The largest of liners from Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) North German Lloyd of the German Decade of the Blue Riband, the Kaiser Wilhelm II never held the Blue Riband (West Bound Crossing). She did hold the eastbound record from 20 June 1904 to 24 October 1907. 19,341 tons (M-416) 
   Mercator - Kronprinz Wilhelm 1901, #2, #3, #4, #5 - The second of the Blue Riband holders from Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) North German Lloyd. Kronprinz Wilhelm held the record from 16 September 1902 until 8 September 1903. 14,908 tons (M-426)


20 December 2003 The Refitted Hood: Modernization of the 1:1200 Scale Airfix Hood - Jeff Stevenson built an Airfix 1:1200 scale HMS Hood to show her as she most likely would have appeared if she had received her scheduled major refit/modernization, along the line of HMS Renown. Added to the Features Section


9 December 2003 Sevastopol at Helsingfors - During World War One Helsingfors, now Helsinki, was one of the primary bases of the Imperial Russian Fleet. Joachim Thiel converted the Navis Gangut to portray the Sevastopol as flagship in the Imperial Russian Navy, in the icy anchorage of Helsingfors. Added to the Features Section


1 December 2003 Added 6 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

     Carlo Marquardt Imperator, German Liner 1913, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 - The first of Albert Ballin's fabulous design, the Imperator Class,  for the Hamburg-America Line (HAPAG) 52,117 Tons (CM-105) 
     Carlo Marquardt Normandie, French Liner 1935, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11 - Built for Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (CGT), the Normandie was arguably the most beautiful liner ever constructed. 79,280 Tons (CM-171) 
     Carlo Marquardt Achille Lauro, Italian Liner 1985, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10  - Built in the Netherlands (1939-1947) as the Willem Ruys, she was completely rebuilt when sold to the Flotta Lauro in 1965. 23,629 Tons (CM-KR-40) 
     Galerie Maritim St. Cergue, Swiss Freighter 1940, #2 - A special release by Galerie Maritim of an unusual subject, a Swiss freighter. (S-6) 
     H-B Yamazuki Maru, Japanese Freighter 1940, #2 - (HB 30)
     Neptun Jeanne de Vienne, French Light Cruiser 1937, #2 - Additional details, painting and placed into a diorama by Paul Jacobs. (N-1441) 


17 November 2003  Added 4 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

     Carlo Marquardt Bismarck, German Liner 1922, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 - The third and last of the big Imperator Class liners for Hamburg-America (HAPAG) 56,551 (CM-103) 
     Carlo Marquardt SS United States, 1952, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 - One of the last big liners to go into trans-Atlantic service, the SS United States was the fastest liner ever to sail the North Atlantic. Still holds the Blue Riband. 53,329 tons(CM-KR-71) 
     Neptun USS Walke, Modified Sumner Class Destroyer - Paul Jacobs modified the original Sumner Class model. (N-1360) 
     Saratoga Model Shipyard Chateaurenault, #2, #3 - French Cruiser painted by Paul Jacobs in the turn of the century black and white French paint scheme. (SMY 13)


14 November 2003 France IV: Conversion  from Liner to Hospital Ship - During World War One many passenger liners were converted to hospital ships. The French liner, France IV was one of them. Paul Jacobs shows how a paint job dramatically changes the appearance of the Mercator France IV (M-417) as he converts France IV from her 1912 appearance into the hospital ship that she became in 1915. Added to the Features Section


12 November 2003 Cap Arcona 1945 - Joachim Thiel modified the Carlo Marquardt Cap Arcona, to show the liner in wartime gray, as the ship appeared in the Baltic in 1945. Added to the Features Section


14 October 2003 Admiral Graf Spee in Disguise - For a time the Graf Spee steamed with a dummy second funnel and false super-firing guns forward in order to create confusion and throw off pursuit. Joachim Thiel took the 1958 vintage 1:1200 Eagle-Wall plastic kit of Graf Spee and built her as she appeared in her disguise. Added to the Features Section


24 September 2003 Converting the 1914 USS Texas to the 1919 Fit - Paul Jacobs provides another informative article on converting a Navis model. This time Paul shows how to convert the USS Texas (N-305) from the stock 1914 fit into a totally refitted 1919 version, complete with new bridge, platforms and flying-off platform with Sopwith Camel. Added to the Features Section


19 September 2003 Featuring models by Carlo Marquardt here are 41 photographs of five models from that company. The most famous of these subjects, RMS Titanic, is also the runt of the litter, displacing only 46,329 tons. Added 5 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Carlo Marquardt Vaterland, German Liner 1914, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - Second of the three big liners of the Imperator Class for Hamburg-America (HAPAG) 54,282 Tons (CM-114) 
   Carlo Marquardt RMS Titanic, British Liner 1912, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - Arguably, the most well known ship of all time. Displacing 46,329 Tons she was second of the three big liners of the Olympic Class for White Star. (CM-148) 
   Carlo Marquardt Maersk Hamburg, Container Ship, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 - Modern 52,682 Ton Container Ship for the Maersk Lines (CM-KR-315) 
   Carlo Marquardt A'Rosa Blu, Cruise Ship 2002, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 - Modern Cruise Ship of 71,800 Tons (CM-KR-320) 
   Carlo Marquardt Carnival Spirit, Cruise Ship 2001, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 - Huge Modern Cruise Ship of 85,900 Tons for the Carnival Lines. (CM-KR-330) 


4 September 2003 Simple Neptun Conversions, Increasing the Fleet - Peter Ewell provides text and photographs on how, by using some simple techniques, a collector can take existing Neptun models, make a few changes, and produce a new variation. Added to the Features Section


27 August 2003 Details in 1200 Scale, Building 40mm Bofors & Royal Navy Pom-Poms - In this article John Youngerman details the materials and procedures necessary to scratch-build Bofor 40mm twin & quad mounts and Royal Navy 4-barreled and 8-barreled pom-poms. Added to the Features Section


4 August 2003 Colonel Lamb, Confederate Blockade Runner - Named after Colonel William Lamb, Commander of Fort Fisher guarding Wilmington, NC, the Colonel Lamb was extraordinarily fast and large. John Eagan has scratch-built this Confederate blockade runner. Added to the Reader's Section under Transports. 


27 July 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Bille Aidacara, Cruise Ship, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - (Bille #126a) 
   Noordzee Kota Inten 1950, Freighter/Passenger Ship, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - (Nz 77)
   Schoenmakers Aak - Photograph from Thorsten Frohberg 
   Star CSS David, Spar Torpedo Boat 1862 -(Star 102) Photograph by Ingo Hohm
   Star USS Choctaw - Union River Ironclad (Star 127) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Star USS Curtis, Balloon Barge 1863 - (Star 130) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Star USS Essex 1862, #2 - Union River Ironclad (Star 136) Photographs by Ingo Hohm 


13 July 2003 Added 8 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Carlos Marquardt A'Rosa Blue, #2 - Cruise Ship (CM-KR- 320) Photographs from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models
   Navis Karlshruh 1914 - German Light Cruiser (NM-46n)   Photographs from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models
   Navwar
CSS Georgia - Confederate Floating Battery (AC-61) Photograph by Ingo Hohm
   Navwar USS St Louis 1861 - Union river iron clad (AU-02) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Navwar USS Eastport - Union river iron clad (AU-06) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Neptun USS Pensacola, #2 - US Heavy Cruiser (N-1336) Photographs from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Quadrant Shangri-La USA CVA 1957, #2, #3, #4, #5 - (Q 27) Modernized Essex Class Carrier 
   Saratoga Model Shipyard USS Salinas, AO 1938, #2, #3 - USN Oiler (SMY 18)

Added 3 new links to the Collector's Links Section

SAM BERLINER III'S SHIP PAGE - Sam has a site devoted to Comet/Authenticast models.

TIM HUDSON'S MINI-SHIP PAGE - Tim has a great deal of useful information about 1200/1250 scale ship models in the U.K. including lists of some more obscure, and now out of production, U.K. manufacturers.

TOM STOCKTON'S SHIP PAGE - Tom combines photos of 1250 scale models with historic information about the ships. An interesting feature is Tom's effort to include various manufacturer's models of the same ship.


3 July 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Fleetline USS Monadnock, 1865 - Union monitor. (F-503) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Fleetline USS St Louis, 1861 - Union river ironclad. (F-504) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Fleetline & Navwar USS St Louis, 1861 (Two Versions) - Union river iron clad. Versions from Fleetline (F-504) and Navwar (AU-02) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Fleetline USS Tippecanoe, 1865 - Union monitor. (F-509) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Fleetline David, Confederate Spar Torpedo Boat - CSS David in 1863. Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Navwar CSS Arkansas 1862 - Confederate Mississippi River ironclad, Defender of Vicksburg, (AC-52) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Navwar CSS Baltic - Confederate Ironclad (AC-55) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 


23 June 2003 The J Class Fleet Destroyers of the Royal Navy were a break from the 10 years of A to I Class designs. Much larger and more powerful than the prior fleet designs, they were smaller than the Tribals but were better suited for torpedo attack. The design was so successful that the K Class and N Class were the same design. John Youngerman show the evolution of the design through World War Two in the following six 1:1200 scratch-built models of members of the J, KN Classes. Added to the Reader's Section under Destroyers. 


19 June 2003 Sultana, Mississippi Riverboat - On April 27, 1865 the boiler of the Mississippi Riverboat Sultana blew. The boat was packed with Union soldiers returning home from the Civil War. The Sultana has been scratch-built by John Eagan. Added to the Reader's Section under Transports. 


25 May 2003 Converting the USS Pittsburgh, Armored Cruiser - Using the Navis USS Pueblo Navis N332a, Paul Jacobs shows how to convert the model to the USS Pittsburgh as she appeared "On China Station" from 1926 to 1931. Added to the Features Section


11 May 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Bille Heidelberg Express, #2 - German Container Ship 1992 (Bille #100) Photographs from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Bille Costa Victoria, Italian Passenger Ship 1996 - (Bille #120)  Photograph from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Bille Deutschland, German Passenger Ship 1998, #2 - (Bille #140) Photographs from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Hai Reina Regente I, Spanish Cruiser 1895 - (Hai-452) Photograph from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Hai HMS Medea, British Cruiser 1889 - (Hai-454) Photograph from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Hai SMS Radetzky, Austrian Frigate 1854 - (Hai-455) Photograph from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 
   Saratoga Model Shipyard USS Condor, USN Minesweeper 1937 - (SMY 17) Photograph from Jiehui & George Elder of Morning Sunshine Models 


21 April 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Argonaut MMS (2) Type British Minesweeper - 1943 (AR-195) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut Sisu, Finnish Icebreaker, 1939 - (AR-754) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut Uusima, Finnish Gunboat 1938 - (AR-758) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut VMV 8, Finnish Patrol Craft 1935 - (AR-768) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   CM Helgoland, Germany 1939, #2 - Excursion boat and Island Ferry (CM-24) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   CM-KR Leda, Norwegian Liner 1953, #2 -(CM-KR-80) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Rhenania Junior Neptun 5 Workboat - (Rhenania Junior 21) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 


14 April 2003 Added to the 1250 Features Section,

Scratch-Building an Aircraft Carrier, the IJNS Shinano - Previously John Youngerman wrote of how to scratch-build a battleship with his article on building the USS Arkansas (Click for article). Now John provides a step by step plan for building a carrier, the Shinano 1945 of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Added to the Features Section
 


6 April 2003 Added 9 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Hammonia Elisabeth - Freighter/Ferry, Germany 1934 (Ham-131) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hammonia Falke - Fishing Vessel Cutter, Germany  1975 (SC-29) (Ham-142) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hammonia Bremen - German Heringslogger (Herring  Lugger) 1932 (BV 77) (Ham-347) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Langton Catskill - Passaic Class Monitor, US American Civil War 1865 (ACW-26) Painted and Photographed by Ingo Hohm 
   Navwar Camanche - Passaic Class Monitor USN 1865 American Civil War (AU-13) Painted and Photographed by Ingo Hohm 
   Navwar Casco- USN Monitor 1864 American Civil War (AU-21) Painted and Photographed by Ingo Hohm 
   Rhenania Yazoo - USN Monitor 1864, American Civil War (Rhe-20) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Rhenania Casco - USN Monitor 1864 American Civil War (Rhe-79) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Rhenania Dictator - USN Monitor 1864 American Civil War (Rhe-80) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Rhenania & Navwar Comparison Photograph, Rhenania Casco, Dictator & Navwar Casco - USN Monitors 1864 American Civil War (Rhe-79, Rhe-80, Au-21) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 


1 April 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Hammonia Dithmarschen - German Customs Vessel 1953 (Ham-60) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hammonia Martina - Krabbenkutter (Shrimp Boat) Germany 1969 (Ham-122) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hydra Wischhafen, #2 - Car Ferry, Germany 1988 (Hy-7) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Lloyd Railroad Ferry Transport, #2, #3, #4 - United States 1880 (Lloyd-31) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Ostrowski Smit Nederland, #2 - Dutch Tug 1979 (Ost-58) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Poseidon Sua Kamron Sindhu - Siamese Torpedo Boat 1937 (Pos-58) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   SeaVee USS Zumwalt DD-21, #2


23 March 2003 New Superior Never Were's - Superior/Alnavco has released four new 1:1200 models of capital ships that were designed but never built. Bob Weymouth looks at the new Superior models for the 1916 Tillman Design, Japanese Super-Yamato Design, Dutch Battlecruiser Design and British Super Lion Design. Added to the Features Section


16 March 2003 Added 6 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Holsatia Royal Viking Queen, Cruise Ship - Built in Germany in 1992 for Kloster Group Florida (HOL-31) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Klaubauterman Charles De Gaulle, French CVN with Aircraft Set, #2, #3, #4 - (KLA  X5) 
   Rhenania Damen Multicat 2510 Workboat 1995 - (Rhenania Junior 18) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Santa Rosa Fairmile D MGB - Based on Figurehead CB24 kit. (SR-32a) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Triton SVX-14 British Experimental Ship, #2 
   Welfia NNV1 Chain Tug, Germany 1871 - (Welfia 165) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 

Added to Reader's Models Section: USS United States, Prototype Model for USN Super Carrier Design of the Late 1940s - Scratch-built & Photographed by Hans Dorlas.

Added to the Collector's Links - 

Tri-ang Minic Ships - This site run by Charles E. B. Shave is devoted to the classic models of Tri-ang Minic Ships

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13 March 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Albatros Roland von Bremen, #2 - German Passenger Liner 1973 (AL-93) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut HMAS Adelade - Australian Light Cruiser 1938 (AR-150) 
   Argonaut Rotary - British Tug 1920, (AR-1252) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Fleetline Quitauna, #2 - British Chemical Tanker 1976 (FZ-70) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Noordzee a Baroe, #2 - Dutch merchant 1929 (NZ-81) and as wartime transport 1944 (NZ-82) 
   Rhenania Gotland, Swedish Cruiser 1938, #2 - (RH-90) 
   Seavee Arakan, #2 - British Landing Ship 1978 (SVM-513)


1 March 2003 The Ultimate Dreadnought, the Tillman 1916 Battleship Design IV-2 - John Olsen looks at the new "Never Built" 1:1200 model from Superior. This design for the USN, contemplated an 80,000 ton ship mounting fifteen 18-Inch guns. Added to the 1250 Reviews Section. 


23 February 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Gem Amerigo Vespucci,Training Ship - (GEM 909001) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Hai Smeroe - Torpedo Boat 1907 Netherlands (Hai-258) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hai Rüegen, #2 - Torpedo Trials Ship 1959, East German Navy (Hai-365) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Mercator Thule 1893 - Swedish Ironclad (M-212) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Mercator Ulf 1873 - Swedish Ironclad (M-221) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Michael Kelm Martha Fisser - (MK-012a) Photograph by Volker Stärk 
   RSM Northwest Shearwater - (RSM-1305) Photograph from Volker Stärk 


16 February 2003 Added to Model Makers Section:  Seavee This is a small, limited production, line of models produced by Sean Pritchard. Most are post WW II U.S. and British naval subjects. High quality models, with excellent detailing, including decaling and photo etched brass parts. Not sold through dealers, they can be obtained, when available, direct from the manufacturer. Contact him at: Seavee2000@hotmail.com or 41 Route De Moissun, St. Junien, 87200 France

Added 8 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Britannic Almaria Lykes - Freighter (M-42) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Seavee Apache, AT, #2 - (SVX-17) 
   Seavee Sir Tristram, #2 - (SVM-507B) 
   Seavee Adept, RMAS Tug - Great Britain 1980 (SV-509) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Seavee Gloucester, Type 42 British DD, #2 
   Sextant Governor Miller - (Sextant 58) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Welfia Hanseat, Short Sea Trader, Germany 1937 - (Welfia-193) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Westphalia Ursula 1976 - Built 1957 (Westphalia-05) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 


14 February 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Albatros Asama Maru - (AL-50) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Aquarius USS Kearsarge, Steam Sloop, 1864 - (AQS-04) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Carlos Marquadt Cobra, German Passenger Ship 1932 - (CM-32) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Carlos Marquadt Lippe, German Freighter 1927, #2 - (CM-79) Photographs by Ingo Hohm 
   Holsatia Fantasy, Modern Cruise Ship - (HOL-25) Photograph from Volker Stärk 
   Lloyd Pathfinder, US Oceanic Research Vessel 1911 - (Lloyd-20) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   SeaVee Savannah, Modern USN AOR - Limited Edition Model


6 February 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Argonaut Patrol Boat #27, Sweden 1930 - Formerly Torpedo Boat Blixt of 1898, (AR-927) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut Rautu, Minesweeper Finland 1935 - (AR-759) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Bille KW3 German Patrol Boat 1960 - (Bille #K3) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Michael Kelm Containership, Germany - (MK-009) Photograph by Volker Stärk 
   Michael Kelm Containership, Holland - (MK-011) Photograph by Volker Stärk  
   Michael Kelm Zouzou - (MK-015) Photograph by Volker Stärk 
   Neptun IJN Zuikaku, Japanese Carrier 1944, With Camouflage Scheme, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - (N-1213aT) Photographs from Jürgen Hader 


4 February 2003 Preparing for War: USS Nebraska 1918 - Paul Jacobs will "dazzle" you with his article on converting the Navis USS Virginia, NM-312a predreadnought battleship, into USS Nebraska, complete with blinding dazzle paint scheme. Added to the Features Section


19 January 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery

   Albatros RMS Lusitania, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 - (AL-167) From Morning Sunshine Models 
   Argonaut Mare Island Diesel Tug, 1938 - (AR-282) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut John J. Harvey, Fire Boat NYFD 1932 - (AR-284) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut Rivadavia, Argentine Battleship 1937, #2, #3, #4 - (AR-900) Photograph from Jürgen Hader 
   Argonaut Libertad, Argentine Coast Defense Ship 1937, #2, #3, #4 - (AR-903) Photograph from Jürgen Hader 
   Neptun HMS King George V, #2, #3, #4, #5 - (N-1101) From Morning Sunshine Models 
   Neptun Yamashiro, Japanese Battleship, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - (N-1204a) From Morning Sunshine Models 


16 January 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery,

   Albatros RMS Aquitania, British Liner, 1914, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - (AL-105) From Morning Sunshine Models 
   Argonaut Brooklyn, 1920 US New York Harbor Tug Boat - (AR-280) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Argonaut Puget Sound Tug Boat, 1930 - (AR-281) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Neptun HMS Furious, British Carrier, 1941, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8 - (N-1117) From Morning Sunshine Models 
   Neptun USS Avocet, Minesweeper, #2, #3 - (N-1384) From Morning Sunshine Models 
   Rhenania Widder, German Raider 1940, #2, #3, #4, #5 - (RSKM-14) Photograph from Chris Daley 
   Rhenania German Anti-Aircraft (AA) Barge 1942, #2, #3 - (RSKM-22t) Photograph from Chris Daley 


9 January 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery,

   Granat CSS Tennessee - Ironclad Ram 1864 (Granat 11) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   JB Schnellboot S-1 1932 - (JB 6) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Lloyd Tashmoo, #2 - Great Lakes Ferry US 1900 (Lloyd- 15) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Neptun Admiral Graf Spee, Panzershiffe 1939, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - (N-1033T) with camouflage paint scheme. Photographs from Jürgen Hader 
   Rhenania Vastergotland, #2, #3, #4, #5 - Swedish Submarine1987 (RHE-83) Photograph by Chris Daley 
   Rhenania Winnetou, #2, #3, #4, #5 - German Oiler 1935 (RHE-118) Photograph by Chris Daley 
   Rhenania Hansa Lyon, #2, #3, #4, #5 - Netherlands Coaster 2001 (RHE-138) Photograph by Chris Daley 


5 January 2003 Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery,

   Aegir Beaverford, #2, #3, #4, #5 - British Armed Freighter 1940, Aegir 529a, Photographs from Chris Daley 
   Albatros Arandora Star - British Liner 1936 (AL-140) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   E H Saida, #2 - Austro-Hungarian Screw Corvette 1887, (EH-7) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hai Vice Admiral Popov, Russian Coat Defence Ship 1877 - (Hai-41) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Hydra Halladale - British car ferry 1950, (Hy-25) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Rhenania Giulio Giorani, #2, #3, #4, #5 - Italian Oiler 1939 in Merchant Livery (RH-71) Photograph by Chris Daley 
   Rhenania Giulio Giorani, #2, #3, #4, #5 - Italian Oiler 1942 in Camouflage with Fake Funnel (RH-71b) Photograph by Chris Daley 


2 January 2003 Added 8 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Gallery,

   Fuchs Marie Woermann, German Freighter 1887 (Fu #42),  Photograph from Jürgen Hader 
   Mercator UJ 2221, #2 - German Submarine Hunter 1943 (M-194), Photographs from Jürgen Hader 
   Neptun Giuseppe Miraglia, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 - Italian Seaplane Carrier 1939 (N-1520), Photographs from Jürgen Hader 
   Welfia W.Wb. 7 - Kriegsmarine Accommodation Barge 1943 (Welfia-205), Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Welfia W.Wb. 4 - Kriegsmarine Accommodation Barge 1941 (Welfia-209), Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Welfia Meersburg - German car and passenger ferry on Bodensee 1930 (Welfia-222) Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Welfia Arbeit Adelt - German Work-boat 1940 (Welfia-240), Photograph by Ingo Hohm 
   Welfia Bamberg - German sea-going freighter converted from Danube River transport 1935 (Welfia-248), Photograph by Ingo Hohm 


1 January 2003 On China Station - For over a century gunboats of Europe, America and Japan were stationed in the ports and rivers of China. Paul Jacobs presents a photographic essay of gunboat diplomacy "On China Station"Added to the Features Section.



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