Sassnitz Harbor 1930, Diorama by
Dietrich Herrmann, Photographs by Joachim Thiel - Here
are some pictures of Joachim Thiel's Sassnitz harbor, a diorama in
about 1930. Most harbor parts were made by Welfia, ships were made by
Mercator, RG, Hansa and others.
The diorama was made by a fine collector named Dietrich Herrmann, who passed away last year.
Ships of the Marine
Nationale, Heller & Hobby Boss Models in 1:1200 Scale by Claude Sourdet
- Claude Sourdet shows his Heller Cadet
range ships of the Marine Nationale. These include cruiser Colbert
as originally built, the Jeanne
and the guided missile frigate Suffren.
Claude also converted a Colbert
to show her refitted appearance as a guided missile cruiser. For good
measure he threw in a USS
from Hobby Boss.
USS Langley AV-3, February 27, 1942,
Diorama by Thomas Schröder
AV-3, on her way to Tjilatjap at the south coast of Java on 27th.of February
1942. Escorted by two old four-stackers, USS
she is transporting 32 Curtis P-40 fighters. Diorama by Thomas Schröder.
Glory in the Indian Ocean, Diorama by Thomas
Schroeder - In the
early days of August 1945 in the
USN Flying Boats: by Paul Jacobs
- From the early F5L, to the World War Two workhorses Catalina and
Mariner, to the exotic, last of the breed, jet powered Seamaster, Paul
Jacobs looks at the flying boats of the US Navy and the ships which served
Two For One, Easy Conversions of the
Northampton & Augusta Heavy Cruisers: by Paul Jacobs - The
six U.S. Navy cruisers of the inter-war Northampton
Class fell into two sub-groups: Northampton,
Chester and Louisville
in one, and Augusta, Chicago
and Houston in the other. The difference
could be found in the elongated forecastle of the latter group, which
enabled them to serve as fleet flagships. Paul Jacobs shows easy
conversions to provide for other fits for these heavy cruisers.
The Elizabethans: by Paul Jacobs
- At the end of World War I, the British built a class of cruisers
different from anything that had come before or would follow afterwards.
These ships, known variously as "The Elizabethans," or the
"Hawkins" Class were a development of the prior "Town"
Class light cruisers, but larger and more heavily armed. This class was also
responsible for setting cruiser characteristics in the Washington Naval
Casting Container Cranes in 1:1200
Scale, By Jeff Stevenson - In this article Jeff Stevenson
will describe how he set about making my own models of dockside container
cranes and associated railroad cars in 1/1200 scale.
Conversion of the Neptun Colbert by
Paul Jacobs - Of the French heavy cruisers, only two received
significant modifications by Vichy France, the Algerie
and Colbert. The most visible changes to
Colbert were the removal of the main (tripod) mast, and replacement with a
large box structure mounting anti-aircraft weapons.
Sendai Class Conversions: A New Life
for Old Models by Paul Jacobs - Don't throw away those old
models! They may be worn, featureless, bent, folded or mutilated but there
is life within their battered exteriors. Paul Jacobs shows how he
took two tired old war horses of the Sendai
Class and easily crafted sprightly new thoroughbreds.
County Class Heavy Cruisers in 1:1250
Scale by Paul Jacobs - The British County Class cruisers of the
inter-war period made up the bulk of Britain’s fleet of heavy cruisers in
World War II and thus, as a group, were a significant part of the Royal Navy
‘s cruiser force between 1925 and 1945. Paul Jacobs looks at the
class and the models.
HMS Furious in 1:1250 Scale by Paul Jacobs
- HMSFurious was one of the
first aircraft carriers. Modified from a light battle cruiser, her first
appearance had a flight deck forward and an 18-inch gun aft. However, after
World War One she was converted to one of the first full fledged carriers
and served the Royal Navy admirably through World War Two. Paul Jacobs
examines her incarnations in 1:1250 scale.
Conversions by Peter Ewell - Accurate conversion of IJN subjects
is a good deal more uncertain than for Allied navies because of spotty
documentation. Peter Ewell examines converting the stock Neptun
1:1250 scale models to add more variety to a collection.
USS Saratoga, 1:1250 Scale by Peter Ohm
- No, this is not the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS
Saratoga with prewar fittings and aircraft. This incredible
model is actually in 1:1250 Scale. Peter Ohm did not state if he
scratch-built this Saratoga or modified the Neptun model.
Dutch Delights - Models from the
Netherlands & UK - Robert F. van Oosten
sent in photographs of two scratch-built models and two rebuilt models. From
the Netherlands there is the French missile cruiser Colbert,
French light cruiser Gloire, and
Swedish cruiser Göta Lejon,
built or rebuilt by Jean Bodson. The USS
South Dakota, battleship design, was scratch-built by Ron
Hughes, one of the best model makers in the UK, who made this unique
model in wood and added the finest details.
Grumman TBF Avenger, Paper Model in 1:1250
Scale, Built by Michael Kaintoch - This plane was
the entry by Michael Kaintoch for the unofficial 'TWE tiny challenge'
on www.cardmodels.net. Everyone was invited to build a paper model of his
own choice at 75% of the original size or smaller. After some consideration,
he decided to do Fiddlersgreen's Grumman Avenger in 1/1250 scale at about
7.4% of original size.
HMS Delhi 1942, Neptun Model, Modified and
Painted by Thomas Schröder - After
a refit in USA ,the light cruiser HMS Delhi
of the D-class (first world war design, 4.850
tons/length 472 ft) appeared in a three-tone admiralty disruptive
design and and with a unique armament. As such, she is shown here, in
the Atlantic in 1942. This Neptun model (N-1148) was modified and
painted by Thomas Schröder.
HMS Furious, Neptun Model, Modified and
Painted by Peter Ohm - Here are the first pictures of the Neptun
HMS Furious in 1942 modified by Peter
Ohm. The changes are modifications to the hull to give the flight deck a
correct horizontal position. All masts and catwalks were self-made from
wire, stretched sprue and photo-etched parts.
Royal Dutch Diorama by Hans Dorlas
- Here is the new Seavee model of Vulkaan
and the H class destroyer Garland
from Neptun. One sailed for the Dutch navy with
the name Marnix at the same time
as the Vulkaan. Hans
Dorlas placed the models in my his diorama setting. Hans
also painted the models in the original colors of the Royal Dutch Navy.
Eagan Ships Makes Debut with Two New
Models - John Eagan started a new company for producing
1:1200 scale models known as EAGAN SHIPS. He has two new offerings.
The first one is SS Quistconck
lead ship of the 110 "Hog Island" class of freighter. The second
one is USS Vega, a Navy transport
that was unloading ammo at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked.
Undocumented Neptun Variations by
Peter Ewell - From time to time, discussions on the 1250Scale Board have noted the fact that Neptun
issues new versions of existing models under the same number—and does so
without advertising the fact. Peter Ewell has compiled an extensive list
of such undocumented variations. These changes can be found under three
categories: Alt Models - These are models from the early years
of Neptun; Re-Issues - These are models rerun but with
sharper detail or extra detail added; Changes - These are
models where Neptun made significant, substantive changes to the
Class Carriers, A Comparison by Henry Snyder, Superior 1:1200 Scale –
Henry Snyder looks at the
Barletta Class Italian Motor Ships,
Delphis Models 1:1250 Scale - These
are models Motonave (motor ship) Barletta
Class in 1:1250 scale produced by the Italian firm of Delphis. The photographs show ships in the class in some different
colors and configurations, from civilian service to configuration as armed
transports for the Regia Marina in World War Two. Delphis of Rome, Italy is very well known for their very high
quality resin models in 1:700 and 1:350 scales, produced these 1:1250 models
in kit form exclusively for the Waterline
New Superior Releases at the 40th
Anniversary of Alnavco - Here
are just three of the never were releases. First shown at the 40th Alnavco
Anniversary in September 2005. The
first is Superior Model J112, not 113, which is a different model, of
the Japanese YAMATO preliminary design A140A2. The
second, US BB Design 1917 was No166 in
Friedman's book, US Battleships,
an Illustrated Design History.
The last is British BC design F3.
produced after the cancellation of the G3 class BC's by the Washington
Treaty. Also shown is a complete listing of new models. By Bob Weymouth.
The Alnavco Celebration, 40th
Anniversary at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia - The
Alnavco meeting in September 2005
for their 40th Anniversary brought together about 50 ship collectors and
master modelers. Sue and Pete
Paschal and Pete Jr. were wonderful hosts and the venue at the
Nauticus Museum with the USS
Wisconsin moored right outside the window made the entire
evening a wonderful experience. By Charles Jones.
Converting the Cairo, HMS Cairo Operation
Pedestal 1942, Converted from Neptun Cairo 1939 - The Neptun
(N-1149a) model of the AA cruiser HMS Cairo
depicts the ship in 1939. Peter Ohm wished to have the Cairo
as she appeared in August 1942 for Operation Pedestal. To do
this, Peter completely rebuilt the Neptun model. Here is how he did
The Warships Of James Gray -
Here are photographs of 1:1200 scale warships scratch-built by James D.
Gray. They feature late 19th century designs of the Royal Navy, HMS
Hood & early destroyers, and the Marine Nationale, Hoche
1250 Page: May 2005 Mystery Model(s)
- These photographs depicted three different classes of destroyers
painted in Spanish Civil War Neutrality Patrol Colors. For the 1250 Page May
Mystery Model(s) - Can you - (1)- Name the three classes
depicted; (2)- Identify the Nickname of the three classes; (3)- Name the
manufacturer of the models.
German Airfields in 1:1250 Scale, Welfia
- Here are a few photographs from Joachim Thiel of
two airfields in 1:1250 scale made by Welfia years ago. The planes
were made by HDS, Rhenania and CAP. The first is the
airfield at Travemünde, the second is an airfield
anywhere in Germany, using flat fields, tents and makeshift facilities for
Tirpitz, Queen of the North in Her
Lair, Diorama with Neptun 1001 - No, this is not the deluxe Neptun
camouflaged Tirpitz T1001. That
model is in her 1942 camouflage scheme. This is the standard Tirpitz,
Neptun 1001, painted in the camouflage scheme she wore from October
1943 to March 1944. Paul Jacobs not only painted and rigged the Tirpitz
but also built a fjord for the lair of the "Queen of the North".
USS Washington 1941, Back
Dating Neptun N-1302a - Paul Jacobs was
inspired by the model of the Neptun NORTH
CAROLINA in Thomas Schroeder 's web site (see the Collector's
Links in this site) to try his own conversion. Thomas took the Neptun
WASHINGTON (N 1302a) and removed
all the 20 mm guns and made additional modifications to back date the ship
to 1941. Following his example Paul did his own version of sister ship WASHINGTON
as is shown in the photos.
Atlantic Liners, Tri-ang &
Mercator Passenger Liners in Ocean Settings - These photographs
from Kenneth Barton show a series of passenger liner models produced
by Tri-ang and Mercator. They are placed in realistic settings
and the models are available from Kenneth at his web site at www.re-berth.com.
Minnie Gets a
New Dress - There are camouflage schemes and there are
camouflage schemes. However, no other warship had a camouflage scheme like
that of USS Minneapolis CA36 did
when she left Mare Island from a major refit in August 1943. The cruiser was
painted to resemble a destroyer. The Superior 1:1200 scale model of USS
Minneapolis A311 portrays here in her 1945 fit but
still provided the ideal canvas to try out this unique camouflage scheme.
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
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.
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.
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. Released 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
|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
|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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
World War One Aircraft,
HDS 1:1250 Scale Aircraft - Thorsten
Fröhberg looks at the line of 1:1250 scale World One aircraft
produced by Heinz-Dieter Schlingelhof, working under the name of HDS.
The Catapult Ships of Deutsche Luft Hansa - Initially Known as Deutsche Luft Hansa (DLH), later Lufthansa, the German National Airline operated a number of catapult ships in the Atlantic to expedite air service to South America. Article by Paul Jacobs.
Battledress for the USN - An excellent article by John Olsen on painting 1:1250 scale models in the Camouflage Measures used by the United States Navy in World War II. The article includes port and starboard photos of 25 of John's beautifully painted models.
USS Hornet of the Essex Class- Paul Jacobs shows how to add dazzle and detail to the Neptun Essex.
Scratch-Building the USS Arkansas- John Youngerman, the dean of scratch-built 1200 model warships, describes step by step how to build the oldest serving US battleship of World War Two.
Retrofitting Ramillies, Paul Jacobs shows how to turn back the clock on the Neptun model of one of the Rs, by changing the late war fit of the original model to the 1939 fit of the British Battleship.
USS Saratoga, 1938-1939: Paul Jacobs conversion of the Neptun Lexington model into her sister.
THE FRENCH CONTRE-TORPILLEUR: A PHOTO ESSAY by Paul Jacobs: An examination of the destroyer designs of the French Navy between the two world wars.
The Models of Cy Broman by Paul Jacobs, looks at the scratch-built work of the founder of H-R Products.
German Armed Merchant Cruisers (AMC) -A Photo Essay A review by Paul Jacobs examines the models produced of the German Raiders of WWI and WWII.
Konishi Models from Japan by Paul Jacobs
Wake Patterns by Donald C. Simon
Scratchbuilding in 1:1200
Scale by John Youngerman
Scratchbuilding a 1/1200th Scale Model Ship by Steve Richards