|26 June 2002||The June
2002 Update for Pacific Front Hobbies has been posted
to the main page. Bill Gruner has plenty of new items and specials in the
new listing. There is something there to please everyone.
|24 June 2002||Ambrose Lightship,
Felix Bustelo takes us on another photographic tour of a nautical
attraction located in his home town, New York City. Found in the Warship
Photo Tours Section.
|22 June 2002||The Pitroad/Hi-Mold model of
the USS Tennessee,
BB-43, 1941 in 1:700 scale is the subject of
this build review by Steve Backer.
|21 June 2002||The Gold Medal Models
link/icon has been added to the main Page. GMM certainly needs no
introduction. As one of the world's leading producers of photo-etched
frets for warship kits, most of us have used Loren Perry's fine products.
Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:
USS Curtis Wilbur, DDG-54, The Revell-Germany 1:700 scale Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer was built by Patrizio Carlucci.
Additions to the Battleship
SMS Moltke, The newest NNT kit built showing SMS Moltke in her Post-Jutland fit, without torpedo nets and booms. Also varies from SMS Goeben in having more bridge platforms, different searchlight arrangement on first funnel and short cap on second funnel. Photograph of the completed model is from Norbert Thiel of NNT.
|19 June 2002||Addition to the Battleship
USS Arizona, Don Leonard builds the 1:350 scale Banner kit.
|18 June 2002||Brass for the Trumpeter
1:200 Russian Destroyer Sovremenny, White Ensign Models has
produced a large and expensive two fret brass photo-etched set for this
large model. Is it worth the expense? That, as with beauty, is in the eye
of the beholder.
Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:
USS Fletcher, DD-445, The Tamiya 1:350 scale kit was built by Frank Day. Frank's model won third place in the Las Vegas, Nevada, 2002 IPMS show.
|17 June 2002||Added Navalis
link to main page. This is Sami Arim's new company that produces
photo-etched frets in 1250 scale as will soon produce sets in 1:700 and
Akashi, Japanese Repair Ship, Sami Arim describes his build of this Pitroad 1:700 kit.
|16 June 2002||USS Newport, LST-1179,
1:700 kit by Cascade Modelwerks. In-Box review by Steve Backer.
|15 June 2002||SMS
Goeben / Moltke A first look at all of the components of the NNT
1:700 scale model of the Battlecruiser of the High Seas Fleet.
|13 June 2002||Addition to the Book
2001-2002, Conway Maritime Press,
This issue celebrates the 25th anniversary of this classic publication. Edited by
Antony Preston. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
|6 June 2002||Addition to the Feature
Building the Doyusha Shinano The old saying is "You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear". Bill Waldorf disproves that saying with his ongoing build of the 1:250 scale Shinano kit from Doyusha.
|5 June 2002||Addition to the Carrier Gallery:
Hr Ms Karel Doorman, Henk
Lindeman of Wageningen, the Netherlands, scratch-built this
Colossus Class carrier in 1:700 scale. This carrier started as HMS
Venerable and ironically was the
chief target of the Royal Navy in the Falklands War, when she was the
Argentine, Veinticinco de Mayo.
|Addition to Book Reviews Section:
1:350th scale Blue Water Navy Ohio Class
SSBN In box review by John Sheridan
|3 June 2002||USS Katahdin, Armored
Steam Ram, Ed Grune's Build-Up review of the Iron
Shipwright 1:350 kit of America's last purpose built ram.
|2 June 2002||Addition to the Warship
Photo Tour Section:
Musée de la Marine- Jean-Paul Binot offers an unique opportunity to see the exquisitely crafted warship replicas of the Musée de la Marine of Paris, France. The models of French warships from World War Two to the Present are covered in this article.
|1 June 2002||Addition to the Modeling Tips
Addition to the Links Section:
Imperial Japanese Navy Carrier Camouflage Site- Allan Parry's web site examines the various camouflage schemes applied in mid to late war on various Japanese Carriers. Beautiful artwork.
Two Additions to the Model Gallery:
|29 May 2002||Addition to the Carrier Gallery:
Charles De Gaulle,
Sébastien Lausdat builds the Heller 1:400 model of the nuclear
powered French carrier with substantial modifications.
|24 May 2002||Soryu, Japanese Fleet Carrier,
1941, First Look at the components of this new multimedia
1:700 kit from Hi-Mold/Pit-Road.
Model Ship Construction- This is a Russian web site written in Russian and English devoted to model ship construction. It has drawings and paintings of various ships as well as offering for sale warship plans and Моделист-Корабел, Modelist-Korabel (Ship Modelist) Quarterly.
New photos of the island for the upcoming kit of USS Oriskany that is being produced by Joe D'Amato of Cascade Modelwerks. On the Cascade Works in Progress page.
|23 May 2002||Tatekawa Maru, Japanese
Fleet Oiler, 1944, 1:700 kit by H-P Models. In-Box
review by Steve Backer.
May Mystery Model #2- Going back to the original format, can you identify a model by looking at the hull? Name the ship, scale and manufacturer of this model in one message on the message board.
|22 May 2002||Nivose, Floréal
Class French Frigate, Build-up Review of the 1:400 scale full
hull kit from L'Arsenal. Reviewed by Hans Beernink.
Regia Marina North Carolina/Washington- A look at the prototype small parts runners for the newest 1:700 kits from Regia Marina, due in June.
|17 May 2002||Addition to the Carrier Gallery:
USS Saratoga, Martin Quinn has built the Fujimi 1:700 plastic kit with substantial modifications and additions.
|16 May 2002||Photo-Etched Brass Fret Set for
the S-100, White Ensign Models has produced a two fret
set, specifically designed for the Schnellboote S-100 from Revell in 1:72
|15 May 2002||Boyarin, Imperial Russian
Cruiser, 2nd Rank, Build-up Review of this new Combrig
cruiser, that served with the First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur.
|14 May 2002||Addition to the Links Section:
USS New Jersey John Miano's site is dedicated to detailed photographic coverage of the fittings and structural details of the one time flagship of Bull Halsey. John wishes to cover the detail with a modeler's eye, up close. Over 100 photographs have been posted with many more to go.
|13 May 2002||Addition to the Cruiser Gallery:
USS Olympia Jim Chaconas' build of the Advent/Revell 1:232 scale protected cruiser kit.
|12 May 2002||New Link on the Main Page:
Cascade Modelwerks Joe Damato's new site is still under construction but you can bookmark it now. See a couple of photographs of "work in progress" linked below.
New Additions to the Miscellaneous Gallery:
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.
Cascade Modelwerks, Works in Progress, Photographs of work in progress on future releases from Joe Damato.
|11 May 2002||Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:
Asashio, Japanese Destroyer, The Skywave 1:700 Asashio was Rick Schiller's first build, but not his last.
Addition to the Links Section:
San Juan Nepomuceno This site by John Simpson of the United Kingdom is devoted to the building of a plank on frame model of the San Juan Nepomuceno, a Spanish 74 gun ship of the line, that was part of the Franco-Spanish fleet that met with destiny at Trafalgar.
Change of Logo on Main Page:
The Nauticusmodels logo has been replaced by the Trident logo. Chris Decker's site carries kits from around the world and is planning to produce their own line of injection plastic warship kits.
|10 May 2002||New Addition to the Feature
The Evolution of the French Aircraft Carrier Through his models in 1:400 scale, Georges Gazuit shows how the Aircraft Carrier (Porte Avions) of the Marine Nationale has changed. The models start with the early warships at the end of World War One through to the nuclear powered Charles de Gaulle of today. Text by Felix Bustelo.
|9 May 2002||Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:
USS Boone, FFG-28; Kevin Wenker's build of the Blue Water Navy 1:350 Perry Class Frigate.
Addition to the Links Section:
USS McCandless FF-1084, Bruce Sharpe's site honoring the ships on which he served. Also covered are USS Guam LPH-9, USS Trenton LPD-14, and USS Portland LSD-37.
|8 May 2002||Georgios
Averoff Yiannis Sagiadinos, the owner of YS
Master Pieces, builds his own
creation, the 1:350 scale model of this Greek Armored Cruiser.
Atlantic Models, 1:600 Warship Parts, Peter Hall's Atlantic Models has started producing a range of detailed parts, designed to spruce up those classic Airfix kits. Review by Felix Bustelo.
|7 May 2002||First Look at the components of the USS
Tennessee, BB-43, 1941, 1:700, released by Pit-Road/Hi
|6 May 2002||Addition to the Book Reviews
|5 May 2002||Additions to the Gallery:
Minekaze, Japanese Destroyer in 1:700, Tim Reynaga builds the Skywave kit and provides a great tip for replicating canvas covered railings.
U-141, German Type IId U-Boat, Tim Reynaga built this Mirage Hobby 1:400 Scale kit and his build was featured on the cover of the March/April IPMS Journal.
|3 May 2002||Retvizan, Quintin
Trammell's build and commentary of the Combrig 1:350 Imperial
|2 May 2002||Georgios Averoff
Quintin Trammell's build and commentary of the YS
Master Pieces 1:350 Greek Armored
|29 April 2002||Avrora, Russian
Protected Cruiser, Museum in Saint Petersburg. Photographs and text by
Jean-Paul Binot. Found in the Warship
Photo Tours Section.
|25 April 2002||On September 1, 2002 L'Arsenal and Navires & Histoire
will release a 1:400 plastic, resin and brass kit of the first French
aircraft carrier, the Béarn. A
Preview of the Béarn
is found in the Carriers Reviews Section.
|23 April 2002||Warship,
2000-2001, Conway Maritime Press, This is the
24th annual issue of this classic publication. Edited by Anthony Preston.
Reviewed by Steve Backer.
|22 April 2002||Victoria, Italian
Passenger Liner/ Troopship, 1:700 kit by Regia Marina.
Build-up review by Steve Backer.
|20 April 2002||Additions to the Gallery:
HMS Iron Duke, Airfix, 1/600, #2, #3, #4, #5, Felix Bustelo built this 1/600 scale Airfix kit of the Royal Navy dreadnought using White Ensign Models photo-etch detail set. The reference used was R.A. Burt's book "British Battleships of World War I". Felix added the booms just aft of "Q" turret using brass rod and the pulleys on these and the derrick were spares from the Gold Medal Models Merchant Ship set. The flags are from GMM's Naval/Merchant flag set. The aerials were made from very thin brass wire.
Jean Moulin, French Aviso, Type A-69, L'Arsenal, 1:400, #2, #3, built by Felix Bustelo.
SS Linden, 1:350, 149' Army LT Tug, #2, #3, #4, Felix Bustelo completed the Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale US Army 149 foot LT Tug as the Pennsylvania Railroad tugboat Linden. After World War II, several of these tugs were acquired by the railroad. The Linden (ex-LT 785) was based in New York Harbor, serving the PRR's facilities in that area. Felix cut the full hull kit to a waterline to make a harbor-scape. Thanks to Bob Santos for providing a set of decals to complete this model.
USS Hoga, 1:350 Iron Shipwright, #2, #3, #4, Felix Bustelo completed this pre-release sample of the Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale kit of this US Navy yard tug wearing a Measure 1 paint scheme, which is how the USS Hoga appeared on December 7, 1941. The crew is from a Gold Medal Models set, the white lettering is from a Microscale alphanumeric decal set and the tow lines are coiled sewing thread.
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, Revell, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, Bob O'Conner has modified the old Revell kit to depict the FDR in her 1956-1958 configuration. The yellow and white deck markings are accurate- as per the '57 cruise book, which Bob worked from-with a single color aerial photo of the flight deck.
USCGC Algonquin- Built on the plans of the USCGC Camanche, sistership to Algonquin, this new 1:350 full hull kit from Iron Shipwright will be available shortly.
|11 April 2002||New Addition to the Feature's
Building a Mid 1941 HMS Ajax This article by Felix Bustelo originally appeared in Felix's International Maritime Modeling. It shows how the venerable Airfix kit can be turned into a prize winner.
|10 April 2002||New Addition to the Feature's
Building a 1938 HMS Cumberland from the Airfix Suffolk This comprehensive article by Ian Wilkins, originally appeared on International Maritime Modeling.
USS Hopkins, DD-7- A first look at the one piece full hull resin casting of the second class of US Destroyers. This resin and PE kit by Iron Shipwright will be released on or before the IPMS US Nationals at the end of July.
|9 April 2002||Combrig's Bayan,`
Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser, 1:700 Scale. A look at the
|8 April 2002||The YS Master Pieces,
1:350 USS Oregon, BB-3
is examined in this build-up review of the kit and diorama by noted
modeler, Bob Santos.
USS Bainbridge, DD-1- A first look at the one piece full hull resin casting of the first class of US Destroyers. This resin and PE kit by Iron Shipwright will be released on or before the IPMS US Nationals at the end of July.
|7 April 2002||The Iron Shipwright, 1:350 USS
Birmingham, CL-62 is the subject of Dave Judy's build-up
review. Dave portrayed Birmingham as she appeared after the explosion of
USS Princeton CVL, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, caused severe damage
to the cruiser.
|6 April 2002||W.O.Decker, New York City
Harbor Tug, Photographic Tour and Text by Felix
Bustelo. Found in the Warship
Photo Tours Section.
Added the April 2002 Pacific Front Hobbies update. Found by clicking on the Pacific Front icon on the main page.
|4 April 2002||HMS Bronnington,
Minehunter, 1976 Felix Bustelo builds the White Ensign
Models 1:350 Ton Class Minehunter, that was commanded by HRH, Charles,
Prince of Wales. Found in the Gallery.
|3 April 2002||PT-560, 1:72 Scale
Stephen Allen of Canberra, Australia converted the Revell kit to depict
PT-560, as she served in the Mediterranean. Stephen made extensive
additions to the stock kit, as shown in the photographs and described in
the text. Extended coverage.
|1 April 2002||S-100 Schnellboote, Revell-Germany,
1:72 Scale Guido Hopp presents a
comprehensive, step by step review of his build of the classic World War
Two German Fast Attack Craft.
|31 March 2002||New Photographs of finished Combrig Models added to the COMBRIG
PAGE. Photos of Almaz, 1904
Cruiser, 2nd Rank, (Combrig 70141); Bditelni,
1904 Port Arthur Destroyer, (Combrig 70134); Lieutenant
Burakov, 1904 Port Arthur Destroyer,
(Combrig 70137); and Soobrazitelni,
1943 Soviet Destroyer, Project 7U, (Combrig 70212).
HMS Invincible-Iron Shipwright, 1:350 Scale- This hull casting of the first battlecruiser, arrived yesterday, via the trusty US Postal Service. The kit will not be released until after the US IPMS nationals at the end of July 2002.
|28 March 2002||Georgios Averoff,
Walkaround of the Greek Armored Cruiser launched in 1910. Photographs from
LCDR Charles Landrum, USN. Found in the Warship
Photo Tours Section.
|26 March 2002||L'Arsenal of France has produced three new 1:350 USN
aircraft packs. Resin and brass kits of the SB2C
Helldiver, F4U Corsair & SC-1 Seahawk are now available.
|25 March 2002||Shanghai Liberty
Diorama by Ray D. Bean
White Ensign Models 1:350 kits of USS Knox & USS Benjamin Stoddert. Added to the Destroyer Gallery
|20 March 2002||Buildups and in-box reviews:
1:700th scale Loose Cannon
Productions Victory Ship review by John Sheridan
Additions to the Gallery:
1:700th scale LHD Essex
by Peter Van Buren (Revell)
|16 March 2002||Navi
E Marinai Italiani nella Grande Guerra, Italian Ships and Navy
during the Great War. Written by Erminio Bagnasco & Achille
Rastelli. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
|14 March 2002||Added Links on main page and in "Links" section for
Founded in 1996, Chatham Publishing
continues to advance the state of naval research with its titles. Noted
authors such as D.K. Brown, Robert Gardiner and John Roberts have titles published by Chatham.
Titles range the spectrum of the history of the ship.
|13 March 2002||New Addition to the Feature's
USS Cavalier, APA-37, Conversion of the
Revell USS Burleigh by Rob Boxler. There are many reasons for
building models but none better than Rob's.
|4 March 2002||In box review by Steve Backer of the Iron Shipwright
1:350 kit, USS Katahdin, Armored Steam
Ram, the 1896 dead end of millennia of warship design, the
purpose built ram.
|2 March 2002||USS Arizona, BB-39,
Iron Shipwright/Toms 1:350 Scale. Iron Shipwright will be
releasing 1:350 kits of all eight battleships that were at Pearl Harbor on
the morning of December 7, 1941. This is a look at the first of the
Pacific Fleet Battle Line.
|28 February 2002||YS
Master Pieces Page added to SteelNavy main page.
YS Master Pieces, the
Greek manufacturer of detailed warship models, has their icon/logo on the main
page. Click on it to see their complete product listing, which will be
updated as new models are released.
|27 February 2002||New Addition to the Carrier
Bert Legaspi built the Revell 1/720 Scale Model with some
scratch-building, most notably, the island. GMM brass fret was used for
detail. Aircraft from Fujimi and Skywave. This model reflects the Big E's
|26 February 2002||New Addition to the Cruiser
|25 February 2002||Navires
& Histoire Magazine, February 2002, Issue #10, reviewed by
Steve Backer. The focus, as with Issue #9, continues on the naval forces involved in
Operation Enduring Freedom. Many other articles are found on such diverse
topics as the Yamato's, the Battle of Santiago and the birth of the Soviet
|24 February 2002||YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale Georgios
Averoff, Greek Armored Cruiser, 1912 One piece, full
hull resin model of the Greek Flagship during the Balkan Wars of
|23 February 2002||Navires
& Histoire Magazine, December 2001, Issue #9, reviewed by
Steve Backer. The centerpiece article is on the naval forces involved in
Operation Enduring Freedom.
|22 February 2002||YS Master Pieces, USS
Oregon, BB-3, 1898 First Look at the components of this one
piece, full hull 1:350 Scale resin model. Found in the Reviews Section.
|21 February 2002||New Addition to the Battleship
|19 February 2002||B Resina's HMS
Campbeltown, St. Nazaire Raid, 1:700 Scale. Build-up Review by
|14 February 2002||COMBRIG
MODELS PAGE added to SteelNavy main page. Combrig, the largest
manufacturer of russian warship models, has their icon/logo on the main
page. Click on it to see their complete product listing, along with things
|13 February 2002||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.
Yamato Details, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 (Tamiya, 1/350) by Guido Hopp of Dusseldorf, Germany. Guido used GMM and Eduard's PE Frets for his kit and used brass tubing for the 18.1" guns. More shots of Guido's Yamato.
|7 February 2002||Ministro
Zenteno, One of
Armstrong's famous Elswick Protected Cruisers, built for the Chilean Navy.
Archival photographs of the prototype, along with 12 beautiful shots of
the Armstrong Builders Model, located in the Chilean Navy Museum in
Valparaiso. Article & Photos by Roberto Paredes. Found in the Archival
New Addition to the Destroyer Model Gallery:
|2 February 2002||H-P Models, USS
Pennsylvania, BB-38, 1943 First Look at the
components of the kit.
New Addition to the Carrier Model Gallery:
|31 January 2002||1:700
Tamiya DKM Prinz Eugen Artwork, #2
from Model Art Magazine, March 2002, sent by Peter Van Buren, in the Cruiser
Added five new photos to the USS Kidd
Gallery. These photos were taken by Bruce Ross in October 2001
and show facets of DD-661 not normally seen, such as props, shafts,
support struts and rudder.
|29 January 2002||Navi E Marinai Italiani
nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale
Italian Ships and Navy in World War Two Written by Elio Ando
& Erminio Bagnasco. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
|22 January 2002||First Look at L'Arsenal's newest 1:350 kit, Tripartite
Class Minehunter, a major class of vessel in modern mine
New Addition to the Battleship Model Gallery:
(Tamiya) by Guido Hopp of Dusseldorf, Germany. Guido used GMM and Eduard's
PE Frets for his kit and used brass tubing for the 18.1" guns.
|21 January 2002||First Look at Regia Marina's newest 1:700 kit, The
Motorship, Victoria, Liner & Troop Transport 1931-1942, in
the Reviews Section.
New Addition to the Submarine Model Gallery:
Type VII U-Boat Built by Tim Reynaga from the Hasegawa 1:700
kit. Tim built this kit before PE was available for it so he added railing
|18 January 2002||WSW 1:700th SMS Zenta,
Austrian Torpedo Cruiser. Build-up review by Steve Backer
|16 January 2002||WSW 1:700 Merchant Ship
Set, Accessory #A 001, a tanker, freighter and two tugs in one
kit. In-box review by Steve Backer.
|14 January 2002||The January 2002 Pacific
Front Update was added to the link on the main page.
|6 January 2002||Regia Marina 1:700 Minehunters
of the Lerici, Gaeta and Osprey Classes, buildup review by
|2 January 2002||New Addition to the Cruiser Model Gallery: