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30 September 2002 Addition to the Carrier Gallery:

USS Midway, CVA-41 - Mark Leonard built the Arii 1:800 scale kit with scratch-built parts and GMM photo-etch.

 


29 September 2002 Addition to the Auxiliary Gallery:

Korieits, Imperial Russian Gunboat - Biography of the warship that fired the first shot of the Russo-Japanese War. The Combrig 1:700 scale kit of the ship is shown.

 


28 September 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

Peresviet, Imperial Russian Battleship 1904 - Another Jim Baumann build. This time of the 1:700 scale model of the Peresviet by Modelkrak.

 


27 September 2002 HMS Hood Brass Fret in 1:400 - This new fret from White Ensign Models is specifically designed for the 1:400 scale HMS Hood by Heller. Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories. 

 


26 September 2002 Addition to the Auxiliary Gallery:

USS Panay, Yantze River Gunboat - This build of the Iron Shipwright 1:192 scale kit by Jim Baumann won the gold at the 2001 UK IPMS Nationals. 

 


25 September 2002 Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery

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.

 


24 September 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

Borodino, Imperial Russian Battleship 1904 - Four battleships of this class formed the backbone of the Imperial Russian Second Pacific Squadron at Tsushima, where three were sunk and one captured. Combrig 1:700 scale, built by Jim Baumann.

 


23 September 2002 Orsa, Torpediniere - The Italian Navy called the four ship Orsa Class torpedo boats. In size, function and ability they were destroyer escorts. In Box Review of the Regia Marina 1:700 scale kit of the Orsa by Steve Backer. Added to the Model Reviews under the destroyers section. 

 


22 September 2002 Addition to the Cruiser Gallery:

Tatsuta - Jim Baumann's build of this Japanese unprotected cruiser, later rerated dispatch vessel. The kit is manufactured by Modelkrak in 1:700 scale. 

 


21 September 2002 USS Anchorage, LSD-36 - Peter Van Buren's article and photographs on building the new 1:700 scale USS Anchorage by JAG. Added to the Model Reviews under the auxiliaries section. 

More photographs of components of the 1:400 Béarn from L'Arsenal / Navires & Histoire. The next releases listed on the box side panel photograph were airbrushed out for Operational Security (OPSEC) reasons.


20 September 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

HMS Dreadnought, 1907 - This 1:350 scale model from Steel Navy / Rhino Models was built by Jim Baumann and won the gold at the 2000 UK IPMS Nationals. All photographs by Caroline Snyder.

 


19 September 2002 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? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery

This photo shows the Dewoitine D 373, parasol fighter; Pierre Levasseur PL 7 and Piere Levasseur PL 101 from the 1:400 plastic/resin/brass kit for the French carrier,  Béarn, being released L'Arsenal / Navires & Histoire this fall. The model, scale and producer  were identified by:

1. Pieter Cornelissen of the Netherlands
2. Devin Poore of the US
3. Nicolas Chevallier of France
4. S.A. Lawes, plucky Kiwi from New Zealand
5. A.D.(Dave) Baker III from Combat Fleets of the World

Honorable Mention
1. Mike Hagerty of the US
2. Andreas Hanke, Andy of Germany


18 September 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

HMS Rodney, 1928 - Jim Baumann reworked the Iron Shipwright 1:350 kit to back date it to 1928. All photographs by Caroline Snyder.

 

The September 2002 Pacific Front Update has been added to the main page.


17 September 2002 USS Virginia, CGN-38 - The latest kit from JAG, the Virginia in 1:700 Scale exceeds the very high standards of previous kits from JAG. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Model Reviews under the cruisers section. 

 


16 September 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

Chen Yuan, Imperial Chinese Battleship- Arriving for service in the Chinese Imperial Navy in November 1885, the German Built Ting Yuen & Chen Yuan were the most powerful warships in the far east. This Modelkrak 1:700 model was built by Jim Baumann as the Chen Yuan

 


15 September 2002 Shikishima, Japanese Battleship - Shikishima was one of the six battleships of the Imperial Japanese Fleet in the Russo-Japanese War. The 1:700 Modelkrak kit is reviewed by Hyun Yu. Added to the Model Reviews under the battleships section..

 


14 September 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

HMS Warspite - The White Ensign Models kit in 1:700 scale of  the HMS Warspite as built by Jim Baumann.

 


13 September 2002 Navyplan- A new site for large scale warship plans, Navyplan, is from  Espelette, France. The site is written in French and English. Operated by Jean-Manuel Soumaré, this firm specializes in fine warship plans. For large warships 1:100 scale is most frequently used but plans can be customized to taste. There are plans for many smaller combatants as well. The Navyplan 1:100 scale set of plans for the USS Belleau Wood, Independence Class CVL was reviewed in July. The newest plan set, which will be available this month, is a 1:100 set of plans on HMS Warspite of 1942. The Navyplan link/icon has been added to the main page of SteelNavy.

 


12 September 2002 Addition to the Transports and Auxiliaries Gallery:

Amur, Imperial Russian Mine Layer - Responsible for most successful mine laying operation in naval history, this mine layer of the Russo-Japanese War has been modeled in 1:700 Scale by Modelkrak of Poland. Renowned British modeler, Jim Baumann, has brought incredible detail to this kit.

 


10 September 2002 USS Pennsylvania, BB-38, 1944 - This is a preview of the 1:350 resin kit of Pennsy in her 1944 fit, being produced by Iron Shipwright. Photographs show all of the resin parts. Photo-Etch and Instructions are not ready yet (September 2002). 



9 September 2002 Naval Base Hobbies - SteelNavy is proud to have Naval Base Hobbies added to the main page. You will now find their link on the main page. If you have not visited Shaya Novak on his site, drop on by. You'll find Kits, Books, Photo-Etch, Decals, Paints, Tools, Naval Baseball Caps, and many more items for the warship modeler.

 


8 September 2002 Roma, 1943 Italian Battleship - The last Italian Battleship ever finished, the Roma was also the first victim of a new weapon system, the guided missile. In-Box Review of the 1:700 scale kit from H-P Models by Steve Backer. Added to the Model Reviews under the battleships section..

 


7 September 2002 Graf Spee & Scheer - A look at the new Toms Models two fret photo-etched brass set designed for the Heller 1:400 scale Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer, World War Two German Panzer Shiffes. Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories.

 


6 September 2002 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.

 


5 September 2002 SMS V 106, Imperial German Torpedo Boat - A four ship class of Dutch destroyers was being built in Germany in 1914. In August 1914 these were appropriated into the Imperial German Navy. Build Review of the H-P Models 1:700 scale kit by Steve Backer. Added to the Model Reviews under the Destroyers, Frigates & Corvettes section.

 


4 September 2002 Scharnhorst & Gneisenau - A look at the new Toms Models two fret photo-etched brass set designed for the Heller 1:400 scale Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, World War Two German Battlecruisers. Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories.

 


3 September 2002 Addition to the Carrier Gallery:

HMS Vengeance - This 1:700 model of a Colossus Class Light Carrier was scratch-built by John Rodriguez Asti of Peru. He also made a mold in order to produce variants of the class.


2 September 2002 Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:

Heller Kits for the Marine Nationale - Jacques Druel and Sébastien Lausdat build models of Balny, De Grasse, Duquesne, Laffaux, L'Alsacien, and Marceau by modifying Heller kits.. Also includes photographs of the Master for the Béarn.

 

Forrest Sherman in 1:350 Scale - Cascade Modelwerks has produced their first kit in 1:350 scale, the USS Forrest Sherman. At this time only ten kits are available. 


1 September 2002 USS Ranger, CV-4 - The fourth installment of the Warship Models of The National Museum of Naval Aviation, located on Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) is the Ranger. This large scale model was built by the Navy Department and is off much less detail then those models built by individual modelers.

 


31 August 2002 Italian Three Pipers - Four Classes of Italian Destroyers laid down from 1913 to 1919, were designed with three stacks. Rerated Torpedo Boats, the ships of the Pilo, Sirtori, La Masa and Generali classes served as escorts in WW2. With this unique kit in 1:700 scale, Regia Marina gives the modeler the chance to build any one of the 26 ships in the four classes, in fits from 1914 to 1958.

 


30 August 2002 Neustrashimy, Modern Russian Frigate - Falk Pletscher visited the Neustrashimy during Kiel week in June 1995 and June 2002. Here are some of his superb photographs of this sleek Russian frigate. Added to the Ship's Tours section.

 


29 August 2002 Marat, 1937 Soviet Battleship - This Russian dreadnought from World War One was modernized in the early 1930s. She was sunk in a JU-87 Stuka attack in 1941. The 1:700 scale kit from H-P Models is subject to a Build Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Model Reviews under the battleships section..

 


27 August 2002 USS Anchorage, LSD - The 1:700 scale model of this modern amphibian is one of the newest kits from JAG. In Box-Review from Peter Van Buren. Added to the Model Reviews under the Transports and Auxiliaries Section.

 


26 August 2002 Type VIIc German U-Boat - The Artitec model of a WWII Type VIIc U-Boat in 1:350 Scale is reviewed by Brad Crisler.

 


23 August 2002 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.

 


22 August 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

HMS King George V - Louis Carabott of Malta shows what can be done with the Tamiya 1:350th scale kit. Photographs b y David Grech.

 


21 August 2002 USCGC Commanche - In-Box Review of the 1:350 model of this Algonquin Class 1,000 ton United States Coast Guard Cutter, produced by Iron Shipwright. Added to the Model Reviews under the Destroyers, Frigates & Corvettes section.

 


20 August 2002 Addition to the Submarine Gallery:

German U-Boat, U-99 - The Revell 1:125 scale kit of the U-99 is shown as built by Charles King

 


19 August 2002 YMS-260 Yard Minesweeper, USN WWII - In-Box Review of the 1:350th scale full hull model of the second series 130 feet wooden hull, harbor minesweeper, produced by Iron Shipwright. Added to the Model Reviews under the Transports and Auxiliaries Section.

 


18 August 2002 Retvizan - An In-Box Review of the Combrig 1:350 Scale kit shows all of the components of the first 1:350 kit by this company. Added to the Model Reviews under the battleships section..

 


17 August 2002 Modelist-Korabel - This 16 page journal is published quarterly in Tver, Russia. Each issue provides various scale plans for different subjects. Issues #7, #10, and #15 are examined. Added to the Book Reviews section.

 


16 August 2002 28cm Coastal Gun Battery - The newest 1:700 kit from NNT is a 28cm (11-Inch) gun battery & bunker. This models one of the triple 11-Inch gun turrets removed from Gneisenau in 1942 and transported to Norway for coastal defense. Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories.

 


15 August 2002 USS Long Beach CGN-9 - Peter Van Buren provides a build review of this 1:700 scale kit from JAG.

 


14 August 2002 USS John C. Stennis CVN-74 - The Italeri 1:720 kit is examined by M. W. Yung in this In-Box Review.

 


13 August 2002 Neustrashimy, Modern Russian Frigate - This new kit from Combrig in 1:700 scale has excellent casting and a top notch photo-etched fret. Reviewed by Steve Backer.

 


12 August 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

Fuji - The Modelkrak kit of the 1:700 Japanese Battleship is heavily modified with parts from the SealsModels Mikasa. Photographs and commentary by David Summers.

 


11 August 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

Mikasa - David Summers provides photographs and commentary on his build of Admiral Togo's Flagship at Tsushima, from the 1:700 scale SealsModels kit.

 


10 August 2002 Addition to the Submarine Gallery:

The Submarines of Charles King - The USS Skipjack 1:230 by Revell, Russian Typhoon Class 1:400 by Revell, USS Hampton 1:350 by Shanghai Dragon, German Type 206A U-Boat 1:144 by Revell, and Russian Oscar Class "Kursk" by Revell as built by Charles King.

 

Addition to the Cruiser Gallery:

USS Vincennes CG, #2, #3 - Jim Fosdick's build of the Aegis Cruiser.


9 August 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

SMS Derfflinger - The 1:700 WSW kit is built by David Summers, as the World War One German Battlecruiser appeared at Jutland.

 


8 August 2002 Addition to the Carrier Gallery:

USS Lexington CV-16, Essex Class Fleet Carrier: Dave Becker's build of the Blue Ghost from the Tom's Modelworks 1:350 kit. 

Nine new photos were added to the page on HMS Bryony, Flower Class Corvette, Scratch-Built by Ron Horabin in 1:32 Scale.


3 August 2002 Pallada II, Named after a cruiser lost at Port Arthur, the Pallada was one of the three armored cruisers built to the design of Bayan, medium armored cruiser. This 1:700 kit from Combrig depicts the cruiser at the start of WWI in 1914. Added to the Model Reviews under the cruisers section..



2 August 2002 Les Torpilleurs d'Escadre du Type Le Hardi, 1938-1943 - This volume written by Charles Salou and printed by Lela Press covers the design and history of Le Hardi class French destroyers, the most modern class of destroyers coming into service with the Marine Nationale at the start of World War Two. Added to the Book Reviews section.

 


31 July 2002 Voila, Les Portes - A look at the 1:350 scale photo-etched brass fret of USN WWII Doors & Hatches. This extraordinary fret from L'Arsenal includes 317 doors and hatches in more than 23 different styles. Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories.

 


30 July 2002 Tom's Modelworks, July 2002 Update - A look at three new frets from Tom's. The frets are; USN Carrier Flotation Baskets (Set 3531) in 1:350 scale; Inclined & Vertical Ladders (Set 3535) in 1:350 scale and the same fret in 1:400 scale (Set 4017). Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories.

 


29 July 2002 Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:

HMS Bryony - This model a 1:32 scale Flower Class corvette. Scratch-built by Ron Horabin, the project took over three years.

 


28 July 2002 Addition to the Battleship Gallery:

HMS Prince of Wales - Tamiya 1:350 scale. Quinn Bracken builds the Tamiya kit depicting the battleship as lost with a Nell and Betty hanging about.

 


26 July 2002 USS Belleau Wood CVL-24 - NAVYPLAN, a new company from France, has produced a four sheet set of plans in 1:100 Scale for this Independence Class Light Carrier. Each sheet is eight feet long and following the plans would produce a model over six feet long (1.91m). In the accessories section of Reviews.

 

Addition to the Links Section: 

Paper Shipwright - This site, run by David Hathaway of the UK sells 1:250 scale card warship models, many of which come with photo-etched detail. There is a free download of HMVS Cerberus. The Cerberus was a 19th century British monitor and was the first major warship to enter service in the Australian States with the State of Victoria, hence the V in HMVS. It is still in existence but in a deplorable state as a breakwater in Australia.


25 July 2002 In May Ship Model Construction was added to the links section. Now they have an icon/link on the main page.

Ship Model 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.

Two Additions to the Links Section: 

J-Aircraft- Dave Pluth's excellent site on the aircraft and warships of Imperial Japan. The site has multiple message boards, including one devoted solely to Japanese warships.

 

 

The Spanish American War Centennial Website - This site covers all facets of the war in 1898. It includes photographs and information of the warships involved for both Spain and the USA. 


24 July 2002 Addition to the Carrier Gallery:

USS Bunker Hill, Essex Class Fleet Carrier, Scratch-Built by Pierre Marchal in 1:350 scale.

 

Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:

USS Ingersoll, DDG-990- Dragon 1:350 scale- LIM Kian Seng of Singapore has created an extraordinary marriage of model and computer graphics. He used Gold Medal Models photo-etch with the Dragon model and a computer generated background.


23 July 2002 Addition to the Destroyer Gallery:

USS Spruance, Geoff Cook builds the Dragon 1:350 model of this modern USN Destroyer.

USS Massachusetts Propeller Exhibit- Mark McKellar's photograph of the new exhibit at the Battleship, USS Massachusetts, Museum.


22 July 2002 Gearing FRAM Destroyer - The JAG 1:700 kit is reviewed by Peter Van Buren with his build of the kit. Added to the Model Reviews under the Destroyers Section.

 


18 July 2002 Three Additions to the Model Gallery:

Admiralty Armed Trawler- This 1:72 Scale model is scratch-built by Louis Elskamp of Holland.

USS O'Bannon, DD-450, The Tamiya 1:350 scale kit was built by Mike Leonard with GMM photo-etch parts.

USS Gato- Mike Leonard built the 1:350 Blue Water Navy kit of the classic USN Fleet Submarine of WWII.

Two Additions to the Links Section: 

Net Marine- If you have an interest in the modern Marine Nationale, you will want to see Net Marine. Excellent coverage on the modern French Navy. Updated frequently with new photographs. Plenty of photographs of the Charles De Gaulle, CVN and the remarkable La Fayette Class, stealth frigate. Available in French and English. Thanks to Alain Saint-Felix for mentioning this site.

 

Hong Kong Naval Model Association- This fairly new site is fairly similar in format to SteelNavy. Articles, reviews and some great scratch-builds are featured. Available in Chinese and English. Thanks to Doug Hallet for mentioning this site.

 


17 July 2002 Andrei Pervozvanny- This is the last class of Russian Predreadnought and the only battleships to have cage masts, that were not built in the US. This 1:700 kit is the first kit from Combrig in that scale to come with photo-etched parts.

 


16 July 2002 Lexington CV-2- The third installment of the Warship Models of The National Museum of Naval Aviation, located on Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) is the "Lady Lex". This large scale outstanding model was scratch built and donated to the Museum by CDR Josiah "Cy" Kirby, USNR (Ret).

 


15 July 2002 Georgios Averoff- This is a "First Look" a the first 1:700 model from YS Masterpieces. This kit is a one piece full hull model of this Greek Armored Cruiser. The kit is also available in the traditional waterline format.  Remarkably, the full hull model is almost an identical miniature of the 1:350 scale kit of  Averoff. First Class production standards all the way.

 

The Combrig page has been updated. Photos of new releases have been posted for the following new kits;

Tri Sviatitelia- This battleship built in the 1890s was an integral part of the Russian Black Sea "Battleship Brigade". This group of five predreadnoughts was very active at the start of World War One, including engagements with Goeben.

Pallada II- Built to modified specifications of Bayan, she only served two months in World War One, before exploding when a torpedo from U-26 ignited her magazines in October 1914. 

Bayan II- Another of the armored cruisers built to modified Bayan specifications. The kit shows her as refitted during WWI with an additional four 6" and one 8" deck guns. The kit is significantly different than Pallada II.

Novik- Destroyer launched before World War One, this large (1,300+ ton) ship was the fastest warship in the world at the time.

Neustrashimy- This kit is of a sleek modern Russian frigate. Excellent casting and a top notch 3-D relief photo-etched fret. A beautiful model.

Also added are new models coming from Combrig, including their third 1:350 release, the protected cruiser, Novik, of the Russo-Japanese War, as well as new 1:700 kits. The release schedule has also been updated.


14 July 2002 USS Newport, LST-1179, a Build Review by Peter Van Buren of the 1:700 Scale JAG model of this significant LST. Peter also contrasts the JAG kit with the Modelwerks version of Newport. Added to the Model Reviews under the Transports and Auxiliaries Section.

 


13 July 2002 USS North Carolina- A first look at all of the coponents of the latest kits from Regia Marina, in 1:700 scale, the sisterships, North Carolina also with photos of the different instructions for Washington

 


12 July 2002 HMS Ledbury, The In-Box review of this White Ensign Models 1:350 scale modern Royal Navy minehunter by Felix Bustelo. Added to the Model Reviews under the Transports and Auxiliaries Section.

 


7 July 2002 New accessories from L'Arsenal are seen in the July Update. Now available are the long awaited Bofors Quad 40mm 1:350 (six per pack), Breguet Alize, modern French ASW aircraft 1:400 (five per pack), and F4U Corsair Four Bladed Propeller 1:400 (five per pack). Added to the Model Reviews under the Brass Frets and Accessories Section.

 

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6 July 2002 USS Langley, CV-1, this is the second in the series of articles on the models of The National Museum of Naval Aviation. This model of the original carrier for the USN was scratch-built and donated to the museum by CDR Josiah "Cy" Kirby, USNR (Ret).

 

USS New Jersey, BB-62, Tamiya 1:350, Ritchie Doughty builds this classic kit. This is his first kit in 5 years and his first warship kit in 15 years. 

 


5 July 2002 USCGS Hamilton (FRAM), Peter Van Buren provides a Build Review of the 1:700 scale kit from JAG of the sleek Coast Guard Cutter. Added to the Model Reviews under the Destroyers Section.

 


3 July 2002 Schleswig-Holstein- The latest 1:700 kit from WSW of Germany is the German Predreadnought Battleship, Schleswig-Holstein in her 1939 fit, when the fired the first shots of World War Two. This "First Look" photographic survey shows all of the components of the model.

 


Marigold, US Lighthouse Tender- Albert Blevins scratch-built this 3/16th inch = one foot model of the Marigold. She served as a lighthouse tender from 1890 until 1945.

 


2 July 2002 Bradford Chaucer reviews the Gold Medal Models 1:700 photo-etched fret for the Modern USS New Jersey. Added to the Model Reviews section under photo-etched brass and accessories.

 

USS Pennsylvania, Armored Cruiser- On January 18, 1911 Eugene Ely landed and took of from this armored cruiser in San Francisco Bay. This is the first in a series of photographic examinations of the large scale model warships on display at The National Museum of Naval Aviation, located on Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS). This model of the Pennsylvania was built and donated by Bill Emerson. One unusual feature is that it was built entirely of match sticks, except for anchor chain, rigging and fabric items.

 



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