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31 March 2003 Type 33G Wuhan Chinese Submarine - This was a one-off test bed for testing cruise missiles for the People's Liberation Army Navy. Doug Hallet built the 1:144 scale kit of the Type 33G "Wuhan" from Trumpeter. Added to the Submarines Gallery


26 March 2003 HMS Barham, British Battleship 1941 - The HMS Barham was one of the five Queen Elizabeth Class of fast battleships built during World War One. Refitted from 1930 to 1934, Barham had a rather short and checkered career in World War Two with her high point being her participation at the Battle of Cape Matapan. John Currie provides a photographic review of the 1:700 scale resin kit of HMS Barham from H-P Models. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 


25 March 2003 USS Alabama BB-8 in 1:96 Scale - Among the many exhibits and displays aboard the USS Alabama BB-60 in Mobile, Alabama, is a 1:96th Scale model of the first battleship, USS Alabama BB-8 launched in 1898 and part of the Great White Fleet. This beautiful model was scratch-built by Robert D. Bracci. Added to the Battleships Gallery



24 March 2003 USS Langley, CV-1 1930 - Any iron worker would like the number of lattice support braces on the USS Langley CV-1 in 1930. Dave Judy has built the Iron Shipwright  1:350 scale kit of first carrier of the USN. Added to the Carriers Gallery


23 March 2003 Osa II, Russian Missile Boat - The Czech Republic company of Poseidon produced a 1:150 scale model of the Russian Osa II Missile Boat. Patrizio Carlucci looks at this kit. Added to the Transports, Merchant Ships & Auxiliaries Gallery


22 March 2003 Shell Welder - Jim Baumann has built this merchant produced by Modelcraft (Ex-Frog). Added to the Transports, Merchant Ships & Auxiliaries Gallery


21 March 2003 Caio Duilio, Italian Battleship - Laid down in 1912 the two battleships of the Caio Duilio Class were completely rebuilt from 1937 to 1940. The end result was a striking beautiful warship that served the Italian Navy until 1956. Until now, this class has been unavailable in any scale. Regia Marina has now produced a 1:700 scale model of exceptional quality of the Caio Duilio and sistership, Andrea Doria. In Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 

USS Brooklyn, Armored Cruiser 1898 - The 1:350th scale model of the flagship at the Battle of Santiago, Cuba from Iron Shipwright has been built in her buff and white paint scheme by Michael Taylor. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


20 March 2003 Navires & Histoire Magazine, June 2002, Issue #12, reviewed by Steve Backer. The centerpiece article is on the operations of the French nuclear carrier Charles De Gaulle in the Indian Ocean in "Operation  Heracles". Among other articles on WW2 topics is the first installment on the German battlecruiser  Gneisenau. Added to the Book Reviews Section.


19 March 2003 USS Hornet CV-8 1:350 Scale Photo-Etched Set from White Ensign Models - White Ensign Models has thrown their hat in the ring in the production of a comprehensive brass photo-etched fret for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit of the USS Hornet CV-8. Review of "The Ship"  fret by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 


18 March 2003 March Mystery Model #2 - OK so you don't have to have a degree in Astral Physics to identify this warship. However, who is the manufacturer and in what scale is the model? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery

USS Hornet, CV-8 - The Tamiya 1:700 scale kit of USS Hornet CV-8 was released some time ago, however it is still a popular subject. Mike Dershem built the kit with additional aircraft, F4Fs, TBFs, and SBDs by Fujimi. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


17 March 2003 USS Texas in 1:192nd Scale - If you want a Texas size USS Texas, you can't go wrong with the 1:192 scale USS Texas BB-35 scratch-built by Bill Everett. Added to the Battleships Gallery


16 March 2003 Towada, Modern JMSDF Oiler - Peter Van Buren reviews the Pitroad 1:700 scale model of the modern oiler of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, the Towada. Added to the Review Section under the Transports and Auxiliaries Section.



15 March 2003 USS California - Jim Baumann built this model of the Pearl Harbor veteran about five years ago. The kit is the 1:350 scale model that was produced by Iron Shipwright/Gulfstream. Added to the Battleships Gallery


14 March 2003 Corsair Armada Detail Parts - In addition to selling complete kits, Corsair Armada also sells detailed weaponry for modelers that wish to upgrade other kits. Bill Smallshaw looks at the 1:700 scale detail parts sets from Corsair Armada for the 20mm Oerlikon, 5-Inch/25 Open Mount and 5-Inch/38 Open Mount. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 

 


13 March 2003

USS Monterey - Bradford Chaucer exhibits Monitor Mania with his build of the 1:350 scale kit of the USS Monterey, 1890s monitor from Iron Shipwright. Added to the Battleships Gallery


12 March 2003 Trumpeter 1:350th Scale USS Essex kit - One of the most anticipated kits in 1:350th scale has finally arrived on our shores from Trumpeter Models. John Sheridan takes a look at the USS Essex kit.


11 March 2003 E-Boat, Airfix 1:72 Scale - During World War Two the British called the German Schnellboote, the E-Boat, which is the name that Airfix used when they released this 1:72nd kit. Douglas Fritz built this old Airfix warhorse with his own modifications and used WEM Colourcoat paints. Added to the Transports & Auxilaries Gallery


10 March 2003 HMNZS Leander, 1943 - Des Hudson of Auckland, New Zealand scratch-built this 1:96 scale model of the lead ship of this famous class of light cruisers. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


8 March 2003 Eugene Ely & the Birmingham - In November 1910 Eugene Ely first flew off of a warship of the USN. He took off of the USS Birmingham scout cruiser. Jim Baumann built this diorama centering around the Birmingham from Loose Cannon Models in 1:700 scale. Added to the Dioramas Gallery


6 March 2003 March Mystery Model #1 - For this Mystery Model, there is another odd design, featuring a duck-billed bow. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? No Felix, you can not answer. Please post all answers to the message board. Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryGary Griffith was the first to correctly identify this kit as an Aloe Class Net Tender in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright.


Vladimir Monomakh, Dmitri Donskoi & Svietlana, Russian Cruisers - These are a number of photographs from Combrig, showing three of their cruiser kits as built. Vladimir Monomakh, early armored cruiser as she appeared at Tsushima, where she was lost. Dmitri Donskoi was the next armored cruiser design, also present at Tsushima. Svietlana a three stack early 2nd rank cruiser. All kits are 1:700 scale. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


5 March 2003 Casabianca, 1500 Ton Class French Submarine - The largest submarines in the French Navy prior to World War Two, except for the solitary Surcouf, were the 1500 Tonnes Type, also known as the Redoubtable Class. The Casabianca was one of the last of the 31 boats in the class to be built but had the most significant operational history. L'Arsenal has just released a 1:350 Scale kit of the Casabianca in resin and brass but with optional brass relief etched nameplates for all 31 boats in the class. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Submarine Section. 


4 March 2003 A, B, C's of the Fujimi Lexington & Saratoga - Dave Miller provides an in-depth analysis of the Fujimi 1:700 scale injection molded kits of the USN carriers, USS Lexington & USS Saratoga. Added to the Feature Articles Section. 


3 March 2003 USS Livermore, USN Destroyer - Mike Leonard provides a look at the 1:700 scale injection molded kit of the USS Livermore from Skywave. Additional photographs are from Gordon Negaard. Added to the Review Section under Destroyers.  


2 March 2003 USS Enterprise CVN-65 - In 1986 Lim Kian Seng built his first large scale warship kit. It was the USS Enterprise CVN-65 model from Otaki in 1:400 scale. Also included is a unique photograph showing the landing approach of a F-14 Tomcat to the "Big E". Added to the Carriers Gallery


1 March 2003 Tsarevitch, Imperial Russian Battleship - The latest of Jim Baumann's seemingly unending line of Best of Show Award Winners, is his build of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of the battleship Tsarevitch. Added to the Battleships Gallery


28 February 2003 HMS Laforey, British Destroyer - The L Class was the follow on fleet destroyer design to the J Class but with the requirements that they be faster and have fully enclosed gun mounts. The resulting design was a 300 ton jump upwards in displacement from the preceding design. HMS Laforey was the leader of the eight ship class, that all served in the Mediterranean. H-P Models has a 1:700 scale model of the HMS Laforey. Added to the Review Section under Destroyers.  


27 February 2003 Avrora, Russian Protected Cruiser & Hero of the Revolution - In 1927 the old Russian protected cruiser, Avrora received the Order of the Red Banner for the part she played in the October Revolution. Combrig has released a 1:700 scale resin kit of Avrora, as she appeared prior to a refit in World War One. Added to the Review Section under Cruisers.  


26 February 2003 HMS Furious 1918, The First Aircraft Carrier - The HMS Furious was the first large warship design to carry wheeled aircraft as its primary weapon. In the summer of 1918, aircraft launched from her deck made the first carrier strike in naval history. Loose Cannon Models now has a 1:700 scale model of the Furious as she appeared from March 1918 to 1921. Added to the Review Section under Carriers.  


25 February 2003 Arizona 1:350 Scale Photo-Etched Set from Lion Roar - A new entry into photo-etched market, Lion Roar of Shanghai, China has produced a set for the Banner USS Arizona. Review and photographs by Joel Labow. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 


24 February 2003 Navires & Histoire Magazine, February 2003, Issue #16, reviewed by Steve Backer. The centerpiece article is on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, von Spee's armored cruisers from World War One. As usual topics cover a wide range of naval history. Added to the Book Reviews Section


23 February 2003 Okinawa Landings - In another diorama from Bob Harris, he uses 1:350 scale models from Iron Shipwright to build a diorama of the landings at Okinawa in 1945. Added to the Dioramas Gallery



22 February 2003 Strike Force of the Imperial Baumannese Navy - Actually these are 1:700 models of the Akagi, Kaga, Kongo, Kiso and Tenryu of the Imperial Japanese Navy built by Jim Baumann. Added to the Carriers Gallery


21 February 2003 Brytyjskie Krazowniki Liniowe Typu "REPULSE" (British Battle Cruiser Type Repulse) - Written by Maciej S. Sobanski, this is the 12th volume in the Okrety Swiata/Warships of the World series. The title has photographs, color plates and two back-printed Plans and Profiles. Added to the Book Reviews Section

New Models from Regia Marina - Regia Marina will introduce three new models at the Hobby Model Expo in Milan, Italy in March 2003. The kits are of World War Two Italian destroyers of the Navigatori Class, available in two different series, and the Folgore/Freccia Class. A modern subject, the Comandante Cigala Fulgosi will also be released. Added to the Destroyers Gallery


20 February 2003 USS New Jersey, Battlecarrier, BB/CV Hybrid  - In 1979 the four battleships of the Iowa Class were reactivated. Phase I was the initial activation. A proposed Phase II would have removed the aft turret and added a hanger and flight deck for an air wing of 12 Harriers. Nichimo jumped on this proposal and modified an existing all gun New Jersey  kit that it had in its 30cm Box Scale Line, to create a model of the Martin-Marietta hybrid design. Of course the class never received the Phase II rebuild. In this "Blast from the Past" the Nichimo USS New Jersey "Battlecarrier" is examined. Added to the Review Section under the Battleships Section.  

Carrier Tow Tractors - Paul O'Reilly provides photographs of World War Two carrier tow tractors. Added to the Archives Section under aircraft carriers.


19 February 2003 Yamato 1:350 Scale, Brass Photo-Etched Detail Set from White Ensign Models - Peter Hall has done it again. The White Ensign Models two fret set for the 1:350 scale Tamiya Yamato/Musashi is packed with incredible detail. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 


18 February 2003 Tochnyi, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1907 - To help replace losses of the Russo-Japanese War, the five ship Tverdi Class was authorized. These small destroyers were built in sections, transported on the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Vladivostok, where the sections were assembled. The new Combrig 1:700 scale kit of Tochnyi, a member of the class, is subject to the photographic review of the resin components. Added to the Review Section under the Destroyers Section. 


17 February 2003 The Type VII C U-Boat by Combat Subs - Combat Subs, one of the model lines from Pitroad of Japan, produces 1:350 scale submarine kits. This one is the most numerous type of German U-Boat in World War Two, the Type VII C. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Submarine Section. 



16 February 2003 Zuni to the Rescue - Bob Harris built this diorama around the efforts of the USS Zuni ATF-95 to save the USS Reno CL-96. The diorama in 1:350 scale uses resin kits from Blue Water Navy and Iron Shipwright. Added to the Diorama Gallery


15 February 2003 SMS Bayern & SMS Derfflinger - Two 1:700 scale models of the Kaiser's finest from WSW are shown with the 15-inch gun battleship,  SMS Bayern, and the crack battlecruiser, SMS Derfflinger, in this double dose of Jim Baumann. Added to the Battleships Gallery


14 February 2003 USS Hornet by Trumpeter - The 1:350 scale kit of USS Hornet CV-8 released by Trumpeter has been the most significant plastic warship kit of 2002. This In-Box Review has extensive photographic coverage (112 photographs) of all of the components of this groundbreaking kit. Added to the Review Section under the Carrier Section. 

Update Photograph #1, Photograph #2 - Operating under deep cover, clandestine agents of SteelNavy have managed to obtain these two photographs of new construction at the Yards of a well known resin manufacturer.


13 February 2003 Bits from Britain, Three New 1:350 Scale Packets from White Ensign Models - There has been a demand for White Ensign Models to release detailing parts in 1:350 scale for modern USN warships. WEM has responded with two Professional 350 parts packets, one of the US five-inch/54 gun & one of the Phalanx CIWS, and one Flightdeck 350 helicopter packet with two Kaman SH-2F Seasprite ASW helicopters. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 


12 February 2003 Japonskie Krazowniki Ciezkie Typu "MYOKO" (Japanese Heavy Cruiser Type Myoko) - This title from Polish publisher, Wydawca, is written by Grzegorz Bukata. Although written in Polish, the title has photos, drawings, color plates and five separate 1:400 scale Plans & Profiles. Added to the Book Reviews Section.


11 February 2003 Yermak, Imperial Russian Icebreaker - Russia has over 6,000 miles (10,000 km) of ice-choked northern coast, facing the Arctic Ocean. The Yermak was a 8,400 ton vessel, that was the first to be purposely built as an icebreaker. Yermak proved to be very successful in exploration and lifesaving missions. Combrig now has a 1:700 scale kit of the first Russian icebreaker. Added to the Review Section under the Transports and Auxiliaries Section. 


10 February 2003 Gold Medal Models 1:350 WW2 USN Aircraft Markings Decal Sheet - Loren Perry of Gold Medal Models has produced another versatile product for modelers in 1:350 scale. This new GMM decal sheet has aircraft markings suitable for USN/Marine aircraft from Pre-WW2 to the present day. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 


9 February 2003 Building the Vladimir Monomakh - Vladimir Yakubov describes how he built the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser Vladimir Monomakh, as she appeared at the Battle of Tsushima in May 1905. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


8 February 2003 Novgorod - This time Jim Baumann does his take on the famous Novgorod, Russian circular floating battery. The model is the Modelkrak 1:700 scale resin kit of Novgorod. Added to the Auxiliaries Gallery


7 February 2003 Gold Medal Models 1:350 Scale World War Two USN Carrier Aircraft Brass Fret - Gold Medal Models has released a 1:350 scale brass photo-etched fret for WW2 USN carrier aircraft. Perfect for early or late war aircraft, GMM provides super-detail parts for multiple 1:350 versions of the Wildcat (F4F), Devastator (TBD), Dauntless (SBD), Hellcat (F6F), Corsair (F4U), Avenger (TBF) and Helldiver (SB2C). Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 

USS Lionfish - Dave Henk of Jacksonville, Florida built the Revell-Monogram USS Lionfish and modified it with resin and photo-etch conversion parts from Nautilus. Added to the Submarines Gallery


6 February 2003 M Class, Series XII, Soviet Coastal Submarine 1939 - The Soviet Union had a very large submarine fleet at the start of World War II. The most numerous class of submarine in the Soviet Fleet was the M Class, coastal Submarine. Combrig has produced a 1:700 model of the M Class Series XII Soviet sub. Added to the Reviews under the Submarine Section. 

USS Texas, BB-35 - Charles Moore has been a volunteer on USS Texas since November 1986. He maintains a website on Texas that is chock full of interesting information and photographs. Added to the warship Links Section. 


5 February 2003 USS Hornet CV-8, 1:350 Scale Ultra Gold Fret - This brass photo-etched fret is designed for advanced modelers and competition. It goes beyond the components of a standard fret and delves into detail not usually found. This Gold Medal Models product  supplements the standard GMM fret #350-21, specifically designed for the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS Hornet. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 

USS Iowa BB-61 Veteran's Association - Come visit the USS Iowa. Photographs, contacts, reunion information, ship's store, plus much more  are all available for the Battleship Sailor. Added to the warship Links Section. 


4 February 2003 HMS Exeter, Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyer 2002 - The Type 42 destroyers have been the mainstay of the destroyer force of the Royal Navy for a generation. White Ensign Models has produced an 1:600 scale model of HMS Exeter, the lead ship of the second series or batch. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under the Destroyers Section. 

Pacific Front February 2003 Update - Bill Gruner of Pacific Front has the newest of warship kits from around the world. New Update link on the main page.


3 February 2003 USS Hornet CV-8 1:350 Scale Brass Fret - Gold Medal Models has produced a brass photo-etched fret  designed specifically for the Trumpeter 1:350  scale USS Hornet CV-8. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section. 


2 February 2003  Haruzuki, Japanese Destroyer 1945 - The Aoshima 1:700 scale kit of Haruzuki, an Akizuki Class destroyer as fitted in 1945, is built by Rick Schiller. Added to the Destroyers Gallery


31 January 2003 Béarn, French Carrier - L-Arsenal has released the 1:400 scale model of the first French flightdeck aircraft carrier. An unusual design, built on a battleship hull, the Béarn lasted a half a century, from the hayday of the battleship in 1914 to the advent of modern nuclear powered carriers in 1967. In-Box review by Steve Backer. Added to the Review Section under Carriers. 


30 January 2003 Likhoi, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1906 - The French built Lovki Class Imperial Russian destroyers consisted of eleven 335 ton ships that served in the Baltic Fleet during World War One. This is a photographic preview of the resin components of the 1:700 scale model of Likhoi from Combrig. Added to the Review Section under Destroyers. 


29 January 2003 January Mystery Model #8 - This model was released in 2002. Given the superb quality of the components to the kit, it deserves to be in the spotlight. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  Terry Wiltshire was the first to identify this model as the HMS Exeter, Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyer in 1:600 scale from White Ensign Models.


28 January 2003 Arromanches - Sébastien Berti scratch-built this 1:200 scale model of Arromanches, French carrier of the Colossus Class, using plans from the Naval Museum of Paris. Added to the Carriers Gallery


27 January 2003 Imperator Aleksandr III - The third and last Black Sea Dreadnought of the Imperatritsa Mariya Class, the Imperator Aleksandr III at various times flew the flag of Imperial Russia, Kerensky Russia, the Independent Ukraine, Germany, Britain and White Russia as the only White Russian dreadnought. This is a photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of this battleship. Added to the Review Section under Battleships. 


26 January 2003 LCT Mark IV & LCT LSU - Two 1:400 scale LCTs from Heller are built by Peter Van Buren. Added to the Auxiliaries Gallery


25 January 2003 Askold - The 1:700 scale model by White Ensign Models of this favorite Imperial Russian Cruiser built by Jim Baumann. Added to the Cruisers Gallery



24 January 2003 USS Milwaukee, St. Louis Class Protected Cruiser - The USN wanted an improved Olympia design of intermediate cruiser. What they created was a thoroughly unsatisfactory design. Although possessing the good looks of a smaller version of the Pennsylvania, the 9,700 ton cruisers were grossly under-gunned with only six-inch guns. Iron Shipwright has produced the USS  Milwaukee in 1:350 scale. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit. Added to the Review Section under Cruisers. 


23 January 2003 Yorktown/Enterprise Conversion Set in 1:350 - Nautilus Models has produced a 1:350 scale conversion set for the Trumpeter USS Hornet CV-8. The set includes the island details, guns and gun houses to model the USS Yorktown CV-5 or USS Enterprise CV-6. Added to the Review Section under Accessories. 


22 January 2003 1:350th Scale Classic Warships USS Guam

Follow your assistant webmaster, John Sheridan as he takes 3 years to build "the kit from hell" : The Classic Warships 1:350th scale USS Alaska Kit as the USS Guam. CB-2. Read how he deals with the fact that by forgetting a simple task nearly ended-up ruining one of the best 1:350th scale ship models on the market.


21 January 2003

 

January Mystery Model #7 - Everyone keeps naming the Mystery Models correctly. OK, no more Mr. Nice Guy, try this one on for size. Hint, it is not the BWN USS Lexington mentioned by John Sheridan. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  Bil Ragan correctly identified this kit as the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Likhoi, 1906 Russian Destroyer. 


20 January 2003 Slava - The Borodino Class of Russian predreadnought battleships had a poor reputation after the Battle of Tsushima, where three of the class capsized and sank and one was captured. However, the last of the class, Slava, showed what the ship could do when well crewed and well manned. At Moon Sound on October 10, 1917 Slava took on two German dreadnoughts. Combrig now has a 1:700 scale kit of the Slava in her 1917 fit. Added to the Review Section under Battleships. 


19 January 2003 Shikishima - The Modelkrak 1:700 scale resin kit of the second class of modern Japanese predreadnoughts, the Shikishima, is built by Giampiero Galeotti. Added to the Battleships Gallery


18 January 2003 HMS Ark Royal - The 1:600 scale Airfix HMS Ark Royal as built by Jim Baumann in his "dodgy" period. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


17 January 2003 YMS-260 Yard Minesweeper - The small, mass produced Yard Minesweeper is the subject of the building of the YMS-260 from Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale by Felix Bustelo. Added to the Review Section under Auxiliaries. 


16 January 2003 Dmitri Donskoi, Russian Armored Cruiser, Cruiser 1st Rank, Laid Down in 1881, the cruiser was at Tsushima. The Combrig 1:700 scale model of Dmitri Donskoi depicts her as commissioned in 1885 with three full masts with fighting tops, plus bowsprit. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit. Added to the Review Section under Cruisers. 


15 January 2003 January Mystery Model #6 - Still in search of a stumper, this model is not instantly recognizable. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  A lot of people identified this model as the USS Charleston, a British designed cruiser for the USN, in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright but Mike Hagerty was first. 

Musashi - Andy Vu of Houston, Texas built the Tamiya 1:350 scale Musashi. The kit is always an ongoing favorite. Added to the Battleships Gallery


14 January 2003 Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya - The second of the Imperatritsa Mariya Class, Black Sea Dreadnoughts, Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya was easily distinguished from her two sisters by her bow. This is a photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of this battleship. Added to the Review Section under Battleships. 


13 January 2003 January Mystery Model #5 - Another odd subject this time out. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryJuha Joutsi of Finland was the first person to correctly identify this kit as the 8,000 ton Russian icebreaker Yermak of 1893 in 1:700 scale from Combrig. 

Bayan - This medium armored cruiser (7,725 tons) was probably the best large cruiser design of the Imperial Russian Navy during the Russo-Japanese War. Photographs of the Combrig 1:700 scale kit of the Bayan. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


12 January 2003 Yashima - Yashima, along with sistership Fuji, were the first modern battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Giampiero Galeotti has built the Modelkrak 1:700 scale kit of this warship. Added to the Battleships Gallery


11 January 2003 Georgios Averoff - Jim Baumann applies his outstanding talents to an outstanding kit, the YS Master Pieces Georgios Averoff, Greek armored cruiser in 1:350 scale. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


10 January 2003 January Mystery Model #4 - This new product should not stump anyone and should be very popular. The lines are instantly recognized. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryRob Weilach was the first to identify this as the Nautilus 1:350 scale Yorktown/Enterprise conversion for the Trumpeter Hornet.

Tsarevitch - Of the 18 battleships of the Imperial Russian Navy, engaged in combat during the Russo-Japanese War, only Tsarevitch survived under the Russian flag. Photographs of the 1:700 scale Tsarevitch produced by Combrig. Added to the Battleships Gallery


9 January 2003 USS Ticonderoga CG 47 - James Lee of Taiwan built the 1:96th scale model of USS Ticonderoga from BaD hull and superstructure, with fittings from Sirma. Text provided from Melvin Tung. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


8 January 2003 January Mystery Model #3 - This is a model of a 19th Century design. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer?  Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryAs identified by Peppe Giuffrè, this model is the Combrig 1:700 scale Imperial Russian Cruiser First Class, Dmitri Donskoi 1885. 

USS Arizona - Andy Vu of Houston, Texas built the classic Revell USS Arizona. The kit is almost 50 years old but still going strong. Added to the Battleships Gallery


7 January 2003 Costa Elena, Cruise-Ship - The 1:700 scale Arii Sunflower was the basis for the conversion into the cruise-ship, Costa Elena by Yannis Carystinos. Added to the Transports, Merchant Ships and Auxiliaries Gallery


6 January 2003 SteelNavy welcomes Morning Subshine Models. This business started last year with the sales of 1250 scale models. Jiehui and George Elder have now expanded into 1:700 scale. 

January Mystery Model #2 - This new model will interest many modelers. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Kuno Bauer recognized this model as a Borodino Class battleship in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Valeriy Sedov was the first to actually identify the model as the Slava. This kit is the Slava in World War One in 1917. 


5 January 2003 RN Roma - Giampiero Galeotti, owner of Regia Marina, builds his own model of the battleship Roma. He also presents photographs of the original. Added to the Battleships Gallery


4 January 2003 SS France - The sleek modern liner France (now Norway) is the subject of the Airfix 1:600 scale kit built be Jim Baumann. Added to the Transports, Merchants and Auxiliaries Gallery


3 January 2003 January 2003 Mystery Model #1 - A ship with a unique bow is the subject of this model. Although there were others in the class, only one ship had this prowl. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  Vladimir Yakubov correctly identified this model as Imperatritsa Ekaterina II from Combrig in 1:700 scale. Other names used by this Black Sea battleship were Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya "Empress Catherine the Great" and Svobodnaya Rossiya.


2 January 2003 USS Enterprise CVN-65 - Mike Golden builds the 1:350th scale Tamiya USS Enterprise CVN-65. Mike used GMM and Toms photo-etched brass to detail the model. 


1 January 2003 USS Monterey, 1893 Monitor - A new verse on an old theme, the monitor. Among the warship designs of the New Steel Navy was a steel hulled monitor, the USS Monterey BM 6. This is a build review by Steve Backer of the new 1:350 scale full hull kit of the USS Monterey from Iron Shipwright. Added to the Review Section under Battleships. 



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