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28 June 2003 HMS Repulse, British Battlecruiser 1939 - Jim Baumann tells of the techniques and procedures that he used in building the HMS Repulse from B-Resina in 1:700 scale. Jim provides extensive text and photographic coverage. Added to the Battleship Section of the Reviews.  


27 June 2003 Sea Bag of Memories: Images, Poems, Thoughts & Crafts of the Small Ship Sailors of World War II - Join the Donald Duck Navy. The small vessels of the USN in World War Two were called the Donald Duck Navy, a term for which those small vessel sailors took pride. William J. Veigele wrote this book that captures the life and thoughts of the enlisted men of the Patrol Craft (PC), Submarine Chasers (SC), Fleet Minesweepers (AM), Yard Minesweepers (YMS), Motor Gunboats (PGM) and USCG cutters of the Donald Duck Navy. Reviewed by Steve Backer. Added to the Book Reviews Section. 


26 June 2003 June Mystery Model #2 - Here is a tasty morsel. In fact, it is so tasty that it qualifies as a seven course meal. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GallerySimon Scheuer identified this correctly as the HMS Queen Elizabeth 1918, coming from White Ensign Models in 1:700 scale. 

LCVP Landing Craft - One of the newest super-detail sets in 1:350 scale from L'Arsenal is a set of five LCVP landing craft. Each of the five boats in the package comes with two resin and eight photo-etched brass parts. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories Section of the Reviews.  

Admiral Graf Spee by William Terra - Do you have a problem storing or displaying your models? What about William Terra, who likes his models BIG!! Added to the Battleship Gallery


25 June 2003 Kerch, Gadzhibei Class Destroyer - 1917 - As part of the 1914 Naval Program 8 large destroyers were ordered for the Black Sea Fleet. Kerch was one of the first four that were to serve under the flag of the Tsar and the Bolsheviks. In her short career she probably sank more tonnage than any other destroyer of World War One. The Kerch is now available in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Added to the Destroyer Section of the Reviews


24 June 2003 USS Essex CV-9, Gold Plus Super-Detail Photo-Etch - Loren Perry of Gold Medal Models has produced another "must have" super-detail brass photo-etch set. The Gold Medal Models Gold Plus GMM 350-22A set for the 1:350 scale USS Essex from Trumpeter is crammed with detail that you will want to include on your model of the Essex or any of her sisters. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories Section of the Reviews


23 June 2003 Pacific Front, June 2003 Update - Bill Gruner has vast variety of naval models, books, plans and other items from Pacific Front in the June 2003 update. Posted on the main page.

HMS Warspite, 1940 - Giampiero Galeoti of Regia Marina builds the HMS Warspite as she appeared in 1940, from the 1:700 kit by White Ensign Models. Added to the Battleship Gallery


20 June 2003 Varyag, Imperial Russian Cruiser 1st Rank, 1904 - In 1898 the Imperial Russian Admiralty went shopping overseas for warships for their rapidly expanding fleet. William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, won the contract to build the Battleship Retvizan and the Cruiser 1st Rank Varyag. The Varyag never lived up to her possibilities because of a poor selection for the boilers by Cramp. On February 9, 1904 Varyag took on an entire Japanese cruiser squadron in a vain attempt to break through their blockade and reach Port Arthur. Box 261 is about to release a 1:350 scale model of this cruiser. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Cruiser Section of the Reviews


19 June 2003 Mk 37 Director with Mk 12 & Mk 22 Radars - The culmination of pre-war gunnery director designs for the USN, the Mk 37 was designed from the start to fit radars. These are photographs of the prototype resin and brass photo-etch Mk 37 director in 1:350 scale from L'Arsenal. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories Section of the Reviews


18 June 2003 Happy Times - Building the U-99 - The Revell 1:125 scale U-Boat U-99 was used as the basis for this diorama by Mario Grima. Entitled "Happy Times", it shows the U-Boat under construction at Krupps Shipyard. Added to the Diorama Gallery


14 June 2003 USS Arizona, Trumpeter, 1:700 - The element that Kookjin Kim liked best in his build of the Trumpeter USS Arizona in 1:700 scale was outfitting it with the Toms Models photo-etch set. Added to the Battleship Gallery


13 June 2003 K-21, K Class, Katyusha, Series XIV, Soviet Submarine Cruiser 1938 - The K Class was the best Soviet submarine design to serve in World War Two. These large submarines were designed with crew comfort in mind, to serve in the Arctic with the Soviet Northern Fleet. Highlights of the career of the K-21 were her attack on Tirpitz in July 1942 and the first cruise of a Soviet submarine off the coast of the United States in October 1948. Combrig has a 1:700 scale model of the K-21, one of six of the first group of the K Class. Added to the Submarine Section of the Reviews


11 June 2003 June Mystery Model #1 - Here are photographs of some armament, J-ventilator funnels and hull of a new model. Some of the major parts have been dry fitted to provide form. Not all parts are shown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GallerySantiago Caro Gutierrez of Spain correctly identified the model as the Russian protected cruiser Varyag from Box 261 but his first post didn't identify scale. One of his countrymen, Germa Coenders, provided the proper scale, 1:350.

Algerie, French Heavy Cruiser 1942 - So far there are not kits available for one of the if not the most handsome treaty cruisers, the French Algerie. The lack of an available kit did not stop Michal Lason of Bombay, India, Michal scratch-built the model in 1:700 scale. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


10 June 2003 Dawn of Destiny - the Arizona & Vestal - In 1991 artist Tom Freeman completed a painting entitled, Daybreak of Destiny, showing the USS Arizona and USS Vestal minutes before the attack at Pearl harbor. Michael Golden has built this diorama that shows this pair together in 1:350 scale. Using the Banner Arizona and Iron Shipwright Vestal, Mike has his own Dawn of Destiny. Added to the Diorama Gallery.  


9 June 2003 USS Arleigh Burke, Aegis Class Destroyer - The USS Arleigh Burke is the latest class of destroyers of the USN. Distinctive with their Aegis radar, the Arleigh Burke is now available in 1:350 scale from Panda Models. In-Box Review by Timothy Barron. Added to the Destroyer Section of the Reviews

The Combrig Page has been updated to show new items coming from Combrig this year. If you have been hankering for a Royal Navy predreadnought battleship, how about HMS Triumph 1901 or HMS Royal Sovereign 1889? Want a monitor, how about HMS Abercrombie? For Aussies, there is the HMAS Canberra, Heavy Cruiser. New models of Soviet, Modern Russian, Imperial Russian, British, Australian, Italian, and USN subjects. There is even the Rajput Indian Navy frigate. In 1:350 scale Combrig has their Japanese armored cruiser Kasuga and her half-sistership Nisshin. Something for everybody!! 


6 June 2003 Kasuga, Japanese Armored Cruiser 1904 - Kasuga and her sister Nisshin were purchased by Japan on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War. When Japan lost 1/3 of her battleship force to mines on May 15, 1904, Kasuga and Nisshin were placed with the battleships in the battle line. The last of ten Garibaldi Class Cruisers built for export by Ansaldo in Genoa, Italy, the armored cruiser Kasuga in 1:350 scale, is the first model from Box 261, a new model producer from Kiev. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Cruiser Section of the Reviews


5 June 2003 Imperator Aleksandr III, Imperial Russian Battleship 1904 - The Imperator Aleksandr III was the second of the five Borodino Class battleships. A member of the Imperial Guard establishment, the Imperator Aleksandr III was lost with all hands at the Battle of Tsushima. Combrig has now produced a beautiful 1:700 scale kit of this important warship. Added to the Battleship Section of the Reviews

Paper-Lab Publishing Models - This site run by Darius Lipinski of Canada sells card models, mostly in 1:250 scale. Additionally there is a selection of photographs of completed models. Added to the Links Section.


4 June 2003 HMS Janus, British J Class Destroyer 1940 - HMS Janus was one of eight members of the J Class destroyers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. The K and N Classes were also of this design. The design was significantly larger and more powerful than preceding fleet destroyer designs. White Ensign Models has produced a superb model of the 1940 fit of HMS Janus in 1:350 scale. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Destroyers Section of the Reviews


3 June 2003 The Russian Battleships: Sevastopol Class - Started in 1909 the four battleships of the Sevastopol Class were to be the first step of Imperial Russia in making good the losses of the Russo-Japanese War. Built for the Baltic Fleet, the class as a whole fought in both world wars. This volume is the first of a series entitled Famous Warships Monographs written in English from the Polish Publisher, Okrety Wojenne. The volume is 88 pages in length and comes with three back printed 1:400 scale plans and profiles, showing six designs in the evolution of the class. Reviewed by Steve Backer. Added to the Book Reviews Section.


2 June 2003 USN Twin Five-Inch/38 DP Mk 32 Gun Mounts - USN designs of World War Two used the twin 5-inch/38 DP gun mounts wherever possible. This Dual Purpose design was probably the best medium AA gun of the war. L'Arsenal has a super-detail set, AC 350-13 that contains five gun mounts with optional barrels, with or without blast bags. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories Section of the Reviews

Hiryu, Japanese Carrier in 1:200 Scale - Danny Wong scratch-built the IJN Hiryu in 1:200 scale. Taking over two years to build, it is motorized for remote control. Text by John Horner. Added to the Carrier Gallery

Mystery Warship Photo - Actually this is not a photograph of an intact warship. Rather it shows two turrets from a warship. This photograph was taken relatively recently. What warship did these structures come from? E.J. Foeth was the first to identify these as turrets from the Poltava, Russian battleship. These two are outside Sevastopol and the other two guarded Vladivostok.


31 May 2003 RN San Giorgio, Italian Armored Cruiser - The Italian Armored Cruiser San Giorgio was built prior to World War One. When Italy entered World War Two, she was still part of the Regia Marina. She was stationed at Tobruk, sandbagged and painted desert yellow. Jim Baumann has built the Delphis 1:700 scale kit of San Giorgio in her last appearance. Added to the Cruiser Gallery

Mystery Warship Photo - Here is an interesting photograph of two ships. What are their names? Kearsarge and Alabama, two names that have been linked since 1864. This photograph is on display aboard the battleship, USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Mark J was the first to correctly identify them and Dick J spotted that the photograph had been cropped to delete the name of Alabama, that was prominent on the battleship's stern. This was done since seeing the name prominently displayed on the stern may have been too big of hint in identifying the name of the ship.


30 May 2003 MPK-44 Ex-Komsomolets Latvii, Small Antisubmarine Ship - Similar in size to a small frigate, Project 1124, NATO code name Grisha, was packed with weapons and specialized in ASW. They were produced in five series. This model of MPK-44 formerly Komsomolets Latvii is produced in 1:700 scale by Combrig. It is of the first series Project 1124, Grisha I. Added to the Destroyers Section of the Reviews


29 May 2003 May Mystery Model #7 - This subject is a very interesting release of an important warship in a victorious fleet. Strangely enough, there is only one other model in this scale of the nation and era of this warship. Parts are shown dry-fitted. Not all parts are shown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryQuintin Trammell was the first to identify this as the Kasuga in 1:350 scale from the new firm Box 261 in Kiev, Ukraine. Keith Glueck could have been first but he identified it as the Yasuga.

USS Taylor DD-468 - This model of USS Taylor DD-468 is the 1:350 scale Tamiya kit of the USS Fletcher built by Michael Taylor right from the box. Added to the Destroyer  Gallery


28 May 2003 HMS Glowworm, British G Class Destroyer 1940 - On April 8, 1940 the out-gunned HMS Glowworm, out of torpedoes, used her last offensive weapon, her bow, to ram her antagonist, the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper. B-Resina has produced a 1:700 model of this gallant destroyer. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Destroyers Section of the Reviews


27 May 2003 May Mystery Model #6 - So you are still running short of hulls to put on the embargo line? Here is another one ready to search for those pesky ballistic missiles. The photographs are of a partially assembled model. Some parts are being reworked. Can you identify the name of the ship (specific name not required, only designation), scale of model and name of manufacturer?  Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


26 May 2003 HMS Wild Goose, British AA Sloop - The Black Swan Class was designed by the Admiralty in 1937. They and the following Modified Black Swan Class were very heavily armed for their size, with six 4-Inch DP guns, plus additional AA guns. The class was heavily involved in the Battle of the Atlantic and then with the British Pacific Fleet. Imperial Hobby Productions has released a 1:700 scale kit of the HMS Wild Goose, a member of the original Black Swan Class. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Destroyers Section of the Reviews


25 May 2003 May Mystery Model #5 - Are your destroyer squadrons out of shape and showing their age? No problem, with this baby you give them new life. Can you identify the name of the ship (specific name not required, only designation), scale of model and name of manufacturer?  Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryAlthough Mike T identified this as a Sumner Fram in 1:350 scale from ISW, it was Joel Labow who first said it was a Sumner Fram II.


23 May 2003 USS Essex CV-9, Ship Super-Detail Photo-Etched Brass Fret - Admiral Raymond Spruance, who spent years aboard the Essex Class carriers of the USN, would be proud of the Gold Medal Models Essex Fittings Set, No. 350-22. In fact he appears in this 1:350 scale fret designed for the Trumpeter USS Essex kit. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories Section of the Reviews


22 May 2003 May Mystery Model #4 - The May Mystery Model #3 featured things that buzz in the air, harassing honest warships. For this Mystery Model, we look at something that lurks underwater, waiting for the unwary. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryAlthough it took two posts to designate all of the elements, Philippe Minet correctly identified this model as a 1:700 scale model of the French submarine Casabianca coming from L'Arsenal.

USS Rathburne, FF-1057 - This AFV Club USS Knox Class frigate was built by Andrew Dunikowski. Andrew built this kit of the USS Rathburne FF-1057, the first warship on which he served, while underway in his current assignment, the USS Iwo Jima LHD-7.  Added to the Destroyer  Gallery

USS Iwo Jima, LHD-7 - Andrew Dunikowski, USN has some great photographs of his ship, the USS Iwo Jima, LHD-7. Added to the Warship Photo Tours Section. 


21 May 2003 Bofors 40mm Twin Mounts - At the end of World War Two in the face of the Kamikaze threat, if the United States Navy could not fit a quad Bofors on a warship, they would use twin Bofors mounts. L'Arsenal now produces a super-detail pack of twin 40mm Bofors. This set in brass and resin, comes with parts for six twin 40mm Bofors mounts. Added to the Accessories Section of the Reviews

May Mystery Model #3 - What in the world are these aerial annoyances doing on a web site devoted to warships? They are a collective May Mystery Model #3. Can you identify the name of the ship (?), scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.


20 May 2003 La Fayette F710, French Stealth Frigate - The La Fayette has an exceptionally clean and elegant design. She was designed in this manner to minimize her radar profile. Heller has just released an plastic injection kit of La Fayette in 1:400 scale. The components of this kit are examined in 90 photographs in this photographic preview. Added to the Destroyers and Frigates Section of the Reviews


19 May 2003 Mk 51 AA Directors - A crucial part of the Anti-aircraft system of the USN at the end of World War Two was the Mk 51 AA director. L'Arsenal now produces a super-detail set of Mk 51s in 1:350 scale. This set comes with the parts for ten Mk 51 directors. Parts are in resin and brass. Added to the Accessories Section of the Reviews

May Mystery Model #2 - Love it or hate it, this warship is probably the sleekest design ever created. OH, Wait! Haven't I said this before? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  Geoff Baker must be the resident expert on La Fayette, as he was also the first to identify this kit as the 1:400 scale model of La Fayette from Heller.


17 May 2003 May Mystery Model #1 - Love it or hate it, this warship is probably the sleekest design ever created. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  Geoff Baker was the first to identify this kit as the La Fayette F710, French Stealth Frigate, in 1:700 scale from L'Arsenal.


16 May 2003 D-2, Ex-Narodovolets, Soviet Medium Submarine 1931 - In 1926 the Soviet Union approved plans for their first submarine design. The Dekabrist, later D-Class, was this unsuccessful design. Six boats were built in this class, which is Series I in the Soviet submarine program. Combrig has just released a 1:700 scale model of D-2, one of three that were laid down in March 1927 to become the first of the Soviet submarine fleet. Added to the Submarine Section of the Reviews


15 May 2003 USS Hornet CV-8, Interior Fittings and Accessories WEM 1:350 Photo-Etched Fret - White Ensign Models has done it again in introducing a new level of detail. This ground breaking fret is designed to detail the interior hangar deck of the USS Hornet CV-8 produced in 1:350 scale. This fret will have you looking into fiber optics and light filaments in order to "light up" the hangar. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch Section of the Reviews


14 May 2003 SteelNavy is pleased to add Box 261 to the front page. The link/icon for the company can easily be found. If you have been reading the message board in the past several days, you will know that Box 261 is a new firm producing 1:350 scale resin warships. Their first offering is the IJN Kasuga, an Italian built Garibaldi Class armored cruiser purchased by Japan before the Russo-Japanese War. The Box 261 web site is written in Russian but there are translations in English, French and German.

USS Minneapolis, CA-36 1945 - Scratch-Built in 1:350 scale, this model from Pierre Marchal shows the USS Minneapolis CA-36 at the end of the war, after her port catapult had been landed to compensate for the additional weight on additional AA guns. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.  


13 May 2003 Imperator Aleksandr II, Imperial Russian Battleship 1893 - In 1885 the Imperial Russian Admiralty was unsure whether to build barbette or turret battleships. As a comparison, two battleships were built to the same design, except the armor scheme. Imperator Aleksandr II was laid down as a barbette battleship and six months later Imperator Nikolai I was laid down as a turret battleship. Combrig has just released an outstanding little kit of Imperator Aleksandr II in 1:700 scale. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Battleship's Section of the Reviews.


11 May 2003 HMS Hood, Tamiya 1:700 Scale - Robert Swan built this HMS Hood from the Tamiya 1:700 kit. He considers this kit one of the best available to the modeler. Added to the Battleship Gallery

Added 7 models to The 1250 Scale Producers' Galleryall available from Morning Sunshine Models.

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


10 May 2003 British Motor Torpedo Boat - Jim Baumann built this Airfix 1:72nd scale kit of the British MTB back in 1994 but it sure looks fresh today. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


8 May 2003 USS Hornet, CV-8 - The US Hornet CV-8 in 1:350 scale from Trumpeter can be built emphasizing different periods of her short operational life through the choice of deck aircraft. When Rick Cotton built the kit and used Toms Models photo-etch, he chose to emphasize Torpedo Eight, the Squadron of TBD Devastators lost a the Battle of Midway. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


7 May 2003 USS Texas, BB-35 - Iron Shipwright has produced a full hull 1:350 scale model of USS Texas, BB-35 as she appeared in 1944. Bruce Brotherton looks at this large model of the only World War One era Dreadnought, still in existence. Added to the Battleship's Section of the Reviews


6 May 2003 USS Washington BB-56, 1942 - For his first resin battleship kit, Quinn Bracken, as a resident of Washington State, chose to build the USS Washington 1942, as she appeared at Guadacanal in November 1942. The Classic Warship 1:350 scale USS North Carolina was used as a basis for this build. Added to the Battleship Gallery


5 May 2003 Admiral Gumanenko, Modern Russian Minehunter 1994 - In the 20th Century the Russian and Soviet Navies specialized in mine warfare. For the first time a model of a modern Russian minehunter is available. The Admiral Gumanenko is one of two ships in the class of larger size minehunter that has been released from Combrig in 1:700 scale. Added to the Auxiliary Section of the Reviews


1 May 2003 L 3, Ex-Frunzovest, Soviet Medium Submarine 1933 - Since 1925 the Soviet Union sought to build a very large submarine fleet. The second medium boat design was the L Class, originally called the Leninet Class. This design corrected the mistakes of the preceding design. Twenty-five of this successful design were built from 1933 to 1942. Combrig now produces a 1:700 scale model of the most successful boat in the class, the L 3. Added to the Submarine Section of the Reviews


30 April 2003 Alvaro de Bazan, FFG F101, Spanish Aegis Frigate - William Lam of Hong Kong couldn't find a model of the Spanish Aegis Frigate, Alvaro de Bazan, so he scratch-built one in 1:700 scale. Added to the Destroyers Gallery


29 April 2003 Dvenadtsat Apostolov, Imperial Russian  Battleship 1892 - The Dvenadtsat Apostolov was designed as a barbette ship with heavy guns in heavily armored barbettes with lightly armored domed gun houses. Combrig has just produced this Black Sea battleship in 1:700 scale. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Battleship's Section of the Reviews


28 April 2003 USS Hornet CV-8 "The Airwing" WEM 1:350 Scale Photo-Etched Set - As White Ensign Models did with their Enterprise CVN-65 1:350 scale frets, WEM has produced a separate brass photo-etched fret, designed as always by Peter Hall, for the aircraft of the carrier, in this case the USS Hornet CV-8. The fret has something for everybody, with some stellar aircraft parts. Review by Steve Backer.  Added to the Photo-Etch Section of the Reviews


27 April 2003 USS Cassiopeia, AK-75 - The Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale kit of the Liberty Ship was used as the basis for the USS Cassiopeia AK-75 Attack Transport by Bob Harris. Added to the Auxiliaries Gallery


26 April 2003 SMS Radetzky, Austro-Hungarian Battleship - To build this model of the K.uK. SMS Radetzky of the World War One Austro-Hungarian Navy, Jim Baumann used the 1:700 scale kits from NNT and WSW to take the best of both for his build. Added to the Battleships Gallery


25 April 2003 USS Texas, The First Battleship for the United States Navy - After allowing the navy to hibernate for twenty years since the American Civil War, Congress woke up to the fact that the United States had no navy. Congress voted for one armored cruiser and one battleship. The battleship became USS Texas, which participated in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on July 3, 1898. Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale model of Old Hoodoo, as Texas, was called for her bad luck. Photographic Preview of the resin parts and brass photo-etch. Added to the Battleship's Section of the Reviews.


24 April 2003 USS Keyes DD-787, Gearing Class Destroyer - The Blue Water Navy 1:350 scale kit of the USN Gearing Class destroyer was used by Mike Taylor to build the USS Keyes, DD-787. Added to the Destroyers Gallery

Two For Texas - Coming soon, to a SteelNavy near you. The following theatrical trailer has been approved for all audiences. 


23 April 2003 The Recovery: Recovery of Gemini 7 - This diorama by Bob Santos depicts the recovery of the space capsule Gemini 7 on December 18, 1965. The capsule is a modified Revell 1:24 scale model, with everything else being scratch-built. Added to the Dioramas Gallery


22 April 2003 USS Monterey, USN 1893 Monitor - Spring is here and the monitors are in bloom in New York City. Cosmopolitan Man About Town, Felix Bustelo, of the Big Apple has built the 1:350 scale kit of the USS Monterey from Iron Shipwright. Added to the Battleships Gallery

The following theatrical trailer has been approved for all audiences. 


21 April 2003 USS Portland, LSD-53 - Using a hull from Tamiya, a bow from Arii, and plenty of Evergreen plastic card, Bert Legaspi scratch-built in 1:700 scale, the USS Portland, modified Whidbey Island Class LSD. Added to the Auxiliaries Gallery.


18 April 2003 HMS Invincible, 1921 British Battlecruiser Design G-3 - In 1920 the Royal Navy was rapidly falling behind the USN and IJN in a new naval battleship race. Britain's answer was the G-3 battlecruiser design. Imperial Hobby Productions has produced a 1:700 scale Craftsman Kit of HMS Invincible, G-3 battlecruiser design. Four were ordered in October 1921 and cancelled in February 1922 as the British representatives of the Washington Cherry Trees. In-Box Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Battleship's Section of the Reviews.


17 April 2003 U-161, Type IXc German U-Boat - To get the U-161 Type IXc U-Boat the size that he wanted, Charles Matthews scratch-built the model of the German submarine in 1:192 scale. Added to the Submarines Gallery


16 April 2003 USS Maddox DD-731, Sumner Class Destroyer - Al Kaplan wanted to honor his father who served on the USS Maddox DD-731, a Sumner Class destroyer. However, there were no 1:350 scale kits of this class. Al shortened the Blue Water Navy 1:350 kit of their Gearing Class destroyer for the Maddox and that was only the start of this two year project. Added to the Destroyers Gallery


15 April 2003 RN Gorizia, Italian Heavy Cruiser - In an article that would equally at home in the reviews or diorama section, Patrizio Carlucci presents his beautiful build of the 1:700 scale model of the Italian heavy Cruiser, Gorizia, from Delphis. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


14 April 2003 USS Thornton, USN Torpedo Boat TB-33 - Iron Shipwright has produced four different torpedo boats of the pre-World War One USN. Ed Grune looks at and builds the USS Thornton TB-33 from Iron Shipwright in 1:350 Scale. Ed has added details included crew heads, sheltered with canvas privacy screens. Added to the Destroyers Reviews Section. 


13 April 2003

Essex Class Aircraft Carriers Reference Guide - John Sheridan has created a guide for those of you who are modeling the Trumpeter Essex kit. This guide contains all the data you will need to model Essex Class Aircraft Carriers.



12 April 2003 RMS Queen Elizabeth - Another classic Airfix kit in 1:600 scale, is the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The largest passenger liner of her day, this is another model built by Jim Baumann. Added to the Transports, Merchant Ships and Auxiliaries Gallery


11 April 2003 Maury, Gun Boat - The 1:72 scale model of the gun boat Maury from Lone Star Models built by Bradford Chaucer. Added to the American Civil War Era Gallery


10 April 2003 USS Alaska, Large Cruiser 1945 - This is a 1:350 scale model of the elegant "Large Cruiser" USS Alaska. This beautiful model was scratch-built by Pierre Marchal. Added to the Cruisers Gallery


9 April 2003 USS Virginia, SSN-774 - J&D Productions has produced a large submarine kit with its 1:192 scale USS Virginia. Stanley Liu has built the model and provides his photographs and comments. Added to the Submarines Gallery

Scharnhorst, German Battlecruiser - The Heller 1:400 scale model of the World War Two German battlecruiser Scharnhorst is in the post July 1939 configuration with an Atlantic bow. Dan Bauer modified the kit to her original straight stem appearance. Added to the Battleships Gallery


7 April 2003 USS Haskell, APA-117 - The Victory Ship was invaluable in the allied war effort in World War Two. One variant was the APA. Loose Cannon has a 1:700 kit of the USS Haskell APA-117, which has been built by Dave Judy. Added to the Transports and Auxiliaries Gallery



6 April 2003 Atlantic Conveyor, Container Ship - A true garage manufactured kit, the 1:700 scale resin model of the modern Container Ship, Atlantic Conveyor doesn't have any bells and whistles but modern merchant ships are almost never produced. Peter Van Buren looks at this challenge to the modeler. Added to Model Kit Reviews under Transports & Merchant Ships Section. 


5 April 2003 HMS Royal Oak - The old, tired Rs have always played second fiddle the the more glamorous, preceding class, the Queen Elizabeths. However, they are now coming into their own. Jim Baumann's latest award winner is the WSW model in 1:700 scale of the first battleship lost in World War Two, HMS Royal Oak. Added to the Battleships Gallery


4 April 2003 USS Katahdin, Armored Ram - Bradford Chaucer built the Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale model of USS Katahdin, USN armored steam ram from 1893. He made a substantial number of additions such as awnings and their supports, so now the Katahdin is ready to cruise to the Caribbean to do her bit in the Spanish-American War. Added to the Auxiliaries Gallery


3 April 2003 USS Monitor - Two new kits of the USS Monitor are just making an appearance. One of them is the first new injection plastic kit of this important warship since the 1950s. Bob Santos has built the 1:144 scale kit of USS Monitor from Battle Axe and reviews the product. Added to Model Kit Reviews under American Civil War Era Ships Section. 


2 April 2003 HMCS Buctouche - Canada operated quite a number of Flower Class Corvettes during World War Two. Ryan Cameron built the Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale Flower Class Corvette (Long Foc'sle) as HMCS Buctouche as his grandfather was a member of the crew during the war. Added to the Destroyers Gallery

Le Terrible, French Destroyer - This is a 1:700 scale model of the French Super-Destroyer, Le Terrible. Michal Lason scratch-built this model with an interesting bill of materials, including the hair of his wife. Added to the Destroyers Gallery


1 April 2003 Hiei, Japanese Battleship - This is the Hasegawa old tooling kit of the battleship Hiei. Giampiero Galeotti the model but added additional detail as well as using a photo-etched set from Toms. Added to the Battleships Gallery




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