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30 September 2003 September Mystery Model #6 - Since this is the last day of September, there is still time for one more September Mystery Model. Hopefully this will prove of interest. It most definitely is not just another pretty battleship. Sorry, I only have the title photograph for the hull but do have one showing the smaller parts, which will be posted after the subject has been identified.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Cesare Fiorini correctly identified this kit as the modern Italian fleet replenishment ship, Etna. The model is being produced by Regia Marina in 1:700 scale. 


29 September New Additions to the Combrig Page. Some subjects have changed their release dates but there are three new subjects now on the Combrig release schedule. For those from Oz and County Class admirers everywhere, there is HMAS Australia. For the gunboat gurus, Combrig has the Russian gunboats Kars as of 1910 and Lenin as of 1942. 

September Mystery Ship - Mark Meredith furnished this photograph as a Mystery Ship. He wants to see if the guys can ID the ship(s). Of course the word guys is used in a gender neutral sense, so girls/women/females/femmes et jeune filles/frau und fraulein/ and Ray Bean are welcome to participate as well.  Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Felix Bustelo, notable citizen of the Big Apple, was the first to identify this as USS Intrepid, in her capacity as museum ship in New York City. The photograph was taken from a satellite. Felix beat Bruno Gire by one minute and nine seconds. 


26 September 2003 HMS Royal Sovereign, 1904 - When William White became the Director of Naval Construction (DNC) in 1885, the battleships of the Royal Navy were a haphazard assortment of oddities. For the 1889 program, he designed a battleship that would set the standards for the Royal Navy and the world until the advent of the dreadnought. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale model of the HMS Royal Sovereign of the first classic R Class. In-Box review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews Section under Battleships. 


25 September 2003 Akagi, Japanese Carrier Flagship - Hasegawa produces the largest scale kit of the Akagi, famous flagship of the Japanese strike force at Pearl Harbor and Midway. The 1:450 scale kit can build into a very fine model. Pascal Bruyere has built this kit in fine fashion. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery. 


24 September 2003 September Mystery Model #5 - Here is another model for September that is completely different from the others posted this month. These are photographs are also of the master of a model that will probably be going into production in the near to mid-term. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 


23 September 2003 USS Sacramento, Modern Fleet Replenishment Ship - Does your carrier battle group need replenishment? JAG steams to the rescue with the USS Sacramento in 1:700 scale. Peter Van Buren has built this large model and tells you what he sees. Added to the Reviews Section under Transports & Auxiliaries. 


22 September 2003 September Mystery Model #4 - These are photographs of the master of a model that will probably be going into production in the near to mid-term. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 

A second photograph has been added to September Mystery Model #3 which shows all of the resin parts for the forthcoming HMAS Canberra in 1:700 scale from Combrig.


19 September 2003 September Mystery Model #3 - Identifying this Mystery Model will be more difficult. You have the title photograph above to use, which is a photograph of the forecastle. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Also, what clue is on the photograph that indicates your choice? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Chris Preston of Victoria, B.C., Canada was the first with the answer of HMAS Canberra in 1:700 scale by Combrig. This is indeed the Canberra from Combrig, to be followed soon by HMAS Australia, County Class Cruiser. I personally agree with Terry Wong that the hull knuckle screams County Class. The 2nd photograph shows all of the resin parts for the kit, which will be available very shortly. 

Dragon USA - This is the United States Distributor for Dragon, Shanghai Dragon, Dragon Express, Panda Models, Hasegawa, Wings, Micro-Tech, Gunze Sangyo, Concord and other companies. Although DragonUSA does not sell directly to modelers, the site lists shops that carry the products of the companies. Also, you can see the listings for all of the products produced by these companies. Added to the main page as well as to the Links Section under Kit Producers & Model Shops. 


17 September 2003 HMS Exeter, Type 42 British Destroyer - Felix Bustelo reviews the outstanding kit of the HMS Exeter, Type 42 British Destroyer produced in 1:600 scale by White Ensign Models. WEM has made a bold move to produce a model of this handsome ship in the scale popularized by Airfix by since overtaken by 1:700. If you have not built a kit in 1:600, the difference in size and ability to detail over the smaller scale is significant. Added to the Reviews Section under Destroyers.  


16 September 2003 Koeln, German Light Cruiser in 1:600 Scale - What if you like models in an unsupported scale, such as 1:600 popularized by Airfix? You can't find the ship you want in that scale? That did not stop Thomas Riepe from Germany. He made a master model, then molds and is now casting his own models of Koeln in 1:600 scale in resin and white metal. Added to the Cruiser Gallery. 

Panda Models - Panda Models from China is a fairly new company with a very ambitious release schedule. So far the area of concentration has been in 1:350 scale but they have some very big releases planned. Check pages 7 and 8 of their catalog. You'll find Sovremenny and her Chinese variants in 1:350 scale. Destroyers not to your taste? What about Essex and Ticonderoga? What about Lexington in the Viet-Nam War era fit or Intrepid in her present state as a museum ship? Still too small? Try on the George Washington or Johnny Reb. All of these in 1:350 scale. Added to the main page as well as to the Links Section under Kit Producers & Model Shops. 


15 September 2003 September Mystery Model #2 - No, this is not deja vu. The kit is very distinctive and should not fool too many people. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Please post all answers to the message board. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. "These are 1/350 Kasuga and Nissin from Kombrig. Look like these two are great kits!!!" That is the statement of Dmitry Antonov to this Mystery Model. Dmitry is right and you don't have to be Russian to recognize the excellence of these two Russian products. The last two photographs show two kits that shows that there are two different ships involved. Kasuga and Nisshin varied in their main armament. Kasuga had a single 9.2-Inch turret forward and a twin 8-Inch turret aft. Nisshin had twin 8-Inch turrets fore and aft. 

Fleetline Models - From the land of Oz comes Fleetline. Kev and the crew carry some of the best warship kits in the world. Supplying the naval needs of the ANZAC Hosts, orders from anywhere on the globe are cheerfully accepted. Added to the Links Section under Kit Producers & Model Shops. 


14 September 2003 Dunkerque, French Battlecruiser in 1:200th Scale - Built to the plans available of Dunkerque from the Musee de la Marine in 1:200 scale, Alain Moitrot used wood and Evergreen plastic to build this model. The only commercial product used was Verlinden railing. Added to the Battleship Gallery. 


13 September 2002 RN Pola, Italian Heavy Cruiser - The Tauro kit of this Italian heavy cruiser class is very popular. Cesare Fiorini has built the RN Pola from the Tauro 1:400 scale kit. Photo-etch is from Toms and Regia Marina as well as coming in the box from Tauro.  Added to the Cruiser Gallery. 


12 September 2003 Kursk K-141, Project 949A "Oscar II" Cruise Missile Submarine - The Kursk K-141 and the ten other boats of Project 949A were to be submarine equivalents to the Soviet surface navy Rocket Cruisers. Their prime mission was to kill carriers with their 24 Granit missiles. In August of 2000 the Kursk was lost northeast of the North Cape. The Russian company Zvezda has produced a 1:350 scale injected plastic model of this huge cruise missile submarine. Added to the Reviews Section under Submarines. 

 


11 September 2003 USS Winston Churchill, Arleigh Burke Class Aegis Destroyer - After releasing the USS Cole, Panda will be releasing another destroyer of the Arleigh Burke Class in 1:350 scale. This time it is the USS Winston Churchill. These photographs show the major parts assembled. The photographs are from Panda and were sent to Ray Bean, who sent them on for posting. Added to the Destroyer Gallery. 


8 September 2003 Bretagne, French Battleship 1929 - The Delphis 1:700 scale kit of the French battleship Bretagne depicts her as she was lost on July 3, 1940 at Mers-el-Kebir. Jim Baumann used the kit as a basis for his back-dating the model to show her fit in the 1929-1932 time frame. Added to the Battleship Gallery. 


7 September 2003 September Mystery Model #1 - This Mystery Model is really a treat. The topic should not come as a surprise. What is clear from the photographs is the manifest quality of the kit. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Pieter Cornelissen was the first to identify the kit as the HMS Royal Sovereign from Combrig in 1:700 scale. He even identified that the model reflected the post 1903-1904 refit in which the secondary guns had casemates built around their positions. Originally they were open mounts with gun shields. This kit is a Toe Curler, ie exquisite. Now if only White Ensign Models would produce some Royal Navy photo-etch to go with the time period. We will need it for Royal Sovereign and others. 


6 September 2003 USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 - Last of the all gun destroyer classes of the USN, the USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 is now available in 1:350 scale. Geoff Cook built this kit, originally released by Cascade Modelwerks but now produced by Iron Shipwright. Added to the Destroyer Gallery. 


5 September 2003 USS Thresher, SSN-593, The Doomed Submarine - The Thresher Class Attack Submarines were vastly improved from the earlier Skipjack Class and were the first USN submarines designed to specialize in ASW. Unfortunately, their excellent qualities were completely overshadowed by the loss of the Thresher in diving tests. At Battleship Park in Mobile, Alabama, not only can you see the USS Alabama BB-60, but also you can see many beautiful displays, one of which is the USS Thresher. Added to the Submarine Model Gallery.  


4 September 2003 Trumpeter 1:350th Scale USS Yorktown CV-10 - John Sheridan reviews Trumpeter's latest kit: CV-10 USS Yorktown. John gives you the lowdown on this latest offering plus some tips on other Essex Class CVs you can model with this latest offering from Trumpeter. Also included: a listing of aftermarket parts available for the Essex CV kits.



3 September 2003 USS Essex Three Fret Set for the 1:350 Trumpeter Kit - White Ensign Models has thrown their hat into the ring for photo-etch for the 1:350 Essex Class carriers in 1:350 scale. By including three frets in this set, WEM PE 3536, there is complete coverage of early and late fits for ships in the class. The set has multiple options that should allow modeling almost any ship in the class, as they appeared in World War Two. Added to the Reviews Section under photo-etch and accessories. 


2 September 2003 USS Milwaukee, Protected Cruiser 1910 - Originally planned to be an improved Olympia at 6,000 tons, the USS Milwaukee, one of three of the St Louis Class, was finally completed as an under-gunned "semi-armored" protected cruiser of 9,700 tons. Quintin Trammell has built the 1:350 scale kit of the USS Milwaukee from Iron Shipwright. Added to the Cruiser Model Gallery.  


1 September 2003 USS Grampus (SS-4), Adder Class Submarine Torpedo Boat - This 1:48th scale model  of an early (launched 1902) US Navy submarine resides in the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Added to Submarine Model Gallery

31 August 2003 USS Yorktown, Aegis Cruiser - The USS Yorktown is one of the ships of the Ticonderoga Class Aegis cruisers. Bob O'Connor has built the 1:700 scale kit from DML as part of his award winning , modern USN cruiser collection. Added to the Cruiser Model Gallery.  


30 August 2003 This intricately detailed 1:96th scale model of an 1870's trans-Pacific passenger steamer resides at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. The Pacific Mail Steamship Company owned and operated a number of such ships, including the City of Tokyo , City of Peking , and City of Sydney  

29 August 2003 Moskva, Project 1164 Rocket Cruiser (RKR) - The Moskva originally Slava is one of the four newest missile cruisers built for the Soviet Union and then the Russian and Ukrainian navies. Second in size only to the huge Kirov Rocket Cruisers, the class is very distinctive with their sixteen Surface to Surface missile canisters running a third the length of the ship. This photographic preview shows all of the resin components of this 1:700 scale kit from Combrig, plus the box art and decal sheet, which  is a first for Combrig. There is no need to search for decals to replicate the Russian style numbers on the side of the hulls. Also shown is the initial draft of the instructions. Not shown in this review is the photo-etched fret and final instructions that will come with the kit. Added to the Reviews Section under cruisers. 


28 August 2003 USS Batfish (SS-310) - The USS Batfish is one of the 132 Balao Class Fleet Submarines constructed during World War Two. It is now a museum ship at Muskogee, Oklahoma. Bruce Brotherton took photographs of her in July 2003. Added to the Warship Photo-Tours Section.  


27 August 2003 HMS Hood with the Kiwis, 1927 - In 1927  the HMS Hood made port in Auckland, New Zealand in her tour of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Since Auckland is the residence of John Darlington, he was inspired to build the 1:600 scale Airfix HMS Hood as she appeared in 1927 during her visit to New Zealand. Added to the Battleship Model Gallery.  


26 August 2003 Richelieu in the Indian Ocean, April 1944 - This build by Claudio Matteini of Ancona, Italy features the 1:700 scale Richelieu, battleship of the Marine Nationale, by Hi-Mold. Not only has Claudio finished an exceptional build of this kit but also in his article, he provides some great painting tips. Added to the Battleship Model Gallery


25 August 2003 HMS Hood, May 1941 - The 1:700 scale HMS Hood from Tamiya portrays the famous British battlecruiser in her fit as she appeared in her catastrophic engagement with the Bismarck. Charles Landrum looks at his build of the kit in photographs and text. Added to the Battleship Model Gallery


24 August 2003 Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser - The five stacked Russian Protected Cruiser, Askold, is a popular subject for resin model kits. There are at least four different models of this unique design. Three are in 1:700 scale but that was too small for Quitin Trammell, who supersized his build with the Combrig 1:350 Scale Askold. Added to the Cruiser Gallery. 


23 August 2003 The  1:48th scale Preussen, an early 20th century steel-hulled square rigger, is on display at the San Francisco Maritime Museum. The model is noteworthy for its extensive detail and dramatic underway presentation. 

22 August 2003 This impressive 1/48th scale USS Oregon model resides in the San Francisco Maritime Museum and is on permanent loan from the US Navy.  The model's large scale permits for many interesting details and should make an excellent reference should you wish to super detail your USS Oregon model. . 


21 August 2003 Shenzhen, 1999 People's Liberation Army Navy Destroyer - The 1:200 scale model of the one-off 1999 Chinese destroyer Shenzhen Trumpeter was a trial run by the company for their subsequent Sovremenyy kit. Doug Hallet looks at the Shenzhen through photographs of his build and text. Added to the Destroyer Gallery. 


19 August 2003 Kasuga, Imperial Japanese Navy Garibaldi Class Armored Cruiser 1904 - In his first foray into the world of digital photographs, Quintin Trammell shows photos of his build of the Kasuga, Japanese Armored Cruiser, from the 1:350 scale kit produced by Box 261. Added to the Cruiser Gallery. 


13 August 2003 August Mystery Ship - Many more people have heard of this subject than have seen it. The artist rendering and plan & profile will give you a clue. What is it? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Terry Wong of the UK was the first correct response in identifying this as the design of an all big gun battleship by General Vittorio Cuniberti published at the end of Jane's Fighting Ships 1903 in the article, "An Ideal Battleship for the Royal Navy". The drawing is the frontispiece for the volume.


11 August 2003 USS Kidd, Fletcher Class Destroyer August 1945 - Anyone who has been active in this hobby for any length of time will instantly recognize the name of Bob Steinbrunn. These photographs show his build of the 1:192 scale USS Kidd DD-661, Fletcher Class destroyer as of August 1945. Bob built the "The Pirate of the Pacific" from the kit by Blue Jacket Ship Crafters. Photographs by Ken Sallman. Added to the Destroyer Gallery. 


9 August 2003 USS Puritan, 1896 Monitor - The oldest of the monitors built before the Spanish-American War, the USS Puritan took 22 years to build. Felix Bustelo looks at the 1:350 scale USS Puritan, 1896 monitor from Iron Shipwright in this In-Box Review. Added to the Battleship section of Reviews


8 August 2003 USS Ling, Balao Class Fleet Submarine - If you think that a 1:200 scale Yamato is big, it looks like a flea next to this 1:32nd scale model of the USS Ling in 1:32 scale. This fully operational model, built by Mario Grima, is R/C controlled and dive capable. Even the rust streaks are real. Added to the Submarine Gallery. 


7 August 2003 USS Robert G. Bradley, FFG-49 - The USS Robert G. Bradley FFG-49 is one of the many members of Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates. Brad Crisler built the Bradley using the 1:350 scale kit of Reuben James from Blue Water Navy. Added to the Destroyer Gallery. 

August Mystery Model #2 -Something Old, Something New. The August Mystery Model #1 was a warship launched over a century ago. For August Mystery Model #2, there is a subject as new as today's headlines. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 


6 August 2003 USS LST-325 - The LST-325 is based in Mobile, Alabama. In the summer of 2003 she voyaged up the Mississippi River on display for the river cities. Kirk Stockett took these photographs when she visited Memphis, Tennessee. Added to the Warship Photo Tours Section. 

Odds & Ends, August 2003 - A small collection of eight photographs of items that have a connection with USN or USMC topics. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 


5 August 2003 USS Maryland, BB-46, December 7, 1941 - The first 16-Inch gunned battleship laid down and commissioned in the USN, the USS Maryland, nicknamed Fighting Mary and Old Mary, suffered the least damage and least casualties of any battleship present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Iron Shipwright produces a 1:350 scale one piece full hull kit of USS Maryland as she appeared on December 7, 1941. Added to the Battleship section of Reviews


4 August 2003 USS Albany CG-10, JAG, 1:700 - Bob O'Connor took second place in the Orlando, Florida  IPMS Modelpalooza in the Collections Division for his Post World War II USN Cruiser Collection. These are photographs of just one of that collection, the JAG USS Albany CG 10 in 1:700 scale. Added to the Cruiser Gallery. 

August Mystery Model #1 - In an era in which warships typically had tumblehome and curves, the design for this subject was very slab sided. No person will call this ship pretty but she does a unique place in history. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 


1 August 2003 Panteleimon, Imperial Russian Black Sea Battleship - For most of her career, this battleship steamed under the name of Panteleimon but she will always be known by the name she only carried for her first 18 months of service, Kniaz Potemkin-Tavaricheskii, the Battleship Potemkin. This photographic review looks at the history of the Panteleimon and the 1:700 scale model of the ship, produced by Combrig. Added to the Battleship section of Reviews


31 July 2003 USN World War Two Floater Net Baskets in 1:350 Scale - The floater net basket appeared on almost every type of warship in the USN fleet by 1944. Easily stored with fairly large capacity, it was the USN answer for life saving measures for larger and larger crews. Now you can provide for the safety of your 1:350 scale crews, for White Ensign Models with their new brass photo-etch fret WEM PE 3556 has 102 floater net baskets in two different styles on this fret. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories section of Reviews

USS Duncan FFG-10/John A. Moore FFG-19 - Tim Barron presents a model with a split personality. Tim built the Dragon 1:700 scale model of the Oliver H. Perry Class frigate with 10 on one side and 19 on the other for a friend who had served on both frigates. Added to the Destroyer Model Gallery


30 July 2003 HMS Abercrombie, British Monitor, 1943 - The last of 42 monitors to be built for the Royal Navy in the 20th Century, HMS Abercrombie supported the US 7th Army in landings at Sicily and Salerno. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale kit, which is the first model on a non-Russian or Finnish subject from the .company. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Battleship section of Reviews


29 July 2003 USN World War Two Carrier Deck Number Decals in 1:350 Scale - If you wish to build a 1:350 scale USN aircraft carrier, Gold Medal Models has a new product that you will find invaluable. In this two sheet set GMM gives you enough numbers and names for almost any fast carrier that served in the Pacific. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories section of Reviews

Bismarck, German Battleship 1:700 Scale - You will not believe that this model of the Bismarck is 1:700 scale but it is. Patrizio Carlucci has used the 1:700 Samek Bismarck as the basis for this extraordinary build of Bismarck going through the Kiel Canal. Added to the Battleship Model Gallery


28 July 2003 Brass Barrels for the USN Five-Inch/38 in 1:350 Scale - Jacques Druel has now produced another "Must Have" for the modeler who wishes to super-detail his 1:350 USN warship. L'Arsenal now sells packs of ten five-inch/38 gun barrels in 1:350 scale, just perfect for your Fletcher, Essex or just about any warship that carried the classic USN single or twin enclosed mounts. Added to the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories section of Reviews

USS New Mexico BB-40, 1944 1:192 Scale - As a follow up for his 1:192 scale USS Texas, Bill Everett has now scratch-built the USS New Mexico BB-40 in 1:192. If you like them big, this one is for you. Added to the Battleship Model Gallery


27 July 2003 WSW KuK Sangt Georg, Austro Hungarian Panzerkreuzer, 1917/18 - Rob Mackie takes an in-box look at this recent WSW 1:700th waterline release and likes what he sees . Added to the Cruiser section of Reviews


Tips on Photographing Small Scale Models with a Digital Camera
Part of the WSW Sangt Georg review includes an extensive sidebar of photographic tips for those of you using that new digital camera to photograph a model. Added to Feature Articles


26 July 2003 Boevoi, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1904 - The Boevoi, built as the Som, was constructed in Britain and purchased by the Imperial Russian Navy. Boevoi, along with other foreign built destroyers, was part of the First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur. Jim Baumann turns in another superb job in his build of the Boevoi in 1:700 scale by Combrig. Added to the Destroyers & Escorts Gallery. 


25 July 2003 USCG Roger B. Taney - This Revell model of the USCG Cutter Roger B. Taney was built by Robert Rodriguez right from the box and spruced up with photo-etch parts from Gold Medal Models. Added to the Destroyers & Escorts Gallery. 


24 July 2003 USS Goldsborough, C.F. Adams Class Destroyer - This is the model of the Charles Adams from White Ensign Models in 1:350 scale. Geoff Cook built the kit to show the USS Goldsborough. Added to the Destroyers & Escorts Gallery. 

USS Enterprise CV-6, October 1944 - Dave Becker builds another 1:350 scale kit from Blue Water Navy. This time it is the USS Enterprise. The Big E was built by Dave showing her as of October 1944 in her dazzle camouflage scheme. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Model Gallery


23 July 2003 USS Lexington CV-2 - The 1:350 scale kit of USS Lexington CV-2 from Blue Water Navy is built by Dave Becker to show her as she appeared at the Battle of the Coral Sea. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Model Gallery


22 July 2003 Yavuz, Turkish Battlecruiser 1:700 Scale - For 57 of the 62 years of life of this ship, she flew the flag of Turkey. Most know of her exploits in the First World War, but by WW2 Yavuz had been modified and received a significant AA fit. Photographs of the 1:700 scale kit of Yavuz in her WW2 fit from NNT. Added to the Battleship Model Gallery

RN Fiume, Italian Heavy Cruiser - The model for this handsome cruiser is from Tauro in 1:400 scale. Charles Landrum provides text and photographs of his build of this kit, which was a prize winner at the 2002 US IPMS convention. Added to the Cruiser Model Gallery


21 July 2003 USN Anti-Aircraft Weapons & Fittings Brass Photo-Etch -White Ensign Models has released a super detail brass photo-etch fret in 1:350 scale for the smaller USN AA weapons of World War Two. The fret, WEM PE 3555, has parts for 60 single 20mm Oerlikons, 10 twin 20mm Oerlikons, and fittings for 18 40mm Quad Bofors mounts. This article by Steve Backer looks at the history of the weapons and what you get from White Ensign Models. Added to the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section of Reviews. 


20 July 2003 SMS Seydlitz, German Battlecruiser, 1916  Rob Mackie takes a look at WSW's newly released 1:700th scale battlecruiser SMS Seydlitz. A gallery of NHC photos of the legendary Jutland participant is included. Added to the Battleship Section of Reviews  

18 July 2003  I-14, IJN Submarine - Once again, Alameda, CA modeler Jim Gordon displays his remarkable abilities in this treatment of Pit Road's 1:700th scale IJN submarine kit. Added to the Submarine Model Gallery


17 July 2003  Izumrud, Project 1124P for the KGB - The KGB of the Soviet Union had its own navy. One of the missions for the state security organization was to guard the maritime boundaries of the Soviet Union. Seventeen of these ships were built from 1973 to 1976 and designated as Grisha II by NATO. Combrig has released a 1:700 scale model of this KGB ship. Added to the Destroyer & Frigate Section of Reviews.


16 July 2003 Kagero, IJN Destroyer - Rob Mackie makes a rare appearance on Steelnavy with his almost complete 1:350 scale model of the IJN destroyer Kagero. Rob has good things to say about the Blue Water Navy kit, as well as Japanese Destroyer Captain, the book that inspired him to build Kagero.  Added to the Destroyers & Escorts Gallery. 


15 July 2003 Akizuki, IJN Anti Aircraft Destroyer - Jim Gordon shows what can be done with the Aoshima 1:700 scale kit of the Japanese Anti Aircraft Destroyer Akizuki. Although this kit has been in production for some time, the detail that Jim added to the basic kit really makes it come alive. All photographs were taken by Rob Mackie.   Added to the Destroyers & Escorts Gallery. 


14 July 2003 RN Ciclone, Italian Torpedo Boat - Called a torpedo boat, the Ciclone was about the same size as a destroyer escort. Giampiero Galeoti has built the 1:350 scale kit of the Ciclone from Delphis.  Added to the Destroyers & Escorts Gallery. 


12 July 2003 RAF Rescue Launch - The Airfix 1:72 scale kit of an RAF Rescue Launch builds into an impressive model. Here is the build by Ryan Cameron. Added to the Transports & Auxiliaries Gallery. 


8 July 2003 USS Michigan, BB-27, First All Big Gun Battleship of the USN - The USS Michigan was authorized and designed before HMS Dreadnought. She introduced two novel features into battleship construction, superfiring turrets and the cagemast. Iron Shipwright is producing a 1:350 scale, full hull model of USS Michigan BB-27 as of 1918. This is a preview that shows the resin components of the kit. Added to the Battleship Section of Reviews.


7 July 2003 July Mystery Model #3 - Here is another collective Mystery Model. These are all parts to a project known only to a handful at the present time. However, that should change in the future. Can you identify the name of the items, scale of model(s) and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 


6 July 2003 Additional Hint for July Mystery Model #2, Photo #2, Photo #3, Photo #4 - If you are still in a quandary about the identity of July Mystery Model #2, perhaps these photographs of the decals that come with the kit(s) may be of help. 

JAG 1:350 Scale Modern USN Decals - Peter Van Buren compares the kit decals from the 1:350 scale Panda Arleigh Burke with the Modern USN Decals Sheet from JAG. Added to the Photo-Etch & Accessories Section of Reviews. 


5 July 2003 July Mystery Model #2 - This class has been known by two names. Either class name will do to identify these models. This totally distinctive design cannot be mistaken for anything else. If you need a hint - do the initials RKR mean anything to you? The photographs show a few of the major parts dry fitted. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Four or five people instantly identified this model as a Slava/Moskva/Atlant/Project 1164 Russian Rocket Cruiser in 1:700 Scale from Combrig. Joseph Reindler was correct when so called it.


4 July 2003 July Mystery Model #1 - This subject is very interesting for a number of reasons. Because of the unique shape its identity should not stump too many modelers. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of model and name of manufacturer?

 Although it doesn't fit into a 4th of July theme, Lord Cornwallis could have used her at Yorktown in 1781 but she wasn't around. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery. 

John Currie, as a member of the Royal Navy, certainly knows the history and warships of his service, present and past. John was absolutely correct when he identified this model as the monitor HMS Abercrombie in 1:700 scale from Combrig.


3 July 2003 Fuso, Japanese Battleship, 1:700 Scale - This 1:700 scale model of the Hi Mold model of the Japanese Battleship Fuso was built by Jim Gordon. The photography was done by noted naturalist and denizen of the bay area, Rob Mackie. Added to the Battleship Gallery. 


2 July 2003 Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser - Giampiero Galeoti of Regia Marina builds the classic White Ensign Models 1:700 scale Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.

Unidentified Gleaves Class Destroyer - Rick Davis would like to know if anyone can identify this photograph of an unidentified Gleaves Class Destroyer. Post any answers to the message board.


 

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