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31 March 2004 Le Suroit, French Oceanographic Research Vessel - This model of Le Suroit is produced by Heller in 1:200 scale and was built by Doug Hallet. Le Suroit is an oceanographic research ship with deep sea sonar, operated by the French Ifremer Company. Doug is noted for his enthusiasm for submarines and even when he builds a civilian ship, he can't break himself free from the underwater environment. Added to the Transports & Merchant Ship's Gallery.  


30 March 2004 HMS Scylla, Dido Class AA Cruiser 1942, WSW 1:700 Scale - The Dido Class of light cruisers were designed to carry five 5.25-inch twin mounts. However, the new King George V Class battleships also mounted this system as secondary batteries. There were not enough to go around and the battleships had the priority. Because of this most of the Dido Class were fitted without their full five turrets. The crunch came with the three ships of the 1938 Programme. There were only enough available 5.25-inch mounts for one of the three Didos in this group. The other two, Scylla and Charybdis, received four 4.5-inch twin mounts. Because of their light main armament, the pair became known as The Toothless Terrors. The latest model from WSW is HMS Scylla in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Cruisers Section. 


28 March 2004 USS Brooklyn ACR-3, Armored Cruiser, YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale - The 1:350 USS Brooklyn ACR-3 produced by YS Master Pieces is a totally beautiful kit. Jim Baumann built his copy in the classic white and buff of the Great White Fleet. Jim, who scratch-buillds a lot of parts on all of his projects, pays high tribute to the YS Master Pieces USS Brooklyn, when he states that built it almost straight from the box. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.  


27 March 2004 Axis Models - Steel Navy welcomes Axis Models. If you have seen the incredible models built by Patrizio Carlucci, you'll be happy to know that he is in the process of producing a 1:350 scale model of the Italian battleship, RN Roma in 1:350 scale! What is more, Giampiero Galeotti of Regia Marina will be doing some detail work and the casting. In the meantime, click on the site and look at the pattern made of aluminum, which features individual plates on the hull. 

HMS King George V, Airfix 1:600 Scale - The venerable Airfix 1:600 scale model of HMS King George V yet again comes to life with this build from Marcos Paulo of Brazil, built from the kit with the addition of photo-etch from White Ensign Models. Added to the Battleship Gallery.  

U-548 German Submarine, 1:96 Scale - Charles Matthews is a true blue submarine enthusiast. He wanted a large model and didn't find one to suit his needs, so he scratch-built the U-548 in 1:96 scale. Every part is scratch-built, except the crewmen and they were highly modified railroad figures. Added to the Submarine Gallery.  


26 March 2004 USS Brooklyn ACR-3, Armored Cruiser 1898, YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale - At the Battle of Santiago on July 3, 1898, both American flag officers flew their flags on armored cruisers. Commodore Schley, who had defacto command during the battle was aboard the USS Brooklyn, the newest of the American armored cruisers. Exhibiting all facets of French warship design, the Brooklyn was an extremely handsome warship of flowing curves, as well as being one of the most powerful cruisers of her type. The latest 1:350 scale reproduction from YS Master Pieces is the USS Brooklyn, who has produced a kit as lovely as the original design. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Cruisers Section. 


25 March 2004 RN Ariete, Italian Torpedo Boat 1943, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - Italy had suffered huge losses of destroyers and other escorts in the convoy wars in the Mediterranean. More were needed that could be constructed quickly and economically. The solution was the Ariete Class torpedo boat. Forty-Two were planned, 16 were laid down and eventually 15 were completed but only one, the Ariete served with the Italian Navy. Thirteen were seized by the German Army and became the TA 24 Class torpedo boats for the Kriegsmarine and two served with the Yugoslav Navy after the war. Regia Marina has produced a 1:700 scale model of the Ariete that allows the model to be constructed as any of the 15 boats that were completed. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyers Section. 


24 March 2004 SMS B-98, German Destroyer 1915, NNT 1:700 Scale - In 1911 Imperial Russia laid down a new type of destroyer, which was the Novik. It was extremely large, powerful and was the fastest destroyer in the world in 1914. Russia ordered 36 more of these large destroyers, with the machinery ordered from Germany, as was true in Novik. With the start of World War One, Blohm and Voss, which had some of this machinery ready to ship to Russia, offered to use it to build large destroyers, similar to the Russian Novik, for the German Fleet. Blohm and Voss built six of these large destroyers for the High Seas Fleet, where their size and speed became valued for reconnaissance roles. NNT has released a 1:700 scale of one of the six, B-98. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyers Section. 


23 March 2004 Brass Barrels in 1:700 Scale from NNT - Many modelers do not realize that there is an extensive range of brass barrels that are produced by NNT. The following photographs show nine of the types of barrels that are currently available from NNT in this ever increasing range of quality products. Most barrels have the muzzles bored out. This photographic review shows nine different gun barrels, from the British 15-Inch to the German 5.9-Inch. The 5.9-Inch (150mm) and 6-Inch (152mm) guns appear to come 12 per bag, while the larger guns appear to be 10 per bag. However, check the NNT web site for the exact count per gun type. Added to the Reviews under the Brass Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 

USS Monterey, West Coast Monitor 1893, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Lamar Jones has fallen deeper into the throes of Monitor Madness. This one is the USS Monterey, New Navy Monitor, built in California. This model of USS Monterey is also in 1:350 Scale from Commanders/Iron Shipwright. Added to the Battleship Gallery.  


22 March 2004 USS Arkansas, Last Monitor Class for the USN 1902, Box 261 1:350 Scale - The newest release from Box 261 will be the USS Arkansas, which was the last class of monitors to be built for the United States Navy. These photographs from Box 261 show a painted prototype of the 1:350 scale model. The production models should be available shortly. Added to the Battleship Gallery.  

USS Amphitrite, New Navy Monitor 1895, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Lamar Jones has been stricken with Monitor Madness! He felt compelled to build the USS Amphitrite. This monitor design was one of the worst designs ever inflicted upon the USN, as the engine crew consistently had to work in heat exceeding 120 degree (F) and that was only one of the bad qualities of the class. However, the very things that made it an unsuccessful design for the USN add appeal to the modeler to build this ugly duckling. Lamar built the USS Amphitrite, New Navy Monitor 1895, from the 1:350 scale kit from Commanders/Iron Shipwright. Added to the Battleship Gallery.  


21 March 2004 USS Texas BB-35, 1944, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The second battleship USS Texas was numbered BB-35. This Texas is also in 1:350 scale and produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright. The kit built by Dave Judy portrays the ship as she appeared in 1944. Added to the Battleship Gallery.  


20 March 2004 New Model Kits from NNT for 2004 - If you have been wondering what will be coming from NNT for 2004, well here is a look at four subjects. Actually it is three subjects as two kits are available separately or available together. There is the large German destroyer B-98 of World War One. For the RN and RAN enthusiasts, there is the HMAS Sydney. NNT has produced the the German Merchant Raider Kormoran. Lastly there is a Limited Edition issue of the HMAS Sydney and Kormoran in the same box. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.  

USS Texas, "Old HooDoo", 1898, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The first USN battleship, USS Texas, called "Old Hoodoo" for her reputation for bad luck has been produced in 1:350 scale by Commanders/Iron Shipwright. Lamar Jones has built the ISW model of "Old Hoodoo" to show her as she appeared in 1898. Added to the Battleship Gallery.  


19 March 2004 Krasin, Soviet Icebreaker 1922, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Most modelers have not heard of the Krasin but this 10,000 ton icebreaker is probably the most famous of her type. Best known for rescuing the crew of the Italian airship, Italia, after the airship crashed in flying over the North Pole in May 1928. The Krasin served as an icebreaker in continuous use for over half a century and still exists as a museum ship in Saint Petersburg. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale kit of Krasin, as she appeared in 1922. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Auxiliary Section. 

February Mystery Ship #5 - Heikki Virtanen was correct when he stated, "Judging from the Russian flag I guess it is the icebreaker Jermak." It is indeed the Ermack, the first large and purpose built icebreaker. Added five new photographs, front, back and three detail shots. 

March Mystery Ship #2 - Yes, I know, the label says March Mystery Ship #1, when this is really March Mystery Ship #2. Well, the Ermack was identified quickly enough, so we'll go back to warships on tobacco trading cards. What ship is this? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. 


18 March 2004 Kriegsmarine Type VII Medium U-Boat Photo-Etch Fret in 1:400 Scale from Toms Modelworks - The Polish model company of Mirage produces a great number of model kits in 1:400 scale of the Kriegsmarine's U-Boat fleet. The most numerous of these submarine types was the medium size ocean going Type VII and Mirage produces numerous variants of this class. Toms Modelworks has produced a brass photo-etch fret in 1:400 scale specifically designed for the Mirage kits. Toms gives you enough brass detail parts to outfit your own wolf pack. On this fret are brass parts for five U-Boats. Brass details are provided for the Type VIIB, Type VIIC TI, Type VIIC III Biber, Type VIIC-41 TII and your choice of a Type VIIC TIV or Type VIIC-41 TIV. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Brass Photo-Etch Section. 


17 March 2004 USS Vireo AM-52, Minesweeper/Fleet Tug, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale - The USS Vireo AM-52 should have been nominated for an Oscar for 1942, as Best Supporting Actor in an Auxiliary Role. From coming to the aide of USS California at Pearl Harbor, to serving as tender for USS Enterprise CV-6 and finally for trying to tow the USS Yorktown CV-5 to safety after the Battle of Midway, the game Vireo was always in the midst of history changing events. Corsair Armada has produced an outstanding 1:700 scale model of USS Vireo. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Auxiliary Section. 


16 March 2004 USS Fletcher DD-445, Tamiya 1:350 Scale - The tried and true Tamiya 1:350 destroyer kit is a favorite build of modelers everywhere. Sang Hyun Park of the Korea Ship Modeling Club built this Tamiya 1:350 scale USS Fletcher. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.  

Oddities - Some thing are just plain odd and this is one of them. Jim C. found this photo. What is the subject and how was it built?


15 March 2004 HMS Warspite 1937, A Complete Refit of the Airfix 1:600 Scale Kit - In the 1930s the HMS Warspite was the first of World War One vintage capital ships of the Royal Navy to be completely rebuilt. The Airfix 1:600 scale model of HMS Warspite has been around for some time. Dr. George Pék took the venerable Airfix kit into his dockyard and gave it a complete rebuild worthy of the original. In this article Dr. Pék describes his rebuild of the Grand Old Lady. Added to the Feature Articles Section


12 March 2004 Royal Navy MTB 57, 1:350 Scale Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat 1942, White Ensign Models - The latest release in the 1:350 scale Narrow Seas Range from White Ensign Models is the MTB 56 Vosper 70-foot Motor Torpedo Boat as she appeared in 1942. This design was the most successful of the Vosper designs and was in continuous production from 1940 through 1945, the only design produced throughout the war. In all 117 boats of this type were produced by Vosper. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes & Small Combatants Section. 


11 March 2004 USS Amphitrite, BM-2 New Navy Monitor 1898, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The design and construction of the four ship Amphitrite Class monitors for the New Steel Navy of the USN was an early example of an "end run" around politicians. Billed to Congress of refits of obsolete monitors of the American Civil War, they were really completely new construction. Because the Navy Department received so little funding from the parsimonious politicians, the ship took nine years to launch from being laid down and a total of 21 years to reach commissioning. As a consequence they were obsolete when launched. Arguably, the worst design for the New Steel Navy, the USS Amphitrite is now available in kit form. Felix Bustelo reviews the 1:350 scale model of USS Amphitrite produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright. Added to the Reviews under the Battleships Section. 


9 March 2004 Ford Island - Pearl Harbor in1:700 Scale - Richard Smith has created a diorama of Pearl Harbor, centered around Ford Island, in 1:700 scale. The centerpiece is a replication of the classic Japanese photograph taken of battleship row, just before the first torpedoes strike USS Oklahoma and USS Nevada. Other photographs show activity in early 1942. Added to the Diorama Gallery.  

 


5 March 2004 USS Drum SS-228, The First Gato Class Boat - The Gato Class defined the large Fleet Boat for the USN in the Pacific War of World War Two. The first of these boats entered service in November 1941 and that boat was USS Drum SS-228. The Drum also turned in the most successful war patrol in the dark first six months of the Pacific Campaign. Fortunately, the first Gato can still be visited and explored, as USS Drum is located with the battleship, USS Alabama BB60 in Mobile, Alabama, as a museum ship. Added to the Warship Photo Tours

And more in this Gato Gala....

Gato Class, Fleet Submarine, Tamiya 1:700 Scale - The 73 boats of the Gato Class Fleet Submarine were a mainstay of the USN Silent Service in World War Two. The Gatos and their derivative Balao Class were almost exclusively used in the Pacific in order to use their extremely long range and endurance. The Gato Class 1:700 scale model by Tamiya was built by Pete Randall Added to the Submarine Gallery


4 March 2004 USS Wisconsin BB64, Modernized Iowa Class Battleship, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale - The 1:700 scale USS Wisconsin BB64 modernized Iowa Class battleship is the subject of this model. The Trumpeter 1:700 scale model was built by Chen Chih-Pang, who added photo-etch from two different sets from Gold Medal Models. Added to the Battleship Gallery


3 March 2004 An Iowa Yankee in King Arthur's Court - On September 24, 1986 the USS Iowa BB61 was visiting the famous Portsmouth Naval Base, United Kingdom, home of HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. Jeff Stevenson was one of the many Brits who visited the ultimate "Fast Battleship" that day. Added to the Warship Photo Tours


2 March 2004 March Mystery Model #1 - This model is packed with detail. Totally first rate, the model is of a design that is very distinctive and should not cause any problem in identification. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryFelix Bustelo likes his candy and recognizes eye candy when he sees it. "Ok - I'll take a stab: USS Oregon, 1/700 scale, YS Masterpieces. Now give me some candy! Felix Bustelo" Felix is right, it is the YS Master Pieces USS Oregon.

PLAN Sovremenny Class Destroyer 956E & Haerbin Frigate, Trumpeter 1:200 Scale - This photo shows two 1:200 scale models produced by Trumpeter. They are the export version of the Sovremenny Class destroyer Project 956E and the Haerbin frigate. The models were built by Luciano Rizzato. Added to the Destroyer Gallery

March 2004 Pacific Front Update - The latest update from Bill Gruner and Pacific Front has been added and linked to the Pacific Front Update button on the front page. 


March 2004 Update!

1 March 2004 USS George Washington SSBN-598, Revell-Brasil 1:250 Scale - Guilherme D. Santos built the 1:250 scale model of the USS George Washington SSBN-598 Polaris Ballistic Submarine in 1987. This model was released by Revell-Brasil. As the model started showing its age, rather going to the scrap-yard, Guilherme refitted the old Boomer. Instead of having the original full-hull kit with interior display, he razeed the kit to waterline and depicted her underway. Added to the Submarine Gallery

February Mystery Ship #4 - No one identified this ship, although they came close by identifying the preceding  Florida Class. This photograph is a portion of a period post card that showed turrets three and four of the USS Wyoming BB-32. The Wyoming along with sister, USS Arkansas were the last battleships of the USN to carry 12-inch guns. They had twelve, mounted in six twin turrets. The postcard shows the two middle turrets. Wyoming served in World War Two as a gunnery test ship and was not discarded until 1947. Added four photographs.

March Mystery Ship #1 -  Well, no one identified the on board shot from the USS Wyoming, so we will go back to the easier distance photograph. This time a great deal of the bow is shown from the post card. What ship is this? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. 


29 February 2004 USS Pennsylvania 1936 from the Banner 1:350 Arizona - This is a conversion of the 1:350 scale Arizona kit from Banner into the USS Pennsylvania as she appeared 1935-1936. Bob Santos modified the kit to depict the Pennsylvania as Fleet\Flagship, complete with a blue Vought O3U-3. The blue scheme was the specific scheme dedicated to the Fleet Commander. Added to the Battleship Gallery

He's mad..completely mad!! - That was the title of an e-mail received today that had the following text, "From the Mole". Clearly this is a photo of the HMS Renown in 1:700 scale from White Ensign Models. The mole could only use a short burst transmission in order to prevent discovery by the crack WEM  Ops-Sec Security Force, so there was no indication of whether this was a photograph of the master or production version. Since John Snyder commented on the message board today that the master had been finished and was going to the caster's tomorrow, this can only be the finished master. 


26 February 2004 SMS Seydlitz, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Tony van Wyk rebuilt the 1:350 scale model of SMS Seydlitz produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright by using parts from the ICM Konig, Evergreen plastic and photo-etch from Gold Medal Models & White Ensign Models. Added to the Battleship Gallery

SMS Seydlitz, WSW 1:700 Scale - This is the SMS Seydlitz, World War I German battlecruiser. The model is in 1:700 scale and is produced by WSW. The kit is built with photo-etch and scratch-built parts. It is shown in the early war fit, as Rear-Admiral Franz von Hipper’s flagship. Built by Dariusz Mazurowski. Added to the Battleship Gallery


25 February 2004 USS Onondaga, Lone Star Models 1:192 Scale - These photos show the double turreted Union monitor USS Onondaga. The model is produced by Lone Star Models in 1:192 scale and was built by Mark Leonard. Mark also added crewmen converted from model railroad figures. Added to the Civil War Gallery

Battle of Midway, 1:700 Scale - This vignette by David LaPell shows a section of the Battle of Midway, depicting the Soryu and Takao under attack. Both models as well as attacking USN aircraft are from Aoshima in 1:700 scale. Added to the Diorama Gallery


24 February 2004 USS Des Moines, CA-134, Post-War USN Heavy Cruiser, Classic Warships 1:350 Scale - Robert L. McGhee II built the 1:350 scale model of USS Salem CA-139 produced by Classic Warships, as the USS Des Moines CA-134 in honor of his father, who is a plank holder of the Des Moines. Added to the Cruiser Gallery

February Mystery Ship #3 - There were a number of guesses that came close but none that correctly identified the class. It is indeed a French pre-dreadnought battleship but is Voltaire of the Danton Class. The Danton  was the last class of pre-dreadnoughts to be constructed for the Marine Nationale and were started after HMS Dreadnought was launched. Added five new photographs, one overall and four detail shots. 

February Mystery Ship #5 - Since the last cigarette card posted from The World's Dreadnoughts set was not identified (Voltaire), we will try another cigarette card from a different set. To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class, which is not much of a help since there was only one in the class. 


23 February 2004 Tone, Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Minekaze 1:350 Scale - The Tone was an unusual design with four twin 8-inch gun turrets forward and a flight deck for seaplanes aft. She and her sister, Chickuma, were the last heavy cruisers to be completed for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Japanese company Minekaze has produced a 1:350 scale model of Tone. Tony van Wyk spent six months building this kit and the results are outstanding. Added to the Cruiser Gallery

East Coast Meeting of 1250 Collectors, May 22, 2004 the Bronx, New York - Time to go to the Big Apple for the East Coast Meeting of 1250 Collectors. The meeting will be located at the New York State University Maritime College on May 22, 2004. The campus is a secure facility and dorm rooms are available at the incredibly low price (for NYC) of $30 per night. Side trips can be made to the USS Intrepid and the South Street Seaport. So make plans now to see, 1000s of 1250 scale models, assorted luminaries of the hobby, a 1:1 scale Essex Class carrier, the Empire State Building and a reasonable facsimile of Felix Bustelo. Actually, no one knows if Felix will be there as he will probably be ensconced in his palatial Long Island Home but at least you will be able to call and heckle him. Tom Haughton is the organizer of the meeting and has put a tremendous amount of planning and time into the project. So if you are interested in attending, send Tom an e-mail. Added to the Features Section of the 1250 Page.


22 February 2004 Norfolk Navy Yard 1991 - This diorama features a number of different models in 1:700 scale. Maurizio Chiaro has built a diorama representing the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1991 before Desert Storm. Carriers, destroyers, gators, they're all here getting spruced up. Added to the Diorama Gallery


21 February 2004 USS New Orleans, USN Heavy Cruiser, Classic Warships 1:350 Scale - The USS New Orleans is a classic design in a couple of ways. First, as the culmination of the Treaty heavy cruisers, the New Orleans class was the best of the type built under the constraints of the Washington and London Treaties. It is also a Classic Warships model in 1:350 scale. Lamar B. Jones built this 1:350 scale USS New Orleans from Classic Warships. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


20 February 2004 Lenin, Soviet Caspian Sea Gunboat 1942, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The use of the Caspian Sea was extremely important for the Soviet Union during World War Two. Sea transport was used to move petroleum products from the Baku region northward. In 1940 the gunboat Lenin (ex-Kars) received a major refit that made her an AA ship. As one of the largest, if not the largest, naval units of the Caspian Flotilla, the Lenin was crucial in protecting Soviet transports from German air attack. Combrig has produced an 1:700 scale model of the Lenin in 1942 at the height of the threat to the Soviet Union. Added to the Reviews under the Auxiliary Section. 


19 February 2004 Eagle Boat, Henry Ford's Model T of the Sea in 1:350 Scale - In 1917 the United States needed ASW warships and plenty of them. A wooden hulled subchaser of 110 feet was developed but it was too small for the open seas. Henry Ford had a better idea, a 200 foot, steel hulled Eagle Boat sub-hunter that could be mass produced like his Model T automobiles on a conveyor belt without using any specialized shipbuilding labor. At least that was the theory. The result was a slab sided, ungainly, ugly duckling without any aesthetic virtues. Commanders/Iron Shipwright will be producing a 1:350 scale model of Henry Ford's Model T of the Sea, the Eagle Boat. Preview, showing resin parts. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyer Section. 


18 February 2004 USS Porter  DD356, Early War Fit, Late 1941 to 1942 - This is a model of the Porter Class destroyer as the class appeared after the excess top-hamper was removed, greatly changing its appearance from the pre-war fit. This was done in 1941 in order to accommodate more AA guns, which were subsequently added. Porter was sunk with this fit in October 1942 at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and the rest carried on with this fit into 1943. Combrig is almost ready to release a 1:700 scale model of Porter in her early war fit. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyer Section. 


17 February 2004 HMS Tiger, British Battlecruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - HMS Tiger, the last of the "Splendid Cats" of Vice Admiral David Beatty was indeed splendid in so many ways. She was the fastest and most powerful battlecruiser available to the Royal Navy in 1914. However, it was her handsome lines that will always be remembered. Combrig has just produced a model of HMS Tiger, as she appeared in 1914 and at the Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 


16 February 2004 USS Porter DD356, Pre-War Fit 1936-Early 1941, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In 1933 the USN started construction of their first class of large destroyers. The eight ships of the Porter Class were very heavily armed for surface combat with eight 5-inch/38 guns but unfortunately they were low angle guns. The navy placed their trust in a new AA weapon, the 1.1-inch automatic cannon. The Porters were the first class of warship to mount this new ordnance. Combrig is about ready to release a 1:700 scale model of the pre-war fit of the Porter Class, 1936 to early 1941. The kit has resin and brass photo-etch components. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyer Section. 


15 February 2004 Yamato, Japanese Battleship, Tamiya 1:350 Scale - These are photographs of the Tamiya model of the Japanese battleship Yamato in 1:350 scale. Luciano Rizzato, a friend of Giampiero Galeotti, built the kit.. In addition to the Tamiya kit Luciano used Gold Medal Models Yamato-Musashi and Gold Plus Yamato-Musashi Fine Details; Eduard Yamato-Musashi; and White Ensign Models 1:350 IJN Doors and Hatches. Added to the Battleship Gallery


14 February 2004 Potemkin, Imperial Russian Battleship, Heller 1:400 Scale - The Heller 1:400 scale model of the Tsarist battleship, Potemkin, has been around for some time. Rusty White in his build of the Heller kit, shows that the model has stood the test of time.  Added to the Battleship Gallery

Mole Moves at WEM - The mole at White Ensign Models keeps tunneling away. Here are the latest photographs of the 1:700 scale HMS Renown, currently under the care of Mad Pete Hall. This reflects the status of the master pattern earlier this week. The mole assures that more is to follow in due time. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


13 February 2004 February Mystery Model #3 - No one will ever accuse the subject of this model of being handsome or beautiful. However, it does have a certain charm if you can get beyond her architectural ugliness. Who is this ugly duckling?  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryAlthough a number of people correctly identified this as the 1918 Eagle Boat produced by the Ford Motor Company, no one correctly identified that it is from Commanders/Iron Shipwright in 1:350 scale.

February Mystery Ship #4 - Although the February Mystery Ship #3 has yet to be identified and is still in play, for those who prefer to identify ships from post cards, rather than from cigarette cards, here is another subject. This time it is an on board shot on a post card.  Duh, now who has cage masts? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. 


12 February 2004 SMS Sankt Georg, KuK Armored Cruiser by WSW in 1:700 Scale - The KuK Austro-Hungarian Navy built a few moderately sized armored cruisers at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century . The SMS Sankt Georg was the culminating design. Displacing 7,289 tons the ship was overgunned for her size. Quintin Trammell has built the 1:700 scale model of the Sankt Georg produced by WSW. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


11 February 2004 February Mystery Model #2 - For the February Mystery Model #2, here are photos of a model that has not yet been released. As you can see from the photographs, there is not much left to be done to get this baby ready for the market.  Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryDick J. was the first to name this one. "My guess is the 1/700 Porter class, by Combrig. (probably the early war version)" It is the Porter Class in a pre-war fit, 1936 to early 1941. 


February Mystery Ship #2 - Mark Flake was first with "Invincible-class battlecruiser. Painting is of the Falklands Battle." Michael D'Silva must have a copy of this card because he nailed it exactly with "Invincible Class Battlecruiser. The original print issued by Wills Cigarettes calls it Invincible." Added six new photographs, one overall, one of the reverse and four detail shots. 

February Mystery Ship #3 - Since the HMS Invincible was identified so quickly, here is another Mystery Ship. As with the Invincible, this is also a card from the Will's Cigarettes card insert set entitled The World's Dreadnoughts, printed in 1911. Since Michael D'Silva, either has this set or access to it, based upon his nailing of the Invincible, he is ineligible to answer on this particular ship. Sorry Michael but this would be shooting fish in a barrel to you. To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. 


10 February 2004 The Imperial Russian Fleet of the Russo-Japanese War - Yesterday marked the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Russo-Japanese War. The Russo-Japanese War started in the early morning hours of February 9, 1904 with a Japanese torpedo boat attack on the Russian 1st Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur. This war had far reaching consequences for the history of the 20th Century. Japan was catapulted into the ranks of a first class world power and was greatly strengthened in the feeling that the Imperial Japanese forces could not loose. For Russia it was the opposite. The loss of almost all of her Pacific and Baltic Fleets and the collapse of the forces in the far east greatly strengthened the reform and revolutionary movements. The war marked the beginning of the end of the Romanov Dynasty, as it slipped and slid towards the twin revolutions of 1917. Dimitry G. Malkov has prepared Auto CAD drawings of 95 of the warships of the Imperial Russian Navy of the war for the 100th Anniversary of the Russo-Japanese War. These are sample of those drawings. Added to the Features Section


9 February 2004 February Mystery Model #1 - For the February Mystery Model, here are photos of a Not So Mystery Model, as the kit has just been released and a few lucky modelers already have it in their hands. In part the mystery is why no one has produced this subject before as it is one of the most handsome warships ever created. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  If you already have this model, (you know who you are), you are ineligible to answer. Added to the Miscellaneous GalleryAkos correctly identified this as a model of HMS Tiger, British battlecruiser, produced by Combrig in 1:700 scale. 

February Mystery Ship #1 - Pieter Cornelissen identified this as "February mystery ship # 1 Posted by Pieter on February 2, 2004, 12:41:06145.94.142.156 HMS Kent class treaty cruiser" With splitting hairs, technically, he is not correct, as this is labeled HMS Norfolk of the Dorsetshire Class. The British Treaty Heavy Cruisers (except York & Exeter) were commonly called the County Class and consisted of three sub-classes, the Kent Class, London Class and Dorsetshire Class. The most noticeable distinction in the first group of the Kent Class was a large external torpedo bulge. Since the waterline was not in the photo above, Pieter naturally concluded that it was the Kent Class because of the yellow funnels. 

February Mystery Ship #2 - Time for another tack. Here is another item painted to heighten the drama. To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. If possible, can you identify the source for the painting? Please post all answers to the message board. 


7 February 2004 HMS Kelly, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - One of the most famed destroyers in the history of the Royal Navy is the HMS Kelly. Jim Kloek built the White Ensign Models 1:700 scale model of the Kelly. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


6 February 2004 Seas of Hard Knox - USS Knox in Heavy Seas - In an extremely dramatic and professional diorama, Rusty White of Flagship Models built the USS Knox, frigate, from White Ensign Models in 1:350 scale into a diorama featuring the frigate encountering very heavy seas. Added to the Diorama Gallery


5 February 2004 Kirov, Soviet Rocket Cruiser by Dragon in 1:700 Scale - The Kirov Class Soviet Rocket Cruiser has been released by two companies last fall and created quite a stir. This is the Kirov produced by Dragon in 1:700 scale. Douglas K.L. Chan built the kit with photo-etch parts from the new Kirov Class Photo-Etch fret from White Ensign Models. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


4 February 2004 Retro Ship Modeling, Wandering the Wilderness of No Photo-Etch - Years ago, there was no photo-etch. There were no frets of shimmering brass or stainless steel of intricate metal-work of extraordinary detail. What did the neolithic modeler do in this primordial Jurassic Age. Tim Reynaga knows, as he has wandered the wilderness. Added to the Feature Articles section. 

Viribus Unitis, Austro-Hungarian Battleship, 3-D Project - This site is devoted to the first battleship design to have triple 12-inch guns. In addition to the three dimensional imagery, there photographs, technical specifications, ship's history and other goodies. The site is run by Andrew Wilkie. Added to the Links Section under Ship Modeling Sites. 


3 February 2004 HMS Royal Oak 1939, WSW 1:700 Scale - One of the five battleships of the Royal Sovereign Class, the Rs, as they were called were the newest battleships to serve in the Royal Navy in World War One. Always second fiddle to the glamorous fast battleships of the Queen Elizabeth Class, they did not receive the funding for major rebuilds between the wars. In 1939 Royal Oak was the most modern of the five. She was the first major warship sunk in World War Two as she was sunk by U-47 in Scampa Flow on October 14, 1939. WSW has produced an excellent 1:700 scale kit of HMS Royal Oak as she was in 1939. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 


2 February 2004 USS Dallas, SSN-700, Dragon 1:700 Scale - Noted Kiwi, Pete Randall, took the Dragon 1:700 scale kit of USS Dallas, SSN-700, Los Angeles Class attack submarine and placed it in a sea base for a very attractive presentation. Added to the Submarine Gallery

January Mystery Ship #3 - Within minutes of this being posted, the mysterious Dick J. correctly identified the postcard as the USS Ranger. Mystery ship #3 Posted by Dick J. on January 26, 2004, 11:18:33 - Your post card is obviously Ranger (CV-4). Added four photographs, one overall and three detail shots. 

February Mystery Ship #1 - Georges Pierre Seurat would approve of the representation of the this ship. Since modelers were identifying mystery ships at will, SteelNavy had to consult, via a medium, the main proponent of pointillism. Seurat and his followers developed a genre of French impressionist painting in which the application of paint to the canvas was done in dots and small strokes. This photograph is magnified to such an extent that the ink dots of the printing can be seen. This should be more of a challenge. This is a period print of a warship. Which one is it? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. 


1 February 2004 SMS Kaiser, German Battleship 1918, WSW 1:700 Scale - The 1:700 scale model of the German battleship, SMS Kaiser, produced by WSW, was built by Dariusz Mazurowski to show the ship as she appeared in 1918. Dariusz made a number of modifications, including scratch-building parts to portray Kaiser towards the end of World War One. Added to the Battleship Gallery


30 January 2004 HMS Queen Elizabeth 1918, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - Brand new from White Ensign Models is the Queen Elizabeth in 1:700 scales she appeared at the end of World War One. Designed as the original Fast Battleship, the design was actually a gamble for the Royal Navy but one that paid handsome dividends. The WEM kit has outstanding detail and sets a new standard in detail. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 


29 January 2004 HMS Tiger, The Most Splendid Cat, An Initial Look at the Combrig 1:700 Scale British Battlecruiser - At long last, there will finally be a model of one of the most handsome warships ever built, HMS Tiger. The last of the "Splendid Cats" the Tiger was the best of the British battlecruisers of World War One. Her single forward tripod and three closely placed round funnels gave her a strikingly beautiful appearance. Combrig has produced a 1:700 scale model of the Tiger, which will be available from White Ensign Models, Pacific Front, NNT and other retailers very shortly. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 

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28 January 2004 Signal Close Action, HMCS Oakville vs. U-94 - This diorama features the Matchbox Flower Class corvette and Amati U-47 to show a classic submarine versus escort duel of the Canadian HMCS Oakville in combat with the U-94. Les Sharcott built this diorama destined for a museum. Added to the Diorama Gallery

Don't listen to the propaganda, the Mole is Alive!

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27 January 2004 ATR-47 US Navy Auxiliary Fleet Tug /Ocean Rescue Tug (ATA/ATR) and the Edmund H. Moran II - This could be subtitled "A Tale of Two Tugs" but in reality it is only one. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale model of the 143 foot Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA/Ocean Rescue Tug ATR and Felix Bustelo decided to build the same tug as she appeared in World War Two as ATR-47 and after the war, when in civilian service she was known as the Edmund H. Moran II. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


26 January 2004 HMS Illustrious, Royal Navy Carrier of World War Two, Aoshima 1:700 Scale - The Aoshima kit of the HMS Illustrious, Royal Navy aircraft carrier of World War Two was paired with the Tamiya kit of a British O Class destroyer in this build by Martin Ramsden, in his first warship build in many years. Added to the Carrier Gallery

January Mystery Ship #2 - Well this curve flattened out and was immediately slammed over the fence by Zach Pease. "Ah, a Russian Pre-Dreadnought this time. This looks to me like a ship of the Adml. Ushakov Class of Russian Pre-dreadnoughts. I think she is actually the Ushakov herself. Though, without seeing her stacks it is hard since she differed little from Senyavin. So I guess I can only be positive about class." Indeed the detail is from a period Russian postcard of the Admiral Ushakov, Imperial Russian Coastal Battleship. Added one photograph overall and four detail shots.

January Mystery Ship #3 - Nothing seems to work. Readers have only been stumped by one card. Here is another period color postcard of a warship. Which one is it? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. Also, to help those who are stumped, I'll provide a hint. It is not a Russian pre-dreadnought battleship. 


23 January 2004 Ise Class Imperial Japanese Battleships, Gakken Pacific War Series #26 - Gakken publishes an extensive line of books aimed at modelers on the warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War Two. Each volume features extensive drawings, photographs and charts. However, the major feature is the inclusion of a great number of photographs of a very large scale model of the subject. Text is Japanese.  Tom Kristiansen looks at one of these volumes, Ise Class Battleships, volume 26 in the series. Added to the Book Reviews Section. 

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22 January 2004 HMS Repulse Brass Photo-Etch Set in 1:600 Scale from White Ensign Models - The HMS Repulse kit from Airfix in 1:600 scale has been released again from Frog. As one of the classic Airfix kits in the 1:600 range of Royal Navy warships of World War Two, the detail of the model can be greatly enhanced with the White Ensign Models photo-etched brass set designed specifically for this kit. The stock number is WEM PE 620. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 


21 January 2004 HMS Repulse, British Battlecruiser 1941, 1:600 Scale Model from Frog - After a very long time of being out of production, the Airfix 1:600 scale model of the British battlecruiser HMS Repulse, as she appeared in 1941 has been released by Frog. Arguably the best of the series of British Warships of WWII produced by Airfix, the Repulse kit has remarkable detail for a 20 year old kit. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 


20 January 2004 SMS Bayern and SMS M-50 in Harbor - Move over Jim Baumann and Patrizio Carlucci, you have company at the top. Dariusz Mazurowski has produced an exceptional diorama featuring the SMS Bayern from WSW and M-50 Minesweeper from H-P Models, both in 1:700 scale. Both kits were reworked and heavily modified  with some scratch-built parts. Added to the Diorama Gallery


19 January 2004 Kriegsmarine Anti Aircraft Weapons in 1:400 Scale by White Ensign Models - For everybody building Scharnhorst, Gneisenau or any other 1:400 scale model of the warships of the Kriegsmarine, White Ensign Models has produced an indispensable brass photo-etch fret of the light AA weapons of the German Navy in World War 2. This fret has parts for the single 20mm, twin 20mm, quad 20mm, twin 37mm and single 40mm anti aircraft guns and is WEM PE 4006. Review by Steve Backer.  Added to the Reviews under the Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 

A Day at White Ensign Models - This shocking exposé rips the lid off of the day to day operations of that titan of the industry, White Ensign Models. A deep-cover investigative reporter gained access to the massive industrial facility of WEM and files this report of a typical day at White Ensign Models. Added to the Feature Articles Section


18 January 2004 Building the SMS Zenta, WSW 1:700 Scale - Jim Baumann relates his experiences and techniques that he used in building the Austro-Hungarian Scout Cruiser, SMS Zenta, in 1:700 scale from WSW. He portrays the cruiser under partial auxiliary sail as she crossed the Indian Ocean in a 1900 Pacific cruise. Jim really likes the WSW kit and tells you why. Added to the Reviews under the Cruisers Section. 


17 January 2004 Five-Inch/38 USN DP Single Gun Open Mount, 1:350 Scale by L'Arsenal - This first version of the classic USN 5-Inch/38 DP gun was used in the Yorktown Class, Wasp and Essex Class aircraft carriers, as well as numerous CVEs, one heavy cruiser and many mid-wars USN destroyer classes. L'Arsenal produces an 1:350 scale set of detailed 5-Inch/38 open mount guns, that come four per pack. Far superior to the plastic parts provided in the Trumpeter Hornet, Essex, Yorktown (II) and Franklin 1:350 carrier kits, every modeler building one of these kits should seriously consider this set to replace the parts in the kit. AC 350-21 Added to the Reviews under the Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 

USS San Francisco, CA-38 in 1942 in 1:350 Scale - This model was built by Keith Bender for the son of one of crew of the San Francisco, who was aboard at the Naval Battle of  Guadacanal on the night of November 13, 1942. The model is the USS San Francisco in 1:350 scale from Classic Warships. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


16 January 2004 Kars, Imperial Russian Gunboat 1910, Combrig, 1:700 Scale - Laid down in 1908 three years after the end of the Russo-Japanese War, the Kars was advanced for her time. Kars and her sistership were the first surface warships in the world to use diesel propulsion. Transported to the Caspian Sea in 1911, the gunboat was renamed Lenin in 1920 and served in the Caspian Flotilla into the 1950s. Combrig has produced an 1:700 model of the Kars. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Auxiliaries Section. 


15 January 2004 CARRIER AIR WAR IN ORIGINAL COLOR by Lawson & Tillman - This book published by Motorbooks International was printed in 1996. With Carrier Air War in Original Color the author's provide many color photographs of the USN carriers at different points in the war. No question about it, there are Blue Carriers. Carrier Air War in Original Color is reviewed by Dave Miller. Added to Book Reviews section. 


14 January 2004 Aoba, Japanese Heavy Cruiser 1942 in 1:700 Scale - This kit is of the Japanese Heavy Cruiser Aoba produced by Hasegawa in 1:700 scale. Jesús Alcocer built the kit to portray the cruiser as Rear Admiral Gato's flagship in Operation MO in the Solomon Islands. Added to the Cruiser Gallery

January Mystery Ship #1 - Ted Nigrelli was first with the name of the ship, King George V, and the source, a Tobacco Card. "My guess is heavily stylized British KGV-class BB, based on the A/B turret setup of 4 and 2 guns. The source might be a tobacco card??" Mark T. Dwyer took it a bit further with "I believe Ted is very close to the truth. I fully agree that it is a stylized representation of the KGV class, probably issued prior to the completion of the KGV itself, by Will's cigarettes, who had a tradition of including a card in each pack as part of their "The World's Dreadnoughts" sales promotion series." Actually the Will's Dreadnought Series was printed in 1912 and if present, it would have been a different King George V. This card is from the British Naval Craft Series of 1939 by Player's Cigarettes. Added five new photos, one overall, one card back, and three detail shots. 

January Mystery Ship #2 - Well, its back to postcards. We'll try to throw a curve with this one. Here is another period color postcard of a warship. Which one is it? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. 


13 January 2004 U-181, WW2 German Type IXb U-Boat, Academy - The Academy Type IXb U-Boat is built by Les Sharcott to portray the U-181. This high scoring submarine was taken over by the Japanese Navy at Singapore in May 1945. Added to the Submarine Gallery


Poltava & Retvizan Slide - Stereoscopic Slide of Russian Wrecks at Port Arthur - This slide produced in 1905 bears the notation; : "The wrecked 'Polltava' and 'Retvizan' from deck of 'Peresviet', Port Arthur."  Photograph from Jeff Stevenson. Added to Photographic Archives Section. 


12 January 2004 USCGC Bibb, Treasury Class Cutter, Testors 1:600 Scale - Forty years ago, one of the smaller producers of plastic warship models was Hawk. The Hawk molds have been acquired by Testors and the models have started to be released again. Randy Ward looks at one of these "Golden Oldies" as he examines the 1:600 scale model of USCGC Bibb of the Treasury Class cutters. Added to the Reviews under the Destroyers, Frigates & Escorts Section. 

Coming soon from Iron Shipwright is this set of 1:350 scale flags and ship's markings. The first photograph shows the decal sheet and the second shows the legend. Click on each photograph for an enlargement. 

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09 January 2004 USS Wasp CV/CVS-18, Essex Class Carrier - In August 1970 Jeff Stevenson photographed USS Wasp, CV/CVS-18 in Plymouth Sound, United Kingdom. Added to the Warship Photo Tour Section

One of the more famous and tragic smaller naval engagements of World War Two was the light cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German Raider Kormoran. NNT is about to release the Kormoran in 1:700 scale. Here is a photograph of the initial kit without rigging. 


08 January 2004 USS Houston CA-30 in 1:350 Scale - Quintin Trammell normally builds WWI or earlier warships. This time he built the USS Houston CA-30 in 1:350 scale from Blue Water Navy, now Yankee Modelworks. Why? "This is just too good a model not to do. It is a beautiful model." Added to the Cruiser Gallery


07 January 2004 Schnellboot Lair - Volker Glock decided to build the 1:72 scale Schnellboot S-100 given to him by his children, as part of a diorama. Volker placed this model from Revell-Germany in a pier side setting at low tide, notice sea growth on piles, about to be replenished with supplies and fuel. Added to the Diorama Gallery

RMS Mauretania: From Liner to Troopship - In January 1918 the RMS Mauretania received a spectacular dazzle camouflage pattern, as well as six 4.7-Inch deck guns. John Olsen has taken the Albatros model of RMS Mauretania AL-166, added deck guns and the dazzle scheme to convert her to her 1918 appearance. Added to the Features Section of the 1250 Scale Page


06 January 2004 Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian Light Cruiser WW2, Regia Marina 1:700 - The Italian Navy launched a series of very fast, almost unarmored light cruisers in the 1930s. They were collectively called the Condottieri. The 5th class did a complete turn around in that they sacrificed speed for very good armor protection. This class consisted of , Luigi Di Savoia Duca Degli Abruzzi and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Regia Marina has released a 1:700 scale resin and photo-etch model of these cruisers with options to build either ship in any fit from 1938 to 1951. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Cruiser Section. 


05 January 2004 Five-Inch/38 USN DP Single Gun Enclosed Mount, 1:350 Scale by Corsair Armada - Corsair Armada has now branched out into 1:350 scale. Long known for excellent kits in 1:700 scale, this set in 1:350 scale provides eight 5-Inch/38 USN DP Single Gun Enclosed Mounts with base rings. With eight turrets and base rings, with a choice of five different barrel styles and a brass photo-etch fret of over 100 parts, Corsair Armada provides a great deal for the modeler. Added to the Reviews under the Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 


04 January 2004 Seacats & Exocets in 1:600 Scale from WEM - For all modelers of Airfix 1:600 scale kits of modern warships of the Royal Navy, Felix Bustelo brings glad tidings of great joy. No more must you hang your head in shame for the lack of detail on your models. From now hence, you may hold your head high as White Ensign Models has produced 1:600 scale Seacats and Exocets in their Pro 600 range of detailed accessories. Added to the Reviews under the Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 

Giuseppe Garibaldi, Modern Italian Carrier, Delphis 1:700 Scale - The name Giuseppe Garibaldi has been carried by the warships of the Italian Navy almost since its inception. The series of ships have been named in honor after one of the Italian heroes most responsible for the unification of Italy in the 19th Century. The current Giuseppe Garibaldi  is the pride of the modern Italian Fleet. Giampiero Galeotti has built the Delphis 1:700 scale model of the modern Italian carrier and used his own Regia Marina photo-etch railing in the build. Added to the Carrier Gallery


03 January 2004 The Battle of the Pacific, Using Models in Digital Photography - Richard Smith has developed some techniques for using model ship kits, props, and digital camera techniques to develop photos depicting ships during the World War II era. The goal is to place the models in a photograph that places the warship in an operational setting. The warship models used by Richard in this set of photographs were not identified but they appear to be in 1:700 scale. Added to the Diorama Gallery

December Mystery Ship #2 - Zach Pease not only nailed the class as a member of the Majestic Class battleships, but also he identified the exact ship, HMS Caesar. Admiral Charles Beresford, who was commander of the Channel Fleet was the prime opponent of Admiral Jackie Fisher. The Majestic Class was the subsequent design of Sir William White, following his groundbreaking Royal Sovereign Class of 1889 and established the 12-Inch gun as the main ordnance of the Royal Navy for the next 20 years. "I think that we are looking a Majestic Class pre-dreadnought Battleship here. Actually I think it is HMS Caesar but I am less sure of that than I am about class. Pretty sure its one of the Majestics." Added six new photographs, one overall and five detail shots. 

January Mystery Ship #1 - For a change, we'll try something other than a postcard. This is a detail of a painting from a print source other than a postcard, that portrays a warship. The question is, what warship is it? To make answering the question easier, all that needs to be named is the class. Additionally, what print source is it from? 


02 January 2004 British World War Two Warships Photo-Etched Fret in 1:700 Scale from GMM - What self-respecting Jack Tar would not want this 1:700 scale photo-etched fret from Gold Medal Models. Since it is chocked full of super-detailed parts for the warships of his Majesty the King, it is an absolute necessity for a good turn out at inspection. With the the GMM British WW2 Warship set there are enough parts for at least three kits of the Royal Navy warships. Review by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Photo-Etch and Accessories Section. 


01 January 2004 USS Arizona BB-39, 1:700 Scale Model from Dragon - If you want to ring in the new year right, you can't go wrong with the injected plastic kit of the USS Arizona BB-39 in 1:700 scale from Dragon. An excellent, multimedia kit at an injected styrene plastic kit price, this model provides a lot at a moderate price. Reviewed by Steve Backer. Added to the Reviews under the Battleship Section. 



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