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December 27, 2008 SteelNavy is happy to welcome back Box 261 as one of the site sponsors. Box 261 is based in the Ukraine and now has gone to the CAD process for designing new models. They still have old favorites and new models to come. The Box 261 link has been added to the main page. 

Democratie, French Battleship, Fleet Net 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Here are a few photos of the Fleet Net 1/700 scale Liberte. Bob Cicconi built it as the Democratie, which is actually the subject of the kit, as she was the only one of the four that had the protective bulges on each hull side under the bow anchors. Added to the Battleship Gallery


December 22, 2008 US Battleships 1941-1963, An Illustrated Technical Reference, By Wayne Scarpaci - US Battleships 1941-1963 An Illustrated Technical Reference by Wayne Scarpaci provides a lot of information and an amazing amount of graphics in 134 pages. For me the color artwork alone makes it a valuable addition to my library. Added to Book Reviews Section. 


December 21, 2008 Bismarck, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Katseas Kostas - This is a commission Katseas Kostas received for a Bismarck in heavy seas, as it was requested by the client. He used as a guide the Trumpeter box art from the Bismarck kit, in texture color and composition. Added to the Battleship Gallery


December 20, 2008 USS Honolulu CL-48, Corsair Armada 1:700 Scale, Built by Christoph Mentzel - Here are some pictures of the USS Honolulu CL-48 as she looked in October 1944 at Leyte Gulf, built by Christoph Mentzel. This is the Corsair Armada kit in 1:700 scale with some parts an old Naval Works kit of the USS Honolulu. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.  (Editor's Note: Contrary to the label, this is a model of USS Honolulu, not HMS Honolulu. The error obviously being the effect of a drunken stupor.)


December 18, 2008 HMS Glorious 1918 Fit, Light Battle Cruiser, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - Slip the surly bounds of earth with the 1:700th scale HMS Glorious 1918 fit from Admiralty Model Works. With flying off platforms and excess Sopwiths, mount your own glorious strike on the skulking High Seas Fleet. This model provides air and sea assets in one outstanding example of the warship producer’s art. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


December 16, 2008 USS Monitor 1862, Cottage Industry Models 1:96 Scale - The USS Monitor was a historic ship. With the 1:96th scale USS Monitor from Cottage Industry Models you can do it up right. Featuring fine resin casting, a host of white metal parts and other metal parts, Cottage Industry provides all of the elements for a fine, large model of the ship that proved the superiority of the turret over the then conventional broadside ship. Added to the American Civil War Reviews Section. 


December 10, 2008 Akagi, Three Flight Deck Aircraft Carrier 1927-1935, Hasegawa 1:700 Scale - A must have. I admit it, I like the early Akagi design. That three flight deck design really intrigues me, especially when it is filled with biplanes. Hasegawa has produced an excellent 1:700 scale kit of this impressive one off carrier design as she appeared from 1927 to late 1935. All it needs is a dedicated set of brass photo-etch. Hopefully Hasegawa will follow up with the three flight deck Kaga. Added to the Aircraft Carriers Reviews Section. 


December 9, 2008 Leopard, Jaguar Class First of the French Super Destroyers, L'Arsenal 1:700 Scale - The L’Arsenal 1:700 scale Leopard provides a very nice kit of the first class of giant destroyers built by France between the wars. With fine resin castings, full brass photo-etch frets and multi-color decals, the kit provides everything needed for a fine model of this unique three-stacked design. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section. 


December 6, 2008 SMS Emden, Imperial German Scout Cruiser, Revell 1:350 Scale, Built by Alec Cap To commemorate the exciting, educational and illuminating discourse between Alec Cap and WR in the "Read My Flags" chronicles, here is the Revell of Germany 1:350 scale model of the World War I Imperial German scout cruiser, SMS Emden built by Alec Cap. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.  


December 5, 2008 Royal Navy, USN & French Big Gun Ships of World War II - Felix "Man About Town" Bustelo is playing hardball, as he has threatened to move the Yankees to Brooklyn if these photographs didn't get posted. Added to the Raven Record are photographs of RN, USN and French big gun ships of World War Two. Added to the Raven Record


December 4, 2008 USS Fletcher, Revell of Germany 1:144 Scale, Photographs by Alfred Murr - Here are the first pictures from the newly tooled Fletcher-Class DD in 1/144 scale from Revell of Germany. The pictures are from the 3rd Series test-shot and sent by Alfred "Alf" Murr. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


December 3, 2008 USS Laffey DD-459 1942, Benson Class Destroyer, Dragon 1:350 Scale - Dragon has dropped the next shoe in their 1:350 scale USN WWII destroyer lineup. Now you can have a square-stacked, flat faced, 1942 fit Benson class USS Laffey DD-459 in 1:350 scale to join the round stack, round face, 1942 fit Gleaves class USS Buchanan, as they both fought at the Battle of Cape Esperance on October 11, 1942. Of course the Laffey comes with all of the superb detail found in the preceding two Buchanan kits. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section. 


December 2, 2008 Deutschland, Modern German Cruiser & Training Ship, NNT 1:700 Scale,Built by Norbert Thiel - Here are some photos of Norbert Thiel's finished NNT Deutschland in 1:700 scale. These shots have been taken at an exhibition at Bühl in Germany by the son of a famous friend of Norbert's: Daniel Villhauer, Bernd´s son, both being very well-known amongst ship modellers in Germany.  Added to the Cruiser Gallery


December 1, 2008 Royal Navy Fiji Class Light Cruisers of World War II - Added to the Raven Record are 28 photographs of RN Fiji class light cruisers of World War Two. Added to the Raven Record


November 30, 2008 Bismarck, Revell 1:350 Scale, Built by Phil Reeder - This is the build of the Revell 1/350th scale kit of the famous German battleship Bismarck built by Phil Reeder. The kit is a great improvement over the Tamiya Bismarck kit. Added to the Battleship Gallery


November 28, 2008 HMS Hood 1941, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Krzysztof Andrzejak - These are a few pictures of the Trumpeter's model HMS Hood from 1941 in 1:700 scale. The model was built by Krzysztof Andrzejak. Added to the Battleship Gallery


November 26, 2008 USS Ranger CV-4, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Dave Judy - Here's some shots of Iron Shipwright's 1/350 scale USS Ranger CV-4 as she appeared while serving with the RN Home Fleet. The kit was built by Dave Judy. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery


November 24, 2008 HMS Courageous 1917, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale, Built by Gerard Del Monte - This is the Admiralty Model Work's superb 1:700 scale resin kit of HMS Courageous as originally configured as a battle cruiser and built by Gerard Del Monte. Added to the Battleship Gallery


November 23, 2008 HMCS Ojibwa, Canadian Oberon Class Submarine, Resin Shipyard 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Resin Shipyard kit of the HMCS Ojibwa in 1:350 scale represents a post-SOUP version, with the larger sonar dome. Any of the three operational boats in RCN service can be built with this kit. Felix 'Man About Town' Bustelo reviews the Ojibwa. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section. 


November 21, 2008 USN 5-Inch (127mm) Mk 28 Mod 4 Twin Gun Turrets, Voyager Model 1:700 Scale, VNC0503 - Perhaps you are unhappy with the plastic twin 5-inch/38 turrets included in your latest WWII USN kit. If so, you may consider Voyager Model detail set VNC0503 for 5-Inch (127mm) Mk 28 Mod 4 turrets. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section. 


November 19, 2008 HMS Courageous 1917-1918, Light Battle Cruiser, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - Roll out the barrel or roll off the mine. The Clapham Junction fit of HMS Outrageous--- er--- HMS Courageous 1917-1918 provides a kit for a 20,000-ton fast minelayer, nee large light cruiser, prima facie light battle cruiser. Casting detail ranges the field from superb to superb, complemented with a full photo-etch fret, brass main gun barrels and masts, metal anchor chain, and a colorful decal sheet. Anyway you slice it, the Admiralty Model Works 1:700 scale HMS Courageous is a magnificent kit. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


November 18, 208 Fire Fighting Boat, Revell 1:72 Sclae, Built by Guilherme Santos - This is the Firefighter boat in 1/72 scale from Revell, built by Guilherme Santos. He used acrylic paints and enamel too. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery


November 12, 2008 Liberte 1908, The Penultimate French Predreadnought Design, FleetNet 1:700 Scale - With the 1:700 scale Liberte FleetNet provides a very good kit of the penultimate French predreadnought battleship design. The kit provides error free castings of good to excellent quality. There is no brass photo-etch fret but generic photo-etch parts can remedy this deficiency. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


November 10, 2008 The Great White Fleet Exhibit, Grand Central Station NYC, October 7 through 19, 2008 - As part of the Columbus Day celebrations; (10/7 - 10/19) an exhibition entitled "The Great White Fleet" was held in Vanderbilt Hall in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Although, now gone, John Collier captured the moment. Added to the Museum Gallery in the Ship Tours Section. 


November 9, 2008 HMS Iron Duke 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Katseas Kostas - Katseas Kostas considers the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Iron Duke to be a very sharp kit. He was not sure about the boat at the rear superstructure but it looks nice so that he decided to leave it there. Added to the Battleship Gallery


November 8, 2008 USS Becuna SS-319, Guppy Conversion - The Navy program to modernize the Gato, Balao and Tench class WWII submarines was given the acronym GUPPY (Greater Underwater Propulsive Power). In addition to removal of deck guns and other protuberances, the conning tower was covered with a streamlined sail structure which housed the snorkel and other masts, and the bow reshaped. Photographs and text by Tom Dougherty. Added to the Submarine Gallery in the Ship Tours Section. 


November 5, 2008 RN Ciclone, Italian Torpedo Boat, Delphis Model 1:350 Scale, Built by Luciano Rizzato - This is the RN Ciclone, Torpediniera di Scorta in 1:350 scale . The maker of the kit is Delphis Models, Italy. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


November 1, 2008 Yashima, Japanese Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - These are photos of Greg Shoda's model of the Japanese predreadnought battleship Yashima scratch-built in 1:550 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery


October 31, 2008 Halloween Special: Some may consider this a trick and some may consider it a treat but either way.....

Heroes of Steel Navy: Felix 'Man About Town' Bustelo - In an installment of Heroes of SteelNavy, we will almost meet the legendary Felix 'Man About Town' Bustelo. Felix glides effortlessly among the commercial and theatrical elite of Mid-Town and among the banking and financial elite of Down-Town but with his busy schedule, is difficult to locate. Added to the Feature Article Section. 


October 30, 2009 USS Constellation CV-64, 2001 Hong Kong, Photographs by Hon Lin, Chiu - Hon Lim, Chiu would like to share his 38 pictures about the retired aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) with CVW-2 that visited Hong Kong in 2001. Added to the Aircraft Carriers Gallery in the Ship Tours Section.


October 29, 2008 USS Oregon, Glencoe, Built by David Nanberg - David Nanberg said, "Here are photos of USS Oregon from the fairly awful Glencoe kit." I think you will agree that David's Oregon is far from awful when he is finished with it. Added to the Battleship Gallery


October 28, 2008 Yamashiro, Aoshima 1:700 Scale, Built by Jose Soca - This is the 1/700 scale Yamashiro from Aoshima. This kit is really well put together but we modelers are never happy with just a painted piece of plastic nowadays, so to embellish it Jose Soca used Flyhawk's Yamashiro super detail photo-etch set. Added to the Battleship Gallery


October 26, 2008 USS Saratoga Passing Through the Panama Canal, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Katseas Kostas - This is the Trumpeter 1/700 scale USS Saratoga, passing through the Panama Canal built by Katseas Kostas. Added to the Diorama Gallery


October 24, 2008 USS Essex CV9, SCB-27A Fit 1952, Iron Shipwright 1:700 Scale - The Iron Shipwright SCB-27A USS Essex is a nice but not excellent kit. Casting is good but not perfect, as there are some voids and broken parts. The Chainsaw flight deck has outstanding detail that is carried off very well in plastic. Photo-etch is good but not excellent. The instructions are clearly sub-par and will need to be supplemented for complete assembly. However, this kit can make into a very attractive model of one of the major fits of the Essex class. Added to the Aircraft Carriers Reviews Section. 


October 23, 2008 USN Air Defense Weapons I, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale - If you want the surface ships to beat off a Val out of the sun or a Kate zipping in at wave top level, you have to outfit the Duck Hunters with good gear. Well, Flyhawk Model has the solution for early war USN vessels with set FH700032, USN Air Defense Weapons I in 1:700 scale. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section. 


October 22, 2008 USN Heavy Cruiser Catapults, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale, Set AC350-39 - With the L'Arsenal USN Heavy Cruiser Catapults Set in 1:350 scale, AC350-39 you get not only the catapults in highly detailed photo-etch, but also the turntables, ducts and pistons in highly detailed resin to further enhance the three-dimensional look. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section. 


October 21, 2008 Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk, Fighter - Curtiss chose to use the new Wasp radial engine for their next fighter design for the navy after their in-line engine used for the F6C. This new design was the Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk. The Seahawk also featured fuel tanks on each side of the fuselage. Added to the Naval Aviation Gallery in the Ship Tours Section.


October 20, 2008 Admiral Ushakov, Ex-Kirov, Russian Rocket Cruiser, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Review by Bob Carr - Trumpeter’s Admiral Ushakov is big, detailed, and certainly conveys the impression of the famous battle cruiser. Unfortunately, the kit is a mixture of features from both the Ushakov and the Frunze and will require some scratch-building to correctly complete as the Ushakov/Kirov. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section. 


October 19, 2008 HMS Ajax 1941, Scratch-Built in 1:350 Scale by Phil Reeder - This is a scratch-built model of the cruiser, HMS Ajax, as she appeared in 1941. Phil Reeder used the plans in the Profile Morskie book, scaled up to 1/350th scale. Added to the Cruiser Gallery


October 18, 2008 Al Hani, Libyan Frigate, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Brett Morrow - This is a 1/700 scale resin kit of the Al Hani produced by Combrig from Russia, this manufacturer also produces the three other variants of this class, the Russian prototype `Delfin`,the Yugoslav `Beograd` and the Algerian `Rais Corso`, these are the only models of this class produced in any scale. Built by Brett Morrow. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


October 17, 2008 Preview of USS Intrepid, SCB-125 Angled Deck Essex Class, Ships & Company 1:700 Scale - Ships & Company are preparing to release their own 1:700 scale SCB-125 angled deck Essex, the USS Intrepid. Here are some photographs of the initial casting with some parts dry-fitted to give an idea of appearance. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


October 15, 2007 USS Northampton CLC-1, Command Cruiser, Imperial Hobby Productions 1:700 Scale - IHP presents most of the fixuns for a delicious dinner of the CLC-1 USS Northampton. This one-off large command cruiser served for almost two decades as a fleet command ship and its increased freeboard and towering superstructure makes a truly unique appearance in the 1950s and 1960s USN fleet. The IHP Northampton can use photo-etch and in keeping with the Craftsman type of model, the Northampton provides good but not spectacular resin castings. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section. 


October 14, 2008 Montcalm, French Light Cruiser 1952 in Along Bay, H-P Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Nicolas Dupont - This is the Light Cruiser Montcalm in 1952 in Along Bay, built by Nicolas Dupont. It was a model in 1:700 scale from H-P Model, accessorized with L'Arsenal parts. Added to the Diorama Gallery

 

October 12, 2008 USS Hopkins DD-7, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - Here are some photos of Felix Bustelo's build of the Iron Shipwright USS Hopkins DD-7 kit. It is a great little kit which captures the lines and the distinctive turtleback bow of this class of early US Navy destroyers. Added to the Destroyer Gallery


October 10, 2008 Curtiss F6C-1 Hawk, 1925 Fighter/Dive Bomber - The most famous line of aircraft for the Curtiss Aircraft Company were called the "Hawks" in that the different models ended in Hawk. The F6C Hawk was ordered by the USN in March 1925, the same month in which the navy's first aircraft carrier, USS Langley CV-1, first participated in fleet exercises. Added to the Naval Aviation Gallery in the Ship Tours Section.


October 3, 2008 October 2008 Mystery Model - The moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter is aligned with Mars....so it must be time for a Mystery Model. What is this Mysterion, who is the conjurer, and in what scale? Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery


October 2, 2008 USS Buchanan DD-484 September 2, 1945, Gleaves Class Destroyer, Dragon Cyber-Hobby 1:350 Scale - The Dragon 1:350 scale USS Buchanan 1942 kit was the best detailed injected plastic warship kit produced in that scale when released. With the USS Buchanan 1945 kit, Dragon and Cyber-Hobby have taken it a step further. Not only do you get all of the detail of the earlier kit but also you get parts to portray the ship on September 2, 1945 at the surrender ceremony in this limited edition kit. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section. 


October 1, 2008 Royal Navy Destroyers of World War II - Added to the Raven Record are 21 photographs of RN destroyers of World War two, including seven onboard photographs. Added to the Raven Record


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