|Battleships & Battlecruisers
Imprial Russian Armored Steam Battery 1874, Commanders/Iron Shipwright
– Do you like well-rounded warship designs? If so, here is your cup of
tea. Russia needed armored warships to operate in the Black Sea that
would maximize firepower and armor on the lightest possible displacement
and shallowest draft. Vice Admiral A. A. Popov thought he had a better
idea and came up with a round ship. Commanders/Iron Shipwright
has produced a 1:192 scale multimedia model of the Novgorod,
the first armored warship to operate in the Black Sea for Russia. Review
by Steve Backer.
Suvorov, Imperial Russian Battleship 1905, Eastern Express 1:350 Scale
- Do you like your battleships with slab sides or with graceful
curves? If you like curves, it is hard to beat the extreme tumblehome of
the Borodino Class
battleships of Imperial Russia. The Kniaz
Suvorov was a member of this class and became the
flagship of Vice Admiral Rozhestvensky and the 2nd Pacific Squadron.
From this ship Rohestvensky commanded his fleet from the Baltic through
an 18,000-mile epic voyage only to end in disaster at Tsushima slightly
over 100 years ago. Eastern Express of Russia has produced a
1:350 scale model of this imposing battleship. Review by Steve Backer.
Agincourt, The Gin Palace 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In the
space of less than eight months the largest battleship in the world was
owned by three different countries. Ordered by Brazil to overawe the
Argentines and Chile as Rio de Janeiro,
she was then sold to Turkey, as Sultan Osman
I, who desired to fight the Greeks and on the eve of her
departure for Turkey was ordered seized by Winston Churchill for the
Royal Navy and named HMS Agincourt.
No battleship ever carried so many main gun turrets, so many main guns
or so great a secondary. She was the longest and heaviest battleship of
her time. Combrig now produces a 1:700 scale model of the Gin
Palace as she appeared in 1918. Review by Steve Backer.
North Carolina BB-55, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale - For some time
modelers have been asking, "Has any one seen the Trumpeter North
Carolina? What is it like?" You need no longer be in
the dark because Guido Hopp has filed a full reconnaissance
report in photographs and text on the USS
North Carolina in 1:350 Scale from Trumpeter.
Thanks to Guido, you can see that there is smooth sailing ahead.
USS Belleau Wood CVL-24 -
NAVYPLAN, a new company from France, has produced a four sheet
set of plans in 1:100 Scale for this Independence
Class Light Carrier. Each sheet is eight feet long and
following the plans would produce a model over six feet long (1.91m).
New accessories from L'Arsenal
are seen in the July 2002 Update.
Now available are the long awaited Bofors Quad 40mm 1:350 (six
per pack), Breguet Alize, modern French ASW aircraft 1:400
(five per pack), and F4U Corsair Four Bladed Propeller 1:400
(five per pack).
Chaucer reviews the Gold Medal Models 1:700 photo-etched
fret for the Modern USS
Brass for the Trumpeter 1:200 Russian
Destroyer Sovremenny, White Ensign Models has
produced a large and expensive two fret brass photo-etched set for
this large model. Is it worth the expense? That, as with beauty, is in
the eye of the beholder.
Photo-Etched Brass Fret Set for the S-100,
White Ensign Models has produced a two fret set, specifically
designed for the Schnellboote S-100 from Revell in 1:72 scale.
1:600 Warship Parts, Peter Hall's Atlantic Models
has started producing a range of detailed parts, designed to spruce up
those classic Airfix kits. Review by Felix Bustelo.
Tom's Photo-Etch Set for the Boats of
the 1:350 Banner Arizona by Bradford Chaucer
Regia Marina 1:700 Photo-etch for Vittorio Veneto and
Italian Navy Warships by Steven Backer
WEM Photoetched Brass for the Airfix 1:600 Moskva Kit
by Mike Leonard
Brass Fit for a King: A Look at Photoeteched Brass
for the ICM Konig by Steve Backer
Fowlers Naval Ensign and Jacks Decal Sheets by Rusty White
Tom's Modelworks 1:232 USS Olympia set for use with Revell kit
Tom's Modelworks 1:250 Destroyer Escort set for Revell Buckley DE/ HMS Bligh
Snyder and Short USN Paint Chips by Kenneth H.
Tom's Modelworks 1/720th Graf Zepelin brass set
Tom's Modelworks 1/700th IJN Tenders and Repair Ships brass set
Gold Medal Models 1:720 Set for US Supercarriers by Les
Tom's Modelworks 1/225th USS Oregon brass set for Glencoe kit
Water Navy 1/350 WWII US Navy ships and aircraft decal sheet
Water Navy 1/350 IJN ships decal
Tom's Modelworks 1/700th Liberty Ship brass set
White Ensign Models 1/700th IJN AA Weapons
Shipwright 1:350 Etched Brass
Detailing Set for Minicraft Titanic (Preview)
Gold Medal Models 1:540 Set for Revell USN Carriers by Les Dorr
Tom's Modelworks 1/700 Set #726 WWII IJN Heavy Cruiser
|American Civil War Era Ships
CSS Palmetto State, The Ladies'
Gunboat, Cottage Industry Models 1:96 Scale - Charleston,
South Carolina is known for its grace, charm and of course Southern
hospitality but early in 1863 the Yankee blockading squadron had
overstayed its welcome. The southern ram ironclads CSS
and Chicora went out to
greet the blockaders. Early in the morning of January 30, 1863 both
ironclads made for the harbor entrance as they steamed past Fort
Sumter. On that night the moon was only three days short of full, so
there was plenty of light, even though it was in the middle of the
night. Outside of the harbor the Union blockading squadron had no idea
as to what was about to descend upon them. Cottage Industry Models
produces an 1:96 scale model of one of the most successful ironclads
of the Confederacy, CSS Palmetto State.
Review by Steve Backer.
CSS Arkansas, Red Ironclad of the
Mississippi, Old Steam Navy 1:96 Scale - The operational
life of the Confederate Steam Ram CSS
Arkansas spanned the period of July 12 to August 6,
1862 but it was 25 days of glory. The Arkansas
defied two Union squadrons and successfully fought three battles
in one day. Through the skill and courage of her crew the Confederacy
won a strategic victory, which was promptly thrown away by General
Earl Van Dorn, CSA. Old Steam Navy has produced a 1:96 scale
model of the fighting ironclad. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Monitor, Verlinden
1:200 Scale - Verlinden, a company best known for
producing high quality diorama accessories in resin, has produced a
resin kit of the USS Monitor.
the Union's Cheesebox on a Raft. The model is in 1:200 scale
and has resin parts with no photo-etch. Ed Grune provides a
review of his build of the kit.
USS Monitor - Two
new kits of the USS Monitor
are just making an appearance. One of them is the first new injection
plastic kit of this important warship since the 1950s. Bob Santos
has built the 1:144 scale kit of USS
Monitor from Battle Axe and reviews the product.
CSS Hunley -
A Build Review by Brad Crisler of the Cottage Industries
1:72nd scale kit of the first successful submarine.
Revell 1:96 CSS Alabama/USS Kearsarge Comparative Review
by Joel Labow
Industry Models 1/96 USS Keokuk by Alberto Rada
Thoroughbred 1/600th CSS Tennessee by Rob Mackie