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Transports, Merchant Ships, & Auxiliaries
 
 
 
HMS Melton, Racecourse Class Minesweeper, AJM Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - Overall the HMS Ascot kit by AJM Models in 1:350 scale, built as HMS Melton, was a fun build which I would recommend to more
experienced modelers. The subject matter is certainly unique and stands out among my other builds on the shelves.
SS Normandie 1935, Old Model Kits 1:350 Scale, Built by Ken Friend - This is the first build of the newly released Old Model Kits 1/350 scale resin Normandie Ocean Liner kit. The model was built straight out-of-box by Ken
Friend
with everything included except rigging lines.
USS Terror, Minelayer 1945, Scratch-Built in 192 Scale, By Bill Everett - Here are photographs of Bill Everett's 1/192 scale model of the minelayer USS Terror circa 1945.  Bill built the model without plans but by using Navsource
photos.  Parts from HR Products and Bluejacket Marine were also used.
Volga, Soviet Spy Trawler, Revell 1:142 Scale, Built by Mark Leonard - This is Mark Leonard's build of the Revell Spy Trawler ‘Volga’ in 1/142 scale. The kit dates back about 45 years now, and for its age is very nice! It turned
into an enjoyable, low-pressure job, very relaxing to do.
LCS(L)-46 1945, 1:96 Scale, Scratch-Built by Bill Everett - Here are photos of Bill Everett's 1/96 scale model of a Landing Craft Support (Large).  The model is of LCS(L)-46, 1945. It was built using plans from The Floating
Drydock and parts from H-R products, Bluejacket Marine and Haynes.
RMS Titanic, Academy 1:400 Scale, Built by Chris Flodberg - This is Academy's 1/400 scale RMS Titanic built by Chris Flodberg with mostly their premium photo-etch. He scratch-built much of the bridge structure to ensure
proper fits as well as the wing houses. The figures were hand made using brass wire and gel medium.  
SS Wendover, Freighter 1923-1943, Loose Cannon Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Bob Cicconi considers the SS Wendover in 1:700 scale to be one of the best releases from Loose Cannon Models. The kit is
multi-media with a dedicated brass photo-etch fret and custom decals.
HMS Sir Kay, Round Table Class Mine Sweeper, Caldercraft 1:48 Scale, Built by Douglas Neilson - Douglas Neilson built the Caldercraft HMS Sir Kay. At 1:48 scale it certainly is large and is shown here out for a spin. Douglas
reports that the remotely controlled Sir Kay handles well.
SS Wentworth III, Battlefleet Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Lamar B. Jones - Lamar B. Jones built the SS Wentworth III from Battlefleet Models in 1:700 scale as she appeared prior to World War Two. In
common with many British merchantman, the
Wentworth III was a victim of a submarine during the War. On May 5, 1943 the Wentworth III was sunk by U-358.
RN Varese, Italian Hospital Ship 1890, Scratch-Built in 1:350 Scale by Dr. Andrea De Bonis - The RN Varese was a warship of the Regia Marina, built in the 1860s and fought at t the Battle of Lissa against the Austrians in 1866.
She was converted to an hospital-ship for a short period in 1889-90. After her long life of service she was scrapped in 1902. Dr. Andrea De Bonis scratch-built the Varese hospital ship in 1:350 scale. It is made of sandalwood and
brass by hand.
LCVP Landing Craft, Heller 1:72 Scale, Built by Al Magnus - This is Al Magnus'es latest build, a heavily modified 1/72 scale Heller LCVP. All that was kept from the original kit was the hull, decks (upper deck with new gun tubs,
gunwales, hatches, samson post and braces), skeg, prop, loading ramp and the gun shields.
SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship, Trumpeter Ship 1:350 Scale, Built by Dave Wick - This is the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a Liberty Ship, produced in 1/350th Scale by Trumpeter and built by Dave Wick. It is built with Gold Medal
Models
and Eduard Brass accessories, in addition to Tom's Model Works 1/350th scale armor.   
USS El Paso LKA-117, Amphibious Cargo Transport, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Photographs from Maurizio Chiaro - Here is another master pattern of a new product of Ships & Co. still a US Navy subject, the USS El Paso
LKA-117, one of the  
Charleston Class amphibious cargo ships.  The model is in 1/700  scale.  
USS Wichita AOR-1, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Photographs from Maurizio Chiaro - Ships & Co. is pleased to announce that the master of the USS Wichita AOR-1 in 1:700 scale is finished. It will be soon sent to the resin  maker
to produce the kits. The kit is supplied with cast resin parts and with standard decals, but NO photo-etch inside.  
SS Catahoula, Molasses Tanker 1920-1942, Battlefleet Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Lamar Jones - This is the SS Catahoula, Molasses Tanker operated by the Cuba Distilling Company and built by Lamar Jones. The model is a
modified Hog Islander from the
Battlefleet Models line, in 1/700 scale. The modifications include down rigged booms, cut down bulwarks, plated over hatches and addition of other tank hatches, and a cat walk from the mid-ship
house to the stern.
USS Whidbey Island LSD-41, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Built by Maurizio Chiaro - Here is a new kit from Ships & Co., the USS Whidbey Island LSD-41 in 1:700 scale. Maurizio Chiaro received it from the owners to express my
opinion and for assembly. The box comes with a new image with a color that is close to blue, with the brand new label that  incorporates the
Ships & Co. logo attached to the Model Victoria logo.
RV Meteor, Revell 1:300 Scale, Built by Georgios Lefkakis - Here are some photographs of RV Meteor by Revell AG at 1/300 scale and built by Georgios Lefkakis. "Features and modifications include", ice and snow on the sides
and deck, rust and oil spills on decks and cranes,  rear drag sonar, spare prop on the front deck, steel cables and shackles, humpback whales, tender to shore boats.
LCT-610 Royal Navy June 6, 1944, Heller 1:400 Scale, Built by Peter Randall - This is the old 1:400 scale Heller LCT kit, given to Peter Randall by an IPMS Auckland member, and built as the Royal Navy LCT-610, as of June 6,
1944. The idea was just a quick build with minimal extra detailing, minimal being a loose term.
USCGC Firebush WLB-393, Coast Guard Buoy Tender, Scratch-Built in 1:48 Scale by Robert Rodriguez - This build  by Robert Rodriguez is a fully scratch-built 1/48 scale model of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Firebush  
(WLB-393). The
Firebush was a 180 foot ocean going buoy tender commissioned in July of 1944 and decommissioned in 2003 .

Sun Princess, Princess Cruise Liner, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Song Jung Gun - Song Jung Gun completed a model of the Princess Cruise Liner, Sun Princess. It is scratch-built in 1:200 scale, mainly from Ginko wood.   
USS Chanticleer ASR-7, Submarine Rescue Vessel, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - This is the USS Chanticleer ASR-7, one of the newer 1:350 scale kits from Iron Shipwrights that was released without any
fanfare, which is a shame because it is a really good kit. Like all
Iron Shipwrights kits in 1:350 scale, they build into a great model out of the box and you can add extra details. Felix Bustelo built this model.  
Jeremiah O'Brien, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Werner De keersmaecker - The model is the build by Werner De keersmaeker of the Trumpeter Jeremiah O' Brien in 1/350 scale. Gold Medal Models photo-etch was added.
Atlantic Conveyor, Cunard RoRo Container Ship/RN Auxiliary Carrier, NNT 1:700 Scale, Built by Norert Thiel - Here are some pictures of the latest NNT 1:700 scale model, the famous Atlantic Conveyor sunk at the Falkland
Islands. Built by
Norbert Thiel.  
Admirable Class Minesweeper, Lindberg 1:125 Scale, Built by Joe Brannin - This is the Lindberg Minesweeper in 1/125 scale.  It is a good basic reproduction of an Admirable class minesweeper. Joe Brannin sanded off all of the
cast plated lines and used after-market parts.  

Hermann Marwede, German Rescue Vessel, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Christian Groth - Here are pictures of the Revell kit in 1:72 scale of the German rescue vessel "Hermann Marwede" operating around Heligoland, German
Bight. The ship is build out of the box by
Christian Groth with some parts scratch-built like the handrails, the helicopter-deck, the props and so on.   
HMS LCI(L)-125, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Felix Bustelo - This is Felix Bustelo's build of the Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale HMS LCI(L)-125 kit, which is a short bridge British-design LCI.  HMS LCI(L)-125 was manned by
a Royal Canadian Navy crew with LT. Charles R. Parker RCNVR in command  at the Invasion of Normandy.   
Canberra P&O Liner, Airfix, 1:600 Scale, Built by Katseas Kostas - The Airfix 1:600 scale kit of Canberra is a bit of a dog but Katseas Kostas really likes the ship so he had to endure the pain and agony of cutting and reshaping
until he got everything to fit together. Katseas put it on a simple base to finish it off.   
USS New York LPD-21, 1:700 Scale, Built by Maurizio Chiaro -  The kit is a resin version of the metal TTH in 1:700 scale. Maurizio Chiaro removed all the metal kit details, and added new resin and plastic details.   
USS Arapaho AT-68, Battlefleet Models 1:700 Scale, Built by David Bílek - The “ ATF Fleet Ocean Tug” kit made by Battlefleet is exactly what David Bílek likes – clean, sharp and well executed resin kit, ready for detailing.
David built the kit as the
USS Arapaho AT-68.
HMS Abdiel, Fast Minelayer, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Phil Reeder - This is Phil Reeder's build of the White Ensign Model's 1;350 scale kit of the cruiser/minelayer Abdiel. The kit was well up to WEM's usual
high standard, everything went together perfectly.  
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.   
YMS-6 Yard Minesweeper, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Gordon King - The YMS (yard mine sweeper) is the Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale model from Iron Shipwrights in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and built by Gordon
King
.  
Toho Maru, Japanese Oiler, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Here are a few shots of the Fujimi 1/700 scale Toho Maru that Bob Cicconi just finished. It's right out of the box with the exception of some extra railings,
the rigging, and the flag.   
USS Cimmaron, JAG 1:700 Scale, Built by Koufopoulos Nektarios - This is the build of JAG's USS Cimmaron by  Koufopoulos Nektarios. Although it starts as an easily buildable model, on the way it becomes more difficult due
to the level of detail incorporated in this kit.  
USS Kiska AE-35, Kilauea Class, Ships & Co. 1:700 Scale, Built by Koufopoulos Nektarios - The Ships & Co. Kilauea class 1:700 scale kit is very good overall. It has few parts so assembly is quick and easy. Koufopoulos
Nektarios
built the kit as USS Kiska AE-35.  
Grille, German State Yacht & Aviso, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Peter Fulgoney - The Aviso Grille was the state yacht of Germany before WW2, and was to play another part after the conflict. As it happened, the ship became
a mine layer, and was sold after the war as a cruise liner. This is the
Combrig 1:700 scale kit of Grille built by Peter Fulgoney.  
Chiyoda, Japanese Seaplane Carrier, Aoshima 1:700 Scale, Built by Grzegorz Nowak - This is the kit from Aoshima in 1:700 scale of the Japanese seaplane carrier "CHIYODA" in the early 1942 configuration. Built by Grzegorz
Nowak
, additional parts include photo-etch from Tom's Modelworks.  
USS Lloyd ADP-63, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by David Bilek -  The ADP-63 USS Lloyd fast attack transport was built from the NIKO Model kit APD Liddle in 1/700 scale. David Bilek used Gold Medal Models railings and
Oerlikons, Lion Roar 40mm Bofors AA guns, Eduard figures, Fine Molds searchlights,
Tom's Modelwork flotation net baskets and many more.   
RMS Lusitania, 1:350 Scale, Built by Nick Dragone - These are several pictures of a 1/350 scale RMS Lusitania that Nick Dragone just finished. Gold Medal Models photo-etch was used on the kit.  
LCM(3), Trumpeter 1:35 Scale, Built by Charles Reynolds - This model is a U.S. Navy LCM (3) landing craft of WWII. The kit was a Trumpeter injection-molded kit of 1:35 scale and built by Charles Reynolds.
USS Mount Whitney, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by John Griesbacker - This is the build of the Trumpeter 1/700 scale USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 by John Griesbacker. He finished this kit using photo-etch railings from Gold
Medal Models
' 1/700 Tarawa/Saipan set
LST, Lindberg 1:250 Scale, Built by Glen Hill - Glen Hill tackles the ancient mariner in the form of the venerable LST kit from Lindberg in 1:250 scale. Glen thinks the kit was very fun to build and in part liked the kit "because the
plastic that this model is made of is almost as thick as the steel used to make the real thing!"  
Mimosa, MSC-60 Coastal Minesweeper, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - This is the L'Arsenal 1/400 scale kit of a MSC 60 class coastal minesweeper. These were USN vessels and many were transferred to France
and other countries after WW2.
Felix Bustelo built this model as the Mimosa and it is built basically out of the box.
HMS Fearless, Airfix 1:600 Scale, Built by Chee Wee Sim - This is the newly built Airfix 1/600 scale HMS Fearless. Chee Wee Sim used White Ensign Models photo-etch parts, Skywave parts for the seacat missile, Phalanx
CIWS and scratch built parts to enhance this model.   
Hawaiian Pilot, Revell, Built by Pete Canter - Here's a version of Revell's Hawaiian Pilot built by Pete Canter. Basically it is built straight from the box. He cut away all molded railings and installed Gold Medal Models photo-etch
railings, painted upper decks Humbrol dark green, and used Revell beige for masts and booms.   
USCGC Cedar, Buoy Tender, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - These are some photos a build of the Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1/350 scale kit of the USCGC Cedar WAGL-207. Felix
Bustelo
built the kit to represent the ship in her peacetime role of buoy tender.   
HMS London, Minelayer Ex-Battleship 1918, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Kernaghan - In 1917 the battleship London was ordered back to the UK from the Mediterranean for conversion into a minelayer. She joined the 1st
Minelaying Squadron in January 1918.
Rob Kernaghan converted the Combrig 1:700 scale model of HMS Queen to portray the London as a minelayer.
Liberty Ship, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale - These photographs show the 1:350 scale Liberty Ship produced by L’Arsenal. Luciano Rizzato of the Modellistica Monfalconese Club built the model. Luciano also added other items from L’
Arsenal
: Balsa Rafts AC350-30; LCVP AC350-03; Naval Figures AC350-25; and Combat Figures AC350-33. Also, items from the Gold Medal Models Liberty Ship 1:350 scale photo-etch set were used.
HMCS Lockeport, Bangor Class Minesweeper, 1:72 Scale - These are photos of a 1:72 scale model of HMCS Lockeport, a Bangor Class Minesweeper of World War Two. The model was scratch-built by Bev Clark, except for the
screws.
HMCS Stratford, Bangor Class Minelayer, 1:192 Scale - These are photographs of the model of the HMCS Stratford. The model is entirely scratch-built in 1:192 scale by Charles Matthews.  The hull is a resin copy of his master,
which was made from balsa wood and covered with sheet plastic plating.  Everything else is made from bits of plastic, brass and resin.  The pilot house is entirely open . The railing and stairways are from
Gold Medal Models
Photo-Etch in 1:192 scale.
Royal Navy LCI-252, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - This is the Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale LCI. Ryan Cameron converted it into a RN/RCN version by chopping down the wheelhouse and rebuilt all
deck details from photos.
USS Cimarron AO-177, 1:350 Scale - From the Land of Oz comes John Sykes with his USS Cimarron AO-177. Here are some photos of John's 1:350 scale USS Cimarron (AO177) oiler that he built last year. It is completely
scratch-built other than the Phalanx guns and some of the boat gear.
USS Tortuga LSD-26, Lindberg, Box-Scale - Ah, Lindberg, a name that evokes memories of the past. However, Lindberg is still kicking and here is one model by the company that builds into a surprisingly nice reproduction. Or at
least that is how it looks from this build of
USS Tortuga LSD-26 from Lindberg built by Kevin Mickna.
NS Savannah, Nuclear Powered Freighter, Glencoe 1:350 Scale - Dave Judy  used mainly the hull, deck, and major superstructure parts, lifeboats, propeller of the 1:350 scale Glencoe model of the NS Savannah and he
scratch-built the rest. There were times when he thought...."
Why am I doing this?" But Dave thinks that with a little patience and some extra work, seasoned with a pinch of masochism, even the older kits can be made presentable!
SS Jeremiah O’Brien, Liberty Ship, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale – Alfred of the Nuernberg Ship’s Modellers-Club has built the SS Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship produced by Trumpeter in 1:350 scale. The build is mostly right from the
bow but with the addition of some ladders from
Gold Medal Models.
Kazahaya, Japanese Oiler, 1:700 Scale - Frank Halbe of Germany scratch-built this model of the Japanese oiler Kazahaya in 1:700 scale.