Cruiser Reviews
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Rurik II, Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser 1909, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - With the Combrig Rurik II in 1:350 scale you can build one
of the largest and most powerful armored cruisers ever built, at least until Jackie Fisher’s
HMS Invincible spoiled everything. The multimedia kit gives you the
parts to build either the 1909 or 1912 fits.
RN San Giorgio, Italian Armored Cruiser 1941, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - To date this is E.V.A.’s most ambitious and largest kit release
and of a very interesting subject. Overall the casting has improved, but there are still some issues with the smaller parts and the amount of excess resin along the
bottom of some of the parts makes for a lot of work that could be avoided. Yet with some work this will build into a beautiful model of
San Giorgio in her final
days valiantly defending Tobruk against Allied forces.
SMS Scharnhorst, Imperial German Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The SMS Scharnhorst by Combrig in 1:350 scale is
one of the best kits from the company. With a detailed hull casting, excellently detailed smaller resin parts, two brass photo-etch frets and the best instructions
that
Combrig has produced, the flagship of Maximilian Graf von Spee will look spectacular.
Niitaka, Japanese Protected Cruiser 1904, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Combrig’s Niitaka is a nice resin model of Imperial Japan’s first
successful Japanese designed and built cruiser. Pros: nicely cast, crisp resin parts. Cons: no photo-etch and masts/yards not provided. The cons can easily be
overcome with 3rd party generic photo-etch and plastic rod found at most hobby shops.
USS Boston, Protected Cruiser 1887, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Even though the New York World proclaimed, "John Roach’s career as a
naval barnacle is ended
.", never fear. You can still proudly steam into Manila Bay in your own Roach Motel built at the Roach Yards of Chester, Pennsylvania.
Combrig provides a nice 1:700 scale model of one of the first warships on the New American Steel Navy, the USS Boston, protected cruiser of 1887.
HMS Suffolk, County Class Heavy Cruiser 1942, Neptun Model 1:1250 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Neptun Model of Germany is the largest producer of
fine metal models of World War Two warships.
Neptun makes five different models of the British County Class heavy cruisers. This is the HMS Suffolk of the
Kent Class in her 1942 fit.
Java, Dutch Light Cruiser 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Dutch cruiser Java in 1:700 scale by Niko Model is a lovely kit.
Detailed resin parts abound from stem to stern, further amplified by a relief-etched brass photo-etch. If you even have a passing interest of the doomed ABDA
strike force, the
Niko Model Java is a must have.
Bayan, Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, Bayan in 1:350 scale is another very good release from
Combrig, marred only by the omission of ratlines from the photo-etch. It is exciting to see another Imperial Russian Navy cruiser in 1:350 scale.
Svetlana, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Svetlana in 1:350 scale is another great release from
Combrig. It is fantastic to see another Imperial Russian warship in 1:350 scale, especially one as exotic and striking as Svetlana.
HMS Jamaica 1942, Colony Class Cruiser, L'Arsenal 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Royal Navy aficionados are not used to shouting Vive La France!
If they can’t bring themselves to go that far, they should shout
Vive L’Arsenal for bringing a very high quality kit of HMS Jamaica, Colony Class cruiser in 1:
700 scale.
Chervona Ukrainia, Soviet Light Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig Chervona Ukrainia in 1:700 scale is very impressive.
With parts for five different fits from 1927 through 1941 this Soviet light cruiser, designed for the Tsar’s navy but sunk by Stukas, comes with a very large relief-
etched brass fret and a host of fine resin parts.
HMS Exeter, Cathedral Class Heavy Cruiser 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Niko Model has produced an excellent 1:700 scale kit of
HMS Exeter in her fit of 1942 fighting with the doomed ABDA Strike Force at the Battle of Java Sea. Niko provides excellent resin parts, full brass photo-etch
fret and brass rod/wire. It is a classic kit for a classic cruiser.
HMS Aurora, British Light Cruiser 1945 and Chung King, Chinese Light Cruiser 1948, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Rob Brown - The Flyhawk
1:700 scale models of
HMS Aurora 1945 and her subsequent appearance as the Nationalist Chinese Chung King 1948 are highly recommended kits,
well-researched, well-engineered, and well-packaged. Flyhawk is to be congratulated for on providing us with another class of Royal Navy cruiser in 1/700 scale.  
Tromp, Dutch Light Cruiser 1942, Pacific Crossroads 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Tromp by Pacific Crossroads fills yet another gap in World
War II warships as until now there has been no kit of
Tromp in 1/350 scale. Dutch Navy fans should be pleased to have a model of this handsome ship finally
available. Due to the sheer amount and complexity of the photo-etch parts I would recommend this kit to modelers with more advanced skills. The build appears
to be a bit challenging but in the end it should result in a fine looking model.
Aurora, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Aurora appears to be another good release from
Combrig though there are a few minor issues. It is great to see another Imperial Russian warship in 1:350 scale, especially one as lovely as Aurora.
HMS Naiad, Dido Class Light Cruiser, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Rob Brown - This is a highly recommended kit, and it will make a splendid
addition to any collection. Royal Navy enthusiasts have waited a very long time for an injection molded
Dido (or any RN cruiser for that matter) in 1/700 and
Flyhawk is to be heartily congratulated for providing such a well-researched and well-engineered kit. One can only hope for more!    
SMS Fürst Bismarck, Imperial Germany's First Armored Cruiser, NNT 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The NNT SMS Fürst Bismarck in 1:700 scale is
a true multimedia kit of the first of the German armored cruisers of the Kaiser’s navy. When laid down she was significantly stronger than the contemporary  
Royal Navy design going into construction. With a comprehensive array of resin, brass, plaster and paper parts,
NNT covers everything from soup to nuts. On to
Beijing, its time to go after those pesky Boxers!
HMS Glasgow, Town Class Cruiser 1914, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall,the HMS Glasgow kit in 1:350 scale appears to be another
good release from
Combrig, although there are a few minor issues. It is great to see another World War I warship in 1:350 scale and Felix Bustelo expects to
see more from
Combrig now that we are approaching the centennial of this conflict.  
De Ruyter, Dutch Light Cruiser 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Niko Model has provided a highly detail multi-media kit of the De
Ruyter
in 1:700 scale, including fine resin parts, relief-etched brass and separate wire all the way down to 0.1mm in width. Because of the intricacies of some of
the subassemblies, it may be too much for an initial resin modeler, but for everyone else, have at it!
HMS Coventry, Anti-Aircraft  Cruiser 1941, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - From scout for the Grand Fleet in World War One to
anti-aircraft cruiser in World War Two, the
HMS Coventry had a long career that came to an abrupt end on September 14, 1942. If you want first class resin
casting, superb relief-etched photo-etch, all complemented by unmatched instructions, you can’t go wrong with the
White Ensign Models 1:700 scale HMS
Coventry
.
De Ruyter, Dutch Light Cruiser 1942, Pacific Crossroads 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - I recommend the Pacific Crossroads De
Ruyter
in 1:350 scale. It might not be for everyone, because the Dutch cruisers of the doomed ABDA Strike Force are off the beaten path. However,
the design is unique and compelling and the execution by
Pacific Crossroads, except for a few minor issues, is excellent.
USS Indianapolis CA-35, Academy Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Is this the greatest kit in the world?… well no. But it is
affordable and appears to be a relatively easy to build kit that when completed will give you a good model of the
USS Indianapolis. There are a few
spots where the kit falls short but there is certainly a lot more good than bad here. This kit will give you a very good foundation to add as much detail and
aftermarket parts as your heart desires.
Nachi 1943, Myoko Class Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Aoshima 1:350 Scale - This is a photographic review of the marvelous Aoshima 1:350 scale kit of Nachi
1943 fit, when she was flagship of the 5th fleet in the Aleutian campaign.
HMS Kent, County Class Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:350 Scale - From 1898 to 1905 the Royal Navy designed seven classes of armored cruisers. In less than
a decade, in this period of armored cruiser mania, there were 35 British armored cruisers built. Ten of these were of the trade protection
County Class. HMS
Kent
was one of these. With the Combrig 1:350 scale Kent , any modeler can build a resin and brass version of one of the victors of the Falklands.
HMAS Perth, Sydney or Improved Leander Class Light Cruiser, NNT 1:700 Scale Deluxe Kit - The 1:700 scale HMAS Perth, deluxe version produced by
NNT, is an excellent model. The castings range from excellent to good. The design of the ship with its numerous platforms with support structures, well executed
by
NNT in resin and photo-etch, will make for busy and intricate upper works and the range-finding baffles on the funnels make Perth totally unique. The
inclusion of brass barrels and additional photo-etch frets in the deluxe
Perth makes shopping for 3rd party after-market detail nonexistent to minimal.
USS Worcester CL-144 1958, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - An exemplary product in every facet except one, as the photo-etch inclined ladders are
merely ordinary and not exceptional, the
Admiralty Model Works 1:700 scale USS Worcester can be built as the 1958 fit with unique parts for the Worcester or
Roanoke with a 3rd option for a Worcester 1950 fit. This is an outstanding kit with superb resin parts, brass barrels and masts and two relief-etched frets that
provides the best kit available of the unique heavy AA
Worcester class light cruiser.
Long Beach CGN-9, Nuclear Missile Cruiser 1961, Cyber-Hobby/Dragon 1:700 Scale - Cyber-Hobby/Dragon had produced a plastic and brass 1:700 scale
model of the last true cruiser to be built for the USN, the splendid
USS Long Beach. Thoughtfully, parts for the 1961 and 1967 fits have been included as well as
a lower hull part for full hull enthusiasts. Now you can fire up your nuke and go on that long delayed around the world cruise.
HMS Ajax, Leander Class Light Cruiser, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale – Hey Bunky, now you can guffaw at the Graf, laugh at Langsdorf and chortle at the
Chermans because
Iron Shipwright has the perfect antidote to plastic Graf Spees with a ISW 1:350 scale HMS Ajax. How can a brutish plastic Graf stand up
against a spanking new resin and brass
Ajax , manned with men with Hearts of Oak?
USS Roanoke CL-145 1957, AA Light Cruiser, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - The Niko Roanoke is a very good kit with excellent resin castings and a large brass
photo-etch fret. However, the hull casting has a significant shortcoming with no wooden planking detail. Further, with no plan view in the instructions, additional
reference will be needed for exact placement of a few fittings.  
Edgar Quinet 1911, French Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Thanks to Combrig, you now can get a 1:700 scale of the best of the French armored
cruisers, the
Edgar Quinet. An ancestor of the heavy cruiser, the Edgar Quinet ditched the mixed armament of France other countries' armored cruisers and
went to an all big gun armament of fourteen 7.6-inch guns mounted in twin gun turrets, single gun turrets and casemate guns. With a speed of 24-knots, the
Edgar Quinet was a good design. There was only one problem. Across the channel the Royal Navy started building the Invincible class battle cruisers that put an
end to armored cruiser mania and introduced battle cruiser madness.
Emanuele Filiberto Duca D'Aosta 1935, Italian Light Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The fourth class of Condottieri Italian Light Cruisers continued with the
trend for larger but better protected cruisers. The two ships of the
Duca D’Aosta Class saw another jump in displacement and continued the Italian tradition of
designing elegant warships.
Combrig has released their own 1:700 scale model of Duca D'Aosta.   
USS Atlanta 1886, Protected Cruiser, First of the New Steel Navy, Combrig 1:700 Scale - So what if the USS Atlanta protected cruiser rode the pine at the
New York Navy Yard for the big one of 1898, while sister ship
USS Boston snagged the glory at the Battle of Manila Bay. You don't have to feel like a Times
Square Commando when you get the
Combrig 1:700 scale USS Atlanta. Snag one of these babies and you'll be ready to send in the Marines at any of those
pesky Central American, South American or Caribbean states that dare to threaten US interests and critical banana supply.
Dupleix, Desaix Class Armored Cruiser 1903, U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 Scale - You can go to any four star restaurant on the Champs d’Elysée and you won’
t find a dish as tasty as the
U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 scale French armored cruiser Dupleix. Although not perfect, the Dupleix is a very commendable first
effort at a large kit for
U-Boat Laboratorium.
USS Marblehead 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - This is clearly another winner from Niko Model. Through a wide variety of resin and brass photo-etch parts,
all of which are very well executed, one 1942 variant of the wacky and wonderful
Omaha class can be built. If you like these slim jim, over-loaded, four stack
retro-cruisers, the 1:700 scale Niko Model 1942
USS Marblehead is for you.  
USS Portland CA-33, Sweet Pea 1944, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - From the horrific Battle of the Pips or the green hell of Majuro, along with lesser known
engagements such as Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Surigao Strait and Okinawa, the
USS Portland CA-33 seemed to be everywhere and was lucky. Now
Niko Model has produced an excellent 1:700 scale model of the Sweet Pea as she appeared in 1944 when she blazed away at the
Yamashiro and smashed the
bridge and engine room of
Mogami.
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.
USS Huntington CL-107 1948, Fargo Class Light Cruiser, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Niko Model has produced an excellent 1:700 scale model of USS
Huntington
in her 1948 fit. One of only two ships in the "improved" Cleveland design, as the Fargo class was called. The Huntington, along with the Fargo,
had very short careers. However, as a design, their single stack and reduced superstructure, made them rather beautiful, balanced cruisers.
Chokai, Japanese Takao Class Heavy Cruiser 1942, Aoshima 1:350 Scale - Aoshima has produced a very fine 1:350 scale model of the most impressive of the
Japanese heavy cruisers, the
Takao Class. The Chokai 1942 kit is perfect for the Chokai and Maya in 1942 and with some fairly easy modifications for all four
members of the class in 1936.
USS St Louis CL-49 1942, Midship Models 1:700 Scale, Kit Review by Andrew Payne - The new Midship Model of USS St. Louis CL-49 portrays the ship as
she appeared in summer and fall 1942. This review is a little bit different, as it is bifurcated. The actual kit review is by
Andrew Payne and the photographs and
history are by Steve Backer.
HMAS Sydney 1914, H-P Models 1:700 Scale, Review by George Hargreaves - HMAS Sydney engaged the German light cruiser Emden on 9th November 1914
and sank her.
George Hargreaves reviews the H-P Models 1:700 scale kit of the HMAS Sydney of the First World War.
HMS Norfolk, British County Class Heavy Cruiser, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale Photographic Review - Some warships of the Royal Navy in
World War Two won fame in the Mediterranean. However, there is one that won her fame by hunting big game on the open ocean and holds the unique
distinction of being the only Royal Navy warship to engage and participate in the destruction of two German battleships. That ship is the heavy cruiser
HMS
Norfolk
. Now Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a multi-media 1:350 scale model of the famed HMS Norfolk.
HMS Drake, British Armored Cruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig presents another winner with their 1:700 scale model of HMS Drake. The cruiser
hull is large and impressive and yet with less parts on the included photo-etch fret than found in most
Combrig release, the Drake should prove an easy build.
SMS Blucher, German Armored Cruiser 1914, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Combrig has done another admirable job in producing a 1:700 scale replica of the best of
the armored cruisers. Although a World War One warship, this
Blucher kit is not for the beginner. With its numerous searchlight platforms and raised boat skids,
there are some delicate subassemblies found here. However, for everybody else the
Combrig Blucher is recommended without reservation.
USS Monterey CG-61, Ticonderoga Class Aegis Missile Cruiser, Dragon 1:700 Scale - The Dragon 1:700 scale USS Monterey, CG-61, continues where the
DML
USS Philippine Sea kit ended. It is the same kit with two significant differences. One of course is the new decal sheet with names and numbers of CG-61
through CG-63. The other difference is the inclusion of a new sprue, which includes an assortment of radomes and communication domes. This presents the
most modern Tico fit yet offered.
USS Cleveland, Denver Class Peace Cruiser 1918, Modelkrak 1:700 Scale - "Hurry, hurry, hurry! Git chur Peace Cruisers raht chere!" Do your friends in the
Bay Area make fun of you for war toys? Are your love beads too tight from inhaling resin vapors of the latest warship model? The solution is to build the
Modelkrak 1:700 scale
USS Cleveland "Peace Cruiser", rather than a "Warship".
HMS Leviathan, Drake Class Armored Cruiser 1903, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - Leviathan is a proper name for a member of this class of
gigantic armored cruiser. For years the members of this class were among the largest and fastest warships in the world. Now, thanks to
Combrig, 1:700 models
of these giants can grace the Home Fleet of any modeler.
USS Philippine Sea CG-58, Ticonderoga Class Aegis Missile Cruiser, Dragon 1:700 Scale - The 1:700 scale USS Philippine Sea, CG-58, represents the VLS
equipped version of the
Ticonderoga class Aegis missile cruiser. Dragon extends the Premium Edition execution to one of the primary AA platforms of the
modern USN. With a brass fret with lattice masts, radars and a full set of railing, not to mention a new gorgeous decal sheet,
Dragon adds more bang for the
buck with this Premium Edition.
HMS Kent, County Class Armored Cruiser 1903, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Time to revenge the Monmouth. With the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Kent, you’ll
have the most effective of the 35 armored cruisers to fly the White Ensign. This small
County class armored cruiser sank two German light cruisers in distant
waters and justified the
County class design concept as commerce protectors.
Guided Missile Fleet, USS Boston, USS Nautilus & USS Currituck, Revell Reissue - Beat the prices of E-Bay and get half-century old Models for a pittance.
With the reissue of Revell’s Guided Missile Fleet and Seaplane Tender you can relive a simpler period when this set was the ne plus ultra of shipbuilding.
SMS Gneisenau, German Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - If it is time to add Grosser Kreuzer to your High Seas Fleet, the
Combrig 1:700 scale SMS Gneisenau will more than suffice. This highly detailed kit replicates one of the best armored cruisers produced by Imperial Germany,
which in the short span of 36 days went from overwhelming victory to overwhelming defeat.
HMS Monmouth, County Class Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Join the Cult of the Armored Cruiser! There is no need for passwords, secret
handshakes or decoder rings. Nor do you need to recite passages from
Whispers From the Fleet. With the Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Monmouth you will get an
excellent model of one of Kit Cradock’s doomed squadron.
USS Vesuvius, Pneumatic Dynamite Gun Cruiser 1890, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Pssst! Hey Buddy, do you need a naval equalizer to all of those fancy-pants
European Fleets? Take a gander at this Rolex, …er…, Pneumatic Dynamite Gun Cruiser, instant naval credibility on the cheap. What if you could get a 900-ton
ship, which mounted three 15-inch guns and capable of a blindingly fast 21-knots, all for the laughably low price of 350k smackers. These are no ordinary
cannons but through the miracle of compressed air and American know-how, they fire nitrocellulose, dynamite filled shells. One hit from one of these babies and
there goes one of those expensive 15,000-ton battleships. With a squadron of these in your fleet, John Bull will go weak in his knees, Kaiser Bill will have heart
palpitations and the Dons will be all a-twitter.
Combrig has produced this marvel of naval technology of 1890 in 1:700 scale with their release of USS Vesuvius.
HMS Cumberland, County Class Armored Cruiser 1904, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Photographic Review - The first of the 1:700 scale Royal Navy armored
cruisers have now been released by
Combrig. The photographs of the Cumberland in this article, show the components found in the kit. This article is basically a
pictorial review/preview of the kit. The hull is surprisingly large with a goodly quantity of excellent resin fittings and equipment.
SMS Regensburg, German Light Cruiser 1917, H-P Models 1:700 Scale - The H-P Models 1:700 scale model of SMS Regensburg presents a good model but
does present some significant deficiencies. Parts range from good to mediocre and the lack of locator lines on the deck presents a pitfall for the unwary.
However, with care and a few changes a very nice model of this light cruiser can be built.
USS San Diego CL-53, USN AA Cruiser, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale - Dragon provides a vast number of parts in their Premium Edition kit for USS
San Diego
. However, only about 40% to 50% of the parts are used as Dragon has included upgraded, more detailed parts for some items, as well as older parts
found in the previous
Atlanta release. A brand-new photo-etch fret designed for this kit and new decal sheet are also very significant upgrades that add detail to
the Premium Edition. The
Atlanta class has always been popular and with the array of different AA guns and radar, almost any fit of the ships of the class can be
duplicated.
HMS Abdiel, Fast Mine Layer 1943, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - The White Ensign Models 1:350 scale HMS Abdiel is a significant release of a
neglected type of warship. Far better known as an ultra-high speed transport in transporting the most critical items and supplies, especially to Malta, than for
laying mines, the four ships of the class in the 1938 program were crucial assets for the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean War. This is not a small model but is not
out-sized. The
WEM resin, white metal and brass kit is absolutely stunning. Every type of part is first rate and concludes with the best instructions in the business.
USS Olympia, Protected Cruiser 1898, Combrig 1:700 Scale - You may build when ready Gridley! Your name does not have to be Charles Gridley to appreciate
the
Combrig USS Olympia in 1:700 scale. The lines are right, the parts are right and defect free, the instructions are clear, almost every aspect of the model is
tweaked to provide for an easy and enjoyable build.
USS Chicago, Protected Cruiser 1898, Combrig 1:700 Scale – The USS Chicago, a protected cruiser laid down in 1883, was the most powerful warship in the
new American Steel Navy for half a decade. When laid down in 1883 at the John Roach Yards of Chester, Pennsylvania, she was the largest warship that could
have built at that time in the United States.
Combrig has now produced a 1:700 scale kit of the USS Chicago as she appeared after her 1895-1898 refit. Review
by Steve Backer.    
Scipione Africano, Capitani Romani Class Italian Light Cruiser, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Named after the famed general Scipio Africanus of the Roman
Republic, the
Scipione Africano was one of only three ships of the Capitani Romani Class of ultra light cruisers to enter service of the Regia Marina in World
War Two. Built as an answer to very large destroyers building for the French Navy, the ships featured huge power plants on small frames and were extremely
fast.
Scipione Africano was victorious in her only surface action in the war when she was attacked by four British torpedo boats (MTBs) in the Strait of Messina.
Niko Model of Poland produces a very good 1:700 scale model of this beautiful cruiser. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Chicago CG-11, Albany Class Missile Cruiser, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Do you like your "Tall Ladies" really tall and stately? Geoff
Coo
k does and built the new Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale USS Albany missile cruiser as USS Chicago CG-11 for the 2005 USA IPMS Nationals.
In this article Geoff tells about the kit and how he built it.
USS Baltimore, USN Protected Cruiser 1890, Combrig, 1:700 Scale – The best of the cruisers built for the USN in the 1880s, the USS Baltimore was a second
generation cruiser of the new US Steel Navy built from a British design. Built as a flagship, the
Baltimore was scheduled to replace USS Olympia as flagship US
Asiatic Squadron but in preparation for war with Spain, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt let the squadron commander, George Dewey, to
keep
Olympia as well as Baltimore. Second in line at the Battle of Manila Bay the USS Baltimore saw the advent of three wars in which the USN rose from a 5th
Class power to the most potent naval force ever seen.
Combrig has released a 1:700 scale of the USS Baltimore, protected cruiser of 1890. Review by Steve
Backer.
Admiral Makarov Project 1134A Berkut A Kresta II, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Admiral Makarov was the fourth of the ten ship class of Large Antisubmarine
Ships (BPK) of Project 1134A Berkut A, NATO Code name Kresta II. A derivation of the previous Project 1134 Berkut, Kresta I, this class changed missions with
a true ASW capability, rather than being a Rocket Cruiser (RKR) with a name change, as was the Kresta I.
Combrig now has released models of four ships in the
class, including the
Admiral Makarov, in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.
ORP Conrad, Polish D Class Light Cruiser 1944, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Some ship designs seem to be caught between two wars. The Royal Navy D Class
light cruiser was one of these designs. The first three were ordered in 1916 and two of these became the only two cruisers of the Polish Navy in World War
Two.
HMS Danae, the first of the D Class was transferred to the Polish Navy and renamed ORP Conrad in 1944 as a replacement for her sistership, ORP
Dragon
which was sunk off Caen, one week after D-Day. The newest 1:700 scale kit from Niko Model is the ORP Conrad, a unique mixture of old and new.
Review by Steve Backer.
RN Raimondo Montecuccoli, Italian Light Cruiser, Delphis 1:350 ScaleRN Raimondo Montecuccoli was one of the two Italian light cruisers in the 3rd
Group of Condottieri. With the
Montecuccoli Class the size of the ships increased dramatically over the preceding class and added significant armor. She was one
of the most attractive cruisers ever built.
Delphis has produced that company’s first 1:350 scale model in their Montecuccoli. The model has a one-piece full hull
with two large frets of brass photo-etch. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Minneapolis CA36, USN Heavy Cruiser 1943, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Of the seven New Orleans Class heavy cruisers, three were sunk at the Battle of
Savo Island,
Astoria, Quincy & Vincennes; three were badly damaged at some point, New Orleans, Minneapolis & San Francisco; with only the Tuscaloosa to
escape serious damage or sinking. The four survivors all received a major refit at mid-war which dramatically changed their appearance. This model is of the
USS
Minneapolis
from Combrig in 1:700 scale. The model represents the Minnie as she appeared after her first major refit in August 1943 with a new bridge, new
40mm batteries and one less crane. This superb kit comes with two photo-etched brass frets and fills a large gap in any cruiser collection. Review by Steve
Backer.
Tone, Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Yankee Modelworks 1:350 Scale, Sneak Peek of Master Pattern - Since there have been a series of questions concerning the
Yankee Modelworks forthcoming release of the Japanese heavy cruiser Tone in 1:350 scale, Mike Bishop, who built the master for the kit, thought that it would
beneficial for modelers to have an early sneak peek at the kit. These photographs show the master used as the pattern for the kit.
USS Astoria CA-34, New Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale - in the 1920s the United States Navy built three classes of heavy cruisers in a
short period of time under the limitations of the Washington Treaty. The USN was not happy with the armor protection on these first three classes. For the next
design they changed the machinery layout and shortened the ship in order to provide a heavier armor scheme. The result was the
New Orleans Class of heavy
cruisers.
USS Astoria CA-34 was the first of the class of seven ships to be laid down. Astoria was in the Northern Force between Savo Island and Tulagi on the
night of August 8 to 9, 1942 when the Tokyo Express made its first run and achieved a stunning victory at the Battle of Savo Island.
Astoria was one of the four
allied cruisers lost in that battle.
Combrig has just produced a resin and brass photo-etch model of the Astoria as she appeared in Operation Watchtower. Review
by Steve Backer.
RN Attilio Regolo, Italian Capitani Romani Ultra Light Cruiser 1942, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - This class of ships took the Italian Navy's penchant for very
fast, small cruisers with no armor to extreme form. Capable of 40 knots the
Attilio Regolo was the first of the Capitani Romani named after the great historical
figures from Imperial and Republican Rome.
Regia Marina has produced a model of Attilio Regolo in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.
USS New York ACR-2, Prima Donna of the New American Steel Navy, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - In 1893 a new warship was
commissioned into the reborn United States Navy. It was the first of the new armored warships to complete in spite of the fact that two others were ordered
earlier. However, unlike the
USS Maine and USS Texas, which were designed from the start as second class warships, the new armored cruiser, USS New York,
was the finest armored cruiser in the world when commissioned. From the day of her commissioning the
New York was the most sought after command in the
USN. Throughout the 1890s and into the new century
New York was the flagship of the premiere formation of the USN, the North Atlantic Squadron. However,
when her chance came on July 3, 1898, fate cruelly snatched glory from her.
Commanders/Iron Shipwright has produced a one-piece full hull model of the
USS New York ACR-2 in 1:350 scale. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Bainbridge CGN-25, JAG 1:700 Scale, Builp Up Review - Peter Van Buren has a marked fondness for the model kits from JAG but then again, who
doesn't? Fine detail combined with superb casting always make any
JAG product a standout. This time Peter has built the latest from JAG, the USS Bainbridge
CGN-25 in 1:700 scale.
USS Bainbridge CGN-25, Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser, JAG 1:700 Scale – The USS Bainbridge was the first nuclear powered escort ship built for the
USN. Originally classed as a frigate and given a destroyer leader hull number DLGN-25, the
Bainbridge was retyped as a cruiser in 1975. JAG has produced a
superb 1:700 scale model of the Billy B as she appeared in her last fit. Review by Steve Backer.
Algérie, French Heavy Cruiser 1941-1942, Combrig 1:700 Scale - From 1921 through 1935 all major naval powers engaged in building heavy cruisers. With the
Washington Treaty Battleship Holliday in effect, naval competition concentrated on heavy cruiser construction. Of all the Treaty Cruisers constructed by all the
powers, the best design within Treaty limits, was the 7th and last French heavy cruiser, the
Algérie. When the Kriegsmarine set to design their Hipper Class
heavy cruisers, the requirements specified that it had to equal the best of foreign cruisers, which was further specified as the
Algérie. Now you can add this
striking cruiser to your fleet.
Combrig has produced a resin and brass photo-etch model of the Algérie in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.
HMAS Sydney, Australian Modified Leander Class Light Cruiser, NNT 1:700 Scale - The Royal Navy redesigned the single stack Leander Class light cruiser in
order to incorporate a new machinery plan. The new class dubbed the
Modified Leander Class were handsome two funnel light cruisers. The HMAS Sydney was
the last of the three to be laid down but the first of the class to be completed.
HMAS Sydney excelled in the fighting in the Mediterranean Sea in 1940, at one time
ambushing two Italian light cruisers. However, she is best remembered for her loss with all hands from an engagement with the German raider
Kormoran. NNT
has now produced an 1:700 scale model of this excellent and tragic cruiser. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Long Beach CGN-9, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The USS Long Beach CGN-9 was the first nuclear powered cruiser in the world. She
had a long life of 34 years, ending in 1995. She was totally unique in appearance with a towering block house superstructure.
Geoff Cook reviews his build of the
Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale USS Long Beach CGN-9. Geoff built her in the appearance Long Beach had late in her career with Harpoon &
Tomahawk missiles and a lattice main mast.
USS Bainbridge CGN-25, JAG 1:700 Scale - These photographs are from JAG and show the resin hull casting and photo-etch fret for the JAG USS Bainbridge
in 1:700 scale. The
Bainbridge will be available in mid to late July 2004 when JAG will start shipping the kits. The model will feature resin and white metal smaller
parts, photo-etched fret and full decal sheet including low and high visibility hull numbers.
RN Eugenio Di Savoia, Italian Light Cruiser 1937, Delphis 1:700 Scale - This class of two light cruisers, Emanuele Filiberto Duca D’Aosta and Eugenio Di
Savoia
, was the 4th class of Italian light cruisers collectively called the Condottieri. Prior to this design, Italian light cruisers were practically unarmored. This
design changed that trend by having 22% of her displacement devoted to armor and was a far better all-around warship.
Delphis makes a 1:700 resin model of the
Eugenio Di Savoia. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Boston, Protected Cruiser 1887, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - In 1883 the United States had no navy of which to speak. The relics in service
in the USN were easily outclassed by the navies of Chile and Brazil, not to mention almost every European country. In 1883 three cruisers and a dispatch vessel
were finally approved by a Congress, wary of large navies. The first two cruisers to be commissioned were
USS Atlanta of 1886 and USS Boston of 1887.
These sisterships were substandard when compared with European designs but were well worth their price in jump-starting the US naval construction industry
and for training officers and crew of the American Steel Navy. The
Boston was with Commodore Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay. Now the first class of steel  
and steam cruiser for the USN will be available in 1:350 scale from
Commanders/Iron Shipwright. This is a preview of the kit showing the hull casting, brass
photo-etch fret and some but not all of the smaller resin parts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Admiral Ushakov, Russian Rocket Cruiser - The culmination of the Rocket Cruiser (RKR) concept, the four ships of the Kirov Class are sometimes called atomic
cruisers because of their nuclear propulsion. Large  and impressive, the first of the class was
Kirov, which was renamed Admiral Ushakov in 1992. The Admiral
Ushakov
varied significantly from the following three sisterships. Dragon has produced injection plastic kits of both variants. It is time for a reconnaissance of
this significant release and the scouts are back. This photographic review of the 256 part
Admiral Ushakov in 1:700 scale from Dragon shows all of the
components of the kit.
Nisshin, Japanese Armored Cruiser 1904 - With tensions nearing a peak between Imperial Japan and Imperial Russia in China and Korea, Japan went shopping
for naval reinforcements. From Argentina she purchased the last two
Garibaldi Class Armored Cruisers, built in Italy. Designed to be an armored cruiser fit to
steam in a line of battle,
Nisshin lived up to the hype, as flagship of Vice-Admiral Misu, second in command to Admiral Togo at Tsushima, Nisshin suffered more
hits than any other Japanese ship, other than
Mikasa. Combrig is about to release an 1:350 scale model of Admiral Misu's flagship. This photographic preview
shows all of the resin components and the instructions.
USS California CGN-36 -Peter Van Buren looks at the JAG USS California CGN-36 in 1:700 scale. In his build of this beautiful JAG model, Peter has, as
always, added is own special touches.
USS Long Beach CGN-9, 1:350 Scale - This 17,350 ton (fl) cruiser was the first nuclear powered surface escort. Designed to complement and provide anti-air
and anti-submarine capabilities for CVN-65, the
USS Long Beach was one of the most distinctive designs of the era. Commanders/Iron Shipwright has now
produced a one piece, full hull model of
Long Beach in 1:350 scale.
Moskva, Project 1164 Rocket Cruiser (RKR) - The Moskva originally Slava is one of the four newest missile cruisers built for the Soviet Union and then the
Russian and Ukrainian navies. Second in size only to the huge
Kirov Rocket Cruisers, the class is very distinctive with their sixteen Surface to Surface missile
canisters running a third the length of the ship. This photographic preview shows all of the resin components of this 1:700 scale kit from
Combrig, plus the box
art and decal sheet, which  is a first for
Combrig. There is no need to search for decals to replicate the Russian style numbers on the side of the hulls. Also
shown is the initial draft of the instructions. Not shown in this review is the photo-etched fret and final instructions that will come with the kit.
WSW KuK Sangt Georg, Austro Hungarian Panzerkreuzer, 1917/18 - Rob Mackie takes an in-box look at this recent WSW 1:700th waterline release and likes
what he sees .
Varyag, Imperial Russian Cruiser 1st Rank, 1904 - In 1898 the Imperial Russian Admiralty went shopping overseas for warships for their rapidly expanding fleet.
William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, won the contract to build the Battleship
Retvizan and the Cruiser 1st Rank Varyag. The Varyag never
lived up to her possibilities because of a poor selection for the boilers by Cramp. On February 9, 1904
Varyag took on an entire Japanese cruiser squadron in a
vain attempt to break through their blockade and reach Port Arthur.
Box 261 is about to release a 1:350 scale model of this cruiser. Review by Steve Backer.
Kasuga, Japanese Armored Cruiser 1904 - Kasuga and her sister Nisshin were purchased by Japan on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War. When Japan lost 1/3
of her battleship force to mines on May 15, 1904,
Kasuga and Nisshin were placed with the battleships in the battle line. The last of ten Garibaldi Class Cruisers
built for export by Ansaldo in Genoa, Italy, the armored cruiser
Kasuga in 1:350 scale, is the first model from Box 261, a new model producer from Kiev. Review
by Steve Backer.
Avrora, Russian Protected Cruiser & Hero of the Revolution - In 1927 the old Russian protected cruiser, Avrora received the Order of the Red Banner for the
part she played in the October Revolution.
Combrig has released a 1:700 scale resin kit of Avrora, as she appeared prior to a refit in World War One.
USS Milwaukee, St. Louis Class Protected Cruiser - The USN wanted an improved Olympia design of intermediate cruiser. What they created was a thoroughly
unsatisfactory design. Although possessing the good looks of a smaller version of the
Pennsylvania, the 9,700 ton cruisers were grossly under-gunned with only
six-inch guns.
Iron Shipwright has produced the USS  Milwaukee in 1:350 scale. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit.
Dmitri Donskoi, Russian Armored Cruiser, Cruiser 1st Rank, Laid Down in 1881, the cruiser was at Tsushima. The Combrig 1:700 scale model of Dmitri
Donskoi
depicts her as commissioned in 1885 with three full masts with fighting tops, plus bowsprit. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit.
Vladimir Monomakh, Build Review - Laid down in 1880 this armored cruiser is fitted with a full set of masts and sails. She is an example of the confusion that
existed in all navies cruiser designs of the period. Build review of the 1:700 scale kit of
Vladimir Monomakh produced by Combrig. Review by Steve Backer.
Pallada, Russian Protected Cruiser 1904 - Pallada was name ship of a three member class of protected cruisers rated as Cruisers First Rank by the Imperial
Russian Navy. She was a member of the First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur. This is a photographic preview of the
Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Pallada
of the Russo-Japanese War.
Novik, Cruiser 2nd Class - During the Russo-Japanese War, no Imperial Russian warship was handled with more aggressively, with skill and professionalism than
the small 3,000 ton cruiser 2nd rank,
Novik. Combrig has produced a 1:350 scale model of this notable vessel. This is a photographic preview of the components
of the kit.
USS Brooklyn, Armored Cruiser AC 3 - The USS Brooklyn was Commodore Schley's flagship at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, where she played a leading role.
Iron Shipwright has produced a 1:350 scale model of this famous cruiser. Build review by Steve Backer.
Vladimir Monomakh, Russian Armored Cruiser - This early armored cruiser was 25 years old when she sailed in to battle at Tsushima. Combrig has just
produced
Vladimir Monomakh in 1:700 scale as the cruiser appeared at Tsushima. This is a photographic preview of the components of the kit.
Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser - The Askold, Cruiser 1st Rank, was one of the most distinctive ships of her time. This five stack cruiser is now
available in 1:350 scale from
Combrig. The multimedia kit has a two piece hull, so it can be assembled waterline or full hull. This is a photographic preview of the
components.
USS Virginia, CGN 38 - Peter Van Buren provides a Build Review of the 1:700 scale model of the USS Virginia by JAG. Peter has the crew manning the side.
HMS Delhi, Anti-Aircraft Cruiser - John Currie presents a photographic study of the components to the recent H-P Models release of a 1:700 model of HMS
Delhi
, CLAA. She was refitted with five 5-inch/38cal single mounts in 1941-1942 in the US for AA service.
USS Brooklyn, Armored Cruiser ACR-3 - In November 2002 Iron Shipwright will release their 1:350 scale model of USS Brooklyn. The extreme tumble home
design of the armored cruiser gave her a very distinctive, French appearance. The multimedia kit has a one piece full hull and three brass photo-etched frets. This
is a photographic preview of the components.
Azov, Project 1134BF Berkut B - The most greatly modified of the seven ship Kara class was the Azov. Equipped with the SA-N-6 VLS system, Azov was the
test bed for the
Kirov and Slava classes. Photographic Preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Azov.
Ochakov, Project 1134B Berkut B - Nikolayev and Ochakov were the first two ships of the Kara class. The Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Ochakov
represents the design as initially built.
Diana, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser - One of the few survivors of the ill fated Russian First Pacific Squadron based at Port Arthur is the subject of this
photographic preview. This kit is one of the newest 1:700 models from
Combrig.
Petropavlovsk, Project 1134B Berkut B - A photographic preview of the Combrig 1:700 scale model of the fifth ship of the NATO Code Name Kara Class.
USS Virginia, CGN-38 - The latest kit from JAG, the Virginia in 1:700 Scale exceeds the very high standards of previous kits from JAG. In-Box Review by
Steve Backer.
USS Long Beach CGN-9 - Peter Van Buren provides a build review of this 1:700 scale kit from JAG.
Pallada II, Named after a cruiser lost at Port Arthur, the Pallada was one of the three armored cruisers built to the design of Bayan, medium armored cruiser.
This 1:700 kit from
Combrig depicts the cruiser at the start of WWI in 1914.
Georgios Averoff- This is a "First Look" a the first 1:700 model from YS Masterpieces. This kit is a one piece full hull model of this Greek Armored Cruiser. The
kit is also available in the traditional waterline format.  Remarkably, the full hull model is almost an identical miniature of the 1:350 scale kit of  
Averoff. First Class
production standards all the way.
Boyarin, Imperial Russian Cruiser, 2nd Rank, Build-up Review of this new Combrig cruiser, that served with the First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur.
Georgios Averoff Quintin Trammell's build and commentary of the YS Master Pieces 1:350 Greek Armored Cruiser.
Combrig's Bayan,` Imperial Russian Armored Cruiser, 1:700 Scale. A look at the components.
The Iron Shipwright, 1:350 USS Birmingham, CL-62 is the subject of Dave Judy's build-up review. Dave portrayed Birmingham as she appeared after the
explosion of
USS Princeton CVL, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, caused severe damage to the cruiser.
YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale Georgios Averoff, Greek Armored Cruiser, 1912  One piece, full hull resin model of the Greek Flagship during the Balkan Wars of
1912-1913.
WSW 1:700th SMS Zenta, Austrian Torpedo Cruiser. Build-up review by Steve Backer
HMS Dido. Royal Navy AA Cruiser, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - This is an outstanding kit that I recommend highly.  Cost when purchased directly from
White Ensign Models is 38.25 pounds (about US $63) air post included. A straightforward build, it is suitable for a ship modeler seeking to construct his first
1/700th resin kit. Review by
Rob Mackie.
HMS Sheffield, Town Class Light Cruiser, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - The state of the art in ship modelling has just been advanced by another couple
of notches, a wonderful kit beautifully presented.  I've had the kit in my hands for approx. 2 hours so far, and I haven't stopped grinning yet. Review by
Colin
Ritchie
.
Askold, Imperial Russian Protected Cruiser, White Ensign Models & WSW Kit Comparison 1:700 Scale - Either kit will build into a great model, so if you are
considering an
Askold, choose the one that bests fits your building style. Review by Rob Mackie.
HMS Chester, Light Cruiser 1916, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - This is an excellent kit of a beautiful and important World War I warship. It is complete
and well engineered. I highly recommend it.  Review by
Alberto Rada.
USS San Francisco, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Iron Shipwright has announced a 1/350 scale model of the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco.
Mastered by
Jon Warneke, the kit is a one piece full-hull model depicting the cruiser in its October 1944 fit. Review by Rob Mackie.