Destroyer, Frigate & Small Combatant Reviews

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Astrakhan, Buyan Class, Project 21630 Russian Corvette, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Combrig takes a welcome break from 1:350 scale Russo-Japanese War and World War I era ships with a modern
naval subject of
Astrakhan, Buyan Class corvette, in 1:350 scale and it does not disappoint. I hope that other modern Russian and Cold War Soviet subjects will be released in the future, in particular a Buyan-M (Project 21631)
missile corvette variant.
HMS Banshee, Twenty-Seven Knot/A Class Destroyer 1894, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig 1:350 scale model of HMS Banshee, Twenty-Seven Knot Class Destroyer is nothing less than
superb. There are a host of smaller resin and photo-etch brass parts that go on the turtle-back forecastle hull. Anyone with an interest in the history of the British destroyer will find the
Combrig HMS Banshee essential in the
history of the first destroyers.
Buyan-M Class Russian Corvette, YG Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - It is pretty straight forward to build the Buyan-M Class corvette by YG Model in 1:700 scale, however a few modifications are needed in
order to produce a more accurate model, namely the addition of the life rafts and the rails on VLS deck.
Ayala Botto also modified the position of the white AFT dome installed on the small structure close to the AFT Komar
SAM mount. The lack of a decent decal sheet is indeed a considerable and annoying hassle now days. It is a welcome kit for all naval modelers looking forward to complete their modern Russian warships fleet in 1:700 scale.
HMS Vigilant, Emergency War Program Destroyer, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Atlantic Models HMS Vigilant in 1:350 scale is simply another outstanding multi-media kit with excellent
parts, superb photo-etch and fine assembly instructions. The kit will build into a beautiful replica of this destroyer and will make a fantastic addition to your Royal Navy flotilla.
Admiral Gorshkov, Modern Russian Frigate, Gwylan Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - The Gwylan Models 1:700 scale Admiral Gorshkov is a is pretty straight forward to build model with fantastic, accurate and
richly detailed casting. Undoubtedly another essential model in any 1/700 scale modern fleet (or stock pile) and another welcome and long-awaited model by all Russian Modern warships fans.
BK-16, Russian Combat Boat, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Combrig’s BK-16 kit will build into highly detailed miniatures of these new powerful multipurpose boats. Due to the size of the models and the
somewhat complicated photo-etch,
Felix Bustelo would definitely recommend this kit to experienced modelers. The only real negative is the lack of painting instructions for the disruptive camouflage applied to these boats.
HMS Glowworm, British G Class Destroyer, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Atlantic Models HMS Glowworm in 1:350 scale is an outstanding multi-media kit with excellent parts, excellent
photo-etch and superb assembly instructions. The kit will build into a beautiful replica of this tough destroyer and a fine tribute to her valiant crew.
HMAS Stuart, Scott Class Flotilla Leader 1941, AJM Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Stuart kit is a good follow-up release in the Scott Class series from AJM Models though there are a few nitpicky
issues which in the end do not take away from the model. Two additional kits of this class in different World War II fits have also been released by AJM Models, but this kit will build in to a fine model of a veteran of the
Scrap Iron Flotilla” which saw a lot of action in the battle for control of the Mediterranean.
HMS Hesperus 1942, Ex-Brazilian H Class Destroyer, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Atlantic Models HMS Hesperus in 1:350 scale is an error free multi-media kit with excellent parts and
outstanding locations. Even though it is based on the earlier
White Ensign Models HMS Havelock, it is about as perfect of a resin kit as you are likely to find.
Z26, Type 36A German Destroyer 1942, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Dragon 1:350 scale of the German destroyer, Z26, presents an excellent model of the Type  g 36A destroyer at the height of the
naval war in the Arctic. The kit portrays the ship when she was lost attacking convoy PQ 13 on March 29, 1942 and includes 19 sprues of plastic parts and two relief-etched brass photo-etch frets.
HMS Zulu, Type 81 Frigate, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The release of the HMS Zulu, Type 81 frigate, from Atlantic Models helps to fill a gap in Royal Navy Cold War modeling subjects. The
Tribals were nice looking ships and an important step in post-war Royal Navy warship design, with a lot of features incorporated in later classes. This is a high quality kit but due to the complex lattice mast and Type 965 radar
assembly,
Felix Bustelo recommends it to modelers with experience working photo-etch parts.
Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defense Ship, Royal Canadian Navy, Dodo Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Dodo Models has produced an excellent 1:700 scale model of the Kingston Class Maritime Coastal
Defense Ship often seen on the Great Lakes, and both coasts of Canada. This multi-media kit is small but has a large number of fine resin and brass photo-etch parts.
Cigala Fulgosi, Patrol Vessel, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - Regia Marina M.A.S. Models released recently a retool of the Cigala Fulgosi OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) of the Italian Navy (Marina
Militare) at 1/700 scale (Ref. RM-022). This kit was released for the first time back in 2003. With the new model the photo-etch set as well as the decal sheet set have been upgraded and new resin parts are now available in
order to provide options for all versions of this ships, depending on the time frame.
IJN Subchaser No.28 Class, Rainbow Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, the Japanese Submarine Chaser No. 28 is a very promising first kit release by Rainbow Model and it should make IJN modelers
happy to have the opportunity to add a smaller combatant to their 1:350 scale fleet. The extensive photo-etch will add a lot of detail to the model but at the same time may discourage some less experienced modelers from getting
one.
Boevoy ex-Som, Imperial Russian Destroyer, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, the Boevoy (ex-Som) in 1:350 scale is an excellent kit and it is another nice addition to the Combrig line of Imperial
Russian destroyers. It has a full brass photo-etch set, including railings, excellent resin casting and much improved instructions.
HMS Edinburgh Type 42C Batch 3 Destroyer, Albatros-K-Modell 1:1250 Scale - The photographs show the 1:1250 scale model of HMS Edinburgh, Type 42 Batch 3 destroyer. The model is prepainted and designed for
collectors by the German firm of Albatros-K-Modell. Albatros Modell's products are available from a number of vendors of 1:1250 scale models. The Albatros
Edinburgh makes an interesting and historical addition to any Royal
Navy destroyers as the last of the Type 42 ships to leave service.
HMS Hardy, Grenville Class Flotilla Leader, Neptun 1:1250 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - It is truly amazing the quantity and quality of the detail that Neptun packs into their models. The HMS Hardy was the flotilla
leader built for the
H Class British destroyers. Just a few of the items of intricate detail for the Neptun HMS Hardy are steam pipes, navigation lights, ship's boats and the minuscule equipment and fittings on the pen navigation
bridge, as well as the correct tripod fore mast.
HMS Scott Class Flotilla Leader Destroyer, AJM Models 1:350Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Scott class kit is a good sophomore 1:350 scale release from AJM Models though there are a few nitpicky issues which in
the end do not take away from the model. Who would have ever thought that this class of destroyer would ever be available in this scale?  This is where smaller resin kit producers excel by making subjects that more
mainstream plastic firms would never consider releasing. Variants of this class in different World War II fits have also been released by AJM Models, but this kit will give you a good basis for an inter-war and early-war version.
HMS Exeter, Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyer, Albatros-K-Modell 1:1250 Scale - The photographs show the 1:1250 scale model of HMS Exeter, Type 42 Batch 2 destroyer. The model is prepainted and designed for collectors by
the German firm of Albatros-K-Modell. Albatros Modell's products are available from a number of vendors of 1:1250 scale models. The Albatros
Exeter makes an interesting and historical addition to any Royal Navy destroyers
or modern destroyers collection in the scale.
RN Pegaso, Italian Torpedo Boat, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The RN Pegaso from E.V.A. shows an improvement in the quality of the resin casting when compared to their first release, the destroyer
Ugolino Vivaldi. There are still some rough spots but this kit is certainly a step in the right direction. It is good to see this ship available in 1:350 scale as up until now it was only available in 1:700 scale. This kit is not
recommended for novices but rather for modelers with experience working with resin kits.
HMS Cleopatra, Leander Class Frigate, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This release from Atlantic Models is most welcome as the Leander class frigate was a staple of the modern Royal Navy for
many years. One of
White Ensign Models earliest kits, long out of production, was that of a gun Leander. This completely new release will provide modelers that missed out on the old kit a chance to build a model of one of
these fine ships. It is also great to see more Cold War Royal Navy ships available as kits.
RN Ugolino Vivaldi, Navigatori Class Destroyer, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Bear in mind that the Ugolino Vivaldi kit is the first release by E.V.A. and admittedly is a bit rough overall. However, I see a
diamond in the rough and a lot of potential here with some effort on the modeler’s part. There is a lack of Regia Marina kits in 1:350 scale and this gap will be filled by E.V.A. based on this and the other two kits currently
available and the list of planned releases that was shared with me.
HMS Portchester Castle, British Frigate, Atlantic Models Ex-White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - It is great to see the Portchester Castle kit available again through Atlantic Models, so if you missed
your chance the first time you now have a new opportunity to get it. The possibility of other ex-
White Ensign Models kits being released again along with the growing line of Cold War Royal Navy vessels will mean that Peter
Hall
will be very busy and much to ship modelers’ delight.
HMS Acheron Class, I Class in 1913, Destroyer, NNT 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - You won’t find many Royal Navy World War One destroyers in 1:700 scale in the marketplace, especially those initiated while
Jackie Fisher was First Sea Lord but
NNT has a nice resin and photo-etch model of one of the first standardized Admiralty designs, with optional parts for the six manufacturer’s Specials, in the form of the HMS Acheron, and
in 1913
I Class Destroyer.
Forbin D620 ou Chevalier Paul D621, Frigate Français, Dodo Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Dodo Models Horizon Class French Frigate/Destroyer in 1:700 scale is an exceptionable kit. Clean, crisp
resin castings, turned brass gun barrels, and two large relief-etched brass frets present a very high quality kit of this lovely stealth design warship, two of which are currently serving in the Marine Nationale.
Suchena, Imperial Russian Torpedo Boat, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the 1:350 scale kit of the torpedo boat Suchna is a good kit and it is a nice addition to the Combrig line of Imperial Russian
ship of that era. It is good to see some of the smaller combatants represented in 1:350 scale. Due to the minimal parts count and somewhat basic photo-etch, this may be a good choice for a first resin ship model kit.
L.E. Roisin, Irish Patrol Vessel, RB Productions 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The LÉ Róisín kit is an impressive sophomore effort into ship models from RB Productions. There is a lot of detail crammed into a
relatively small model and the overall quality is very good. This is a rather sleek looking ship and it is certainly a unique subject. Due to the complexity of the photo-etch parts, I would recommend this kit to someone with
extensive experience working with multi-media kits.  
Augsburg F222 - F120 Köln Class Frigate, NNT Modell 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Augsburg kit by NNT Modell in 1:700 scale is a very good kit and shouldn’t be too difficult to build given how it is
designed. I would go as far as to suggest it as a good first resin kit for someone used to working in 1/700 scale with some basic photo-etch experience.
USS Phelps DD-360 1944, Admiralty Model Works, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Phelps kit is a fine return, so to speak, for Admiralty Model Works. It is a well done and detailed model in 1/700 scale that should make most
modelers of the “Divine Scale” very satisfied. I am glad to see Pavel Vacata and company back in the saddle again.
Gremyashchy, Project 20385 Russian Corvette, Gwylan Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - A nicely detailed and pretty straightforward building model with an interesting set of photo-etched parts. If you’re looking
for the first resin model to build, this kit must be on your short list. As for the addicted of modern warships models of the Russian Navy, this is a must have kit and Gwylan Models deserves congratulations for producing and
releasing such a nice and complete kit. For all other modellers, you can’t miss the change of having this model in your 1/700 scale fleet. It’s a great kit and highly recommended!
Tarantul III, Russian Missile Boat, Orange Hobby 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Orange Hobby Tarantul III is the only kit of this interesting missile corvette in 1:350 scale. In many ways it resembles an
injection-molded kit but the parts are most definitely resin. The level of detail in the resin parts is good, though there are a few casting issues. With the excellent photo-etch and turned brass parts, it will build into a very good
model.
FGS Braunschweig F260, K130 Corvette, Dodo Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - This Dodo Models 1:700 scale Braunschweig has stunning casting quality, with a sharply rendered decal sheet, but does not
include either the helicopter Lynx or the Camcopter S-100 UAV that usually operates aboard this stealth corvette. The photo-etch set is highly detailed and provides a fantastic opportunity to represent a highly accurate and
impressive model at this scale. The modern warships fans and in particular the German Navy fans has a unique chance to add a superb 1/700 model to their collection, thanks to
Dodo Models!
HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen F310 Frigate, Dodo Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - The HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen F310 Frigate by Dodo Models in 1:700 scale has a stunning and superior casting quality, with a
sharply rendered decal sheet, that together with a high detailed and complete photo-etch set, and provides a fantastic chance to all modellers.
Gremyashchiy, Imperial Russian Gunboat 1893, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Gremyashchiy in 1:700 scale is another basic bare-bones offering from Combrig that out of the box builds into a simple
but fairly accurate model of
Gremyashchiy. As always, there is plenty of room for the modeler to improve and detail the model to their heart’s content..
Small Vladivostok Destroyers, Pernov, Reval, Ussuri & Yanchihe Classes, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This is a basic bare-bones offering from Combrig but you do get four models in one box. Out of the
box you will have simple representations of the torpedo boats but you can detail them as much as your skill and desire will lead you.
Udarnyi, Soviet River Monitor, Samek 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - While there were some hiccups with this build for reasons both within and not within the control of Felix Bustelo, this is a pretty good kit of an
off-beat subject. Ships like this did play a role in World War II and while not as sexy as battleships or even destroyers, they do make for an interesting model.
Aquitaine, Marine Nationale Frigate, Gwylan Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - Yet another fantastic Gwylan Models kit that Ayala Botto is sure it will please many modellers looking for modern 1/700 scale
model warships, in particular for the FREMM fans! Moreover, for those fans, Gwylan Models will release the 4th version of the FREMM series, and the 2nd version of the French FREMM. In fact the so-called FREMM-ER
(Extended Range) will be also available at 1/700 scale at the same time as the ASW version.
Steregushchy, Modern Russian Corvette, Combrig/ Gwylan Models 1:700 scale, Build Review by Ayala Botto - Gwylan Models originally produced the 1:700 scale model of the Steregushchy, modern Russian corvette,
however,
Combrig has taken over production of the kit. If you’re looking for the first resin model to build, this is the kit you’re looking for! As for the other modellers fans of Russian Modern Ships, this is a must have model!
Smardan Class Romanian River Monitor, RB Productions 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Smardan Class kit is an impressive first foray into ship models from RB Productions. There is a lot of detail crammed
into a small model and the overall quality is quite above par.
Carlo Bergamini, Modern Italian Frigate, Gwylan Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - The Gwylan Models 1:700 scale model of the Carlo Bergamini, modern Italian frigate is stunning and of superior casting
quality model and a must have for your modern navy ship fleet!
Ayala Botto reviews the model.
USS Ward, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The USS Ward in 1:350 scale from Blue Ridge Models is a welcome re-release of a, I dare say, a vintage resin kit that still holds up very well. The
improvements made by
Blue Ridge Models were a smart idea that in the end makes for an even better product.
Type 056 Corvette, NATO Jiangdao Class, Bronco Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Bronco Models Type 056 Corvette appears to be a good kit, though a bit over engineered and with some detailed
subassemblies that will not really be visible once the model is assembled. The incorrect flight deck netting continues to be a source of frustration. It should build up into a good replica of the newest class of corvette in the
People’s Liberation Army Navy.
Elco 80' PT Boat, Merit 1:48 Scale, Review by Bob Cicconi - Despite a few rather minor glitches and discrepancies, Bob Cicconi is very impressed with the kit overall and enjoyed building it.  Even a novice can make this kit
into an impressive finished product merely by following the instructions carefully and taking time to dry-fit the components before assembly.
BKA 1125, Soviet River Monitor, Zvezda 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The BKA 1125 was not a very complex boat as it was essentially a floating tank. With work and the addition of some aftermarket photo-etch
doors, railings and other details, it could build up into a decent model of a
BKA 1125 and considering the price (about $5.00) it could be a good model to try your hand at working with basic photo-etch.
USCGC John C. Spencer, Treasury Class Cutter 1944, Niko Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Niko Model 1:350 scale USCGC Spencer appears to be another well-done and accurate kit of a Treasury
class cutter and it depicts
Spencer in her 1944 convoy escort fit prior to her prior to her conversion to an amphibious force flagship.
Diether von Roeder Z17 Type 36 Destroyer, Zvezda 1:350 Scale, Review by Fleix Bustelo - Overall the Zvezda Diether von Roeder Z-17 in 1:350 scale kit is good but certainly not great. Compared to Dragon and Trumpeter
German destroyer kits and Zvezda’s own
Dreadnought and Sevastopol, it falls short and is more comparable to older style kits like those from Heller. However, like those vintage Heller kits, you do have a fairly solid foundation
to build an earlier version of a Type 36 and right now this is your only option in either plastic or resin.
USS Zumwalt DDG-1000, Dragon 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Cruise the seas in confidence with the Dragon 1:700 scale USS Zumwalt. With its ultra-futuristic stealth design, nobody will get a radar return off
your ship.
Dragon has again remained on the cutting edge in model warship production with the latest warship designs in the world’s navies.
President Masaryk, Czech River Monitor, Samek 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Admittedly, the President Masaryk is not a very attractive ship, but then again most monitors are not (granted beauty is to the eye of the
beholder). Samek Models is based in the Czech Republic, so it would make sense for them to produce a kit of what was the largest ship of Czech river flotilla and they did a fine job. If you want to add something out of the
ordinary to your model fleet, look no further.
JMSDF Hyuga, Helicopter Destroyer, Fujimi 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Hyuga is a very unusual and interesting ship with a split personality – while it is a called a helicopter destroyer it looks more like helicopter
carrier or even an amphibious assault ship but smaller. Whatever it is, the Fujimi kit is very good and appears to be a very accurate rendition of this vessel with only a couple of minor quibbles.
HMS Campbeltown F86, Type 22 Batch Three Frigate, Orange Hobby 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Orange Hobby is a very impressive kit chock-a-block with high quality resin parts. With six brass
photo-etch frets, as well as turned brass parts to complement the finely cast resin parts, the
Orange Hobby Campbeltown is a complex kit. Because of high number of brass parts, it is not recommended for a beginner but is a
veritable gold mine for the experienced.
Changsa, Chinese Type 052D Destroyer, NATO Luyang III Class, Bronco Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Bronco Models 1:350 scale Changsa appears to be a good kit, though somewhat over
engineered with unnecessarily complicated assemblies in some areas and head-scratching omissions in others. Still it should build up into a detailed replica of the newest class of destroyer in the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
If you have an interest in modern navy ships, this model will make an interesting addition to your fleet.
USS Ward, Blue Ridge Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - It is great to see some of the, I dare say, “vintage” resin kits seeing the light of day again. The Blue Ridge USS Ward in 1:700 scale kit falls under the
“oldie but a goodie” category and replacing the white metal parts with resin versions is a bonus in my opinion. You can build just about any ship in this class in a 1930s and Word War II fit with this kit, but you will need to do
some research. The instructions could have been re-done and improved but this wouldn’t typically stop someone from building a nice model from this kit.
HMS Leeds Castle, Offshore Patrol Vessel, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The HMS Leeds Castle, Offshore Patrol Vessel in 1:350 scale is an excellent addition to the Atlantic Models line of Cold
War and modern Royal Navy ships. It will build into a beautiful and detail model of this class of patrol vessel.
Le Terrible, French Destroyer, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Combrig Le Terrible looks like a real gem of a kit with lots of detail. It is great to have a model of this handsome ship in 1/350 scale and
hopefully we will see some more French World War II ships in this scale. The kit out of the box is a pretty close representation of
Le Terrible in a post-war fit, building her in a 1943 fit would not be too difficult. The model
appears to be a somewhat complex build, so I would recommend it to modelers with some experience.
Cicogna, Italian Corvette, Niko Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the 1:350 scale Cicogna appears to be another well-done and accurate kit from Niko Model. It is an interesting but exciting choice for
their second kit in 1:350 scale. It is great to see a Regia Marina kit in this scale, as the Italian World War II fleet has been rather over looked in this scale.
L'Adroit, French Escorteur Côtier, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the L'Arsenal 1:400 scale L'Adroit builds into a nice little model. The addition of a few extra details helped to enhance it a bit
and
Felix Bustelo was satisfied with how it came out. Felix would recommend it to fans of the Marine Nationale and this model makes a nice addition to his 1/400 scale fleet.
USCGC Taney 1944, Niko Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This Niko Model 1:350 scale model appears to be a well-done and accurate kit of the Taney in her unique 1944 convoy escort fit. This is a very good
introduction from
Niko Model into the 1:350 scale market and if this is an indication of things to come, modelers should be very excited.
HMS Glamorgan, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 1:350 scale release of the HMS Glamorgan from Atlantic Models is quite an ambitious undertaking and will build into an impressive
representation of this handsome class of ships. Due to the complexity of Sea Slug launcher and Type 965 radar photo-etch assemblies,
Felix Bustelo would recommend this kit to modelers with a lot of experience working
with photo-etch parts.
Novik, Imperial Russian Destroyer1915, Wake Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Novik 1:350 scale kit by Wake Models is good but it does have some issues. Out of the box the kit will build into
decent model but with some extra effort an eye-catching model of the
Novik is possible.
Soviet G-5 Class Motor Torpedo Boat, North Star Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the G-5 class Soviet MTB is a good debut kit from North Star Models and shows the detail and quality that Felix
Bustelo
has seen with their photo-etch fittings and upgrade sets. Due to the fiddly parts and delicate photo-etch, Felix would recommend this kit to a modeler of intermediate skill.  
Bedovy, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1902, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, the Bedovy is a good kit and it is a nice addition to the Combrig line of Imperial Russian destroyers and ships of that era in
general. The lack of railings is a bit frustrating, but it you have an interest in ships of this time period than it should not stop you from acquiring this kit.   
USS Robert E Peary FF 1073, Knox Class Frigate, Orange Hobby 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Knox class frigate was designed as low-cost escort ships that could be mass produced. Originally designated as a
destroyer escort, In 1975 their was changed from destroyer escort to frigate. They were the largest and the last of the US Navy’s second-generation ASW escorts. They were also the most numerous with a total of 46 ships
built.
Evertsen, Admiralen First Series Dutch Destroyer, Pacific Crossroads 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This kit fills a gap in World War II destroyers as until now there have been no kits of this
class in 1/350 scale. Tin Can and Dutch Navy fans should be pleased to have a model of this handsome class of ships available finally. 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 looks to be challenging but in the end it should satisfying and result in a fine looking model.
HMS Puma 1970, Type 41 AA Frigate, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This release of HMS Puma Type 41 frigate in 1:350 scale from Atlantic Models is an excellent follow-up to the Peacock and
will build into a beautiful representation of a later fit Type 41 frigate. I hope that the
Puma will be the first of many kits covering the Cold War Royal Navy period which has been generally ignored but has produced many
interesting subjects.
HMS Peacock, Patrol Vessel Hong Kong Squadron 1983, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you are looking for the exotic and the unusual, whether for the Hong Kong Squadron, Irish Armada or the
Philippine Navy, the
Atlantic Models 1:350 scale HMS Peacock from Pirate Pete, is the kit for you. Top quality parts combined with outstanding instructions, make this kit a winning combination.
Amuretz, Russian Destroyer 1917, Artillery Models 1:350 Scale. Review by Felix Bustelo - This kit is the latest release from the Czech resin kit producer Artillery Models in 1:350 Scale. The model represents the ships in their
World War I fits in late Imperial Russian and early Soviet fit. Overall my impression is that this is another quality kit of a rather obscure subject from Artillery Models.    
Bditelni, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1904, Wake Models 1:350 Scale, Build-Up Review by Felix Bustelo - Felix Bustelo reviews the Wake Models 1:350 scale model of the Imperial Russian destroyer Bditelni, which was
with the Russian Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur at the start of the Russo-Japanese War. Overall, Felix feels this kit was an enjoyable build and is the first ship in his Imperial Russian Navy fleet.   
Z39 Type 36A (MoB) German Destroyer 1945, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Dragon 1:350 scale model of the Z39 Type 36A (MoB) destroyer is an absolutely gorgeous kit, crammed with detail. This is
the 1945 “
Barbara” fit that maximized antiaircraft gunpower and of all of the then surviving German destroyers, only Z39 received the full Monty for a truly one-off appearance.
USS Benjamin Stoddert DDG-22, Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale, Preview by Felix Bustelo - Overall the L'Arsenal 1:350 scale USS Benjamin Stoddert DDG-22 is an exciting new
kit from
L’Arsenal, which should please modern ship modelers very much with the quality we have come to expect from them. I wonder what else is on the horizon from French Modelers’ Resistance. The next clandestine
meeting may have to take place on a quite side street of Caen.
HMS Bristol D23, Type 82 Destroyer, MT Miniatures 1:700 Scale - Although the MT Miniatures HMS Bristol Type 82 destroyer does have some faults, I recommend it as an easy to build, reasonably priced model of this
one-off handsome warship.
Gremyashchiy, Soviet Project 7 Destroyer 1936, Combrig 1:350 Scale - Project 7 was the first new destroyer design of the Soviet Union . Called the Gnevnyi Class in the west, this design was completely modern and large and
provided the back bone of the Soviet destroyer force in World War Two, suffering high losses in the Baltic and Black Seas.
Combrig/Box 261 had provided their first 1:350 scale kit of a World War Two subject with their
Northern Fleet Project 7
Gremyashchiy. The kit can be built full hull or waterline and contains not only finely detailed and crisp resin part but a huge relief–etched brass fret. Bravo Combrig!
Commandant Rivière,Type 12 Aviso-Escorteur, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Commandant Rivière by L'Arsenal in 1:400 scale is a model that was a pleasure to build and makes for a nice
addition to the 1/400 scale Marine Nationale fleet of
Felix Bustelo. You should be able to build any of the ships in Portuguese or Uruguayan using this kit as a basis.
Fairmile D MGB 660 1943, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Felix Bustelo looks at the Fairmile D MGB 660 in 1:350 scale from White Ensign Models in this build up review. In this review,
who will appear? Will
WEM get Friendly Felix or Brutal Bustelo? Only Kharma knows.
Commandant Rivière, Type 12 Aviso-Escorteur, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Review by Falk Pletscher -This is the 1/400 scale L'Arsenal kit of their Type 12 Aviso-Escorteur, also known as Commandant Rivière class frigate,
and here is a quick review by
Falk Pletscher.
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.
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.
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.
USS Buchanan DD-484 1942, Gleaves Class Destroyer, Dragon 1:350 Scale - Dragon has long been known as the producer of the most detailed, injected plastic armor kits in the world. Now, DML has extended this
commitment to world class excellence to the realm of 1:350 scale warships. You want the best in the world? The
Dragon 1:350 scale USS Buchanan 1942 kit is simply the best detailed injected plastic warship kit yet produced
in that scale.
HMS Gorleston, Banff Class Sloop, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - In a strange about face, the Token Yank supports hunting his treasured Rum Runners. The White Ensign Models HMS Gorleston in 1:700 scale is a
small but highly detailed of the
Lake class USCG cutter Itasca, built in part to support prohibition. Transferred to the Royal Navy, she became the RN sloop HMS Gorleston.
USS Winslow TB5, Torpedo Boat 1898, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale - Now you can bring a smile to the face of young Ensign Bagley, Lieutenant Bernadou and the 21 men of USS Winslow TB5 on their perch in Valhalla.
Thanks to
Flagship Models, you can bring confusion and consternation to the murderous Dons of the skulking gunboat flotillas and treacherous masked batteries. Brought to you in a generous and manly 1:192 scale, the
Flagship multimedia USS Winslow will allow you to relive the heroic exploits of this plucky torpedo boat in the epic Battle of Cardenas.
Ayanami, Fubuki Class "Special Type" Destroyer 1942, Skywave 1:700 Scale - Skywave has produced a superb destroyer kit. As part of their total coverage of Japanese destroyer designs of World War Two, the Skywave
Ayanami presents the second series Fubuki "Special Type" destroyer in her early war appearance.
Schleswig-Holstein, Type 101A German Destroyer 1985, Admiralty Models 1:700 Scale - As with Pavel’s Hamburg, the Admiralty Schleswig-Holstein is outstanding. This kit is not just a repop of the Hamburg, the
Schleswig-Holstein has significant differences in hull casting as well as the smaller resin parts. Now you can bring these ships into the missile age with their new Exocet missile canisters.
Hamburg, Type 101 German Destroyer 1965, Admiralty Models 1:700 Scale - The first release of the Admiralty Models 1:700 scale Hamburg class destroyers as built, is already at top line quality in the components
provided. The design is spectacular with a very high superstructure topped by three lattice towers. The execution of the resin and photo-etch parts for the 1:700 scale kit is more than worthy of the unique design of these
destroyers.  
USS Ingraham FFG-61, The Last FiG, Long Hull O.H. Perry Class Frigate, Dragon 1:700 Scale - With the 1:700 scale USS Ingraham FFG-61, RAST frigate gives you a plastic and brass model of the last of the Perry
class frigates, plus a bonus Pegasus hydrofoil. As a long hull variant of the class, you get the Seahawk ASW helicopter, brass photo-etch fret and decals for FFG-56 through FFG-61, which includes not only the
Ingraham but
also the mine damaged
Samuel B. Roberts. Dragon did not label this kit as a Premium Edition but it has all of the hallmarks of one.  
Schutze Class, German First Class Torpedo Boats 1882, NNT 1:700 Scale - If you are looking for a quick build of a historic warship design, look no further than the NNT Schutze class torpedo boats in 1:700 scale. These
boats were the first German torpedo boats to be equipped with self-propelled torpedoes. You get two of the small models, each constructed with one resin hull and seven photo-etched parts.
Provorny, Project 61E BPK, KashinMissile Test Destroyer, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Provorny Project 61E, Kashin, destroyer provides a one-off variation of this numerous destroyer class. With the Combrig Provorny
Project 61E BPK in 1:700 scale, every modeler can build this unique vessel in her configuration as missile test platform with the solid pylon main mast, Top Steer array, and single SA-N-7 mount aft.  
Escorteur d'escadre T-47B Surcouf , French Destroyer, L'Arsenal 1:700 Scale - Falk Pletscher looks at the 1/700 scale kit by L'Arsenal, representing the French Escorteur d'escadre of type T-47B. These destroyers,
together with their half-sisters of type T-53 were the last French all-gun destroyers.
HMS Liverpool, Type 42B Batch Two Destroyer, Dragon 1:700 Scale Premium Edition - With the 1:700 scale HMS Liverpool, Type 42 Batch Two Royal Navy destroyer, Dragon extends the Premium Edition execution to
one of the short hull variants of the Type 42 design. Since the Batch Two design retained the short, wet, cramped hull of the original
Sheffield Batch One design, it still retained most of the negative aspects of the original
design. There are differences in the A sprue from the DML York, Type 42 Batch Three kit, but sprues B and C are identical in the two kits.
Slavny, Project 61M BPK, Modified Kashin Soviet Missile Destroyer, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Project 61M, Modified Kashin, destroyers were wonderful looking warships. With the Combrig Slavny Project 61M BPK in
1:700 scale, the modeler will get all of the resin parts, two brass frets and even a decal sheet to model this complex design. The only item that mars this kit is a set of inadequate instructions.
USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2, Guided Missile Destroyer, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale -  The Premium Edition release of the Dragon 1:700 scale model of the Charles F. Adams guided missile destroyer DDG,
provides an amazing degree of flexibility and options. First of all the ships of four different nations can be modeled, with optional parts that allows the modeler four different variants of the destroyer.
USS Farragut DL-6, Destroyer Leader, Renwal 1:500 Scale Blast from the Past - If you can't find a mint unassembled vintage model kit for your Blast from the Past, don't hesitate to acquire an assembled version. It certainly
will be cheaper and almost as much fun. Actually they may be more fun as any modeler will be more likely to tinker with an assembled version rather than a mint version. The Renwal 1:500 scale
USS Farragut was ahead of its
time in 1960 with individual Oerlikons and open doors. She may not seem as futuristic now but when JFK was our President, she was the Cat's Meow.
HMS Norfolk, Duke Class Type 23 Frigate 1990, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - Modelers now can build the newest operational Royal Navy frigate design. The White Ensign Models HMS Norfolk Type 23 frigate in
1:700 scale provides the latest in the long line of outstanding resin and brass kits from this distinguished British company. With good resin casting and an extensive and outstanding brass photo-etch fret,
WEM again provides an
exceptional product for the money.
USS Pinckney DDG-91, Flight IIA Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, Dragon 1:700 Scale - Although, not without some problems that need correcting, the Dragon 1:700 scale USS Pinckney DDG-91 presents a solid kit. As
designed DDG-91 through DDG-93 can be built but with omission of a few parts DDG-81 through DDG-85 & DDG-89 through DDG-90 can also be modeled.
DML provides the plastic parts, brass parts and decals that you
need for any one of ten of the Flight IIA
Arleigh Burke destroyers.
HMS York, Type 42 Batch Three Royal Navy Destroyer, Dragon Premium Edition 1:700 Scale - Dragon presents another of their Premium Edition kits, this time HMS York, Type 42 Batch Three Royal Navy destroyer.
Although the 4.5-inch gun mount appears to be the only new inclusion among the plastic parts, there is a full brass photo-etch fret and new decal sheet included. The brass alone substantially upgrades the kit from previous all
plastic models of this ship.
KuK SMS Elster, Austro-Hungarian Torpedo Boat, Wiener Modellbau Manufactur 1:350 Scale - For something different, here is a preview of the Austro-Hungarian torpedo boat, SMS Elster. The Elster was one of the
Schichau built boats of the so called "Sperber". She belonged to the last batch carrying a torpedo tube on the stern deck and only one instead of two tubes in the bow. These boats were laid down between December 1885 and
June 1891.
Peter Plattner of Wiener Modellbau Manufactur tells about his new 1:350 scale model in his drive to model the KuK Marine in 1:350 scale.
USS Mahan DD-364, USN Destroyer 1942, Midship Models 1:700 Scale - The Midship Mahan 1942 presents a distinctive build for this class as they appeared at the end of 1942 with Oerlikons and twin Bofor mounts. This
kit makes an interesting comparison with the prewar 1938
Mahan to show how the class quickly evolved with the appreciation of the aerial threat.
USS Mahan DD-364, USN Destroyer 1938, Midship Models 1:700 Scale - The Midship Mahan 1938 in 1:700 scale presents a distinctive build for this class. Dominated by the tripod foremast the model reflects the clean lines
of this pre-war design. With the
Mahan line Midship has improved on their initial release of the Gridleys and provides more distinctly different designs with the four models in this Mahan class release.
HMS Starling, British Sloop, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - The Cupid of White Ensign Models, Passionate Pete, has done it again. The 1:700 scale sloop HMS Starling is packed with detail on almost every surface.
Two distinctly different fits are covered in the parts content, presenting a clear choice for the modeler.
Sovremenny, Project 956 Russian Destroyer, Dragon 1:700 Scale, New Release Kit 7048 – This is the brand new version of the Sovremenny Project 956 Russian destroyer in 1:700 scale from Dragon. This release includes
parts not available in previous releases of this class of ship. Included are optional parts for the Chinese PLAN 956E variant, lower hull and fittings for an optional full hull build, a brass photo-etch fret including ship’s railings and
a beautiful decal sheet with decals for ten different ships.   
Brandenburg F215, Modern German Frigate 1995, NNT 1:700 Scale - The 1:700 scale resin and photo-etch kit of the frigate Brandenburg from NNT includes all of the detail and craftsmanship that a modeler could want.
The model is further enhanced by the full color decal sheet and optional parts, which allow any of the four ships of this class to be built. Review by Steve Backer.
HMS Starling, Modified Black Swan Sloop, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - The White Ensign Models HMS Starling in 1:350 scale is full of options and parts of excellent quality. With all of the options provided, you
can build the 1,300 ton sloop from her commissioning in 1943 through her appearance after World War Two. As flagship of Captain Frederic John Walker, the
Starling was one of the foremost submarine killers of World War
Two. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Gendreau DE-639, Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - Niko Model has produced an extremely detailed model in their USS Gendreau, Buckley class destroyer escort in 1:700 scale. With 102 units
produced for the USN and 46 for the RN, the
Buckleys were a sizable class of warship. The resin parts are beautifully executed and almost blemish free. The model has a very sizable brass photo-etch fret and can be said to be
photo-etch intensive.
Kriegsmarine Flak-Lighters, German Coastal Gun-Fighter, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - On the night of July 26-27 off the island of Stromboli, 1943 three PTs commanded by LT J.B. Mutty encountered a new
German naval craft, which the allies called F-lighters. When the RN and USN began to interfere with German coastal convoys in the Mediterranean a new variant of the F-lighter appeared, the Flak-Lighter. This version
sacrificed cargo carrying capability to greatly increase armor and especially armament. The Flak-Lighter became a most formidable adversary for the PTs, MTBs and MGBs of the allied coastal forces.
White Ensign Models
now produces a 1:350 scale model of the Kriegsmarine Flak-Lighter. Review by Steve Backer.
SMS Dukla, Triglav Class K.u.K. Austo-Hungarian Destroyer 1917, Wiener Modellbau Manufactur 1:350 Scale - Based on the 1912 and 1913 Tatra Class destroyers, the Austro-Hungarian Navy ordered four more large
destroyers in 1916 to replace losses. These four were called the
Triglav or Replacement Triglav Class. Peter Plattner of Wiener Modellbau Manufactur provides a preview in text and photographs of his latest kit from the
model company in Vienna, Austria, a 1:350 scale model of the
Triglav Class destroyer, which can be built as any of the four in the class.
Garland, G Class Destroyer Polish Navy 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - When Poland was invaded on September 1, 1939 her navy possessed four destroyers. Within three days she was down to three and they escaped to
Great Britain with the fall of the country. On May 3, 1940 Great Britain loaned one of the Royal Navy's G Class destroyers,
HMS Garland to the Polish Navy and she became ORP Garland. For seven years the Garland
steamed under the crimson and white of the Polish flag and compiled a distinguished record.
Niko Model of Poland has produced an exceptional 1:700 scale model of ORP Garland. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Gridley DD-380, Triumph of the Torpedo School, Midship Models 1:700 Scale - In FY35 and FY36 the proponents of a heavy torpedo battery for USN destroyers received their dream ships. Twenty-two ships in three
classes,
Gridley Class 4, Bagley Class 8, and Benham Class 10, were of the same dimensions and armament, dominated by four quadruple 21-inch torpedo tubes. For its first release Midship Models chose to produce 1:700
scale models of the torpedo men's dreams. The four kits are
USS Gridley DD-380 Gridley Class, USS Henley DD-391 Bagley Class, USS Benham DD-397 Benham Class and USS Stack DD-408 Benham Class. With some
limitations, each of the kits can be built as any of the 22 ships in almost any fit from as commissioned to l945 Kamikaze fit. Review by Steve Backer.
Elco 77-Foot PT Boat, MacAthur's Expendables, GMS 1:350 Scale - In 1937 General Douglas MacArthur was in charge of defending the Philippine Islands. He needed more naval striking power but knew that the USN would
not attach any more major ships to the Asiatic Squadron. His solution was the idea of deploying Motor Torpedo Boats, such as the Royal Navy had developed. The USN did not start developing their own MTB until 1938. One
firm that came into the arena at the suggestion of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy was located in Bayonne, New Jersey and named Elco. By 1941 Elco had the USN PT-Boat market all but locked up with their 77-foot
PT-Boat design. Squadron Three composed of six Elco-77s was based in Manila and their actions in the five months after December 7, 1941 became myth.
GMS, a new company from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, chose as their
first resin kit in 1:350 scale, the Elco 77-Foot PT Boat employed by Squadron Three at Manila. Review by Steve Backer.
Leitenant Burakov, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1904, Combrig 1:700 Scale - Neither fish nor fowl, this article by Jim Baumann is not quite a kit review but is far more than a gallery piece. Indeed, in vintage Baumann style,
it is more of a build review of how Jim changed the
Combrig 1:700 scale kit of the Port Arthur Imperial Russian destroyer Leitenant Burakov during his build.
USS Bronstein FF-1037, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Built as Destroyer Escorts, the two ship Bronstein Class were reclassified as frigates. Although they were under-armed and comparatively slow, they still
had a long life in the USN, until being sold to Mexico in the 1990s.
Geoff Cook has built the 1:350 scale USS Bronstein FF-1037 from Commanders/Iron Shipwright and provides a short review of the kit and his build.
Eagle Boat, USN Subchaser 1920, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Even with the industrial capacity of the United States available, ASW ships could not be built fast enough to fulfill the USN requirements during
World War One. Henry Ford thought that he could mass produce a warship, his deep ocean ASW
Eagle Boat, just as he mass produced automobiles. It wasn't that easy. Felix Bustelo has built the 1:350 scale model of Henry
Ford's
Eagle Boat from Commanders/Iron Shipwright and tells you about it in this build-up review.
Modified Sovremenny, Soviet Destroyer Project 956E, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale - The Sovremenny Class of Soviet destroyers was introduced in 1980 and was designated Project 956. In 1987 the design underwent a significant
modification that introduced a new radar and electronic fit, changed the bridge shape somewhat and totally redesigned the lattice mainmast. This variant was designated Project 956A. Trumpeter has produced a 1:350 scale
model of the
Modified Sovremenny, which they designate a 956E instead of 956A. Review by Steve Backer.
USCGC Modoc, Tampa Class Cutter 1942, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Its summer in the city as Felix Bustelo changes his alter-ego from the NY Candyman to the NY Ice-Cream Man in the hot months in
the Big Apple. To maintain this image
Felix has built the Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale kit of the Tampa Class cutter as USCGC Modoc in 1942, sporting a cool Ms 16 Thayer blue and white North Atlantic
camouflage. Time for
Felix to go on Ice Patrol.
Sovremenny, Soviet Destroyer Project 956, Sarych "Buzzard", Trumpeter 1:350 Scale - In 1980 two new large destroyer size vessels made their appearance in the Baltic. NATO analysts quickly concluded that one of them,
the
Udaloy, was a specialized ASW design. However, the other was much different. She proved to be the Sovremenny, specifically designed for anti-surface ship operations with a strong gun and missile armament. The class
was Project 956 and was given the class name of
Sarych, which is the Russian name for buzzard. Trumpeter was produced a 1:350 scale plastic model of the Sovremenny, Project 956. Review by Steve Backer.
Hani, Libyan Frigate Project 1159TR Koni IV, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The last variant for the Koni series appeared in 1986. Libya ordered two of the frigates to be built in the Soviet Union. Previous variants of the original
Koni design had involved the additions of superstructure or fittings but with the Al Hani the entire forward superstructure was redesigned. This was done to incorporate SS-N-2C SSMs with blast shielding worked into the
design. As a result the
Al Hani looked very different from previous Koni variants. Combrig has produced the Libyan Al Hani frigate, Project 1159TR Koni IV in 1:700 scale. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Kidd DDG-993, Dragon 1:350 Scale - The Imperial Iranian Navy was building four ships, typed as missile cruisers, in the United States, however, national events changed everything and the order was cancelled. The
USN quickly jumped in and acquired the ships at a bargain price. This was the DXG design that the navy wanted before the government purchased the DX, less expensive,
Spruance design. Dragon has produced a 1:350 scale
model of
USS Kidd with optional parts for 1980s or 1990s fits and decals for all four of the Ayatollah Class guided missile destroyers. Review by Steve Backer.
Obraztsovy, Soviet Project 61 BPK, NATO Code Name Kashin 1965, Combrig 1:700 Scale - They're almost here, the Kashin invasion. Combrig is about to release five different kits in 1:700 scale of the variants of the Soviet
Project 61 BPK (Destroyer), Code named the
Kashin. The kits will come with all of the bells and whistles, a large number of fine resin parts, a photo-etch fret, a full decal sheet and instructions. This is a preview of the
Obraztsovy Project 61 as of 1965. This is the initial version of the Kashin as the class first appeared. This preview shows all of the resin parts and the decal sheet but does not include photographs of the photo-etched fret or
instructions. Preview by Steve Backer.
Beograd, Yugoslav Frigate, Project 1159R, Koni III, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Koni bulks up with missile muscle. The Yugoslav Navy had purchased two of the original Project 1159 ships. They decided to add more fire
power with the addition of four Styx SSM. Also both frigates were renamed. The
Combrig 1:700 scale model of the Yugoslav frigate Beograd, formerly Split, shows Project 1159R with the four missile canisters.  Review by
Steve Backer.
Reis Korfo, Algerian Frigate, Project 1159T, NATO Codename Koni II, Combrig 1:700 Scale - The Koni goes tropical with Project 1159T, the first variant of this frigate design. Classified as the Koni II by NATO, the 1159T
design was fine tuned for hot weather operations. The profile of the ship was changed over the
Koni I in that an additional deckhouse gave the ship an unbroken superstructure running 60% of the length of the ship. Algeria
purchased three and Cuba purchased three. The
Reis Korfo, one of the three Algerian frigates, is now produced in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Review by Steve Backer.
Defin, Soviet Export Frigate, Project 1159, NATO Codename Koni I, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In the mid 1970s the Soviet Union came up with a small frigate design, specifically for export. This was Project 1159 and the first
ship was the
Delfin. The Delfin was kept in the Black Sea to train foreign crews of the countries buying Project 1159 frigates. There were a total of six Koni I frigates built. Now you can outfit your 1:700 scale East German
Navy, Yugoslav Navy and even your Bulgarian Navy with
Koni I frigates. The Delfin is now produced in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Review by Steve Backer.
RN Ariete, Italian Torpedo Boat 1943, Regia Marina 1:700 Scale - Italy had suffered huge losses of destroyers and other escorts in the convoy wars in the Mediterranean. More were needed that could be constructed quickly
and economically. The solution was the
Ariete Class torpedo boat. Forty-Two were planned, 16 were laid down and eventually 15 were completed but only one, the Ariete served with the Italian Navy. Thirteen were seized by
the German Army and became the
TA 24 Class torpedo boats for the Kriegsmarine and two served with the Yugoslav Navy after the war. Regia Marina has produced a 1:700 scale model of the Ariete that allows the model to be
constructed as any of the 15 boats that were completed. Review by Steve Backer.
SMS B-98, German Destroyer 1915, NNT 1:700 Scale - In 1911 Imperial Russia laid down a new type of destroyer, which was the Novik. It was extremely large, powerful and was the fastest destroyer in the world in 1914.
Russia ordered 36 more of these large destroyers, with the machinery ordered from Germany, as was true in
Novik. With the start of World War One, Blohm and Voss, which had some of this machinery ready to ship to
Russia, offered to use it to build large destroyers, similar to the Russian
Novik, for the German Fleet. Blohm and Voss built six of these large destroyers for the High Seas Fleet, where their size and speed became valued for
reconnaissance roles.
NNT has released a 1:700 scale of one of the six, B-98. Review by Steve Backer.
Royal Navy MTB 57, 1:350 Scale Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat 1942, White Ensign Models - The latest release in the 1:350 scale Narrow Seas Range from White Ensign Models is the MTB 56 Vosper 70-foot Motor Torpedo
Boat as she appeared in 1942. This design was the most successful of the Vosper designs and was in continuous production from 1940 through 1945, the only design produced throughout the war. In all 117 boats of this type
were produced by Vosper.
Eagle Boat, Henry Ford's Model T of the Sea in 1:350 Scale - In 1917 the United States needed ASW warships and plenty of them. A wooden hulled subchaser of 110 feet was developed but it was too small for the open
seas. Henry Ford had a better idea, a 200 foot, steel hulled Eagle Boat sub-hunter that could be mass produced like his Model T automobiles on a conveyor belt without using any specialized shipbuilding labor. At least that was
the theory. The result was a slab sided, ungainly, ugly duckling without any aesthetic virtues.
Commanders/Iron Shipwright will be producing a 1:350 scale model of Henry Ford's Model T of the Sea, the Eagle Boat.
USS Porter  DD356, Early War Fit, Late 1941 to 1942 - This is a model of the Porter Class destroyer as the class appeared after the excess top-hamper was removed, greatly changing its appearance from the pre-war fit. This
was done in 1941 in order to accommodate more AA guns, which were subsequently added.
Porter was sunk with this fit in October 1942 at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and the rest carried on with this fit into 1943.
Combrig is almost ready to release a 1:700 scale model of Porter in her early war fit. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Porter DD356, Pre-War Fit 1936-Early 1941, Combrig 1:700 Scale - In 1933 the USN started construction of their first class of large destroyers. The eight ships of the Porter Class were very heavily armed for surface
combat with eight 5-inch/38 guns but unfortunately they were low angle guns. The navy placed their trust in a new AA weapon, the 1.1-inch automatic cannon. The
Porters were the first class of warship to mount this new
ordnance.
Combrig is about ready to release a 1:700 scale model of the pre-war fit of the Porter Class, 1936 to early 1941. The kit has resin and brass photo-etch components. Review by Steve Backer.
USCGC Bibb, Treasury Class Cutter, Testors 1:600 Scale - Forty years ago, one of the smaller producers of plastic warship models was Hawk. The Hawk molds have been acquired by Testors and the models have started to
be released again.
Randy Ward looks at one of these "Golden Oldies" as he examines the 1:600 scale model of USCGC Bibb of the Treasury Class cutters.
Azard, Orfei Class 1st Series, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1916 - This follow up design to the Novik "Super-Destroyer" of the Imperial Russian Navy was slightly smaller and slower than the original. Their were 22 ordered in
the 1912 Program for the Baltic Fleet but only 14 were completed. The
Azard was involved in sinking the British submarine L-55 in 1919, during the Interventionist Period of the Russian Civil War. Combrig has produced an
1:700 scale model of this destroyer as she appeared when she joined the fleet in 1916.
Sovremennyy, Modern Russian Destroyer, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale - Brand new from Trumpeter is a 1:350 scale model of the modern Russian/Soviet Sovremennyy Class destroyer. In this review by Mark Meredith, he states
that the model appears to be a scaled down version of the Trumpeter 1:200 scale kit. However, Mark's final verdict is, "Overall, this is the best kit available in 1:350. "
La Fayette, Modern French Stealth Frigate, 1:700 Scale - Very distinctive in the ranks of modern navies, the La Fayette Class was designed to minimize its radar signature. L'Arsenal has released a 1:700 scale model of the
modern French stealth frigate,
La Fayette. The model can be built to represent any one of the five units of the class in the French Navy. The multimedia kit contains resin and brass parts as well as a full decal sheet and
instructions. Review by Steve Backer.
HMS Musketeer, M Class Fleet Destroyer 1943 - The L Class and the M Class Fleet Destroyer designs of the Royal Navy were the last British destroyers designed prior to the outbreak of World War Two. They were also the
only designs to have fully enclosed gun mounts.
HMS Musketeer took part in the Battle of North Cape in December 1943 and engaged the Scharnhorst near the end of the action. White Ensign Models has produced a 1:350
scale multimedia model of
HMS Musketeer as she appeared in 1943. Review by Steve Backer.
Cigala Fulgosi, Italian Stealth Frigate - The Cigala Fulgosi and her three sisters have been called corvettes and they have been called small frigates. By whatever name you call these ships, their stealth design is unmistakable.
These combatants are some of the newest additions to the Italian Navy.
Regia Marina in their latest release, has produced a 1:700 scale model of this unusual design. Review by Steve Backer.
HMS Exeter, Type 42 British Destroyer - Felix Bustelo reviews the outstanding kit of the HMS Exeter, Type 42 British Destroyer produced in 1:600 scale by White Ensign Models. WEM has made a bold move to produce a
model of this handsome ship in the scale popularized by Airfix by since overtaken by 1:700. If you have not built a kit in 1:600, the difference in size and ability to detail over the smaller scale is significant.
Izumrud, Project 1124P for the KGB - The KGB of the Soviet Union had its own navy. One of the missions for the state security organization was to guard the maritime boundaries of the Soviet Union. Seventeen of these ships
were built from 1973 to 1976 and designated as
Grisha II by NATO. Combrig has released a 1:700 scale model of this KGB ship.
Kerch, Gadzhibei Class Destroyer - 1917 - As part of the 1914 Naval Program 8 large destroyers were ordered for the Black Sea Fleet. Kerch was one of the first four that were to serve under the flag of the Tsar and the
Bolsheviks. In her short career she probably sank more tonnage than any other destroyer of World War One. The
Kerch is now available in 1:700 scale from Combrig.
USS Arleigh Burke, Aegis Class Destroyer - The USS Arleigh Burke is the latest class of destroyers of the USN. Distinctive with their Aegis radar, the Arleigh Burke is now available in 1:350 scale from Panda Models. In-Box
Review by
Timothy Barron.
HMS Janus, British J Class Destroyer 1940 - HMS Janus was one of eight members of the J Class destroyers built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. The K and N Classes were also of this design. The design was
significantly larger and more powerful than preceding fleet destroyer designs.
White Ensign Models has produced a superb model of the 1940 fit of HMS Janus in 1:350 scale. Review by Steve Backer.
MPK-44 Ex-Komsomolets Latvii, Small Antisubmarine Ship - Similar in size to a small frigate, Project 1124, NATO code name Grisha, was packed with weapons and specialized in ASW. They were produced in five series.
This model of
MPK-44 formerly Komsomolets Latvii is produced in 1:700 scale by Combrig. It is of the first series Project 1124, Grisha I.
HMS Glowworm, British G Class Destroyer 1940 - On April 8, 1940 the out-gunned HMS Glowworm, out of torpedoes, used her last offensive weapon, her bow, to ram her antagonist, the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper.
B-Resina has produced a 1:700 model of this gallant destroyer. In-Box Review by Steve Backer.
HMS Wild Goose, British AA Sloop - The Black Swan Class was designed by the Admiralty in 1937. They and the following Modified Black Swan Class were very heavily armed for their size, with six 4-Inch DP guns, plus
additional AA guns. The class was heavily involved in the Battle of the Atlantic and then with the British Pacific Fleet.
Imperial Hobby Productions has released a 1:700 scale kit of the HMS Wild Goose, a member of the
original
Black Swan Class. In-Box Review by Steve Backer.
La Fayette F710, French Stealth Frigate - The La Fayette has an exceptionally clean and elegant design. She was designed in this manner to minimize her radar profile. Heller has just released an plastic injection kit of La
Fayette
in 1:400 scale. The components of this kit are examined in 90 photographs in this photographic preview.
USS Thornton, USN Torpedo Boat TB-33 - Iron Shipwright has produced four different torpedo boats of the pre-World War One USN. Ed Grune looks at and builds the USS Thornton TB-33 from Iron Shipwright in
1:350 Scale. Ed has added details included crew heads, sheltered with canvas privacy screens.
USS Livermore, USN Destroyer - Mike Leonard provides a look at the 1:700 scale injection molded kit of the USS Livermore from Skywave. Additional photographs are from Gordon Negaard.
HMS Laforey, British Destroyer - The L Class was the follow on fleet destroyer design to the J Class but with the requirements that they be faster and have fully enclosed gun mounts. The resulting design was a 300 ton jump
upwards in displacement from the preceding design.
HMS Laforey was the leader of the eight ship class, that all served in the Mediterranean. H-P Models has a 1:700 scale model of the HMS Laforey.
Tochnyi, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1907 - To help replace losses of the Russo-Japanese War, the five ship Tverdi Class was authorized. These small destroyers were built in sections, transported on the Trans-Siberian
Railroad to Vladivostok, where the sections were assembled. The new
Combrig 1:700 scale kit of Tochnyi, a member of the class, is subject to the photographic review of the resin components.
HMS Exeter, Type 42 Batch 2 Destroyer 2002 - The Type 42 destroyers have been the mainstay of the destroyer force of the Royal Navy for a generation. White Ensign Models has produced an 1:600 scale model of HMS
Exeter
, the lead ship of the second series or batch. In-Box Review by Steve Backer.
Likhoi, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1906 - The French built Lovki Class Imperial Russian destroyers consisted of eleven 335 ton ships that served in the Baltic Fleet during World War One. This is a photographic preview of
the resin components of the 1:700 scale model of
Likhoi from Combrig.
Novik, Imperial Russian Destroyer 1914 - When the Russian destroyer, Novik, was completed in 1913, her 40,000 shp made her the fastest warship in the world. Far larger than the typical early war destoryer, Novik was very
actice and effective during World War One. In Box Review of the
Combrig 1:700 scale model by Steve Backer.
Orsa, Torpediniere - The Italian Navy called the four ship Orsa Class torpedo boats. In size, function and ability they were destroyer escorts. In Box Review of the Regia Marina 1:700 scale kit of the Orsa by Steve Backer.
SMS V 106, Imperial German Torpedo Boat - A four ship class of Dutch destroyers was being built in Germany in 1914. In August 1914 these were appropriated into the Imperial German Navy. Build Review of the H-P
Models 1:700 scale kit by Steve Backer.
Italian Three Pipers - Four Classes of Italian Destroyers laid down from 1913 to 1919, were designed with three stacks. Rerated Torpedo Boats, the ships of the Pilo, Sirtori, La Masa and Generali classes served as escorts in
WW2. With this unique kit in 1:700 scale,
Regia Marina gives the modeler the chance to build any one of the 26 ships in the four classes, in fits from 1914 to 1958.
USCGC Commanche - In-Box Review of the 1:350 model of this Algonquin Class 1,000 ton United States Coast Guard Cutter, produced by Iron Shipwright.
Neustrashimy, Modern Russian Frigate - This new kit from Combrig in 1:700 scale has excellent casting and a top notch photo-etched fret. Reviewed by Steve Backer.
Gearing FRAM Destroyer - The JAG 1:700 kit is reviewed by Peter Van Buren with his build of the kit.
USCGS Hamilton (FRAM) - Peter Van Buren provides a Build Review of the 1:700 scale kit from JAG of the sleek Coast Guard Cutter.
Nivose, Floréal Class French Frigate-  Build-up Review of the 1:400 scale full hull kit from L'Arsenal. Reviewed by Hans Beernink.
USS Bainbridge, DD-1- A first look at the one piece full hull resin casting of the first class of US Destroyers. This resin and PE kit by Iron Shipwright will be released on or before the IPMS US Nationals at the end of July.
B Resina's HMS Campbeltown, St. Nazaire Raid, 1:700 Scale. Build-up Review by David Lilly
USS Benjamin Stoddert, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - White Ensign Models has a well deserved reputation as the leading producer of British warship models, so the decision to produce a U.S. Cold War combatant is
somewhat surprising, but nevertheless welcome. Ships from this era have been overlooked until recently, and in 1/350 scale you can just about forget it, unless you want to build the Tamiya
New Jersey or DML Spruance
again.
WEM has not let us down in this release. This kit is outstanding in every definition of the term. Take just about any negative quality you can imagine in a ship kit and toss it out the window! Review by Rob Mackie.
USS Knox, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - This is one kit that you should have on your "must buy" list. White Ensign should be commended for raising the standards of resin ship kits. I look forward to building this kit
as soon as I clear a few other projects on the table. Review by
John Sheridan.
HMS Mary Rose, British World War One Destroyer, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - If you have any interest in the warships of World War One, if you have any interest in destroyers of any time period or if you have any
interest in an exceptionally well designed and produced model kit, the
WHITE ENSIGN MODELSMary Rose is the kit for you. Review by Steve Backer.
USS Pegasus, Hydrfoil PHM, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale - This kit was a fun and relatively easy build of a very unique subject. While there were some very minor flaws that are easily corrected, it is an excellent kit. If
you like modern United States Naval ships or small combatants, then I would recommend you add this to your collection. Review by
Felix Bustelo.
HMS Kelly, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale - The White Ensign HMS Kelly should build into a beautiful and accurate model. With its excellent instructions, it should not be a difficult build. The model looks like it could go
together in a matter of hours and should make a great weekend project. Review by
Ken Summa.
USS Patterson DD-392, Bagley Class Destroyer, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - "WARNING – WARNING: STRANGE SHIPS ENTERING HARBOR!" This message was broadcast at 0143 on August 9, 1942
by the
USS Patterson, which along with sistership, USS Bagley, was an escort for USS Chicago and HMAS Canberra. These ships, plus HMAS Australia, comprised the Southern Force off of the newly invaded island of
Guadacanal. As Samuel Eliot Morison stated in The Struggle for Guadacanal, Volume V in his epic History of United States Naval Operations in World War II; the
Patterson was "…the only American ship that was properly
awake…". Review of the 1:350 scale
USS Patterson produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright.
USS Russell, Sims Class Destroyer, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - Sims Class Destroyers were the last of the single stack designs. They represented a transition from most pre-war US destroyers - all of which
featured a high, angular bridge - and the designs that evolved into the
Fletcher Class. Review of the 1:350 scale USS Russell produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright.
USS Conyngham, Mahan Class Destroyer, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale - The Mahan class of sixteen ships was the follow-on design for the  Farraguts and made minor improvements to the Farragut design
with one major improvement. The  
Mahans introduced an advance in propulsion. Review of the 1:350 scale USS Conyngham produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright.