What's New 2017
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29 May 2017
Mikasa, Photo-Etch Detail Set for the Hasegawa Kit, Tom's Modelworks 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Tom's Modelworks
set
#790 for the Hasegawa Mikasa in 1:700 scale gives you a lot for your money. With two brass frets, both of which feature
relief-etching,
Tom's Mikasa set not only gives you all of the detail that you need to fully dress Admiral Togo's flagship at Tsushima,
but also gives you replacement parts to correct Hasegawa errors. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
26 May 2017
Java, Dutch Light Cruiser 1942, Pacific Cross Roads 1:350 Scale, Review y Steve Backer - The Pacific Cross Roads Java in 1:350
scale is a wonderful kit with detailed resin, brass, photo-etched and turned brass parts. If you love the doomed warships of Admiral
Doorman’s polyglot squadron at the Battle of the Java Sea or just like the obsolescent
Java’s World War One German design, coupled
with a plethora of platforms and ultra modern for 1942 twin Boffers guns, the
Java is a find and delight. Added to the Cruiser
Reviews
Section.
25 May 2017
DKM Cable Reels, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - This small brass photo-etch set has nine different
patterns of World War Two German cable reels, every one of which is relief-etched. If you are looking to super-detail your 1:700 scale
DKM warship, you can't miss with this
WEM PE 786 fret. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
23 May 2017
HMS Conqueror 1912, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig HMS Conqueror in 1:700 scale provides a
detailed multi-media model of the last of the
Orion Class Superdreadnoughts. Now, with the help of Combrig, you can chant, “We
want eight and we won’t wait!
” for your own Supplemental Building Program and put to shame the 1:700 building program of the
Huns. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
22 May 2017
Richelieu Replacement Turrets, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale, Review y Steve Backer - If you want to enhance the French battleship
Richelieu kit from Trumpeter in 1:350 Scale, the replacement turret set from L'Arsenal is for you. With high quality and extremely
detailed resin and brass photo-etched parts and exquisite turned brass gun barrels, the
L'Arsenal Richelieu turret set is a must have.
Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
20 May 2017
USS Savannah CL-42, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - This is the light cruiser, USS Savannah CL-42, Shuki
Aloni
'a latest scratch-built model in 1:200 scale. It was made by the usual materials that he uses, like card board, foam board and balsa
wood. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
15 May 2017
Shimakaze, Japanese Destroyer 1944 Upgrade Set for the Hasegawa Kit, Infini Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The
Infini Model upgrade set for the Hasegawa
Shimakaze in 1:350 scale is a very extensive and well-done detail set which will turn a very
good kit into something outstanding. There is no area of the model not covered in some manner with this detail set and because of that,
I would recommend it for experience modelers and not for someone just starting to working with photo-etch. Added to the
Multi-Media Sets Review Section.
12 May 2017
Vought OS2U Kingfisher, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Vought OS2U Kingfisher from L’Arsenal 2.0 can
be used on many different 1:350 scale plastic and resin kits of United States Navy battleships and cruisers to replace the ones that
come with the kit if you are not satisfied with those. I for one will use a pair on my Banner
Arizona build in place of the kit’s versions.
Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
10 May 2017
USS America LHA-6, Amphibious Assault Ship, Orange Hobby 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Orange Hobby USS
America
LHA-6 is about as good as it gets in 1:700 scale kits. The kit comes with highly detailed resin parts, eight relief-etched brass
frets, three decal sheets and comprehensive instructions. The kit is complex with hundreds of parts, so it may not be the best kit for a
beginner. However, for any modeler with some resin kit experience the
Orange Hobby America is a first rate feast. Added to the
Aircraft Carriers Reviews Section.
9 May 2017
AGM-62 Walleye Guided Bomb Set, SSN Modellbau 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The AGM-62 Walleye guided bomb by
SSN Modellbau in 1:350 scale accessory set will let modelers super-detail modern United States Navy aircraft parked on carrier flight
decks waiting to be deployed. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
8 May 2017
JDAM Crates, SSN Modellbau 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The SSN Modellbau 1:350 scale set of JDAM crates is a
clever accessory set that will make the flight deck of a modern United States Navy aircraft carrier look busy as crews ready the bombs
for the JDAM system and deployment on aircraft. The set is simple but effective and a dream for super-detailers. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
5 May 2017
Peresvet, Imperial Russian Battleship-Cruiser 1901, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you admire unique examples of
naval architecture, the Imperial Russian Battleship-Cruiser
Peresvet is for you. With towering freeboard, bristling with guns on a
tumblehome hull, the
Peresvet looks like an imposing castle. Combrig captures the look of these creations with their multi-media kit of
Peresvet in 1:350 scale. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section.
3 May 2017
Royal Navy Destroyer Hull Pendant Numbers Decal Sheet, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This decal set
from
Atlantic Models is most welcome and addresses a long-standing need for modelers of Royal Navy destroyers and smaller
combatants. This decal sheet will give you plenty of options to dress up an otherwise naked vessel no matter who is the kit producer
and is highly recommended. Added to the
Decal Reviews Section.
2 May 2017
Imperial Japanese Navy Depth Charges, Rainbow Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Now if you prefer the do-it-yourself
route and would rather make your own depth charges from plastic rod, then have at it. Personally, I would rather take the easy way
and use this set for my Imperial Japanese Navy models when applicable. With parts to make a total of 40 depth charges, you can get a
lot of mileage from this accessory set without the effort. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
1 May 2017
HMS Lord Nelson, British Battleship 1908, HobbyBoss 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The HobyBoss HMS Lord Nelson in
1:350 scale is a very nice kit, one of the best yet from HobbyBoss. Priced very low for what you get, this
Lord Nelson is excellent
from the box for a full hull build. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
28 April 2017
USS Georgia BB-15 1906, Virginia Class Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig USS Georgia
BB-15 in 1:700 scale provides a detailed multi-media model for this member of double storied turret ship of the
Virginia Class. One of
the strong points of the kit is the different shaped aft decks for different members of the class, including the
Georgia. As Brandon at
Free Time Hobbies would say, Go Dawgs!!!  Or is it a Yellow Jacket for the Blue Jackets?  Added to the Battleship Reviews
Section.
24 April 2017
DKM Doors and Hatches, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - White Ensign Models has always been a
staple in providing relief-etched brass doors and hatches to super-detail model warships.
White Ensign Models fret WEM PE 764
provides 140 doors and 34 winches for models of World War Two German warships. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews
Section.
21 April 2017
HMS Tiger Class, Modern British Light Cruiser Brass Photo-Etch Fret, Atlantic Models 1:415 Scale for the Frog/Novo Kit, Review
by Steve Backer - The Atlantic Models relief-etched brass photo-etch fret in 1:415 scale is an essential addition to the Frog/Novo
plastic kit of the modern British light cruiser of the
HMS Tiger Class. You can not find a better addition for this kit, as the Atlantic
Models
fret multiplies the detail with superb brass parts and instructions. Added to the 1:400 to 1:600 Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
20 April 2017
IJN Cable Reels, Rainbow Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The IJN cable reels and winch set from Rainbow Model is
not your typical set with the inclusion of resin cable inserts and winches. The brass is well done and the resin casting clean. This set
will add some good detail to any Imperial Japanese Navy ship model you are building. Added to
Fittings Reviews Section.
18 April 2017
Grumman S-2 Tracker and Grumman E-1 Tracer Aircraft, L'Arsenal 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the 1:350
scale kits of the Grumman S-2 Tracker and E-1 Tracer by
L'Arsenal are good aircraft accessory sets that would look great sitting on
the flight deck of a 1960s early 1970s era aircraft carrier, such as the Gallery
Intrepid, Tamiya Enterprise or Trumpeter Kitty Hawk or
Constellation. The lack of adequate assembly instructions mars an otherwise quality product. Added to the Fittings and Equipment
Reviews Section.
17 April 2017
Cleveland M2 High Speed Tractor, SSN Modellbau 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - With the numerous resin and 3-D printed
aircraft available in 1:350 scale, the
Cleveland M2 High Speed Tractors accessory set from SSN Modellbau will come in handy to
tow these around in an airfield vignette. A good amount of detail is packed into these minuscule tractors. Added to the
Fittings and
Equipment Reviews Section.
16 April 2017
Yamato 1941, Neptun 1:1250 Scale, Modified by Kostas Katseas - This is the Yamato from Neptun in 1:1250 scale, shown as built in
1941 with 6-inch wing turrets.
Kostas Katseas modified the metal model and added numerous details, such as railing. Kostas has also
modified the
Yamato in 1945 by Neptun, which is also found in the Battleship Gallery, Yamato 1945. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
14 April 2017
Royal Navy Anti-Aircraft Guns Set One, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700034, Review by Steve Backer - Flyhawk Model
Set FH 700034
provides highly detailed, intricate, relief etched parts for three types of Royal Navy anti-aircraft guns. This beautiful
fret has parts for eight 8-barreled pom-pom mounts, six 4-barreled pom-pom mounts and eight 4-barreled Vickers' machine gun
mounts. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
13 April 2017
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. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
10 April 2017
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. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
9 April 2017
USS Enterprise CV-6 1942, Merit 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is a  composite diorama that can be one part or 2
different models of the
USS Enterprise CV-6 by Merit in 1:350 scale and the Trumpeter North Carolina also in 1:350 scale, as they
were in 1942. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
8 April 2017
USS North Carolina BB-55, Trumpeter 1:350 Scal3, Built by Kostas Katseas - North Carolina is in the Tourney again. Under Head
Coach
Kostas Katseas, North Carolina is playing for the championship again in the form of his build of the USS North Carolina
BB-55 from the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
7 April 2017
Yamato Wooden Deck Set for the Tamiya kit 31113, ArtwoxModel Set AW 20002 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer -
ArtwoxModel
Deck AW 20002 for the Tamiya Yamato kit 31113 in 1:700 scale is a very good choice to try out wooden decks on a
model. You get to immerse yourself in the detail of using a wooden deck, without having to fiddle with numerous small decks. Added
to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
5 April 2017
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. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
4 April 2017
IJN Binocular & Anti-Aircraft Fire Control Fittings, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Do you see binocular
and anti-aircraft fire control equipment on your IJN models in 1:700 scale? No you don't because they would be too small for the
plastic model manufacturers to capture.
Flyhawk Model has a solution with their Binocular & Director brass photo-etch set in 1:700
scale,
FH 70022. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
3 April 2017
USS England Upgrade Set, 5 Star 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 5 Star brass photo-etch, turned brass and resin set for
the Trumpeter 1:350 scale
USS England is an extremely extensive and well-done upgrade set which will turn a good kit into something
outstanding. There is no area of the model not covered in some manner with this detail set and because of that, I would recommend it
for experience modelers and not for someone just starting to working with photo-etch. Some of the parts could be omitted according
to your appetite for super-detailing or patience. Added to the
Multi-Media Set Reviews Section.
1 April 2017
Combrig Page - The new Combrig Page has been added to the SteelNavy main page. The original Combrig Page, which appeared
before
Combrig had their own web site, was on steelnavy.com but when Yahoo quit supporting the MSN Front Page web program,
nothing could be added or changed on that site and it has not been updated since September 2011. The new
Combrig Page
concentrates all of the reviews of
Combrig models from steelnavy.net and steelnavy.com. Gallery articles will be added in the future.
31 March 2017
DKM Doors and Port Holes, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Well, here is a golden oldie produced by
the original
White Ensign Models. Designed by brass grognyard, Peter Hall, it is an assortment of doors, windows and portholes of
the DKM in 1:350 scale, set
PE 3579. The detail and relief-etching is as crisp today as when it was created. Added to the 1:350 Scale
Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
30 March 2017
USN Mk 19 Directors, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - As Steve Larsen, Major Domo of Model Monkey, has
so pithily stated, "
The Banner/Mini Hobby Models kit's directors are little more than plastic blobs." Perhaps that is the reason that
Steve buckled on his CAD assault suit and whipped up accurate
USN Mk 19 Directors in 1:350 scale. Added to the Fittings Reviews
Section.
29 March 2017
Royal Navy Watertight Doors and Hatches, Atlantic Models 1:600 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Stalwart of the British Empire,
Peter Hall, brings us delightful accessories for the Airfix models of Royal Navy warships in 1:600 scale. One such accessory is a fret
of
Royal Navy Watertight Doors and Hatches, set ATEM 60006. This set is absolutely scrumptious with 23 different pattern doors,
hatches and covers, every on of which has beautiful relief-etching. Added to the
1:400 to 1:600 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
28 March 2017
SMS von der Tann, Imperial German Battlecruiser 1910, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig SMS von
der Tann
in 1:350 scale includes finely cast resin parts and relief-etched brass parts. It is clearly one of the best kits from Combrig in
this scale and is highly recommended. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
27 March 2017
DKM 37mm L83 SK C/30 Twin Barreled Anti-Aircraft Gun Brass Set, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700130, Review by
Steve Backer - Flyhawk Model Set FH 700130 provides 23 gun mounts of a prominent German anti-aircraft gun of World War Two.
This fret provides heavily relief-etched brass 37mm L83 SK C/30 twin-barreled guns. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews
Section.
25 March 2017
USS Birmingham CL-62 & USS Fletcher DD-445, Iron Shipwright & Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas
Katseas
used the Iron Shipwright USS Birmingham CL-62 and Tamiya USS Fletcher DD-445, both in 1:350 scale, for this
diorama. After taking these photographs Kostas added the propeller guards and additional detail to the main mast of
Birmingham.
Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
24 March 2017
Arizona Turrets, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The USS Arizona turrets in 1:350 scale are just one of many
parts designed by
Model Monkey to improve the Arizona kit and there are even parts to convert the kit to a Pennsylvania in different
fits. The triple 14” turrets can also be used on the
Iron Shipwrights kits of the USS Nevada and Oklahoma if you so wish. The
turrets from
Model Monkey will certainly improve the plastic kit, whatever label you may have, and are recommended. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
23 March 2017
Imperial Japanese Navy Perforated Gussets, Flyhawk Model 1:350 Scale, Set FH 350010, Review by Steve Backer - Flyhawk Model
Imperial Japanese Navy Perforated Gussets in 1:350 scale, set
FH 350010, has perforated brass gussets in twelve different patterns.
Each pattern has a different shape or size of perforated gusset to have the correct pattern and size for about any location. Added to the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
22 March 2017
Voltaire 1911, French Danton Class Battleship, HobbyBoss 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Is the HobbyBoss Voltaire in
1:350 scale right for you? There are minor differences between the
Danton and Voltaire kits from HobbyBoss but basically it is the
same kit. This plastic kit has the same quality parts with three brass photo-etch frets and metal anchor chain. Added to the
Battleship
Reviews Section.
18 March 2017
RN Roma 1943, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Louis Carabott - This is Louis Carabott's finished model of the Regia Marina
'
Roma' September 1943. The kit is the Trumpeter 1/350 scale model with after-market products, such as Flyhawk photo-etch and
Northstar figures. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
15 March 2017
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. Added to the Destroyer
Reviews Section.
10 March 2017
Trinity House Lightship Brass Photo-Etch Set, Atlantic Models 1:110 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Your Trinity House
Lightship
in 1:110 scale will shine brighter than a galaxy of stars with the relief-etched brass photo-etch set from Atlantic Models by
Peter Hall. Added to the 1:50 to 1:300 Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
9 March 2017
Imperial Japanese Gussets, Flyhawk Model 1:350 Scale, Set FH 350011, Review by Steve Backer - Flyhawk Model Imperial
Japanese Navy Gussets in 1:350 scale, set
FH 350011, has solid brass gussets in twelve different patterns. Each pattern has a different
shape or size of solid gusset to have the correct pattern and size for about any location. Added to the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch
Reviews Section.
8 March 2017
Oslyabya, Imperial Russian Battleship, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, Oslyabya is a good release from
Combrig. In one way, Combrig took a step forward with improved planking and more detail in some assembly guide illustrations but
at the same time they took a step back by omitting ship railings and a helpful illustration from the assembly instructions. Still this is a
welcome addition to modeling a 1:350 scale Imperial Russian Navy fleet. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
7 March 2017
Mutsu Wooden Deck Set for the Hasegawa kit, ArtwoxModel Set AW 10024 1:350 Scale - ArtwoxModel Set 10024 gives you all of
the wooden decks and platforms that you need to breath new life into the Hasegawa model of the battleship,
Mutsu, in 1:350 scale.
Don;t let the old girl be forgotten. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
6 March 2017
HMS Agamemnon 1908, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig HMS Agamemnon has its flaws, especially
the lack of a torpedo net system, which was carried for the entire war; However, this kit can be built into a very attractive model of
what has been described as an ugly ship. How can any design with eight major gun turrets, flying deck with boat skid frame above that
and a plethora of platforms be described as ugly? Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
5 March 2017
USS New Jersey BB-62, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale By Song Jung Gun - Song Jung Gun of South Korea took eleven months to
scratch-build a model of the modernized
USS New Jersey BB-62 in 1:200 scale. It was build from wood. Added to the Battleship
Gallery.
4 March 2017
USS Gato and USS Nautilus Diorama, 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This diorama is in 1:350 scale and built by Kostas
Katseas
. It features the USS Gato from AFV Club and the USS Nautilus from Nautilus Models. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
3 March 2017
USS Chimo, Union Ironclad Torpedo Boat 1865, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Listen up you devotees of
the Military-Industrial Complex and weapons systems that are grossly over-priced and don’t work, the
USS Chimo is for you.
Government bureaucrats and miscreants totally botched a John Ericsson design and ended up with a lightly armored spar-torpedo boat
too slow to be used in the role.
Flagship Models has produced a 1:192 scale multi-media model of this hapless white elephant. Added
to the
American Civil War Reviews Section.
2 March 2017
Batailles Aériennes Les Hors-Série #2, Les Kamikaze - Although written in French, Batailles Aériennes Les Hors-Série #2, Les
Kamikaze, Le Sacrifice Ultime De L'Aviation Japonaise
, provides outstanding, high quality color plates, photographs many of which
are in color, maps, charts, and matrices of Kamikaze Operations from the Invasion of the Philippines to the end of the war in the
Pacific. Just the graphic content alone provides significant information for the modeler and history buff. Added to the
Book Reviews
Section.
1 March 2017
Royal Navy Aircraft Set Two, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Flyhawk Royal Navy Aircraft Set Two in
1:700 scale is essentially a Royal Navy catapult float plane set with Walruses for battleships, battlecruisers and heavy cruisers and the
Seafox for certain light cruisers and armed merchant cruisers. Between these two aircraft virtually any Royal Navy warships that
carried a float plane on a catapult can be equipped with an extremely high quality plastic and photo-etch brass replica of their float
plane. Added to the
Fittings & Equipment Reviews Section.
28 February 2017
Brass Barrel Set for the HobbyBoss or Combrig French Battleship Danton, B&D Barrels 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo -
The
Danton Brass Barrel Set (BDB35074) will run you $45.00 with free shipping in the United States (a minor fee for shipping
everywhere else). No matter which side of the plastic versus resin kit camp you fall into, your model will benefit from this set. Added
to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
27 February 2017
SMS Lutzow, German Battlecruiser 1916, Flyhawk Model Limited Edition 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Flyhawk
SMS Lutzow
Limited Edition kit in 1:700 scale packs a lot for your money. Not only do you get a highly detailed kit of Hipper’s
flagship at the Battle of Jutland, which includes torpedo netting as well as net booms, but also, you get a second complete kit as a
bonus.
Flyhawk throws in a model of the G-37 large torpedo boat (destroyer) with photo-etch fret and decals of its own. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
26 February 2017
Type IIB German Submarine, ICM 1:144 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas decided to take a small break from his
storm tossed sea bases with his build of a
Type IIB German submarine coming into port in calm water. He used the ICM 1:144 kit for
the submarine and North Star figures. Added to the
Submarine Gallery.
25 February 2017
UDT Boat Diorama, Revell 1:35 Scale, Diorama by Luis M. Silva - This 1/35 scale diorama is based on some UDT training photos
and training videos Luis Silva saw about Navy Frogmen (precursor to the SEALs) in the 1950s. The UDT Boast is made by Revell and
it has been produced several times since 1967, I believe. The boat is straight out of the box but there has been several enhancement
Luis made for it to look like the actual landing craft used by the UDTs during WWII, Korea and during the rest of the 1950s and early
part of the 1960s. Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
24 February 2017
HMS Indefatigable 1912 Wooden Deck Set for the Combrig kit, ArtwoxModel Set AW 10082 1:350 Scale - The ArtwoxModel set
AW 10082 allows the modeler to have a detailed, quality wooden deck for the Combrig resin model for the British battlecruiser, HMS
Indefatigable
in 1:350 scale. ArtwoxModel wooden decks are available from Free Time Hobbies. Added to the Fittings Reviews
Section.
23 February 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
22 February 2017
Imperial Japanese Navy Raining, Flyhawk Model Set FH 350004 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - With so many models
available in 1:350 scale of the warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy from the major model manufacturers of Japan, photo-etch
railing is an essential detail for any model in this scale.
Flyhawk set FH 350004 is more than sufficient to satisfy you need. Added to
the
1:350 Scale  Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
21 February 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
20 February 2017
Kongo 1914, Imperial Japanese Battlecruiser As Built, Kajika 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Kajika Kongo in the 1914,
as built fit, is a superb plastic model, cloaked with outstanding detail. The kit has the plastic parts only with no photo-etch. However,
separate Kajika packs are available designed for this kit, offering relief-etched brass photo-etched, turned brass barrels and wooden
deck planking. Added to the
Battleships Reviews Section.
19 February 2017
Fuso, Japanese Ironclad 1900, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Bob Cicconi just finished the Combrig Fuso 1900. It's
a pretty nice kit and went together fairly easily. Bob scratch-built the masts, used
Gold Medal Models Ultra IJN railings and some
additional photo-etch details, Testors paints, modified
Atlantic Models ratlines, and stretched sprue rigging. Added to the Battleship
Gallery.
18 February 2017
HMS Avenger, Type 21 Frigate, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Chee Wee Sim - Chee Wee Sim has done a beautiful job in
his build of this model of
HMS Avenger, Type 21 Frigate, in 1:350 scale from Atlantic Models. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
17 February 2017
USS Pennsylvania Superstructure December 7, 1941, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Model Monkey
USS Pennsylvania
1941 superstructure is a high quality design, designed to replace the plastic parts of the plastic USS Arizona 1:350
scale model released by HobbyBoss/Banner. These parts, along with other
Model Monkey Pennsylvania parts, open the door to new
horizons for this kit. Added to the
Fittings & Equipment Reviews Section.
16 February 2017
DKM Name Plates Two, Flyhawk Model Set FH 700029, Review by Steve Backer - Flyhawk has a set of four relief-etched name
plates that cover the
Prinz Eugen and all three panzerschiffes, Deutschland, Scheer and Graf Spee. They are usable to enhance the
presentation of any scale model of any of the four ships. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
15 February 2017
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. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
14 February 2017
RM Scire, Italian Coastal Submarine, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall this is another good release from E.V.
A., this time of one of the Regia Marina’s stars and a submarine that conducted some daring raids. I like that it depicts
Scirè in her
SLC conversion fit and that you have the choice of the two different conning towers. That being said, it would be nice to see a kit of
an
Adua Class submarine in non-converted fit. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section.
13 February 2017
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. Added
to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
10 February 2017
Royal Navy Aircraft Set One, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Flyhawk World War Two Royal Navy
Aircraft Set One
is an outstanding product. With incredibly detailed 1:700 scale miniatures for the Fairey Swordfish, Fairey Fulmar
and Hawker Sea Hurricane, with plastic and brass photo-etch parts as well as decals, this set is perfect for providing deck candy for
any early World War Two British aircraft carrier. Added to the
Fittings & Equipment Reviews Section.
9 February 2017
HMS Hermes 1937 Coronation Review Fit, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - So, how are you going to greet
the newly crowned King George VI at the Coronation Review? With your normal rust clad honey barge? No, don’t insult the Monarch.
To present a proper salute go with the
Flyhawk 1:700 scale HMS Hermes 1937 Coronation Review fit adorned with bold Nelsonesque
White Ensigns and a shimmering rainbow of signaling pennants. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Reviews Section.
8 February 2017
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. Added to
the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
5 February 2017
HMS Collingwood, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Gregory Shoda - Here are photographs of Greg Shoda's 1/550 scale model of
the old British ironclad
HMS Collingwood. The layout of Collingwood’s main armament became the standard for most of the later
British predreadnought battleships.  Ironically, despite the provision of barbettes and greater speed, her forward guns could not be
worked at even moderate speed due to her low freeboard  because of the great amount of water that would come over her bows.
Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
3 February 2017
Royal Navy Railing, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700062, Review by Steve Backer - With so many Royal Navy warships
available in 1:700 scale,
Flyhawk has provided the perfect solution for railing for these kits. Included in the fret are a total of 19 runs
of railing in eight different patterns, including stern walk railing and funnel foot rail. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews
Section.
1 February 2017
Dunkerque, French Battlecruiser, HobbyBoss 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Is it time to hunt down the skulking
Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with Dunkerque in company with the stately HMS Hood of your best ally in November 1939?  Or is it
time to have 15-inch shells from the very same
HMS Hood of perfidious Albion smash into your Dunkerque and force you aground in
July 1940? Either way you’re covered with the HobbyBoss 1:350 scale model of the French battlecruiser
Dunkerque. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
29 January 2017
USS Benham DD-397, Scratch-Built in 1:96 Scale by Steve Kohls - If you want to see an impressive replica, here it is. Steve Kohls
started with a fiber-glass hull and then went into a fury of scratch-building to produce this magnificent 1:96 scale replica of the
USS
Benham
DD-397. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
27 January 2017
German Navy of World War Two Water-Tight Doors, Lion Roar 1:350 Scale, Set R3507, Review by Steve Backer -With all of the
1:350 scale kits available now from numerous manufacturers,
Lion Roar photo-etch set R3507 is an absolutely fabulous product to
add ultra fine detail to the manufacturer's kit. This set provides eight different patterns of water-tight doors for the German Navy of
World War Two. Added to the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
26 January 2017
SMS Seydlitz, German Battlecruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Reiew by Steve Backer - The Combrig 1:700 scale model of the SMS
Seydlitz
is a good solid kit. The kit will build into a post Jutland Seydlitz with minimal work. The greatest shortcoming of the kit is the
lack of torpedo nets, net shelves and net booms, which are necessary to portray the
Seydlitz from commissioning through the Battle of
Jutland. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
25 January 2017
Royal Navy 4.7-Inch/45 Mk XII Brass Barrels, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Set FH 700075 - Flyhawk provides eight turned brass
barrels with hollow muzzles carried in twin mount British destroyers of the
Tribal, J, K and N Classes, as well as the S Class. These
barrels can also be used for British destroyers with single gun mounts from the
A Class through the R Class., whose Mk IX guns were
almost identical to the Mk XII. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
24 January 2017
Scharnhorst 1943 Wooden Deck Set for the Dragon Scharnhorst kit 1040, ArtwoxModel Set 10001 1:350 Scale - This shows
ArtwoxModel set 10001 for the 1943 fit Dragon Scharnhorst in 1:350 scale. As with the custom of Artwox, a metal anchor chain
along with the multiple wooden decks. Included in the review are links to shown the
Artwox wooden decks fitted to the Dragon kit
for the earlier
Artwox set 10001 as well as the newer Artwox set 10083. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
23 January 2017
USN Radars Set A, Infini Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The USN Radar Set A by Infini Model is a beautiful detail set
covering some common radars fitted to US Navy ships serving during World War II. While unfortunately some dipoles were missing
from my set, this does not diminish the quality of the photo-etch and brass components. Added to the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch
Reviews Section.
20 January 2017
USS Michigan BB-27, Samek 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Samek provides a very nice multimedia model that can be built
as the
USS Michigan or the USS South Carolina. With a piled superstructure, the first all big gun battleships to be designed, before
HMS Dreadnought, the ships have a strong family resemblance with the previous USN predreadnought designs. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
18 January 2017
RN Enrico Tazzoli, Italian Calvi Class Submarine 1942, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Tazzoli kit was in the end a
pleasurable project with some minor challenges along the way. It builds into a nice model of a fine looking submarine and it is a welcome addition
to my sub flotilla. Since this kit was released, E.V.A. has added two more submarine kits to their catalog:
Scirè and, in a departure from Regia
Marina subjects,
HMS Upholder. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section.
17 January 2017
HMS Hood, Turret Battleship 1893, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Now you can build the pride of Admiral Sir
Arthur Hood, First Sea Lord of the Admiralty, the last turret battleship of the Royal Navy,
HMS Hood of 1893. The Combrig HMS
Hood
1893 kit is a good kit in spite of a few blemishes. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section.
16 January 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
15 January 2017
HMS Hood, Neptun 1:1250 Scale, Supplemented by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas used the metal model of HMS Hood from
Neptun in 1:1250 scale to create this dramatic build. He greatly supplemented the pre-built model by adding the dynamic sea base and
adding rigging and railing. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
14 January 2017
HMNZS Achilles, Leander Class Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Shuki Aloni scratch-built the
Achilles in 1:200 scale from his usual materials like card board, foam boards and balsa wood. It took about two weeks to build. Shuki
used the plans was from a Profile Morski on the topic. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
13 January 2017
Model Monkey Becomes Sponsor - SteelNavy welcomes Model Monkey as a sponsor. Model Monkey designs high fidelity resin
parts for various kits from 1:16 to 1:1250 scale. The
Model Monkey icon has been added to the home page. Just click on the link to
see the amazing variety of castings.
10 January 2017
Brass Barrel Set for the Combrig SMS Bayern, B&D Barrels 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The SMS Baden/Bayern Brass
Barrel Super Set (BD35057) will run you $69.00 with free shipping in the United States (a minor fee for shipping everywhere else). If
you are on a budget, B&D Barrels offers a set of the just the eight 15-inch barrels (BD35056) for $27.00. Either way, your build of
either
SMS Baden or Bayern will benefit. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
6 January 2017
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. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section.
5 January 2017
Brass Barrels for the Trumpeter Richelieu or Jean Bart, Aber 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Aber provides the modeler with
nice choices of turned brass barrels for the
Richelieu or Jean Bart in 1:700 scale. You have a choice of brass barrels designed for use
without blast bags or with blast bags, as well as another set for the 6-inch secondary barrels. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews
Section.
4 January 2017
HMS King George V Brass Photo-Etch Set for the Airfix Kit, Tom's Model Works 1:600 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Tom's
Model Works
produces a solid, inexpensive brass photo-etch fret specifically for the HMS King George V kit produced by Airfix in
1:600 scale. The set has a strong emphasis on the various types of radar and electronic equipment carried by the battleship. Added to
the
1:400 to 1:600 Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
3 January 2017
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. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section.
2 January 2017
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. Added to the Cruiser Reviews
Section.
1 January 2017
HMS King George V, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the heavily weathered King George V. Kostas Katseas started
with the Tamiya 1:700 scale kit but then added pom-poms and figures from
3D Model Parts and brass photo-etch from the Gold Medal Models
British Warships photo-etch fret. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
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