What's New 2017
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24 September
2017
Emile Bertin, French Light Cruiser, Scratch-Buit in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Here are pictures of Shuki Aloni's new model of
the French light cruiser
Emile Bertin in 1:200 scale. He scratch built the model from card board, foam boards and balsa wood. It took
3 weeks to build. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
22 September
2017
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. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
21 September
2017
Harpoon Missile Set, Infini Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Harpoon missile upgrade set in 1:350 scale from Infini
Model is superb and will go a long way in upgrading any 1:350 scale ship model that is fitted with Harpoon missiles. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
14 September
2017
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. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
13 September
2017
Royal Navy 4.5-Inch Mk 8 Gun Barrels, Atlantic Models, Review by Felix Bustelo - The turned brass 4.5-inch Mark 8 barrels from
Atlantic Models are a most welcome improvement to the kit supplied white metal part and are highly recommended. My Type 21 and
Type 42 kits will benefit greatly from this new accessory from
Peter Hall. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
12 September
2017
Twin Bollards/Bitts Sets, Rainbow Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - These sets of twin bollards/bitts in 1:350 scale from
Rainbow Model will help improve your ship model with more in-scale version of mooring bitts and are worth the effort to replace the
kit versions. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
9 September
2017
Micro Master 3D Printed Parts - Steelnavy is pleased to announce that Micro Master is a sponsor of the site. Micro Master designs
parts that are produced with 3D printing by Shapeways. You can find almost anything Royal Navy and Commonwealth in scales from
1:96 to 1:700 scales, as well as World War One and World War Two German Navy. They also produce various modern and WW2
tank models.
Micro Master link/icon added to main page.
7 September
2017
USN 1.1 Inch Quad AA Guns, Veteran Models 1:200 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This Veteran Models set is excellent and as a
bonus provides the Mark 44 directors, which
Felix Bustelo haven’t seen included in other quad 1.1” gun sets. The gun mounts and
directors built from this set will add a lot of detail to the Merit 1/200 scale
USS Hornet and the forthcoming Trumpeter USS Yorktown
and
Enterprise kits. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
6 September
2017
German 105mm SK L/40 Guns, Micro Master 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The German 10.5cm/40 SK L/40 Guns set is a
most welcome accessory set that corrects a major flaw in the Revell
Emden/Dresden kits and it is highly recommended. You can
order this set through the Micro Master page on www.shapeways.com.Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
1 September
2017
USS Bainbridge CGN-25, JAG 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - These are pictures of Rob Weilacher's 1/700 scale JAG USS
Bainbridge
that he finished a few years ago.  Rob also used various Gold Medal Models photo-etch details from their modern set.
Paints are Pollyscale. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
30 August 2017
USS Pennsylvania BB-38 Funnel 1936-1942, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - I find that the Model Monkey
USS Pennsylvania
funnel in 1:350 scale is a superb product for replacing the funnel in the HobbyBoss/Banner Arizona kit. The
contrast between the outstanding
Model Monkey funnel and the poor kit-supplied funnel is stark. Added ti the Fittings Reviews
Section.
29 August 2017
USS Thatch FFG-43, Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate, Dragon 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - Shown are pictures of my
USS Thatch FFG-43, Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate,  finished a few years ago by Rob Weilacher. The kit is by Dragon and
Rob used the
Gold Medal Models modern photo-etch fret on it, which was fantastic. The helicopter is probably the wrong type but is
a Trumpeter SH-60 type. Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
28 August 2017
USS Nimitz CVN-68, Trident Model 1:1250 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas built this diorama around the USS
Nimitz
CVN-68, produced by Trident Model in 1:1250 Scale. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
24 August 2017
Tru-Color Naval Paints - Tru-Color Paint is well known for producing paint for model railroad livery and rolling stock. Now,
Tru-Color is releasing naval colors, starting from pre-war to 1946 USN colors. This is a preview of Tru-Color's naval line. Added to
the
Decals & Paints Reviews Section.
23 August 2017
Tru-Color Paint - SteelNavy welcomes Tru-Color Paint as a sponsor! Tru-Coor Paint's icon has been added to the main page. Formed
in 2008, Tru-Color Paint specialized in the paint colors for railroads and their rolling stock and then added automobile paint. Now, they
are adding military colors for ships, aircraft and armor, under the military paints link on their web site. For ship builders, the coverage
will start with over 40 paints for the USN from pre-war to 1946. Do you need the right color of mahogany to set off the yellow wing
aircraft on your pre-war US aircraft carriers, Cavite Blue for the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast or Dark Mountbatten Pink used by
the US yards in repairing Royal Navy warships that used that color? They are all in the Tru-Color lineup. The paints are solvent based
and air brush ready.
22 August 2017
USS Saratoga CV-3 1944, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - These are photographs of Rob Weilacher's 1/700 scale
Tamiya CV-3
USS Saratoga.  Rob chose to model her in the short-lived dazzle camouflage of 1944.  Great kit. Added to the Aircraft
Carrier Gallery.
15 August 2017
USS Enterprise CV-6 1944, Tom's Modelworks 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - Here are photographs of Rob Weilacher's
1/700 scale
Tom’s Modelworks USS Enterprise CV-6 circa 1944. This is a great kit that includes photo-etch and great decals from
Starfighter Decals. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
5 August 2017
U-Boat Bunker in 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas built a beautiful diorama of a heavily fortified U-Boat
bunker in 1:700 scale. The U-Boat pen, built under a cliff is heavily guarded by coastal artillery, anti-aircraft emplacements and radar.
Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
4 August 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
3 August 2017
Westland Dragonfly Helicopter, L'Arsenal 2.0 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the L'Arsenal 2.0 Westland Dragonfly
in 1:350 scale is a good accessory set that is unfortunately marred by the omission of one photo-etch main rotor blade which could
have been avoided with better quality control. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
1 August 2017
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.
Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
30 July 2017
USS New Jersey BB-62, Modernized Battleship, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas took the modernized
battleship
USS New Jersey BB-62 from Tamiya in 1:700scale in hand for a build. Kostas used the Flyhawk Model detail set in the
build. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
21 July 2017
Imperial Japanese Navy Depth Charge Racks, Rainbow Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The IJN depth charge frames
set from Rainbow Model has crisp, well-done photo-etch and resin parts. This set will add some good detail to your model of an
Imperial Japanese Navy combatant that was fitted with depth charges. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
20 July 2017
IJN Anti-Aircraft Weapons III, Flyhawk Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The mix of the single gun Type 96 25mm
cannon and the 120mm rocket canisters on
Flyhawk Model Set 700069 is just perfect for late war carriers and everybody's favorites,
the
Ise and Hyuga hermaphrodites. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
19 July 2017
SMS Scharnhorst, German Armored Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig SMS Scharnhorst in 1:
700 scale has very good to excellent resin parts and a good brass photo-etch fret. The inadequate instructions will not bar building a
beautiful model of Admiral von Spee’s flagship at the Battles of Cornel and the Falklands. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
18 July 2017
HMS Devonshire, Modern British Destroyer Brass Photo-Etch Fret, Atlantic Models 1:600 Scale for the Airfix Kit, Review by Steve
Backer - The Atlantic Models relief-etched brass fret designed specifically for the Airfix HMS Devonshire, modern British destroyer
in 1:600 scale is an absolute necessity if you are going to bulld the Airfix model. The design, detail and fineness of the brass parts take
the Airfix model to replica level. Added to the
1:400 to 1:600 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.   
17 July 2017
Rus, Russian Ocean Going Tugboat 1904, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig Rus tugboat in 1:700 scale
presents an easy build of the largest tugboat of her time, which was part of the Imperial Russian 2nd Pacific Squadron for the world
cruise which ended for the
Rus and the rest of the fleet at the Battle of Tsushima. It can also be painted as the German commercial
tugboat
SS Roland in 1903. Added to the Auxiliary Review Section.
16 July 2017
HMS King George V 1945, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Karseas - This is the HMS King George V in 1945. Kostas Katseas
used the Tamiya 1:350 scale kit for the build. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
15 July 2017
CGN-42 Strike Cruiser, Kit-Bashed Iron Shipwright CGN USS Virginia 1:350 Scale, Built by John Sykes - The CGN42 was a late
70’s proposed Aegis development of the existing CGN38
Virginia nuclear Cruiser but was never built, or even named. During the
1970’s there was a proposed Strike Cruiser, Aegis conversion of
Long Beach, & Modified Virginia. All were cancelled in favour of
the CG47
Ticonderoga class. Added to the Cruiser Gallery,
14 July 2017
IJN Triple 25mm Anti-Aircraft Guns, 3D Model Parts 1:500 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Whether you have a new 1:500 scale
model from Fujimi or a golden oldie kit in that scale from Nichimo, any late war large Japanese warship will have triple 25mm
anti-aircraft guns. 3D Model Parts has extraordinarily well detailed 1:500 scale triple 25mm mounts that will be far more detailed than
the plastic kit parts out of the box. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
12 July 2017
35-Foot Modern Whip Antenna, SSN Modellbau 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 35-foot Modern Whip Antenna is
well-done set from
SSN Modellbau to add a proper finishing touch to your modern warship model. Added to the Fittings Reviews
Section.
11 July 2017
USN Bucket Vents, Five Star Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Five Star Model USN vents in turned brass with
brass photo-etch grills are neat little sets that will help upgrade your model with very detailed bucket vents. Added to the
Fittings
Reviews Section.
10 July 2017
USN 300 Gallon Drop Tank Set, SSN Modellbau 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The USN 300 Gallon Drop Tank Set is
another nifty accessory set from
SSN Modellbau that will detail your air wings parked on the flight deck of your carrier model. Added
to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
9 July 2017
Marceau, French Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Gregory Shoda - Here are some pictures of the newest model by
Gregory Shoda, the French predreadnought battleship Marceau. He scratch-built it in 1:550 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
8 July 2017
Graf Zeppelin, German Aircraft Carrier, Orange Hobby 1:700 Scale, Built by Norbert Thiel - Here are  some shots of Norbert
Thiel
's Graf Zeppelin model. It is the Orange Hobby kit in 1:700 scale, finished about three years ago. In Norbert's opinion it is one
of the best kits offered on the 1:700 market. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
7 July 2017
IJN Radars, Rainbow Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The IJN Radars set in 1:350 scale from Rainbow Model is a great
little set with well-done brass and clean resin casting. This set will let you fit your Nihon Kaigun model with detailed radars. Added to
the
Fittings Reviews Section.
6 July 2017
USS Arizona Funnel 1936-1941, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Now how to paint your USS Arizona model
is a subject for an at times heated debate. However, there should be no debate that you must get your hands on
Model Monkey’s
1936-1941 funnel for you build. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
5 July 2017
USN 5-Inch/51 Gun, 3D Model Parts 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 3D Model Parts of the USN 5-Inch/51 1:350 scale
parts are finely done, incorporating such details as the gun sights on the barrels. The parts come on casting runners but have thin
attachment points for easier removal. This set is another homerun from
3D Model Parts. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
3 July 2017
Aquilon Jet Fighter, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the L'Arsenal Aquilon, license-built De Haviland Sea
Venom in 1:400 scale is a good aircraft accessory set that will help you populate the flight deck of the old and venerable Heller
Clemenceau kit, which was the only Marine National aircraft carrier to embark these jets. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
30 June 2017
CSS Arkansas, Confederate Ironclad Ram 1862, Flagship Models, 1:192 Scale, Reiew by Steve Backer - The Flagship Models CSS
Arkansas
1:192 scale ironclad ram is ready to shove those blue belly scalawags up the Yazoo and get those pasty faced carpetbaggers
on the Great Skeedaddle. You too can have the Beast of the Mississippi and free the Magnolia State of blue vermin, thanks to
Flagship
Models
. Just keep Earl Van Dorn away from the kit. Added to the American Civil War Reviews Section.
29 June 2017
Chicago Piano 1.1-Inch Quadruple Anti-Aircraft Gun, 3D Model Parts 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Busteo - The 3D Model Parts
mounts are much finer than kit provided plastic parts and are three-dimensional, which is something you can’t get with brass photo-
etch versions. The parts come on casting runners but have thin attachment points for easier removal. These resin mounts are an
excellent upgrade for your pre-war and early-war U.S. Navy ship and are well worth the $7.49 price tag. Added to the
Ordnance
Reviews Section.
28 June 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
27 June 2017
DKM Cable Reels, White Ensign Models 1:400 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - For modelers of the warships of the Deutsche
Kriegsmarine built from the wide range of Heller kits in 1:400 scale,
White Ensign Models brass photo-etch set PE 4013 is a
necessary addition. Added to the
1:400 to 1:600 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
26 June 2017
Takasago, Japanese Elswick Protected Cruiser 1898, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig 1:700 scale
model of the Japanese Elswick Protected Cruiser
Takasago has all of the bells and whistles for an exceptionally well detailed model.
Wherever you look, resin parts, brass parts or instructions, there are very significant improvements over previous
Combrig 1:700
scale kits. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
24 June 2017
Yamato, Hasegawa 1:450 Scale, Built by Kostas Karseas - This is the Yamato from the Hasgawa kit in 1:450 scale. Kostas Katseas
built the kit with the
Pontos upgrade set. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
23 June 2017
PLA Navy Doors, 5 Star Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 5 Star Model brass photo-etch set for PLA Navy doors
is a great little set to replace the molded on doors on PLAN plastic kits, which typically appear a little out of scale and a bit clunky.
Added to the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
20 June 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer & Small Combatants Review Section.
16 June 2017
Natick Class YTB, Large Tugboat, Orange Hobby 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Orange Hobby Natick Class kit will
build into a very detailed model of a US Navy YTB. The level of detail in the parts are clearly above-par. My only complaint is that a
waterline option is not provided for modelers wishing to add a tug to a harbor diorama or some other vignette. Added to the
Auxiliary
Reviews Section.
15 June 2017
HMS King George V 1912, Combrig 1:700 Sclae, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig King George V 1:700 scale kit has
increased the detail from previous
Combrig releases on other classes of British battleships, such as the Orion Class. The resin hull has
more detail and the brass photo-etch fret has significantly improved from past releases. The only thing that did not change was the
instructions. This kit provides a crucial missing link in the
Combrig releases of the different classes of British battleships and will build
into a very handsome replica, Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
14 June 2017
Dhow, L'Arsenal 1:450 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Dhow accessory set in 1:350 scale from L'Arsenal will add some
“local” flavor to your vignette of a navy ship visiting a Persian Gulf port and it is a simple model to build. Added to the
Auxiliary
Reviews Section.
13 June 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth & Valiant Set For the Trumpeter Kits, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The new
White Ensign Models photo-etch is as glorious as the White Ensign Models photo-etch of legend. Fret PE 7120 is designed by
Peter Hall and manufactured in the United Kingdom specifically for the Trumpeter 1:700 scale kits of HMS Queen Elizabeth and
HMS Valiant. The large fret is an outstanding value at only $21 USD as it is filled with relief-etching and has parts for fits from
prewar with quad Vickers' machine guns to 1945 with twin 20mm Oerlikon mounts. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews
Section.
12 June 2017
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. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews
Section.
10 June 2017
Scharnhorst, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is another build of the Dragon kit of Scharnhorst in 1:350 scale by
Kostas Katseas. The white turret crowns were a commission request. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
9 June 2017
Vickers Quad Machine Guns, Tetra Model Works 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Tetra Model Works quad Vickers .50
machine guns will build into detailed little gems and are clearly more refined and in scale than versions provided in injection-plastic and
some resin kits. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
8 June 2017
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.
Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
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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