What's New 2017
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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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