What's New 2017
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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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