What's New 2019
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16 July 2019
Quad Vickers .50 Machine Gun Mounts, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Black Cat Models Vickers
Quadruple .50 machine gun mounts are highly recommended whichever version you decide to use. These will certainly look good on
your Royal Navy or Commonwealth Navy ship model. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
26 June 2019
HMS Consort, British Destroyer, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The HMS Consort kit is a top notch
offering from
Atlantic Models that will build into an excellent model of a post-WW2 modernized destroyer. These ships were a
stepping stone to the modern Royal Navy ships that were launched in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Felix Bustelo is pleased that Atlantic
Models
released this kit, but he wonders if perhaps there is an HMS Cavalier kit is in the future? Added to the Destroyer Reviews
Section.
24 June 2019
5-Inch/50 Mk 22 DP Single Gun Mount, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - As World War Two progressed,
enemy aircraft became larger and harder to bring down. The 20mm Oerlikon was great in 1940 and 1941 but by 1944 they lacked
punch. Even the 40mm Bofers mounts were lessening in ability. The Navy thought that the Mk 22 was the answer. It was
semi-automatic in that it had an automatic loader. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
23 June 2019
USS South Dakota BB-57, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Here are pictures of Shuki Aloni's new model in 1:200
scale, which was scratch built of the battleship
USS SOUTH DAKOTA. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
21 June 2019
Zara Class Italian Heavy Cruiser Decal Sheet, Regia Marina 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Zara Class 1:350 scale
decal sheet from
Regia Marina is a must for anyone wishing to build a model of a Zara Class ship as it covers quite a bit and it is
highly recommended. Added to the
Decals Reviews Section.
16 June 2019
HMS Prince of Wales, British Battleship, Flyhawk 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - The Flyhawk 1:700 scale  model of the
British battleship,
HMS Prince of Wales, is a magnificent kit to start, however, when Kostas Katseas gets his hands on it the result is
amazing. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
14 June 2019
Breda 20mm/65 Single Anti-Aircraft Guns, RegiaMarina 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Regia Marina has released a
photo-etch set with parts to build a total of 14 Breda 20mm/65 single gun mountings. Each mounting is comprised of 12 individual
parts. Added to the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews.
8 June 2019
Montcalm, French Light Cruiser 1940, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Built by Veniamin Litvin - This is Veniamin Litvin's build of the
model of the light cruiser "
Montcalm" about May 1940 in 1/350 scale from Combrig. To make the shape of the model corresponded
to the 1940s, he had to redo or add some details. He added a lot of photo-etch and metal gun barrels from stocks. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
2 June 2019
USS California, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas again shows what can be done with an 1:700
scale model, although not by mere mortals. This time the subject is the modernized
USS California by Trumpeter. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
28 May 2019
LCT(5), Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Black Cat Models LCT(5) kit is a very detailed and fairly
easy model to build model. Although it is technically a full-hull model, with its shallow draft it would not be too difficult to display it in
a waterline setting. This model just screams to be placed in a diorama or vignette but it will look good however you wish to display it.
This is fine little kit of an important craft used during World War II and it is highly recommended. Added to the
Auxiliary Reviews
Section.
26 May 2019
USCGC Lake Champlain, Lake Class Cutter, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - This is Felix Bustelo's build of
the now out of production
Atlantic Models USCGC Itsaca Lake Class Cutter kit. The kit was originally to be released under the
White Ensign Models label but after they closed shop the masters were in limbo for a long while. Peter Hall eventually found the
master patterns and the kit was finally released under his
Atlantic Models label. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
12 May 2019
Amiral Duperre, French Barbette Battleship, Armo 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Bob Cicconi built the 1/700 scale Amiral
Duperre
, a limited-run resin kit produced by Armo. A lot of scratch-building and modification was needed, but it built up into a nice
representation of this French barbette battleship from the 1880's. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
11 May 2019
RN Muzio Attendolo, Italian Light Cruiser 1941, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Here are pictures of Shuki Aloni's
new model of the Italian light cruiser
Muzio Attendolo (1941) in 1:200 scale, which he scratch-built. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
10 May 2019
German Battlecruisers 1910 - 1919, Warship Pictorial 47, Classic Warship Publishing, Review by Felix Bustelo - Warship Pictorial
47 - German Battlecruisers 1910-1919 is an excellent photographic reference on these Imperial German High Seas Fleet ships. I would
highly recommend it to any modeler who is planning to build any of the
Combrig Großer Kreuzer kit or the Hobby Boss 1:350 scale
Seydlitz kit. Added to the Book Reviews Section.
2 May 2019
May 2019 Mystery Model -April showers bring a May Mystery Model. Can you name the subject, manufacturer and scale? Added to the Miscellaneous
Gallery. The dream of Matt E was spot on when he dreamt "If I could be a whimsical dreamer however, what we are looking at is the 1/350 release of
Blackcat Models 1/350 Farragut class DD
".
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1 May 2019
Smerch/Kirov, Russian River Monitor, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Smerch/Kirov kit in 1:350 scale is
certainly an interesting subject.
Combrig has done a lot of research to determine the specific differences among the monitors after
their reconstruction. The kit is of the quality I have come to expect form
Combrig, crammed with lots of details. The hardest part is
choosing which version to build. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
28 April 2019
USS Montana, Veryfire 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - This is the USS Montana in 1:700 scale by Veryfire. Kostas
Katseas
has built the model to perfection. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
26 April 2019
April 2019 Mystery Models 1 & 2 Reveal - For the reveal of April 2019 Mystery Models 1 & 2, we will rely on this quotation from
David Angelo of Loose Cannon East, since both models are coming from Loose Cannon East in 1:700 scale. Added to the
Miscellaneous Gallery.
25 April 2019
Tomahawk Launchers, Infini Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This upgrade set from Infini Model is superb and will go
a long way in upgrading a modern
Iowa class battleship model or any 1:350 scale ship model that is fitted with Tomahawk missiles in
ABLs. That being said, due to the complexity of the open ABL assembly, this set is recommended for those modelers with experience
working with photo-etch and the desire to build a very detailed model. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
16 April 2019
April 2019 Mystery Model #2 - Before unveiling the April Mystery Model 1, lets complicate the matter with April Mystery Model 2.
What is the name of the subject, the manufacturer and the scale? Three of these photographs show both Mystery Models. Added to
the
Miscellaneous Gallery.
11 April 2019
CH-53E Super Stallion Detail Set, 5 Star Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This is a fine little set from Five Star Model
to help detail Trumpeter’s 1:350 scale CH-53E Super Stallion. Added to the 1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
8 April 2019
April 2019 Mystery Model #1 - It has been some time since a Mystery Model has been posted. Well, the wait is over. Here is a new
Mystery Model, which may stump many people. As usual, name the subject, manufacturer and scale on the message board. Added to
the
Miscellaneous Gallery.
22 March
2019
USCG 83-Foot Cutter 1944, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - Felix Bustelo was very happy to see a
kit of any U.S. Coast Guard vessel let alone that one that played such an important role during World War II. In addition, this model
goes very nicely with the boats from the ex-
White Ensign Models Narrow Seas range that are being reissued by Atlantic Models.
Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
5 March 2019
HMS Neptune 1911, British Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig HMS Neptune in 1:700 scale
is a very fine kit to build the Royal Navy’s first foray beyond the original layout of
HMS Dreadnought, with the introduction of a
superfiring 12-inch gun turret aft and the inclusion of glorious flying boat decks. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
2 March 2019
Cavour, Italian Aircraft Carrier 2008, Scratch-Built in 1:500 Scale by Dario Tedeschi - Here are some photographs of the latest
work by Dario Tedeschi, the scratch-built model in 1/500 scaleof the Italian aircraft carrier "
CAVOUR". Added to the Aircraft
Carrier Gallery.
1 March 2019
USN 24-Inch Searchlights, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - With set AC350021 Black Cat Models
provides the best USN 24-inch searchlights that I have seen. These little beauties will help the modeler to super-detail their 1:350 scale
USN warship with very little effort.
Black Cat continues to set the bar with its accessories. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
28 February
2019
USS Arizona Control Tops, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Model Monkey USS Arizona fore and main
tops are superior to the Banner kit parts and are a must to build a quality model from that kit. The gray resin material makes using these
upgrade parts even more attractive. Added to the
Fittings Review Section.
20 February
2019
USN CH-46 Sea Knight Photo-Etched Brass Detail Set, Five Star Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The CH-46 brass
photo-etch detail set in 1:350 scale is a fine little set from
Five Star Model to help detail Trumpeter’s CH-46 Sea Knight. Added to the
Fittings and Equipment Review Section.
19 February
2019
HMS Newcastle Type 42A Batch 1 British Destroyer, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Batch 1 and 2
Type 42 destroyer design was the victim of politics and the ships had their share of issues and shortcomings that were tragically
apparent in the Falklands War. Yet with improvements from lessons learned, they served for over 30 years.
Felix Bustelo is very glad
that
Atlantic Models finally released a kit of this class of warships. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
15 February
2019
USN 36-Inch Searchlights, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - With set AC350022 Black Cat Models
provides the best detailed USN 36-inch searchlights that the modeler will find to super-detail their 1:350 scale USN warship kits. Four
of these beauties come in the set.
Black Cat continues to hit it out of the park. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
14 February
2019
HMS Stag, D Class British Destroyer 1900, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig model of HMS Stag is a
fine little model of the last of the 30-knotter British destroyers to be built. The kit provides a lot of value for its low price with many
finely detailed resin parts but no photo-etch. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
13 February
2019
USN Mk. 38 Main Gun Director, Model Monkey 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Mk. 38 main gun director was the key
component of directing the fire of the 16-inch guns of the USN battleships in World War Two. Starting in November 1942 when
USS
Washington
took on the Japanese battleship Kirishima in an night action off of Guadalcanal, the Mk. 38 proved its worth. Model
Monkey
has produced a set of eight Mk. 38s of gray resin in 1:700 scale, which replaces kit supplied parts. Added to the Fittings
Reviews Section.
9 February
2019
Aoba, Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - A new cruiser joins the fleet of Shuki Aloni. The
Japanese heavy cruiser
Aoba was scratch-built in 1:200 scale by Shuki. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
6 February
2019
USS Fletcher Upgrade Set for the Tamiya Kit, 5 Star Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 5 Star Model 1:350 scale
upgrade for the Tamiya
USS Fletcher 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. Added to the
Multi-Media Upgrade Reviews
Section.
30 January
2019
USS New Hampshire BB-25, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Send the Granite State to sea! The Combrig 1:700
scale
USS New Hampshire BB-25 is a lovely kit of the last USN predreadnought battleship. She is different from her sisters of the
Connecticut Class to give you variety in your fleet. The kit has very fine resin parts, a good brass photo-etch fret but no photo-etch
railing. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
25 January
2019
CIWS 20mm Gatling Gun, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Regardless of my criticism, the Black Cat
Models
Phalanx CWIS are a much-improved alternative to what you get in plastic model kits and even some after-market offerings. I
plan to use these R2-D2s on my builds. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
24 January
2019
Bofors 57mm Gun Mount, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Felix Bustelo highly recommends the Black
Cat Models
Bofors 57mm gun mount accessory if you are planning to build any of the plastic Freedom and Independence class LCS
kits out there. Now, all we need is a kit of a
Legend class cutter to fit this on. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
11 January
2019
USN Mk. 37 Gun Director with Mk. 4 Radar Array, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Black Cat Models has
produced a spectacular Mk 37 with Mk 4 radar array in 1:350 scale. There are two directors in a box with each unit including two  
pieces. These are the director housing and the radar array. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
9 January
2019
USN 5-Inch/38 Mk.28 Twin Gun Turrets, Model Monkey 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Part of the new releases in gray
resin in 1:700 scale from
Model Monkey is the twin 5-inch/38 Mk. 28 gun turret. These can be used in upgrading USN fast battleship,
aircraft carrier, cruiser and even
Gearing/Sumner destroyer kits. Model Monkey provides ten turrets but no barrels. There are hole
locaters for the barrels, which provides an excellent opportunity to upgrade to turned metal barrels. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews
Section.
6 January
2019
HMS Dreadnought, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Shuki Aloni of Israel is a prolific scratch-builder in 1:200 scale.
Here is one of his latest builds, the
HMS Dreadnought. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
4 January
2019
5-Inch/38 Mk. 30 Gun on Open Platform, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - One very common USN gun in
World War Two was the 5-Inch/38 dual purpose gun. It was the standard heavy anti-aircraft gun for cruisers, battleships and aircraft
carriers right before and throughout the war. It was also the primary gun on destroyers. In configurations it could be found as single
gun turret, twin gun turret and open platform mounts. Black Cat Models has produced the 5-Inch/38 Mk.30 gun on an open mount in
1:350 scale. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
3 January
2019
Dupuy de Lôme, French Armored Cruiser 1895, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig Dupuy de Lôme in
1:350 scale is a glorious model. This assessment is based on two factors. First is the inherent quality and cleanness of the
Combrig
resin and brass parts. The second factor is the architectural features of
Dupuy de Lôme. All of the characteristics of French warship
design in the last part of the 19th Century are on display in spades. Whatever you like, from enormous rounded ram, to heavy fierce
face military masts bristling with light guns, to graceful curved tumblehome hull with square windows, to the mouse ear funnel fume
deflectors, its all there in glorious excess. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
2 January
2019
C Class Spanish Submarine, Iberia Models 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Juan Bataller - Spain has a new model ship producer, who
obviously concentrates on the warships of the Spanish Navy. The Spanish Navy has long been overlooked by kit producers, so maybe
a model of the
Canarias Class heavy cruiser might eventually appear. Juan Bataller built the Iberia Models C Class Spanish submarine
as
C6 and provides his build review. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section.
1 January
2019
USS Comstock LSD-19, Blue Ridge Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you have an interest in amphibious operations,
the
Blue Ridge Models USS Comstock LSD-19 in 1:700 scale is an outstanding kit with resin, brass photo-etch, turned brass and
decal sheet for a true multimedia presentation. With the kit the modeler cane build any of the ships of the
Ashland and Casa Grande
Classes
, the first two classes of the Landing Ship Dock for the United States Navy. Added to the Auxiliary Reviews Section.