What's New 2019
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17 September 2019
Gilyak, Imperial Russian Gunboat, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Gilyak model came out pretty well
though, in my opinion, not necessarily my best work. It is a very interesting looking ship and a cool addition to my slowly growing
Imperial Russian Navy fleet. Due to some of the fiddly photo-etch parts, I would recommend this model to someone with experience
and patience working with photo-etch. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
16 September 2019
Mikasa Visiting Shrine, Hobby Boss 1:200 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - This is the Hobby Boss 1/200 scale Mikasa placed by
Kostas Katseas in a diorama. This was a commission project depicting the Mikasa visiting a Shinto shrine before leaving for battle.
Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
15 September 2019
Bismarck, Flyhawk 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas can build any kit to produce a show stopper. Here the
starting point was the outstanding Flyhawk 1:700 scale
Bismarck and as usual, the result is magnificent. Added to the Battleship
Gallery
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14 September 2019
USS Terror CM-5, USN Minelayer 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS
Nationals
- Richard Sliwka entered his build of the Niko Model 1:700 scale USS Terror CM-5 minelayer 1942 at the 2019 US IPMS
National Convention as out of the box. Well, it is not quite out of the box because he also added a fabulous rigging job. Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
13 September 2019
Nagato, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale, Built by Song Jung Gun - It took over a year for Song Jung Gun to scratch-build this 1:200
scale
Nagato. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
12 September 2019
Chokai 1942, Aoshima 1:700 Scale, Built by Dan Kaplan, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Dan Kaplan, mega Manhattan
magnate, stormed Chattanooga, Tennessee to place multiple entries into the ship competition at the 2019 US IPMS National
Competition. This is the Japanese heavy cruiser
Chokai in her 1942 when she was the Japanese flagship at the Battle of Savo Island.
The kit is the Aoshima 1:700 scale
Chokai. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
11 September 2019
HMS Royal Oak, R Class Battleship, WSW 1:700 Scale, Built by Dave Mezera, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Dave
Mezera
of Indiana added to his fleet of the Royal Navy with this build of the HMS Royal Oak, the only one of the five glorious R
Class
battleships. The Royal Oak was entered into the competition at the 2019 US IPMS Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee and
used the WSW kit in 1:700 scale. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
10 September 2019
USS Alaska CB-1, Large Cruiser, Hobby Boss 1:350 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Don't you love seeing a new model worked
up by
Kostas Katseas. Here is the USS Alaska CB-1 by Hobby Boss in 1:350 scale placed as centerpiece of a diorama. Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
9 September 2019
HMS Colossus 1911, British Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig kit of the HMS Colossus in
1:700 scale is highly recommended. Everything is provided, except for plastic rod, to build an extremely detailed model of the only
British battleship of the main body of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland to receive hits from heavy German shells. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
8 September 2019
USS Chevalier DD-805, Dragon Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Tim Bates, Award Winner 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Tim Bates did
not have far to go to enter the competition at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since he lives there.
However, no one can attribute his win with this entry to home cooking by the judges, as the excellence of his build speaks for itself.
Tim won
2nd Place Destroyers in 1:350 Scale with his build of the USS Chevalier DD-805 in her 1945 fit from the Dragon kit.
Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
7 September 2019
USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 2002-2003, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Ryan Labieniec, 2nd Place Aircraft Carriers 1:350
Scale at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - Nutmeg State's Ryan Labieniec started with the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit of
USS Nimitz and then heavily modified the kit to build the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 as she appeared in 2002-2003 during
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan's
Lincoln took 2nd Place Aircraft Carriers 1:350 Scale at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Added to the
Carrier Gallery.
6 September 2019
USS Texas BB-35, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Martin Quinn, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Here is the USS
Texas
BB-35 built by Martin Quinn from the Garden State. The kit is the Trumpeter 1:350 scale Texas and the build won 2nd Place
Battleships 1:350 Scale
at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. If you are going to attend the 2020 US !PMS Nationals in San
Marcos, Texas, you might want to compare Martin's wonderful build with the real deal berthed outside Houston. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
5 September 2019
USS Arkansas BB-33 1944, Tom's Modelworks 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Flying
in from the burbs of Philly, comes the Eagles high flier fan,
Bob Cicconi, to enter his USS Arkansas BB-33 1944 to the 2019 US
IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The kit is from
Tom's Modelworks in 1:700 scale and depicts Arkansas in her
1944 fit. Bob took
Second Place in the Battleships 1:700 Scale category with his Arkansas. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
4 September 2019
USS New York LPD-21 Hangar Bay Decals, Dave's Scale Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo -This is a very well-done
decal set and it will provide the modeler with plenty of opportunities to detail their model depending on if they choose to build it with
the hangar door open or shut or the well deck ramp up or down. Added to the
Decals Review Section.
3 September 2019
Hosho 1939, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Douglas Barton, Winner  Best Aircraft Carrier 1:700 Scale at the 2019 US IPMS
National Convention- Douglas Barton of Missouri took the 1st Place Award for Best Aircraft Carrier in 1:700 Scale at the 2019
US IPMS National Convention with his build of the Fujimi
Hosho in her 1939 fit. Douglas commented that he used the Fujimi Upgrade
set for the kit, which includes brass photo-etch and wooden deck. He also added additional Fujimi aircraft. Added to the
Carrier
Gallery.  
2 September 2019
USS Russell DD-414, Sims Class Destroyer, Blue Ridge Models 1:192 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Award Winner 2019 US
IPMS Nationals - Richard Sliwka of Missouri won Best Destroyer or Small Combatant in 1:350 Scale at the 2019 US IPMS
National Convention with his build of the
Sims Class destroyer, USS Russell DD-414, in 1:192 scale. He lists the model as from Blue
Ridge Models
. However, I didn't find it listed in the Blue Ridge Models web site. Yankee Modelworks produced a 1:192 scale USS
Sims
and it is possible that Blue Ridge acquired the rights to the model and re-released it. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
1 September 2019
Yamashiro 1944, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Jerry Jackson, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Jerry Jackson made the
long trip from California to eastern Tennessee to place his build of the Japanese Battleship
Yamashiro in 1944 fit into the battleship gun
fight at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. The kit is the 1:700 scale model of
Yamashiro from Fujimi. Added to the Battleship
Gallery.
31 August 2019
USS Florida 1932, Niko 1:700 Scale, Built by Gary Griffith, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Gary Griffith from Virginia
entered this unusual subject at the competition at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is the
USS
Florida
in her 1932 fit from the Niko kit of the ship in 1:700 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
30 August 2019
HMS Queen Elizabeth 1918, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Dave Mezera, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals -
Dave Mezera
of Indiana certainly likes the warships of the Royal Navy, as his builds at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in
Chattanooga, Tennessee were of RN ships. This is the
HMS Queen Elizabeth in her 1918 fit. It is the White Ensign Models Queen
Elizabeth
in 1:700 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
29 August 2019
USS Albemarle AV-5, USN Seaplane/Flying BoatTender, Loose Cannon East 1:700 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Entered in the
2019 US !PMS Nationals - One of Loose Cannon East's latest creations could be found at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in
Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Richard Sliwka came east from Missouri to enter his build of the USS Albemarle AV-5, seaplane/flying boat
tender in 1:700 scale. Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.







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28 August 2019
HMS Nelson, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Richard Durham, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - At the 2019 US IPMS
National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
Richard Durham of California entered his build of the Trumpeter 1:700 scale kit of
HMS Nelson. It wasn't stated on the sheet, but it looks like the 1944 fit of Nelson. On the entry sheet Richard stated that he added
brass barrels and photo-etch. Added to the
Battleship Gallery. Winner Best Battleship 1:700 Scale.
27 August 2019
USS Farragut DD-348, USN Destroyer, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, the USS Farragut is an
impressive model kit release from
Black Cat Models and certainly their most ambitious to date. The kit contains all of the elements
that have made
Black Cat Models popular with modelers, especially the superior and highly refined 3D printed parts. This kit will
build into a fully detailed model of
USS Farragut out of the box. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
26 August 2019
HMS Hood 1936, Trumpeter 1:200 Scale, Built by Gary Griffith, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - From the
Commonwealth of Virginia,
Gary Griffith came to the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, bearing this
visual treat, the
HMS Hood in her 1936 fit. The kit is the 1:200 scale Hood from Trumpeter. As you can see, the Hood is bearing her
neutrality stripes with pride. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
25 August 2019
USS Ward DD-139, December 7, 1941, Gulfstream 1:350 Scale, Built by David Miller, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - It
is Tin Can Time at the Nationals!
David Miller of New Mexico made the voyage to Chattanooga, Tennessee  to attend the 2019 US
IPMS National Convention. Here is his build of
USS Ward DD-139 as of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. The kit is the golden oldie
Gulfstream
USS Ward in 1:350 scale. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
24 August 2019
Orel, Imperial Russian Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Jim Stutz, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Jim Stutz
made the long trip from Tempe, Arizona to Chattanooga, Tennessee to attend the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. He entered the
Orel, Imperial Russian battleship, made from the Combrig 1:700 scale kit. He used multiple brass photo-etch sets. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
23 August 2019
USS Cod SS-224 Gato Class Submarine, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Jeff "Mongo" Cramer, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS
National Convention - It's time for the Big Pig. As USN submarines were fondly called pig boats by their crews and the Revell 1:72
scale model of the
US Gato Class submarine is certainly a big model, that makes this build of USS Cod SS-224 Gato Class submarine
a big pig.
Jeff "Mongo" Cramer of Cincinnati, Ohio built the model in pristine shape, as if she had just come out of the yard. He
entered this beauty in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Added to the
Submarine Gallery.
22 August 2019
HMS Bellerophon 1909, British Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig 1:700 scale HMS
Bellerophon
kit provides the ingredients for a beautiful model of the follow up of HMS Dreadnought. Although a near repeat of
Dreadnought, the Bellerophon with two tripods mounted in front of the stacks, provides a more imposing and graceful profile. With
this kit
Combrig also significantly improved their instructions. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section.
21 August 2019
USS Worcester CL-144, USN Light Cruiser, Yankee Modelworks, 1:350 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Entered in the 2019 US
IPMS Nationals - Richard Sliwka of the Show Me state, showed us his skill at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. This entry of
his is the
USS Worcester CL-144, as seen in 1950. The kit was from Yankee Modelworks in 1:350 scale. To enhance his model
Richard added discharge pipes/ports from brass tubing, as well as using brass to scratch-build propeller shafts, struts and guards.
Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
20 August 2019
USS Carl Vinson CVN-70, 1983 World Cruise, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by David Kopielski, Winner Best Aircraft Carrier
1:350 Scale, 2019 US IPMS National Convention. - David Kopielski of Chicagoland won Best Aircraft Carrier in 1:350 Scale at the
2019 US IPMS National Convention with his build of the
USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 in her 1983 World Cruise. Dave started with the
Trumpeter
Nimitz kit and then spent over 700 hours converting it to the 1983 fit for the Carl Vinson. Added to the Aircraft Carrier
Gallery.
19 August 2019
Novorossiisk, Russian Battleship 1950, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig 1:700 Novorossiisk provides a
compete, detailed mode of one of the oldest serving battleships, serving from World War One to well into the atomic era when most
battleships of any era had disappeared. With the Soviet AA gun mounts it certainly supplies a different build than the Italian fit kits for
Giulio Cesare and Conte di Cavour. Added to  the Battleship Reviews Section.
18 August 2019
HMS Victoria, British Battleship, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Built by Nick Filippone, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Nick
Filippone
came from New York with multiple builds to enter into the 2019 IPMS US National Convention in Chattanooga. This one is
the
Combrig 1:350 scale of HMS Victoria, ill-fated British battleship. Nick noted that added after-market photo-etch brass parts,
jeweler's chain for the anchor chain, metal wire for the anti-torpedo nets, ceramic wire rigging and cotton rigging. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
17 August 2019
USS Saratoga CV-3 1936, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Mark Alkass, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention -
Mark Alkass
journeyed from southern Florida to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. He entered a
yellow wings delight with the
USS Saratoga 1936. The kit is from Trumpeter in 1:350 scale. Although he didn't list his additions or
modifications to the kit, many are obvious. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
16 August 2019
CRDA Motosiluranti Series 1, Italian Torpedo Boat, Regia Marina 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Regia Marina’s 1:350
scale
CRDA Motosiluranti kit is an intriguing little model which will build into a detailed replica. I would recommend it to someone
with some skill working with resin and photo-etch kits and is either a Regia Marina fan or is looking for something different to go with
their
Atlantic Models (ex-White Ensign Models) Narrow Seas range builds. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
15 August 2019
HMS Warspite, British Battleship 1937, Academy 1:350 Scale, Built by Dave Mezera, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - At
the US IPMS Nation Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, there were several Royal Navy entries from
Dave Mezera of Indiana.
This one is the
HMS Warspite from Academy in 1:350 scale. It is the Premium Edition, which includes the Pontos super-detail set,
which has photo-etch and wooden decks. The kit is of the 1942 fit but Dave backdated it to 1937. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
14 August 2019
Kinu, Japanese Light Cruiser, Aoshima 1:350 Scale, Built by Rick Cotton, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - The 2019
IPMS US National Convention had several ship entries from
Lone Star Rick Cotton. The Aoshima 1:350 scale Japanese Light
Cruiser,
Kinu, is one of them. Rick noted on the entry that he used Gold Medal Models and Tom's Modelworks photo-etch detail
parts and Fujimi sailors. Clear bathtub caulk was used for the water. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
13 August 2019
HMS Nadder, British River Class Frigate, Starling Models, 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Starling Models 1:350 scale
HMS Nadder kit is an excellent sophomore release, which offers lots of details in what appears to be a relatively straight-forward build
of a
River Class frigate. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
12 August 2019
2019 IPMS US National Convention, August 7 through August 10, 2019, Chattanooga, Tennessee - This is just a taste of the 2019
Chattanooga Convention, covering vendors only. A separate hall had all of the model entries. Added to the
Miscellaneous Gallery.
11 August 2019
HMS Belfast, British Light Cruiser, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Dave Mezera, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals -
Hoosier,
Dave Mezera, made the trek from Indiana to Chattanooga to enter his magnificent build of HMS Belfast from the Trumpeter
1:350 scale kit in the 2019 IPMS US national convention. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.  Winner Best Cruiser 1:350 Scale.
10 August 2019
RN Zara, Italian Heavy Cruiser, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Here is
Pennsylvania's own
Bob Cicconi's build of the Trumpeter 1:350 scale Italian Heavy Cruiser, RN Zara. On the 2019 IPMS entry sheet,
contestants can list any modifications that they made to the kit. In the case of Bob's
Zara, he converted the full hull kit to waterline,
scratch-built the upper mainmast and added stretched sprue rigging. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
6 August 2019
British Quadruple Pom-Pom Mounts, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Black Cat Models quadruple
pom-poms are highly recommended and will certainly look great on your Royal Navy or Commonwealth Navy ship model. Added to
the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
26 July 2019
LCT(6), Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Black Cat Models LCT(6) kit is a very detailed and fairly easy
model to build model and a perfect companion to its LCT(5). Although it is technically The  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.
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.