What's New 2020
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February 17, 2020
Yamato, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Darin Wilson, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - From the Land of Lincoln Darin Wilson made the journey to Chattanooga, Tennessee to enter the 2019 US IPMS National
Convention. Here is his build of the Tamiya 1:350 scale Japanese battleship
Yamato. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
February 12, 2020
USS Wisconsin BB-64, Operation Desert Storm 1991, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Ryan Labieniec, Winner 1/350 Battleship Category 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Chico's Bail Bonds may have sponsored category 403A, Ships;
Battleships, Battlecruisers, and Cruisers; 1/350 — Battleships
,  but Ryan Labieniec of Connecticut certainly didn't need the services of Chico's to win the category with his breakout build of the Tamiya 1:350 scale New Jersey
kit to produce the
USS Wisconsin in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. The Tamiya kit was heavily modified by Ryan in the build. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
February 11, 2020
HMS Duke of York, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Charles Scardon, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Charles Scardon of Illinois started with the Tamiya 1:700 scale HMS Prince of Wales and modified the kit to
represent the
HMS Duke of York during her trials. Charles used Gold Medal Models brass photo-etch for detailing. He changed some details and added some 20mm Oerlikon positions. Additiionaly he scratch-built secondary gun
directors. The model was painted with Colourcoat paints. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
February 10, 2020
USS Massachusetts BB-59, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Dale Mason, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - Dale Mason of Ohio attended the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
and entered his build of the Trumpeter
USS Massachusetts BB-59 in 1:350 scale. The hull was water-lined and placed in a sea base of Liquitex Acrylic, which was painted with sea colored acrylic Polyscale paint and dry-brushed
with white enamel. Several different sets of brass photo-etch were used. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
February 9, 2020
USS Midway CV-41 1991, Orange Hobby 1:700 Scale, Built by John Leyland, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - It's hard to believe that this model of USS Midway CV-41 is in 1:700 scale. John Leyland of
Illinois took the Orange Hobby 1:700 scale kit of the modernized
Midway, built her in her 1991 Desert Storm fit, and entered her in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals.. His outstanding build and intricate detailing makes the kit look as if it
were 1:350 scale. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
February 7, 2020
USS Langley CV-1, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Built by Roger Torgeson - The Trumpeter USS Langley CV-1 is not the first Langley in 1:350 scale. Iron Shipwright also has a model of the Covered Wagon in 1:350. Back in
2009
Roger Torgeson took the ISW kit in hand and after much work and modifications, Roger finished with this beauty. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
January 31, 2020
USS Langley CV-1, The Covered Wagon, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - What can I say? The Trumpeter USS Langley CV-1 in 1:350 scale has so much promise. A very unique design with fine detail on hull,
decks and aircraft, the ingredients are there. However, this kit is critically marred by providing solid trusses and girders for the complex structure supporting the flight deck. In my opinion, I would wait on this kit until a brass
photo-etch set of the truss and girder structure is available. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Reviews Section.
January 29, 2020
Squid, Royal Navy Anti-Submarine Mortar, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Squid mortar is another excellent high-quality product from Black Cat Models. I plan on using mine to replace the white
metal version in the
Atlantic Models Castle-class corvette kit. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
January 28, 2020
Vickers Quadruple .50 Machine Gun Mounts with Shield, Black Cat Models, Review by Steve Backer - I cannot recommend too highly the Quadruple Vickers .50 machine gun mount with shield by Black Cat Models in 1:350
scale. For a rather inexpensive price, you get ten fabulous mounts dripping with detail. They are perfect replacements for kit supplied parts for any RN warship kit in 1:350 scale in 1941 and 1942 fits, after the shields were fitted. As
Winston Churchill might have stated if asked about the comparison/contrast between the
Black Cat and Trumpeter Vickers, "Black Cat tears Trumpeter a new one!" Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
January 27, 2020
HMS Agincourt 1914, The Gin Palace, Flyhawk Deluxe 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Flyhawk 1:700 scale HMS Agincourt is a superb kit. Whether you get the basic version or deluxe version, you will get one of the
finest plastic warship models in this most popular scale. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
January 23, 2020
Prinz Eugen, Tamiya 1:700 Scale, Built by Richard Durham, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Richard Durham probably made one of the longest trips to attend the 2019 US IPMS National Convention in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. Richard hails from just outside San Diego, California. This is his entry of the German heavy cruiser,
Prinz Eugen. It is the Tamiya kit in 1:700 scale. Richard added brass barrels and photo-etch. Added to the Cruiser
Gallery.
January 21, 2020
HMS King George V, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Darin Wilson, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Darin Wilson from the Land of Lincoln sweeps into the 2019 US IPMS National Convention at Chattanooga,
Tennessee to enter his build of the
HMS King George V by Tamiya in 1:350 scale. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
January 20, 2020
HMS Cornwall Wooden Decks for the Trumpeter Kit, Chuan Yu Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you already have the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit of HMS Cornwall, you will want to consider decking the plastic
with the wooden decks in the Chuan Yu wooden deck set for the Trumpeter kit. The decks provided are very nice and further, there is no need to punch cutouts and clean the resultant openings because all of these are already open
in this product. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
January 19, 2020
USS Wasp CVS-18, Revell 1:540 Scale, Built by Mark Tutton, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - In the early 1950s Revell released some of the first plastic warship models. They all had flat bottoms. In the
last half of the 1950s, Revell introduced much more realistic kits of USN warships. Among these was the modernized
USS Essex. As decades passed, Revell kept re-releasing the Essex kits as other members of the class, Usually
with only a change in aircraft and decals.
Mark Tutton used the venerable Revell kit to produce the USS Wasp CVS-18 in 1:540 scale to enter in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. Added to the Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
January 18, 2020
Maya 1944, Japanese Heavy Cruiser, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Brian Miller, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - One of the entries in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention was the Maya, Japanese heavy cruiser.
Brian Miller of Pennsylvania built the Fujimi 1:700 scale kit of Maya in her 1944 fit, after C turret was replaced due to bomb damage with additional anti-aircraft mounts. Brian used a Fujini photo-etch set and replaced kit supplied
AA guns with mounts produced by 3D Modelparts and Fine Molds. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
January 15, 2020
SMS Grosser Kurfurst, German Battleship, ICM 1:700 Scale, Built by David Koopman, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - David Koopman of South Carolina is another ship modeler who had multiple entries at the 2019
US IPMS National Convention. This is his build of the German Battleship,
SMS Grosser Kurfurst, as she appeared early in World War One, still carrying anti-torpedo nets and booms. The ICM 1:700 scale kit was used for the build.
Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
January 13, 2020
USS Princeton CVL-23 1944, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Built by Tim Bates, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - Tim Bates didn't have far to go to compete in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention, since was at
the Convention Center of his home town, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He entered his outstanding build of the
USS Princeton CVL-23, as the light aircraft carrier appeared in 1944. The kit is the Dragon 1:350 scale Princeton. Added to
the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
January 12, 2020
Fuso, Early Japanese Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Nick Filippone, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Nick Filippone of New York tended to enter Combrig kits at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention.
This is the
Fuso, early Japanese battleship. The Fuso kit is from Combrig in 1:700 scale. For the build Nick added brass photo-etch railing, ladders boat oars, and footropes. After-market brass masts and yards were used. Jeweler's
chain was used for the anchor chain, plastic rod for gaffs and cotton for smoke. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
January 11, 2020
USS Roanoke CL-145 1957, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Here is another one of Richard Sliwka's outstanding builds that he entered in the 2019 US IPMS National
Convention. This time it is the
USS Roanoke CL-1945 as she appeared in 1957. The Niko Model 1:700 scale kit was used for the build. Richard stated that the build was mostly out of the box but that rigging and support lines were
added. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
January 10, 2020
HMS Cornwall, British County Class Cruiser Photo-Etch Set, White Ensign Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer -  Cornwall Crazies, you need this fret. The courageous Cornwall deserves it! White Ensign Models
provides a superb brass photo-etch fret for the 1:350 scale Trumpeter kit that goes far beyond what is provided in the kit. The fret chock-a-block full of glorious relief-etched detail and fully displays the
Mad Pete touch. Added to
the
1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
January 8, 2020
Rob Weilacher's Pigboat Paradde, USN Submarines in 1:700 Scale - Rob Weilacher has a fever. No, it isn't swine flu. He has been struck by Pigboat Fever. The proof is this Pigboat Parade of Rob's builds of Tom's
Modelworks
, Loose Cannon and Skywave 1:700 scale USN submarines. Added to the Submarine Gallery.
January 7, 2020
HMS Superb 1909, Bellerophon Class Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The contents of the  Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Superb kit are identical to the kit of the Combrig Bellerophon but there is a
difference between the two in the parts used.  This is the platform under the fore control top. With this kit
Combrig also significantly improved their instructions. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section.
January 6, 2020
USS Fargo CL-106 1945, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Entered in the 2019 IS IPMS Nationals - Richard Sliwka had many entries in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention and severals were cruisers. This
one is the
USS Fargo CL-106, as she appeared in 1945. The kit is from Niko Model in 1:700 scale. It was built mostly out of the box but rigging was added for halyards, support lines, crane lines and others. Added to the Cruiser
Gallery.
January 4, 2020
Bismarck, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas brings us the Bismarck from the Flyhawk 1:700 kit. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
January 3, 2020
USN Sailor Figures, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Black Cat Models 3D printed US Navy sailor figures are most welcome and, in my opinion, a vast improvement compared to previous options.
Added to the
Fittings Review Section.
January 2, 2020
HMS Hood, Trumpeter 1:200 Scale, Built by William Jerman, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - The University of Georgia Bulldogs did very well against Baylor University in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's night in the
first day of 2020. So, it's only right to show Georgia Dawg
William Jerman's entry of his HMS Hood in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. The kit is Trumpeter monster Hood in 1:200 scale. Bill built it mostly out of the
box. He added figures to emphasize the huge size of the ship. The 1936 paint scheme was chosen to show the Pride of the Royal Navy in pristine condition with little weathering. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
January 1, 2020
HMS Andromeda, Batch 3 Broad Beam Leander Class Frigate, Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo -This release of the HMS Andromeda Batch 3 Leander from Atlantic Models adds another Leander class
frigate variant to the catalog of modern Royal Navy ships. It is a top-quality kit, which is what we have come to expect from
“Mad Pete” Hall. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
   
   
   
 
What's New 2019