What's New 2020
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August 10, 2020
USS Midway CVA-41 & Happlag Lloyd Liner Christopher Columbus 1:1250 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - This diorama by Kostas Katseas in 1:1250 scale depicts the USS Midway CVA-41 and the passenger liner
Christopher Columbus of the Happlag Lloyd Line, passing under a fictitious bridge. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
August 9, 2020
Watercraft Racer, Revell 1:24 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - This is the Watercraft Racer by Revell in 1:24 scale. Built by Craig Bennett of New Jersey, it certainly is an unusual topic. Added to the Miscellaneous Gallery.
August 4, 2020
Black Princess, Aurora Black Falcon Kit Box Scale, Built by Mark Leonard - Most of the "older" modelers out there, who grew up building models in the 1950s and 1960s, will remember with fondness those icons of modeling
art, the kits from Aurora Models of West Hempstead, NY. Whether it was the garishly colored plastic of their airplane kits or their 1:600 scale warship kits, Aurora's motto of "Hook the Youngsters with Cheap Model Kits!" was a
staple of the Ozzie and Harriet and Howdy Doody Generation. The
Black Princess from the Aurora Black Falcon kit is just a sample of this loved model company. Added to the Sailing Ship Gallery.
August 3, 2020
Yamato Under Attack, Neptun 1:1250 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas used the Neptun 1:1250 scale model of Yamato to construct a diorama of her last fight, the doomed sortie to Okinawa in which she was
sunk by waves of USN aircraft. Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
August 1, 2020
USS Sargo Nameplate, Model Monkey, Review by Fleix Bustelo - Felix Bustelo was very satisfied with the 3D printed nameplate and it adds an excellent finishing touch to the display my Blue Ridge Models 1:350 scale USS
Sargo
model. The next time he needs a nameplate, he will certainly order one from Model Monkey. Added to the Fittings Review Section.
July 30, 2020
USS Sargo SS-188, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Blue Ridge Models 1:350 scale USS Sargo kit is recommended for modelers with some experience with resin kits. Added to the Submarine
Reviews Section.
July 29, 2020
HMS Beagle 1909, G Class British Destroyer, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Join Admiral Cunningham as a member of the Outer Gabbard Yacht Club with the Combrig HMS Beagle 1909, G Class Destroyer in 1:
700 scale. Whether chasing the
SMS Goeben or supporting landings of the Aussies at Anzac Cove, this ‘Mediterranean Beagle’ presents a fine model of the last coal fired destroyer class of the Royal Navy. Added to the Destroyer
Reviews Section.
July 17, 2020
Kraken Hobbies - SteelNavy welcomes Kraken Hobbies as a sponsor. Who is Kraken Hobbies? They started as an e-bay store  but now have started production of 3D printed accessories. Matt Enochs runs Kraken and has an
expanding line of accessories and conversion sets for the USN cruisers at Savo Island and initially concentrates on USN equipment at Guadalcanal. However, in conjunction with Red Devil Designs,
Kraken will be producing
complete ship kits. Link added to the main page.
July 2, 2020
HMS Prince of Wales December 1941, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Veniamin Litvin - Veniamin Litvin assembled a model of the battleship Prince Of Wales from the Tamiya 1:350 scale kit. The model represents the ship on
December 7, 1941.
Veniamin used two sets of extensions from Pontos and Eduard. The build was not easy and he had to fix a lot and do it himself. Added to the Battleship Gallery 2.
July 1, 2020
USS Langley CV-1 Upgrade Set, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer -Trumpeter gives you a lot of parts for your money with this upgrade set for their 1:350 scale model of USS Langley CV-1 and at the low price it
certainly is a value. Added to the
Multi-Media Upgrade Reviews Section.
June 29, 2020
USN 5-Inch/38 Mk. 30 Mod 0 Dual Purpose Gun, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Black Cat Models set AC 350017e in 1:350 scale is another outstanding product from this French company. In it you
get two 5-Inch/38 Mk. 30 Mod 0 gun mounts, mounted on destroyers, auxiliaries and USCG High Endurance Cutters. The detail on the parts is eye-popping and it is perfect as an upgrade for
Fletchers and other kits in 1:350 scale.
Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
June 28, 2020
USS Atik AK-101, Lindberg Q Ship 1:390 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - The Lindberg model company made this kit back in the 1950's. It was reissued after Round2 bought Lindberg. Craig Bennett built the Lindberg Q Ship in
1:390 scale as the
USS Atik AK-101. The Atik was sunk by U-123 on 3/27/1942 after a fierce battle. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery.
June 26, 2020
HMS Galatea 1938, Arethusa Class Cruiser, Flyhawk 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Flyhawk 1:700 scale HMS Galatea in the 1938 fit will probably one of the most difficult Flyhawk kits to find in the future, since
only 800 of these kits will be produced for world-wide distribution. The high quality of the parts and the future rarity of the kit make the model a must purchase for any devotee of Royal Navy cruisers. Added to the
Cruiser
Reviews Section.
June 24, 2020
HMS Royal Oak 1939, R Class Battleship, Orange Hobby 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Orange Hobby HMS Royal Oak in 1:700 scale is a beautifully produced kit with a cornucopia of intricate detail. A true
multimedia kit with optional lower hull, extraordinarily detailed hull, three brass photo-etch frets, turned brass barrels for 15-inch and 6-inch guns, and wooden stand, the kit has everything. However, in my opinion, it is marred by
the lack of any wooden plank deck lines. Still, it is highly recommended and further, it is the only
R Class available. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section.
June 22, 2020
Royal Navy 27-Foot Whalers, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - With all of the new models of Royal Navy warships coming out in plastic in 1:350 scale, if you are building one, you may wish to replace the
kit's plastic whalers with these suburb 3D printed RN 27-foot whalers from
Black Cat Models in 1:350 scale. With Black Cat set AC350054f you get three of these exquisite boats, just waiting for a good home. Your build can
provide just the right home for these worthy puppies. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
June 20, 2020
P-102 Japanese Patrol Boat, Ex- USS Stewart DD-224, Mirage Hobby 1:400 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - The USS Stewart DD-224 was badly damaged at the beginning of WW2 in dry dock in Java. Scuttled by her crew, the
Stewart was considered a war loss to the USN. The IJN decided to salvage the destroyer and raised the ship, taking 18 months to do. On Sept 20,1943 the P-102 was commissioned as a patrol boat. This is the Mirage Hobby 1:400
scale kit of the
P-102, built by Craig Bennett. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
June 19, 2020
USNS Lewis B. Puller ESB-3, Scratch-Built in 1:700 Scale by Maurizio Chiaro - USNS Lewis B. Puller ESB-3 is the head of a series of new concept units divided into three types used for services far from the coast. Lewis B.
Puller
in particular is used for mine clearing operations with the MH-53E Sea Dragon pair with Mk-105 towable sled, which causes the magnetic mines to explode. Maurizio Chiaro scratch-built the ship in 1:700 scale. Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.








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June 18, 2020
HMS St. Albans, Mirage Hobby 1:400 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - This the Mirage Hobby 1/400 scale kit of the St.Albans, that Craig Bennett built in 2016.  It is out of the box. The real ship flew  under 4 flags in its
existence. USA ,UK ,Norway, and then Soviet Union .Then it was scrapped. Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
June 9, 2020
Imperial Japanese Navy 25mm Anti-Aircraft Guns & Ammunition Lockers, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - I cannot think of an easier way to upgrade your IJN ship models than the 25mm Type 96 gun
mounts and lockers from
Black Cat Models. I highly recommend them. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
June 3, 2020
Formidable, French Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - These are photographs of my model of the old French battleship Formidable.  I love the old French ironclads and would have liked to have been in
Toulon in the late 19th century to see the French Mediterranean fleet lying at anchor.  The
Formidable was scratch-built in 1/550 scale.  Some of the photos also include the French battleships Courbet and Redoutable. Added to the
Battleship Gallery 2.
June 2, 2020
Royal Navy Twin 4-Inch/45 Mk XVI Guns in Mk XIX Mount, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Black Cat Models 4-inch/45 Mk. XVI gun on a twin Mk. XIX mount is a fine way to upgrade your
Royal Navy ship build. Since two mounts come to a set, you will need to purchase more than one package to fully equip most of your builds. Still it is well worth it as the
Black Cat Models version is excellent and sets the bar high.
Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
May 27, 2020
Shinkoku Maru, Kawasaki Type Tamker, Fujimi 1:700 Scale, Built by Dan Kaplan, Winner Best Ship 2019 US IPMS Nationals --Well it is time to see the winning entry for Best Ship at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention.
Dan Kaplan had to almost entirely rebuild the Fujimi 1:700 scale kit of a Kawasaki Type tanker to create his model of the Shinkoku Maru. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery.
May 25, 2020
Browning M2 .50 Machine Guns Without Stands, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Black Cat Models set AC350056b is chock full of highly detailed 3D printed M2 Browning Machine Guns. Although it
states that there are twelve guns in the package, the printing wafer gives you far more. What you get are six twin guns with ammunition boxes and gun shield, eight single guns with ammunition boxes, eight single guns with no
ammo boxes and eight gunners.As with all
Black Cat products, the detail is phenomenal. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
May 24, 2020
U-552 Type VIIc U-Boat, Revell 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas used the Revell 1:350 scale kit to build U-552 Type VIIc U-Boat. Added to the Submarine Gallery.
May 23, 2020
USS Noa DD-343, Mirage Hobby 1:400 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - This is the Mirage Hobby 1/400 scale kit of the USS NOA DD-343 during the seaplane trials in April to June,1940 on Delaware Bay near the Philadelphia
Navy Yard. Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
May 15, 2020
Ma Deuce, Browning M2 Twin Machine Gun on Modern Tripod, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - One of the newest releases from Black Cat Models is the modern Browning .50 M2 on the modern
tripod in 1:350 scale. With
Black Cat Set AC350056d you get six of these modern .50 guns with splinter shield and tripod. These are extraordinarily detailed one-piece 3D printings, which really doesn't get any finer. When Ma
Deuce speaks, you had better listen. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
May 14, 2020
RMS Mauretania, Airfix 1:600 Scale, Built by Lester Buckler, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Canadian, Lester Buckler, made the trip to Chattanooga to make multiple entries at the 2019 US IPMS National
Convention. This entry is the classic
RMS Mauretania by Airfix in 1:600 scale. Lester said that it was mostly out of the box but that he did use Tom's Modelworks brass photo-etch on the model. (Note: Photograph labels
misspelled Mauretania as Muaratania.) Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
May 13, 2020
HMS Hood Replacement Turrets, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Using the Model Monkey HMS Hood turrets set, along with their HMS Hood funnels set (also reviewed on Steel Navy), will certainly
improve your build of the Trumpeter kit. The turrets may also be used to replace the turrets in the
White Ensign or Iron Shipwrights kit if you happen to have one in your stash. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
May 12, 2020
USNS Comfort T-AH-20, Hospital Ship, Scratch-Built in 1:700 Scale by Maurizio Chiaro - With the Covid-19 virus prevalent around the world, Maurizio Chiaro decided to scratch-build the modern hospital ship, USNS
Comfort
, in 1:700 scale. The Comfort was sent to New York City to treat non-Covid patients to open space in hospitals for victims of the virus. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery.
May 11, 2020
USN Aircraft Carrier Personnel Set #1, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - "Yikes! Take Cover! That idiot is going to plow into the stern!" No, your 1:350 pilot has not polished off a fifth of Jack Daniel's
while waiting in the landing pattern to come aboard your carrier. The problem is with
Paddles, which was the nickname for the Landing Signals Officer (LSO) in the US Navy. Given this nickname for the hand paddles the LSO used
in signaling the alignment of an aircraft seeking to land safely aboard an aircraft carrier. If you don't have a LSO on your 1:350 scale carrier or he can't be easily seen by your pilots, your accident rate will go sky high and you may
be relieved of command of your carrier by your wife for the carpet carnage caused. The answer is
Black Cat Models set AC350049a, USN Carrier Personnel Set #1. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
May 10, 2020
HMS London D16, County Class Destroyer, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Here are pictures of my new model in 1:200 scale of the county class destroyer HMS LONDON. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
May 9, 2020
HMS Campbeltown, Mirage Hobby 1:400 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - This is the Mirage Hobby 1/400 scale kit of the HMS Campbeltown, which Craig Bennett built in 2015. With this kit you need 9 20mm guns . The kit
provides 6 of them..Craig had bought 2 kits of this model so that remedied the situation. The kit is the
Campbeltown at the ship's loss in the St.Nazaire raid. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
May 5, 2020
USS Massachusetts BB-59 1946, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Song Jung Gun - Song Jung Gun built a 1/200 scale USS Massachusetts BB-59 model during a 10 month period.  It's depicted in her 1946 era. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
May 4, 2020
Royal Navy 4-Inch/40 MK XIX QF Single Gun on Mk XXIII Mount, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This set will be a nice upgrade for the Atlantic Models Castle class kit (I am using one for my build),
the Starling Models
River class kit and for either the Mirage plastic or Iron Shipwrights Flower class kits for a later war modification. Added to the Ordnance Reviews Section.
May 3, 2020
HMS Repulse 1941, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - It is always a pleasure to post the latest build of Kostas Katseas. Here is his build of the HMS Repulse built from the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit. She is painted
in her unique, striking camouflage scheme of 1941. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
May 1, 2020
HMS Orion 1916, The First Superdreadnought, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Don’t miss your Golden Moment as expressed by Captain Dryer on the denial of Orion opening fire on skulking German
cruisers, you can make good the mistake with the
Iron Shipwright HMS Orion in 1:350 scale. Make Kaiser Bill weak in the knees with the First Superdreadnought. This kit will build into a model with an impressive profile as R. A.
Burt stated about the profile of the original
HMS Orion. Added to the Battleship Reviews Section.
April 29, 2020
USS Enterprise CV-6 Late 1944, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Rick Cotton, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - Rick Cotton of the Lone Star State, did some heavy lifting to convert the Trumpeter 1:350
scale
USS Hornet into the USS Enterprise CV-6 in her late 1944 fit. Rick's Big E sporting the 1944 MS33/4Ab paint scheme was certainly a head turner at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. Torpedo bulges were added with
card stock, hangar doors were opened, scratch-built gun tubs were added and the entire anti-aircraft armament was reposition to reflect the late 1944 locations. Also the island and flight deck were reworked to fit the time period.
Additions include
L'Arsenal 40mm guns, late 1944 air group including Corsair night fighters on the hangar deck, Eduard crewmen and brass photo-etch from Gold Medal Models and Tom's Modelworks. Added to the Aircraft
Carrier Gallery.
April 27, 2020
USS LCI(G)-449, Landing Craft Gunboat, Lindberg 1:160 Scale. Built by David Henning, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - David Henning of Arkansas built this Landing Craft as the USS LCI(G)-449, Landing Craft
Infantry (Gun) for the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. The landing craft is hardly a cruiser but the box art was inspiring with the LCI(G) rippling a salvo of rockets. The model represents the craft at Iwo Jima on February 17,
1945 and was almost totally reworked. Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
April 23, 2020
HMS Hood Funnel Upgrades, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale for the Trumpeter Kit, Review by Steve Backer - In IPMS competition, the lesser Hoods will skeedaddle back to Scapa Flow when they see the magnificent Model
Monkey
funnels on your Hood and the Bismarck, gangway, its back to Kiel. The Model Monkey 1:350 scale HMS Hood funnels are highly recommended to get the best out of your Trumpeter kit. Added to the Fittings Reviews
Section.
April 19, 2020
HMS Invincible, Dragon 1:700 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - Here is the HMS INVINCIBLE 1/700 scale by Dragon. This kit isn't completely out of the box. Decades ago Craig Bennett bought the Pitroad Skywave resin kit of
this ship High Mold (HM series )and used the white metal Sea King helos and white metal Sea Harriers from that kit on to the flight deck. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.








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April 18, 2020
Gangout, Imperial Russian Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - These are some photographs of his recently completed model of the Russian predreadnought battleship Gangout. Greg has a lockdown due to
the Wuhan virus in Hawaii that has given him loads of free time to work on this model that has been sitting on his desk since November. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
April 17, 2020
HMS Arethusa British Light Cruiser 1942, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - You too can join those Jolly Tars singing “Huzza to the Arethusa!” with the Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale kit of HMS Arethusa in
her 1942 fit. The parts do require some cleanup but will build into a beautiful model of this hard-working class of small light cruiser. Added to the
Cruiser Reviews Section.
April 16, 2020
USS Arizona Control Tops, Model Monkey 1:200 Scale for the Trumpeter Kit Review by Steve Backer - With the Model Monkey Arizona control tops, you get rivet by rivet detail and not just a blank, featureless face. Take a look
at the detail around the numerous windows on the three stories of each top. Look at the diagonal and horizontal of the lowest level of both tops. You will have to snip off the casting points and sand of any remnants but that is a small
price to pay to get these beauties on your
Arizona. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
April 15, 2020
USS Nimitz CVN-68 Refueling Operation, Revell 1:1200 Scale, Diorama by Fred Heil, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - Fred Heil made a short trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee from his home in the Atlanta,
Georgia area to enter this diorama in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. The models are the
USS Nimitz CVN-68 and associated aircraft in 1:1200 scale. However, for the refueling operation above the Nimitz, Fred used a
Tamiya Skywarrior and A-6 Intruder mounted on piano wire. The refueling hose was small electrical wire. GHQ bomb racks and bombs were added to the Intruder. The ship is mostly built out of the box. The two aircraft launching
from the
Nimitz are also on piano wire. The sea base is artist acrylic gel and paint. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
April 14, 2020
USS Leutze DD-481, Fletcher Class Destroyer, Tamiya 1:350 Scale, Built by Steve Mitchell, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention - The Tamiya model of the USS Fletcher in 1:350 scale has always been a very
popular kit among warship modelers.
Steve Mitchell built the kit as USS Leutze DD-481 and entered his build in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. The twin Bofors 40mm platforms on each side of the aft funnel were
scratch-built. Master Model resin twin Bofors with brass barrels and Flyhawk Bofor gun mounts were added. Eduard photo-etch was used. The model was painted with Vallejo acrylics and AK washes were used for weathering.
Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
April 11, 2020
Tre Kronor, Swedish Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Here are pictures of Shuki Aloni's new model in 1:200 scale of the Swedish light cruiser, Tre Kronor. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
April 9, 2020
USS Laffey DD-459 1942, Dragon 1:350 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Battling Bob Cicconi, the Fighting Philly, kicked up the dust in Chattanooga when he entered his build of the USS
Laffey
DD-459 in her 1942 fit at the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. Bob used the Dragon 1:350 scale kit. He added brass barrels, Blue Ridge 20mm Oerlikons, Gold Medal Models raining,  radar, ladders & other fittings and
Infini line rigging. Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
April 7, 2020
SS John W. Brown, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Tim Barrett, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Tim Barrett of Pennsylvania had not built a ship model since 1972. However, he decided to get back into the swing of
things by building the
SS John W. Brown from the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit and brought it to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. It is built entirely out of the box and Tim decided to paint only the
lower hull. Tim decided to use this build as a test, in order to develop his building skills, as well as to try new tools and glues. He has already kicked off a new build. Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
April 6, 2020
USCG Bertholf, Legand Class Cutter, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Black Cat Models Bertholf kit is an impressive model kit. It appears to be a very well-engineered kit which should fairly easy to
build even with the numerous small parts. The
Legend class cutters are sleek and, yes, even sexy looking ships and it is great to see one represented in kit form. Added to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
April 4, 2020
Dieter von Roeder, German Destroyer Z-17, Zvezda 1:350 Scale, Built by Martin Quinn, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals --Garden Stater, Martin Quinn, has certainly grown a delicious harvest with his build of the
Dieter von Roeder, German Destroyer Z-17. The model is produced by Zvezda in 1:350 scale. Martin did some modifications and additions to the kit before it was entered in the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. He removed the
Aztec stairs on the kit and used
Lion Roar inclined ladders in their place as well as using Lion Roar doors to cover the bland generic doors on the kit. Flyhawk railing was used. The funnel caps were adapted from a Trumpeter
Z-25 kit to fit the Z-17. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
April 3, 2020
USS Brooklyn AC-3, USN Armored Cruiser, YS Master Pieces 1:350 Scale, Built by Roger Torgeson - Roger Torgeson couldn’t stop himself from sending a few photographs of his YS Master Pieces 1/350 scale kit of the USS
Brooklyn
AC-3, Armored Cruiser.  It was a great change of pace from his normal Haze Grey or dazzle camouflage he usually builds. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
April 2, 2020
USS Nicholas DD-449 1942, Blue Water Navy 1:350 Scale, Built by Richard Sliwka, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Richard Sliwka of Missouri entered his build of the USS Nicholas DD-449 in the 2019 US IPMS
National Convention. He modified a Blue Water Navy kit produced in 1992 to show the ship in 1942. He added brass mast and details, as well as detailing the aft control position and enhancing deck detail. The boats and 1.1-Inch
Chicago Pianos are from
L'Arsenal. Paperlabs searchlights were used. Infini 20mm Oerlikons were added. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
March 28, 2020
The Fleet of Dennis Otto, Jane Scale, 1:1536 Scale Scratch-Built Ships - In 1959 Dennis Otto started scratch-building warship models using the drawings found in Jane's Fighting Ships. The drawings used a constant 1:1536
scale. Since then, his fleet has expanded to 592 models. Added to the
Miscellaneous Gallery.
March 27, 2020
USS Tuscaloosa CA-37, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Charles Scardon, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Chicagoland's own Charles Scardon brought T-Town to Chattanooga's 2019 US IPMS Nationals for a match
of the Crimson Tide versus the Moccasins. Charles built the
USS Tuscaloosa from the Trumpeter 1:700 scale kit of the USS San Francisco. He changed the bridge and 5-Inch gun shields. The 5-Inch/25 and 1.1-Inch Chicago
Pianos (how appropriate) are from
Blue Ridge Models. Photo-etch is from Tom's Modelworks. The model was painted with Colourcoats. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
March 26, 2020
USS Silversides SS-236, Gato Class Submarine, Revell 1:72 Scale, Built by Keith Scruton, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Keith Scruton entered his build of the Revell 1:72 scale Gato Class submarine, built as the
USS Silversides SS-236. The entry sheet said it was an out of the box build but in my opinion, it goes far beyond that. I especially like the weathering. Added to the Submarine Gallery.
March 25, 2020
USCG Type T 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat, Glencoe 1:48 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - The Type T USCG 36-foot Motor Lifeboat entered service in 1929 and the last of them was retired in 1987. There were 27of the Type T boats
built. The 36-foot boat was used to rescue survivors of the
SS Pendleton in 1952, which was the basis of the 2016 movie, The Finest Hours. Craig Bennett built the model from the Glencoe 1:48 scale kit. Added to the Auxiliary
Gallery.
March 24, 2020
USS Lexington CVS-16, Revell 1:540 Scale, Built by Donny Bates, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Donny Bates of South Carolina brought his build of the Revell 1:540 scale USS Lexington CV-16 to the 2019 US
IPMS National Convention. The original Revell kit was released by Revell in the mid-1950s as
USS Essex. Donny used .40 styrene sheet to add the hangar deck. Guitar wire was used for the antennas.  This brass wire was used for
tow bars for deck equipment. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier Gallery.
March 18, 2020
Tirpitz, Revell 1:350 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas does it again. This is his build of the Revell 1:350 scale model of the Tirpitz. Added to the Battleship Gallery
March 17, 2020
SMS Konig, Imperial German Battleship, ICM 1:350 Scale, Built by Lester Buckler, Entered in the 2019 US IPMS Nationals - Intrepid Canadian Lester Buckler laughed at the heat of the American South, as he made the long
trek from Toronto, Ontario to Chattanooga, Tennessee in August 2019 to attend the 2019 US IPMS National Convention. This is Lester's build of the German battleship,
SMS Konig, from the ICM 1:350 scale kit. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
March 16, 2020
USS Farragut DD-348, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Built by Felix Bustelo - This is my build of the excellent Black Cat Models 1:350 scale USS Farragut kit. The model is essentially built straight from the box with little
additions. I decided to back date the kit slightly by swapping the Mk. 51 gun directors for
Black Cat’s Mk. 49 gun directors. I added a mix of Black Cat and L’Arsenal crew figures, used Colourcoats paints for the MS 21 paint
scheme and 005-inch Nitinol wire for the rigging. Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
March 15, 2020
D 170 German 119 Class Destroyer, Revell 1:144 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - After World War Two the US Navy transferred several Fletcher Class destroyers to the new German Navy, where they were known as the 119
Class
. Revell of Germany has produced a large 1:144 scale kit of the 119 Class. This is D170 built by Craig Bennett. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
March 14, 2020
USS Maryland BB-46, Waveline 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - This is the USS Maryland BB-46, built by Kostas Katseas from the Waveline 1:700 scale kit. It is the same as the Trumpeter Maryland, as Waveline
uses its label to release Trumpeter kits in Japan. Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
March 10, 2020
Landing Craft Vehicles & Personnel LCVP, Black Cat  Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Black Cat Models LCVPs are high-quality and very simple to build. They would be perfect for use in a beach head
landing diorama, as cargo on a Liberty Ship or on a
Buckley-class APD. Added to the Auxiliary Reviews Section.
March 5, 2020
USS Randall APA-224 Attack Transport, Revell 1:376 Scale, Built by Craig Bennett - Craig Bennett built the Revell USS Randall APA-224, attack transport, in 1:376 box-scale. As a young kid just into building glue smeared
warship kits, I remember this kit fondly. I believe the early production run was named the
USS Montrose. I remember that it was great in the bathtub, as all of the landing craft would float, if you hadn't glued them to the transport.
Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
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.
   
   
   
 
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