What's New 2021
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March 4, 2021
HMS Spitfire 1895, Armstrong 27 Knot Class Destroyer, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The joy in building models of various destroyers of the 27-Knot Class, A Class after 1912, is the individual differences in
design and appearance among the ships. Each of the fourteen builders of these destroyers was free to use their own designs as long as they met Admiralty performance requirements. The
HMS Spitfire was built by Armstrong of
Elswick, the greatest warship builder in the world but unused to building destroyers instead of battleships and cruisers. With the
Combrig HMS Spitfire of 1895, you can enter the 27-Knotter sweepstakes. Added to the Destroyer
Reviews Section.
March 3, 2021
USS Juneau CL(AA)-52, By Rod Dickson, Floating Drydock - If you have an interest in the USS Juneau CL-52 or any of the other three ships built with eight twin 5-inch/38 gun turrets, the U.S.S. Juneau CL(AA) 52 is an
inexpensive volume for the modeler. With a wide assortment of photograph, extensive text with excellent captions for the photos and coverage of the camouflage schemes and their USN paint designations, this volume is perfect for
the modeler. Added to the
Book Reviews Section.
March 1, 2021
USS Boston CAG-1 1956, The USN's First Missile Cruiser, Orange Hobby 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you want to take on a large complex kit of the first missile cruiser of the United States Navy, the USS Boston
CAG-1, 1956 fit, the
Orange Hobby 1:350 scale USS Boston will more than satisfy your hunger. With a huge number of resin, twelve relief-etched brass frets, turned brass parts a decal sheet and wooden stand, the Orange Hobby
1:350 scale
Boston is not recommended for the newcomer, because of the number of parts involved. Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section.
February 25, 2021
USS Smith DD-17 Weapons Set, Nautilus Models 1:200 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you already have the Chuan Yu 1:200 scale model of the first Flivver, USS Smith DD-17, or are thinking about getting one, the Nautilus
Models USS Smith DD-17 Weapons Set
is essential. The 3D printed 3-inch guns are two-piece, rather than the one-piece guns in the kit. You get anchors for the model, which are lacking in the kit. There are eye-popping twin
torpedo tubes with the set that are used for a 1916 fit of the
Smith. This set from Nautilus is a must have for anyone that has the kit. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
February 22, 2021
February 2021 Mystery Model - Spring is coming, so it's time for a new Mystery Model. What is the subject, manufacturer and scale of the February 2021 Mystery Model. Please post your response on the message board. Added
to the
Miscellaneous Gallery. Robert Leake came close with "3d printed 1/200 Tier IV V -170 German World War One destroyer". However, he didn't mention the manufacturer, which is Chuan Yu.
February 19, 2021
USN Submarine Propellers, Mike Fuller 3D Printed Parts 1:350 Scale, Review by Tom Dougherty - Many modern submarine kits come with a small photo-etch fret that has the propeller (screw) represented by a flat photo-etch
piece. While these can be made to look fairly decent if correctly curved by the model builder, there is now a much better alternative available, Mike Fuller 3D Printed 1:350 scale USN Propellers. A highly recommended product if you
build submarine models in 1/350 scale. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
February 15, 2021
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, OKB Grigorov 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The OKB Grigorov 1:350 scale Cape Hatteras lighthouse is an interesting kit and something that is rather different within the nautical realm. Overall,
the design is well done and without too much effort, a nice model of this famous lighthouse can be realized. The model can be built as a standalone subject or incorporated into a diorama or vignette. Added to the
Auxiliary Reviews
Section.
February 14, 2021
RN Scipione Africano, Italian Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - This is Shuki Aloni's build of the Italian light cruiser, RN Scipione Africano. Shuki scratch-built the cruiser in his traditional 1:200 scale.
Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
February 9, 2021
USS Cleveland CL-55 Brass Photo-Etch Set for the Very Fire Cleveland Kit, Tom's Modelworks 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Tom’s Modelworks brass photo-etch set for the USS Cleveland in 1:350 scale from
Very Fire gives you all the brass you need to finish off the
Cleveland in style. You get enough brass on the two fret Tom’s set to equip every marching band in the Macy’s Christmas Parade. With an attractive, moderate price, the
Tom’s set has an appeal to any modeler. The Tom’s Modelworks 1:350 scale brass photo-etch set, don’t let your Cleveland leave port without one. Added to the 1:350 Scale Photo-Etch Section.
February 8, 2021
HMS Hannibal 1902, Majestic Class Battleship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - These are photographs of a recent build by Bob Cicconi, the 1/700 scale Combrig HMS Hannibal as she appeared circa 1902.  Bob
didn't realize it until he did some research for the build, but only the last three of the
Majestic Class had the conning tower under the bridge. The first six had the bridge in back of the conning tower and the foremast was through the
bridge rather than behind it. Added to
Battleship Gallery 2.
February 5, 2021
USS Portland CA-33 Conversion Set For 1942 Fit, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Model Monkey refuses to let the Powerful Portland disappear into the mists of time. With the Model Monkey 1:350 scale
Conversion Set for
USS Portland CA-33, you can magically transform a humdrum plastic 1:350 scale Indianapolis into a dynamic Portland at her battling best in her 1942 fit, ready to take on the battleship Hiei off Guadalcanal.
Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
February 4, 2021
HMS Hood 1941, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - This is the HMS Hood in 1941, built with the Trumpeter 1:700 scale kit by Kostas Katseas. Kostas used spare photo-etch that he had left. Added to Battleship
Gallery 2.
February 3, 2021
Rubis, French Nuclear Attack Submarine, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The OKB Grigorov Rubis Class Submarine Original Configuration is excellent little kit and a good first resin model due to its
simplicity. This kit would also be welcome to more experienced modelers wishing to expand their 1:700 scale submarine fleet and make an excellent weekend project. A 1:700 scale kit of the later
Améthyste version is also available.
Both kits are sold directly from OKB Grigorov through their website. Added to the
Submarine Reviews Section.
February 2, 2021
German Battleships 1909-1919, Warship Pictorial 48 by Steve Wiper, Classic Warships Publishing, Review by Steve Backer - I have nothing but praise for German Battleships 1909-1919, Warship Pictorial 48. It is a quality
product all the way through, printed on high quality glossy thick stock paper, it provides photographs previously not seen on the Kaiser’s battleships and provides very illuminating text about each of photograph. Don’t let this one get
by you! Added to the
Book Reviews Section.
February 1, 2021
HMS Larne 1910, Acrorn H-Class Destroyer, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Don’t worry, you won’t be a cheapskate with the Acorn Class (H Class after 1912) HMS Larne in 1:700 scale from Combrig. Admiral
Jellicoe, the Admiralty’s Controller, pinched pennies to come up with this class but because fuel oil was adopted for the first time in Royal Navy destroyers, the
Acorns were smaller than their predecessors but were faster and
significantly more powerful. A mighty oak from a small
Acorn grows and you can say that about your collection of WWI  British destroyers with the Combrig Acorn Class, HMS Larne. Addd to the Destroyer Reviews Section.
January 31, 2021
USS Oriskany CVA-34, Jim Shirley 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Ray Bean - Here is a diorama by noble Canadian Ray Bean, centered around the old Jim Shirley kit of USS Oriskany CVA-34 in 1:700 scale. Ray included notes on his
build on the first several photographs that are in this presentation. Added to the
Diorama Gallery.
January 29, 2021
USS New Mexico BB-40 1944 Fit, Orange Hobby 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - I haven’t seen every 1:700 scale model warship kit released in 2020 but of the kits that I have seen, the Orange Hobby 1:700 scale USS New
Mexico
BB-40 1944 fit ranks at the top. The only real gripe that I have about the parts is the lack of butt end detail on the deck planking. The instructions definitely could be better, as they are too concentrated, making them hard to
follow. In spite of this, I still rank this kit as Best of the Year. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
January 28, 2021
HMS Malaya, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Kostas Katseas - Here is my build of the HMS Malaya from the Trumpeter 1:700 scale kit. It was built with spare etch and is a Covid build-up. Added to Battleship Gallery 2.
January 26, 2021
SMS Seydlitz, Chuan Yu Model 1:200 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If a Grossenkreuzer in 1:200 scale is your cup of schnapps, then the 3D printed model of the SMS Seydlitz from Chuan Yu Model fills the cup to the brim. With
fine 3D printed parts, twelve photo-etched frets with a high degree of relief-etching, hundreds of turned brass parts, wooden decks and paint masks, and even electric motors and running gear for a radio controlled
Seydlitz, you get a
lot to work on with the Chuan Yu
SMS Seydlitz. Added to the Battleship Review Section.
January 25, 2021
HMS Temeraire, Bellerophon Class Battleship 1909, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig 1:700 scale HMS Temeraire is very close to the models that Combrig produced for sisterships, Bellerophon and
Superb. However, it does have some differences from the other two. The most noticeable difference is the angular face for the navigation deck, as opposed from the curved faces on the other two. Tripod platforms are different as
well. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
January 23, 2021
King George V, Neptun 1:1250 Scale, Enhanced by Kostas Katseas - This is the British battleship, HMS King George V. This is the metal model by Neptun in 1:1250 scale, greatly enhanced and placed in a sea base by Kostas
Katseas
. Added to Battleship Gallery 2.
January 20, 2021
USS New Jersey BB-16, Virginia Class Battleship 1910, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Iron Shipwright USS New Jersey BB-16 in 1:350 scale presents a very interesting model. It comes with resin
parts, 3D printed cage masts, three brass photo-etch frets and a decal sheet. A few areas of the assembly will require additional research. However, the makings are there to build a very attractive and unusual model of the
New Jersey
with her delicious double storey main gun turrets. Added to the
Battleship Reviews Section.
January 19, 2021
Floating Drydock, Neptun 1:1250 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas has come up with a very interesting vignette, the floating drydock. The ships and drydock are from Neptun in 1:1250 scale. Kostas scratch-built
the cranes, barges and many small details that went into this magnificent diorama. Added to the
Diorama Gallery Section.
January 18, 2021
SMS U-151 ex-Oldenburg 1917, U-Kreuzer, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The very large U-Kreuzer of World War One with their tremendous range, were the harbingers of the far ranging submarine operations of
World War Two. With the
Combrig 1:700 scale U-151 U-Kreuzer, you can have your own Happy Time off New York City and Baltimore on the submarine’s America Tour of 1918. Added to the Submarine Reviews Section.
January 17, 2021
USS Zumwalt DDG-1000, Scratch-Built in 1:1250 Scale by Andrea De Bonis - This is Andrea De Bonis' model made by hand with no precision instruments. Only wood, a few small metal and plastic parts were used. USS
Zumwalt
(DDG-1000) is a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. She is the lead ship of the Zumwalt class and the first ship to be named after Admiral Elmo Zumwalt. Added to the Destroyer Gallery.
January 15, 2021
USS California, A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44 by David Doyle, Review by Steve Backer - If you are interested in building a model of USS California BB-44 at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the
California at Surigao Strait in Measure 32-16d dazzle camouflage, California in 1945 in Measure 21 overall 5N camouflage, or just interested in the history of USS California, David Doyle’s USS California, A Visual History of the
Golden State Battleship BB-44
, is an essential reference. Packed into one inexpensive volume is an outstandingly comprehensive collection of photographs of California, complemented by line drawings and color plates. Added to the
Book Reviews Section.
January 13, 2021
USS Boise CL-47 1942, Niko Model 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Boise was a lucky ship on many occasions. She was in the Philippines when the war broke out and the damage caused by running onto an uncharted rock
caused her to avoid the deadly Java Sea Campaign. She came within seconds of blowing up at the Battle of Cape Esperance and only by luck did she avoid having a mine explode beneath her keel at Taranto. You can stop the tanks of
the Hermann Goering Panzer Division dead in their tracks at Gela to earn the admiration of Generals Eisehhower and Patton. At the end of the war she was Douglas MacArthur’s flagship as he calmly smoked his pipe during kamikaze
attacks. You too, can have the
Noisy Boise in your fleet with the multimedia 1:700 scale kit from Niko Model. Ike, Mad George, and Big Mac will be pleased! Added to the Cruiser Reviews Section.   
January 9, 2021
Jean Bart 1891, French Protected Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - These are photographs of Bob Cicconi's latest build, the protected cruiser Jean Bart circa 1891. It's one of Combrig's latest offerings in
1/700 scale. There are a lot of very small resin and photo-etch parts, some of which are virtually unworkable. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
January 8, 2021
USS Sampson DD-63 1917, 1,000-Tonner Destroyer, Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If your goal is an attractive model of the last of the 1,000-tonners, the first US Navy destroyer class to be built with
21-inch triple torpedo tubes and antiaircraft guns, the
Iron Shipwright 1:350 scale model of the USS Sampson DD-63 fills the bill. The kit comes with full resin parts, two brass photo-etch frets and brass rods. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
January 7, 2021
German 2cm Flak Gun, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The 2cm Flak Gun set can be used to detail many of the 1:350 scale Kriegsmarine ship models that are available in injection-molded plastic and resin
and they will be a huge improvement to the 2cm Flak C/30 guns included with the kits. Added to the
Ordnance Reviews Section.
January 6, 2021
Kongo in World War One, Kajika 1:700 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - It is clearly spring time in Japan with this diorama by Kostas Katseas. The battlecruiser Kongo rides tranquilly at anchor in the shadow of a pre-industrial
castle surrounded by flower beds in bloom. The model of
Kongo is in 1:700 scale and produced by Kajika, which is the name that Flyhawk uses in Japan. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
January 5, 2021
USS Vincennes CA-44 Conversion Set, Kraken Hobbies 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - If you want to travel a different road for a New Orleans Class cruiser, the Kraken Hobbies controls the interstate traffic with the 3D
printed
USS Vincennes CA-44 conversion set. You start with the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit of the USS San Francisco in her 1942 fit and then you put the peddle to the metal with the Kraken Vincennes conversion set. The forward
superstructure and 01 level with exposed barbette for B turret are so different from those areas on
San Francisco, coupled with high searchlight tower, magnificent Mk. 34 directors and wondrous Mk. 33 directors will win any drag
race. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
January 4, 2021
Royal Navy 14-Foot Sailing Dinghy, Black Cat Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - One ship's boat that was carried by almost every warship of the Royal Navy was the small sailing dinghy. Comparatively light weight,
the dinghy was very handing in launching and carrying a small number of sailors about routine duties.
Black Cat Models provides the ultimate representation of this workhorse of the fleet with their Royal Navy 14-foot Sailing Dinghy
AC350054a. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
January 2, 2021
Tage 1886, French Protected Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:1250 Scale by Andrea De Bonis - Tage was a protected cruiser built for the French Navy in the 1880s, the second vessel of that type built for the French fleet. The design
was based on the previous cruiser,
Sfax, and like that vessel, Tage was intended to be used as a commerce raider to attack merchant shipping. Added to the Cruiser Gallery.
January 1, 2021
SMS Gazelle 1901, First Imperial German Small Cruiser, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Join Good Ole Al Tirpitz in celebrating the first of Imperial Germany’s small cruisers, designed to protect the battleships
from hostile torpedo craft, scouting and message relay. Even Kaiser Bill had his hand in designing the
SMS Gazelle by his insistence on an extremely prominent ram bow, à la française. You too can join the Teutonic Festivus with the
Combrig 1:700 scale model of the first in the class, SMS Gazelle. Adder to the Cruiser Reviews Section.
   
 
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