What's New 2021
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
. 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
(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
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.
What's New 2020