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April 2021 Mystery Model #2 - For the April 2021 Mystery Model #2, we have a subject in which the class of the ship should be easily identified but perhaps not the exact ship. Can you identify the name of the ship, manufacturer and scale. If so,
post on the message board.
April 2021 Mystery Model - For April we will start the month with a Mystery Model. This kit was released over a year ago but many modelers have not seen it. It certainly is off the beaten path, especially for a major warship that was anchored off
Ford Island at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. On the message board, can you name the ship, manufacturer and scale?
Rick Heinbaugh hit it with, "Looks to me like the Loose Cannon USS Curtiss (AV-4). My goodness, gracious! How
cool that we can say "I think this is this 1/700 seaplane tender kit" and then say "no, I think it is that 1/700 seaplane tender kit". (And I know this is not the old USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14) kit from whoever that was.) Who
would have ever dreamed that we would have multiple different seaplane tenders to choose from? A Golden Era indeed."
March 2021 Mystery Model -Here is a fairly new kit that oddly enough has not received much mention in online sources and in message traffic. This is unfortunate in that it is a fine kit on a lesser known subject at a reasonable price. On the message
board, can you name the ship, manufacturer and scale?
Andrej wss lightning fast with "It's the Trumpeter 1/350 Calcutta, of course."
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. 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.
December 2020 Mystery Model #3 - Here is the last chance to determine a Mystery Model in 2020. Can you name the ship or class,
manufacturer and scale on the message board. Hint, this is not the same model as the
December 2020 Mystery Model #2.

Roger Torgeson was spot on when he posted, "It looks like one of the Sampson Class ships DD-63-68", but he didn't post the manufacturer or scale. Matt E filled in the blanks with, "Nope, Roger is right, its the USS Sampson, 1/350 scale
from Iron Shipwright.
" It is indeed the USS Sampson DD-63 in 1:350 scale from Iron Shipwright. The triple torpedo tubes were strong clues, as the Sampsons were the first USN destroyers to have triple torpedo tubes.
December 2020 Mystery Model #2 - It is time for a second Mystery Model for December 2020. On the message board, can you be the first to identify the name of the ship or class, the manufacturer and the scale. Well, someone has been reading the
message board.
Matt E saw Jon Warneke's message and responded, "Could this be the 1/350 Iron Shipwright USS O’ Brien DD-51?" Yes it could and it is the ISW 1:350 USS O'Brien DD-51, which Jon has on his monthly special for $63.95.  
Do you or does your dad need a stocking stuffer? One of the first of the USN 1,000-ton destroyers sure beats a chunk of coal!
December 2020 Mystery Model - The subject of this model is easy but what about the manufacturer and scale? To try your hand at the December 2020 Mystery Model, please post the subject, manufacturer and scale on the message board. Matt E.
hit it with
"It’s the Timos Model World/Chun Yu kit of SMS Seydlitz in 1/200. Mostly 3D Printed"
November 2020 Mystery Model - It's a new month, so we will lead off with the November Mystery Model. Can you identify the topic, scale and manufacturer. Please post any answer on the message board. Lars Scharff was spot on. It is the
HMS Aurora, Arethusa Class light cruiser by Chuan Yu Model in 1:200 scale, which can also be built as the Chung King.
October 2020 Mystery Model - It has been some time since there has been a Mystery Model posted, so here is one. On the message board can you identify the topic, the manufacturer and the scale? Shaun Carter and Huang SC were the closest to
the answer but neither mentioned the manufacturer, Chuan Yu Model. The model is indeed the
HMS Medea in 1:200 scale, M Class destroyer and Medusa was a sistership.
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.
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.
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.
May 2019 Mystery Model -April showers bring a May Mystery Model. Can you name the subject, manufacturer and scale?
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.
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
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
August 2018 Mystery Model - Here is the first Mystery Model of 2018. Unless you are a initiate of the Illuminati, there is no way you can identify the name of the model subject, scale and manufacturer. You may get the name of the model and/or
scale but there is no way you can be correct on the manufacturer's name.
November 2017 Mystery Model - It has been a long, long time since we have had a Mystery Model, so it is past due for one. This kit is very close to release but is not quite there yet. Can you identify the name of the ship, manufacturer and scale. If
so, post on the message board.
Lars Scharff had it right. It is a Leahy Class model in 1:700 scale by Admiralty Model Works.
Free Time Hobbies 2016 Fall Festival IPMS Show -This only touches the surface about visiting Free Time Hobbies. It is extra special during their yearly Fall Festival IPMS Show but it is great to go to the Shrine anytime. If you visit, do yourself
a favor and save up for the visit. I guarantee that you'll find so many kits, accessories, books, etc, that you'll have to prioritise your purchases. If you are near Atlanta, northern Georgia, southeastern Tennessee or just want to make a fulfilling
Free Time Hobbies in Blue Ridge, Georgia is your destination.
Free Time Hobbies Grand Opening/ 2015 Fall Festival -Freetime Hobbies opened their new store in late July 2015 but scheduled the official Grand Opening and model contest for October 10, 2015. These are photographs from the event.
Tromp, Dutch Light Cruiser, Pacific Crossroads 1:350 Scale, CAD Images - For all modelers who are intrigued by the short unhappy life of ABDA Force in the Java Sea in January and February 1942, Pacific Crossroads of Saint Petersburg, Russia
is a savior.
Pacific Crossroads has to this point concentrated on the Royal Dutch naval forces located in the Dutch East Indies at the start of the war in the pacific. Already produced are the cruiser De Ruyter, Dutch destroyers, and Dutch naval
aircraft. The force is about to get a reinforcement in the form of the light cruiser
Tromp, which was the newest of the light cruisers of the Netherlands.
Telford, UK, IPMS Show November 2012, Photographs by Bruno Gire - Bruno Gire successfully accomplished what his countryman, Napoleon Bonaparte, could never do. Bruno crossed the Channel and invaded England. His
mission was to ascertain what the perfidious albions were up to at their secret base in Telford. Here are the shocking photographs of their activities. Vive La France!!!
July 2011 Sizzling Summer Mystery Model - Instead of standing under the sun and suffering heat stroke, you can pass your time inside, in cool air conditioning studying silhouettes to guess the identity of this July Sizzling Summer Mystery Model.
For those venturing to toasty Omaha for the IPMS convention, you'll be able to see the model at one of the vendors tables.  
August 2010 Mystery Model #1 - The July Mystery Models were soft balls served up on a plate for batting practice compared to this high, hard chin music August Mystery Model. I anticipate only an insider will know this one.
July 2010 Mystery Model #4 - Well, with Saturday's July Mystery Model #3, it makes sense to have a bookends weekend with July Mystery Model #4 for Sunday. The two make a perfect pair as they had so much in common.
July 2010 Mystery Model #3 - Cat got your tongue? Are you shy about guessing the identity of Mystery Models? This splendid example of a model should be an easy guess. So don't be a fraidy cat and give it a try.
July 2010 Mystery Model #2 - Yes, that's right, the second Mystery Model in the week. With the July Mystery Model 1, posted 05 July, Germa Coenders stated that mystery models have been few and far between. Well, here is another one and I'll
help you guess the name, scale and manufacturer be letting you know that this is not the sister ship of the first Mystery Model for July. If you look closely, you'll notice some subtle differences between this model the one posted three days ago. They
do ,however, have one thing in common but what is it?  
No fair, an anonymous poster calling himself The Mole stated "Foxtrot class Soviet sub, 1:350 scale, Admiralty Model Works." Obviously an insider but correct and should be
available at the Nationals.
July 2010 Mystery Model - Let the fireworks continue with this July Mystery Model. Gee, I wonder what this ship is? I wonder what the scale is and who is the producer? This won't be too much of a stumper. Chris Preston had the first correct
answer with "Hhmmm............looks like a 1/350th DKM SCHARNHORST by Dragon."
May Day Morris Dancer Madness Mystery Model - OK, time to get out of your May Day Morris Dancer outfit and get down to this Mystery Model. Identifying the ship should be easy, as the model simply shouts its name but who is the manufacturer
and what is the scale? Only a few minutes after posting the photographs Simon Scheuer posted "May Mystery Model - SMS Von der Tann - 1/700 Kombrig, what more is there to say."
2010 Dragon Catalog - You may have heard of three upcoming 1:350 scale warship kits, two of which, a German Z39 destroyer and the USS Independence CVL-22 get one photograph each but the biggest release is the German
battleship Scharnhorst 1943, which gets an entire page.
Buds of Spring #2 - The first shoot of spring was a big, burly baby bud with seven main gun turrets in 1:350 scale. This second bud is from a different species of the 1:350 floral family but has its own attractions.
Buds of Spring #1 - Yes, February 27th is here with only one more day to go to reach March.  The earth is stirring and waking from a frozen hibernation. Likewise new warship kits are appearing at the break of spring. Here is one of the early shoots
but this one is a big, burly bud in 1:350 scale.
Thanksgiving 2009 Mystery Model - There is no need to wait until Thursday to start your Thanksgiving Day feast with this Thanksgiving Mystery Model. You may enjoy a roast turkey meal on Thanksgiving but with model warship kits there is no
need to get a gobbler when you can enjoy prime cuts like this.
Preview of USS Intrepid, SCB-125 Angled Deck Essex Class, Ships & Company 1:700 Scale - Ships & Company are preparing to release their own 1:700 scale SCB-125 angled deck Essex, the USS Intrepid. Here are some photographs of the initial
casting with some parts dry-fitted to give an idea of appearance.
October 2008 Mystery Model - The moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter is aligned with Mars....so it must be time for a Mystery Model. What is this Mysterion, who is the conjurer, and in what scale?
Lion Roar - New Items in 1:700 & 1:350 Scales July 2008 - Lion Roar is coming out with some interesting items in 1:700 scale. For Imperial Japanese Navy carrier commanders there is a line of aircraft. For all Hood hooligans, how about a
super-detail set for the Great Ship with 1941 and 1931 fits?
Ships of India, 1:400 to 1:700 Scale, Built by Ullhas Chogle - Ullhas Chogle of India presents four of his models of ships of his country's navy. Included is the INS Jalashwa by JAG and IJN Rajput by Combrig in 1:700 scale and the INS Ajay
INS Prabal in 1:400 scale by Mirage.
USS Princeton CVS-37, Drgon 1:700 Scale, Preview Poster - Fresh from Dragon is a poster on their forthcoming release of the USS Princeton CVS-37. This version of the classic Essex design was used for antisubmarine duties.
Dragon Preview, USS Buchanan DD-484 1942, 1:350 Scale - Dragon sent the box art for the bottom of the box for their upcoming 1:350 scale USS Buchanan DD-484 1942. The Buchanan is a member of the Gleaves class.
October 2007 Mystery Model #8 - If you thought that October Mystery Model #7 was a product with strong flavor, this Mystery Model may also appeal to you. Without a doubt this one has a noble lineage with an exceptionally well balanced blend.
October 2007 Mystery Model #7 - Now this is truly a full bodied product with enough flavor to last all seven days of the week. No way is this designed for epicureans who belief in moderation, this robusto is for those who believe in glorious excess.
October 2007 Mystery Model #6 - Finally we get to the more robust, full flavored products. Although not the strongest flavored product from this October crop, this fine specimen certainly provides interest for those who enjoy a full flavored main
October 2007 Mystery Model #5 - Before we go to the robusto blends found in the rich bottom lands, let's look at one more medium strength product. Less powerful than some, this blend still exhibits a good combination of characteristics that
provides satisfaction to any epicurean.
October 2007 Mystery Model #4 - After looking at the lighter blends, we continue down the hillside to where the base of the hills level out to the flat bottomlands. Here we find an interesting variety that has more punch than the lighter products on the
hillside but not the punch of the full flavored blends in the heart of the plantation.
October 2007 Mystery Model #3 - Some may say that the bouquet of October Mystery Model #2 is too old fashioned and traditional. For those people October Mystery Model #3 may prove just the tonic. Still light bodied, this product has a bolder,
more modern taste.
October 2007 Mystery Model #2 - This varietal is perfect for the advance course, even though it does not have the punch of the main body vines found in the rich bottom lands. Here is one example of the hillside product.
October 2007 Mystery Model #1 - Sure, I know, you get easily confused. No, this Mystery Model is not HMS Tiger. It may not be a Splendid Cat but it is still the cat's meow. Can you name the ship, scale and manufacturer for October 2007
Mystery Model #1
September 2007 Mystery Model - With the fall harvest upon us in the glorious month of October, you still have one last chance of guessing a Mystery Model with the dying remnants of the summer heat of September. So hit the keyboard with guesses
for this Mystery Model.
2007 IPMS US National Convention, The Second Day, Photographs by Jon Iverson - Cub Reporter Jon Iverson was hard at work on the second say of the 2007 US IPMS National convention. Jon reports that the action is really heating up, with
many new ship entries revealed on Thursday.
2007 IPMS US National Convention, Photographs by Jon Iverson - Jon Iverson was at the 2007 IPMS US National convention from the first day. Here are photographs of some of the entrants, as well as overall shots. Also included are
photographs of the new
Admiralty Models HMS Courageous 1917 in 1:700 scale.
May Madness - OK, before the heat of summer arrives, let's look at a little May madness. These photographs show a number of master patterns for models that have yet to be released. When will they be cast? Who knows? When will they be available
for purchase? Who knows? So many questions, so few answers.
April Mystery Model #1 - Lets start out April with an unusual subject. You wont find warship kits with architecture like this every day. Obviously, it is an auxiliary of some kind, but which? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model
and name of manufacturer?
Spring Planting, A Bumper Crop for 2007 - Shown here is a rare breed. Clearly these shoots are already growing fast. They certainly have not reached full maturity yet but when they do, they are certain to grace many a modeler's table. Photograph
are courtesy of
Andrey Veslivy.
March Mystery Model #3 - An' don't you know the shamrocks are a growing for St Patrick's Day. An' in another patch this St. Patrick's Day Mystery Model is also wearin' a bit o the green in the photograph above. Can you identify the name of the
ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Richard Gardner was spot on with' "That is the long awaited White Ensign Models HMS Norfolk Duke class frigate in 1/350 scale. And very nice looking it is to. Might have to have a word
with the nice man at the bank.
March Mystery Model #2, 2007 - For our continuing March Madness of Mystery Models, here is March Mystery Model #2. Since no one correctly answered the searing queries for March Mystery Model #1, perhaps this will be easier.  The
photographs show the model with only four of her multiple parts dry-fitted. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
March Mystery Model #1 - Time for a little March madness. Take a pause from endless basketball games and eye this mélange of mystery model photographs. Just right as the first shoots of spring try to break through. Can you identify the name of
the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Future Attraction? - Here is an interesting photo that I received. Clearly it is a CAD drawing, however, there certainly is the possibility that this is part of the preliminary work for a model kit release.
February Mystery Model #1 - Time out, Time out, Time out! Sorry to interrupt Chapter MMMCXIV of the fabled blue battleship discourse but before you turn blue in this frozen February, take a look at this Mystery Model. I can guarantee you that
this model is NOT a blue battleship.
January Mystery Model #3 - "We want eight and we won't wait." You may wish to practice chanting this historic slogan, when you acquire January Mystery Model #3, or any of the eight Royal Navy capitol ships just released by the producer of this
kit. That's right, eight capitol ships at once! However, it is a balanced release with four battle cruisers and four battleships. The slogan may come in handy when your spouse notices the increase in your fleet. Can you identify the name of the ship,
scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #2 - Since January Mystery Model #1 was so popular, I guess we can run another one. For January Mystery Model #2 we have a subject that has something in common with model #1 but is a different ship. Just one
difference is that model #2 has five turrets, not four. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Avery Boyer identified the Combrig 1:700 scale Iron Duke and added, "Another one I can't wait to get at!"
January 2007, Mystery Model #1 - Well 2007 is here and we have not had a Mystery Model yet for the year. It is time to break the ice for 2007. Here is the first of many Mystery Models for the new year. This tasty tidbit will arrive shortly at your
favorite retailer, if it is not there already. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Martin J. Quinn was first with "The battle-cruiser HMS Invincible in 1/700 by Combrig. Looks like a sweet little kit!"
New Models from Delphis Models - Here are five new 1:700 scale items from Delphis Models. Additionally, there is a railway gun operated by the Italian Navy during World War Two in HO scale.
October Mystery Model #4 - Time for an October Surprise and the Rise of the Great Pumpkin! This black bag project surely has to rank as the Great Pumpkin of October 2006. What other model can equal the size, majesty and grandeur of this
magnificent Halloween treat. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  
October Mystery Model #3 - While waiting in the pumpkin patch awaiting the Great Pumpkin of October, another likely candidate has been spotted. Is this the Great Pumpkin or is their another October Surprise on the horizon? Can you identify the
name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
October Mystery Model #2 - It is time for another tasty treat in the October harvest cornucopia of goodies. As you wait for the Great Pumpkin, you can feast your eyes on this new model. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and
name of manufacturer?
October Mystery Model #1 - Ahh October! The most perfect month of the year. Crisp cool evenings with dew on the pumpkins. Time to start preparing for that most perfect evening for any youngster, Halloween. Although it is still almost four weeks
away, it is not too early to whip up ideas for treats. One such treat may be this model because it certainly is no trick. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Clara Blumenfeld, German Collier 1915, Scratch-Built in 1:700 Scale by Dariusz Mazurowski - Clara Blumenfeld was one of the many coal supply chips of Kaiserliche Marine during WWI. She was built in 1918 by Bremer Vulkan yard for
Bernhard Blumenfeld from Hamburg. Mobilized in August 1914 as Kohleschiff 8 (German coal ship), and returned to the owner in September 1916.
Dariusz Mazurowski scratch-built the ship in 1:700 scale.
August Trifecta of Mystery Models - Horse Racing - The Sport of Kings! Well, here are three horses for you. For the SteelNavy August Trifecta, can you identify the names of all three ships, scale of the models and name of manufacturer?  
July Mystery Model #2 - Time for a new Mystery Model. You don't have to get out your Enigma machine to type out the answer to this one. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
July Mystery Model #1 - Summer is here and it is almost the 4th of July. This mystery model has nothing in common with the American War for Independence, except the name of the ship. This happens to be the master pattern for the model, which
I received on Friday.
June Mystery Model #1, Maters in the Morning - It is June. Time for some fried green tomatoes. Well this tomato is not green but is not quite ripe yet. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Chatham ShipCraft Series Volumes #5 & #6 Preview - In July 2006 volumes number 5 and 6 in the Chatham ShipCraft series will be published. Classic Warships Publishing, the US distributor, presents a short preview of the two volumes with cover
May Mystery Model #2, Ah! I Love the Smell of Prop Wash in the Morning! - Whether you like prop wash or jet blast, this Mystery Model will exert appeal. You think that you have seen it before? Maybe, maybe not. In any event warm up your
Cutlasses and Panthers. Where are Mickey Rooney and William Holden when you need them?
May Mystery Model #1, Riddler or Joker? - First, all of the talk about best cruisers of World War Two and now this, a bagful of photographs left on the Commissioner's doorstep of a model cruiser. Commissioner Gordon is befuddled and confused.
What to do? It appears that the Riddler is again running amuck! But wait! It could be the Joker. Riddler or Joker, it matters not which, the Commissioner's forces are not up to the task. It is time to go to the roof to send the signal. Only the Dynamic
Duo can handle this conundrum.
HMS Surprise, RN Frigate, 1:130 Scale, Modified Lindberg Kit by Don Ferguson - Don Ferguson took the Lindberg "Jolly Roger" pirate ship and modified it to the HMS Surprise.  He shortened the hull and changed the galley windows and stern
windows. He did other scratch building on deck to make the
HMS Surprise.
TYP Models, Preview of Two New Releases - A new company called TYP is planning on releasing two new models. TYP has an unusual concept in tying two two impending kit releases together. The first two releases from TYP will be a warship kit
and a figure. Indeed, as can be seen from the photographs of the products from TYP, the naval figure, called "
The Heroic Yeoman" is given more emphasis than the ship. This concept is obvious from the slogan used on the theatrical trailers of "The
Heroic Yeoman and His Ship". This is a preview of the two models.
Wonder Boys Consortium, New Hobby Product - This product is the result of collaboration among three hobby producers. It is important to emphasize that the photographs represent a preview of only some of the components of this product. One of
the largest components is not even shown. A true multi-media product, components will come in at least four different mediums. The name,
Wonder Boys Consortium, reflects the diversity of the contributors to this project, who not only hail from
different sections of the USA but also from outside of the US. This is a preview of the new WBC hobby product.
March Mystery Model #1, The Magic Mushroom of March - Do you like to walk in the wild, off the beaten path? Why join the mass building the 999th incarnation of the USS Bland and HMS Dull, when you can sharpen your skills on the truly
bizarre. This mystery model so qualifies. No it is not a Leprechaun's mushroom prepared for St. Paddy's Day, it is a replica of an actual warship. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Russian Winter - Sneak Peek at New Projects from Combrig - Winters in Moskva can be pretty cold. So how do the guys at Combrig stay warm during the long Russian winter? They stay at work on new projects to add to the Combrig lineup.
Here is some design work on just a couple of them.
January 2006 Mystery Model #4 - Well here is a design that is easy to remember. With this arrangement of superstructure and main armament, how could you forget? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of
The mysterious MB was first with this Mystery Model with "USS Maine, Combrig, 1:700"
January 2006, Mystery Model #3 - Now for something off the beaten path. Here is an odd bird for you, although it was a monster for its time and place. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Michael
D'Silva was right on with "US Broadside Ironclad Dunderberg (1865; later French Rochambeau)" from Combrig in 1:700 scale
January 2006, Mystery Model #2 - Due to the interest in January Mystery Model #1, January Mystery Model #2 shares one very distinctive architectural feature with #1. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of
Ken Hoolihan was first with "HMS Renown 1897, 1/700, Combrig. The common feature with Mystery model #1 is side by side funnels."
January 2006, Mystery Model #1 - You have thrown out the old 2005 Christmas tree, so it is time to get a start on 2006. There is plenty more quality modeling time ahead of you until spring starts to thaw your surroundings, so time for a new model.
Maybe it will be this mystery model, if this era is to your liking. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
John Crawford stated "Is it ISW USS Illinois BB 7 1/350 scale" However, unlike Jeopardy,
answers do not have to be in the form of a question.
NNT New Model for October 2005, the Frigate Koln in 1:700 Scale - New from Norbert Thiel and NNT is the modern German Navy Koln. The railing and wood base are the only items in the photograph that do not come in the kit. NNT has other
subjects from the Modern German Navy in the pipeline. There is also a redo of a K.u.K. subject with brass barrels, as well as a new model of one of Kaiser Wilhelm's light cruisers from World War One. Stay tuned for more from
NNT of Germany.
Regia Marina, New Products for October 2005 - For this month the Italian company of Regia Marina is introducing four new models and two accessory packets. Submarines predominate with DaVinci and Tazzoli, Guppy conversions put into
service in the Italian Navy in the 1950s, as well as a World War Two
Type XXI U-Boat. For surface action there is the RN Zeno 1941-42 of the important Navigatori Class destroyers. All four models are in 1:700 scale. For accessories there is a decal
sheet in 1:350 scale for Italian float planes and a 1:700 scale photo-etch fret of various chock designs.
October Mystery Model #1 - Only four more shopping months until Valentines. What exotic confection will you acquire for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Perhaps this Mystery Model will be perfect. No creation of any confectioner is as sweet
as this three stack dish of beauty. Besides maybe your significant other will see that your heart's in the right place and let you partake in the feast. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Tokyo Model Show, September 2005 - In the third weekend of September 2005, the annual Tokyo Model Show was held. Hideo Gotoh attended and photographed the releases featured by the Japanese and Chinese model companies at the show.
Strange Days on Ol’ Rocky Top – Rube’s Misterion Elixers - Yes, these are strange days on ol’ Rocky Top. Far up in the hills an hollers of eastern Tennessee , ol’ cousin Rube has bin mixin an fixin his misterion elixers. Take a gander at what he be
Novegro Hobby Models Expo September 2005 - On the weekend of September 23 through 25, 2005 the Novegro Hobby Models Expo was held. Delphis Models of Rome , Italy had a display at the Expo. Maurizio Maggi, Alessandro Luciani,and
Dario Agostinelli of Delphis attended. Since the photographs were taken by Dario, they naturally concentrate on the Delphis display and new releases.   
Delphis Models Fall 2005 Releases - Delphis Models of Rome, Italy will be releasing four models next weekend at the Novegro Hobby Models Expo. The star of the show will be the big boy for your 1:350 scale Regia Marina, the R.N. Vittorio
, everybody's favorite Italian Corazzata. Perhaps your preference is in 1:700 scale. Well, Delphis has you covered as well with three releases. From World War Two is the light cruiser Cadorna and from the modern Italian navy are the frigates
Lupo and Maestrale.
September Mystery Model #4 - This is another subject from the 19th century. This subject is still widely known today and was the best of her type when built. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
September Mystery Model #3 - For this "Mystery Model", we'll go back to the 19th century. This subject is not widely known today but when she was commissioned it was her navy's most powerful warship. Can you identify the name
of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
September Mystery Model #2 - How can you miss this one? Class name will be sufficient as there is more than one ship in the class and photograph of ship specific parts is not shown. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and
name of manufacturer?
This is HMS Orion in 1:700 scale produced by Combrig. Zach Pease got it right when he stated. "This looks to be HMS Orion or at least Orion Class in 1916 or 18. I am guessing she is in 1/700th scale and
produced by Combrig.
HMS Victoria Gun Barrels, Steve Nuttall Barrels 1:192 Scale - Here is a look at the barrels that Steve Nuttall will be producing for the upcoming HMS Victoria being produced by Commanders/Iron Shipwright in 1:192 scale. The 16.25-inch
smashers for the forward turret are ready to go but the 10-inch gun in an open mount with gun-shield at the stern still needs a little more work. Steve says that more breach detail will be added along with trunions.
September Mystery Model #1 - Here is one that not everyone can peg but surely someone will get the right answer. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Bruno Gire got it when he said, "Guess this is
French T47 Escorteur d'Escadre Surcouf by l'Arsenal, scale 1-700.
". It is indeed the first shots of the Surcouf 1/700 Escorteur d'escadre from L'Arsenal. The ship is here in her original fit as a T-47B.
USS Lexington CV2, 1:350 Scale, IPMS Back-Dating Products Display at 2005 IPMS National Convention - As part of the displays for the 2005 IPMS National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, IPMS had a display on the new products designed
to back-date the Trumpeter 1:350 scale
USS Lexington CV2 to a prewar fit.
August Mystery Model #1 - Here is a new model that we'll try to sneak past you. However, more than one sea hawk should know this one. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Chris Preston was first
with the correct answer as he identified the model as the soon to be released HMS Starling in 1:700 scale from White Ensign Models.
July Mystery Model #1 - This will be a next to impossible test. Shown here are the ship's boats and a turret from a model about to be released. Using only that limited amount of information, can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model
and name of manufacturer?
HMS Victoria, Commanders/Iron Shipwright 1:192 Scale
June Mystery Model #2 - This model is the other shoe dropping. If the warship design of Mystery Model #1 was glorious deliberate excess, the design for Mystery Model #2 was elegant efficiency Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the
model and name of manufacturer?
June Mystery Model #1 - This one is a no brainer for topic and producer. However, it is now available for those modelers who like guns, lots and lots of guns. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Regia Marina - Coming Attractions - How about some glimpses of coming attractions from Regia Marina. One shows one of the photo-etch frets from the Regia Marina Roma. The Roma was different from the earlier two sisterships, Vittorio
and Littorio. Another photograph shows photo-etch for machine guns. The third photograph, well, make up your own mind about that one.
Work in Progress, April 2005 - Here are some products in the course of development. One set of photographs shows decals in 1:350 scale for Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW7) for the aircraft of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the late 1970s. The other
product shows the progress made on the master of
March Mystery Model #3.
April Mystery Model #1 - These photographs show the master pattern of a model that will appear. This particular producer is known for the exceptional quality of their products. You can be certain that when released, the model will be a superb
product. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?  
Ray D. Bean's Secret Life as Naval Aviator - Most SteelNavy readers know Ray D. Bean as a photographer from Winnipeg, Canada. Some may know Ray as a charter member of the Cabal of Kit Consultants. However, Ray's love for the ships of
the USN is based on his secret career as naval aviator. In this rare series of photographs, Ray's aviation career is chronicled.
Men of the Bainbridge - In the modern nuclear United States Navy, the only types of warships now on roll are either aircraft carriers or submarines. At one time however, there was another type, the CGN. Why did the navy decommission all CGNs?
Who knows? What is known is that crewmen of the CGNs were a special breed and there are none more special than those proud veterans of
USS Bainbridge CGN-25. On this April 1, 2005, we will take a candid look at it took to be a Man of the
March Mystery Model #3 - Here is a hard one, well.... maybe. This subject is the master pattern for a hull. All of the lines of the hull are there and the next step will be to add the detail on the hull sides and deck. Can you identify the name of the ship,
scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
March Mystery Model #2 - For the second Mystery Model of March we have a production run copy of a ship oozing with character. The subject had a long if somewhat undistinguished service life. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the
model and name of manufacturer?
March Mystery Model #1 - The subject of this Mystery Model should be obvious for anyone with some form of vision, however, it is anticipated that few if any, will correctly provide the informational requirements. These photographs show the
master pattern for the model. It does not reflect the final form of the master, as it is still in the process of being created. As the master progresses, much more detail will be added. Hang onto your hats, this baby will be nice!  Can you identify the
name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
In the Kitchen with Dinah - As spring approaches what new culinary treats is Dinah whipping up in her kitchen? Maybe a little Antipasto Primavera for the main course of Fettuccine Lexington. Who can tell? Is it soup yet?  
February Mystery Model #4 - Another tasty tidbit for the February modeler is this subject, which did some her best work in the January-February time frame. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
February Mystery Model #3 - This subject has many twists and turns, plus has an interesting assortment of ordnance. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
February Mystery Model #2 - This subject should be a change of pace on many levels. You may have a chance to identify it if your memory of naval history is not too rusty. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of
Bruce Buchner wasn't just whistling Dixie with his answer of "CSS Arkansas, Old Steam Navy, 1/96th Scale".
February Mystery Model #1 - The scale and name of the manufacturer is obvious but what about the ship? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer? Michael D'Silva of Oz was right on target with
"Combrig 1:700 HMS Duncan"
Recon Ralph Scopes Out Regia Marina - Recon Ralph left his secret hideout in the Palazzo Borghese to file this spot report on the suspicious activity generated by Giampiero Galeotti of Regia Marina. He had to run all the way to the top of the
Spanish steps to broadcast this report in standard SALUTE format.
January Mystery Model #6 - OK you eagle-eyed sea scouts, you have been very good at identifying Mystery Models, but this little baby may prove to be a stumper. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #5 - I love subjects off of the beaten path. For the subject of January Mystery Model #5, there is an unusual ship not often seen or identified. It is clearly not a Revell Iowa or Airfix Hood but what is it? Can you identify the
name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
The Mysterious MG was first with the correct answer with "I think the French Gille from IHP in 1/700". MG was right as it is the new version of the 1913 French
battlecruiser design by Imperial Hobby Productions.
Jetsam on Beaver Dam Creek - The rains are over and there are nice crisp blue skies. However, with the end of the rain, Beaver Dam Creek has started to fall. Obviously another limb of the resin tree has fallen in and been sculpted into this bit of
January Mystery Model #4 - For January Mystery Model #4, these are photographs of the master pattern of a new resin warship model being prepared for production. They show you not only what is coming down the road but also one method in
which the pattern is prepared. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #3 - The parade of new models continues in snowy January 2005 with a SteelNavy blizzard of Mystery Models. Although some modelers may not be familiar with the particular class of Mystery Model #3, the overall lines of
the ship are unmistakable as to the navy that built them. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
January Mystery Model #2 - Here is a golden oldie. Not the model, as it is brand new for 2005, but the subject, which is a very different from your run of the mill AA cruiser. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of
manufacturer? Pieter nailed it right away with,
"HMVS Cerberus 1/700 by Kombrig." It is the British built monitor that was transferred to the navy of Victoria before all of the states, or is it provinces, of Australia were unified.
Flotsam on Beaver Dam Creek - Ray D. Bean well known Canadian member of the Cabal of Consultants, left the door open and let one of his Canadian cold fronts sweep through on Thursday. With all of that dry cold Canadian air slamming into the
mild, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, the result was a lot of rain. Good ole Beaver Dam Creek rose with all of the rain fall and a limb from a resin tree fell into the torrent as was sculpted into this odd form.
Delphis Models New Kits of 2004 - Alessandro Luciani of Delphis Models sent in these photographs of the three newest models from his company that were produced in 2004. The three models cover three different eras of Italian warships,
pre-World War One with
RN Napoli, World War Two with RN Raimondo Montecuccoli and modern with the Stromboli. All of the photographs were taken by Dario Agostinelli and show the three kits after they have been built and painted.
January Mystery Model #1 - To start of the new year in a grand fashion, here is the first Mystery Model for 2005. Hmmmmm, what is it? Is it Honey Barge X923? Nooo, the armament fit is not quite right. So maybe you can be better at identifying it
than I am. Sorry only one photograph currently available. However, that one photograph provides more than enough structural hints to get the sleuths a-sleuthing. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?
Bolyai Model Show, Hungary October 2004 - These pictures were taken by Akos Gergely at the Bolyai Model Show in October in Hungary. There are two ships and the scale is 1:1000. Both are scratch-built. The first ship is one from the SMS
Kaiser Class
. The second ship is the British World War Monitor, HMS General Wolfe that mounted one of the 18-inch guns built for the HMS Furious, mounted in a fixed position, firing to starboard.
November Mystery Model #6 - Here is another subject of a type of vessel not of seen. From the lines the ship, you can tell that its function is not to engage in combat. Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of
Alan was close with, "I guess it is Italian fleet oiler STROMBOLI, 1/700 by Regia Marina." but was wrong with the manufacturer. Maurizio Chiaro quickly jumped in with the correct manufacturer. "By Delphis no
Regia Marina"
November Mystery Model #5 - Beam me up Scotty! Welcome to the Starship Enterpr.....Wait a minute! This isn't a sci-fi web site, this is a site on warships. I know this will be difficult. With that knife like bow, it could be a missile cruiser but it
isn't. With the rounded contours it could be a boomer but it isn't. Nor is it the starship
Enterprise, CV-6 Enterprise or CVN-65 0. So what is it? Can you identify the name of the ship, scale of the model and name of manufacturer?