What's New 2018
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15 June 2018
CSS Chattahoochee, Confederate Gunboat 1863, Flagship Models 1:192 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Flagship Models
1:192 scale multimedia kit provides an intriguing model on an esoteric subject, the gunboat
CSS Chattahoochee. Built far up her
namesake river, the Confederacy had grand plans for the
Chattahoochee, giving her three masts and a bowsprit as well as an engine
for clearing the Gulf of Mexico of Yankee predators. As usual, Confederate plans proved far more grand than subsequent reality.
Added to the
American Civil War Reviews Section.
14 June 2018
HMS King George V & HMS Prince of Wales Photo-Etch Set, Toms Model Works 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Toms
Model Works
brass photo-etch set #734 for the HMS King George V & HMS Prince of Wales in 1:700 scale is a compromise with
several trade offs. The great strength of the fret is its low price. At $11.50 US you don't have to be King Midas to add the extra detail
to your models. The brass is delicate, so take your time. The fret make lack some parts found in more expensive sets but with
Toms
you are getting a lot of brass at a low price. Added to the
1:700 Scale Photo-Etch Reviews Section.
13 June 2018
DKM Anti-Aircraft Gun Set, White Ensign Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - White Ensign Models has a solution to
this problem when it comes to the host of
Bismarck and Tirpitz kits or any other World War Two German model warship in this
scale.
WEM PE 733 provides relief-etched brass parts for four different DKM AA mounts. Added to the 1:700 Scale Photo-Etch
Reviews
Section.
12 June 2018
SS Issac M. Scott, Great Lakes Ore Carrier 1913, Loose Cannon East 1:700 Scale, Built by David Angelo - These are photos of the
Isaac M Scott, Great Lakes ore carrier of 1911, built by David Angelo. The ship was one of 30 some ships that were lost in the Great
Storm of November 1913. A friend of Hugh Letterly’s, Bob Nixon, built the master for the kit. His Great Uncle was Engineer Officer
aboard the
Scott that night, and was lost with her. Added to the Auxiliary Gallery.
11 June 2018
I-400, Japanese Submarine Upgrade Set for the Tamiya Kit, Infini Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Tamiya
Models
I-400 kit builds into a very good model out of the box. The kit has a small photo-etch fret with a limited amount of parts that
does help but doesn’t go far enough in the opinion of
Felix Bustelo. If you want to take your model farther, then Infini Model has
exactly what you need with their dedicated detail set. Added to the
Multi-Media Upgrade Set Reviews.
6 June 2018
JMSDF Atago, Aegis Destroyer, Tetra Model Works 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - While the basic photo-etch provided by
Trumpeter in the
Atago kit may satisfy some modelers, others may want a more extensive set that doesn’t go other the top with
hundreds of tiny parts. In the opinion of
Felix Bustelo, the Tetra Model Works set fits that description perfectly. Added to the Multi-
Media Upgrade Set Reviews.
16 May 2018
USS Helena PG-9, USN Gunboat, Combrig 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Combrig USS Helena in 1:350 scale
builds into a beautiful model and is s a unique subject. Being an older release, there are some short comings in terms of the photo-etch
and assembly instructions that have been addressed in newer releases. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
15 May 2018
USS Albemarle AV-5 1944, Curtiss Class Seaplane Tender, Loose Cannon East 1:700 Scale, Built by David Angelo - The latest
releases from
Loose Cannon East are both ships of the Curtiss Class Seaplane Tenders, USS Curtiss AV-4 and USS Albemarle
AV-5, in 1:700 scale. Dave built the
Albemarle in the dazzle scheme of 1944 when the ship finished her refit at the Boston Navy Yard.
Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
14 May 2018
Kosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Space Event Support Ship, Combrig 1:700 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - The Combrig
Kosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
is a truly unique model. It is the most ambitious and challenging kit yet produced by Combrig. With the
high quantity of resin and brass parts provided and the complexity of the various space communication arrays, the kit is certainly not
for beginners. It will be a challenging build for even advanced modelers but the promise is there. On completion the modeler will have a
truly unique show stopper. Added to the
Auxiliary Reviews Section.
13 May 2018
Scapa Flow Diorama in 1:700 Scale by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas depicts a portion of Scapa Flow in this 1:700 scale diorama.
Featured are the aircraft carrier,
HMS Hermes, and battleships, HMS Royal Oak and HMS Valiant. Added to the Diorama Gallery.
12 May 2018
USS Hornet CV-8, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale, By Matthew Edwardson - This is the model of USS Hornet CV-8 scratch-built by
Matthew Edwardson in 1:200 scale and depicting the ship during the Doolittle Tokyo raid with the deck covered with B-25s. The
construction of the model took him about 5 years and he used the Tetra Model Works detail set. Added to the
Aircraft Carrier
Gallery.
9 May 2018
BKA 1125, Soviet River Monitor, Samek Models 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The BKA 1125 by Samek Models is
a quick and easy build and a nice break from more involved projects.
Felix Bustelo was able to complete it without too much effort
and achieve a little satisfaction in getting something actually done. Added to the
Destroyer Gallery.
6 May 2018
Kurama, Japanese Hybrid Battlecruiser/Armored Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Gregory Shoda - Here are photographs of
Greg Shoda's recently completed model of the Japanese armored cruiser/battlecruiser Kurama.  Some of the photos include his
models of other Japanese capital ships
Tsukuba and Kashima.  The model was constructed in his usual 1/550 scale. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
21 April 2018
HMS Belfast, British Light Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale, Built by Shuki Aloni - Here are pictures of Shuki Aloni's new
model of the British light cruiser
Belfast, scratch-built in 1:200 scale. It took him two weeks to built from card board, foam boards and
balsa wood. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
20 April 2018
Simla, Steam Tugboat, PetrOs Modellbau 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This is a fine little kit and will look great in a
diorama scene or as a standalone model, How far 3D printing has come is astonishing and the
Simla model is an excellent example of
what can be done with this method of production, If you want to give a 3d printed model a try, this is a very good kit to get into it.
Added to the
Auxiliary Reviews Section.
18 April 2018
AN/SPN-43 Air Traffic Control Radar and SMQ-11 Receiving Terminal, Veteran Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo -
The Veteran Models AN/SPN-43 ATC radar & SMQ-11 receiving terminal set is an excellent accessory set that can be used to upgrade
your 1:350 scale modern aircraft carrier or amphibious assault ship model. Added to the
Fittings Reviews Section.
17 April 2018
Andrea Doria, Italian Orizzonte Class Destroyer, Gwylan Models 1:700 Scale, Review by Ayala Botto - This is the best kit produced
so far by Gwylan Models. A stunning and superior casting quality model and a must have for your modern navy ship fleet, or stock
pile! A fair price for such a highly quality, detailed and complete resin kit with photo-etch parts and decals for all ships of this class as
well as brass barrel guns and other brass parts. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
15 April 2018
Nagato and Hiei, Neptun Model 1:1250 Scale, Diorama by Kostas Katseas - Kostas Katseas demonstrates again how he can
super-detail 1:1250 scale models. This diorama by Kostas features the battleships
Nagato and Hiei produced by Neptun Model. Added
to the
Diorama Gallery.
12 April 2018
USS Interpid, Angle Deck Essex Class Replacement Island Decks, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - At long last
there is a large scale kit of an angle deck modernization of an
Essex Class aircraft carrier with the USS Intrepid in 1:350 scale from
Gallery Models. Sure, you can still build those ancient stalwarts, the Revell
Essex in multiple incarnations or the Renwal Shangi La but
why not grab the gusto with the Gallery
Intrepid? While you are at it, you can greatly complement the Intrpid kit with a superb set of
replacement island decks from
Model Monkey. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
8 April 2018
USS Alabama (BB-60) 1942, Trumpeter 1:350 Scale, Built by Veniamin Litvin - Veniamin Litvin used the Trumpeter 1:350 Scale
kit of the
USS Alabama B-60, as she appeared in 1942 with her unique camouflage scheme. He used a host of different accessories to
truly dramatize his build. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
6 April 2018
Tsukuba, JapaneseBattlecruiser / Armored Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Greg Shoda - These are pictures of the IJNS
armored cruiser/battlecruiser
Tsukuba, scratch-built by Greg Shoda in 1:550 scale. Tsukuba and her sister ship Ikoma were part of
an emergency replacement program for the battleships,
Yashima and Hatsuse, which were both unexpectedly lost when they ran into
mines laid off Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese war. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
1 April 2018
Moskva, Russian Rocket Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - Here are photographs of Shuki Aloni's new model
of the Russian missile cruiser
MOSKVA, in 1:200 scale. It took him three weeks to built from scratch from foam boards, card board
and balsa wood. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
24 February 2018
Admiral Graf Spee 1939, Trumpeter 1:700 Scale, Built by Rob Weilacher - This is Rob Weilacher's latest creation, the 1/700 scale
Trumpeter
Graf Spee.  He used Gold Medal Models photo-etch and for paints, a combination of Vallejo (deck color, and
miscellaneous other colors), AK Interactive (all the German Greys) and some tube acrylic paint to wash the decks dark brown. Added
to the
Battleship Gallery.
19 February 2018
USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49, Landing Ship Dock, Orange Hobby 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - You don’t have to be a
graduate of the University of Florida to be a Gators fan. Every modeler who craves the warships of the amphibious navy will love this
kit, if you are up to it. This is a complex kit with hundreds of parts. It is not for the beginner but
Orange Hobby has produced a
superb product. Added to the
Auxiliary Reviews Section.
17 February 2018
Admiral Hipper, German Heavy Cruiser, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Shuki Aloni - The pictures here are of the German heavy
cruiser
Admiral Hipper, scale 1:200 that Shuki Aloni scratch-built from foam boards, card board and balsa wood. It took him three
weeks to build. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
12 February 2018
LÉ Emer, Irish Offshore Patrol Vessel, RB Productions 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Emer class kit is another
impressive effort from RB Productions. There is a lot of detail crammed into a relatively small model and the overall quality is very
good. The planning and care taken in accounting for the differences among the ships in the class is refreshing, especially when some
model producers try to get away with packaging the same kit with different decals. Added to the
Destroyer Reviews Section.
6 February 2018
USS Massachusetts, April 1942 - August 1945, Review by Steve Backer - Getting a modern warship cruise book is relatively easy but
not so easy when it is a cruise book from World War Two. The World War Two cruise book for the
USS Massachusetts BB-59 is a
prize for any naval library. With very good physical quality standards and 126 pages of photographs and text it certainly is a collector's
item. "
The end the war found the U.S.S. Massachusetts still cruising and fighting, a member of the Third Fleet, present at the
kill.
" Added to the Cruise Book Section.
5 February 2018
USS Iowa (BB-61) – The Story of “The Big Stick” from 1940 to the Present, by David Doyle, Review by Felix Bustelo - The "USS
Iowa (BB-61) – The Story of “The Big Stick” from 1940 to the Present
" is a well-bound, hardcover book is printed on high quality
paper and is a great resource for modelers. It makes for an excellent second volume in the “Legend of Warfare – Naval” series and a
worthwhile addition to your library of naval books. Added to the
Book Reviews Section.
4 February 2018
USS Guam CB-2, Midship Models 1:700 Scale, Built by Bob Cicconi - Here are photographs of Bob Cicconi's latest build, the USS
Guam
, CB-2. It's the Midship Models limited run resin kit with a lot of scratch-building and modification. Bob also used Blue Ridge
20mm, 40mm, 5"/38s, and Mk 51 gun directors. Brass barrels were used for the 12"/50 main guns and
Gold Medal Models Ultra
railings were used. Added to the
Battleship Gallery.
29 January 2018
HMS Algerine, Royal Navy Minesweeper, Starling Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Algerine kit is an excellent
first 1:350 scale kit from Starling Models, which offers lots of details in what appears to be a relatively easy build. For modelers that
prefer 1:700 scale, there is an
Algerine kit in that scale. Added to the Auxiliary Reviews Section.
28 January 2018
HMS Rodney, Scratch-Built in 1:200 Scale by Song Jung Gun - HMS Rodney is the newest of the superb models scratch-built by
Song Jung Gun in 1:200 scale from wood. The Rodney took him ten months to build. Added to the Battleship Gallery.
24 January 2018
USS Massachusetts Upgrade Set for the Trumpeter Kit, 5 Star Model 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This is an extremely
extensive and well-done upgrade set which will turn the Trumpeter
Massachusetts kit into something outstanding. There is no area of
the model not covered in some manner with this detail set and because of that, I would recommend it for experience modelers and not
for someone just starting to working with photo-etch. Some of the parts could be omitted according to your appetite for
super-detailing or patience. Added to the
Multi-Media Upgrade Set Reviews Section.
21 January 2018
USS Virginia CGN-38, Dragon 1:700 Scale, Buit by Rob Weilacher - This is Rob Weilacher's build of the Dragon USS Virginia
CGN-38 in 1:700 scale. Rob used the Artists Hobby's photo-etch set for the build. Added to the
Cruiser Gallery.
20 January 2018
Peresviet, Imperial Russian Battleship, Scratch-Built in 1:550 Scale by Gregory Shoda - This is the old Russian battleship Peresviet.
The model of
Pereviet is based upon drawings by V. M. Tomitch. The model is scratch-built in 1:550 scale by Gregory Shoda.  He
finds Russian battleships intriguing and have built models of most of the Imperial Russian battleship classes. Added to the
Battleship
Gallery.
16 January 2018
PLA Navy Railings, 5 Star Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Delix Bustelo - The 5 Star Model 1:350 scale of PLA Navy Railing is a
great little set to with a variety of railings to detail maybe two PLAN plastic kits, depending on the size of the vessel. Added to the
1:350 Scale Reviews Section.
10 January 2018
SS Palo Alto, Concrete Tanker, Loose Cannon East 1:700 Scale, By David Angelo of Loose Cannon East -  This is SS Palo Alto, a
ferro cement ship built at the end of WWI for the Emergency Fleet Corporation as EFC Design 1100.
Palo Alto was designed as a
freighter, modified while building to be a tanker. They kept the machinery amidships, rather than moving it aft like a conventional
tanker. Added to the
Auxiliary Gallery.
4 January 2018
USS Pennsylvania Control Tops, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Steve Backer - Model Monkey has the perfect solution for
the control tops for either
USS Pennsylvania or USS Arizona in 1:350 scale. These one-piece resin control tops are an elegant, clean,
and outstanding solution to replace the plastic parts in the Banner/HobbyBoss
Arizona kit. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.
3 January 2018
USS Intrepid CV-11, Angle Deck Airraft Carrier Upgrade Set, Tetra Model Works 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The
Intrepid CV-11 Detail Up Set is very extensive and is a super detailer’s delight.Felix doesn’t think there is really anything overlooked.
Some of the subassemblies are a bit complex, with lots of individual parts, so Felix would recommend it for modelers with a good deal
of experience working with photo-etch. If you are willing to take the plunge, you will have a hell of an
Intrepid model to proudly
display. Added to the
Multi-Media Upgrade Set Reviews Section.
2 January 2018
USS Lionfish SS-298 Sail/Fairwater, Model Monkey 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Lionfish fairwater is a welcome
addition to the growing
Model Monkey catalog and will save the modeler the trouble of having to scratch-build one if you wish to
model a
Balao class submarine that had a similar fairwater. Added to the Fittings Reviews Section.