What's New 2018
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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.