Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Tips to Master advanced techniques building 700th IJN ships Vol. 2

Published: July 15th, 2016     
Tips to Master advanced techniques building 700th IJN ships Vol. 2
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Company: Model Art

Since April of 2013 when Kodakawa games released their free browser game Kantai Collection (aka Kancolle), featuring cute anime girls each of which represent ships from the Second World War IJN, there has been an increased interest in ship modeling in Japan. Tamiya, Hasegawa and Aoshima, have long worked in harmony releasing a sizable number of 1/700 warships represented by the waterline series of kits. These three companies as well as Fujimi are capitalizing on the popularity of the game and anime series by re-releasing many of these kits, as well as creating new kits, with extra decals of the girls as well as game specific box art.

Admittedly, because of the game as well as the anime series, I too have become a bit more interested in ship modeling. After my review of Model Art Advanced 1/700 model (1), why not continue on with number 2.

Again, I was not disappointed.

Tapered Masts Set 2

Published: July 9th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set for 700-scale ship models in the Sea Master Series offered by Master Model. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 60 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 1.4/0.4 mm, 1.6/0.5 mm, 1.8/0.6 mm, and 2.0/0.7 mm. This size range is effective for larger-size modern ships in 700-scale, however, the masts could easily be used in other scales as appropriate. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging tension are much less likely to bend the masts.

Tapered Masts Set 2

Published: June 29th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set offered by Master Model in the Sea Master Series for 350-scale ship models. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 100 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 2.2/0.7 mm, 2.5/0.8 mm, 2.8/0.9 mm, and 3.0/1.0 mm. This size range is effective for larger-size modern ships. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging tension are much less likely to bend the masts.

Tapered Masts Set 1

Published: June 28th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set offered by Master Model in the Sea Master Series for 350-scale ship models. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 100 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 1.2/0.3 mm, 1.5/0.4 mm, 1.6/0.5 mm, and 2.0/0.6 mm. This siz