Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze

Published: May 20th, 2019     
The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze
Author: Mariusz Motyka
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero Publishing of Poland has two lines of books that include titles with a nautical bent and aimed at scale modelers: Super Drawings in 3D and Top Drawings. The former covers a ship in great detail via the use of color 3D renderings, while the latter covers a ship in great detail via black and white line drawings. The books are sized differently, with the 3D books numbering 80 to 90 A4 sized pages, while the Top Drawings books number 20 to 30 A4 sized pages. Prices reflect the size and content differences, with the 3D books priced $28.95 to $36.95, and the smaller Top Drawings books priced $19.95 to $24.95.

Kagero cover the IJN destroyer Shimakaze under both titles, and it is the Top Drawings book that we are reviewing today. Shimakaze was the first of what was supposed to be a fleet of destroyers constructed on the basis of extended hulls of the Kagero class destroyers. Her keel was laid down on August 8, 1941, she was launched on July 18, 1942. However, by then the military and industrial situation for Japan had changed, and none of her proposed sister ships were ever built.

Osprey Dutch Navies of the 80 Years' War 1568–1648

Published: May 17th, 2019     
Osprey Dutch Navies of the 80 Years' War 1568–1648
Author: Bouko de Groot
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Military History has always fascinated Bouko de Groot. He earned a BA in Art History and an MA in Egyptology from Leiden University. Bouko de Groot served in the Dutch Army and has authored a number of academic, popular scientific, and business journalistic articles. He spent at least eight years working in Shanghai for IHS Fairplay, publishing daily online maritime news, along with weekly and monthly magazines. He is Dutch and currently lives in Germany.

Peter Bull graduated from art college in 1979 and has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 25 years. He has created both traditional and digital art for publishers worldwide. Peter also runs the Peter Bull Art Studio, based in East Sussex, UK, which he founded in 1975.

This 48 page book's cover features a color painting depicting Zeeland's Vice-Admiral Laurens Alteras on the Rode Leeuw(Red Lion) during the 1607 battle of Gibraltar. I counted 2 tables, 1 black and white map, 23 color photos, and 12 black and white pictures. Peter Bull contributes eight color profiles along with a keyed cutaway color illustration of Willem Barentz' Yacht, Het Schip Willem Barents.

USN Carrier Figures 3D Color

Published: May 2nd, 2019     
USN Carrier Figures 3D Color
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:350
Company: Eduard

The photoetch fret arrived in excellent shape in a resealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The fret is 2.75 x 2.00 inches in size. The color-etched laminated figures are printed on both sides on polished metal. The fret metal is just soft enough to fold the figures, but firm enough to hold shape, whew! The 3D concept is that each figure consists of two halves, joined at the feet. The halves are folded upwards and together, creating a thicker and more-to-scale figure. Properly folded, the shoulders will match, and the boots can be folded to form feet for the figure to stand on. Trimming should be done very carefully, as should the folding. If the folding is not done correctly, it will be difficult to have the shoulders and feet line up.

HMS Illustrious

Published: April 14th, 2019     
HMS Illustrious
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/700
Company: Aoshima

History

The Illustrious class was a class of aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy that included some of the most important British warships in World War II. The 1st ship in this class was HM Illustrious. She was laid down on 27th April 1937, launched on 5th April 1939 and commissioned on 25th May 1940. The Illustrious class relied on their anti-aircraft armament and the passive defense provided by an armored flight deck for survival.

In the Illustrious class, armor was carried at the flight deck level and formed an armored box-like hangar that was an integral part of the ship's structure. This armor scheme was designed to withstand 1,000-pound bombs. The flight deck had an armored thickness of 3 inches.

The Kit

Upon opening the box you will find 13 sprues of grey plastic, 2 metal ballast, a decal sheet and an 8-page instruction fold out. The plastic is crisply molded and pretty much free of flash and sink marks. The reason for the high parts count is that there are many parts which are not used for this kit. The decals are printed cleanly, but their accuracy leaves a bit to be desired.

The Russian Battleship Marat

Published: April 10th, 2019     
The Russian Battleship Marat
Author: Oleg Pomoshnikov, Jan Radziemski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero's The Russian Battleship Marat is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 68 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with seven and a half pages of historical text followed by 61 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (~26.6" x 19.0") that starts with profiles at 1/350th scale and goes up to 1/50th scale for the details. I counted 117 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs.