Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

German U-Boat Flags

Published: September 20th, 2017     
German U-Boat Flags
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Revell 1/72 U-boat kit has been out a while and is a wonderful kit. Coming from Germany, one of its foibles is that the flag has no swastika due to the laws. There have been several replacements but very little else in the markings arena for the actual kit. Eduard to the rescue with its colorized photoetch. This set contains fourteen different flags for the U-boat including:

  • Two German National flags in different styles with the swastikas
  • Three merchant pennants with different tonnages
  • Two merchant tanker pennants with tonnage
  • One pennant depicting an aircraft shot down
  • Five Square rank flags
    • Grand Admirals Flag
    • Admirals Flag
    • Vice Admirals Flag
    • Rear Admirals Flag
    • General Admirals Flag
  • An Admirals car pennant

The set is colored on both sides and use is simple. Each flag/pennant has two rings on the attachment end. Bend them perpendicular to the flag run a line or flag pole through the openings. Glue as needed.

Ship Display Base #4

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Ship Display Base #4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits specializes in display bases for models and has a wide ranger covering aircraft, armor, ships, railway and even sci-fi. From their website above, the bases are pre-printed with high quality imaging on a laminated wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble and are mounted on a durable 3mm foamex base. The base for this review is the Ship Display Base #4 which is 12" x 17" in size and printed with a nice ocean scene. It is an excellent size for 1/700 large ships or smaller ships in larger scales.

Looking at what is in the package, it is a beautifully printed base on one side attached (as advertised) to the foamex board. The board is fairly flat but I suggest attaching to an even firmer board and taking the time to frame the edges for better finish.

Attaching the ship will be easy. In the pictures, a 1/720 scale Nimitz class carrier is positioned on the base and fits well at an angle. I will glue the ship in place, add the wake around the ship in gel and have a finished display. The top of the sheet is sealed and water resistant so this won't affect it.

French Pre-Dreadnought Danton Class Barrels

Published: September 2nd, 2017     
French Pre-Dreadnought Danton Class Barrels
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

The Danton Class represented six pre-dreadnought battleships of the French Navy, built in France between 1907 and 1911. Outclassed before they were completed, and obsolete by the end of World War One, the five surviving ships were relegated to second-line roles by 1920. The ships included the Danton (sunk by U-64 in 1917), Condorcet (Scrapped 1949), Diderot (Scrapped 1937), Mirabeau (Scrapped 1921), Vergniaud (Scrapped 1928), and Voltaire (Scuttled 1938, scraped 1950). The main battery consisted of four 305mm/45 Modele 1906 guns in two twin gun turrets. The secondary battery consisted of twelve 240mm/50 Modele 1902 guns in six twin gun turrets. Torpedo boat defense was supplied by sixteen 75mm (3.0") Modele 1908 Schneider guns and ten 47mm (1.9") Hotchkiss guns.

Imperial Japanese Navy Antisubmarine Escorts 1941-45

Published: August 11th, 2017     
Imperial Japanese Navy Antisubmarine Escorts 1941-45
Author: Mark Stille; Illustrator: Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 35 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior intelligence analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of at least two dozen Osprey titles in the New Vanguard, Duel, and Campaign series, primarily focusing on naval history in the Pacific.