Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Oriskany

Published: February 11th, 2018     
USS Oriskany
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/530
Company: Revell Inc.

History

The Oriskany (CV34 ) was an Essex class carrier, laid down on May 1, 1944, and launched on October 13, 1945. She was too late for World War II, and construction was suspended in 1946. Construction was restarted in 1950. Oriskany was commissioned on September 25. 1950. She was built as a straight deck carrier, and served in the Korean War.

Oriskany went to San Francisco in 1956 for a complete refit. The wooden deck was removed and a new aluminum angled deck installed. The hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults. Oriskany was recommissioned in 1959.

Oriskany served off Vietnam for six cruises. Her most famous pilot was Lt Cdr John McCain, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, and was a POW until 1973. John McCain is now senator from Arizona.

Mapping Naval Warfare; A Visual History of Conflict at Sea

Published: January 2nd, 2018     
Mapping Naval Warfare; A Visual History of Conflict at Sea
Author: Jeremy Black
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

For anyone who enjoys scale modeling or is a military history buff, Osprey Publishing is a familiar company. They are a prolific publisher of a wide-range of works related to the entire chronological spectrum of military history - from ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary events and weapon systems. Recently they have expanded their line into what can only be described as coffee table books.

Authored by Jeremy Black, this work supplements a concise and brief text on naval warfare with a wide selection of color plates of maps and charts. Using a chronological approach, Black begins his narrative with the sixteenth century and goes through the present day, examining naval warfare through the prism of maps and charts. The narrative of each chapter is relatively short but is supplemented by maps and charts related to each time period under discussion. Black's argument is relatively straight forward - while we cannot ignore technological developments, one of the keys to understanding the growth and evolution of naval warfare and capabilities is through access to spatial information. There is a symbiotic relationship between the two.

US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its New Vanguard series, this time by adding a book on the US Navy Escort Carriers for the 1942-45 period, I topic I have always find fascinating. Escort Carrier were known as CVE ("Combustible, Vulnerable, Expendable") and despite that popular label, they contributed a big deal towards the Allied victory in WWII.

The book has a very reasonable breakdown of the topic into the following chapters: Introduction, The Rise of the Escort Carrier, Evolution in the Escort Carrier Design, Escort Carrier Air Groups, Weapons and Radar, plus a chapter on Escort Carriers at War and finally a description of each CVE class: Long Island plus Charger (prototype CVEs), Bogue Class, Sangamon Class, Casablanca Class and Commencement Bay Class.

USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship
Author: Mark Stille; Illustrator: Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Duel series with the 83rd book in this installment. The Duel Series examine the relative strengths and weaknesses of two adversaries across a particular conflict. This particular volume turns its attention to the US Navy Battleships versus the IJN Battleships.

For the Duel series, the chapters are organized as follows:

USS Constitution A Midshipman’s Pocket Manual, 1814

Published: December 20th, 2017     
USS Constitution A Midshipman’s Pocket Manual, 1814
Author: Eric L. Clements (Illustrated by Peter Dennis)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

For those interested in the early days of the United States Navy, and particularly the USS Constitution, this new release from Osprey is a fun an interesting read. Explained early on as a work of fiction, this book provides a "what if" look at how such a manual may have appeared during the War of 1812. Covering the early days of the Navy and more importantly, the history of "Old Ironsides" from her beginnings to her current status in the Boston National Historical Park, there is much to learn about the oldest ship in the U.S. Navy.

Following the Introduction, the chapters of the book are as follows: Mister Midshipman, The Frigate Constitution, Manning Constitution, Matters Medical, Provisioning Constitution, Sailing Constitution, Boarding the Enemy, Of Prizes and Pensions, "Old Ironsides": Her Exploits of 1812, A Naval and Nautical Glossary, and Addenda to the 1816 Edition: Constitution's Exploits of 1815. Sources and References as well as an Index complete the book.