Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Depth Charge Mk. 54

Published: June 29th, 2020     
Depth Charge Mk. 54
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:72
Company: Brengun

One of the under recognized armaments for after market has been the depth charge. It is fairly simple to find missiles, bombs and other under wing things all very well done and in most scales but not so much depth charges. Brengun has issued a set (which looks like a rerelease of the Attack Hobby set) of the Mk. 54 Depth Charge in 1/72nd scale.

Looking at the set, you get two gray resin blocks which contain the depth charge body and the nose pin for the front arming propeller. There is also a photoetch fret containing 18 pieces, a set of decals and the instructions for assembly, painting and decaling the set.

Assembly starts with cutting the depth charges free- make sure the front is flat. You will need to drill a hole here for the front arming pole. Don't forget to trim the sprue on each fin. Cut the arming pole free and be careful. They are about 1mm and I managed to lose one. The photoetch comes next. The rear ring is cut free and bent into a circle and glues in place. The rear arming propeller is added. The front arming pole is added and then the propeller and the depth charge is finished except for painting.

The German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen (Top Drawings No. 86)

Published: May 16th, 2020     
The German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen (Top Drawings No. 86)
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

Kagero, the prolific Polish publishing company, has released the newest addition to their series, Top Drawings. This is number 86, the German heavy cruiser, Prinz Eugen. Distributed by Casemate Publications, this 28 page paper book provides drawings and a color profile of the famous German cruiser. I imagine most of you know the ship's history. It accompanied the Bismarck on its first and only voyage, accompanied the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in their famous channel dash, and ended her career in the Baltic.

Israeli Dolphin Class Submarine

Published: May 4th, 2020     
Israeli Dolphin Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov has provided very nice Israeli Dolphin submarine which represent a diesel-electric submarine developed and constructed in Germany for the Israeli Navy. They were based on the export only German 209 class submarines. The Dolphin class entered service in May 1999 and are still active today.

  • seven small resin parts
  • two photoetch sheets
  • one resin submarine

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resin bases.

There was no instruction sheet provided, this was not a problem as it was a simple build.

The assembly is quick and easy.

The resin stand is an awesome addition to the kit.

The final part is painting.

This is my forth one of these great kits and I really enjoy building these and they make a wonderful display all lined up.

Thanks go to OKB for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

USS Forrest Sherman

Published: April 19th, 2020     
USS Forrest Sherman
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton - IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/320

Nostalgic reissue of old Revell kit. Re-pop of old kit that shows its age. All the same flash, sink marks, and ejector pin marks issues as I remember!!

Life rafts, Hose reels, and other detail molded into bulkheads are sometimes just represented by blobs.

Many, many ejector pin marks with flash. Pain to remove and not damage surrounding area.

Rear bulkhead pt. # 13, had to completely remove lower mounting tabs to get part to fit. Where top mates with deck structure weirdly shaped with no even mounting face, Liquid cement used to fill gap.

Thanks to Atlantis Models for submitting the review sample.

American Privateers in the Revolutionary War

Published: April 4th, 2020     
American Privateers in the Revolutionary War
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown - IPMS# 47467

Bottom Line Up Front

This is a short, easy to read introduction to ships and history of the private warships which played a major part in the American War for Independence. It is profusely illustrated with period artwork and accurate modern-day artwork of actual ships. The artwork by Paul Wright is the standout feature of this book.


Angus Konstam is the author of over 100 history books, most of which have been published by Osprey. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator in both the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Paul Wright has painted ships of all types, from sail to steam. He specializes in warships. His work has appeared in the works of Patrick O'Brien, Dudley Pope, and C.S. Forrester. He is a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. He lives in Surrey, England.