Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Israeli Gal Class Submarine

Published: September 5th, 2020     
Israeli Gal Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov has provided another very nice kit with the Israeli Gal submarine which represent a diesel-electric submarine developed and constructed in the Vickers Shipyard in the UK for the Israeli Navy. They were based on the German 206 class submarines. The "Gal" (Hebrew for Wave) class entered service in the late 1970's and were all replaced by the Dolphin Class by the early 2000's.

  • One resin part
  • Two very small photoetch sheets

The detail quality is great; The resin submarine is very delicate an you need to be carefully removed from the resin base.

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

The Assembly is quick and easy.

The metal stand is a good addition to the kit.

The final part is painting.

This is my seventh 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

Vosper MTB 74 with Crew (Part 1)

Published: September 1st, 2020     
Vosper MTB 74 with Crew (Part 1)
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1:35
Company: Italeri

Italeri's 1/35 scale version of the Vosper MTB 74 which was used on the 28 March 1942 Operation Chariot Saint Nazaire raid comes in a big box. It was a specially configured boat having most of its offensive armament removed and having two torpedo tubes added to the foredeck. It also had special muffler silencers added. It successfully hit the nets which protected the docks, torpedoed the lock gates and achieved its mission, but was sunk on its way back home. Chariot achieved its goal of disabling the only dry dock in German-occupied France which could handle the Tirpitz so that forced her to return to Germany for any repairs.

The kit is molded in gray plastic and includes a fret of photoetched details, a decal sheet, a clear sheet, screw, ropes, and seven crew figures. The hull is in two pieces with just the aft transom area being separate.

WWII YD72 USN Crane Barges I

Published: September 1st, 2020     
WWII YD72 USN Crane Barges I
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Thanks to DragonUSA for supplying the resin/PE set for review and IPMSUSA staff for handling the request and publishing this review.

Bottom Line: LionRoar has produced a line of WW2 US Navy barges, either mixed resin + photoetch or all metal photoetch. Few parts, a tricky PE folding and assembly job for an unusual subject that would be a necessity for dockyard dioramas. Would have liked better instructions and decals for the barge YD number, but a quirky, fun build. Change of pace weekender for the more advanced modeler.

Brief History

Cranes are ubiquitous at harbor dockyards. Some are permanently mounted on a flat barge and towed to wherever they are needed. Unlike warships and auxiliary ships, information on barges is rare and suspect. In 1940, the US Navy delivered its first all welded steel crane, with a lifting capacity of 25 tons - YD72. The barge was 100 ft long and 45 ft wide, and stationed at Mare Island Navy Yard, California. It was sold for scrap in 1975, outliving most WW2 warships.

Battleships Nelson & Rodney

Published: August 20th, 2020     
Battleships Nelson & Rodney
Reviewed by: George Cully - IPMS# 2290
Company: MMP Books

The Royal Navy's HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney came about in an unusual way, and that helps to explain their unusual silhouette: all three of both ships' triple barrel main gun turrets were mounted on the foredeck, and their massive bridge superstructures and secondary armament suites were sited aft. Nothing else afloat looked quite like them. These ships were named after two famous British admirals: George Rodney, victor of the Battle of Cape St. Vincent (1780) and the Battle of the Saintes (1782), and Horatio Nelson, who won the Battle of the Nile (1798) and the Battle of Trafalgar (1805).

SMS Seydlitz 1/350 Barrels

Published: August 2nd, 2020     
SMS Seydlitz 1/350 Barrels
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

SMS Seydlitz was a battlecruiser of the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), built in Hamburg. She was ordered in 1910 and commissioned in May 1913, the fourth battlecruiser built for the High Seas Fleet. She was named after Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, a Prussian general during the reign of King Frederick the Great and the Seven Years' War. Seydlitz represented the culmination of the first generation of German battlecruisers, which had started with the Von der Tann in 1906 and continued with the pair of Moltke-class battlecruisers ordered in 1907 and 1908. Seydlitz featured several incremental improvements over the preceding designs, including a redesigned propulsion system and an improved armor layout. As with the rest of the German battlecruisers that survived the war, the ship was interned in Scapa Flow in 1918. The ship, along with the rest of the High Seas Fleet, was scuttled in June 1919, to prevent her seizure by the British Royal Navy. She was raised on 2 November 1928 and scrapped by 1930 in Rosyth.