Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Missouri BB-63

Published: April 20th, 2018     
USS Missouri BB-63
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1:700
Company: Academy

Kit

The kit is produced by Academy, a well-known company who is known for producing quality mid range priced model kits. The box art work in outstanding and shows the USS Missouri at sea. The kit can be built in her WW2 and Korean War configuration. There are no modern weapons provided with this kit for the Desert Storm configuration. This kit belongs to Academy's 1/700 "Modelers Edition".

SSN-578 "Skate"

Published: April 17th, 2018     
SSN-578 "Skate"
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Mikro Mir

A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers. This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction. The overall assembly of this kit was fast with only 24 plastic parts, and the 11-photoetch items that I utilized. Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which can be used to represent any of the four boats of the Skate-class (Skate, Swordfish, Sargo, and Seadragon).

USS Nautilus SSN-571

Published: April 17th, 2018     
USS Nautilus SSN-571
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

"Underway on nuclear power." With those words uttered by Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson on the morning of 17 January 1955, the United States Navy had begun a new era in how submarines (later aircraft carriers, and for a time guided missile cruisers) would be propelled through the waters of the world. The USS Nautilus, SSN-571 was built using a Tang-class hull design, with a revolutionary Westinghouse nuclear reactor providing the steam used to power and propel the boat. SSN 571 was the sixth U.S. Navy vessel to carry the name Nautilus; she was authorized for construction in July 1951, her keel was laid in June 1952, and was launched in January 1954. She was decommissioned in March 1980 after steaming over 500,000 miles, and is currently on display at the Submarine Force Museum.

C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine

Published: April 14th, 2018     
C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/35
Company: MikroMir

Disclaimer: Mikro-Mir's 1/35 CSS Hunley is probably one of the more accurate representations of this iconic Civil War submersible. As preservation of the original craft continues, more details come to light regularly. There are numerous interpretations of different features of the boat, and online research probably raised more questions for me than answered them. In the end, I elected to go with my best judgement of how to represent these features, most of which involve the spar torpedo arrangement. It's also quite possible that the actual configuration changed during the Hunley's brief career, so my interpretation is just that - an engineering judgement on my part. Here are several websites that may be helpful to you if you elect to build this kit:

https://www.hunley.org/ is the official Hunley website, and well worth a visit

Dutch Walrus Submarine

Published: April 11th, 2018     
Dutch Walrus Submarine
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with. The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales and they have an extensive list of products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch and white metal conversion pieces for other models.

The kit I reviewed is a 1/700 scale version of the Dutch Walrus class submarine. The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) currently operates four submarines. These submarines entered service with the RNN in 1990 and are named after sea mammals (Sea Lion, Porpoise, Dolphin, Walrus). The four boats are currently going thru an upgrade program and the picture on the cover of the model box is a photo of one of the submarines being worked on in a dry dock.