Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

US Navy Light Cruisers 1941 - 1945

Published: August 31st, 2016     
US Navy Light Cruisers 1941 - 1945
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The latest New Vanguard naval edition from Osprey covers one of the least well-known class of modern US Navy vessels, the light cruiser. The operational lifetime of the Navy’s light cruisers spanned 50 years, from the commissioning of the USS Omaha in 1923 to the scrapping of the USS Roanoke in 1973. Their heyday occurred between 1941 and 1945. By 1947, most of those that had survived the World War II had been decommissioned. A few soldiered on either as gun platforms during the Korean War, or were adapted to missile platforms during the Cold War.

The first chapters detail the origin of the light cruiser, the influence of the London and Washington Naval Treaty restrictions, the evolution of their standardized 6”-gun armament, and advent of radar and its spectacular effect on their fire control. Completed just after World War I, the Navy’s first “modern” light cruisers, the 10-ship Omaha class, were intended as a scouting vessel for the main Battle Fleet. They would prove a disappointment, never adequately fulfilling the mission they were designed for, much less the heavier demands placed on them by the Second World War.

USS California BB-44

Published: August 10th, 2016     
USS California BB-44
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Thank you to David Doyle of David Doyle Books for choosing the IPMS Reviewer Corps to examine and report on one of his new titles, all of which may be viewed on the website listed above. I am very appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer Corps support, whose efforts make this review program so good.

Author Doyle’s treatment of the USS California strikes an excellent balance of book size and detail. The content is laid out in a picture-rich minimum-text format from keel-laying to cutting-torch life stages of the ship. Design concepts, politics, renaming, and many other facets of the California’s history are covered, in addition to her thoroughly-documented long and distinguished career, punctuated by survival and salvage at Pearl Harbor. The image-rich format is a wealth of information for the scale model builder, using hundreds of high-quality images, complemented by select line drawings and color renderings.

British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat

Published: July 26th, 2016     
British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey publishing continues to expand the Duel Series, this time with WWII naval enemies: British Submarines and Italian Torpedo Boats in the Mediterranean. The Italian Torpedo Boats were more like a “destroyer escort” or “frigate”-style ship, not a fast attack torpedo craft.

This book follows the typical format of the series including a few chapters on the technical aspects of each vessel, the training of the combatants, the strategic situation, a very detailed narrative of combat, and wraps it up with statistics and analysis.

I have to say that I have found the reading of this book very interesting and I was surprised by how many references –to other books or interviews- this issue of Osprey Duel has. It is clearly an extremely well researched book and some of the main things I learned follow:

Tips to Master advanced techniques building 700th IJN ships Vol. 2

Published: July 15th, 2016     
Tips to Master advanced techniques building 700th IJN ships Vol. 2
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Company: Model Art

Since April of 2013 when Kodakawa games released their free browser game Kantai Collection (aka Kancolle), featuring cute anime girls each of which represent ships from the Second World War IJN, there has been an increased interest in ship modeling in Japan. Tamiya, Hasegawa and Aoshima, have long worked in harmony releasing a sizable number of 1/700 warships represented by the waterline series of kits. These three companies as well as Fujimi are capitalizing on the popularity of the game and anime series by re-releasing many of these kits, as well as creating new kits, with extra decals of the girls as well as game specific box art.

Admittedly, because of the game as well as the anime series, I too have become a bit more interested in ship modeling. After my review of Model Art Advanced 1/700 model (1), why not continue on with number 2.

Again, I was not disappointed.

Tapered Masts Set 2

Published: July 9th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set for 700-scale ship models in the Sea Master Series offered by Master Model. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 60 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 1.4/0.4 mm, 1.6/0.5 mm, 1.8/0.6 mm, and 2.0/0.7 mm. This size range is effective for larger-size modern ships in 700-scale, however, the masts could easily be used in other scales as appropriate. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging t