Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

British Destroyers 1939-1945 Wartime-built Classes

Published: November 26th, 2017     
British Destroyers 1939-1945 Wartime-built Classes
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is Angus Konstam's follow-up volume to his earlier work on Pre-war Royal Navy destroyers. As he explains, the real division between "pre-war" and "war-built" destroyers came in 1938, when the new "Tribal" class destroyers came into service. Between the First and Second World War, the Royal Navy operated many destroyers, but by the mid-1930s it was obvious that the Admiralty's older destroyers were being outclassed by those of foreign navies. Thus, a new series of destroyers was designed to compete directly with potential foreign adversaries, the first being the 8-gunned Tribals, built directly in response to the Japanese Fubiki class. Follow on classes were more balanced designs, with fewer guns and more torpedoes and ASW weapons, and finally, the War Emergency Program classes specialized in simplicity of design for quicker mass production, with lighter surface weapons and more depth charges for escort work. In total, these were some of the handsomest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

USS Iowa [BB-61]

Published: November 8th, 2017     
USS Iowa [BB-61]
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: David Doyle Books

David Doyle's latest book is one of the initial entries into a new series called 'Legends of Warfare' with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book is focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). This tome is the second release in the Legends of Warfare - Naval series.

German Submarine 8.8cm Gun

Published: October 27th, 2017     
German Submarine 8.8cm Gun
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

When Trumpeter announced they were releasing a 1/48 scale Type VII U-boat, many were amazed and skeptical. The kit would be huge and Trumpeter has had delays in the past. The U-boat has come out and I am pleased to say it is large and well detailed for a plastic kit with a full interior. One part of the kit is its 8.8cm deck gun and it's nice. Eduard saw an opportunity for a great upgrade and issued a full resin and photoetch deck gun for the massive kit. This set consists of 38 excellent resin parts and a small photoetch fret of 22 small pieces. Casting is top notch- no air bubbles and the resin Eduard uses is tough and a little flexible which is excellent to handle.

German U-Boat Flags

Published: September 20th, 2017     
German U-Boat Flags
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Revell 1/72 U-boat kit has been out a while and is a wonderful kit. Coming from Germany, one of its fo