Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.
Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
Stratus
MSRP
$52.00

The author, Wikold Koszela, has written 24 books on warships, mostly British, United States and German battleships and modern Polish and Soviet Navy warships. Twelve of his publications are in the Kagero Top Drawing series. For this and other books, Witold also supplied the line and color drawings, and they are top quality and very helpful for modelers. I could not find additional information on Witold.

Book Author(s)
Dr Jorge Boveda
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

Helion & Company continues to expand its series “Latin America @ War”, with its 23rd installment devoted to the Argentine Navy operations during the Falklands/Malvinas War.

The author is the son of an Argentine Navy officer, and himself was a cadet of the Argentinean Navy. As such, he can speak to the Argentine Navy culture like an “insider”, which provides insights often lost by regular historians.

The book is divided in 4 sections:

  • Culture and the Argentinean Navy (12 pages)
  • Culture, Strategy and the Falklands/Malvinas War (15 pages)
  • Culture and Operations in the South Atlantic (31 pages)
  • Conclusion (5 pages)

The first section is about the history of the Argentinean navy (the book goes all the way back to the mid-1850s) and mainly describes it’s tradition and the skills desired in their officers.

Book Author(s)
Ingo Bauernfeind
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
September 4, 2021
Company
Casemate UK
MSRP
$49.95

From the Publisher

A comprehensive account of the development of American aircraft carriers up to and during World War II.

This extensively illustrated volume tells the dramatic yet successful story of US aircraft carriers in World War II by class, ranging from early pre-war designs to escort carriers built from destroyer hulls, to the gigantic fleet carriers serving as the predecessors of modern-day super carriers.

Besides covering the famous great carrier battles in the Pacific, this book also tells of the equally important actions of US flat tops hunting and destroying German U-boats in the Atlantic, making an enormous contribution to the elimination of the U-boat dangers and the safe arrival of transatlantic supplies, so desperately needed for the launch of D-Day.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Ron Bell
Published on
August 7, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

This is another in Kagero’s series of books that focus on one particular ship, in this case the HMS Invincible. The book consists of one column of text about the ship that is like what you would read on a kit’s instruction sheet and 28 pages of line drawings of just about every aspect of the ship from the island down to the various aircraft that served aboard and the individual defense weapons systems.

Book Author(s)
Michael Green
Review Author
Keith Gervasi
Published on
July 4, 2021
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$24.95

The Author: Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series. 

Overview

This classic Images of War book traces the key role played by destroyers of the United States Navy since the first order for 16 in 1898. Prior to the USA’s entry into the First World War a further 63 destroyers were commissioned, and due to the U-boat threat, 267 more were authorized by Congress once hostilities were joined.

Between 1932 and Pearl Harbor, ten new classes totaling 169 destroyers came into service. During the war years American shipyards turned out a further 334 vessels. Of the three classes, the 175 Fletcher-class were judged the most successful.

The Cold War years saw the development of seven more classes. More recently 82 of the stealth shaped Arleigh Burke class have been ordered but the futuristic Zumwalt-class program has been curtailed for cost reasons.

Review Author
Ron Bell
Published on
June 3, 2021
Company
Atlantis Model Company
Scale
1/490
MSRP
$21.99

The Kit

Atlantis continues to re-release some of the kits a lot of us grew up with. This example is the 1954 Revell U.S.S. Pittsburgh. The kit was re-released many times over the years as the Pittsburgh, the Helena and with new parts updating it with Terrier missies as the Boston and Canberra. This release is in its WW II guise. You get decals for every ship in its class (Baltimore heavy cruisers), but you run short of bow numbers for some, like the one I did, the U.S.S. Toledo. The model is a member of Revell’s “Flat Bottom Navy” and has no hull detail and a flat bottom. Better for scooting across the floor by young budding captains I suppose.

Book Author(s)
John Jordan & Robert Dumas
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
May 2, 2021
Company
Seaforth Publishing
MSRP
$34.95

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Battleship lovers – break out your drool cups! Everything you always wanted to know about French WW2 battleships is here! This heavy book is the ultimate – last of the FMN battleships. You now have the sine qua non of French battleship books. You could stop reading this review right here because you have all you really need to know about this book, but your battleship addiction means you want more details. Let’s chase that dragon!

Book Author(s)
Waldemar Goralski
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
May 2, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, is one of the major military history publishing houses. Since 1998, when Kagero started publishing in English, over 600 titles have been produced at a pace of 60 per year or more. Topics focus on specific planes, armor and ships, along with a bevy of focused topics, such as a class of warships or an armor type. Kagero caters to ship modelers by turning out books filled with line and 3D computer-generated illustrations, with incomparable accuracy to details. For warships, Kagero has two series: 1) Super 3D Drawings and 2) Top Drawings, focusing on a single ship per book. The topic of this book review is one of the Top Drawings series, which are designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships. Top Drawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament.

Book Author(s)
Waldemar Góralski
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
April 30, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$37.95

Based in Central Europe, Kagero Publishing House is the biggest publisher and exporter of English-written publications about military history, releasing nearly 60 titles every year. Founded by Damian Majsak in 1995, Kagero expanded in 1998 to release new publications in English. Illustrator Waldemar Góralski is one of many Kagero contributors, and has authored over twenty five publications.

Review Author
Mike Kellner
Published on
April 19, 2021
Company
Das Werk Scale Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$99.95

When I heard a 1/72 scale World War I submarine kit was coming out, I was excited. It ended up being the U-9 class from Germany. The kit is molded in light gray plastic and comes packed in a nice large, sturdy box. In fact, it will fit back in the box all the way until the completion of the build.