Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

U.S.S. Lake Erie CG-70

Published: April 6th, 2016     
U.S.S. Lake Erie CG-70
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/700
Company: Dragon Models


USS Lake Erie (CG-70) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser of the United States Navy, named after the U.S. Navy's decisive victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. She is the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Hawaii. The USS Lake Erie is a baseline 4 Ticonderoga class ship, with integrated AN/UYK-43/44 computers (in place of UYK-7 and UYK-20) and superset computer programs originally developed for the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. The Lake Erie also has an improved UYS-20 data display system and various decision aids, as well as the SQS-53C sonar and the SQR-19 sonar data processor.


The kit is produced by Dragon Models, 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 Lake Erie at sea launching a guided missile from the stern launchers. The kit can be built only as the USS Lake Erie. This kit belongs to Dragons 1/700 Scale Modern Sea Power Series Premium Edition series.

Table Top Navy - Zuikaku and Yamato

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Table Top Navy - Zuikaku and Yamato
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Round 2 Models

Round Two revival of the Lindberg Line of table top ships offers an opportunity along a couple of different fronts. The first of these, and this is mentioned on the box, is the in-expensive way for table-top gamers to get their hands on a couple of ships that they might not be able to get their hands on. The kits are easy to build with minimal parts and while many-a-modeler will probably turn their nose up at such a prospect (as many do with Lindberg) these are perfect for handling and moving around a large map without too much worry of breakage.

Another, more accessible avenue for these kits is for many of our more seasoned modelers to introduce modeling to our youth - whether they be our own family or youth at an organized event - in a cheap and quick manner. I also think it goes without saying that many of our seasoned modelers in IPMS had once tackled a Lindberg kit in their own youth...this modeler certainly did. In a way, these kits bring back some long-lost and very positive memories.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 59, 2016 Spring

Published: March 20th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 59, 2016 Spring
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 59 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The Vessel Model Special is a quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. Advertising comprises the inside covers (and back cover) along with another four pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 596 photos (mostly in color) along with 17 side view or top view drawings. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

Tips to Master Advanced Techniques Building 700th IJN Ships, Vol. 1

Published: March 10th, 2016     
Tips to Master Advanced Techniques Building 700th IJN Ships, Vol. 1
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. When I saw the Model Art issue covering up for grabs I knew that I wanted to give it a good look. Based on other Model Art magazine reviews and the few that I already own it I knew I would not be disappointed.

Let me say, I was not disappointed.

Russian Battleship Tsesarevich 1904 Armament

Published: February 28th, 2016