Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Japanese Navy Ship Equipment Set E

Published: August 5th, 2015     
Japanese Navy Ship Equipment Set E
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 40089
Scale: 1/350
Company: Hasegawa

The Japanese Agano-class of light cruisers had a total of 4 ships on its class: Agano, Noshiro, Yahagi and Sakaw. These ships were lightly armored command vessels that operated for destroyer and submarine squadrons.

Hasegawa has released a detail set for its Agano Class in 1/350. This set includes

  • Type-41 twin 15 cm guns (x2)
  • Type-41 twin 15 cm guns with rangefinder (x2)
  • Type-98 twin 8cm hi-angle turret

The Agano class boxing includes the standard Type-41 and Type-98, what is added is the rangefinder and some details parts for the standard turrets to model the Yahagi and Sakawa.

The overall surface detail is excellent –as you expect from Hasegawa- and the molds are completely free of flash. The cannon holes need to be drilled, but that is to be expected of plastic parts.

This detail set is a welcome addition as it allows the base Agano kit to be converted to other ships of the same class.

Recommended to modelers of all levels.

I would like to thank Hasegawa USA and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Tirpitz Photoetch Set

Published: August 2nd, 2015     
Tirpitz Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1/700
Company: Eduard

Bottom Line

Eduard has produced a single fret of finely detailed, finely scaled brass photoetch parts specific to the 1/700 scale Revell 05099 DKM Tirpitz injection-molded, polystyrene model. Highly recommended for this kit.

What You Get

A single, medium-sized, brass photoetch fret of railings, C30 20mm single guns, some masts and spars, multipart cable reels, catapult, aircraft props, radars, searchlight covers, ladders, ladder rails, pulleys, cranes, funnel grate, air intake grates and other parts to super-detail Revell’s 1/700 Tirpitz. Separate detail parts are numbered, with 116 different parts numbered on the fret, and 147 overall counting duplicates. Metal is intermediate in thickness and strength compared to other photoetch companies, which I prefer for handling and folding (the Goldilocks Syndrome – just right).

U.S.S. Florida SSGN-728

Published: July 21st, 2015     
U.S.S. Florida SSGN-728
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/350
Company: Dragon Models


The USS Florida is an Ohio class Submarine. The keel was laid down on July 4, 1976 and was launched on November 14, 1981. Originally the Florida was designated as SSBN-728 and was converted to SSGN-728. This conversion started in July 2003 and the Florida was re-commissioned in July 2006 as SSGN-728. The USS Florida is still serving proudly today.

The Kit

The kit is molded in light gray plastic. Construction on this model is pretty straightforward with only seven steps. Now this doesn't mean that this is a shake and bake kit. This kit was originally released in 2003 as a SSBN. To convert to a SSGN requires some minor surgery. This is all called out in the instructions and the parts are provided.

The biggest issue that I found was where the two hull pieces came together. This required lots of putty and re-scribing the panel lines. Speaking of the panel lines, they varied in depth so the re-scribing helped even things out. This was the most daunting part of this model, but if done correctly it will turn out very nice.

Ottoman Navy 1914-18

Published: July 8th, 2015     
Ottoman Navy 1914-18
Author: Ryan K. Noppen; Illustrator: Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Company: Osprey Publishing


The website description of this title, “At the start of the 20th century the Ottoman Navy was a shadow of its former might, a reflection of the empire as a whole - the "Sick Man of Europe". Years of defeat, nepotism, and neglect had left the Ottoman Navy with a mix of obsolete vessels, whilst the list of prospective enemies was ever-growing. An increasing Russian naval presence in the Black Sea and the alarming emergence of Italy and Greece as regional Naval powers proved beyond all doubt that intensive modernization was essential, indeed, the fate of the Emp