Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

HMS Dreadnought 12in and 12pdr Turned Metal Gun Barrels

Published: May 29th, 2014     
HMS Dreadnought 12in and 12pdr Turned Metal Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Master Model, maker of some amazingly detailed metal replacement parts, offers a new turned-metal barrel upgraded set for the 1/350 scale Zvezda kit of the HMS Dreadnought.  The set consists of ten turned-aluminum 12in main gun barrels and twelve turned-brass 12-pounder secondary gun barrels. Both barrel sizes are spectacularly cut.

Using the Master Model barrels couldn’t be easier, as they feature a small mounting peg at the breech end of the barrels.  Simply remove an existing kit barrel, drill a small hole in its place, and insert and secure the Master barrel’s mounting peg into the hole with a bit of CA glue.

Like many of the Master Model barrel sets, this set is not only limited to use with the HMS Dreadnought, as both the 12-inch and 12-pounder guns were found on many other British ships before and during WWI.

This set is a welcome addition to raise the detail level on Zvezda’s HMS Dreadnought.  Once again, Master Model has delivered a top-notch product that deserves praise and a hearty recommendation.

US Navy 16"/50 caliber Mark 7, 14"/45 caliber, and 5"/51 caliber Turned Metal Gun Barrels

Published: May 29th, 2014     
US Navy 16"/50 caliber Mark 7, 14"/45 caliber, and 5"/51 caliber Turned Metal Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

Master Model has turned out quite a few turned-metal parts in the last few years.  They’ve recently sighted in on some common US Navy guns with three new turned-metal barrel upgrade sets as part of their Sea Master line of products:

  • SM-700-37- 1/700 USN 16in/50 Mark 7 barrels (9 pcs) - Iowa and Montana battleship classes- $7.00
  • SM-700-38 - 1/700 USN 14in/45 (12 pcs) - New York (B-34), Nevada (B-36) and Pennsylvania (B-38) classes - fits to USS Arizona model - $7.00
  • SM-700-39 - 1/700 USN 5in/51 (22 pcs) - many USN warships - fits to USS Arizona model - $5.50

Both the 16” and 14” barrel sets are an excellent replacement for kit parts. The barrels are hollow and the shapes appear dead on. The 5in/51 barrels are fantastic, but they will require a modeler of extreme skill and determination to use thanks to their small, but accurate, size in 1/700 scale.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #889, All About IJN Destroyers 1918-1941

Published: May 23rd, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #889, All About IJN Destroyers 1918-1941
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly publication covering aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art began releasing magazines in 1966, and has evolved over the past forty-six years. They also release many special issues during the year, as is the case of this sample.

This issue covers IJN destroyers that were produced from 1918 - 1941. The classes include: Minekaze, Kamikaze, Momi, Wakatake, Mutsuki, Fufuki (Tokugata), Hatsuharu, Shiratsuyu, Asashio, Kagero, Yugumo, Akizuki, Shimakasze and Matsu. The magazine is broken down into ten sections.

Type IXc U-boat Deck

Published: May 15th, 2014     
Type IXc U-boat Deck
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Nautilus Models

New from Jim Corley and Nautilus Models is a wood replacement deck for Revell's 1/72 Type IXc U-boat. If you have never purchased a Nautilus set of decking, it is actual wood decking (like the U-boats had) that is laser engraved to the correct pattern and with add-ons like resin parts and laser cut vinyl to complete the detailing.

The set has two large thicker sheets of wood which replicate the wood parts of a U-boats main deck. The main deck comes in two pieces. Also on the larger sheets is backing for the seam to brace it and several smaller parts of cut wood. There is also a smaller engraved sheet which includes the conning tower decking which is attached to an adhesive sheet. These also provide the bracing for the gun mounts. There are also engraved parts to replace the wood slats added to the periscope shears and conning tower. There is a vinyl sheet which is engraved and added to the main deck to show raised details. Lastly, there are cast resin hatches and storage lockers which are added for realism. Last but not least, there is an excellent set of instructions detailing how to add and finish the set.

Submarine I-365

Published: May 8th, 2014     
Submarine I-365
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: Aoshima

After building the Aoshima rendering of the Imperial Japanese Navy Cruiser Submarine I-16 a couple of years ago, I was interested in reviewing this release of the I-365 Transport Submarine. I took one photo for this review showing the two submarines side by side to show a size comparison of the two. Like the I-16 kit, the I-365 went together well, for the most part, and should not present too many challenges for modelers with some experience in dealing with small parts. The level of detail on the deck is good, but if I were building this for a competition, I would likely invest in a wood laminate deck and possibly photoetched rails.

HMS Belfast

Published: May 7th, 2014     
HMS Belfast
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/350
Company: Trumpeter

Many ship modelers have been puzzled as to precisely why this World War 2 era heavy cruiser has never seen plastic. Belfast currently resides in London, permanently berthed as a museum and memorial. Her status as intact leaves a few decisions Trumpeter made with this kit rather puzzling.

This kit comes packaged as many Trumpeter kits these days, with foam protecting styrene particularly vulnerable to damage. I saw no flash and injection points are all well hidden. Molding is extremely crisp, and many details will not need photo etch replacements. The hatches are WWII era British, which is a nice detail. Both her AA and pom poms are good, especially for plastic. The PE set that covers some fine details is also nice, though I wish a manufacturer would include some railings.

"Q" Ship

Published: April 23rd, 2014     
"Q" Ship
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/390
Company: Round 2 Models

The Ship

A lesser-known fact about u-boat attacks is that most came during broad daylight and were conducted with the u-boat's deck gun not at night with a torpedo. The convoy system was yet to be established, so when the u-boats encountered individual unescorted ships rather than waste a torpedo, which they had on board in limited numbers, the u-boat would surface and shell the target with their deck gun. Sometimes the target would surrender, so the u-boat would send over a boarding party to help themselves to whatever they wanted before they told the ship's crew to abandon ship. They then scuttled her using no more valuable ammunition. However, when the target did not surrender or chose to run, the u-boat would just blow them out of the water with the deck gun.

US Cold War Aircraft Carriers

Published: April 22nd, 2014     
US Cold War Aircraft Carriers
Author: Brad Elward, illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you very much to the wonderful folks at Osprey Publishing for providing this new publication for review.  Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to explore a wonderful documentation and fascinating historical description of the earliest super carriers.

On opening the book you will find 48 glossy pages filled with text, 30 color photos, 11 black-and-white photos, 2 black-and-white drawings, and 7 color painting and diagrams.  The softcover binding is 9.75 x 7.25 inches and a little less than a quarter-inch thick, with a color photo of the U.S.S America off the starboard bow.  In 8 chapters, Mr. Elward provides a brief historical introduction explaining the roots of these early super carriers, and focuses on the Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise classes.  I appreciate the thorough bibliography and index.    

Type 214 Class Submarine

Published: April 6th, 2014     
Type 214 Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Wolfpack Design

Thank you to the great folks at Model Rectifier (MRC) for providing this review kit.   I appreciate your hard work bringing new products to the scale modeling community.  Wolfpack Designs continues to bring forth a wealth of innovative aftermarket products and new kits.  I am deeply appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer Corps crew.  Their untiring efforts are often overlooked, but those efforts are critical to the success of the program.

The Type 214 class submarine is a German export version that is popular with many countries.  This kit fills a nice spot in my 1:350 submarine collection, providing a nice contrast with the Typhoon and Ohio examples.  A retired submarine officer told me that this particular class can have a very interesting tactical role in force projection, one worth reading about.

U.S.S. Long Beach CGN-9 1980

Published: April 4th, 2014     
U.S.S. Long Beach CGN-9 1980
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Cyber-Hobby

This is the third Cyber-Hobby ship model that I have been privileged to build for a review (the others being the USS Chicago and the USS Virginia), and I will say that this was the most challenging of the three.  There were a couple of complications due to my choice of building the full hull version, and there were some challenges obtaining a few of the necessary small parts.  Still, the kit builds up into a very nice representation of the USS Long Beach (CGN-9), and I would recommend it to those wanting to add this fine ship to their collection.