Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Tapered Masts Set 2

Published: June 29th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set offered by Master Model in the Sea Master Series for 350-scale ship models. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 100 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 2.2/0.7 mm, 2.5/0.8 mm, 2.8/0.9 mm, and 3.0/1.0 mm. This size range is effective for larger-size modern ships. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging tension are much less likely to bend the masts.

Tapered Masts Set 1

Published: June 28th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set offered by Master Model in the Sea Master Series for 350-scale ship models. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 100 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 1.2/0.3 mm, 1.5/0.4 mm, 1.6/0.5 mm, and 2.0/0.6 mm. This size range is effective for small to medium-size modern ships. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging tension are much less likely to bend the masts.

British Guided Missile Destroyers

Published: June 27th, 2016     
British Guided Missile Destroyers
Author: Edward Hampshire
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Osprey Publishing

To most readers of a certain age, the Falklands Conflict was a watershed event which tested the resolve, capabilities, and persistence of the Royal Navy and the Nation. It was a bloody affair at sea; the Royal Navy suffered immensely and yet still prevailed. The loss of the Type 42 HMS Sheffield to Exocet missiles shocked naval professionals and called into serious question Royal Navy air defense capabilities. Other air defense ships suffered as well. The County Class ships - HMS Antrim and HMS Glamorgan (which survived an Exocet hit) were damaged and another Type 42, HMS Coventry, was lost. The conflict also highlighted inherent design issues with the Type 42 and Royal Navy damage control readiness. Lessons were learnt and during Operation Granby (the British component to Operation Desert Storm), the Royal Navy acquitted its air defense capabilities when HMS Gloucester (Type 42, batch 3) detected and destroyed a low flying Silkworm missile, successfully defending the coalition task group operating off Kuwait.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 60, 2016 Summer

Published: June 25th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 60, 2016 Summer
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 60 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 nearly 600 photos (mostly in color) along over forty 1/700 scale drawings. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

There is a lot of incredible models in this Summer edition as I was just amazed at what could be done in 1/700 scale. This issue's feature is the Battle of Leyte Gulf. As you can see in the following Contents, the focus is primarily on Ozawa's Task Force with the USS Lexington thrown in to represent the US side.

Titanic & LED Set

Published: May 26th, 2016     
Titanic & LED Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/700
Company: Academy

Academy is re-releasing its well-known 1/700 Titanic, this time in a MPC (Multi-Color-Parts) format with an LED Light Set. Upon opening the box you will find 6 sprues (white, tan, black, brown, bronze and orange), plus the hull -in two parts, black and red hull- and the main ship structure, molded in white.

Construction of this kit is simple and broken down into 24 steps. You basically assemble the main ship structure, bow and aft deck, plus the hull as main subassemblies. The instructions are good and easy to follow and the fit is really good.

Please note this is not a "snap-tite" kit, you will need glue and many of the parts are actually pretty small so this is not a model for kids. I do believe a young modeler could assemble this kit with some adult supervision.

Now, let me describe the LED light set; the real reason why I wanted to try out this kit: You are provided with 8 white LED, a clear plastic strip (for the LED to attach to), some electric conductive tape, wires, a switch and a battery holder.