Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 63, 2017 Spring

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 63, 2017 Spring
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Issue 63 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. Each issue leads off with either short articles on a finished build or an in depth step-by-step 'how to' on the build and painting. The finished model photographs are of high quality in brightness, color, and depth of focus. 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 537 photos and drawings (mostly in color) along with eighteen 1/700 scale drawings. You will find throughout this journal, period photographs of the real ships and aircraft involved in battle. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

USN Bofors 40mm Twin and Quad Sets

Published: March 26th, 2017     
USN Bofors 40mm Twin and Quad Sets
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

Master Model has been producing finely detailed turned brass and steel gun barrels for several years. Now, working with Northstar, they have produced complete 40mm gun mount sets that include brass barrels, photo etch and finely detailed resin parts. Each package includes all parts necessary for six complete gun mounts. Each also includes a resin Mk. 51 gun director with photo etch details for each gun mount.

Wave Off! A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings

Published: March 15th, 2017     
Wave Off! A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings
Author: Robert R. “Boom” Powell
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Robert R. "Boom" Powell grew up in Long Island, New York, the son of a World War II B-24 Liberator navigator who later became known as a comic book artist (Sheena, Mr. Mystic, Tales From the Crypt, etc.). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania on an ROTC scholarship before going to Naval flight training. He flew Douglas A-4 Skyhawks in Vietnam and later as an instructor pilot in the Skyhawk. Robert transitioned to the RA-5C Vigilante and ended up as an adversary pilot based at NAS Oceana. He also spent time as an LSO for an RA-5C training squadron for three years. Robert retired as a Commander and transitioned to civilian life flying Boeing 747s for Pan American. He remains an active flier today and often flies WWI replicas at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum. It was in the Navy that Robert began writing where he had a regular column in The Hook. His first book was Ben Drew: The Katzenjammer Ace (2001). He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Marie, of 48 years along with two large poodles.

Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers

Published: January 31st, 2017     
Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers
Author: Edward Hampshire
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers by Edward Hampshire is his third book and first for Osprey Publishing. Edward Hampshire earned his PhD in War Studies from King's College in London with a thesis on British naval equipment of the 1960s. His focus is Cold War era navies and British defense policy since WWII. Dr. Hampshire has taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has worked at the National Archives. He has been featured on television and radio, including the BBC, ITV, ABC, and NBC. Dr. Hampshire's previous book was published in 2013, East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic, British Naval Policy 1964-70. He also co-authored British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources, published in 2008. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since 2012.

USS Missouri BB-63

Published: January 4th, 2017     
USS Missouri BB-63
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Academy

When is the last time that you really had fun building a model? Taking a cue from kits like the Bandai Gundam series that my son built several years ago, Academy, and some others manufacturers, are beginning to release kits that are molded in multi-color plastics. The benefit is that without the use of paint, and only a minimal amount of glue, a modeler can realistically create a kit beyond a simple monochromatic representation of their subject. In addition, the fit and finish of kits like this are also beyond what is found in a typical snap-tight kit. In their latest release, Academy has produced a WWII era USS Missouri that really is fun to build, and will bring the joy of modeling to anyone that is able to work with small parts.