Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

British 4.7"/45 (120mm) QF Marks IX and XII Barrels

Published: February 12th, 2016     
British 4.7"/45 (120mm) QF Marks IX and XII Barrels
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

Thanks to Master-Model for the barrels and IPMSUSA staff for handling the request and publishing this review.

Bottom Line

Master-Model supplies the ultimate barrels for 4.7in/45 (120mm) main guns for most WW2 British destroyer classes.

Gato Class Submarine

Published: February 8th, 2016     
Gato Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/72
Company: Revell-Monogram

Revell has re-released their vintage WWII Gato Class Submarine in enormous 1/72 scale – topping off at just over 52 inches in length! Surface detail of the deck and fittings is excellent, as well as their renderings of the 20mm, 40mm, and 4inch deck armament. Also included are three sets of pre-bent, steel wire steps as well as a variety of pre-drilled stanchions for stringing safety cabling.

Overshadowing everything, however, is simply the sheer size of the hull – an ambitious project for any modeler.

Yardarms Set No 1

Published: February 4th, 2016     
Yardarms Set No 1
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For ship modelers looking to improve the look of their ship masts, or specifically their yardarms, Master Model has come to the rescue. Their Yardarm Set Number 1 contains a dozen replacement yardarms in lengths of 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, and 17.5 mm (two of each size is included). The already small brass items are finely tapered out to the ends, just like the real thing. If replacing plastic yardarms on a kit, the comparison photograph shows what a difference these can make.

My hits are that once again, the folks at Master Model have released some very finely detailed replacement parts, in this case for the 1/700 scale ship modeler. The fine taper are clearly visible, and will make a nice upgrade for a reasonable price.

I have no valid miss for this release itself. The directions only show the items that are present, and mention set number 2 in this scale as well as the two sets available in 1/350 scale.

Yardarms Set No 2

Published: February 1st, 2016     
Yardarms Set No 2
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For ship modelers looking to improve the look of their ship masts, or specifically their yardarms, Master Model has come to the rescue. Their Yardarm Set Number 2 contains half a dozen replacement yardarms in lengths of 20, 22.5, 25, 27.5, 30, and 32.5 mm (one of each size is included). The already small brass items are finely tapered out to the ends, just like the real thing. If replacing plastic yardarms on a kit, the comparison photograph shows what a difference these can make, although it is comparing the 5mm yardarms available in set one.

My hits are that once again, the folks at Master Model have released some very finely detailed replacement parts, in this case for the 1/700 scale ship modeler. The fine taper are clearly visible, and will make a nice upgrade for a reasonable price.

I have no valid miss for this release itself. The directions only show the items that are present, and mention set number one in this scale as well as the two sets available in 1/350 scale.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 58, 2015 Winter

Published: January 26th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 58, 2015 Winter
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 920 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 4 pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 410 photos (mostly in color) along with 21 side view or top view drawings. Additionally there are a lot of scrap drawings highlighting details.

The Feature article is on two builds of a 1/350 IJN Shimakaze that goes for twenty-one pages. After a 1 page build of a 1/20 anime figure, you’ll find eighteen pages of three different build-ups in 1/700 scale. Next up is a six page build of a modern day JMSDF Missile Destroyer, DDG-172 Shimakaze. The Shimakaze section finishes with six pages of period photos, profiles and scrap drawings.

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