Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Japanese Carrier Junyo

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Japanese Carrier Junyo
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Hasegawa

The Ship

Originally laid down as the luxury liner Kashiwara Maru in 1939, Junyo (along with her sister Hiyo) was part of an IJN subsidized building program of commercial and auxiliary vessels that could be quickly converted into aircraft carriers if the need arose. She was taken in hand by the Navy and commissioned in 1942 in time to participate in the Aleutians invasion in June, part of the overall Midway operation.

Littoral Combat Ships LCS-2 & LCS-4 Aerials, Masts, and Gun Barrel

Published: April 13th, 2017     
Littoral Combat Ships LCS-2 & LCS-4 Aerials, Masts, and Gun Barrel
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For ship modelers looking to improve the look of their USS Independence (LCS-2) or USS Coronado (LCS-4) in 1/700 scale, the folks at Master Model now offer a set that includes aerials and a replacement gun barrel that look fantastic. The folks at Cyber-Hobby/Dragon did a great job of representing the kits in plastic, and these brass detail parts add a very nice touch. Modelers with experience handling small items should have no issues with utilizing this set.

Owens Deluxe Cruiser

Published: April 12th, 2017     
Owens Deluxe Cruiser
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Lindberg/Round 2

Round 2 reissued the vintage Owens Deluxe Cruiser kit. When building you need to bear in mind that this kit and molds are over 50 years old, and it shows. The flash is so bad on some sprues that it's difficult to locate the actual part(s). Nothing fits together tightly without some serious massaging to the parts to be joined.

The instruction sheet is a very basic affair that had me thinking quite a few times as to part placement.

The Owens Deluxe Cruiser is the first boat I've built since way, way back when I built the Robert E. Lee paddle wheeler when I was a kid, so this is totally out of my realm. Now I have to build a trailer and then a vehicle to haul to and from the water.

Patience is the key to the build. Test fit, refit and sand as needed and you can have a nice looking kit but expect it to take extra work due to the age of the kits molds.

Thank you to Round2 for reissuing this kit and thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review the kit.

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 detai