Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

The The Russian ASW Guided Missile Cruiser Petropavlovsk. Top Drawings 74 7074

Published: February 25th, 2020     
The The Russian ASW Guided Missile Cruiser Petropavlovsk. Top Drawings 74 7074
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, is one of the major military history publishing houses. Since 1998, when Kagero started publishing in English, over 550 titles have been produced. Topics focus on specific planes, armor and ships, along with a bevy of focused topics, such as a class of warships or an armor type. Kagero caters to ship modelers by turning out books filled with line and 3D computer-generated illustrations, with incomparable accuracy to details. For warships, Kagero has two series: 1) Super 3D Drawings and 2) Top Drawings, focusing on a single ship per book. The topic of this book review is one of the Top Drawings series, which are designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships. Top Drawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament. But the main attraction are the foldouts in color and black and white, usually four sheets of scale drawings - the ship's size determine the scale, but usually 1/200, 1/350 or smaller scales are shown.

British Battleship vs Italian Battleship: The Mediterranean 1940-41

Published: February 9th, 2020     
British Battleship vs Italian Battleship: The Mediterranean 1940-41
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Mark E. Stille, a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, and is a prolific writer and enthusiast for WW2 naval history - over 40 Osprey titles. Paul Wright painted the ships on the cover and in the text. Alan Gilliland illustrated the maps, ship profiles and armaments. Maurizio Brescia provided many of the photographs.

This book is in the Duel (Engage the Enemy) series from Osprey Publishing (#101). Here is Osprey's description of the Duel Series: "Duel is an innovative series of books from Osprey that conveys a complete picture of machine-on-machine action from design and development through to combat, with a thorough analysis of all the human, tactical and technical elements which ultimately decided who triumphed in clashes of men and their war machines. First-hand accounts of individual engagements place you in the midst of the action, whether dogfight, tank battle or submarine hunt. An array of technical drawings, photographs and full-colour digital illustrations, including "gun sight views," depict the key aspects of these machines in wartime. Ideal for modellers, wargamers and military history enthusiasts of all ages."

Swedish Submarine Class Sjöormen

Published: February 9th, 2020     
Swedish Submarine Class Sjöormen
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

The first of the modern type of submarines for the Swedish navy was the Sjoormen class, designed in the early 1960s by Kockums, Malmo, and built by that company (three units) and Karlskronavarvet (two units). The class comprised the Sjoormen, Sjolejonet, Sjohunden, Sjobjornen and Sjohasten. With an Albacore type hull for speed and a twin-deck arrangement the class was extensively used in the relatively shallow Baltic where its excellent maneuverability and silent-running capabilities greatly aided the Swedish navy's anti-submarine warfare operations.

Italian Vittorio Veneto-Class Battleships

Published: January 30th, 2020     
Italian Vittorio Veneto-Class Battleships
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

Casemate Publishers bring us a book from Polish editorial Kagero, covering the Vittorio Veneto class of battleships (Littorio/Italia, Vittorio Veneto, Roma and an unfished hull Imperio). The book was written by Andrzej Perepeczko and he has done a great research job in his book.

The book is broken down in the following sections.

  • Origin
  • Design and Equipment
  • In Service

The first section covers the historical situation of the Italian Fleet in the interwar years and includes a high-level description of other contemporary battleships. That way you can understand better the relevance of this class within the Italian Fleet.

Russian Battleships and Cruisers of the Russo-Japanese War

Published: January 29th, 2020     
Russian Battleships and Cruisers of the Russo-Japanese War
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mark spent the next thirty years at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeler, he has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history. Mark has authored more than twenty-five books and has worked with Boy's Life as the Hobby Master. Mark also worked with an English language publication from Hong Kong called English Street. Mark is currently working in League City, Texas.

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. Paul's work has been featured in at least a dozen Osprey books. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey, UK.