Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Tsushima 1905 - Death of a Russian Fleet

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Tsushima 1905 - Death of a Russian Fleet
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and IPMSUSA staff for delivering the book and publishing the review.

Mark Lardas is a real "rocket scientist" who has worked on Space Shuttle analytics and navigation. He is also an accomplished author with at least twelve books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (www.marklardas.com). He has the gift of dissecting complex subjects (military campaigns) and finding the key fulcrums of change that led to the historical outcomes. He takes a fresh approach to re-analyze with additional information, with an objective, less-jaundiced eye for what really happened. The result is refreshing, especially for something like Tsushima 1905, something naval buffs think they know a lot about.

Osprey's Campaign 330 covers all the Russo-Japanese War naval campaigns, including the famous Tsushima battle. Like other Osprey Campaign books, this issue is 96 pages (not counting the front/back covers) -enough for a comprehensive discussion on the war and its naval side.

British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy’s "Black Battlefleet"

Published: December 5th, 2018     
British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy’s "Black Battlefleet"
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.

IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets

Published: December 5th, 2018     
IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master-Model

Bottom Line: Brass barrels in 1/700 scale for all WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) warships mounting 14cm (5.5in)/50cal guns, for mountings without (-058) or with (-059) blast bags.

 

What You Get

A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.

 

Ukrainian Submarine "Zaporizhzhia" 641 Foxtrot Class

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Ukrainian Submarine "Zaporizhzhia" 641 Foxtrot Class
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mikro Mir

The Soviet Foxtrot class submarine, known as Project 641, was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine. First commissioned in 1971, they served until 1994 with Soviet and satellite operators. This particular boat first saw service with the Soviet Navy. When the Soviet Union broke up, this boat was in port in Ukraine. The fledgling Ukrainian Navy seized it, becoming the first, and only submarine in Ukraine service. Upon the Russian takeover of the Ukrainian State, the boat reverted to Soviet control. Interesting stuff indeed, and I still can't pronounce the name!!

The Japanese Destroyer Fubuki 16061. Super Drawings in 3D

Published: November 25th, 2018     
The Japanese Destroyer Fubuki 16061. Super Drawings in 3D
Author: Carlo Cestra
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Books and IPMS USA for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 single-warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series. These are reference works of the highest quality, detail, and interest for modelers. Each book has roughly 82-92 pages (92 for Fubuki), beginning with a short biography of the ship followed by a wealth of CG (computer-generated), three-dimensional, full-color drawings of appearance and fittings from a myriad of perspectives. For the Fubuki, a large, separate foldout of 1:200 scale B&W line drawings of side/top views in her 1941 fit, and details of fittings and close-ups in various scales on the obverse side are also included.

All sorts of views, and close-ups of ship sections, and fittings (turrets, boats, torpedo tubes, masts, radars, etc.) are exquisitely illustrated in accurate color. The detail of the drawings allows a modeler to get as detailed as one wants. An experienced modeler will understand that universal fittings for each navy's warships are also found on other ships, so any book will serve as a guide for common fittings per each navy.