Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Iowa [BB-61]

Published: November 8th, 2017     
USS Iowa [BB-61]
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: David Doyle Books

David Doyle's latest book is one of the initial entries into a new series called 'Legends of Warfare' with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book is focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). This tome is the second release in the Legends of Warfare - Naval series.

German Submarine 8.8cm Gun

Published: October 27th, 2017     
German Submarine 8.8cm Gun
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

When Trumpeter announced they were releasing a 1/48 scale Type VII U-boat, many were amazed and skeptical. The kit would be huge and Trumpeter has had delays in the past. The U-boat has come out and I am pleased to say it is large and well detailed for a plastic kit with a full interior. One part of the kit is its 8.8cm deck gun and it's nice. Eduard saw an opportunity for a great upgrade and issued a full resin and photoetch deck gun for the massive kit. This set consists of 38 excellent resin parts and a small photoetch fret of 22 small pieces. Casting is top notch- no air bubbles and the resin Eduard uses is tough and a little flexible which is excellent to handle.

German U-Boat Flags

Published: September 20th, 2017     
German U-Boat Flags
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Revell 1/72 U-boat kit has been out a while and is a wonderful kit. Coming from Germany, one of its foibles is that the flag has no swastika due to the laws. There have been several replacements but very little else in the markings arena for the actual kit. Eduard to the rescue with its colorized photoetch. This set contains fourteen different flags for the U-boat including:

  • Two German National flags in different styles with the swastikas
  • Three merchant pennants with different tonnages
  • Two merchant tanker pennants with tonnage
  • One pennant depicting an aircraft shot down
  • Five Square rank flags
    • Grand Admirals Flag
    • Admirals Flag
    • Vice Admirals Flag
    • Rear Admirals Flag
    • General Admirals Flag
  • An Admirals car pennant

The set is colored on both sides and use is simple. Each flag/pennant has two rings on the attachment end. Bend them perpendicular to the flag run a line or flag pole through the openings. Glue as needed.

Ship Display Base #4

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Ship Display Base #4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits specializes in display bases for models and has a wide ranger covering aircraft, armor, ships, railway and even sci-fi. From their website above, the bases are pre-printed with high quality imaging on a laminated wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble and are mounted on a durable 3mm foamex base. The base for this review is the Ship Display Base #4 which is 12" x 17" in size and printed with a nice ocean scene. It is an excellent size for 1/700 large ships or smaller ships in larger scales.

Looking at what is in the package, it is a beautifully printed base on one side attached (as advertised) to the foamex board. The board is fairly flat but I suggest attaching to an even firmer board and taking the time to frame the edges for better finish.

Attaching the ship will be easy. In the pictures, a 1/720 scale Nimitz class carrier is positioned on the base and fits well at an angle. I will glue the ship in place, add the wake around the ship in gel and have a finished display. The top of the sheet is sealed and water resistant so this won't affect it.

French Pre-Dreadnought Danton Class Barrels

Published: September 2nd, 2017     
French Pre-Dreadnought Danton Class Barrels