Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Yorktown (CV-5)

Published: June 18th, 2017     
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: David Doyle Books

The USS Yorktown (CV-5) is one of the important US Aircraft carriers of World War II. Her level of participation in our Pacific Theater of operations is immeasurable in terms of giving as well as taking. With the vast distances involved in the Pacific, it was clear to the military planners of the day a new strategy must be devised. One of the key components of that strategy would hinge on fast carriers and support ships to sustain the island-hopping campaigns that would bring our forces closer to the Emperors front door. Yorktown played a significant role leading up to and into the early days of the war. As the first purpose built, from the keel up aircraft carrier the designers started with a clean sheet of paper and incorporated many of the lessons learned on preceding carriers.

Russo-Turkish Naval War 1877-1878

Published: June 16th, 2017     
Russo-Turkish Naval War 1877-1878
Author: Piotr Olender, Robert Panek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is Mushroom Model Publications' seventh book in their Maritime series. A video trailer of the book can be seen on YouTube at I counted 183 black and white photos and woodcuts, two black and white line drawings, and 33 black and white line ship profiles. Additionally, there are 13 tables and twelve maps. The cover painting is by Grzegorz Nawrocki and is what I believe to be of the Russian armed steamer Vesta and her running battle with the Turkish ironclad Feth-i-Bulend near Constanca on July 22, 1877.

British Destroyers 1939-1945 Pre-War Classes

Published: June 7th, 2017     
British Destroyers 1939-1945  Pre-War Classes
Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Tony Bryan
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The British Royal Navy entered the Second World War with 160 destroyers, ranging from some holdovers from the Great War to recently commissioned vessels of vastly improved capability. In this volume, naval historian Angus Konstam describes the attributes of over a dozen classes of destroyers.

The opening chapter gives a general developmental history of the early destroyers of the Royal Navy, their design and development, roles and uses, weapons and general modifications, as well as their appearance and habitability. The author then goes on to describe, in as much detail as is possible within these limited 48 pages, the various classes of inter-war build vessels from earliest to latest, including:

German Submarine U-Boat Type VIIC/IXC 'U-Boat Aces Part 2' (Limited Edition)

Published: May 19th, 2017     
German Submarine U-Boat Type VIIC/IXC 'U-Boat Aces Part 2' (Limited Edition)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Hasegawa

One of the latest releases from the folks at Hasegawa is a re-release of the waterline Type VIIC and IXC U-Boats in a limited edition form that includes photoetch parts and decals for the markings of four "Aces". The kit includes four submarines in all, two of each type, as well as the bow and stern sections of two sinking merchant ships. Basic assembly is quick and easy, but installation of the photoetch railings requires removing the kit's plastic representations and forming the metal replacement parts, which could challenge less experienced modelers. I would still highly recommend this kit to those interested in adding some small U-Boats to their collection.

The Type VIIC was the most produced submarine for the Kriegsmarine with some 572 being built during the war as a short and medium-range vessel. The Type IXC was built for long-range operations and only 54 of these would be completed by war's end. What follows are the brief histories of each of the four U-Boats represented in this kit.

Ships of Columbus

Published: May 9th, 2017