Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Published: August 14th, 2018     
The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058
Author: Waldemar Goralski & Dariusz Miszczak
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series, focusing on a single ship at a particular point in time (appearance). 16058 illustrates the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Maya in its final 1944 so-called Anti-Aircraft (AA) fit. Maya was one of the four Takao class heavy cruisers important to IJN naval efforts in WW2. Damage from a bomb hit from US carrier planes while at Rabaul in 1943 led to Maya becoming the first AA conversion of IJN five-turret heavy cruisers. The C turret (closest to the bridge) was replaced by two of the ubiquitous 127mm/40 Type 89 twin open antiaircraft mounts, along with additional 25mm mounts (triple and single) throughout the ship. Maya shipped six twin 127mm AA mounts instead of the usual four carried by larger Japanese heavy cruisers This gave Maya a unique and distinctive difference from her sister ships and other cruiser classes, and a favorite modeling subject. Maya was sunk by US submarines on the way to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November 1944 and did not get to utilize her recently enhanced AA capacity.

USS Missouri (BB-63) Legends of Warfare

Published: August 12th, 2018     
USS Missouri (BB-63) Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle books

David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage.

Doyle covers the history of the USS Missouri from launch to final service and retirement as a memorial and monument now located at Pearl Harbor. Most know of the role the USS Missouri played at the end of World War II, as the stage for the signing of surrender papers by representatives of the Japanese government. Doyle, of course, addresses that claim to historical fame, and extends the story of the USS Missouri with extensive coverage of the role played by the USS Missouri in the Korean conflict, Operation Desert Storm, and the unfortunate grounding of the USS Missouri off Old Point Comfort, Virginia. The images in the book, some published for the first time, were provided by the Naval Archives and Records Administration, as well as other sources.

Project 661 Anchar (NATO reporting name Papa class)

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
Project 661 Anchar (NATO reporting name Papa class)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mikro-Mir

A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers. This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction. The overall assembly of this kit was relatively easy with 23 plastic parts and 11 photoetched parts included. Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which represents a one-off design that was the fastest submarine produced to date.

USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)

Published: June 25th, 2018     
USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/700
Company: Mikro Mir

The Ben Franklin class was composed of twelve submarines, SSBN-640 to SSBN-645 and SSBN-654-659. The class was an evolutionary development from the earlier Lafayette-class of fleet ballistic missile submarines. This class can easily be identified by the fairwater planes' location halfway up the sail; the Lafayettes and James Madisons had the fairwater planes in the upper front portion of the sail. In 1993, Kamehameha was converted to a Dry Deck Shelter/swimmer delivery platform, reclassified as an attack submarine, and given hull number SSN-642; her ballistic missile capability was removed and thereafter she carried only torpedoes as armament. Following conversion, she was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the remainder of her operational career. She holds the record for the longest service life of any nuclear submarine--nearly 37 years. Kamehameha's sail with fairwater planes, the upper half of her rudder, her bust of King Kamehameha I, a koa plate, bow and spear, and the wardroom monkeypod wood table are stored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The USS Kamehameha was the last to be de-commissioned (04/02/02) and recycled (2003).

Warship 2018

Published: June 17th, 2018     
Warship 2018
Author: Several
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you Osprey Publishing for providing a review copy of their new ship's annual! I first thought that Osprey was publishing a new series, but in fact, Osprey is continuing the Conway imprint of naval and military books, which is excellent news. As always, I truly appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling and historical products with the world.


Warship 2018 is part of an annual series and follows historical event anniversaries, new analysis of naval engagements, intriguing operations, and more general ship topics. Each of the 11 chapters is a stand-alone study, accompanied by abundant images, drawings and data. All writing styles are slightly different, but each is appropriate and engaging for the chapter topic.

Content Coverage

Brief highlights of each chapter are included here. Short engaging descriptions of chapter content following chapter titles.