Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Images of War - United States Navy Destroyers

Published: July 5th, 2021     
Images of War - United States Navy Destroyers
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Company: Pen & Sword

The Author: Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series. 

Overview

This classic Images of War book traces the key role played by destroyers of the United States Navy since the first order for 16 in 1898. Prior to the USA's entry into the First World War a further 63 destroyers were commissioned, and due to the U-boat threat, 267 more were authorized by Congress once hostilities were joined.

Between 1932 and Pearl Harbor, ten new classes totaling 169 destroyers came into service. During the war years American shipyards turned out a further 334 vessels. Of the three classes, the 175 Fletcher-class were judged the most successful.

The Cold War years saw the development of seven more classes. More recently 82 of the stealth shaped Arleigh Burke class have been ordered but the futuristic Zumwalt-class program has been curtailed for cost reasons.

USS Pittsburgh CA-72

Published: June 4th, 2021     
USS Pittsburgh CA-72
Reviewed by: Ron Bell - IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/490

The Kit

Atlantis continues to re-release some of the kits a lot of us grew up with. This example is the 1954 Revell U.S.S. Pittsburgh. The kit was re-released many times over the years as the Pittsburgh, the Helena and with new parts updating it with Terrier missies as the Boston and Canberra. This release is in its WW II guise. You get decals for every ship in its class (Baltimore heavy cruisers), but you run short of bow numbers for some, like the one I did, the U.S.S. Toledo. The model is a member of Revell's "Flat Bottom Navy" and has no hull detail and a flat bottom. Better for scooting across the floor by young budding captains I suppose.

French Battleships 1922-1956

Published: May 3rd, 2021     
French Battleships 1922-1956
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Battleship lovers - break out your drool cups! Everything you always wanted to know about French WW2 battleships is here! This heavy book is the ultimate - last of the FMN battleships. You now have the sine qua non of French battleship books. You could stop reading this review right here because you have all you really need to know about this book, but your battleship addiction means you want more details. Let's chase that dragon!

The Japanese Battleship Kongo 1944 - Top Drawings

Published: May 2nd, 2021     
The Japanese Battleship Kongo 1944 - Top Drawings
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 600 titles have been produced at a pace of 60 per year or more. 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 is the separate, large foldout in black and white of scale drawings - the ship's size determines the scale, but usually 1/200, 1/350 or other scales are shown.

The Fletcher-Class Destroyer USS Stevens (DD-479)

Published: April 30th, 2021     
The Fletcher-Class Destroyer USS Stevens (DD-479)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Based in Central Europe, Kagero Publishing House is the biggest publisher and exporter of English-written publications about military history, releasing nearly 60 titles every year. Founded by Damian Majsak in 1995, Kagero expanded in 1998 to release new publications in English. Illustrator Waldemar Goralski is one of many Kagero contributors, and has authored over twenty five publications.

Kagero's USS Stevens (DD-479) is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 76 pages (including covers). This volume starts off with four pages of historical text followed by 68 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (B2; ~26.8" x 19.0") that folds up into 16 pages. This sheet features profiles at 1/100th scale and goes up to 1/25th scale for the details. I counted 129 color 3D illustrations, 15 line drawings, and two tables. There are no current nor period photographs.

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