Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship

Published: September 15th, 2018     
USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Company: David Doyle books

David Doyle has written over 100 books, mostly on military subjects, including a Squadron At Sea book about the North Carolina from 2011. This book is one of the Legends of Warfare - Naval series for Schiffer Publishing, a well-researched history and photo album of America's first "modern" battleship - USS North Carolina, BB-55. Since the North Carolina is a museum ship anchored off Wilmington, North Carolina, most of the book is a color photo tour of the ship inside and out. This book is an excellent resource for modelers of the North Carolina and of WWII US Navy common fittings.

The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Published: September 6th, 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 Books 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.

The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze

Published: August 21st, 2018     
The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze
Author: Mariusz Motyka
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Books for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 single-warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series. Each book has roughly 80 pages (82 for Shimakaze), beginning with a short biography of the ship followed by a wealth of CG (computer-generated), three-dimensional, full-color drawings and a 1:200 scale B&W line drawing foldout of side/top views and details of fittings and close-ups on the obverse side.

These are reference works of the highest quality, detail and interest for modelers. 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. Their detail is so well studied that this book listed the proposed names for the other ships in this class of destroyers that were never built. 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.

Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War
Author: Edward Hampshire; Illustrator: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Frank Lnadrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Edward Hampshire graduated from the University of Oxford in 1998 with a BA in History. He completed his Masters in War Studies / Naval History at King's College in London in 2002 with a dissertation on the British Naval intervention in the Baltic, 1918-1920. Edward completed his Ph.D. in War Studies/ Naval History in 2009., with a thesis on British naval equipment of the 1960s. His focus is Cold War era navies and British defense policy since WWII. Dr. Hampshire has taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has worked at the National Archives. He has been featured on television and radio, including the BBC, ITV, ABC, and NBC. Dr. Hampshire's previous book was published in 2013, East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic, British Naval Policy 1964-70. He also co-authored British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources, published in 2008. Osprey published Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers (New Vanguard 242) in 2017. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since 2012.

R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set

Published: August 18th, 2018     
R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

The tragedy of the Titanic sinking is legendary and needs no introduction. For those of us who are, or will build the 1/350 Minicraft Titanic kit, this mast set is a cause for celebration!

I have personally had this ship kit half built and left for a good number of years. I had already scratch built many items to adorn the bridge, grand staircases, and other areas, as well as acquiring about every brass photo-etch set and even a wooden deck set. When I saw this Mast set show up for review, I had to have it and hopefully kick start my enthusiasm to finish this long drawn out build! Goodness knows how much grief I've gotten over the years from my wife and model buddies about when the Titanic will be finished!

Master continues to build on their extensive offerings, and this brass mast set is every bit as spectacular as other Master Model brass and photo-etch sets I've had the pleasure of using.