Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Carl Vinson

Published: February 9th, 2019     
USS Carl Vinson
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:720
Company: Italeri

'I wanted to build one of the new USN Super Carriers and since I wanted a water line model, I added Coastal Kits 1/700 water base that was reviewed

previously...

https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ship-display-base-4

I broke the build into separate parts- hull, air wing, flight deck Italeri has released several versions of the US nuclear carriers in 1/720 scale and this latest rebox release represents CVN-70, the USS Carl Vinson which is notably as the carrier to dispose of Bin Laden's body along with supporting the current war on terror. I am big fan of the carrier too as most know as my son was stationed on her for five years.

Osprey Duel 90 - USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: Pacific 41-42

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
Osprey Duel 90 - USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: Pacific 41-42
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book is number 90 in Osprey's Duel series where they take two opposing forces and compare/contrast them. The two subjects are the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarines verses the US Navy's destroyers. The book explains the develop of both these forces before the attack on Pearl Harbor, then goes into greater detail of the next 13 months of fighting until the end of 1942.

The book starts with a four-page introduction detailing Japanese developing submarine tactics of using their force to attack US Navy capital ships in a war of attrition leading up to a decisive grand battle between the fleets. They developed large, fleet submarines that were over 300 feet long and had airplane hangers on them. Whereas, the US Navy's destroyer force was not training is anti-submarine warfare, but rather using their destroyers surface warfare fighters. These two beginning war strategies did not serve either side well the first year of combat.

The Cruiser Moskva - Top Drawings

Published: January 19th, 2019     
The Cruiser Moskva - Top Drawings
Author: Witold Koszela
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing and IPMSUSA for the review copy!

The Moskvawas specifically designed to be a US Polaris submarine hunter/killer in the Arctic Ocean, along with her* sister ship Leningradin 1962, and operational in 1967. Their primary weapon was helicopter-launched torpedoes and depth charges assisted with sonobuoys, although the ships themselves carried missiles and torpedoes. Their reason for being evaporated when the US switched to longer range Poseidon ICBMs, meaning the boomers did not need to be in the Arctic Sea anymore. Since survival of the Moskvain open waters was problematic, as was finding boomers in time before launches, these two ships were transferred to the Black Sea fleet. Moskvaspent her remaining time shuttling to and from the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas until being withdrawn from service in 1996 and sent to India for scrapping in 1998.

Tsushima 1905 - Death of a Russian Fleet

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Tsushima 1905 - Death of a Russian Fleet
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and IPMSUSA staff for delivering the book and publishing the review.

Mark Lardas is a real "rocket scientist" who has worked on Space Shuttle analytics and navigation. He is also an accomplished author with at least twelve books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (www.marklardas.com). He has the gift of dissecting complex subjects (military campaigns) and finding the key fulcrums of change that led to the historical outcomes. He takes a fresh approach to re-analyze with additional information, with an objective, less-jaundiced eye for what really happened. The result is refreshing, especially for something like Tsushima 1905, something naval buffs think they know a lot about.

Osprey's Campaign 330 covers all the Russo-Japanese War naval campaigns, including the famous Tsushima battle. Like other Osprey Campaign books, this issue is 96 pages (not counting the front/back covers) -enough for a comprehensive discussion on the war and its naval side.

IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets

Published: December 5th, 2018     
IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master Model

Bottom Line: Brass barrels in 1/700 scale for all WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) warships mounting 14cm (5.5in)/50cal guns, for mountings without (-058) or with (-059) blast bags.

 

What You Get

A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.

 

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