Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Volume One- Fleet Carriers

Published: January 24th, 2021     
Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Volume One- Fleet Carriers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

Fighting Ships of the US Navy is a series dedicated to exploring each ship in the US Navy's inventory since 1883. In Volume One, the author, Venner F Milewski, Jr., starts with the Fleet Aircraft Carriers in the beginning. Overall, the book has a plethora of data and information of each aircraft carrier used by the US during the last 100 years starting with the USS Langley. Taking a look at the Table of contents shows what I mean:


Knox Class Frigate Detail-up Version

Published: November 6th, 2020     
Knox Class Frigate Detail-up Version
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:700
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club has provided very nice detail-up version of the Knox Class Frigate. It's the standard kit plus a resin upper hull, a large PE sheet and resin diorama base.

  • One light grey sprue
  • One large photoetch sheet
  • One resin lower hull
  • One resin base
  • One small decal sheet
  • Two instruction sheets (one for the kit and one for the PE parts)

The basic kit is very rudimentary, so the addition of the PE and Resin parts make this a very interesting kit to build. A couple of the areas where you need to remove details that will be replaced by PE parts will need filling, for example on part 20.

The PE instruction sheet is very well presented and detailed. I also suggest you heat treat the PE parts before starting to form them as they were very fragile and will break at the fold lines. The other area to be careful is the steps on the ladders as these snap off easily.

The first thing I did was to remove all the details that will be replaced by the PE parts as there are a lot to be removed. Once this was complete, I sprayed all the parts a gray all over.

The Royal Netherlands Navy of World War II

Published: September 24th, 2020     
The Royal Netherlands Navy of World War II
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849

Much like its European contemporary France, the Netherlands entered the twentieth century with a considerable empire, a strong naval tradition, and a current navy badly in need of modernization and decisive political direction. Being on friendly terms with Great Britain through much of the 19th century ensured that the far-flung Dutch imperial possessions in the East Indies could count on the protection of the Royal Navy. The Royal Netherlands Navy need only keep small, inexpensive coastal vessels on hand for immediate defense. However, by the early 20th century, the Second Boer War with Britain in South Africa, coupled with Japanese naval expansion following Japan's victory in the Russo-Japanese War changed the calculus in the minds of Dutch naval leadership.

Vosper MTB 74 with Crew- Part 2

Published: September 20th, 2020     
Vosper MTB 74 with Crew- Part 2
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

In Part One, I alluded to some issues I had with the windows in the kit so I'll start with that.  The portholes had acetate to represent the glass, which turned out to be larger than the flat spots they were intended to nestle into, so most had to be trimmed down.  The same needed to be done for the ones that were in the deck.  

Although the deck is meant to be screwed down, I elected to glue it as well, and discovered a section on each side of the deck that had flash which I hadn't caught, and I paid for that by having to remove a glued-up deck just for that purpose, but in the end it turned out OK.  Word to the wise: make sure that's cleaned up before putting the deck on.

Israeli Gal Class Submarine

Published: September 5th, 2020     
Israeli Gal Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov has provided another very nice kit with the Israeli Gal submarine which represent a diesel-electric submarine developed and constructed in the Vickers Shipyard in the UK for the Israeli Navy. They were based on the German 206 class submarines. The "Gal" (Hebrew for Wave) class entered service in the late 1970's and were all replaced by the Dolphin Class by the early 2000's.

  • One resin part
  • Two very small photoetch sheets

The detail quality is great; The resin submarine is very delicate an you need to be carefully removed from the resin base.

There was no instruction sheet provided, this was not a problem as it was a simple build.

The Assembly is quick and easy.

The metal stand is a good addition to the kit.

The final part is painting.

This is my seventh one of these great kits and I really enjoy building these and they make a wonderful display all lined up.

Thanks go to OKB for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them