Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)

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

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.

Overview

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.

U-295 type U-VIIC/41 + "Biber" German Submarine

Published: June 14th, 2018     
U-295 type U-VIIC/41 + "Biber" German Submarine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/400
Company: Mirage Hobby

If you are looking for a unique addition to your WWII U-boat collection, let me direct your attention to the kits of Mirage Hobby. In one of their latest releases, the company offers a Type VIIC boat equipped with a pair of Biber mini subs, each carrying a pair of torpedoes. Shying away from the typical 1/700 and 1/350 scales for ships, Mirage Hobby offers this and several other submarines molded in 1/400 scale. Modelers with some experience with small parts will have no issues with the construction of this kit.

British Holland Class Submarine

Published: June 4th, 2018     
British Holland Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/144
Company: MikroMir

Mikro Mir has releases a series of submarine models from the first submarines through the Cold War. Most of these are in 1/350 and are subjects not seen on plastic or at all. When the IPMS review list came out I wanted to try one, but it was overwhelming and a hard choice of which subject to pick. Fascinated with warships of the turn of the 20th Century I opted for the first British submarine - the American designed Holland Class developed by Mr. John Holland and his company Electric Boat. For such a small submarine, Mikro Mir chose 1/144 scale, which turned out to be a good size.

Japanese Battleship Mikasa (1905) Armament

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Japanese Battleship Mikasa (1905) Armament
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/200
Company: Master Model

This set of replacement barrels for the 1/200 scale Mikasa. It includes 4 305mm (12"), 14 152mm (6"), 20 76mm (3") and 12 47mm (1.85" Hotchkiss Guns). The 305mm and 152mm barrels are machined from aluminum and the other 2 are machined from brass. The 305mm barrels include brass trunnions.

These are designed for Merit International IJN Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Mikasa.

The 305mm is a straight replacement. The machining is quite good, and the only difference is that the plastic piece has what appears to be a cover on the end of the barrel while the metal barrel is bored out to depict the barrel in action.

The rest of the barrels requires surgery to remove part of the old barrel and drilling out a locating hole for the replacement barrel to slip into.

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