Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)

Published: June 3rd, 2018     
United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard for supplying the set.

Bottom Line: At first glance these steel, foldable flags look bright and colorful, but there are a few limitations. On a real model, they are good enough. Not to mention the unspoken scandal of oversized flags for all 1/700 WW2 warships kits, decals or paper. In that case, Eduard's flags are at least good enough, sturdier and more flexible than other options.

Soviet Submarine Project 628

Published: May 28th, 2018     
Soviet Submarine Project 628
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

Project 628 was a design study, circa 1952-1953, to fit a Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomei (Vladimir Nikolaevich Chelomey) sub-sonic cruise missile to the 1,500-ton diesel-electric Soviet XIV series K-Class sub. The Russian Project 628 proposal is similar to what the US Navy did with a 'Loon' launching from a Gato Class submarine, the USS Cusk SSG-348. The original K-Class design was approved in 1936 as a long range "cruiser submarine" with a heavy torpedo and gun armament. The boats could operate as a "fleet submarine" working with the battle fleet or as long range commerce raiders. The double hull was divided into seven compartments. It was originally planned to carry a small floatplane for scouting but this concept was abandoned when the planned aircraft proved too flimsy. Twelve submarines were built, although seven of them ended up being trapped in Leningrad by the Germans, and were not finally completed until after the end of the war. Of the five that saw operations during the war, only K-21 survived, and now is the only survivor of the entire class, becoming a memorial.

US Flush-deck Destroyers 1916-1945

Published: May 27th, 2018     
US Flush-deck Destroyers 1916-1945
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy!

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 ten books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (www.marklardas.com).

New Vanguard 259 covers the large number of WW I era US Navy destroyers known as the flush-deckers and four-pipers, another overlooked topic. Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) - enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and historical highlights of these warship classes.

Italian Cruisers of World War II

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Italian Cruisers of World War II
Author: Mark Stille; Illustrator: Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Osprey Publishing

Mark Stille is a retired Commander of the US Navy and has written a succession of books for Osprey Publishing on naval topics. He continues as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. New Vanguard 258 covers Italian cruisers of World War Two, an overlooked topic. This book joints Stille's previous Osprey Vanguard 182 book on WW2 Italian Battleships (previously reviewed for IPMSUSA in 2011). Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) - not enough for an in-depth treatment of WW2 Regia Marina cruisers, but enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and history of each ship.

This book provides four pages of full-color side profiles of specific Italian cruisers, a two-page cutaway illustration of the Pola, a heavy cruiser, showing internal arrangements, and two full page illustrations of specific cruisers in specific actions. The book is sectioned into an Introduction with a brief overview of Italian cruiser origins, design, weapons and fire-control, followed by sections on major battles, heavy cruisers, light cruisers and an overview.

Submarine Project 613 / Whiskey III

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Submarine Project 613 / Whiskey III
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

After having published someone else's review on a Mikro Mir 1/350 submarine kit I was intrigued to build one for myself. After a quick review of the available models, I opted for the Whiskey III kit. I can say I'm very happy to have built my first ship model in over 40 years. The Whiskey Class of submarine was conceived in the late 1940's with a design heavily influenced by the Russian analysis of a captured Type XXI U-Boat. During the 1950's approximately 220 - 240 Whiskey class boats were built (Class I through V). Wikipedia reports that by the end of the cold war, all Whiskey class boats have been retired by the Soviet Navy.

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