Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

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.

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.