Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Thresher (SSN-593)

Published: May 5th, 2018     
USS Thresher (SSN-593)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

I have always had an interest in submarines after visiting the USS Cod in Cleveland. When the USS Thresher came up for review from MikroMir, I jumped at the change. The USS Thresher was the first of the new (in 1961) Permit class subs and had all the modern equipment for the time. She was 279 feet long and nuclear powered. Sadly, she was the first of the nuclear subs to be lost at sea during driving trials when she imploded about 350km east of Cape Cod on April 10, 1963.

MikroMir's kit of the Thresher consists of two hull halves split upper and lower, a small PE fret with the propeller and other parts, decals for all subs in this class, two base parts and lastly, a small gray sprue containing the scopes, diving planes and the rest of the parts. Parts are nicely engraved and flash free. I have attached a copy of the instructions also.

M-Class British Submarine

Published: May 1st, 2018     
M-Class British Submarine
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

Overall Summary

I recommend this kit for any collection of unusual submarine models. This kit is for intermediate-skill modelers, and will result in a very nice representation of an M-class submarine that served in the Royal Navy in World War 1 and shortly thereafter. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. No alignment pins or sockets are present in the kit design, and many parts may require addition of shims, spacers, pins or wire for positive location. This is not a detraction from the kit, but something to think about when you start assembly. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references.

SSN-637 USS Sturgeon

Published: May 1st, 2018     
SSN-637 USS Sturgeon
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

Overall Summary

I recommend this kit for any collection of USN submarine models. This kit is for intermediate-skill modelers, and will result in very nice representation of any of the short-hull Sturgeon class attack submarines that served in the U. S. Navy. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. No alignment pins or sockets are present in the kit design, and many parts may require addition of pins or wire for positive location. This is not a detraction from the kit, but something to think about when you start assembly. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references.

SSBN-598 USS George Washington

Published: May 1st, 2018     
SSBN-598 USS George Washington
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

Overall Summary

I recommend this kit for any collection of USN submarine models. This kit is for intermediate-skill modelers and will result in a very nice representation of any of the George Washington class submarines that served in the U. S. Navy. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. No alignment pins or sockets are present in the kit design, and many parts may require addition of pins or wire for positive location. This is not a detraction from the kit, but something to think about when you start assembly. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references.

USS Missouri BB-63

Published: April 20th, 2018     
USS Missouri BB-63
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg - IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/700
Company: Academy Models

Kit

The kit is produced by Academy, a well-known company who is known for producing quality mid range priced model kits. The box art work in outstanding and shows the USS Missouri at sea. The kit can be built in her WW2 and Korean War configuration. There are no modern weapons provided with this kit for the Desert Storm configuration. This kit belongs to Academy's 1/700 "Modelers Edition".