Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine

Published: April 14th, 2018     
C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine
Reviewed by: John Noack - IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/35
Company: MikroMir

Disclaimer: Mikro-Mir's 1/35 CSS Hunley is probably one of the more accurate representations of this iconic Civil War submersible. As preservation of the original craft continues, more details come to light regularly. There are numerous interpretations of different features of the boat, and online research probably raised more questions for me than answered them. In the end, I elected to go with my best judgement of how to represent these features, most of which involve the spar torpedo arrangement. It's also quite possible that the actual configuration changed during the Hunley's brief career, so my interpretation is just that - an engineering judgement on my part. Here are several websites that may be helpful to you if you elect to build this kit:

https://www.hunley.org/ is the official Hunley website, and well worth a visit

Dutch Walrus Submarine

Published: April 11th, 2018     
Dutch Walrus Submarine
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with. The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales and they have an extensive list of products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch and white metal conversion pieces for other models.

The kit I reviewed is a 1/700 scale version of the Dutch Walrus class submarine. The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) currently operates four submarines. These submarines entered service with the RNN in 1990 and are named after sea mammals (Sea Lion, Porpoise, Dolphin, Walrus). The four boats are currently going thru an upgrade program and the picture on the cover of the model box is a photo of one of the submarines being worked on in a dry dock.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton-1M

Published: April 7th, 2018     
Soviet Midget Submarine Triton-1M
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MikroMir

Mikro-Mir is one of the Ukraine's smaller model manufacturers, specializing in submarines and odd-off aircraft in various scales. As a limited-run company, their models require a certain amount of TLC to achieve optimal results, but their kit selection holds so many strange and otherwise never-modeled items that they're definitely worth a look. The Soviet-era Triton-1M is one such unique kit.

Looking very much like something out of a James Bond movie, The Soviet Triton-1M, developed in the 1960's, was a two-man midget submarine intended to be deployed off surface warships for covert reconnaissance missions and sabotage. According to official documents, only 32 were made and they have now been largely decommissioned. It had a "wet" cockpit (non-pressurized) and the crew wore diving gear during missions.

Mikro-Mir's 1/35th scale model of the diminutive craft includes clear parts for the canopy as well as a photoetch sheet of very tiny parts. It also has a surprisingly high-quality decal sheet offering two variants, one being a prototype test vehicle in colorful markings.

SSN-585 "Skipjack" Submarine

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
SSN-585 "Skipjack" Submarine
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

History

The Skipjack was a class of United States Navy nuclear submarines. This class was named after its lead ship, the USS Skipjack. The Skipjack's design was based on the USS Albacore design. This new design was maximized for underwater speed by shaping the hull like a blimp. The bow panes were moved to the massive sail to cut down on the flow-induced noise near the bow sonar array.

The Kit

Opening the box: When I opened the box, the model was packaged with three sprues one for the hull halves, one for the parts to go on the model and a sprue containing the stand the model will be displayed on. Also included was a clear plastic envelope containing the photo etch propeller and the decal sheet.

Instructions: The instructions are on a one-piece two-sided paper. There are two hull painting variants pictured on one side of the paper and a 5-step construction guide on the other. Also pictured on the instruction sheet is a layout of the sprue's with parts attached and photo-etch parts.

Sprues: The parts attached to the sprue are colored grey and there are two per kit.

German Type UB-1 submarine

Published: March 25th, 2018     
German Type UB-1 submarine
Reviewed by: John Noack - IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/144
Company: MikroMir

History

"The Type UB I was a class of small coastal submarines (U-boats) built in Germany at the beginning of the First World War. Built to meet the need for small maneuverable submarines able to operate in the narrow, shallow seas off Flanders, the vessels were intended to be quickly constructed, then shipped by rail and assembled at their port of operation. The design effort began in mid-August 1914 and by mid-October the first 15 boats were ordered from two German shipyards. The German Imperial Navy subsequently ordered an additional pair of boats to replace two sold to Austria-Hungary, who ordered a further three boats in April 1915. A total of 20 UB Is were built. Construction of the first boats for Germany began in early November 1914; all 20 were completed by October 1915. Several of the first boats underwent trials in German home waters, but the rest were assembled and tested at either Antwerp or Pola. The German boats operated primarily in the Flanders, Baltic, and Constantinople Flotillas. The boats were about 28 metres (92 ft) long and displaced 127 tonnes (125 long tons) when surfaced and 142 tonnes (140 long tons) while submerged.