Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

The Royal Netherlands Navy of World War II

Published: September 25th, 2020     
The Royal Netherlands Navy of World War II
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849

Much like its European contemporary France, the Netherlands entered the twentieth century with a considerable empire, a strong naval tradition, and a current navy badly in need of modernization and decisive political direction. Being on friendly terms with Great Britain through much of the 19th century ensured that the far-flung Dutch imperial possessions in the East Indies could count on the protection of the Royal Navy. The Royal Netherlands Navy need only keep small, inexpensive coastal vessels on hand for immediate defense. However, by the early 20th century, the Second Boer War with Britain in South Africa, coupled with Japanese naval expansion following Japan's victory in the Russo-Japanese War changed the calculus in the minds of Dutch naval leadership.

Vosper MTB 74 with Crew- Part 2

Published: September 20th, 2020     
Vosper MTB 74 with Crew- Part 2
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

In Part One, I alluded to some issues I had with the windows in the kit so I'll start with that.  The portholes had acetate to represent the glass, which turned out to be larger than the flat spots they were intended to nestle into, so most had to be trimmed down.  The same needed to be done for the ones that were in the deck.  

Although the deck is meant to be screwed down, I elected to glue it as well, and discovered a section on each side of the deck that had flash which I hadn't caught, and I paid for that by having to remove a glued-up deck just for that purpose, but in the end it turned out OK.  Word to the wise: make sure that's cleaned up before putting the deck on.

Israeli Gal Class Submarine

Published: September 5th, 2020     
Israeli Gal Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov has provided another very nice kit with the Israeli Gal submarine which represent a diesel-electric submarine developed and constructed in the Vickers Shipyard in the UK for the Israeli Navy. They were based on the German 206 class submarines. The "Gal" (Hebrew for Wave) class entered service in the late 1970's and were all replaced by the Dolphin Class by the early 2000's.

  • One resin part
  • Two very small photoetch sheets

The detail quality is great; The resin submarine is very delicate an you need to be carefully removed from the resin base.

There was no instruction sheet provided, this was not a problem as it was a simple build.

The Assembly is quick and easy.

The metal stand is a good addition to the kit.

The final part is painting.

This is my seventh one of these great kits and I really enjoy building these and they make a wonderful display all lined up.

Thanks go to OKB for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Vosper MTB 74 with Crew (Part 1)

Published: September 1st, 2020     
Vosper MTB 74 with Crew (Part 1)
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

Italeri's 1/35 scale version of the Vosper MTB 74 which was used on the 28 March 1942 Operation Chariot Saint Nazaire raid comes in a big box. It was a specially configured boat having most of its offensive armament removed and having two torpedo tubes added to the foredeck. It also had special muffler silencers added. It successfully hit the nets which protected the docks, torpedoed the lock gates and achieved its mission, but was sunk on its way back home. Chariot achieved its goal of disabling the only dry dock in German-occupied France which could handle the Tirpitz so that forced her to return to Germany for any repairs.

The kit is molded in gray plastic and includes a fret of photoetched details, a decal sheet, a clear sheet, screw, ropes, and seven crew figures. The hull is in two pieces with just the aft transom area being separate.

WWII YD72 USN Crane Barges I

Published: September 1st, 2020     
WWII YD72 USN Crane Barges I
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Thanks to DragonUSA for supplying the resin/PE set for review and IPMSUSA staff for handling the request and publishing this review.

Bottom Line: LionRoar has produced a line of WW2 US Navy barges, either mixed resin + photoetch or all metal photoetch. Few parts, a tricky PE folding and assembly job for an unusual subject that would be a necessity for dockyard dioramas. Would have liked better instructions and decals for the barge YD number, but a quirky, fun build. Change of pace weekender for the more advanced modeler.

Brief History

Cranes are ubiquitous at harbor dockyards. Some are permanently mounted on a flat barge and towed to wherever they are needed. Unlike warships and auxiliary ships, information on barges is rare and suspect. In 1940, the US Navy delivered its first all welded steel crane, with a lifting capacity of 25 tons - YD72. The barge was 100 ft long and 45 ft wide, and stationed at Mare Island Navy Yard, California. It was sold for scrap in 1975, outliving most WW2 warships.

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