Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Kriegsmarine Searchlight Set

Published: March 13th, 2019     
Kriegsmarine Searchlight Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:200
Company: Veteran Models

Background

(from The Battleship Bismarck, By Stefan Draminski

German battleships and heavy cruisers were equipped with seven searchlights for illumination at night or in poor visibility conditions. They were produced by Siemens-Schuckertwerke and had a diameter of 1500 mm. Three signal lamps were also provided: one on either side of the admiral's bridge, and one on a platform at the base of the mainmast.

Veteran Models Searchlight Set provides seven 1540 mm searchlights and three signal lamps, both with transparent plastic lenses. The kit includes extremely finely cast resin parts with amazing detail, and a small photoetch fret, also with amazing detail. The resin pieces are exquisitely cast with virtually no imperfections. There is some minor flash on the parts, but no bubbles or voids. Some of the resin and photoetch pieces are extremely small and delicate.

Each searchlight assembly includes 18 parts and is built in six steps. The searchlight can be assembled with a movable lamp assembly or it can be fixed in place.

R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set

Published: March 6th, 2019     
R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

I would like to thank Master Model for this review sample.

Master Model continues to "turn" out metal details for the ship modeler and this one is indispensable. For anyone who has tried to work with tall thin masts made of plastic in small scale, the mast either end up being too thick so they don't bend or too flexible if they are to scale. The solution is either wood or metal for thin masts that don't bend, but the trick is achieving the required taper with this material. If you are not a machinist, skilled at turning wood or brass, Master Model comes to the rescue.

I was surprised to find when I opened the package that the rather long masts were put into a bag too small to hold them. This was noticeable when I removed the display card. The result was that the taller main mast was bent 90 degrees and the bag itself was not sealed. I was able to gently bend the mast straight using smooth jawed pliers. I hope this was a packaging anomaly.

French Battleships 1914 - 45

Published: March 6th, 2019     
French Battleships 1914 - 45
Author: Ryan K. Noppen
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

Despite having produced the world's first ocean-going ironclad warship in 1859, the Glorie, the French Navy (Marine Nationale Francaise) entered the twentieth century unsure of its direction and at the mercy of confusing political demands. It was left with a hodgepodge of capital ships at the end of the nineteenth century few in number and facing obsolescence. It took the emergence of Germany's Imperial Navy, the Mediterranean threat from Italy and Austria-Hungary, as well as its traditional rivalry with Britain's Royal Navy to shake the French Navy and the Marine Ministry from their stupor and confusion, and institute a program leading to the development of modern battleships.

Divided primarily into four sections, this edition of Osprey's New Vanguard naval series describes:

Kriegsmarine Fire Control Set

Published: March 3rd, 2019     
Kriegsmarine Fire Control Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/200
Company: Veteran Models

Background

German battleships and heavy cruisers were equipped with three armored fire-control posts (in the conning tower, on the foretop, and on top of the aft superstructure. Target selectors around the foretop selected air targets. Each of the selectors, called ZAGs, worked in conjunction with one of the Directors for targeting. Veteran Models Fire Control Set provides 4 - ZAG Light Flak Directors, 4 - Zielsaule C/38 S Night Directors, plus 8 - 1540mm Search Light Directors.

The resin pieces are exquisitely cast with extremely fine detail, and virtually no imperfections. There is some very minor flash on the parts, but no bubbles or voids. The eyepieces even have recessed ends! The small photoetch fret provides hand wheels for the Light Controllers and Night Directors, and there are several spares for the extremely small pieces.

The Flak director has 3 resin pieces, and the other equipment is one resin piece plus photoetch hand wheels. Other than being very small, the parts go together very well and add excellent detail.

Kriegsmarine Observation Equipment Set

Published: February 24th, 2019     
Kriegsmarine Observation Equipment Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:200
Company: Veteran Models

Background

For directing the 38cm and 15cm guns, Bismarck was equipped with three armored fire control posts (in the conning tower, on the foretop, and on top of the aft superstructure. The main and aft control posts were equipped with 10.5m rangefinders, while the front control post received a 7m rangefinder. Each station was also equipped with optical target givers (Zielgeber C/38 S), two pieces in the aft post and three each in the fore and main posts. Binocular columns were also probably placed in the fire control posts. Veteran Models provides a diagram of the Bismarck showing possible locations for the equipment. The Battleship Bismarck By Stefan Draminski

Veteran Models Kit

Veteran Models Kriegsmarine Observation Equipment set provides 12 DF 10 x 80 binoculars on columns, 10 compasses, and 10 pieces of the C/38 S Target Givers. The resin pieces are exquisitely cast with extremely fine detail, and virtually no imperfections. The small photoetch fret provide elevating handles and braces for the binocular columns, and the compass hand ring.

Other than being very small, the parts go together very well and add excellent detail.

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