Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat
Author: Zdzislaw Kryger
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Kagero Publishing

I would like to thank Kagero for this review sample

Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition
Author: Leo Marriot
Reviewed by: Luke Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

This book is also available in a hardback version (302 pages) priced at $55.00.

Casemate Publishers has reprinted a definitive review of the so-called "Treaty Cruisers" by Leo Marriot. The author has a long list of military books to his credit, focusing on WW2 ground actions and WW2 to modern naval subjects, including this title. He is known for an excellent book on the Titanic and The Universe, with illustrated views from the Hubble Space Telescope.

You get a 9.25 X 6 inches size paperback book with three Parts, 14 Chapters and four Appendices. Although the covers have a red tint, the book is completely B&W (no color) inside. The small print text is interspersed with B&W photos of ships, most of which are seen elsewhere, but there are a few rare ones. There are also small line drawings of profiles of ships. But mostly, this book is crammed full of text.

Kriegsmarine Searchlight Set

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


(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: