Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45

Published: October 12th, 2010     
British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Osprey Publishing

Most of you have heard of PT Boats, E-Boats, and MTBs. There have been movies, books, and some good models of these boats. But a class that doesn't get that much attention is the British Motor Gun Boats or MGBs. This 48 page soft-cover book starts with the development of these craft. The Motor Torpedo Boats did not have the firepower to take on their German cousins, so the initial thought was to remove the torpedo tubes and add heavier weapons. Later, boats made specifically as MGBs were created and finally, some of these were rearmed with torpedos by the end of the war, making a full circle.

Molch Midget Submarine

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Molch Midget Submarine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The "Molch" (German for "Salamander" or "Newt") was the first midget submarine developed by the Kriegsmarine, with the intention being a single person manned delivery vehicle for a pair of torpedoes. The first Molch was delivered on 12 June 1944, and AG Weser in Bremen would build nearly four hundred (depending on the reference, the number varies from 363 to 393). The electric propulsion system was designed for coastal operations, providing a range of 40 miles at a submerged speed of 5 knots. The complicated trim and dive controls made combat operations hazardous at best for the submariners, and the boats were later relegated to train submariners for using the follow-on, more advanced mini-subs.

Molch midget submarines were used in the Mediterranean in Operation Dragon along the French Riviera on the night of 25 to 26 September 1944 where 10 of 12 boats were lost without damaging a single Allied vessel. Between January and April 1945, Molch and Biber midget submarines tallied one hundred and two missions at the cost of seventy boats being lost, while sinking only seven small allied vessels and damaging another two.

WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks

Published: October 11th, 2010     
WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

I was intrigued by the title of this PE set when I was notified by John Noack of its availability and was very excited when it arrived. You would think that a set titled "WWII USN Accommodation Ladders and Gangplanks" would not stir the imagination, after all accommodation ladders are available in other sets. But I have never seen gangplanks offered anywhere. It is a subject often neglected by PE manufacturers - "how do you get on and off a ship." Well, this PE set is the answer.

There is a lot of detail and options packed into this small set:

Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper and Prinz Eugen Class

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper and Prinz Eugen Class
Author: Mirosław Skwiot
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Kagero Publishing

In the last several years, Kagero Publishing of Lublin, Poland has rapidly expanded, providing a host of publications for modelers. Its newest series is War Camera Photobooks. As the series suggests, it uses photographs from World War Two to illustrate, in this case, German Heavy Cruisers. With the recent release by Trumpeter of the Prinz Eugen and Admiral Hipper in 1/350 and 1/700 scales, this book is a timely release.

WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I

Published: August 31st, 2009     
WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Bottom Line

None better - has very fine sagged and straight railings in 2- and 3-bar styles.

Photoetch Set Review

Lion Roar has a large line of 1/700 photoetch accessories for United States, Japanese, German and Royal Navy WW2 navies. This set is devoted exclusively to US Navy railings, both 2- and 3-bar varieties.

The fret contains seven types of railings: