Ships

Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

USS Independence LCS-2 - First Look

Published: October 13th, 2010     
USS Independence LCS-2 - First Look
Reviewed by: Ray Byers - IPMS# 44782
Scale: 1/700
Company: Dragon Models

The Ship

The USS Independence (LCS-2) is the second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned by the U. S. Navy, and the leader of the Independence class. She is an aluminum high speed trimaran capable of speeds in excess of 44 knots (50mph), with a range of over 4300 nautical miles at 18 knots. Commissioned on 16 Jan 2010, she has a length of 418 feet and beam of 104 feet, with a large flight deck and mission bay located beneath the flight deck. Capable of handling many types of aircraft, including the CH-53 and the V-22 Osprey, she can be configured to accomplish many different missions through the use of "mission" modules. Very cool ship!

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #36, Summer 2010

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #36, Summer 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

ModelArt special subject magazines are really softbound reference books on a particular subject. ModelArt Summer 2010 No. 36 is entirely devoted to ships, so armor, aircraft and care buffs need not apply. In No. 36, the early, non-Akagi and non-Kaga aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy are the topics - Hosho and Ryujo. You also get an update on US Navy amphibious warfare model kits and as-built Hiryu and Soryu kit modifications as bonuses. This issue

U-boat IXC Turn-II U-176

Published: October 12th, 2010     
U-boat IXC Turn-II U-176
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mirage Hobby

German U-boat U-176 was ordered on 23 December 1939, and had her keel laid on 6 February 1941. She was launched on 12 September 1491, and was commissioned on 15 December in 1941 at Deschimag AG Wesser in Bremen. The boat was lost with all fifty-three hands on 15 May 1943, while on patrol near Havana, sunk by the Cuban patrol boat CS-13 after being spotted by an American OS2U Kingfisher on watch in the area. During the boat's career, she served under a single commanding officer, Reiner Dierksen, performed training cruises with the fourth flotilla from 15 December 1941 until 31 July 1942, and was the front boat of the tenth flotilla on a cruise beginning 1 August 1942 until her loss. There were eleven ships sunk by U-176 during her career, consisting of 53,307 gross rated tons.

Osprey German Commerce Raider vs. British Cruiser; The Atlantic & Pacific 1941

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Osprey German Commerce Raider vs. British Cruiser; The Atlantic & Pacific 1941
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038

The idea of comparing combatants and combat actions from various historical conflicts is intriguing, whether real or imagined. This new Osprey publication provides a refreshing historical account of British cruiser encounters with German commerce raiders. A single Hilfskreuzer could sortie for a long time, disguised as a merchant ship, sinking commercial shipping. When caught by a British warship, the Hilfskreuzer often effectively exploited the element of surprise, in some case sinking a warship of superior size and firepower. Countering this threat was a challenge to the British Navy, who did eventually prevail over the raiders.

British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45

Published: October 12th, 2010     
British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739

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.

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