Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War
Author: Edward Hampshire; Illustrator: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Edward Hampshire graduated from the University of Oxford in 1998 with a BA in History. He completed his Masters in War Studies / Naval History at King's College in London in 2002 with a dissertation on the British Naval intervention in the Baltic, 1918-1920. Edward completed his Ph.D. in War Studies/ Naval History in 2009., with a thesis on British naval equipment of the 1960s. His focus is Cold War era navies and British defense policy since WWII. Dr. Hampshire has taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has worked at the National Archives. He has been featured on television and radio, including the BBC, ITV, ABC, and NBC. Dr. Hampshire's previous book was published in 2013, East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic, British Naval Policy 1964-70. He also co-authored British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources, published in 2008. Osprey published Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers (New Vanguard 242) in 2017. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since 2012.

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

Published: August 18th, 2018     
R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

The tragedy of the Titanic sinking is legendary and needs no introduction. For those of us who are, or will build the 1/350 Minicraft Titanic kit, this mast set is a cause for celebration!

I have personally had this ship kit half built and left for a good number of years. I had already scratch built many items to adorn the bridge, grand staircases, and other areas, as well as acquiring about every brass photo-etch set and even a wooden deck set. When I saw this Mast set show up for review, I had to have it and hopefully kick start my enthusiasm to finish this long drawn out build! Goodness knows how much grief I've gotten over the years from my wife and model buddies about when the Titanic will be finished!

Master continues to build on their extensive offerings, and this brass mast set is every bit as spectacular as other Master Model brass and photo-etch sets I've had the pleasure of using.

The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Published: August 14th, 2018     
The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058
Author: Waldemar Goralski & Dariusz Miszczak
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series, focusing on a single ship at a particular point in time (appearance). 16058 illustrates the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Maya in its final 1944 so-called Anti-Aircraft (AA) fit. Maya was one of the four Takao class heavy cruisers important to IJN naval efforts in WW2. Damage from a bomb hit from US carrier planes while at Rabaul in 1943 led to Maya becoming the first AA conversion of IJN five-turret heavy cruisers. The C turret (closest to the bridge) was replaced by two of the ubiquitous 127mm/40 Type 89 twin open antiaircraft mounts, along with additional 25mm mounts (triple and single) throughout the ship. Maya shipped six twin 127mm AA mounts instead of the usual four carried by larger Japanese heavy cruisers This gave Maya a unique and distinctive difference from her sister ships and other cruiser classes, and a favorite modeling subject. Maya was sunk by US submarines on the way to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November 1944 and did not get to utilize her recently enhanced AA capacity.

USS Missouri (BB-63) Legends of Warfare

Published: August 11th, 2018     
USS Missouri (BB-63) Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle books

David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage.

Doyle covers the history of the USS Missouri from launch to final service and retirement as a memorial and monument now located at Pearl Harbor. Most know of the role the USS Missouri played at the end of World War II, as the stage for the signing of surrender papers by representatives of the Japanese government. Doyle, of course, addresses that claim to historical fame, and extends the story of the USS Missouri with extensive coverage of the role played by the USS Missouri in the Korean conflict, Operation Desert Storm, and the unfortunate grounding of the USS Missouri off Old Point Comfort, Virginia. The images in the book, some published for the first time, were provided by the Naval Archives and Records Administration, as well as other sources.

Project 661 Anchar (NATO reporting name Papa class)

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
Project 661 Anchar (NATO reporting name Papa class)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers. This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction. The overall assembly of this kit was relatively easy with 23 plastic parts and 11 photoetched parts included. Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which represents a one-off design that was the fastest submarine produced to date.