Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

World War II US Fast Carrier Task Force Tactics 1943-45

Published: January 27th, 2020     
World War II US Fast Carrier Task Force Tactics 1943-45
Author: Brian Lane Herder
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing

Brian Lane Herder is a WW2 naval enthusiast and legislative librarian for Kansas state government. Adam Hook did the illustrations and Martin Windrow is the Series Editor.

You get a 9.75 X 7.25 inches size paperback book with ten sections. You get 8 full-page, full color Plates (illustration by Adam Hook), 18 full color photos (most not seen before), 25 B&W photos (most not seen before), 7 tables/diagrams. The full color Plates visualize tactics of fleet deployment and attacks, and are the highlight and main reason for reading this book. Almost every page has a photograph or is an illustration, making this book an easy read with eye-catching visuals. Some of the photographs are in color and most have sharp detail. Most photos appear to be presented for the first time. The prose is easy to follow and efficient.

Kawasaki Type Tanker PE Scale Set #794

Published: January 27th, 2020     
Kawasaki Type Tanker PE Scale Set #794
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1:700
Company: Tom's Modelworks

Bottom Line

Tom's Modelworks supplies a hefty, highly-detailed PE set for the Fujimi family of 12 large, Kawasaki-type Imperial Japanese Navy fleet tankers. This PE set is for advanced modelers with some scratch-building experience.

Brief History

The Kawasaki type tankers were twelve large (~10000 tons) tankers that were designed in the mid-1930s with the intention of joining the fleet in wartime, to be refitted with underway refueling of warships. Although there were some variations in dimensions from different yards, they were very similar in appearance and performance. Seven were used during the Pearl Harbor attack, and all were extensively used by the fleet, but none survived the war.

What You Get

This PE set includes parts for twelve Kawasaki type auxiliary tankers in pre-war or wartime appearances. Ships in this class where: Genyo Maru, Itsukushima Maru, Kenyo Maru, Kokuyo Maru, Kyokuto Maru, Nichiei Maru, Nippon Maru, Shinkoku Maru, Tatekawa Maru, Toa Maru, Toei Maru and Toho Maru.

RN R Class Submarines

Published: January 26th, 2020     
RN R Class Submarines
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov has provided super little set of 4 submarines which represent all the various produced of this class of British Submarine ordered at the end of WW1. They were the forerunner of the modern Attack submarine. They produced 12 of these small diesel electric submarines. All but 2 were scrapped by 1923. The remaining two until 1929 and 1934.

Included is:

  • Four resin parts
  • Four Photo Etch Sheets
  • Four different resin submarines
  • Instruction Sheet

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resin bases.

The instruction sheet is very basic but enough to get them built. You just must ensure you use the correct Photo Etch sheet with the right resin submarine. Here is a quick list to help

  • PE sheet RA is for submarine R10
  • PE sheet RB is for submarine R12
  • PE sheet RC is for submarine R3 or R4
  • PE sheet RD is for submarine R1 or R2

The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful with the Photo etch pats are placed in the correct place.

The Glorious First of June 1794

Published: January 16th, 2020     
The Glorious First of June 1794
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

By 1765 Britain had achieved hegemony in Europe, North America, India, Africa and the West Indies over archrival France with its decisive victory in the Seven Years War (1756-1763) fought on 5 continents and the sea (Quiberon Bay). However, the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in 1791, and the emergence of revolutionary France was an entirely new phenomenon, and by 1793 virtually all of the major European nations, all headed by monarchs, had declared war on the new French Republic. As a result, France in 1794 was threatened by famine and risked all by organizing a massive North America to France food convoy against the Royal Navy and harsh North Atlantic seas.

"Illustrated throughout with stunning full-colour artwork, this is the full story of the only fleet action during the Age of Fighting Sail fought in the open ocean, hundreds of miles from shore. Taking place over the course of a month, the inevitable battle was to be a close-run affair, with both sides claiming victory. To the French, it was le Bataille du 13 prairial, a notable day in their new, scientific Revolutionary calendar. For the British, it was the Glorious First of June."

USS New York (BB-34) - Legends of Warfare

Published: December 15th, 2019     
USS New York (BB-34) - Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Schiffer Publishing

The Author

David Doyle's earliest published works appeared in periodicals aimed at the hobby of historic military vehicle restoration. By 1999 this included regular features in leading hobby publications, appearing regularly in US, English, and Polish magazines. Since 2003, over 100 of his books have been published. Broadening his horizons from his initial efforts concerning vehicles, he soon added aircraft and warships to his research objectives.


The book is divided into six chapters all covering the beginning construction to the final day of the ship.