Reviews of products for scale ship models, including submarines.

IJN 14cm Barrels Without or With Blast Bags Sets

Published: October 21st, 2018     
IJN 14cm Barrels Without or With Blast Bags Sets
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master Model

What You Get

A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.

These barrels are intended for Ise and Nagato battleship classes (secondary armament), Hosho aircraft carrier, Tenryu, Kuma, Nagara, Sendai, Yubari, and Katori light cruiser classes, and tenders Nisshin, Itsukushima, Okinoshima, and Jingei (Figure 3). Other auxiliaries and armed merchant cruisers carried this weapon as well. Be sure to check your references since Hosho, light cruisers and auxiliaries were refitted, sometimes removing or altering the number of 14cm gun mounts. And of course, check references to see if blast bags were fitted on your build. Another way to determine whether or not blast bags were fitted is to check the original kit barrels/mounts.

British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"

Published: October 15th, 2018     
British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"
Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.

Tru-Color Green Gray and Brown Paint - Military Ships Series

Published: October 8th, 2018     
Tru-Color Green Gray and Brown Paint - Military Ships Series
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: All
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Thank you to Tru-Color Paint for providing an assortment of their Military Ships Series paints to review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out some of this excellent paint line. This review focuses on product application and ease of use.

Tru-Color Paint describes this product line as a solvent-based acrylic paint. What this means for the modeler is that the same safety precautions required for enamels and others must be used with these paints. The Tru-Color website describes acrylic component as the polymer for surface bonding.

German Battleship / Cruiser Barrels

Published: September 30th, 2018     
German Battleship / Cruiser Barrels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For ship modelers looking to improve the appearance of their German WWI battleship or cruiser, Master Model has released three sets that will replace the gun barrels from the kit with their beautifully produced brass alternatives. The sets in this review will replace the 30.5 cm, 10.5 cm, and 8.8 cm gun barrels used by the German Navy. Modelers with some experience with aftermarket parts should have little issue in replacing the kit parts with the brass barrels.

The Forgotten War of the Royal Navy - Baltic Sea 1918-1920

Published: September 26th, 2018     
The Forgotten War of the Royal Navy - Baltic Sea 1918-1920
Author: Michal Glock
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: MMP Books

From its title, this book purports to be about the Royal Navy, but only a minority of the text is devoted to that service. There is no mention of it at all until page 34 (Out of 144 pages total, or roughly almost 25% of the way through the book), where the fate of some submarines sent to the Baltic in 1915 is covered in one paragraph. The Royal Navy then does not re-appear until page 46. While some Royal Navy ships, primarily light cruisers, destroyers, torpedo boats and submarines, were involved in the fighting in this area during the post war period, the part they played was small, usually only involved a few ships and would only merit a footnote in most histories. One interesting aspect is that the HMS Vindictive, a cruiser converted with a "flying off deck" was deployed to the area and some RNAS aircraft, albeit flying from land bases, were used in bombing attacks against ships and shore targets. At the back of the book are line drawings of representative British and Russian/Estonian ships that were involved with brief descriptions of each type and there is a six-page chart listing all the non-British ships that were involved with technical specifications for each.