We start this issue with a mention of the IPMS Magazine. Naval articles are not common but the March/April issue included the build of a 1:96 scale H.M.S. Dreadnought for radio control and the May/June issue the build of a 1:350 scale ‘K’ Class submarine and photographs of H.M.S. Eagle Mediterranean ops in the late 1950’s.
Seaforth Publishing have released their World Naval Review 2017, of particular interest being the description of the Japanese Akizuki Class and the U.S. Zumwalt destroyers. Remaining with destroyers, Profile Morskie have published No.151, H.M.S. Janus 1941, with the usual collection of drawings.
A recent, very interesting publication from Poland (English language) is Naval Archives,
now on Issues 05 and 06. Of particular interest in Issue 05 is just a colour drawing
of Lützow and some 3D drawings of O.R.P. Burza but battleship enthusiasts will welcome
the 3D drawings of Barham and the article on the King George V Class. However, Issue
06 includes articles on the Austro-
Volume 4 of the Seaforth Publishing British Warship Recognition series (i.e. facsimile reproductions of the Perkins Identification Albums held by the National Maritime Museum) has been released. This volume covers cruisers from Calliope Class (1915) back to the Amazon Class (1865), hence complementing volume 3 which continues with cruisers up to 1939.
Whilst on books and magazines, don’t forget the continuing series on 1:700 scale dioramas by our own Chris Drage in the Model Boats magazine.
Dragon have released some more ‘Premium Editions’ of earlier 1:700 scale kits – this time its three Type 42 destroyers – H.M.S. Sheffield (Batch 1) with ‘nostrils’ on the funnel and Type 965 radar, H.M.S. Liverpool (Batch 2) with Type 1022 radar and optional Phalanx CIWS and H.M.S. York (Batch 3) with Type 1022 radar, Phalanx CIWS, ‘stealth’ 4.5” gun and longer hull. The Premium Edition includes an etched brass sheet with guardrails, flightdeck netting (rather unrealistic), helicopter rotor blades, yardarms and (most importantly) the Type 965/1022 radar.
AJM Models have released a kit of H.M.S. Vindictive (700-
As we have strayed into including submarines, a mention of the new 1:700 scale resin kit of the Oberon Class from Starling Models sees appropriate. Just three resin parts – a hull and alternative sonar domes – two etched brass diving planes and an etched brass anchor – and the colour scheme is black. What could be simpler?
For those of you who feel you have outgrown the Airfix kits you bought for two shillings and sixpence in Woolworths all those years ago, but still have them sitting on the shelf or in the attic, Atlantic Models produce etched brass sets for the Leander Class frigates, the destroyers Devonshire, Cossack and Hotspur, and the cruiser Tiger. These will make a great difference to these kits – and its much cheaper than buying one of the newer resin kits! There are many more promised, including one for the Amazon Class frigates.
Our first photograph is of some scratch-
Jonathan Burns has been repainting and repairing a few very old models recently in order to sell them on eBay and make room in his cabinet for the current production run. Including among these were an old Matchbox San Diego model which has been painted as U.S.S. Atlanta and also the Japanese cruisers Jintsu, Atago and Suzuya. He has also been attempting to make some sea bases and here are some pictures of his efforts.
Some photographs of the cruisers Exeter and York by Dave Eyles -
Some late news -