The colour of wooden decks, whether ‘highly scrubbed’ in peacetime or ‘weathered’ in wartime, is frequently a matter for discussion among modellers. Lifecolor may be able to help with their recent ‘White Wood’ set of acrylic paints, which includes ‘old pealed decks’, ‘old lightened wood’, ‘rough light grey’, ‘rough light brown’, ‘stripped wood’ and ‘wooden grey umber’. If you try these, please let us know what you think?
For those interested in card modelling, Coastal Forces In Paper have released the latest in their 1:250 scale series – a Saint Class Rescue Tug of 1942.
Moving to a more familiar modelling media – resin – Dodo Models have released a 1:700 scale kit of the Royal Netherlands Navy De Zeven Provincien Class Frigate, a modern ship displaying the current approach to ship design of ‘shaping’ to reduce radar returns. Also, AJM Models of Poland have released the Hawkins Class Cruiser, H.M.S. Raleigh, a much older ship from the early 20th century.
I’m not sure precisely when these next two kits, also at 1:700 scale, were released
but both manufacturers are new to me. Firstly, we have Ocean Moon with a diminutive
model of the Imperial Chinese Navy Lung Tuan Destroyer and then YG Model with an
even smaller model of the Russian Type P.21630 Corvette. For some reason the Ocean
Moon kit also includes a rather crude plastic sprue of boats, anchors, etc. which
seems to bear no relationship to the model – could be good for spares though? The
Lung Tuan was designed by Yarrow in Great Britain and built at Trieste in Austria-
Another Russian Corvette, this time a P.21631, has been released by Kombrig together with a German destroyer of 1912, S14. Although the name Kombrig appears on both boxes, the instructions, which have a very different format to other Kombrig instructions, carry the name . This website only sells submarines of WWI so this looks like a case of Kombrig marketing another manufacturers product.
Dodo Models have also released the rather unusual Soviet Navy Udarnyi – a River Monitor,
complete with two KV-
Moving up to 1:350 scale, Starling Models have released a kit of an Algerine Class
Minesweeper. Those who liked (and were impressed by) their 1:700 scale waterline
kit will absolutely love this larger full-
A change to plastic kits and back to 1:700 scale – Flyhawk have released another
Royal Navy Cruiser, this time the famous H.M.S. Penelope (‘Pepperpot’) as in 1940.
This is available in both ‘standard’ and ‘deluxe’ editions, the latter including
two sheets of etched brass (also available separately) and brass barrels for both
6” and 4” guns. A self-
Starling Models have released two new sheets of etched brass, both at 1:700 scale – a set of boat details, mainly different size oars and rudders, and a set of cargo hooks and rigging, ideal if you want to display a vessel raising or lowering an aircraft or boat. As mentioned in the last issue, Atlantic Models are continuing to release etched brass at 1:600 scale – this time the Type 21 Frigate and the minelayer, H.M.S. Manxman. Flyhawk have released details at 1:350, many for general use (ventilators, anchors, lockers, etc) but one dedicated to the Russian Cruiser Varyag.
For those who have been following Chris Drage’s series in the Model Boats magazines, in the Winter 2017 issue Chris turns away from dioramas and describes the corrections needed to the Tamiya kit of an O Class Destroyer to produce accurate O & P Class Destroyer models. Kagero’s Naval Archives 07 includes H.M.S. Warspite for battleship fans, the Grumman Avenger for those interested in aircraft carriers and their aircraft, but most importantly a fascinating article entitled ‘The Last Classic Destroyers’ – mainly British and American destroyers being featured.
Volume V of the Perkins Identification Albums has been published and this is a ‘must have’ for anybody interested in Royal Navy Destroyers of the first half of the 20th century. As well as destroyers, it describes torpedo boats and coastal craft from 1867 to 1939. As with the previous volumes, the drawings are superb but, being at a larger scale, even more effective. As well as the hundreds of profile drawings, there are many detail sketches showing different mast arrangements and funnel details. Do put this book on your Christmas list!
Of course, the big event of November was Scale ModelWorld and a very warm welcome to the six gentlemen who added their name to our membership list this year. I hope you will find these quarterly newsletters informative and please don’t be shy to contribute, whether it be about your modelling exploits or a vessel (or class of vessels) in which you have a particular interest. Hope to see you again next year with a model or two to enhance our display?
I’ll finish now with some models from the competition.