Issue 119, March 2018


- H.M.S. PENELOPE - Part 1 of a review of the Flyhawk 1:700 scale kit by Rob Brown

- A BRACE OF MEDITERRANEAN MINELAYERS - two 1:600 scale models from Nigel Denchfield

- Z-CLASS TORPEDO BOATS - a 1:350 scale model of an early 20th century vessel

- 40mm ROLLS-ROYCE GUN -  1:10 scale model by Pete Stern

If you would like to look at the index of previous issues, please visit the list on this website.



Following the veritable flood of new models at the end of 2017, 2018 is beginning with a drought – although Flyhawk are actively advertising their destroyers Kelly and Legion, so hopefully these will be released soon.

One model new to me, although I’m not sure exactly when it was released, is the 1:350 river patrol boat Birago built during the first part of World War I in Austria-Hungary.  The resin kit is produced by ROP o.s. of Czechoslovakia.  The waterline hull is just over 10cm long and, as well as the resin components, there is a small sheet of etched material.

Following their 1:600 etched brass for the Airfix Manxman, Atlantic Models have released a 1:700 scale sheet for the Matchbox/Revell Ariadne.  This is not just a scaled down copy of the first sheet but reflects the differences between the two vessels.

Publisher have been active, the first being Osprey with British Destroyers 1939-45 (Wartime-built classes).  By Angus Konstam, this follows on from his previous book on pre-war designs and offers a low cost introduction.  Kagero’s Naval Archives 07 has an article entitled ‘The Last Classic Destroyers’, another describing the Russian navy in the 21st century and some drawings of the protected cruiser Varyag.

The Polish language modelling magazine Modelarstwo Okrętowe (nr 73, 6/2017) has a 1:150 scale drawing of the modified Black Swan Class sloop H.M.S. Starling, 1:350 scale colour drawings of the destroyers H.M.S Westminster and H.M.A.S. Vampire and 1:50 scale drawings of U.S. depth charge throwers and rails.  [If anybody speaks fluent Polish do let me know as I have lots of Polish language books and magazines, all containing lovely drawings, and I would like to read more of the accompanying text.]  The e-magazine Ship Modeller, issue 4, contains reviews of three 1:350 models, the Orange Hobby Stereguschiy corvette, the Starling Models Algerine class minesweeper H.M.S. Brave and the Combrig late 19th century destroyer H.M.S. Earnest.

As well as a general review of all the world’s navies, the 2018 World Naval Review from Seaforth contains more detail on both South Korea and the Royal Navy.  The ‘significant ships’ featured are the U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyers, the German Baden-Wurttemberg (F125) frigates and the R.N.Z.N. Otago Class O.P.V.s.  The first two are accompanied by 1:700 scale drawings and the third, being smaller, by a 1:500 scale drawing, all drawings being by John Jordan.  So, plenty to read!

Les Walden has sent in some photographs of the Revell/Matchbox 1/72 Corvette that he built several years ago.  It was pretty much straight from the kit.  All the pipe railings on the deck house were individual pieces of Evergreen plastic rod.  The rectangular life raft was also made out of Evergreen plastic.  He narrowed the keel and made smoke candles.  The deck rail posts were aftermarket parts.  The 4" gun, gun shield, 20 mms and pom-pom were detailed out.  Other things that were detailed included the ventilators and radar dome.  The model was donated to the Victoria, BC Maritime Museum.  Its appraised value was $1,500.

The last two photographs, from Nigel Denchfield, show an ex-U.S.N. Rhine Patrol Boat at the Boat Show.  It was used as the admiral’s flag ship in the recent film Dunkirk and did manage to look like an R.N. MGB.

A wide variety of topics for this issue but there is always room for more, so please let us all know about your interests and efforts – and don’t forget if you hear of anything new, let me know.

And finally, a tip from Bob Spooner


You will need a computer and colour inkjet printer for this operation.  Import from the web the flag required and save on computer.  Import into the program you use to manipulate picture - I use Coreldraw but any program that will adjust size to that required and output to your printer will do.  Scale to the correct size for your model and print in colour on ordinary A4 paper.  This operation is just to find the placement of the flag on the paper so that when re-printed it will be in the same place.

Now take a piece of cigarette paper and tape all round covering the image on the paper.  Pass through printer again so that the image is printed on the cigarette paper.  It might print through the cigarette paper so that it is on both sides but if not reverse the image and repeat the operation.  Both flags may then be glued with PVA back to back.  Because the cigarette paper is so thin the flags may be crumpled realistically.



Having written the above and before I can send this issue out, I find the drought has come to an end with four models from a company that is new to me - Bigblueboy: the French frigate La Fayette, the Singaporean frigate Formidable, the French FREMM Aquitaine and the Saudi frigate Al Riyadh.  These are all 1:700 scale resin models and the company is also producing accessories and detail sets.  More in the next issue.


The cutting on the left was reprinted in the Daily Telegraph exactly 100 years after first appearing.

Thanks to Nigel Denchfield for bringing it to my attention.