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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
The last two photographs, from Nigel Denchfield, show an ex-
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 –
PRODUCTION OF SCALE FLAGS FOR SHIP MODELS
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 -
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 -
100 YEARS AGO
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.