Just in time for the Holidays, the Ampersand Group releases a new list of titles to their shelves. One of which is is the first release in a series on US capitol ships, USS California - A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44.
Mirage begins a new kit series titled 'KIT+', apparently taking previously issued kits and enhancing them photo etch parts. The first in this series is the V106 German Torpedo boat.
Covert Shores, a website dedicated to covert submarine operations throughout history to today, has a new article on possible news 'leak' on the Russian 'Status-6' nuclear torpedo. The leak occurred at meeting between defense chiefs and President Putin in Sochi on 9th November 2015.
Where we show you the new items from Takom, Rye Field Model, Italeri, Hasegawa, and Academy that we recently received in the mail. And two new books as well. Remember you can request items for review via the 'Available Samples' links on the homepage reviews area on most of our sites!
Two destroyer kit re-issues with full hull/waterline build options and new parts. One is the Shigure, an Shiratsuyu class destroyer and the other is the Kasumi (pictured in heading image), an Asashio class destroyer.
Aoshima is reissuing several kits this December from their waterline series off IJN ship kits. They range from carriers to destroyers.
Italeri has re-issues their 1/720 kit of the Kriegsmarine 'Pocket Battleship', Graf Spee. She was commissioned in 1936 and originally called 'Panzerschiff' - armored ship - armed with 11" guns in two triple turrets and designed to out run what she couldn't out fight.
Adlers Nest of Japan has announced the December 2015 release of 1/350 scale Type 99 800kg Bombs.
Hasegawa has announced the January 2016 release of HSGZ29, a 1/350 scale Japanese destroyer Shimakaze.
To compliment their Bussard
seaplane carrier, Niko offers extra seaplanes you can mount on the ship.
More carrier aircraft, this time for pre-war US Carriers. This time it's the forerunner to the venerable SBD 'Dauntless', the BT-1 .
USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3/AFSB) — based on an Alaska-class commercial crude carrier — is designed to host special operations forces (SOF) and mine countermeasure (MCM) helicopters as part of the Navy, U.S. Military Sea Lift Command and the Marines push to more capability for amphibious forces and capacity for seabasing with less expensive ships.
For November, Special Hobby is planning on offering from CMK kits, two torpedoes used by the Kriegsmarine at the start of the Second World War -the G7a and G7e.
Hasegawa is issuing upgraded versions of their Myoko class cruisers Myoko and Nachi for the new year. These kits appear to have refined detail added and are now full hull kits.
Crimson Models and Hobbies announces the mid-November release of Merit's 1/35 scale Soviet Navy G-5 PT Boat.
If your a fan of IJN destroyers then here's something for you. Two new 'detail up' sets for the Pit-Road Shimakaze and Yamashita Hobby Fubuki destroyer kits.
Ages of Sail have been into the business of selling wooden ship kits, models, tools, books and accessories for past 5 years. Recently, Ages of Sail have added Dusek Kits into their inventory.
The latest pictorial (Number 43) from CWP is for the Alaska Class cruisers. 6 were planned but only two of these vessels were built.
For the Airfix HMS Devonshire heavy cruiser/600 kit, a PE new detail set that's available for pre-order..
A set of US Naval aircraft and a Japanese Marine Self Defense Force vessel are Pit-Roads latest offerings. The aircraft are 1/700 and the ship is 1/350.
AK interactive has initiated a new publication entitled 'Modelling Full Ahead'. Their first volume is on the US Naval aircraft carrier USS Lexington as she was for her final battle in WWII. This issue is by Marun Van Gils.
The only ship of her class, Hiryu was built to a modified Soryu design. During the first month of the Pacific War, she took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Wake Island. I thought these were new sets at first but after further reviewing of several vendor sites I find they are about 2 years old. They're still fascinating looking sets and since we hadn't reported on them before I decided to continue with posting this as a news item.
The 20mm Oerlikon was a free swinging weapon, operated by maximum gas pressure.The pedestal single mount was a design used on a myriad of vessels throughout the Second World War.
Conceived as a replacement for the ageing Fairey Swordfish, the Albacore (popularly known as the "Applecore) served with the Swordfish and was retired before it, being replaced by the Fairey Barracuda and Grumman Avenger monoplane torpedo bombers. Despite this, the Albacore served the Royal Navy during a critical period of World War II.
For your Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier aircraft, two new sets to enhance their appearance. The propellers are in 1/350 scale and the torpedoes are in 1/700.
Since their Yamato Armor Piercing Shells
were so successful, Adlers Nest has decided to do another shell 'kit'. This time of the Type 3 46cm High Explosive shells used by the guns of the Yamato and Musahi.
Jim has been off on vacation and came back to find more than a few samples waiting for him (in ambush). This video shows what's new and potentially avaialble for sample reviews, etc.
Artwox Model shares their latest releases for October 2015!
RN Pattern Doors & Hatches in 1/500 scale. This set should cover all the types of doors & hatches found on the RN 1/500 scale kits that are still available.
The Tromp class was a class of light cruisers of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Two ships were ordered in 1935 with Tromp being launched in 1937, and her sister , Jacob van Heemskerk, in 1939.
The latest from Kombrig is a u-boat from the First World War. SM UC-56 was a German Type UC II minelaying submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I.
HNLMS Evertsen (Dutch: Hr.Ms. Evertsen) was a Admiralen-class destroyer of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The Admiralen class were eight destroyers built for the Royal Netherlands Navy between 1926 and 1931. All ships fought in World War II and were scuttled or sunk.
Fujimi of Japan has announced the release of FUJ42189, a “Chibi-Maru” version of the Imperial Japanese Navy carrier Shokaku (Flying Crane).
A new batch of submarines has surfaced from OKB. These steel sharks come from the Navies of the US, USSR and the People's Republic of China and all are in 1/700.
The Polish model distributing company IBG Models started offering military truck and armor kits under its own name in 2008 and now is beginning to produce ship kits. Coming this late Fall/early Winter are two kits of Hunt II Class Destroyers - ORP Ślązak and ORP Kujawiak .
Earlier this year
, a 1945 version of the USS California was announced by Trumpeter and now comes an announcement for a version of the ship as she was at Pearl Harbor in 1941. After being extensively refitted she was ready for war again by the beginning of 1944.
The Admirable class was the largest and one of the most successful classes of minesweepers that served during World War II. They served mostly with the US Navy with 24 of 123 boats built being assigned to the Soviet Navy as well.
USS Sangamon (CVE-26) was a Cimarron class oiler that was converted to an Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier of a class that bared her name. Sangamon was laid down as the Esso Trenton on 13 March 1939 in Kearny, New Jersey. In early 1942 she was designated for conversion to an auxiliary aircraft carrier and arrived in Hampton Roads in February 1942. She was reclassified as AVG-26. before receiving the escort carrier designation of CVE in1943.
In 1966 the film The Sand Pebbles", starring Steve McQueen, was released and was received with multiple award nominations and future director Richard Attenborough won an Oscar for best supporting actor. Coming up for the films 50th Anniversary of it's premier, Loose Cannon Models has released diorama set based on the movie.
A basic PE detail set that sets a new standard for 'basic'. This set is designed for the Academy USS Indianapolis kit (No. 14107) and covers a rather extensive range of items.
Yamashita Hobby of Japan has announced the Mid-October 2015 release of YH700P-6, a Winch & Hawser Reel Set in 1/700 scale.
Yamashita Hobby of Japan has announced the Mid-October 2015 release of YH700P007, a Small Vessels Equipment Set in 1/700 scale.
Fujimi has announced the October 2015 release of FUJ42190, a full-hull cruiser Myoko in 1/700 scale.
Built on the hull of a Yamato-class battleship, she was the largest aircraft carrier to take to the sea during the Second World War and her existence was unknown until after she was sunk by the USS Archer Fish. Hasegawa is re-releasing its old (and rather rarely seen) 1/450 kit in what could be a re-tooled offering.
New details are now available to add to your dockside diorama. They range from several vehicle types to harbor/dock features.
Monday means Mail Call (if we have new mail & samples) and this is #9 in our video series of Mail Call videos where Jim babbles on about what we recently received in the mail. If you want advanced news about samples this is where to get it.
Hasegawa has announced the October 2015 release of set HSG40093, a photoetched brass detail set for the Imperial Navy destroyer Shimakaze in 1/350 scale.
We are very happy to announce the return of the Model of the Month contest to Armorama for Armor/AFV builds. The new contest is being sponsored by SAM Publications & Scale Military Modeling International and they will be judging the entries and providing a prize package for the winner each month, as well as the potential for the winner to be featured in SMMI!
Aoshima has announced the October 2015 release of photoetch parts for their recent 1/700 scale USN aircraft carrier Wasp.
If you like 1/35 PT Boats then here's one more to add to your collection Elcos, Vospers, Schnellboots and MAS boats. Announced for this November, a G-5 PT-Boat used during World War II by the Soviet Navy. It's been mentioned before in the forums here of how builders were hoping manufacturers like Italeri would add one to their catalog and now their wait is (almost) over.