Category Archives: Ships

French Navy Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Danton 86503

New from Hobby Boss, the French Navy Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Danton 86503 in 1:350.

Danton was a pre-dreadnought battleship of the French Navy and the lead ship of her class. She was a technological leap in battleship development for the French Navy, as she was the first ship in the fleet with turbine engines. Standard Displacement: 18,318 tons,full load displacement of 19,763 tons. Speed: 19.2knots. She’s equipped with 4x 12-inch (305mm) artillery, 12x 9.4-inch (240mm) artillery, 16x 75mm guns.

Floated on June 4, 1909 in Brest Arsenal launched, and press in service on June 1, 1911 and subsequently incorporated into the Mediterranean Squadron.  Sunk on March 19, 1917 by the German Uboat U-64 in the waters of Sardinia.

Its wreckage was found  in 2009 in Sardinia south waters , Netherlands by a geological engineering company  but unable to salvage the wreckage due to his deep position in the ocean.

THE KIT

Looks like a new tool from Hobby BOSS and the only version of this Ship in 1:350. The kit consist of more that 480 pieces distributed on 13 sprues, deck and stand. Include a Photo-etched sheet, metal anchor and chains. This kit include many parts to enhance the finish of your model so you don’t need to buy aftermarket after all.

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1/200 Bismarck by Terry Cornell

Back in September 2014, a web friend knocked on our doors asking if we wanted to feature his upcoming build of the 1/200 Bismarck from Trumpeter Models. Who could say no to his proposal? We have seen plenty of aircraft, armor and car builds but this is a sight we don’t get to see often. The build log started back in September, 2014 and today Wednesday April 1st, 2015 we call this build DONE!

It has been a nice ride all these months and I want to personally thank Terry Cornell for sharing this awesome build with us. BTW Terry, you asked where I was at. I am in the warm state of Minnesota  🙂  If you ever visit the Twin Cities, you just let me know my friend.
-George

 

Hi George,
I am sending some pictures of the finished ship. The first one is because I wanted to give people a good idea of how big this ship really is. The second was for you to show you how the swastikas came out on the flag. The third and fourth will follow in another e-mail. If there is any particular picture you would like for the web site, just let me know and I can take one. This has been a lot of fun for me and I am looking forward to continuing with the Trumpeter 1/32 Me-262.
Have a good week.
Your friend,
Terry

 

Trumpeter 1/200 Bismark (WIP)

With over 1,700 parts here is a sight we don’t see everyday. The famed Kriegsmarine battleship and the lead ship in his class from Trumpeter Models in a colossal 1/200 scale is kindly presented here as a work in progress project by MkReview.com reader Terry Cornell. Terry has been very kind to share this build with all of us interested in the legendary Battleship. I suggest those interested in this project to sign up to our comments sections below via Disqus. Terry will be adding his work in progress updates thru the comments section so if you have any questions about this kit feel free to ask him. As a bonus, Terry included a few pictures of his 1/200 USS Mississippi.

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UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 2nd, 2014

UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 19, 2014

UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 2nd, 2014

UPDATE FOR December 8, 2014

Hi George,

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.  It is hard to believe that it is already December.  I took a couple of pics of the first deck of the superstructure.  It is almost done on that level.  I just have one side of the flying bridge to do.  As you can see the right side is done complete with life preservers on the railings.  I noticed some discoloration on one of the ladders in the back.  That was touch up paint.  It should have looked the same.  I will have to redo that.
More to come,
Terry

UPDATE FOR December 20, 2014

UPDATE FOR January 13, 2015

UPDATE FOR February 4, 2015

I am sending two photos of the funnel.  I’m only showing one side because I screwed up the railing a little on the other side.  Also, I used a photo etched gangway from the front superstructure to the funnel and it turned out to be a bit long so instead of butting up against it, the gangway is actually sitting on top of the platform.  Live and learn, I guess.  I put hooks on the small cranes too.  Next comes the boat houses and boats.

UPDATE FOR February 22, 2015

I have spent the last week in bed with a bad back.  The boathouses would have been done a long time ago if it weren’t for that.  Anyway, they are done now.  I only have one picture of them.  I took two but the one was out of focus.  I will start in on the aft superstructure tomorrow.  Now that I am back on my feet, I hope things will go faster.

 

UPDATE FOR March 5,  2015

Hi George,

I am sending a picture of the aft superstructure.  I am not done with it yet but I thought I would send it anyway.  I am right in the middle of putting on the railing around the searchlight platform. In the picture you can see the searchlight mounts in the upper left corner.  I use a round metal bar to shape the railing into a curve.
Bye for now  🙂

UPDATE FOR March 22nd,  2015

The Bismarck is almost done.  I am doing the secondary guns and the cranes now.  I took a picture of the nameplate that I got from Medals of America.  I will glue it on to the wooden base.  If anybody is interested, KMS stands for KriegsMarine Schiffe or German Navy Ship.  The second line is when it was Commissioned and, of course, the third line is when it was sunk.  Well, I am off for now.
More later,
Terry
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UPDATE FOR March 27,  2015

I wanted to thank you again for the post about the decals.  We’ll see how it turns out.  Well, the secondary guns and the cranes are finished.  I used the plastic gun barrels instead of the metal ones for two reasons.  First of all, they are lighter and so the barrels stay up where you put them.  The metal barrels are so heavy that they fall down.  Also, they are already aligned.  When I put the metal barrels in the receivers there is so much slop in the way they fit that the barrels end up crooked.  All that is left now is the four main turrets and the weather deck railing. Oh, and the flags.  One other thing is that the cables on the cranes just don’t get tight enough to stretch them out.  It really doesn’t look right but it was the best I could do.
Have a good weekend.
Later,
Terry

UPDATE FOR April, 1st  2015

1/72 U-Boat Type XXVIIB Seehund German Midget Submarine

The Seehund German seal, also known as Type XXVII, was a successful series of German midget submarines created during World War II. Designed in 1944, and operated by two man crews, the submarines were used by the Kriegsmarine during the closing months of the war, sinking 9 merchant vessels and damaging an additional 3, with 35 losses mostly attributed to bad weather.

  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in gray.
  • Hull in two halves showing welded seams.
  • Detailed propeller and helm.
  • Periscope.
  • Two lateral torpedo tubes.
  • Display stand.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions
  • ICM7
  • MSRP:  $27.95 USD

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Here’s what could be a nice relief build after a long high-parts count model build, a weekend warriors build or a model of a different subject that you don’t usually build. The later gives you the change of practicing different weathering techniques especially if your model kits portfolio is mostly aircraft subjects. This is the Type XXVII 1/72 Midget Submarine from ICM Models. This is pretty much a 1 sprue model kit molded in light gray styrene. The instructions are for the most part self explanatory as the parts count if very low. A simple model kit yet by no means a snap-tite deal. Simple for the nature of the subject but well detailed for its scale.

There are no alignment points for the main hull, neither they are present on the 2 provided torpedoes. Despite  the absence of locating points, if you align and glue in increments, there should be no problems when the main super structure is cemented together and little sanding will be required. Judging by the provided extra parts, you can also build an early version.

Painting and Weathering:

With the subsequent weathering I had planned for this kit, I didn’t intend to break my head trying to achieve the ‘perfect’ color match. The top base coat is Tamiya XF-19 Sky Gray. A wash of AK-303 Grey Wash for Kriegsmarine ships followed by random spots of Vallejo Green Oxide 73112 pigment on 26333 Pigment Glaze.

The finishing touches was a selective wash with A. Mig 1003 Interiors Wash and A. Mig 1004 Light Rust Wash from Ammo by Mig.

This is a nice little model kit. And when I say little I mean it by the nature of this subject. You ought to see how midget is this midget sub next to the same 1/72 scale of the German U Boat from Revell. My only tiny complain about this kit is the fact that the clear ”bubble” on the hatch is not clear but provided as regular light gray styrene. Chances are that we could have a clear part that might be tweaked here and there and represent this part as it should be, clear. Other than that, I highly recommend this kit.

Acknowledgments
Thanks to the team over at Ammo by Mig for kindly providing the Ammo weathering products.

 

Trumpeter 1/72 USMC LCAC

The landing craft air cushion (LCAC) is a high-speed, over-the-beach fully amphibious landing craft capable of carrying a 60-75 ton payload. It is used to transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel from ship to shore and across the beach. The advantages of air-cushion landing craft are numerous. They can carry heavy payloads, such as an M-1 tank, at high speeds. Their payload and speed mean more forces reach the shore in a shorter time, with shorter intervals between trips.

The air cushion allows this vehicle to reach more than 70 percent of the world’s coastline compared to only 17% with conventional landing craft.

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Kit Highlights

  • Kit # 07302
  • USMC Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)
  • Scale 1/72
  • Length:372mm   Width:198.6 mm   Height: 95mm
  • Parts: 338
  • Photo Etched parts
  • 9 sprues, lower hull , deck and cushion
  • One-piece hull with full deck made from four-directional slide molds
  • Cargo deck scupper pattern finely rendered
  • One-piece real rubber cushion.

You may have seen this model kit in you local hobby shop or favorite on-line retailer. What is really inside the box of the 1/72 Trumpeter USMC LCAC?

There are 9 cleanly molded sprues, a sharply detailed photo etch fret and a real rubber air cushion among others.  The molding is very clean, no flash at all and no bothersome molding lines. My single complaint is that the fan guards/grills are on the thick side.

For the price tag of this model kit I would have welcomed a couple of 1/72 figures. As far as I know, this kit is no longer in production.  But they are still widely available.  Trumpeter is actually producing the same kit with Japanese markings (Trumpeter kit # 07301).

Note from the Author
The detail on the hull is superb. The decal sheet is large, the print is top notch and does look very much like a Cartograf job.  If you’re a ship builder, you’ll be happy to add this model kit to your collection.

Preview sample courtesy of my wallet.

Trumpeter 1/350 S-100 Schnellboot

The Schnellboot or S-boot was a type of German torpedo boat that saw service during WWII. The S-boote were approximately twice as large as their American and British counterparts, were better suited for the open sea, and had a substantially longer range, at approximately 700 nautical miles. S-100 class equipped 2 x 20 mm gun amidships and 37 mm gun aft.

S-boats were often used to patrol the Baltic Sea and the English Channel in order to intercept shipping heading for the English ports in the south and east. As such, they were up against Royal Navy and Commonwealth (particularly Royal Canadian Navy contingents leading up to D-Day), Motor Gun Boats (MGBs), Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs), Motor Launches, frigates and destroyers. They were also transferred in small numbers to the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea by river and land transport. Some small S-boats were built as boats for carrying by auxiliary cruisers.

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Kit Highlights
  • Kit # 06615
  • German S-100 class Schnellboot
  • Scale: 1/350
  • Measurement: Length: 99.8mm   Width: 15.9mm
  • Total Parts:  24 pcs
  • Photo Etched Parts: 1 fret
  • Decals for: S-204 Lang, the 4th Flotilla, 1944.
  • MSRP: $10.95
  • Availability: Available at fine hobby shops and e-tailers as of publishing date above.

Here is the Trumpeter 1/350 German S-100 Class Schnellboot. From start to finish it took about 3 hours. Seems like there’s a trend in this scale from what I’ve noticed lately. I’ve seen WW-II Aircraft including small dioramas of Doolittle’s raid in 1/350 scale and my local hobby shop is stocking in some obscure brands in this scale.

If you think that this is too small, think again. I came across an eBay seller offering aircraft in 1/700 scale coming off his 3-D printer.

The German S-100 comes with a nice fret of photo etched parts that will refine the model. The stand for the finished model is also photo etched with engraved lettering. The hull halves fall nicely in place so does the top deck. Weathering was achieved with washes from AK Interactive’s Naval Set 1 & 2. I would build another one with an open torpedo hatch and a torpedo coming out of it.

Note from the Author

Nice subject from the German arsenal in a scale that seems to be gaining some popularity lately. This one has joined my display of 1/350 USA, British and Russian submarines.

Thumbs up! I would recommend it to a friend.

Review copy courtesy of my wallet 🙂

Brengun 1/144 Midget Sub X Craft

The X class was a World War II midget submarine class built for the Royal Navy during 1943–44.

Known individually as X-Craft, the vessels were designed to be towed to their intended area of operations by a full-size ‘mother’ submarine – (usually one of the T class or S class) – with a passage crew on board, the operational crew being transferred from the towing submarine to the X-Craft by dinghy when the operational area was reached, the passage crew returning with the dinghy to the towing submarine.

Once the attack was over, the X-Craft would rendezvous with the towing submarine and then be towed home. Range was limited primarily by the endurance and determination of their crews, but was thought to be up to 14 days in the craft or 1,500 miles (2,400 km) distance after suitable training. Actual range of the X-Craft itself was 500 nmi (930 km) surfaced and 82 nmi (152 km) at 2 knots (3.7 km/h) submerged.

The Kit:

I absolutely forgot that a midget submarine was, well, small. Here comes the 1/144 scale British Submarine X-Craft from Brengun Models.  My copy was a clean model with virtually no air bubbles trapped. The is as small fret of photo etched parts. Get your magnifying glass ready because you will be fiddling with really tiny parts.

I have dealt with good and not so good etched parts during the years and this is one good rendered fret. With a fresh #11 blade, one can only see the parts coming off because the holding tabs are very delicate and the cut is very clean.

I found that the instruction sheet is a little ‘hazy’ in terms of photo etched parts placement (no big deal IMHO).  Some parts are positioned in different locations when one look at the picture on the box.  I decided to follow my heart and the picture on the box.

There’s is a good 4 to 5 hours of fun with this kit. Most of them consumed by the photo etch parts assembly. The instructions calls for light and dark gray for which I used Tamiya XF-19 Light Gray and Tamiya XF-83 Medium Sea Gray.

After a coat of Vallejo Gray Primer, I painted the entire model with Tamiya XF-19 and my Aztek A470 airbrush. The Dark Gray area was painted by masking free hand with a piece of a sticky note. Avoid the glued side on the model or else you will have PE parts off your model. After sealing the colors with Testor Acryl Flat Clear, the model was weathered using the Naval Weathering Set 1 & 2 from AK Interactive seen on the picture below.

I have 2 shelves reserved for submarine model kits. I like building them. Most of them are built in 1/350 so they are in scale with other battle ships. In real life this is a small subject, so a 1/350 would have been an almost featureless model. 1/144 nailed it, it will be on display inside a 5 x 7 shadow box from the craft store.

Note from the Author

If you love submarine kits, you’re going to love this finely cast with nice photo etched detailed kit. Highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Jan over at Brengun.cz for kindly sending this kit in. Brengun has high quality upgrade sets for other subjects as well as model kits. Check your local Brengun dealer here.

1/72 Moebius USS Skipjack

The Skipjack class was a class of United States Navy nuclear submarines. This class was named after its lead ship, the USS Skipjack. This new class introduced the teardrop hull and the S5W reactor to U.S. nuclear submarines. The Skipjacks were the fastest U.S. nuclear submarines until the Los Angeles-class submarines. The Skipjack‘s design was based on the successful Barbel-class submarines that were based on the USS Albacore design.

The design of the Skipjacks was very different from the Skate-class submarines that preceded the Skipjacks. Unlike the Skates, this new design was maximized for underwater speed by shaping the hull like a blimp. This required that the single screw was aft of the rudders and dive planes.

This so called “body-of-revolution hull” reduced her surface sea-keeping, but was essential for underwater performance. Skipjack‘s hull was also a single hull design, where the pressure hull and outer hull are the same for most of the length of the ship.

The first Skipjack class was authorized in the FY 1956 new construction programmed with the first of the class commissioned in April 1959. Each hull cost around $40 million. The Skipjacks saw service in Vietnam and throughout the Cold War.

The Skipjack-class submarines were withdrawn from service in the late 1980s and early 1990s except for the Scorpion, which sank on 5 June 1968 in the south west Azores, while returning from a Mediterranean deployment.

The Kit:

  • 1/72 SCALE
  • U.S.S. SKIP JACK
  • NUCLEAR-POWERED – FAST ATTACK SUBMARINE
  • SKILL LEVEL 3
  • 40 INCHES LONG
  • SUPER-DETAILED 50 PRECISION-TOOLED PARTS
  • DRAFT MARKINGS, HULL NUMBERS AND SHIP NAMES OF ALL 6 SKIPJACK-CLASS VESSELS
  • DISPLAY STAND

Here it is! Finally, the 1/72 Skipjack model kit from Moebious Models. This kit was previewed back on February 26, 2013. As I briefly mentioned on our Facebook page some time ago,  the kit was in standby to be painted. This kit is too big for my paint booth and I had to wait for the weather to improve here in MN to take it outside.

The main 4 hull parts can give the impression of being flimsy before assembly. However, once all the 4 parts are cemented, the hulls gets sturdy enough for static display. Some reinforcement would be needed should you plan to convert this model to radio control.

Once the main hull is assembled, it requires some gap filling which I did with Squadron Green putty. The rest of the parts are big enough to make this build almost self explanatory.

It is evident that Moebious went the extra mile researching this subject. Every hull and and sail starboard line is where they should be. But I found those lines on the ‘thick” side which can be a let down to those looking for the maximum accuracy rendering. If you are in that group, I humbly believe that this with some elbow grease can be corrected using the same panel lines as guides.

I strongly believe that this is to be expected on subjects with little surface details made into large scales. The photo etched parts provided with the kit are a nice touch. I would have love to see the dish on the SS-2 Radar Antenna (part #48) provided as a photo etched part.

Make sure you place the emergency stern light (clear part) before closing and cementing the sail starboard halves. Most important, don’t forget to add a shelf to your room wall to display this sub. It will cause a display impact on your relatives and friends.

Painting & Weathering:

This model was painted with my trusty Aztek A470 airbrush with the White Hi-Flow nozzle and a 12.cc gravity feed cup. Tamiya X-1 Flat Black was used and the other half of the hull was painted with Polly S Special Oxide Red (F414354). Once the model was dry, it was cleaned in a buffing circular motion with a piece of cotton rag.

 

The decals provided with the kit are top notch. The decals were placed onto puddles of Microsol decal solution skipping the Clear Gloss Coat. The decals are now sealed under a coat of Testors Lacquer Flat Cote spray.

Weathering: If you don’t see any weathering on this model, you are not seeing things. I wanted to take pictures of this model kit before that step. The folks over at AK Interactive kindly provided their new Naval Sets 1 & 2 for this project. Expect pictures of the Skipjack submarine all weathered on a separate post soon.

Note from the Author

As I always say, there is no such thing as the perfect model. The Skipjack submarine is my 3rd Sub in 1/72 scale. It is sharing room with a Revell GATO Class sub and a Revell of Germany German Wolfpack. By this time, Revell of Germany has announced the Skipjack as well.

 

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Even with its hull lines larger than they should be, this is a model worth adding to your subs or ships display. I highly recommend it.

My most sincere thanks to Moebius Models for kindly providing this kit.
Also, our acknowledgement to AK Interactive for eagerly becoming part of this project.

Airfix 1/350 Trafalgar Class Submarine

The Fleet Submarines of the Trafalgar Class are extremely sophisticated, deep diving, high-speed submarines, capable of fulfilling a range of maritime military tasks undreamed of by the strategists of previous generations. Their most important role is to seek out and destroy other submarines that may pose a threat to any friendly force.

  • Model Scale 1/350
  • Number of Parts 41
  • Dimensions (mm) L245 x W28
  • MSRP: $12.99 USD
  • Kit # A03260

The Kit:

Here is another kit of a well known British deep sea hardware. There is not a high number of parts involved and like the recent Airfix Red Arrows Hawk, this can be a fun project for the weekend. I didn’t find any fit problems with the lower and upper hull halves.

Worth mentioning is the fact that the lower hull half is comprised of two parts. So the finished super structure is comprised of 3 parts instead of the traditional 2 halves found in other submarine model kits.

To tackle the seam line on subs, I let the cement do its work first. I get wet/dry #320 or #400 grit sandpaper from my local supplier. Then I cut small 2 x 6 inches (approx) strips. I wet sand the seam in a old shoe polishing motion. It does work very nice on round surfaces, and if you can find a helping hand (in this case my wife), you can have this done in a matter of minutes.

Painting and Decals:

The kit was painted using Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and my Aztek  A470 airbrush using the Tan Nozzle. The a coat of  Testors Model Master Acryl Flat Clear. Once the clear gets dried, I use a an old cotton shirt to polish the kit. This leaves the model with a slight sheen.

For the price of this model kit, I was surprised to find good quality decals in it. They were applied over a puddle of Microsol decal solution without the need of gloss coating. This saves me valuable bench time. Once the decals were set, another coat of Acryl Flat Clear was applied.

Speaking of decals, there are markings for 7 Submarines. The kit provides the necessary parts to build a Trafalgar (S107) 2008-2009. A few necessary parts are provided as well for the following subs:

  • HMS TURBULENT
  • HMS TIRELESS
  • HMS TORBAY
  • HMS TRENCHANT
  • HMS TALENT
  • HMS TRIUMPH (Used on this kit)
Final Note
This is a very nice and reasonable priced model kit. The decal sheet alone is well worth in my *personal* opinion the price tag. The kit features very nicely engraved detail for its scale. If you’re looking for a new challenge or simply because you love these steel behemoths of the sea, I’m very sure that you’ll be pleased with this kit. Highly Recommended.

Review sample courtesy of my wallet.

Weathered with Salt Streak AK 306 kindly provided by AK Interactive.

Navy Underwater Demolition Team Strikes Again

Join the Navy and blow up things!!  The latest diorama shows the post World War Two U.S. Navy UDT version of the boat used to drop off and recover the best of the best.

I had this model back in the late 1960s as I remember the “frogmen” figures that inspired me to set a goal for becoming one of them, things didn’t work out along those lines but I completed over twenty years in the Navy retiring at the highly respected Chief Petty Officer’s position. This model reminded me of the inspiration so I took on the task of detailing the model and mounting it in a sea-bourne setting as it should be.

The boat model; I used all of the parts included in the kit with the exception of the .30 caliber machine guns that I replaced with ones from Academy Models along with adding ammo cans and splinter shields which in real life were at on time made from very thin metal. The painting was strictly by the book as Navy Standard Grey in various shades would appear to be weathered and worn by saltwater.  The inflatable boat was painted jet black with a coating of acrylic gloss to show lots of water inside and out, this was then secured to the landing craft with all of the correct lines and hopefully all the required knots as shown in the directions booklet.  Additional details were added including a ready service box on the forward bulkhead oppisite the coxswain’s station, these were and still are used to store explosives or flares on naval ships. Also sea-bags and a storage bag are seen toward the stern of the boat.

The figures; I used the three figures shown in the photos with little detailing or adjusting as the arms and legs were pretty well defined. The boat crew figures were painted Navy dungaree working uniform colors for the period and weathered by drybrushing all of the surfaces to show wear and tear. The UDT member in the inflatable boat was painted with flat black with a coating of acrylic clear gloss as this UDT member would be wet all of the time!

The base; Where to start? That is a real question to ask when you have just build a watercraft with all the props and rudders installed. I gave up the idea of showing all of that work in favor of the rough seas that would highlight the entire boat. I used a white packing foam sheet with a section carved out of the hull and used acrylic caulk for the water effects with blue and white acrylic paint for the coloring. Lots of glossy paint was used along with letting the caulk set up to the point where I could move it around to simulate waves and swells. The foam sea was then positioned on a finished section of shelving.

Please note, if sea-sickness should prevail over you while viewing the diorama, please refrain from getting sick in the boat!! Enjoy

John


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Revell Flower Class Corvette Preview

I‘ve got this box seating on the floor two days ago in my studio. Finally I was able to take a peak inside and take some pictures. I was greeted by an impressive instruction booklet. It is comprised of 42 pages, ending on the rigging of the ship on step 165. From step 166 to 172 you’ll get to work with the supplied 1/72 figures. Step 173 and 174 is about painting and decaling one of two marking options provided with the kit.

The hull is big, you can see my daughter holding it for scale reference. The sprues are divided in 2 shades of gray. One is dark gray and the other one, is the more traditional light gray we are used to see on Revell of Germany aircraft. My last large project from Revell of Germany was the 1/72 U-Boat Wolf Pack which was molded in the same light gray as this.

Revell 1/72 Flower Class Corvette

The parts are free of bothersome flash. However those sprues in dark gray show a heavier moulding line compared to the sprues in light gray. In both cases, the MADE IN xxxx was scratched off from the stamping process. No big deal but a curious one like myself might wonder why.

As you can see on the pictures, there are injection defects on some of the figures. I’m mentioning it because they are there, but personally it is not a big deal to me. I want to give scale to this boat when is finished and the provided figures will suffice. Of course, mileage may vary for model builders.

Decals are in the Goldilocks side, not to thin, not too thick and the brass cannons are very crisp. There is a separate leaflet provided to work with the brass cannons and photo etched parts. See pictures below.

The self adhesive wooden deck looks as real as it get. One question however comes to mind. How will that adhesive stand the test of time? Especially here in the midwest where humidity or dry air both go to the extreme. I’m considering sanding down the styrene parts so the glue will have a better grip.

Although there are mould lines to clean on the Revell Flower Class Corvette, I have no doubt that along with the photo etch and brass goodies, the kit will be a nice display. The Flower Class Corvette will go with a 1/72 U Boat on display like bread and butter.

My most sincere thanks to Revell of Germany for sending in this kit. Look for this model finished soon.

1/72 Moebius USS Skipjack Submarine Preview

Presenting the 1/72 USS Skipkack Nuclear Powered Submarine from Moebius Models. The mail carrier dropped off this one in my studio last week so here are the preview pictures. Let me start by saying, don’t let the box of this kit fool you. Moebius went the extra mile to wisely use every square inch during the package design. This may seem a bit trivial to some, but shelf space is a big commodity .

1/72 Moebius USS Skipjack Submarine Preview

I have seen reports of the hull parts being ”flimsy”. This is absolutely NOT true. Size X thickness, the hull pieces are as sturdy as they get and to my experience, no different than the 1/72 Revell Wolfpack and GATO Class Submarine.

The kit is comprised of 50 parts including some clear lenses and photo etched to build a 42” long model. Decals are in the Goldilocks side, not to thick, not too thin. Also included markings for all 6 Skipjack Class vessels.

  • USS SKIPJACK (SSN-585)
  • USS SCAMP (SSN-588)
  • USS SCORPION (SSN-589)
  • USS SCULPIN (SSN-590)
  • USS SHARK (SSN-591)
  • USS SNOOK (SSN-592)

The hull will require a mini saw to get rid of the remaining injection runners. No big deal but worth the suggestion. They are too thick and I rather avoid the stress induced by regular styrene cutters.

The rest of the parts are free of molding lines and zero flash on the smaller parts. The instructions are as easy as a Quick Set Up guide and comes with the suggested colors for the kit.

Wait, there’s more! If you are into the RC hobby, the Caswell Company has a R/C motor kit designed specifically for the 1/72 Moebius Skipjack.

Read the acknowledgements on the instructions, this will give you an idea of the great care and commitment to accuracy from Moebius on this project.

Look for a build review of this kit soon.

My sincere thanks to Moebius Models for the review copy.