Maritime reviews

Maritime reviews

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Takom's Six-Inch Striker: 1/35 Bismarck Turret

Takom surprised many when it released 1/35 scale kits of battleship turrets and modern weapons, with one of its more recent offerings being the Bb II/ Stb II turret from the German battleship Bismarck.

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Black Cat Models' Newly Tooled Bathurst-class Corvette Review

Black Cat Models has further enhanced its reputation with a series of stunning 1/350 and 1/400 multi-media ship kits. Here, Airfix Model World examines its new 1/350 Bathurst-class corvette, HMAS Castlemaine

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Italeri's Torpedo Boat Returns! MAS 565/568 with Crew Review

After an absence of 12 years, Italeri’s MAS.568 4a Serie torpedo boat is available once more, adding a crew to the kit as part of an imposing range of 1/35 maritime subjects. Airfix Model World examines the contents in this full review...

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STUNNING SWEEPER

HMS Rhyl (J36) is the first of at least two Bangor-class vessels from Starling Models – the other being HMCS Kelowna as it appeared during 1944 (STK18).

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SOVIET SHIP-HUNTING PIKE

Soviet World War Two-era submarines don’t seem to have the same level of attraction among manufacturers as German or even American subjects, so Zvezda’s newly tooled 1/144 Shchuka-class vessel will be popular with maritime modellers.

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COLOSSAL CLASH

Released to commemorate 80 years since the Battle of the Denmark Strait in May 1941, Revell’s limited-edition two-kit package is a slightly strange proposition due to the use of two different scales to depict HMS Hood and Bismarck.

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GADFLIES AND GRIZZLIES

Modern naval weapons systems are small compared to the parent ship, making them tiny on common modelling scales, so Takom’s 1/35 weapons range is a clever idea.

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A NEW CLASS OF SHIP

Zvezda’s excellent HMS Dreadnought returns in Revell packaging and is unchanged from the initial release, with six styrene runners and a two-piece ‘seabed-type’ stand.

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VOLUNTEER LIFE-SAVERS

Despite only being released in 2007, Airfix’s RNLI Severn-class lifeboat seems to have been around for much longer, and always proves popular with modellers. 

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RIVER PLATE PANZERSCHIFF

Airfix’s 1/600 Graf Spee might be an older offering (first released in 1971) but it is regarded as one of the better kits in this scale.