Maritime reviews

Maritime reviews

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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.

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BLOOMING AFLOAT

Black Cat’s first foray into Royal Navy subjects features HMS Begonia, one of the earlier shortfoc’sle Flower-class corvettes that had the mast directly located directly in front of the bridge.

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TRAWLING THE SEAS

Who says model subjects must be mighty leviathans? SSN Modellbau thinks otherwise, as evidenced by this delightful 1/350 Kriegsfischkutter (war trawler) auxiliary warship.

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GLOBAL CARRIER

After an absence of more than a decade, Airfix’s 1/600 HMS Victorious is back in Vintage Classics packaging.

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A DARING AFLOAT

The Type 45, or Daring-class destroyer, was Airfix’s third 1/350 ship kit and returns after an absence of eight years: it is a straightforward re-release with unchanged parts and decals.

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IMPERIAL GLORY

The Vintage Classics range has been a boon for fans of Airfix’s sailing ship kits, and the latest to join the ‘armada’ is the 1/144 Swedish warship Wasa.