Though this is mostly an aircraft related story I still thought it worth mentioning here that America's oldest continuous service is observing a centennial anniversary of its aviation branch. This year marks 100 years of US Coast Guard aviation.
The Shell Welder is a coastal tanker launched in 1955 that became a sand dredger in 1974 before being broken up in 1991. Now a new set of decals for a kit that's been boxed under several kit producers over the years.
To dress up Aoshima's Ark Royal kit (No 010181), a new PE set from White Ensign and made by Peter Hall. It's good to see that Pete is still busy making these.
If you have ever considered requesting a sample from one of the KitMaker sites here is some info that will come in handy to make your request. Also included is the method with with we make decisions on who gets what.
RC Sub, a maker of outstanding PE details for the 1/72 Revell U-Boat kits, is looking to add new product to his line. This would be a conversion kit for the Revell Type IXC U-505 kit (No 05114) to make it into a Type IXC40 (U-534 style) boat.
More 3D printed details for smaller ship kits. 3D Model Parts has released turrets, a bridge housing and 40mm Bofors in two scales.
The latest PE from Atlantic Models is for the old Frog/ Novo kits of the Royal Navy's Type 12 Frigate. This was also known as the Whitby-class frigates and were a six-ship class of anti-submarine frigates of the Royal Navy that entered service late in the 1950s.
Model Monkey has printed up some new items for old kits. In particular, the venerable Revell/Monogram 1/535 kit of the Iowa class battleship.
Starling Models leaves the nest bringing their own line of model ship photo etch!
Flagship Models Inc. specializes in American Civil War warship and weapons model kits, "how to" modeling CDs, decals, and photo etched detail sets for ship models. All our kits are multi-media which means they include cast resin, decals, computer designed instructions, and photo etched details.
More clear, 3D printed aircraft are now available from Tom's Model Works. From pre Second World War to late war machines, ranging from carrier based planes to multi-engine patrol craft for the nations of the US, Germany, Great Britain and Italy.
New designs for USS Arizona and USS Pennsylvania BB-38 enthusiasts. In addition to superstructures completed previously, 3D-printed, highly accurate funnels for each ship as they appeared at Pearl Harbor is now available in 1/700, 1/426, 1/350, 1/192, and 1/200 scales.
If you have an interest in modeling aircraft and ships of the United States Coast Guard or just an interest in the US Coast Guard itself, this site wills suit you well. Site administrator Frank Williams is a 1975 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy -and a modeler.
Some new items from Dragon, Bronco, GWH, and IBG Models. As well as new publications from Accion Press.
Two of IBG's first releases in 2016 crack the surface of the nautical world!
Micro Mir of Ukraine has announced the March 2016 release of kit AVSAVM9325, a British M-class Submarine in 1/350 scale.
Stackpole Books has announced a new book by James H. Hallas on the heroes of Iwo Jima to be published in May, 2016: Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima: The Story of the Medal of Honor Recipients in the Marine Corps' Bloodiest Battle of World War II
Stackpole Books has announced a new book by Jon Diamond on the Guadalcanal Campaign.
At the begining of December
we announced new sub kits from Trumpeter, one being the Jialoong submersible. Now with a release data set for April 2016. we get a little more information on this little craft.
A mid war version of the Tennessee was released last summer
and now a dawn of war version is coming for this spring. If you want a version of the Tennessee as she was at Pearl Harbor the day of the attack, this is your kit.
Aoshima of Japan has announced AOS00933, a tiny 1/2000 scale version of the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) as she appeared during World War Two.
MicroAce of Japan has announced ARIA130, a 1/600 scale version of the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) as modernized in the 1980s.
This kit represents one of the SC-497 series ship, of which 438 units were built during WWII. Seventy of the SC-497s were converted into patrol control crafts (SCC), 18 were converted into coastal mine sweepers (AMC), and 8 were converted into patrol gunboats, motor (PGM).
Released this past December 26, the latest issue of LOS! covers naval news of the past and present. This issue includes submarines of WWII and the American Civil War, Japan's new helicopter-destroyer and more.
Combrig is known for their line of fine 1/700 scale warship kits from the Great War and now they are offering display cases you can use to protect these kits. The cases are in two sizes and are available now.
If you have a the "Lady Lex" or "Sister Sara" in either 1/700 or 1/350 you now have an option for bridge tower styles. Model Monkey makes bridge styles for these American WWII carriers as they appeared in 1936, 1942, 1943 and 1944.
Happy New Year to all our readers! Revell of Germany as issued a flyer of their planned 2016 kits with release dates. They range from re-issues, molds from other manufacturers, special packaging sets and new tooling. Here are all the naval related releases from that flyer.
The last Mail Call before the new year. We got a slew of items from Ammo of Mig (including their new books), the new Shilka from newcomer Hong Models, as well as new items from Takom, Trumpeter and IBG Models.
A relatively unknown boat, the Project 673 SSN was designed in 1960 as a small and fast SSN. To maximize speed, the sail was removed and because of the lack of a sail, this submarine could have been the most maneuverable submarine ever built. Micro-Mir has now released their kit of this Soviet era 'X' boat.
The Project 1710 'Mackerel' submarine (known by the NATO reporting name "Beluga") was a Russian SSA diesel-electric submarine. It was an experimental vessel used for testing propulsion systems, hull forms and control systems. Now Micro-Mir offers a 1/350 kit of this test boat.
This book by Peter C. Smith from the Stackpole Military History Series is a fascinating look from the Japanese side at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway, a fully authorized account including contemporary interviews with those that flew with Lieutenant Commander Egusa – the Imperial Japanese Navy’s “God of Dive-Bombing."
Rusty Rail continues to cast new models for model railroaders and others who build in 1/48 and 1/87. All models are unpainted.
Well, there is definitely something funny going over there!
Pit-Road of Japan has announced the February 2016 release of PITHMG-04, a 1/350 version of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer Akizuki.
In development, a 'Detail-Up' set for the Fujimi 1/350 Kaga aircraft carrier kit. Images here are from the Tertra Models Works' facebook page and depict initial designs.
In the works, a new PE set for Pit-Road's 1/700 Mutsuki class destroyer. Tetra Model Works has posted images of this set mounted the model on their facebook page.
I originally posted this in Model Geek but I believe it can be apt for here as well. The latest from Masterpiece Models is a large kit of the submarine Nautilus from Jules Verne's 19th century novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This kit is in the Disney 1954 film style rendition of Captain Nemo's vessel.
Big Mo' was commissioned in June 1944, was the stage for the surrender ceremony for the Pacific War and conclusion of World War II, fought in the Korean War and Desert Storm. This new Detail Up Set is for the Tamiya kit (No 78029) representing the Missouri in her Desert Storm service.
New Photo Etch Super Sets from Artist Hobby for two WWII Vessels. The Akitsushima is an IJN seaplane tender and is available as a kit from Pit-Road (No. W50) and everybody's favorite George (the V that is) also get's a set meant for the Tamiya kit (No. 77525).
I don't normally do this, but I got so many items in my mailbox on Tuesday that I had to do a second Mail Call video for this week. Items from Panda Models, Kalmbach Publishing, Legend USA, and Nuts & Bolts (books).
This week we have new items from Plus Model, Academy, Flyhawk, and new books from Casemate by Adam Wilder.
KitMaker Network will be opening it's palatial 240 sq. ft. office up for an Open House (err... open office?) on Wednesday December 16th from 7pm-9pm. If you live near Central California and want to come on by please do. We will be giving away some door prizes to the first folks to make the trek.
The US Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) has left its berth at Bath, Maine and begins her sea trials. She's due to enter service next year. At 600 feet in length, almost a full 100 feet longer than the Arleigh Burke class, she's the largest destroyer the US Navy has ever launched.
The very first in a new series of hard cover horizontal format books on U.S. capital ships in the Second World War. Perfect if you have or plan to get the Trumpeter 1/700 model (No. 05784).
A kit of this vessel has been available by Bronco in 1/350 scale but now it joins a growing list of naval kits made in 1/144. The Imperial Protected Cruiser Chin Yuen is a new kit of injected plastic and PE details.
New, from Model Monkey, a 3D Printing designer selling his designs through a Shapeways store, a set of Mk 56 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS) Directors.
HMS Aurora was an Arethusa-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy that served throughout the entire conflict of WWII and is the subject of Flyhawk's latest RN vessel. This injected plastic kit has all the hallmarks of Flyhawk's previous releases of fine molding and PE detail.
MicroAce of Japan has announced a restock of ARI93381, a 1/600 version of the iconic USN aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
Fujimi of Japan has announced the December 2015 release of FUJ46001, a 1/350 version of the Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Shimakaze.
3 new submarine kits from Trumpeter have been announced for 2016 that include a deep sea research craft, a cutting edge nuclear attack submarine and a China's first fully developed submarine from within China.