Article Directory: Ships

All about model ships and boats.

1/350 I-400 by Tamiya

The I-400 class of submarines were the largest undersea vessels of World War II. They were designed to give Japan the ability to launch stealth attacks on distant targets and sneak away undetected. Speaking of which, it is even rumored that t[...]

1/700 Columbo Express by Revell Germany

When launched, the Columbo Express was the largest ship in the world, capable of hauling 1800 containers of cargo at once. She was the largest ship ever launched to be driven by just one propeller. Yet, despite her size, she is crewed by fewe[...]

USS Wilkes DD441 Done!

Well here she is completed! Did not add every bit of PE, and since detail shots of Wilkes are hard to find I had to be creative and use other ships close to her configuration for things like the floater net baskets, but I am pretty happy overal[...]

1/350 Z-38 by Trumpeter

The Z class was Germany's answer to the fascination with the so-called Super Destroyer of WWII. France had the Fantastique; England had the Tribal class. Originally envisioned as a flotilla leader, Germany tried to trump the competition by p[...]

Higgins PT Boat 1/72 Scratch Built

This is a 78 ft. Higgins class PT boat used in the Mediterranean theater.I was able to locate a set of drawings showing how the boat was configured. I used an old Revell PT-109 hull cutting it down to 78 ft. and then put a new transom on it. T[...]

When the US Air Force had a Navy!

This is my rendition of the old (and I do mean OLD) Lindberg Models 1950's era USAF air/sea rescue boat. I built a similar model as a youngster and couldn't figure why it didn't include torpedo tubes like my Revell PT boat. It was a mystery to m[...]

USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), Hasegawa 1/350

In 1944, a journalist traveling aboard the USS White Plains wrote, “A jeep carrier bears the same relation to a normal naval vessel that is borne to a district of fine homes by a respectable, but struggling, working class suburb. There is a de[...]

1/350 HMS Warspite by Academy

HMS Warspite was the most decorated ship in the history of the Royal navy. Fighting all the way from Jutland in WWI throughout WWII, she was in more violent engagements than any other battleship of the modern era. Launched as a member of the Q[...]

1/350 Roma by Trumpeter

There are some moments in human history characterized by the drama of a noble vessel going down in horrible disaster. Such was Titanic. Such was Hindenberg. Fewer folks know the story of Roma. She was the last of her class to be completed [...]

1/350 Graf Spee by Academy

This is one of my earliest big ships and it was a joy to build. Despite Academy's heavy handed molding of the finer details, I found the model to be very satisfying. I was able to replace most of them with extra/alternate parts from the Drago[...]