iModeler Ships

Naval modeling - ships, boats and submarines.

Cybermodeler 1/350 USS Laffey (DD-459)

One of the great Cybermodeler (Dragon) smart kits. An easy build that looks really great when completed - I only wish the instructions were as easy to follow as the kit is to build once the instructions have been puzzled out. Laffey was truly [...]

Trumpeter 1/350 USS San Francisco (CA-38)

When I was an 18 year old sailor, I stood on the ruined bridge of USS San Francisco there in the park in the city whose name she bore, thinking to myself what might I have done had I been there that terrible night off Guadalcanal. USS San Franc[...]

Trumpeter 1/350 HMS Hood

So, what do you do when you haven't built a ship model since you were in Junior High School (back in the early Triassic)??? Why, go out and get one of the most complicated kits ever, get all the photoetch possible, and dive right in! This sort[...]

Trumpeter 1/350 Scale HMS Hood

I have considered this to be the most fun I have ever had building a model. No fiddley photo-etch, except the three or pieces that came with the kit, just open the box and go to town. The only real extra work I did on this kit was to totally r[...]

Heading Home

This was my grand adventure into creating water. I got pretty involved in the German S-Boat with a lot of aftermarket PE sets. I found a tutorial on doing water on the internet and gave it a shot. I scratch-built the buoy and seagulls and found [...]

The remainder of my fledgling Navy

Both kits are 1/350th scale (in keeping with the Wasp)...the USS Freedom just plain looked cool - AND it has helicopters [aircraft, remember?]. The Los Angeles class sub was like a 2-hour "project" - never built a submarine before - besides, an [...]

WASP Amphibious Assault Ship

Gallery Models 1/350th scale USS Wasp had a plethora of aircraft included - it's what caught my eye as a [primarily] aircraft model enthusiast. It seemed a daunting task at first, but after a few weeks, it started to become a little easier as th[...]

USS Hornet – Doolittle’s Raiders

I picked up this 1/700th scale 'waterline' kit and decided I'd try something "off the wall" with it. I'm not usually a "ship guy", but I wanted to try an idea I had. i took some aluminum foil, crumpled it up and sprayed some color(s) on it. Aft[...]