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Major Manufacturers ALBATROS ARGONAUT RN Models in the Original Series RN Models in the Current Series USN Models in the Current Series ARGOS CARAT & CSC CM DELPHIN “G” (the models of Georg Grzybowski) HAI HANSA NAVIS/NEPTUN (and Copy) NAVIS WARSHIPS Austro-Hungarian Navy Brazilian Navy Royal Navy French Navy Italian Navy Imperial Japanese Navy Imperial German Navy (& Reichmarine) Russian Navy Swedish Navy United States Navy NEPTUN German Navy (Kriegsmarine) British Royal Navy Imperial Japanese Navy United States Navy French, Italian and Soviet Navies Aircraft Models Checklist – RN & USN capital ships OSTROWSKI (aka Ocean Service Models) SEXTANT TRIDENT ALPHA/TRIDENT Trident WIKING Minor Manufacturers Anker Atlantis Bille Colonia Degen (Hein Muck) Helvetia HL Holsatia K Modelle Kyle

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Lloyd (& Binnen-Lloyd) Luna Nautilus Noordzee RG Rhenania Risawoleska Schlingelhof (HDS) Star Welfia Westfalia X Modelle Yorck Other Continental Manufacturers 55 55 55 56 57 57 57 57 58 59 59 59 59 59 CHAPTER 4 OTHER OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS INTRODUCTION GRIFO (Italy) KIWI (New Zealand) KONISHI (Japan) MERCURY (Italy) MINISHIP (Spain) PILOT (Denmark) USA MAKERS PAST & PRESENT California Models Great Lakes Models Metal Miniatures Midway Models Pyro Saratoga Model Shipyard Shangri-La Ironworks Scherbak South Salem Copies Superior 1250 Models USA Models Youngerman Ship Models 66 66 66 66 67 68 68 68 68 68 69 69 69 69 69 69 70 70 71 71 71 72 CHAPTER 5 PLASTIC KITS INTRODUCTION EAGLE OTHER MAKES Pyro/Lifelike Almark/Casadio/Revell Airfix Heller et al Hobby Boss Scratch Building 73 73 73 75 75 75 76 76 77 77 ANNEX A: USEFUL ADDRESSES ANNEX B: MODEL LISTINGS Len Jordan Models (to March 2009) Triang Albatros (British Ships) Trident Alpha (American Ships) A-1 B-1 B-1 B-2 B-5 B-9 4 .



all British models produced by a further eighteen manufacturers were listed in tables.traplet. For further reading. Star and Wiking. Trident Alpha. New models are appearing all the time.FOREWARD TO THE 5TH ISSUE The first issue of this guide was compiled in 1990 and was based on a series of eight articles published in Marine Modelling magazine during 1989.1250fleets.com). Casadio*.wiedling. Hornby Minic/Rovex*. With UK collectors in mind. models can still be found second-hand and in some cases the only source of a particular ship may be a discontinued range. Fleetline and Nelson. the latter (like ‘steelnavy’) also carrying good links to other useful sites including many of the manufacturers). welcome and I do hope you find the guide of interest. One of the most difficult tasks is determining what has and has not been released. In producing a booklet it was possible to include much additional detail and to provide listings for certain manufacturers whose ranges were out of production and whose models would therefore not be listed in dealers’ catalogues. 2009 7 . and which models may have been deleted. For a site with excellent listings and illustrations check out www. Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy – at least at the time of writing. To those readers who originally tracked me down through the magic of www.1250ships. Hansa. It was decided to retain all previously mentioned manufacturers for the record. Other Internet sites carrying waterlines data include www. Pedestal. © Kelvin Holmes Issue 5c. most of which have been retained and updated for this issue. Airfix*. Although several of these makes are out of production. there are now monthly articles in Marine Modelling International magazine (www. Collnav has extensive and useful model lists. Ensign*.de.com .com (and my thanks to Paul Jacobs for his support and enthusiasm).com) in the Waterlines column. GM also have a wonderful and free ‘katalog’ download. Delphin. Navis (capital ships only) and Neptun (capital ships only). Eneris SB 131 Russian tug This issue was last amended on the 14th March 2009 as part of a never-ending review and update. To check for current model availability the web sites listed below are especially useful. No doubt this list will grow. Issue 2 (which appeared in 1996) repeated those asterisked and added full lists for Len Jordan Models.holmes@selex-comms. For many of the discontinued ranges the word ‘do’ should be replaced by ‘did’ and one day this will be ‘done’! Meanwhile feedback and comments are always welcome (kelvin.steelnavy.collnav. Issue 1 then contained listings for Eagle*. Star and Wiking. New model lists for American ships have been added for Hansa.de (mail order shops in Germany.galerie-maritim.com (a general site) plus www. For Issue 3 (and continuing with Issues 4 and 5) all the entries have been reviewed and a number of new manufacturers included. Other American ship models in current production are mentioned with the descriptions of the manufacturer concerned.de & www. even if some are long out of production. www. Triang*.

By the late 1950s the situation had improved and there were two main sources of models. In parallel Eagle (or Eaglewall) produced a small range of plastic kits of World War 2 era RN and Kriegsmarine warships and auxiliaries. For manufacturers who are especially active with new releases (Argos. particularly on the continental manufacturers identified by name only. both working in 1/1200. Somewhat earlier Fred T. There may also have been a model of HMS Ark Royal and 1/1200 buildings. Returning to Tremo. The latter were not available to the general public although by the 1960s many had found their way into private collections via government surplus sales. Additional information. American ships. that were available as either kits or assembled/painted. 37 RN warships plus harbour parts and accessories. Ltd produced a range (known as Ship Series D and E) of 1/1200 wooden construction kits. to the hobby. included 40 merchant ships. Holladay & Co. small merchants plus a lightship (the Nore) and a lighthouse. the models were produced by a former employee of the German Wiking company and concentrated on contemporary warships. Jane had produced an extensive range of models to be used with his ‘Kriegspiel’ but these were apparently not to a constant scale although of course are now collectable in their own right. The Triang die-cast range. Neptun for example) this guide will always be out of date so please refer to the various websites mentioned throughout. It is hoped that existing collectors will find this latest edition useful and potential newcomers will discover the tremendous scope of this absorbing hobby. using fine wire where appropriate. Many of these models now command high prices if in mint and boxed condition. Some identical models were sold under different names and in fact 42 kits were released altogether.J. 30 different moulds in total. although production ceased when the unfortunate Herr ‘Tremo’ was interned for the duration in 1939. Tremo R class battleship The 1940s and early 1950s was a barren time for UK collectors with little or nothing available commercially and models only being produced by specialist model builders such as Bassett-Lowke and in the form of official Admiralty Recognition Models. under the name TREMO. The D series included 8 warships (cruisers and battleships) and 3 liners whilst the E series (available in finished form only) of accessories offered various submarines. Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness but as always comment on any errors or omissions would be more than welcome. Ltd. Triang HMS Blackpool 8 . both from the mid to late 1930s. Firstly a little background to the hobby. would be especially helpful. to a lesser extent. These models were not especially accurate but considering the technology of the time very acceptable. with cast components.J.CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION AIM AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The aim of the guide is to provide an encyclopaedic reference of manufacturers and models (1/1200 and 1/1250). producing the first 1/1200s. with Treforest Mouldings. plus a single merchantman. some as small sets. Also pre-war was a range of merchants known as SHIPSERIES which included a tanker and a hospital ship at least. All these models were hand built in wood. which was in production between 1959 and 1964/5. and also cheaply priced. Between 1933 and about 1939 a firm called A. The UK Scene Perhaps the first small constant scale waterline ship models to be commercially manufactured in Great Britain were Dinky’s 1/1800 series. Holladay & Co. starting with the UK. with an emphasis on British and. and for the entire Triang entry. They were firmly aimed at the ‘schoolboy’ end of the market and introduced many present day collectors. I would very much like to acknowledge the assistance provided by Martin Brown in researching and reviewing earlier issues of the guide. destroyers. myself included. however. also to Paul Jacobs for information on the American scene and Keith Tatton for introducing me to A.

working almost exclusively in 1/1250. Framburg are reportedly still in business but no longer making ships. do produce probably 95% of all models so they form a major part of the guide. Round about this time a shop in Scotland – Argyle Models – began to import what to us were new. or perhaps changed their name to Authenticast some time in the 1950s. the various Casadio plastic kits had become available and these are still in production under the Revell name. Availability is a major factor. Moving farther afield there are several other manufacturers based as far away as Japan and the USA who deserve an entry. The guide naturally includes Wiking and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of the others even if some of the smaller manufacturers are only given a single sentence. and in Germany in particular there is a plethora of small firms. Little was yet known of the various mail order shops in Germany. All three firms were active from about 1940. with the latter’s models being offered assembled and painted from various sources. interest is on ships of their own nationality. Hansa HMS Blake During the early 1970s Fleetline. Of these Fleetline and Oceanic have fallen by the wayside although models by late 70s newcomer Clydeside are once more becoming available. and compared with what we were used to. Naval Recognition USS North Carolina Overseas Foreign manufacturers. or if no information is available. but these were poor representations of the ships concerned and definitely intended for wargamers rather than collectors. The most prolific UK manufacturers are now MB Models. It was in about 1935 that collecting first became popular in Germany with the products of a firm called Wiking-Modellbau. many of the smaller manufacturers are in fact hobbyists who select a particular ship because they want it in their own collection and then run off just a small number of models. if only. based in New York State. South Salem were taken over by Comet round about 1941/42. primarily German and Austrian. just a mention by name. who then either themselves were taken over. Early production in the USA concentrated on warships and involved three main companies namely Comet and South Salem. Collecting In categorising the continental manufacturers an attempt has been made to assess their relative importance. certainly not on volume but rather on the quality. Price is another factor. This begs one major question – how is that importance gauged?. the American company Pyro released a few plastic kits of USN and IJN warships. often one man and his casting machine and indeed new makes are appearing all the time. and the vast range of models available. rather expensive German made models by Hansa. and over a limited period there was even a resurgence of the plastic kit with half a dozen 1/1200 warship releases from Airfix. and Framburg from Chicago. Where possible the emphasis is on models of British ships although this is not always easy as many of the manufacturers main.As Triang and Eagle ceased production in the mid 1960s. More information on this story can be found in Chapter 4. Mountford and Len Jordan. although copies of both Framburg and early Comet models are available from Metal Miniatures. Delphin and Wiking. The final twist is that Superior bought out Authenticast in the 1960s and continue to this day with their ranges of primarily wargaming models in 1/1200 and 1/2400. Ensign and Oceanic began to produce metal ship kits and Superior were being imported from the USA. scope and availability. perhaps for trade to friends in their 9 . By the early 1970s. perhaps less significant as almost without exception these are collectors models at collectors prices. their main customer being the United States Navy. Since 1950 the number of manufacturers has boomed.

specifically a series about the USN in Scale Models many years ago and much more recently by Alan Raven a series called ‘The Development of Naval Camouflage 1914 – 1945’ (published in the US magazine Ship Modeller in 1996-97). there are a number of books to look for: • RN Warship Camouflage 1939 – 1945. The Register was first published in 1985 with an updated two part version appearing in 1993-4. • Camouflage Volumes 1 – 3: RN 1939-41. • USN Camouflage of the WW2 Era. by manufacturer. Another major source is the ‘WEDE Handbook for Ship Models 1:1250’ which was published in two parts. The WEDE handbooks include only those models which have been released. • Miniature Ship Models. published by Warships Perspectives. M. For an excellent account of the early development of the waterline model up until the 1960s ‘Classic Waterline Ship Models’ by Michele Morciano is recommended (available via Waterline International . Also of value due to the proportion of English language content (now up to 75%) and colour illustrations is the quarterly A5 magazine ‘Waterline International’ produced by the Rome-based ‘Waterline Italia’ (WI) organisation. John Bowen (ISBN 0 85177 659 0). cannot hope to have all models available at all times. For authentic paint chips contact Snyder & Short Enterprises (address in Annex A). this is unfortunately no longer in print but in the electronic age has been replaced by the ‘2008 Katalog’ download from www. • More Miniature Merchant Ships 2003 Chrysalis Press. Hodges.see address in Annex A). published by Warships Perspectives. the first covering German ships with listings by type of 4500 models including buildings. and even then many models may be omitted the second time round if it is thought that there will little or no demand. My initial source was Peter Jahnke’s Ship Model Catalogue which lists hundreds of models. harbour parts and accessories from 150 manufacturers and running to 170 pages. Contact addresses for both WI and HR are included in Annex A. 1942. published by Floating Drydock.de. The currrent version is available in printed. Horst Kronke (ISBN 3 7822 0564 2). 1976.wiedling. Wiedling. Raven A. Another extremely useful source of information is the ‘Hamburger Rundbrief’ (HR) which is the specialist German language magazine for collectors. 1996. There has also been some magazine coverage of this subject. It is published six times a year and research for this guide has included all issues from 1983 to date. Paul Jacobs • Die Welt der Schiffahrt en Miniature.galerie-maritim. Williams. CD or pdf form via www. 10 . For us collectors the guide-line should be. Ainsworth (ISBN 0 85177 799 6). A further extremely useful source is Peter Wiedling’s Ship Model Register which lists hundreds of models by country and again only those which have actually been released. John Bowen. The last two listed above are in the German language but contain many illustrations both in black & white and colour. especially those with huge catalogues. Hreachmack. D (ISBN 1 86176 154 6). regardless of availability. Horst Kronke (ISBN 3 7822 0648 7). Part 2 covers non-German ships and exceeds 5000 models.navybooks. Very few books specifically about waterline ships have been written. Camouflage Vols 1 – 3 by Alan Raven is published in the USA but available from Maritime Books (www. Derek Head (ISBN 1 872727 72 7). Ellis C published by Pique in 1975.com. Aus der Welt der Kleinen Schiffen.immediate collecting circle or maybe to sell to finance the purchase of other commercial models. • Kriegsmarine Camouflage (German edition). 2008. Raven A. John Bowen (1997 book also re-printed by Chrysalis). published by Clash of Arms in 1996. 1943-44. • Warships in Miniature – Guide to Naval Waterline Ship Modelling in 1:1200.de. Often the catalogue is cycled through over a number of years. • Camouflage Volume 4 RN Supplemental. • USN Camouflage of the WW2 Era – Fleet Carriers. ed. published by Almark in 1973. • Bassett-Lowke Waterline Ship Models 1996 Golden Age Editions. • USN Warship Camouflage 1939 – 1945. Abendroth & Kelling. Even the larger manufacturers. Camouflage For those interested in warship camouflage. Sources of Information Chapter 3 is based on a number of primary sources some of which can also be consulted for further more detailed information. For information on models in current production perhaps the most comprehensive catalogue is that issued by L. 1992. • Miniature Merchant Ships 1997 Conway Maritime Press. • Naval Camouflage 1914 – 1945. the following being the best known examples: • Waterline Ship Models 1972 Conway Maritime Press. Jung. ed. buy it when you see it! Apart from anything else the exchange rate is likely to be less favourable next time. published by Floating Drydock. • The Painter’s Guide to WW2 Naval Camouflage.).

Argonaut Provence List of Manufacturers The table that follows gives lists of manufacturers. Skytrex Mercator Georgic Happy Collecting: 11 . Although full hull models. the latest addition is ‘Atlas Editions’. The table also includes a listing of name only of a further group of whom nothing is known apart from name. and certainly not quality or importance to the hobby. ‘Minor’ and ‘Others’ and in general this reflects volume of production & availability. past and present. These are divided into ‘UK’. Although produced abroad Triang Minic Ships Ltd are covered in the UK section of the guide. of metal and resin models. it will be interesting to see where this series goes. ‘Continental’ has been further subdivided into ‘Major’. ‘Continental’ and ‘Other Overseas’ with each given a separate chapter in the guide.

Cruise Fleet. Frisia. Sottpuster) Copy (new) Dedo DH DOESEMA EH Eneris Foerde Fuchs Galerie Maritim GEM Granat GS H and B H2O Hammonia Herpa HF Hydra Intug Iskra JB JK Klabauterman KM Kreis Laiva LH Maru MK Mowe Nautik Navalis Moguntia Nord-Ostsee Nordica Old Salt Omega Optatus Padermodelle Pharos Pontos Poseidon Quadrant RA Red Tape RFR Remo Rostocker Schiffsminiaturen Sailing Maritime Schiff & Schiene Seaborne Sedina Seestern Sirene Smaers Stauffenberg U9-Modelle UVM Vagel Grip Vindebona ** aka ‘Ocean Service Models’ *** aka ‘Hein Muck’ Note re Modell Pool ceased trading late 1997 By Name: Berolina. Biebekarben. Union. Kompass.UK: Atlas Editions Bassett-Lowke Broadwater Ensign Figurehead Fleetline Marine Artists MB Models Mountford Metal Miniatures Navwar Nelson Nemine (Llyn) Oceanic Pedestal Santa Rosa Sanvan Sea Vee Skytrex/Mercator Solent Triang /Triang Minic Ltd Wass Line WMS Cap Aero/Figurehead Gorky Clydeside Gwylan Coastlines Highworth Models Connolly Hornby Minic (aka Rovex) Cruise Line Models Leicester Micromodels Deep “C”/Athelstan Len Jordan CONTINENTAL (mainly German and Austrian): Major: Albatros Argonaut Argos Carat/CSC CM Delphin G Hai Hansa Navis/Neptun (& Copy) Ostrowski** (part of Modell Pool) Sextant (part of Modell Pool) Trident Alpha Trident Wiking Minor: Anker Atlantis (part of Modell Pool) Bille Colonia Degen*** Helvetia HL Holsatia K Modelle RG Rhenania Risawoleska Kyle Lloyd Luna Nautilus Noordzee Schlingelhof (HDS) Star Welfia Westfalia X Modelle Yorck Others: Aegir Albert Aquarius B/V Baltica BESCH Binkowski BM BS Collecta (inc. Otten. ‘Hard Ship’. Rudomski. Welco (due to the absence of further information these are not mentioned again). Rupp. OTHER OVERSEAS: Grifo (Italy) Kiwi (New Zealand) Konishi (Japan) Mercury (Italy) Miniships (Spain) Pilot (Denmark) USA: California Models Great Lakes Models Midway Models Metal Miniatures Sagatoga MS Shangri-La Ironworks Scherbak 12 South Salem copies Superior 1250 Models USA Models Youngerman . Santos.

This must be the definitive guide to these models and in 160 pages describes and profusely illustrates (214 photos. of which Hood & Bismarck have been issued.) the story of Bassett-Lowke and their models. were available. 13 . A number of appendices give lists of models produced. London W11 2SJ). the main customers were the shipping companies whose vessels were represented. Bassett-Lowke Tirpitz Further information can be found in the 1997 book ‘Bassett-Lowke Waterline Ship Models’ by Derek Head (published by Golden Age Editions. 50 feet to the inch models (the remainder being 1/1200) plus a short description of the present day situation for waterline enthusiasts. In addition to an introduction. The quality of production is excellent with the extensive use of colour photography particularly suited to the merchant ships. chapters are devoted to warships. and some vessels were even depicted in wartime grey. Production ran from the 1910s to the late 1940s and at its peak over 100 models. The current list (all extremely familiar names) is below. and although the models were commercially available. Models were often updated in terms of colour scheme and appearance. and today the models are extremely valuable. many showing several ships. plus reproductions of catalogues etc. Some information is also given on other manufacturers of recognition models which may help when such items turn up at swapmeets.CHAPTER 2 UNITED KINGDOM MANUFACTURERS This section of the guide covers UK manufacturers past and present in alphabetical order. from 28 shipping lines. the post 1945 period. For that one-off model to complete a particular fleet or shipping line there are specialist model builders who can be contacted via the classified ads in Ships Monthly. merchant ships. including all known ships made to 1/1200 scale. Nevertheless many private collections were launched using Bassett-Lowke. Issues 6 & 23 of the defunct magazine Seascape (published in the late 1980s) contained respectively descriptions of Bassett-Lowke’s warships & merchant ships with illustrations of many of the models. Construction is part metal and part plastic. 3 Denbeigh Rd. HMS Hood KM Bismarck HMS Prince of Wales KM Scharnhorst USS Missouri IJNS Yamato HMS Ark Royal KM Graf Spee Atlas Editions HMS Hood BASSETT-LOWKE Bassett-Lowke was perhaps the first manufacturer of small constant scale waterline ship models. ATLAS EDITIONS Introduced in 2009 this is a series of 1/1250 full hull models of ‘legendary warships of WW2’. in parallel with the actual ship. especially if in good condition.

British. British 1945 – 1995. The models are primarily intended for wargaming and are robustly cast in white metal. Navies/periods covered are Japanese. HMS Cumberland and the German pocket battleship Graf Spee. CAP Aero produce an equally welcome series of 1/1200 aeroplanes. these models are of great interest to us waterliners. and also deck painting. requiring cleaning up and painting. Although primarily intended for wargamers. designed as a wargaming set. Availability of Clydeside is somewhat intermittent at present. to a lesser extent. but we still have a UK point of contact (see Annex A). Full assembly and painting instructions are provided. German and Russian (all WW2). Algerine Class minesweeper HMS 14 . Some of the earlier models are also being re-mastered and the new offerings are greatly improved. and the British and German navies of WW1 era. Each kit comprises some 30 parts and are very well detailed with nice touches such as the inclusion of ships’ aircraft which in the case of the County class cruiser may be shown in the hangar. Of ships not too easily acquired from other manufacturers. including even the biplane types. there has been a move towards multi-part kits. HMNZS Achilles. The models are sharply cast in white metal and most. from the Imperial Japanese Navy. 2007 brings the ‘C series’. Broadwater HMS/m Vanguard CAP AERO Rather than ships. They are generally produced as one piece kits. the Dutch cruisers De Ruyter and Java. appear to be in single pieces. the modern RN and USN. Clydeside IJNS Aoba Appearing in 1997 were a new and improved series of World War Two 1/1200 scale metal kits. various A class boats and the much earlier M1. particularly around gun turrets. Russian 1974 to date and American 1964 to date. Depicted at the time of the Battle of the River Plate the models are of the cruisers HMS Ajax. the heavy 8” gunned cruisers Aoba and Kako are recommended. Italian. Similarly. For WW1 Clydeside adopted a battle theme with the first issues in this era covering the various ships involved in the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands in 1914. although on the larger models gun turrets are normally cast separately. In the past some of the WW2 ships were American Superior models produced under licence. SSK HMS Upholder.BROADWATER Initial releases from ‘Broadwater Models’ were a hump-backed whale hotly pursued by a flotilla of RN submarines – SSBN HMS Vanguard. New releases include IJN minesweeper Wa 1 (circa 1940). although the entire catalogue of some 140 models (Superiors excluded) is reportedly being slowly re-worked at an improved standard. HMS Exeter. as are the Italian motoscafo armato silurante (MTB) and vedette antisommergibili (sub chaser). which are particularly fine little models. This approach facilitates the removal of flash. In addition there is the ‘Clyde Coast’ series of merchantmen. but also includes. latest releases are eight different Fletcher class destroyers. and destroyers Eversten and Van Nes from the Battle of the Java Sea are worth seeking out. See also the entry for ‘Figurehead’. Released in 1999 were the Dutch destroyers Evertsen and Van Nes suggesting that those vessels which took part in the Battle of the Java Sea may be on their way. In 2002 ownership of this range passed to Noble Miniatures USA. even if it means all previous models have been discontinued for the moment. A huge number of models are catalogued for future release although Broadwater seem to be resting on the sea bed at present. such as the Tribal and WW2 ‘war emergency’ destroyer classes from O to Z/CA. CLYDESIDE The Clydeside 1/1200 range concentrates on the various belligerent navies of WW2. M3 and M3 as a minelayer. American. M2. With more recent models.

like some of the warships. amphibious types and auxiliaries intended for the wargaming market and designed/priced accordingly. Brading (Isle of Wight Ferry 1965).Rattlesnake. ‘Schlingelhof’. These include submarines. with some 60 models released. cruisers and even a few aircraft carriers. About 45 HDS-Ensigns have been released. Not worth looking for. Bathurst class minesweeper HMAS Bendigo & a 72’6” Vosper MTB. Coast Line’s Pembroke Coast (1936). 1933 (AM 2). The largest series. Neptune (Red funnel steam tug 1950s livery) and Southsea (Isle of Wight Ferry 1950s). There are also some RNLI lifeboats for example 1947-65 Self righting Lifeboat. producers of models of coastal secenery typically where a lighthouse is involved such as Eddystone and Beachy Head. just under half of 15 . 1935 AM 3). SS Avoceta (passenger/cargo). Ocean Coast. this make being more commonly known. escorts. production ceased in 1986. ENSIGN Ensign provide(d) several series of 1/1200 and 1/1250 scale models mainly aimed at wargamers & modellers and hence supplied as white metal kits.Pacific Bridge. CONNOLLY An extensive range of modern soviet warships. Bidston.Tug. is a Triang copy. HDS Ensign Little Rock Perhaps the best quality models sold by Ensign are those produced under licence from HDS. CRUISE LINE MODELS These are buildings for use in harbour dioramas although the website now lists for 2009 & 2010 models of full hull warships (for drydocks) & cruise liners. known as ‘White Ensign’. ‘Red Ensign’ consists of 25 WW2 era merchantmen and finally a lighthouse (Triang copy) on an island. first releases are: . DEEP “C”/ATHELSTAN A range of British merchant ships made in resin including such models as the coastal tanker Shell Welder (1956). Liverpool 35’6” type. 1970’s Solent type 1970s and last of all the 1894 Parsons steam pinnace Turbinia. 1967 (AM 1). Check out www. . destroyers. nearly 70 models catalogued. Examples of the range are British Endurance (oiler).com for the latest info. ‘Athelstan’ is a series of ‘super-detailed’ resin models from the same maker. Tarawera (AM 4). Temple Mead (cargo) and Japanese Kongo. covers almost without exception WW2 warships of all the belligerent nations. British ferry Isle of Guernsey. Calshot (1950. This has been expanded to include coastal vessels such as Admiralty 1915 H. Calcutta and Noto Marus.cruiselinemodels. COASTLINES Coastlines are. Latest release in 2008 is the escort carrier HMS Audacity. as the name suggest.S. Southampton tender to the Ocean liners). the oil rig support vessel Far Service from 1995 and the Empire Ken (1945). on the continent at least.

This kit also contained the extra parts needed to model her sister ship Abercrombie. An unusual offering is an Italian Caique sailing boat. frigates and submarines. namely Ben Read (tanker 1923) & Broomfield (tramp steamer 1938 Zillah line).which are modern warships – from the RN HMS Leander (gun version) and HMS/m Oberon. mainly light forces. Unfortunately Seascale ceased production in 1990 and reportedly the model masters are all but destroyed. Corsair. MGBs. The largest vessels are the landing ship USS Suffolk County and the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock. The RN range was complemented by a small selection of amphibious and auxiliary vessels. finally from Italy the seaplane carrier Giuseppe Miraglia and a Balilla class submarine. IJN vessels included the destroyer Asashio. The Axis navies of WW2 were less well represented. plus soviet and USN destroyers. fleet submarine I16 and destroyers Akizuki and Kagero. an E-boat. Resolution (SSBN) and SSKs of the Oberon and A class. Sunderland and Catalina aircraft and a number of different vehicles. WW2 accessories included Wildcat. ‘House of Hobbies’. primarily from the WW2 and modern eras. PT boats. FIGUREHEAD This is a series of white metal kits of minor warships of WW2. the USN. and two merchant vessels. and the escort carrier Pursuer. and various conventional diesel electric boats (SSK). American escort carrier and destroyer escorts. submarines and MTB/MGB. This was followed by HMS Jutland of the second group with the US Mk 37 director and quintuple tubes. Seascale provided Lynx and Sea King helicopters. a total of 33 different types. WW2 models include some Hansa standard ‘Narvik’ class destroyers. the Type C2 tank transport (FCA35B) seems to have been released in limited numbers. the latter being the vessel the Cutlass and her two sisters were designed to simulate for fleet training purposes. two types of Hovercraft. FLEETLINE In 1971 the Fleetline Model Company launched into 1/1200 waterline model ships with a 16 part kit of HMS Armada. Fleetline HMS Roberts 16 . the Sturgeon. soviet and West German FACs. from the Kriegsmarine there was a ‘Narvik’ class destroyer. ‘1/1200 Scale Ships’ and finally to ‘Seascale’ as it was known until its final demise. The largest ships were the light cruisers Ajax. the infamous Icelandic gunboat Aegir. most popular soviets are probably the missile destroyers Kashin I and Kashin II. The RN/RFA surface fleet is represented by HMS Invincible. and from the RN HMSs Dreadnought. Most belligerent nations are covered with various types: MTBs. The majority of WW2 models were RN vessels. the ocean-going tug Lloydsman and the 1974 Brazilian chemical tanker Quitauna. corvettes. three MTBs. The largest warships are RN and RCN Flower class corvettes and a German 1935 T-boat. requiring assembly and painting. one of which was a full hull Kaiten. These were complemented by two USN SSNs. and a very nice model of the monitor HMS Roberts. and a landing craft. lead vessel of a class of 37. a type D landing craft. three submarines. the Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield and the LSL Sir Tristram. aircraft. the Sea Harrier. Earlier versions of the Resolution model had the diving planes in the vertical as opposed to horizontal position. and these are now quite rare. These ships were supported by the fast minelayer HMS Abdiel. The range included a variety of modern submarine models with fourteen different soviet types. and the oneoff USS Tullibee. including nuclear powered ballistic and cruise missile types (SSBN and SSGN). mainly tanks and trucks. These models are almost identical to their equivalents in the Japanese produced Konishi range (see separate entry) and one wonders if they are simply copies. All were cast in good quality white metal. and Type XB and VII U-boats. the WW1 12” gunned submarine M1 and a range of confederate and union vessels from the American Civil War. a Battle class destroyer of the first group with a Mark VI director and quadruple torpedo tubes. Of the latter. vehicles and harbour accessories. and the stars of the range IJN monster submarine I400. frigates. and included ships. The catalogue eventually stood at some 170 models. with a huge selection of over 200 types although as with the ships some of the moulds are starting to lose their sharpness. There are also some merchant types. plus various destroyers. namely two submarines. The largest navy in WW2. Ensign also sell HDS 1/1250 aircraft. To complete the era. Air Sea Rescue launches and minesweepers. Cairo and Coventry. Other modern models were the fast training boat HMS Cutlass and a soviet Osa I missile boat. Swiftsure (SSNs). a few landing craft and submarines. C2 and ET1-S-C3 Liberty ships. minesweepers. Such attention to detail has characterised the range through its metamorphosis from ‘Fleetline’ through ‘Scaledown’. French and West German submarines. From earlier times Seacale offered three Napoleonic warships. all as built. and EC2-S-C1. nuclear powered hunter killers (SSN). Caradoc. a couple of Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force vessels and even a Nigerian Vosper Mk9 frigate. Curacoa. had minimal representation.

GWYLAN Gwylan produce etched brass detail kits for the Hobby Boss plastic kits and have also issued the cargo ship Zhen Hua with its load of container cranes. T boote and a Type VII U-boat. LEN JORDAN MODELS An impressive series of well produced 1/1200 resin kits. Gwylan Zhen Hua HIGHWORTH MODELS A new (2009) range with two models of modern Russian missile submarines. M741 M751 M742 M745 M743 M744 M703 M702 HMS Vanguard HMS Bulwark Bismarck Scharnhorst USS Missouri IJNS Yamato Queen Mary Queen Elizabeth battleship aircraft carrier German battleship German battlecruiser (as built) battleship. but on wheels! The models were manufactured in Hong Kong. RN Towns class and Tribal class destroyers. Flower class corvette and a Fairmile D. information on colour scheme(s). comprising the following – HMS Roberts (monitor). The range comprises three series. Highworth Yuri Dolgorukiy (Borei class) HORNBY MINIC (ROVEX) A small range of die-cast ships and harbour parts produced in the mid 1970s and mainly copies of original Triangs. where known. battleship liner liner M715 M704 Canberra United States Tug Harbour Sets Ocean Terminal Fleet Anchorage Quayside Set Naval Harbour Set liner liner (part of harbour sets) M902 M904 M905 M906 LEICESTER MICROMODELS Long discontinued WW2 era wargaming quality models in 1/1200. now into their 15th year of production. similar in style to Seascale (ex Fleetline) but supplied painted and with periscopes/radar masts added.GORKY A seemingly now discontinued series of modern soviet submarine models. Gorky seem to have gone the way of the old Soviet Navy. namely 17 . from the Kriegsmarine a ‘Narvik’ class destroyer. and painting. Initial releases cover some of the more modern types such as Akula and Victor III which to date have been ignored by other UK manufacturers. each kit includes a profile drawing. plus details of changes of ownership and name. derricks and ventilators. presumably more of the same will follow. also a couple of WW1 dreadnoughts. Typically the models require the addition of masts. A total of nine models was catalogued but most seem not to have been issued.

masts. for example with M50 we learn that ship and her many sisters were of the C3-S-A2 and A4 type and were built between 1943 and 1945 serving with a number of American shipping companies.. these being Grace Line. Isthmian Lines Inc. Matson Navigation Co. For those with a steady hand the funnel band contains a blue diamond with a white ‘L’. Again for each company there is a list of ship’s names which can be very helpful if trying to find perhaps a single picture of any one of the ships in a book. Inc. The models can be found assembled and painted under the names ‘Britannic’ and ‘Solent’ (the latter not to be confused with the manufacturer of the same name). The information sheets supplied with the kits are also invaluable. so for example Lykes Bros. mostly British and all dating from the period 1920 to 1965. The choice of models is carefully filling many glaring omissions in UK collections. A full list (to date) of LJ’s models is given in Annex B. many had ‘goalpost’ style kingposts. plus re-issues of various USA Models (see Chapter 4).liners. and Moore. 18 . Len Jordan Arcadia From a collector’s point of view we have seen the models gradually improve to the point that the crispness of casting and standard of detail is quite the equal of their German made counterparts from such firms as Albatros or CM. Steamship Co. Colour scheme details for each company is given. white upperworks and boats. Many of the early models have been deleted as the moulds have deteriorated and the original masters condemned as not being up the standard of the latest releases which now tend to include ventilators. Information is provided for four different configurations cross-referred to actual ships owned by the various companies listed. Lykes Bros.. American President Line. The range also includes an unusual RN Y class projected cruiser design from 1944. kingposts and derricks in a very light brown and funnel in black with a white band. ships for the era had a black hull with red waterline. Some of the ships had masts and others kingposts. available from Wiedling and from Martin Brown (see Annex A). merchantmen and tankers. McCormack Lines Inc. Len Jordan Empress of Japan MB MODELS New in 2006 and launched with the Soviet sea skimmer ‘Ekranoplan’ and more recently a Type 45 destroyer (with decals for all six in the class).

It is proving difficult to determine exactly which have been released. Mountford RN/RFA ships NAVWAR Long discontinued wargaming models. MOUNTFORD METAL MINIATURES A range introduced in 2002 with white metal kits of WW2 warships in the traditional 1/1200 scale. NELSON A now discontinued range of 1/1200 British merchants. cruising colours Cunard Cunard Shaw Savill Blue Funnel Cunard T & J Harrison ex-Cameronia Elder Dempster Elder Dempster Anchor Line Elder Dempster as troopship Prince Line * as in 19 . Orient White Star Royal Mail Line New Zealand Line A. being Skytrex kits assembled.. and marketed by Saxon Miniships. Dutch. Co. plus some generic merchantmen). all are fully painted. Examples of the Napoleonic series are HMS Union (98) and the 74s HMS Implacable and HMS Thunderer. Mountord have gone from strength to strength are currently list WW2 era models (mainly RN) and RN/RFA vessals from 1964 to the present day. with lighthouse. Also available are SAXMAMTREX. Thanks to WSE for the photo below. plus RN lend-lease Captain and Town class destroyer escorts. plus the USS Ronald Reagan.MBM Type 45 destroyer MARINE ARTISTS MODELS A series addressing mainly UK lighthouses. At one stage a WW2 range known as ‘Seawar’ was also produced with 5 Kriegsmarine vessels – sea-going torpedo boats T1 and T22. Recent models feature etched brass shelter decks. from a number of eras. Renaissance (7 models) and Napoleonic (25 models from the British. Holt Nelson Line Royal Mail Line Nelson Line Cunard Royal Mail Line Royal Mail Line Royal Mail Line BR (Southern) Union Castle Cunard as hospital ship 14c 14d 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 Mauretania Mauretania Lusitania Britannia Dominion Monarch Sarpedon Lancastria Politician Empire Clyde Politican Accra Aba Cameronia Apapa Asturias Southern Princess 1921 1933 1907 1858 1939 1923 *1940 1935 *1953 1927 1928 1919 1926 1947 1929 Cunard Cunard. New releases seem to have dried up with the final (?) being Cunard’s Britannia dating from 1840. Danish and American Navies. solidly moulded in metal and similar in standard to original Hansas. in 1/1200. super-detailed and painted by Marine Artists. minesweeper Type 1935 and 2 different E-boats. Spanish. The models are available as kits or assembled and painted. namely Ancient (22 biremes and similar). Listed below are all known models at the time of writing. Some models are now in resin plus a new substance called resimet. What’s left of the range can be found with ‘Coastlines’. Mountford also produce harbour dioramas. 1 2 3 4a 13 11 5b 6 5a 14a 8 7 4b 9 10 12 14b Reina del Pacifico Otranto Britannic Highland Princess Rangitiki Nestor Highland Chieftain Asturias Highland Monarch Mauretania Andes Alcantara Highland Brigade Canterbury Capetown Castle Mauretania Mauretania 1930 1925 1932 1939 1928 1913 1929 1926 1928 1907 1939 1935 1929 1929 1937 1938 1915 Pacific Stm Nav. lightships and lifeboats. ‘flagship’ of the range is the Needles. French.

escort carriers. PEDESTAL Well detailed resin models of merchant ships that participated in Operation Pedestal in 1942. and various RN WW2 ships that were converted merchantmen. trawlers. primarily from the period 1939 to the present day and concentrates on British ships such as coastal craft. The catalogue lists some 200 ships. Almeria Lykes Brisbane Star Clan Ferguson Dorset Deucalion Empire Hope Glenorchy Melbourne Star Ohio Port Chalmers Rochester Castle 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942 US Lykes Line Blue Star Clan Line Federal Alfred Holt Ministry of War Transport Glen Line Blue Star Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. OCEANIC An elusive range which is no longer in production. 1959). The models were based on Len Jordan originals suitably modified and with much extra detail. The range is no longer in production. with some 150 releases at the time of writing. 1958). naval auxiliaries (tankers and storeships). Ionia (Hull. freighter Fred Everard and side trawler St Christopher (1958). From 2003 all models are being produced under the Llyn name. Oceanic Girdleness There is also the ‘Target’ listing of WW1 RN torpedo boats and destroyers designed for wargaming The models are supplied as white metal kits and although not to a particularly good standard. The models are listed in Germany under the trade name Llyn and are regularly seen at swapmeets in the UK. several may not have been released. 1980) and Stackgarth (R & JH Rea. hence the name. Lists of models follow. offer the benefits of reasonable price and the possibility of finding many ships not available elsewhere. later amenities ship destroyer depot ship X craft depot ship aircraft transport . Smit & Co. those in italics almost certainly were not. coastal tanker Petworth (Stephensen Clarke. Wairmerama Wairangi Santa Elisa Ajax Aukland Star Orari Fort Halkett Empire Might Empire Darwin. ferries and modern RMAS types. tugs. 1957). ‘Oceanic’ occasionally materialise at UK swapmeets. CAM ship 1942 1942 1942 Shaw Savill & Albion Shaw Savill & Albion Blue Funnel Port Line Union Castle Empire Lankester Hansa Ministry of War Transport Ministry of War Transport German AMC HMS Athene HMS Lamont HMS Rapana HMS Aurania HMS Artifex aircraft transport LCI MAC AMC repair ship HMS Hector HMS Agamemnon HMS Blenheim HMS Bonaventure HMS Engadine 20 AMC Minelayer. Some examples are tugs Barents See (L.Nelson Southern Princess NEMINE/LLYN A limited production range of finely cast and well painted resin models.

as at Malta 1942 HMS Pretoria Castle Hills class trawler (metal) Patia. all correctly sited. This latter ship is also fitted with a minesweeping A frame and such attention to detail makes these unusual models a worthy addition to any WW2 collection. oiler Isles class trawler Alynbank. Sadly the maker passed away in 2008. tank cleaning vessel Caldy. 1956 RFA Lundy. CAM ship Clan Lamont. AA ship camouflaged British Fame British Trust Fort Halkett Fort Halkett with deck cargo Ranger class oiler Black Ranger. corvette 1940 HMCS Shediac. oiler Bar class Robert Middleton Robert Middleton (post war) Aristocrat. 1924 Belford. CAM ship Dalton Hall. those in italics. 1941 Empire Chapman. In producing their Pedestal Convoy series Santa Rosa have taken over from the defunct ‘Pedestal’ range. aircraft transport Fort Bedford HMS Bulwark. CAM ship Empire Darwin. SR1 SR1a SR1b SR2 SR3 SR3a SR4 SR4a SR5 SR6 SR7 SR8 SRs8 SR9 SR9a SR10 SR10a SR11 SR12 SR12a SR13 SR14 SR14a SR15 SR16 SR17 SR18 SRs19 SRs20 SRs21 SRs22 Liberty ship Liberty ship tanker Steven Hopkins. tanks or trains. oiler SR43 SR44 SR45 SR46 SR47 SR48 SR49 SRsm50 SRsm50a SR51 SR52sm SR53sm SRs54 SR55 SR56 SRs56 SR57 Srs57 SR58 SR59 SRs60 SRs61 SRs62m SR63 SR64 SR74 CC1 CC2 CC3 CC4 21 SS City of Omaha San Elisio. Those suffixed ‘m’ are is of metal. SR10 is available with a range of deck cargoes including planes. armed tanker 1944 Empire Jet. The Brisbane Star has a deck cargo of two landing craft and a particularly nice touch is the pair of oars stowed in one of the ship’s boats. cable ship Royal Eagle. Each model is individually hand made frequently using as a starting point one of Len Jordan’s excellent kits.HMS Alaunia HMS Alcantara HMS Glenroy repair ship AMC LSI HMS Ranpura HMS Ranpura AMC repair ship British War Conversions By Pedestal SANTA ROSA SHIPS Santa Rosa Ships speciality is 1/1200 models of merchant ships as converted for war duties during the period 1939 – 1945. a detail also found on the Melbourne Star. CAM ship Empire Ocean. CAM ship Empire Tourist Bullfrog. EC2-S-C1 Victory ship Daghestan. auxiliary AA ship Dingledale. for example the small warships. 1938 Annaghmoor. tank cleaning vessel RFA Dingledale. All those currently available are now made to order. In the case of 56 & 57 there has been some re-use of catalogue numbers. Santa Rosa Brisbane Star The catalogue as far as can be established is given below. are no longer available. others are of resin. 1920 Ben Read. AA ship Royal Eagle. Typically ships are presented in wartime grey with a full complement of AA guns. helicopter ship Daghestan. armed tanker 1943 Hunt I class RN destroyer Hunt II class RN destroyer HMS Athene. AA ship Round Table class trawler T2 tanker with deck cargo of a/c Abbeydale. 1923 tanker . LSI(L) Glenroy (LSI) in 1942 Coastal Convoy Ships Broomfield. armed tanker 1944 HMS Gardenia. oiler Blue Ranger. armed oiler Pampas. corvette.

A/S Empire Julia.seaveemodels. 1924 Holm Force Special Models Glenorchy. Elizabeth Bowater and P & O’s Strathewe still in resin but to a superb standard of detail and paintwork. One of the first to be cast in metal was Seacat (Hoverspeed ferry 1991). A secondary range. RFA Argus and USS Arleigh Burke. HMS Gloucester is one of the casualties. fleet tug Eaglesdale. (Empire). LSI (HQ) KM trawler KM trawler type II KM patrol boat M/S KM patrol boat A/S HMS Grey Fox. 1936 Thames flat iron Kylbrook.SRs23 SR24 SR25 SRS26 SR27 SR28 SR29m SR29ma SR30 SR30ma SR31 SR32m SR32ma SR33 SR34 SR35 SR36 SR37m SR37ma SRs38 SR39 SR40 SR41 SR42 SEA-VEE Jaunty. 501* 501a Fort Victoria Fort George AK. with catalogue numbers SVX lists 23 models. RFA tanker Empire Fred. M/S RN drifter. Some of the larger ships have been cast in metal in Germany (apparently by Rhenania) for example the Strathewe and reportedly a number of ferries. mainly USN. Work was commenced on a USS Tarawa but this does not seem to have been finished. but now in metal. 1994 AK 514 515* 22 Waterman Mac 1010 Future release LK . RFA Sir Caradoc. A number of modern merchant ships were also made including complete a rebuild of the Atlantic Conveyor. 1942 Belgian Crew. only 30 of each are planned! Point of contact (now in France) for these models is in Annex A. Sealink Isle of Wight ferry St Helen. fast Empire HMS Hilary. Fleetrain RFA Argus Sea-Vee are active once again offering the same very high standards. gun boat Fairmile D MTB Fairmile D MGB CC5 CC6 CC7 CC8 Cordene. These were similar in quality to Degen but rather more detailed and well finished & painted. Unfortunately the models go out of production very rapidly. examples being HMS Gloucester (Type 42 Batch III). the table below has been compiled from lists over the past few years with absentees and future releases in italics. 1924 Fulham. channel ferry Pride of Sandwich. Those marked * have been seen! The web site contains details of all models that have been produced and will give the current status for availability. Columbia Star. rescue tug Fairfield City (US freighter PQ 17) KM R boat M/S KM S boat S18 KM S boat S181. HMS Cornwall (Type 22). but also some Italian ships plus HMS Gloucester and the experimental Vosper trimaran frigate Triton. Armed tug Empire Regent. Web site is www. armoured bridge The evolution of SeaVee started in the mid-1980s with resin cast models of the STUFT vessels Atlantic Conveyor & Atlantic Causeway and tanker British Explorer under the name Fleetrain.com. HMS Malta (cancelled aircraft carrier). 14 of these ‘specials’ are available at the time of writing of which 10 are ‘discontinued’ meaning that when current stock is gone no more will be made. Finally look out for a couple of real specials – USSs Savannah and Chandler. 1943 Pedestal Convoy Melbourne Star Brisbane Star Dorset Port Chalmers Almiria Lykes Rochester Castle Ohio Empire Hope Deucalion Santa Elisa Wairangi Wairmerama Clan Ferguson Glenorchy SM1 SM2 SM3 P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8 P9 P10 P11 P12 P13 P14 RN drifter. USCG or MSC. (Ocean). 1939 Belgian Veteran. Over the following years a number of models were made. all in resin but to an ever improving level of sharpness and detail.

particularly to overcome problems of hull register. 1981 Tug. In general the models were reasonably well detailed and easy to assemble. also available was a large diorama of the white cliffs of Dover. masts. future release 1959. For their current status please check www. with superstructure. Modern Warships (formerly Triton 1250 but offering now only RN ships. • Triton 1/1200 ironclad era 1860 – 1885. } no longer • Mercator 1/1250 liners (new by Skytrex). 1965 AO. although the ‘Great White Whale’ looks suspiciously like a just a modified copy of the Triang/Hornby version. HMS Illustrious (as recently modernised). • Leviathan 1/1250 World War 1 warships – RN dreadnoughts only at present. 1981 Ro-Ro. • Seascape 1/1250 harbour components and accessories. future release 1960.) The original Triton 1250 range of modern warship models was launched in 1983 and when in full production included over 50 different ships from minesweepers to nuclear powered aircraft carriers. future release 1960 Paddle tug 1977 RMAS tug 1960 RFA tug 1958 Sea Vee RFA Fort Victoria SANVAN A few now long discontinued resin models such as the Orion and Canberra both as liners and troopers. • Triton 1/1200 American Civil War. 1965 FO. 1978 515a* 516* 516a* 517* 518 519 520 521 522 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 531a W 1517 Moorhen TCL 1905 Dog class Newton Irene Salmoor HMS Lynx HMS Salisbury HMS Ashanti Blackwood class HMS Whitby Sabre Director HMS Ark Royal Confiance Agile LK TL LK Tug. auxiliaries and aircraft. future release 1961. future release DF. 1976 Tug AT. no less than eleven series of models as follows: • Mercator 1/1250 liners and warships (from the original German Mercator range). In some instances a degree of filing and filling was needed to achieve a satisfactory finish. 1960s commando carriers HMSs Albion and Bulwark have been added to the new range. 1966 LSL. 1986 AR. 1979 AK AK.com or write to the address in Annex A. cast in one piece. The models were cast in white metal and available either as kits or assembled/grey painted. guns and missile launchers provided separately.502 502a* 503 503a 504 505 506 506a 507 507b 507d 508 509* 509a 510 511 512 513 Fort Austin Fort Grange Regent Resource Argus Sea Crusader Olmeda Olna Sir Galahad Sir Tristram Mexefloat Diligence Adept Powerful Northella Kinterbury Magnet Arakan AK. future release 1958. 1980 1985 1985. } in production • Triton 1/1200 Napoleonic 1790 – 1815. radars. A kit would typically comprise the hull. 1987 LSL. • Triton ‘1250’ merchant marine range. The modern warship models are currently discontinued for re-work to an improved standard and presumably these early shortcomings will have been overcome. or have in recent years produced. • Triton ‘1250’ modern warships. SKYTREX/MERCATOR This firm is producing. • Triton 1/1200 transitional era 1840 – 1860.skytrex. 1997 AO. As of mid 2008 the following 1/1250 ranges are in production – Triton Harbour Accessories (formerly Seacsape). 23 } production ceased } production ceased } production ceased . 1989 1957. 1979 L. • Mercator 1/1250 pre-dreadnoughts (new by Skytrex). 1967 RH. HMS Eagle. 1967 AK.

The latest Type 23 frigate is also available and has set new standards in terms of detail and finish. a very fine model. In 1989 Skytrex moved into modern merchant ships for the first time and unlike the warship models. The original quay sections were designed to be compatible with those formerly manufactured by Triang and Hornby. Skytrex have filled a huge gap in the UK market with their models and with a little time spent on assembly. and a range of 1/1250 aircraft. Commando Carrier. At present the following British warships/RFAs are believed to be available (as kits or assembled). merchant and naval. Helicopter Training Ship Fort Grange. 1965 Victorious. with varying weapon and sensor fits. or assembled. Nimitz and Enterprise of which the latter is perhaps the best model. the USS Ticonderoga and back in 1983 the only known model of the nuclear powered cruiser USS Truxton. Light Fleet Carrier Bulwark. The other Leander conversion with a lowered Exocet mounting and a towed array sonar has not been produced. some exceptions being the support tanker Oakleaf. is especially impressive. Assault Ship Sir Bedivere. Skytrex (current models): Vanguard. the Kiev. Ikara and Sea Wolf conversions. The quality of these models is akin to original Hansa and they do not seem to have been a great success. plus an increasing selection of ships from earlier years. Several different variants of the Type 42 are available. Aircraft Carrier 1966 Eagle. some very fine models can result. 1968) TM 4 Arundel (collier. Kennedy. Aircraft Carrier 1982 Ark Royal. Skytrex sell these three models either as kits. Warships of three other eras are also addressed in kit form. Fleet Replenishment Ship Argus. Aircraft Carrier 1999 Triumph. Commando Carrier. showing Batch I and II ships as built and currently modified. A series of New York harbour piers can be found in this series. Support Tanker Lyness. The harbour pieces were originally sold as small sets but are now available as individual items. Nigerian and Argentine destroyers/frigates are also available. As can be seen from the list Skytrex cover many of the large RFAs. and the various classes of missile cruiser from Kynda (1964) to Slava (1984). just five models were issued. 1981) TM 2 Hakone Maru (container ship. 1965 Albion. Large Fleet Tanker Resource. Stores Support ship Skytrex originally offered ten different USN warship models including Kidd and Spruance class destroyers. Stores Support Ship Engadine. although the latest versions are re-issues of Mercator pieces. The model of HMS Hermes. Forward Repair Ship Bayleaf. Most major Soviet types were represented such as the ‘battlecruiser’ Kirov. It is not always easy to hide the join when assembling the flight deck and perhaps with this in mind. including the CTOL carriers Ark Royal and Victorious and a number of destroyers and frigates. rather than the square stern which was ultimately adopted. ‘Merchant Marine’ Series Models TM 1 City of Liverpool (bulker. Models of the destroyers Sovremenny and Udaloy complete the current soviet range of nine models. The more expensive Albatros K model of HMS Manchester is also incorrect in this respect although the recent HMS Edinburgh is spot on. Large Fleet Tanker Diligence. 1968) TM 3 Columbialand (bulker. Helicopter Training Ship Tidespring. Aircraft Carrier 1970 Ark Royal. Canadian. or with the removal of the ski-jump and appropriate flight deck markings as a good old fashioned fixed wing carrier. Small Fleet Tanker Olwen. The hulls of these large vessels are crisply cast in resin. Light Fleet Carrier Ocean. American Civil War (20 models. again all fully painted and ready for immediate use. paintwork and perhaps extra detailing. or assembled and grey painted (no deck markings). complete with ski-jump and landing craft left over from her previous role as commando carrier. Unfortunately the latter features a rounded stern as in the original design. This ship could of course now be depicted in Indian service as the Viraat. Landing Ship Logistic Green Rover. namely Napoleonic. Another Skytrex venture is pre-1918 warships with the Leviathan series of WW1 warships and 24 . and Exocet. with the flight deck in metal and in two parts. intended for wargamers). 1956) TM 5 SD14 type merchant ship (1965) Skytrex have also introduced the ‘Seascape’ series which offers harbour layouts. West German. as listed below.Skytrex Triton 1250 HMS Norfolk Over half the total range listed is taken up by ships of the modern RN and RFA and virtually every class and batch in current operational service is covered. and lastly mid-19th century (typified by the French Gloire and HMS Warrior) to ironclad. Aircraft Carrier 1982 Invincible. the new Fort Victoria class. the ‘Merchant Marine’ series of models (currently discontinued) were only available assembled and painted. The Sea Wolf Leander is a very disappointing model but the others are quite good. showing the ship as recently modified. Aircraft Carrier 1977 Hermes. Various Dutch. plus the Batch III or stretched version. Four different Leander class frigates are produced including the original gun-armed version. Repair Ship Fearless. Battleship 1946 Colossus. Aircraft Carrier 1991 Illustrious. The largest kits in the range are those of the American carriers John F.

in wartime grey HMS Canopus* . with great difficulty. Typical of the so-called historical series was a set 25 . but not yet to the quality of the equivalent Navis-Neu. painted decks. LE1 LE2 LE3 LE4 LE5 LE6 LE7 LE8 LE9 LE10 LE11 HMS Lion HMS Queen Elizabeth HMS Iron Duke HMS Indefatigable HMS Invincible HMS Ajax HMS Tiger HMS Agincourt HMS Orion HMS Erin HMS St Vincent LE12 LE13 LE14 LE15 LE16 LE17 LE18 LE19 LE20 LE21 HMS Canada HMS Royal Sovereign HMS Bellerophon HMS Hood HMS Colossus HMS Dreadnought HMS Repulse HMS Neptune HMS Glorious HMS Furious New ‘Mercator’ Dreadnoughts Only LE1 – 3 ever released (shame as the masters for the others looked pretty good) Skytrex dreadnoughts In 1993 Skytrex were able to take over the German Mercator name and moulds and have since been releasing various of the original Mercator liners. and a few merchantmen subtitled the ‘Atlantic’ series. the latter otherwise only found. such as the pre-dreadnoughts mentioned above and liners.in wartime grey HMS London* .in wartime grey HMS Formidable* .Mercator RN pre-dreadnoughts. an extensive range of warships from the period 1880 to 1945.in wartime grey HMS Queen* HMS Swiftsure** . Production has since ceased. all fully painted with most of the latter available in regular grey or more colourful Victorian or tropical schemes. Catalogues did show 21 models in the Leviathan series but nothing came of this. Mercator (and Atlantic) Best known for their superb selection of liners. M201 M201A M202 M202A M203 M203A M204 M204A HMS Majestic* . apart from the ‘basic’s. from Helvetia. for example White Star’s Georgic (1932) and Orient/P & O’s Oriana (1960). and with technical help from Germany did introduce new models.in wartime grey M205 M205A M206 M207 M207A M208 M209 HMS Duncan* . The description below summarises the last known ‘state of play’ of the original range as produced in Germany. Mercator have in the past (under German ownership) produced a small number of historical models. plus some German flak ships.in wartime grey HMS King Edward VIII HMS Lord Nelson New ‘Mercator’ Pre-Dreadnoughts (201 to 203A only released to date) * in Victorian colours ** in Far Eastern colours Skytrex pre-dreadnoughts In general the pre-dreadnoughts are fine models featuring. Harbour parts and accessories were also available.

All original British merchants are listed in the table below. and a model of the Spanish dreadnought battleship Jaime 1.comprising the Santa Maria. catalogue number M579a). aircraft tenders (pre-war). Almost impossible to select a few for specific mention but how about the magnificent liners Vaterland. sailing vessels and even the occasional whaler. flak ships. The warship series which numbers some 160 models primarily addressed minor German types. Pinta and Nina. M900 and the Waverly. but also included pre-dreadnoughts. Atlantic Span is of interest to British collectors through her connections with ACL. United States (1952. M402a) America (1940. Mercator Tsesarevich American ships covered are President Hoover (as in 1957. Over 200 merchant ships are available including freighters. M563). with the exceptions of M7000. White Star Cunard Cunard Cunard Glen Line Canadian Pacific Cunard M935a M936 M937 M937a M940a M941 M942 M944 M945 M946 M947 M948 M494 M495 M495a M548 M578 M900 M915a M916a M921 Queen Mary Britannic Georgic Empress of Britain Shropshire Esso Mercia Vistafjord Sagafjord Queen Elizabeth II 1938 1932 1932 1931 1926 1968 1983 1985 1968 Cunard White Star White Star Canadian Pacific Bibby Esso Cunard Cunard Cunard New Mercator models are listed below: Berengaria ( 1922) QE II (1994 – blue hull) QE II (1997 – black hull) Oriana (1965) Oriana (1960) Georgic (1932) Canberra (1960) Canberra (Falklands/1982) Baltic (1904) Comorin (1925) Oriana (1995) Star Princess (1989) Arcadia (1998) Stena Explorer (1996) Sun Princess (1997) Dawn Princess (1997) Uganda (1982) Grand Princess (1998) Nedlloyd Southampton (1998) Orontes (1929) Viceroy of India (1929) Himalaya (1949) Aurora (2000) Adonia (2003) Skytrex Mercator Oriana (1995) 26 . passenger liners. light cruisers and WW2 submarines. M495a Georgic had not been released prior to Skytrex taking the helm and the supertanker Esso Mercia had been deleted for some time. Rex and France. the ironclads Hoche (French) and HMS Nile. auxiliaries. Leviathan (1923. AMCs. M414. an impressive and colourful fleet of 22 Russian types from 1880 – 1906. M906) and Edmund Fitzgerald (1958). N/a M7000 M400 M404 M405 M405a M406 M414 M419a M493 M418a M921a M921b M927 M927a M928 M930 M930a M931 M932 M933 M935 Waverly Manxman Great Eastern Titanic Mauretania Lusitania Ivernia Glennifer Empress of Australia Queen Elizabeth 1955 1859 1912 1907 1907 1900 1915 1922 1939 paddle steamer Isle of Man SS Co. ‘Foreign’ vessels were Japanese WW2 submarines. tankers. Skytrex have now re-issued them all. The Atlantics were mainly German vessels although AT12 Swedish containership. Normandie. Great Steamship Co. the latter was Mercator’s Special Model for the 1992 Kassel event.

This was in fact an unfortunate whale with a County class type rotor blade pinned through its head. incidentally the somewhat ungainly cranes were also used on the liners Port Brisbane and Port Aukland. The only variations over the years were to the Antilles and Flandre which were produced both in overall white livery. blue Darings.SOLENT ‘Solent’s’ only model seen at Theale many years ago was HMS Centaur. Masts were made in soft plastic and were supplied on sprues. Masts on the Vanguard and carriers were loose. Perhaps Greenpeace forced its withdrawal. The Triang range was gradually increased until eventually a very large selection was produced. as on the reissued Hornby Minic ships (see other entry). One model which does not seem to have been commercially issued is HMS Albion with a printed paper helicopter deck glued on the flight deck. even down to a whale factory ship. the Cunard ships were initially produced with plain red and black topped funnels. frigates. Warships known to be rare include blue Vanguards. Triang Franconia In 1960 production moved to Canterbury in Kent and the colour of all the warships was changed to grey. The name Solent has now been adopted by a new endeavour – Solent Mini Ships – providing an assembly and painting service for Len Jordan’s models (address is in Annex A). The models were die-cast in very hard metal quite unlike most other 1/1200-1250 ships before or since. in soft black plastic. all were made from the same black plastic. destroyers. M709 Caronia being the first release. but after a comment from the shipping line. but also with white upperworks and black hull. The model was only available in completed form and may have been limited to a few prototypes rather than a production run. The rarest models of all are the Carmania and Franconia which were released just before production ceased.. If buying a County also check that the helicopter rotor blade is still attached as these are often lost. TRIANG Many collectors of waterline ship models were first introduced to the hobby through Triang Minic Ships and although long out of production there is still great interest in the range and some debate as to what models were actually issued.. these were initially produced in an overall blue colour scheme and ranged from the battleship Vanguard. submarines and tugs. but certainly very few were released. Only 1000 of these were manufactured with some 80% being exported to the USA. including 20 liners. cast mainly in resin with metal for some of the finer detail. Ultimately transfers were used to depict the hoops. As a general guide the liners become progressively rarer the further down the list you go (see Annex B) with the RMS Queen Mary/Elizabeth and SS United States still relatively common. the latter presumably for those who wished to emulate Moby Dick in miniature! Of the liners. This model was however definitely produced. minesweepers. circa 1970 as a fixed wing carrier with a solitary Sea Vixen on deck. These were re-modelled from Saxonia and Ivernia respectively and used the same catalogue numbers. although those on the destroyers and frigates were fixed. especially HMS Dainty. black hoops were eventually heat printed on the plastic funnels. whose models were produced in the 1960s (see Chapter 4). and blue submarines. The County class guided missile destroyers were only produced at Canterbury and so were never blue. a substantial number of contemporary warships and a considerable assortment of harbour parts and miscellaneous vessels. Gun turrets were trainable and cranes. were moveable but not detachable. the only comparable make being the Italian firm Mercury. they do appear at swapmeets but a three figure sum is likely. Another mystery possibly linked to the above is the helicopter which was produced but never listed. sometimes with spares. so finding one today can be a real problem. Turning to the warships. grey carriers. 27 . a point worth noting if you are ever offered a ‘rare’ blue one at an exorbitant price. whalers and plastic whales in grey or white. through aircraft carriers. They were issued in an overall green livery as on the Caronia. Perhaps they were especially commissioned when HMS Albion received her commando carrier conversion in 1961. Production started in 1958 at Merton SW19. cruisers. with green plastic masts and a completely redesigned stern as in the actual ships.

• new models of modern ships in a similar style to complement the original models. with a representation of the white cliffs of Dover along the base. Type 23 frigates. pilot boats. • perfect replicas of the plastic components as replacement parts. with the models glued to narrow shelves. Based in Hong Kong. The harbour accessories and replacement plastic components are listed in the tables. and the largest and incidentally rarest is the Nieuw Amsterdam with the Varicella and a suitable harbour layout. The whole range is being handled by at least two UK dealers both of whom regularly attend the Theale swapmeets and for information direct from source try an email to sales@triangminicships. Incidentally Triang seems to be less highly regarded on the continent so there may yet be bargains around. enabling the collector to build a very colourful harbour layout on a realistic plastic sea. it can be stated that the train ferry St Germain. although supply seems to have been somewhat haphazard. In order to put to rest a myth that has grown up over the years. was available for use in shops. and a selection of presentation packs was also produced. When scouring the swapmeets do not be confused with the re-issued Hornby Minic series (see separate entry) released in 1976. lifeboats (small blue plastic models). early boxes had a white panel on the ends but this was later discontinued. M761. The case was surmounted by a large Triang Minic sign. Albion class amphibious assault ships. the latter available in two sizes. a pilot ship. Storage Tank. M717 Large crane for M837 Crane Unit & M885 Floating Dock Set for M885 Floating Dock Set for M855 Tanker Wharf Bert 4 pieces 4 pieces 2 small tripod masts & 2 small cranes 4 small cranes 4 cranes 2 dock gates & 2 large cranes. Larger models were individually boxed but some smaller models were packed several to a box according to the size of the model. Some liners and the Vanguard (see Annex B) were also sold in clear view presentation boxes. but not actually produced. Over the years a total of six catalogues was printed and a wood/hardboard display case. including the oil tanker SS Varicella. • new models of modern harbour accessories in a similar style to enhance the original display layouts. These were made in Hong Kong and featured a red plastic waterline complete with ‘glidewheels’. The aim here is to help collectors restore some of those original Triangs to their former glory. Always check underneath. These were issued as boxed sets with lavish artwork. the casting will still bear a ‘Made in Hong Kong’ mark. TRIANG MINIC SHIPS LIMITED 2003 was a remarkable year for new manufacturers but perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the return of the Triang name. With production lasting over a six year period. One item never listed separately was the pier shelter. a factory ( a rather weird model based on the pier building but with a tall chimney in place of the dome) and the tanker wharf seem hard to find. it should still be possible to obtain a fair collection via small ads in the modelling press and at swapmeets. the whaling fleet already mentioned. These were the only models to be listed in the catalogue. produced in dark green.A very full range of harbour parts and miscellaneous vessels was produced. • perfect replicas of all the original Tri-ang Minic harbour models.com. Customs Shed & Warehouse Replica Harbour Accessories Carrier masts Destroyer masts Set for M741 HMS Vanguard Small ship cranes for M741. the model name and number being stamped on the box ends. M836 M837 M838 M839 M840 M835 Quay Straight Crane Unit Storage Tank Customs Shed Warehouse Mixed Accessories 3 per box 4 per box 4 per box 4 per box 4 per box 1 each of Crane Unit. Dimensions excluding the sign were 24” by 27” and the case was painted light blue. the cargo boat and the barge were never produced. Replacement Plastic Components The RN models are in the same style as the original Triangs and will include Invincible class carriers. M 716. In general the models were sold in bright yellow boxes with blue print. By far the most ambitious project underway is what is described as a ‘Limited Collectors Edition’ of modern Royal Navy ships more of which below. Type 42 destroyers (Batches I. As for rarities. this was only supplied with the pier entrance and centre sections. M762. lightships and so on. Sandown & 28 . because even if the waterline section has been removed. in particular the black plastic oil lines for the latter. II & III). Type 22 Batch III frigates. The company has issued what are indeed perfect replicas of some of the original harbour accessories plus replacement plastic components for various naval ships and harbour models. The models are very attractive and the liners alone can form a very impressive display. 1 tanker wharf header & 4 pipelines. this information coming directly from Hornby Hobbies some years ago. Tri-ang Minic Ships Limited was founded in 2002 with the intention of producing: • perfect replicas of the entire set of original Tri-ang Minic ship models.

N770 HMS/m Vanguard & N790 HMS/m Trafalgar.Hunt Class mine warfare vessels. N722 HMS Cumberland. N768 HMS Cottesmore. The models will be released as a limited edition of 2000 complete sets delivered in nine shipments over an 18 month period and commenced with the first two sets in November 2003. N742 HMS Newcastle (Type 42 Batch I). N732 HMS Lancaster & N733 HMS Marlborough. • Set 2 – Type 42 Batch III Destroyers. 4th Quarter 2004: comprising N700 HMS Illustrious. black pennant numbers. N741 HMS Cardiff (Type 42 Batch I). • Set 1 – Type 23 Frigates. N767 HMS Cattistock. N731 HMS Argyll. October 2003: comprising N751 HMS Manchester. • Set 9 – HMS Ark Royal set. (released Nov 03). 1st Quarter 2004: comprising N721 HMS Cornwall. Triang Minic Ltd HMS Gloucester • Set 3 – Type 22 Batch III Frigates. Triang Minic Ltd HMS Argyll 29 . 2nd Quarter 2004: comprising N746 HMS Exeter. (released Nov 03). The submarines are described as being produced in a grey colour scheme with black pennant numbers and black highlights so we will have to wait and see. Vanguard class SSBNs and Trafalgar class SSNs. N748 HMS Nottingham & N749 HMS Liverpool. N763 HMS Bridport & N792 HMS/m Tireless. 2nd Quarter 2004: comprising N700 HMS Invincible. All the ships will be produced in a grey colour scheme with white deck markings as appropriate. The final shipment will be accompanied by a serial numbered Certificate of Ownership counter-signed by the company’s auditors. N762 HMS Walney. The list below gives the planned delivery schedule and identifies all the models to be produced. (released). N753 HMS Edinburgh & N754 HMS York. N747 HMS Southampton. • Set 8 – HMS Bulwark set. N766 HMS Ledbury. N773 HMS/m Vengeance & N793 HMS/m Torbay. black highlights and black plastic masts. • Set 4 – Type 42 Batch II Destroyers. N765 HMS Brecon. 3rd Quarter 2004: comprising N710 HMS Albion. • Set 7 – HMS Illustrious set. (released). • Set 5 – HMS Invincible set. N743 HMS Glasgow (Type 42 Batch I). 1st Quarter 2005: comprising N700 HMS Ark Royal. N760 HMS Sandown. (released). 4th Quarter 2004: comprising N711 HMS Bulwark. • Set 6 – HMS Albion set. N772 HMS/m Vigilant & N791 HMS/m Turbulent. October 2003: comprising N730 HMS Norfolk. N761 HMS Inverness & N771 HMS/m Victorious. N752 HMS Gloucester. N723 HMS Campbeltown & N724 HMS Chatham.

1928). S710 Assault Task Force Set and S730 Naval Harbour Set. SS Volunteer Mariner.com) and coming soon various modern USN ships – Nimitz (plus an alternative bridge for the Ronald Reagan). WMS HM/Degen Andes 30 . Spruance. WMS (WIRRAL MINIATURE SHIPS) In addition to selling assembled and painted Len Jordan models at one time under the trade name ‘Britannic’. In mid-2005 started re-issuing the Degen/Hein Muck range which is described elsewhere.The 11 RN ships are also being released individually as generic models (i. Ohio and Los Angeles WASS-LINE These are fully painted resin models with as far as is known just two releases to date – Cressida (Kirsten Line) and Romanby (Ropner Shipping. chemical tanker Saint Kearan (1978) & Malvern Prince (1970).triangminicships. Ticonderoga. no pennant number) and there are also three sets – S700 Carrier Strike Command Set. WMS are now releasing their own resin models for example the Mersey steam barge Anderton.e. Avenger. Early 2006 releases are merchant ships SS President Buchanan. Arleigh Burke. freighter Cuddington (1948). MV Table Bay and MV City of Durban (all of which can be viewed at www. Agile. WMS also have the Portside Accessories series of harbour buildings. Address is in Annex A. Oliver Hazard Perry.

or of whom very little is known and availability correspondingly poor. Recent issues of the Hamburger Rundbrief have included a host of new. probably one man. Albatros have one American merchantman currently available – liner Exeter. The quality of production is uniformly high as is the painting. For warships the outlook is considerably better which is most fortunate because in addition to a substantial number of Bundesmarine vessels and several Dutch ships. Over 100 merchant ships have been produced over the years with many unfortunately discontinued. It is sometimes possible to find these models at swapmeets. manufacturers whose models are very unlikely to be seen outside Germany. and modern Royal Navy warships & auxiliaries. British merchantmen in civilian guise and as called up for military service. dating from 1931 (catalogue number AL 165). the smaller yet still important sources.de . however all those who produce British ships (as far as is known) are mentioned below.albatros-miniaturen. the only drawback being that the warships are invariably a single shade of grey on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Albatros produce arguably what has become the definitive range of modern RN warships. The web site is www. others previously available are: Tivives Chiriqui Santa Paula Orion Alexander 1911 1932 1958 1929 1985 AL 20 AL 51a AL 75 AL 87 AL 97a Alva Ohio Savarona Lurline Ohio 1931 1940 1931 1932 1942 (armed) AL 100 AL 102 AL 122 AL 158 ALK 112 Annex B includes complete lists (to date) of British merchantmen.CHAPTER 3 CONTINENTAL MANUFACTURERS For convenience this chapter has been subdivided into three sections dealing respectively with the major volume producers. and finally ‘others’. with just a few words for each. Albatros Winchester Castle Albatros HMS Invincible (Sea Dart removed) 31 . This latter category includes manufacturers whose output is minute. RN ships. MAJOR MANUFACTURERS ALBATROS Albatros are perhaps the premier manufacturer for UK collectors with extensive ranges of British merchantmen from the period 1890 to 1970. although not too many collectors are prepared to part with them.

Many of the original models have been deleted and the current catalogue is somewhat reduced in size. An area neglected by most manufacturers is fleet carriers but Argonaut more than make amends with the following: Hermes. mainly patrol vessels. R. in total some 200. Arethusa. Formidable and Indomitable plus the support carrier Unicorn. Repulse & Hood (latter as in 1938 & 1940). The quality of the original models was inconsistent if generally good. cruisers Berwick. the latter in the past only ever having been produced by Triang. and increasingly the USN (24 models currently listed). including the two old Australian ships Brisbane and Adelaide. Revenge and Resolution are unique to the range. Illustrious. often from a class to a particular ship. Argonaut USS Mississippi 32 . some 40 cruisers and a substantial number of destroyers. 1944 (A 1230). Dorsetshire. Thames and Porpoise classes. Many of the latter are unique to Argonaut and are unlikely to be even considered for production by other manufacturers. monitor Erebus. Finnish (9) and Spanish (34) Navies. including HMS London following modernisation and at least one representative of every class from the Cs of 1916 to the Fijis and Didos built during WW2. RN Models in the Current Series Approximately 75 RN models are currently listed including battleship HMS Rodney. Dutch (44). Recent releases are HMS London. Swedish (22). frigates and auxiliaries. Fiji. minesweepers and some destroyers. The cruiser fleet includes the Hawkins class. for British ships catalogue numbers prefixed 10 indicate an improved version of an earlier model. Depot and repair ships are a speciality of Argonaut with such ships as Medway. Of smaller warships there are some 40 destroyers. Aurora. The older battleships have been given priority with 11 different models of the Queen Elizabeth. The current catalogue features just about two dozen each RN and USN ships. seven different Counties. Among the Qes were the Warspite in 1934 just prior to her final reconstruction and again in 1938 following that reconstruction. All but the last three have been released and the missing ship in the sequence. Eagle. 20 submarines. Ark Royal. USN Models in the Current Series Twenty six models are currently available. French battleships Paris and Bretagne. Argonaut’s recent ventures include the navies of Norway (14 models). the battlecruiser Renown (Hood and Repulse are available from both Argonaut & Neptun although in the latter case the two models differ in detail). the latter including such 1920s/30s types as X1 and the O. The RN selection includes nearly two dozen capital ships. nearly 40 destroyers & frigates. Glorious & Courageous. 1942 (A 1114) and HMS Swiftsure. Of the Rs. battlecruisers Renown. French (15). is available from Navis. Royal Sovereign and Nelson classes. Galatea & Penelope. Two other particularly interesting ex-battleships are the target ship Centurion and the gunnery training ship Iron Duke. Most have not yet benefited from re-issue and perhaps some never will.ARGONAUT Argonaut are warship manufacturers in the Navis/Neptun mould. Courageous. ‘foreign’ examples being USS Wisconsin (1954 appearance). At its peak the original range totalled some 300 models and included many unusual vessels not readily available elsewhere. although not to Neptun standard. Maidstone and Vindictive. in some instances model name has also been revised. Furious. Gambia. Ceylon. 10 submarines. Latest releases include an number of Argentine ships including the last two ‘unmodelled’ battleships Moreno and Rivadavia (although there was an impossibly rare Star version of the latter). Brazil (11) and Argentina (21) covering all types from Battleships to patrol vessels. Italian (36). Only omission is the Swiftsure class and for the time being it is necessary to search for the Triang Minic version. in terms of availability. Furious. aircraft carriers Formidable. Glorious. as are. specialising in the period 1930 to 1945 and providing interesting coverage of the Royal Navy. and almost the entire pre-war Spanish Navy. Unicorn. P. the good news is that latest releases are to a uniformly better standard. a couple of tugs and three minesweepers. HMS Argus. mostly small types. RN Models in the Original Series As the original models appear second-hand quite frequently it was thought worthwhile to include a summary of British models produced.

ARGOS This range continues to expand and is the major source for ships of the moden USN. To accompany these there is a series of accessories (the Z series) – aircraft, helicopters, helo rotor blades, amphibious vehicles plus for other Navies an AB 212 ASW helicopter (to go aboard the Turkish MEKO frigate Salih Reis); this particular model (catalogue AS-Z 40) is available and is supplied fully painted, several to a box (3 in this instance), as are all of the Z series. Shown for future release are Z 42a a Sea King CH-124 in Canadian colours and Z 42 which is a box of 3 RN Seakings, 2 HAS Mk 5 and an AEW Mk 2; one can only wonder what ships Argos has in mind with the latter although they would look good on any of the CVSs from Albatros. The S series (models 01-S to 12-S) are small warships from the period 1796 – 1865 with all but three released; examples are the French privateer Le Fortune (1805) and the Prussian schooner Frauenlob (1856). The P series are based on models cast for the shipyards in Germany and comprise only two: 01-P a 1997 MEKO A-200 frigate and 02-P the 1998 Frigate 124 design for the German Navy; however beware of the latter because the scale is 1/1000. Other models in the main AS series include German warships, auxiliaries and merchantmen of all eras, plus various modern frigates such as the MEKOs operated by Australia, Portugal and Turkey (all of which are available) plus some earlier Belgian & Portuguese types. British vessels comprise The Piercer (AS 9a, 1805 brig), HMS Campbeltown (AS 38), Fairmile B (AS 38a, 2 boats), MTB 74 & MGB 314 (AS 38b), Empire Mordred (AS 39, Empire ‘B’ freighter, 1942), Orari (AS 40, reefer, NZ Shipping Company, 1931) and Salween (AS 41, passenger ship, British & Burmese Steam Navigation Co., 1938). Of the British models, Ass 9a, 38, 38a and 38b have been released, with the latter three all depicting the vessels concerned at the time of the raid on St Nazaire in 1942. There is also a developing Russian series offering the submarines and ships of the Udaloy II, Krivak I and II classes.

Argos USS Arthur W Radford Two ship models have been discontinued and depending on your interests may have become instant collectors items – catalogue number AS 2 Wielingen (Belgian frigate as in 1978) and AS 21b KT-14 (1944 German transport); fortunately AS 2a Wandelaar shows the class as in 1991 and AS 21 & 21a are still available so all is not lost. As can be seen Argos are very keen on detail and often cover the variations found within a particular class from when first in-service through different modifications over the years. Model AS 1999, the USS Arthur W Radford was a special release to commemorate Argos’ first decade; it was a limited production run in 1999 only, so if you’ve not got one already it may be too late – however Hobby Boss have come to the rescue (see Plastic kits). The web site is www.uss-argos.com.

Argos Admiral Chabanenko (Udaloy II) CARAT & CSC A range of top quality models produced in Hamburg; first releases were German 1905 small liner President, 1992 Scandinavian Seaways ferry Winston Churchill, 1993 Dutch ferry Princesse Ragnhild and 1955 German freighter Birkenstein. Existing and planned releases (latter in italic) of British ships are in the table below (CFC refers to Carat Ferry Club). The Bowes Castle was operated by James Chambers from 1920 – 31; New Generation was owned by James Fisher & Sons, Ro-Ro, 1966. The Titanic is presented in a wooden display case and must be the definitive model of this

ship. Carat also have the most superb model of Cunard’s Sylvania although representing the ship in 1994 after several changes of ownership and under charter to a German company with the name Albatros. This range was originally known as GM Carat. C 007A C 015 C 020 C 021 C 022 C 025 C 060 C 063 Bowes Castle New Generation Victoria & Albert Maersk Anglia Circassia Servia Titanic Arawa 1920 1990 1901 1990 1937 1881 1912 1884 freighter Ro-Ro Royal Yacht Ro-Ro liner liner liner liner ‘MODERNS’ Stena Fantasia Barfleur Stena Challenger Europic Ferry British Hunter Pride of Flanders Southern Cross British Strength Stena Sea Lynx II Bison European Seaway

C 043 C 044 C 046 C 051 C 055 C 057 C 062 C 065 CFC 008 CFC 010 CFC 015


1997 1986 1995 1998


ferry ferry ferry ferry tanker ferry liner tanker ferry Ro-Ro Ro-Ro

Carat Pride of Flanders Originally produced in conjunction with Carat, for a while operating independently, but now (2009) together again are Classic Ship Models (CSC); these are very high quality models, mainly liners, with levels of detail hitherto not seen in 1/1250. The CSC catalogue (check www.classic-ship.de) currently runs to 15 + models and most are available either waterline or full hulled, with the latter supplied in a quality wooden display case. Latest releases (as of late 2003) are the liners Mauretania, & Italia (1950s) and current Color Line ferry Kronprins Harald. British ships are: 000 002 009 013 021 Titanic Queen Mary Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth Mauretania 026 024 031 032 039 Great Eastern British Hunter (as C 055) Servia (as C 025) Loch Rannoch (1998 BP tanker) British Progress (1948 tanker)

CSC Queen Mary CM CM breaks down into three main groups known as ‘CM’, ‘CM KR’ and ‘CM Poseidon’. The first of these concentrates almost exclusively on pre-war German merchantmen, with about 300 models produced to date. The KR group is much more adventurous and of greater interest to UK collectors as illustrated by the following table (models in italics are not yet released). Some great releases from CM-P are the three Cunarders as troop ships circa 1945 (as in the table) and modern

warships Admiral Kuznetzov (Russian aircraft carrier), USS Theodore Roosevelt (P-1017), USS Tarawa (P-1000), USS Wasp (P-1002), USS Guadacanal (P-1005), USS Guam (P-1004), USS Enterprise (P-1016), USS Abraham Lincoln (P1018) and USS Forrestal (P 1010). Also produced is a model of Blohm & Voss floating drydock number 11 as used during a refit of the QEII (CM Z11) and a lower hull section for the liner. The latter is designed for the CM-KR model of the QEII and is about 4mm too short for the Skytrex/Mercator version (catalogue no. M921), although when together in the dock this is not too obvious. Hansa’s version of the QEII has a waterline length some 3mm less than M921 and this total difference of 7mm makes it impossible to use KR61A with the Hansa model.

CM KR Queen Mary II There are also Italian, American and even soviet passenger ships, and all the models are to a high standard. American merchant vessels comprise George Washington (as in 1930), CM 60a, Manhattan (1932), CM 220, Republic (1924) CM 221, United States (1952), CM KR 71 & American Challenger (1962), CM KR 74. CM Poseidon embraces a number of unusual warships from the 1930s, the majority belonging to the Royal Thai Navy, and also a variety of sailing ships from the Cutty Sark to the Sir Winston Churchill; also listed are the Japanese liner Hikawa Maru, in two guises, and a couple of pre-war German tankers. CM 94 GM is a special model produce on behalf of the Galerie Maritim shop in Hamburg. CM also produce under licence a number of ‘G’ models including 7 British liners from the period 1899 to 1931; full details can be found in the entry for ‘G’.

CM KR Transvaal Castle KR50 KR51 KR52 KR53 KR54 KR55 KR56 KR57 KR58 KR59 KR60 KR61 KR61a KR61b KR62 KR63 KR64 Edinburgh Castle Pendennis Castle Windsor Castle Transvaal Castle Southampton Castle Reina del Mar Bloemfontein Castle Rhodesia Castle City of Port Elizabeth Centaur Caronia Queen Elizabeth II lower hull for 61 Queen Elizabeth II Orsova Ocean Monarch Southern Cross 1947 1957 1960 1961 1965 1955 1950 1951 1952 1963 1948 1987 1990 1994 1954 1951 1954 Union Castle Union Castle Union Castle Union Castle Union Castle Pacific Steam Nav Co. Union Castle Union Castle Ellerman Blue Funnel Cunard Cunard for use in dry dock (blue hull) P&O, Orient Furness Withy & Co. Shaw Savill & Albion

CM143 CM144 CM145 CM147 CM148 CM149 CM150 CM151 CM152 CM152a CM153 CM154 CM155 CM156 CM156a CM156b CM156c

Californian Olympic Oceanic Georgic Titanic Homeric Majestic Berengaria Mauretania Mauretania Queen Elizabeth Queen Mary Carpathia Aquitania Aquitania Aquitania Aquitania

1902 1913 1899 1931 1912 1922 1922 1922 1939 1962 1946 1939 1902 1914 1915 1916 1948

White Star White Star White Star White Star White Star White Star Cunard Cunard cruising colours Cunard Cunard Cunard Cunard Transport Hospital ship Transport

KR65 KR66 KR67 KR68 KR69 KR89a KR323

Northern Star Orcades Canberra Star Princess Royal Princess Dawn Princess Queen Mary II

1961 1948 1961 1990 1999 1988 2004

Shaw Savill Orient P&O P&O


CM209 CM210 CM211 CM212 CM-P30 CM-P31 CM-P32 CM 94 GM

1900 1919 City of Christchurch 1929 City of Boston 1922 Queen Mary 1945 Queen Elizabeth 1945 Mauretania 1945 Cap Polonio 1919

Southwold Belle City of Dunedin

Ellerman Ellerman Ellerman troop ship troop ship troop ship Union Castle

CM P Kuznetzov DELPHIN One of the cheaper ranges, no longer in production although some of the models were re-released by Hansa some years ago. 162 ships and 9 aircraft were actually produced by Delphin before production finally ceased, the ships primarily warships from World War 2, the 1950s and 1960s. Although not in the class of most of the other makes, certain original Delphins have become quite collectable, simply because many of the ships covered are not readily available from other sources. Examples of this are USS United States (projected CB 1920) and Gascogne (French BB 1940 uncompleted). Delphin were unique in their coverage of post-war warships and auxiliaries so the first table lists models in this category, with the exception of the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine) which is best left to Albatros, and British & Commonwealth ships which are included the second table. Apart from D63, D74 and D89, the latter are to a reasonable standard.

Delphin HMCS Algonquin D2 D3 D4 D11 D12 /1 D19 D20 D24 D25 D26 D32 D37 D38 D45 D48 D52 D55 D58 USS Worden Kynda G. Washington Osa class G class G class Hajen Ostergotland Andrea Doria Kashin I class USS Bainbridge Amatsukaze Uda class Bellona Don class Poti class Suffren Kresta I class Hai class 1961 missile destroyer 1961 soviet missile cruiser 1959 nuclear powered sub soviet missile boat soviet submarine sub, launching missile Swedish sub Swedish destroyer Italian missile cruiser soviet missile destroyer missile cruiser JMSDF destroyer soviet supply ship Danish frigate soviet sub depot ship soviet escort French missile frigate soviet missile cruiser east German sub chaser D114 D116 D117 D118 D120 D122-0 D122 D123 D125 D126 D127 D128 D132 D136 D138 D139 D140 D141 D142

Y class Kresta II Nikolaev Grisha Krivak I USS Newport USS Newport Boris Chilikin USS Spruance Nanuchka Tourville Juri Gagarin Ugra Tromp USS Belknap Circe USS California Kashin II Kiev

soviet nuclear powered sub soviet missile cruiser soviet Kara class cruiser soviet patrol boat soviet missile frigate landing ship with pontoons soviet replenishment ship missile destroyer soviet missile corvette French missile frigate soviet space tracking ship soviet repair ship Dutch missile frigate missile cruiser French minesweeper missile cruiser soviet missile destroyer soviet aircraft carrier

D64 D69 D73 D76 D94 D96 D97 D99 D112 D113 D15 D43 D63 D67 D74 D83

Moskva W class De Grasse USS Dealey Minegumo class Takatsuki class Oland Yamagumo class Kanin Zdanov HMS Ashanti HMS Milne HMS Leander HMS Nelson HMAS Sydney HMS Undine

soviet helicopter carrier soviet missile submarine 1955 French light cruiser 1958 frigate JMSDF destroyer JMSDF destroyer Swedish destroyer JMSDF destroyer soviet missile destroyer soviet command cruiser Tribal class frigate 1941 destroyer 1933 light cruiser 1944 battleship 1934 light cruiser 1960 frigate D89 D110 D115 D121 D129 D134 D135

D143 D144 D148 D149 D150 D153 D154 D155 D157 D158

D’Orves Ropucha Chikugo class O H Perry D class Lupo class Dnjepr II class Jean Bart Aysberg Wodnik

French missile corvette soviet landing ship JMSDF frigate USN frigate soviet nuclear powered sub Italian missile frigate soviet repair ship 1958 French battleship soviet icebreaker Polish training ship

HMS Delhi HMS Vanguard HMS Hermes HMS Amazon HMS Sheffield RFA Sir Percival HMCS Algonquin

1943 light cruiser (post US refit) last RN battleship 1924 aircraft carrier Type 21 frigate Type 42 destroyer LSL missile destroyer

Delphin British & Commonwealth Ship Models “G” (THE MODELS OF GEORG GRZYBOWSKI) A range of good quality merchantmen including many British ships; originally produced in limited quantities but currently being reissued under licence by CM (as CM-G) and Rhenania (as RH Liz). Referring to the table, Shieldhall is a former Glasgow Corporation sludge carrier now preserved at Southampton and a popular, if somewhat compact, venue for ship swapmeets. Apart from the Loyalty which is depicted as a hospital ship, the other 1915/15 period models are troop transports; the second version of Balmoral Castle shows her as a temporary Royal Yacht when, sailing under the White Ensign, she took members of the Royal Family to the opening of the South African parliament in late 1910. A list of known original models of British ships, with the catalogue numbers of re-issues to date, follows.

G Altmarck

G145 Liz 15 Liz 8 Liz 8a Liz 10a Liz 2 Liz 5 Liz 13 Liz 10 Liz 16 Liz 14 Liz 11 Liz 11a G148 Liz 10b Liz 11b Liz 8b Liz 16

Liz 16c Liz 13a

Oceanic Teutonic Empress of India Empress of Japan Norman Majestic Miltiades Carpathia Norman Carmania Adriatic Balmoral Castle Balmoral Castle Miltiades Titanic Ceramic Norman Balmoral Castle Loyalty Carmania HMS Carmania Caronia Carpathia

1889 1890 1891 1892 1894 1902 1903 1903 1904 1905 1907 1910 1910 1912 1912 1913 1914 1914 1914 1905 1914 1914 1915

White Star White Star Canadian Pacific Canadian Pacific Union Line White Star Aberdeen & C’wealth Cunard Union Castle White Star Union Castle as royal yacht Aberdeen & C’wealth White Star White Star as a troop ship as a troop ship hospital ship Cunard as AMC AMC as a troop ship

Berengaria Arawa Laconia G149 Homeric Liz 14a Adriatic G150 Majestic Rawalpindi Duchess of Bedford Warwick Castle G146 Georgic G147 Britannic Empress of Britain Orion Warwick Castle Circassia FERRY GLR18 Isle of Jersey FREIGHTERS Liz 9 Ulysses Speybank Shropshire Romanby Port Chalmers Rochester Castle


1921 1922 1922 1922 1923 1923 1925 1928 1930 1931 1931 1931 1935 1938 1938

Cunard Aus. C’wealth Line Cunard White Star White Star White Star P&O Canadian Pacific Union Castle White Star White Star Canadian Pacific Orient Line Union Castle Anchor Line

1930 18,18a,18b 1913 1926 1926 1927 1933 1937 Holt Line (Blue Star) Bank Line Bibby Ropner Port Line Union Castle

Let’s highlight the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D Roosevelt. Also offered is a unique selection of modern Chinese. All listed models of British and American ships. RN ironclads Inflexible and Collingwood and USN auxiliaries AB1. ideal escorts for Skytrex/Mercator or Navis pre-dreadnought battleships (see Navis review later). BM2 Monadnock. PG1 Comet Baltimore. Japanese and Italian warships and auxiliaries. which again illustrate the amazing scope of the range. does contain a host of unusual and interesting ships. French.GLR19a Franconia Liz 16a Caronia GLR14a Adriatic Jervis Bay HAI 1915 1916 1917 1921 as a troop ship as a troop ship In grey C’wealth G’ment Line Liz 7 Clan Forbes Glenroy Adelaide Star Shieldhall 1938 1938 1940 1955 Clan Line Glen Line Blue Star Line Glasgow Corporation The HAI range of some 400 warship models. with catalogue numbers. are given in the following two tables. Hai also provide extensive coverage of pre-dreadnought era torpedo boats and. although not to the quality of the best continental makes. BM3 Arkansas. C3 Albany Baltimore Amphitrite. cruisers of the RN. BM7 1896 1886 1891 1958 1890 1900 1918 1895 1905 1902 . and Utah. Again many models are quite unique to the range and it is difficult to select just a few for special mention. to a lesser extent. 22 23 24 24a 25 34 35 36 38 39 42 43 43a 44 45 50 51 52 53 59 Roberts Marshall Soult M 21 M 18 M 29 P class Flower class Kil class Coreopsis PC class Glatton Devastation in white/buff Wodan TB 80 LCF 4 LCT 4 Havock A class destroyer B class destroyer 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1916 1915 1917 1917 1916 1872 1876 1877 1887 1942 1942 1892 1896 1897 60 61 62 63 64 99 165 167 170 202 297 300 309 314 318 322 350 361 362 381 Violet D class destroyer Express E class destroyer Mohawk Albatross Inflexible Collingwood Victoria Itchen Nairana Implacable Gorgon Empire McAlpine Unicorn Apollo Pretoria Castle Pegasus Activity Hector 1898 1900 1902 1905 1908 1897 1882 1888 1890 1904 1944 1945 1914 1942 1943 1915 1942 1914 1941 1870 382 384 397 423 427a 428 433 444 451 454 456 505 508 514 527 546 547 548 Minotaur Captain Audacious Vulcan Superb Thetis Vindictive Arrogant Cyclops Medea Dreadnought Benbow Alarm Speedy Hotspur Eclipse Warspite Galatea 1870 1871 1870 1890 1880 1892 1918 1898 1877 1889 1880 1888 1894 1918 1871 1868 1888 1894 Hai USS Utah 54 58 65 66 67 68 104 117 177 178 Bainbridge Vesuvius Farragut Truxton Lawrence Stringham Mars Patoka FD Roosevelt Sable 1902 1890 1899 1902 1903 1905 1909 1919 1945 1943 409 415 424 425 426 429 430 434 435 436 Charleston New York Petrel Castine San Francisco Helena Chicago Newark Dolphin Annapolis 38 1889 1893 1889 1894 1890 1897 1889 1891 1899 1897 461 484 485 501 510 512 513 528 528a 529 Scorpion Atlanta Concord. In addition to fleet units there are plenty of auxiliary types dating from the turn of the century to the present day. ex-USS Kearsage. Italian. and American navies.

LASH. of all nations. Some 40 of these new models (with five digit catalogue numbers). The original catalogue listed in excess of 400 ships. Hansa warships included most of the Kriegsmarine and Bundesmarine. container ships. Columba Emadala Tor Bay 1966 ferry 1969 1970 helo cruiser 1969 assault ship 1974 frigate 1965 freighter inshore minesweeper 1967 freighter 1967 freighter 1939 liner 1977 heavy lift ship 1977 Sealink ferry 1978 Ro-Ro 1993 containership WW2 attack transport civilian colours wartime grey WW2 dock landing ship 1948 light cruiser S165 S166 S167 S168 S169 39 Fletcher class Fletcher class Sumner class Sumner class Sumner class 1943 with aircraft destroyer 1944 after FRAM. although many of the intermediate models have been out of production for some time. although the original models are now. S32 Battle class S57 Pallium S61 HMS Albacore S64 HMS Whitby S75 HMS Tiger S81 Liberty ship S81/I Liberty ship S94 HMS Artful S102 HMS London S171 Empress of Scotland S186 ACT 1 S198 Esso Scotia S199 HMS Hood S200 Queen Elizabeth II S200/I QE II S200/2 QE II American ships modelled were: S73 S81 S81/I S88 S90 USS Talladega Liberty ship Liberty ship USS Ashland USS Worcester destroyer 1959 tanker minesweeper frigate 1960 cruiser in civilian colours in wartime grey A class submarine. RO-RO. in Germany at least. but currently unavailable. is S10426. 1963 destroyer-minelayer. was issued. CVA 41 Miantonomoh Fort Amsterdam 1899 1936 1944 1970 1891 1943 Hai Shirane (JMSDF) HANSA Hansa were perhaps one of the first German makes to become widely available in the UK. reefers. also S276 was originally listed as Mauretania (1) although ultimately the later vessel. a few US cruisers of WW2. TB3 Utah. 1944 . were a huge variety of modern merchant ships. and uniquely to Hansa the French strike carrier Clemenceau. Other NATO and soviet escorts from the 1950s could also be found. including freighters. There was also had a good selection of harbour accessories and WW2/modern aircraft to line the decks of carriers. The best elements of the range. although S199 HMS Hood was never produced. A full list of British ships is below. Surveying the original catalogue. Hansa recently embarked on an upgrade programme with selected ships being re-issued and new models produced.179 187 198 205 228 229 310 315 Wolverine Utah AB 1 Argonne Meteor Adm W Callaghan Puritan Holland 1943 1941 1940 1921 1975 1968 1896 1926 437 445 446 447a 448a 449 450 460 Wheeling Rowan Nashville Don Juan de Austria Isla de Luzon Dover Dubuque Gloucester 1897 1898 1897 1900 1900 1944 1905 1891 530 535 542 543 550 XX-FA Foote. all to an improved standard. are available at the time of writing. The only British ship produced under the scheme. Blake (as converted) and Fearless. however. somewhat out of favour when compared to the more sophisticated makes. S171 is the former Empress of Japan. and from the post war era the RNs Tiger. County class destroyer 1942 liner 1963 containership 1969 tanker (not produced) 1969 liner 1982 troop transport 1983 liner S213 S214 S215 S227 S251 S260 S265 S268 S268/I S276 S321 S334 S364 S10426 Free Enterprise II Hovercraft HMS Blake HMS Fearless HMS Amazon Benledi Ham class Strathbrora Strathardle Mauretania (II) Starman Africa St. AG16 Monrovia Midway. renamed in 1942. super tankers. ferries and even some massively impressive ocean-going crane ships. of the same name. USSs Long Beach (3 versions) Canberra and Leahy. mod.

every single dreadnought battleship and battlecruiser class is represented. with all but 6 released. 2 torpedo boats and 1 U-boat. NM900 Royal George NM901 Isle of Jersey 1910 Canadian Northern 1930 NM904 Tairea NM909 Miltiades 1924 British India 1903 Aberdeen & Commonwealth 1911 Union Castle NM902 Campania 1893 Cunard NM910 Gloucester Castle Navis 7 Lord Salisbury 1911 Yorkshire Steam Fishing Co. 3 cruisers. cruisers. plus a huge number of other types: pre-dreadnought battleships. 1960 WW2 heavy cruiser WW2 light fleet carrier 1943 carrier ) guided missile ) cruiser conversions ) (none released) destroyer 1942 S174 S190 S191/I S216 S231 S231/2 S231/I S388 S390 S394 S405 S406 S407 S411 S411/I S412 USS Monterey USS Wasp USS Hornet USS Long Beach USS Arlington USS Wright USS Wright Long Beach Margaret Lykes Stark Delphin re-issues: Alabama Lexington Saratoga Langley* Langley Ranger 1943 aircraft carrier 1959 CV (angle-deck) 1959 CV (angle-deck) missile cruiser. With the exception of the Japanese battleship Nagato. which was not completed until 1920. American. submarines and more. Russian and Austro-Hungarian Navies of the pre-dreadnought and dreadnought eras. Similarly many of the Neptun models have been re-issued to an improved standard. namely Wien (1895). Typically for Navis most of the battleships are from different classes. Early versions of some of the Navis models are also still around and the larger ships at least can be identified by their plastic turrets and also by the rather basic ships boats which were often moulded using Eaglewall boats as the masters. From Navis then some 350 models are listed giving comprehensive coverage of the German. NAVIS WARSHIPS Austro-Hungarian Navy Twenty two models are listed for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. and Neptun following on as far as 1945. several of these are British and are listed below. destroyers. 2 destroyers. with Navis addressing ships built in the period 1890 to about 1919 (and for the Reichmarine 1920 – 35). the older versions often materialising on the second hand market. British. Some models can also be found made entirely of plastic. those in italics are thought to have not yet been released. For the re-issue programme. Erzherzog 40 . Habsburg (1902). It is probably true to say that virtually every important class of World War 1 warship can be found. 1975 1966 command ship 1945 aircraft carrier 1966 command ship 1983 cruiser 1963 containership 1982 frigate (* new model) 1942 battleship 1939 aircraft carrier 1942 aircraft carrier 1922 aircraft carrier 1937 seaplane carrier 1934 aircraft carrier Hansa Benlady NAVIS/NEPTUN (AND COPY) Navis/Neptun are renowned for their high quality warship models. no doubt in response to Skytrex’s ‘Mercator’ pre-dreadnoughts. All re-issues use the original catalogue number suffixed with an ‘N’. Some models have also been produced in Victorian or Tropical livery. armoured cruisers. Navis also feature about 20 merchantmen from the period 1890 to 1935. although this latter part of the range is being slowly re-worked and reissued to Neptun standard. priority has been given to German ships although other there are now more a dozen British warships.S101 S109 S113 S132 S133 S134 S135 S136 S137 S138 S139 S140 S140/2 S161 S162 S163 S164 Long Lines USS Agile USS Coontz USS Boise USS Sanannah USS St Louis USS Columbia USS Miami USS Fargo USS Galveston USS Wichita USS Independence USS Bataan USS Topeka USS Little Rock USS Providence Fletcher class 1963 cablelayer 1962 minesweeper missile destroyer WW2 cruiser WW2 cruiser WW2 cruiser WW2 cruiser WW2 cruiser 1946 cruiser guided missile cruiser. with a good selection of French & Italian and even a few Brazilian and a single Swedish vessel. Japanese. Neptun are in fact considerably more detailed than Navis. 2 armoured cruisers. Those available comprise 6 predreadnought & dreadnought battleships.

Verite. Dante Alighieri. the armoured cruiser Jules Ferry and 2 destroyers. HL’s Brasil (coast defence ship 1865) and the 1937 submarine Tupy (Star R 41). * improved Birmingham class HMS Chester (1916) unreleased 41 . with 1 destroyer still to come. via Regina Elena. are Sao Paulo’s sister-ship Minas Gerais post modernisation circa 1938 (Star model catalogue no. (9 other classes not listed) Patrol (1905) & Amphion (1912). Brazilian Navy Just 2 Brazilian ships have been issued by Navis. French Navy Nineteen French ships are listed although only 8 have been released. It would seem that no other models of Brazilian ships have been produced. namely battleship Sao Paulo (NM801) and cruiser Bahia (NM802) (both vessels completed 1910). 3 armoured cruisers. Paris and Lorraine. Type Pre-dreadnoughts Dreadnought battleships Battlecruisers Light Battlecruisers Armoured Cruisers Protected Cruisers Scout Cruisers Cruisers (Towns) Models Classes 10 5 13 6 2 7 2 2 5* 13 6 2 7 2 2 5 Notes from Majestic (1897) to Lord Nelson (1908). dreadnoughts – Ise & Fuso classes.Karl (1906). the fourth ship was completed somewhat later and with a slightly different appearance so two models are available – Viribus Unitis (1912). 3 cruisers and 1 destroyer. The battleship models illustrate the evolution of the type in the Italian Navy from Benedetto Brin (1905). Royal Navy Navis’ coverage of the Royal Navy is substantial with nearly 90 ships listed. Radetzky (1911). Konishi and Superior (1/1200). only 3 of which have yet to be released. cruisers – 6 and destroyers – 6. These include the main battleship classes – Patrie. Most main classes are represented and the table summarises what has been listed and what has been issued. Guilio Cesare to Andrea Doria (1916). armoured cruisers – 6. R 75). 1 in Far East colour scheme all classes from HMS Dreadnought (1906) to Royal Sovereign class (1916) all classes from Invincible (1908) to HMS Hood (1920) HMS Glorious and Furious (1917 appearance) all classes from Cressy (1902) to Defence (1908) Pegasus (1899) & Topaze (1904). Navis HMS Lion Imperial Japanese Navy The IJN catalogue has 37 models with 27 released comprising: pre-dreadnoughts – Fuji & Hatsuse classes plus Asahi. 2 in Victorian livery. one of which is an improved version – Intrepide (NM461N). (4 other classes not listed) all 4 classes from Bristol (1910) to Birmingham (1914). Italian Navy Twelve out of thirteen ships listed here have been released. Of course some collectors are never satisfied and more than welcome from Navis would be the battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary which had a circular centre funnel (rather than oval as in sister-ships Lion and Princess Royal). representing the first 3 ships & Szent Istvan (1916). to the first and only dreadnought class Tegetthoff (1912). although the ship has been modelled in her WW2 appearance by Neptun. semi-dreadnoughts – Aki & Settsu. namely 5 pre-dreadnought & dreadnought battleship classes. battlecruisers – Kongo & Ibuki classes. HMS Furious as first converted to an aircraft carrier in 1918 and perhaps some of the larger protected cruisers such as HMSs Diadem and Challenger. The IJN list is the only case where a battleship actually completed (as opposed to projected or scrapped prior to completion) has been listed by Navis but not issued – the culprit is IJNS Nagato. Voltaire. For the latter. although long discontinued. Models of related interest.

Type Pre-dreadnoughts Armoured Coastal Defence Dreadnought battleships Battlecruisers Models 7 3* 7 10 Classes 6 3 5 6 Notes from Worth (1893) to Deutschland (1906) * 1 unreleased. patrol boat USS Eagle (1918) and a standard freighter type circa 1918. M29 & Sir John Moore HMSs Argus. 4 available in grey and tropical livery. dreadnoughts – 10 (every class from South Carolina (1908) to Colorado (1921)). available Hessen as in 1932 * 4 unreleased. * 1 unreleased. from V162 (1909) to S113 (1919) from U9 (1910) to U139 (1918) Mowe (1915) & Wolf (1917) Stuttgart & Answald. Four of the battleship models are improved versions with two of these – Borodino (NM612aN) & Slava (NM612N) – of the same class. Glatton. Total numbers available for each type are: pre-dreadnoughts – 17 (nine classes from the Maine (1890) to Mississippi (1905)).Light Cruisers Destroyers Submarines Monitors Aviation Vessels Others 5 14 9 5 4 5* 5 10 9 n/a n/a n/a from Arethusa class (1914) to Cardiff class (1917) (Centaur (1916) and later Carlisle. Berlin (1905) as in 1928 & Amazon (1901) as in 1925 * unreleased – G7 Russian Navy Seventeen Russian ships are listed with 10 released: 6 battleship types. imperial yacht Hohenzollern Armoured Cruisers Cruisers Sea-going Torpedo Boats U-boats Armed Merchant Cruisers Aviation vessels Others & Reichmarine (1920 – 35) Battleships Cruisers Sea-going Torpedo Boat 10 27* 14 11 2 3* 8 8 20 10 10 n/a n/a n/a 3* 7* 1* * 2 unreleased. Many years ago the German firm Mercator produced models of various contemporaries of the Sverige – for example Oscar II (1907) and Fylgia (1907) – but these will nowadays be almost impossible to find. For battlecruiser enthusiasts there are even models representing the uncompleted Mackensen class and the class referred to as ersatz Yorck. no Nautilus or V class HMSs Terror. Beowolf. H. Danae and Delhi classes omitted) various classes from C class (1896) to Scott (1918). Imperatriza Maria and Gangut. The table summarises what is listed and what has been issued. the first vessel of which was intended to replace (ersatz = replacement) the armoured cruiser Yorck on the navy’s strength. with following omissions – D. L. destroyers – 8. Ascot & P class plus * 2 unreleased (Arabis & Celerol) Navis – models of RN Ships Imperial German Navy (& Reichmarine) Unsurprisingly the Navis catalogue for their own country is the largest with over 100 models (all but 3 released) representing some 80 ships from the battleship Bayern (NM1N) to the minelayer Nautilus (NM90). The complete range of USN pre-dreadnoughts and dreadnoughts as listed below is comprehensive and most of the earlier ships are available in white/buff livery or later in the careers with cage masts added and in grey. available – Hagen. United States Navy Thirty nine different ships names are listed for the US although with 8 of the pre-dreadnought battleships produced in two versions – as built in a white/buff colour scheme and as refitted with cage masts in overall grey – the total is number of models 47 with all but 4 released. E. the protected cruiser Rurik. Engadine & Campania Hunt. the latter is the un-named class. Humber. available Karlsruhe (1929). plus 11 (4 released) from the period 1920 – 1935. all classes from Westfalen (1909) to Baden (1917) every vessel from SMS Von der Tann (1911) to Hindenburg (1917). and 3 destroyers. S and Talisman classes all main classes from D (1910) to R (1918). mod R. * 1 unreleased – Roon supply ship Titania (3 colour schemes). Swedish Navy Navis produce just one Swedish ship – the 1917 coastal defence battleship Sverige (NM811). The others are Eustafi. One – USS Maine (1895) has been re-issued to Neptun standard. armoured cruisers – 4. Imperator Pavel I. Maine 1895 NM 318N Michigan 42 1909 NM 309 . plus uncompleted Mackensen and ersatz (replacement) Yorck classes from Kaiserin Augusta (1892) to Blucher (1913) with Scharnhorst available both in grey and tropical livery from Hela (1896) to Dresden (II) (1918). Ark Royal. cruisers – 3.

circa 1930s. O – P. Hermes. Fleet destroyers produced so far represent the following classes: G.de. Frequently for cruisers and larger. this is especially so with battleships. capital ship highlights being 4 of the King George V class (Anson being the omission). plus a suitable companion. Italian and Soviet Navies. H. the models are of actual ships rather than classes. Royal Oak & Ramillies). Royal Sovereign. whereas the later versions have single cranes and an improved level of detail. plus HMSs Exeter & York and the Frobisher) and 17 light cruisers (all classes but Ds) and lastly the cruiser minelayer HMS Abdiel. Rodney. the fourth on the quarterdeck is missing. There is a small number of Naval auxiliaries. Neptun’s newest venture is the post WW2 USN with some of the early missile ships. covering to varying degrees the German. Eagle. the destroyer depot ship HMS Tyne. French. a model will invariably depict the ship in its wartime appearance. the latter must be worth a mention being the latter day version of one of the very first Eaglewalls! British Royal Navy With an impressive catalogue. 140 American. probably as modernised. Indomitable and Victorious. Glorious. Glorious. RN coverage is remarkable. J – K – N. 40 French. with many of the ships available either plain grey or with camouflage. The Fiji class model features twin cranes. All the capital ships.navis-neptun. Models of the various Armed Merchant Cruisers (AMC) are being issued with four available so far. 40 Italian and 5 Soviet of which about 2/3 have been released. 100 British.Oregon Iowa Kentucky Alabama Maine Virginia Kansas Idaho 1896 1897 1900 1900 1902 1906 1907 1908 NM NM NM NM NM NM NM NM 317 316 315 314 313 312 311 310 317a (1911) 316a (1911) 315a (1911) 314a (1911) 313a (1911) 312a (1910) 311a (1911) 310a (1911) Delaware Utah Wyoming Texas Arizona Nevada Idaho Tennessee Colorado 1910 1911 1912 1913 1916 1916 1918 1920 1923 NM NM NM NM NM NM NM NM NM 308 307 306 305 303 304 302 301 300 Navis USS Alabama NEPTUN Judging by their lists. Some models appear to have been re-mastered – HMS King George V (catalogue N1101) being an example – the original version features the prominent degaussing cable and UP launchers on B and Y turrets. Five other battleships are available (Nelson. for example tanker Ermland and submarine depot ship Saar. as well as 7 heavy cruiser models (County class ships Suffolk. cruisers and destroyers are in production including the projected H class battleship. Neptun plan to provide quite the most comprehensive range of models for the period 1930 – 1945. British. I. . The flow of new releases is regular if slow. Japanese. plus aircraft carriers Ark Royal. The Neptun catalogue lists approximately 110 German ships. Repulse & Renown . With vessels built before 1940. Berwick & Sussex with the latter able to represent a class of four. 65 Japanese. Algerine and Bangor classes. carrier Graf Zeppelin and the battlecruiser Gneisnau as she would have appeared following a planned modernisation circa 1944. German Navy (Kriegsmarine) Representation of Kriegsmarine warships is virtually complete. To track Neptun and their sister range Navis try www. N1140 was initially listed as a Fiji class cruiser whereas the current equivalents are N1140 HMS Nigeria and N1140a HMS Uganda. American. with each model representing a ship at some particular date. of which the centre piece – Tower Bridge – has already been issued. There are also a number of smaller types – for example Flower class corvettes. L – M. Tribal. all 5 of the Queen Elizabeth class. the battlecruisers Hood. 43 . Neptun also produce a few US harbour accessories and apparently intend to create a complete London docklands scene.

Fulmar and Skua (last three available wings folded or extended).Neptun HMS Prince of Wales No less than eleven more RN carriers are listed for the future and this approach of cataloguing models perhaps years before release is interesting but also frustrating. Most of the American types used by the RN can also be found. From Italy there are battleships Caio Duilio. Hiryu.1” turrets. here at least Argonaut can fill the gaps although their re-issue programme has not yet featured any of the fourteen submarines originally produced. Italian and Soviet Navies France and Italy are being given increasing coverage particularly of capital ships. French. Ryujo. Bayfield (amphibious transport. Imperial Japanese Navy The IJN is extremely well covered at light cruiser and smaller level. The numbers given exclude various early versions of models that have been produced. with wing 6. complete with deck load of landing craft) and a pair of oilers – Pecos and Cimmaron – plus a standard Liberty type. Soryu. A final word under the Navis/Neptun heading about the firm known as Copy. primarily intended for use with their ships models. with release of large auxiliaries such as Dixie and Fulton planned.e. The differences between these two models concern AA armament and. larger vessels include just 4 heavy cruiser models (representing the two ships of each of the Tone and Furutaka classes. I. aircraft carrier Aquila. escorted by three heavy & six light cruisers and five destroyer classes. Most recent major releases are the carriers Lexington. This dilemma applies equally to some of the other Navies covered by Neptun with possible substitutes mainly from the likes of Argonaut and Trident. with Barracuda. Seafire. for the completist. carrier Unryu (N20) and the heavy cruiser Mogami (N21). Most principal classes are in current production. Walrus. exceptions being a few of the older battleships and several escort carriers. with just a couple of models – class variants – still to be issued. Very helpfully most of the carrier types are available in two versions – wings extended or folded. The only planned omission for the RN from Neptun seems to be submarines with not a single boat listed. It is probably just as easy just to list those available: battleships Richelieu. but also some flying boats and land based types. thought to be in effect copies of very early Neptuns. examples being Yamato (catalogue N7). Provence and Lorraine. The carriers include Shokaku. Aircraft Models Neptun produce a series of aircraft models. Note that there is now a new (?) firm using the name Copy with various models of Russian warships circa 1900. 44 . Saratoga and Ranger. RN types comprise Sunderland. Roma and Littorio. Junyo. All heavy and light cruiser classes are available. All destroyer classes are present and correct. with the battleship Yamato depicted as in 1941 (catalogue N1201) and in 1944 (N1201a). which ultimately may or may not appear? . plus the seaplane tender Commandant Teste.especially as Argonaut have issued improved versions of their models of Furious and Courageous. Akagi and latest newcomer Unryu. battlecruisers Strasbourg and Dunkerque. Swordfish. 7 aircraft carriers and 6 battleships. Copy’s version of the Italian heavy cruiser Trento was available until recently. with a further seven listed for future release. these were a few WW2 warships. indeed the early models are long since out of production and can now only be found second-hand. Already available are USSs Dobbin (destroyer tender). although this particular ship is now a Neptun release. Presumably the masters were sold when the newer more detailed models were produced. For example does one buy the Argonaut HMS Furious or wait an undetermined period of time for the Neptun version. it is still necessary to find the original N7 release for the ship in her ‘as completed’ state. plus Suzuya & Nachi). with over 50 listed. This latter model is currently listed as N1221 indicating that a re-release is planned. The aircraft carrier USS Essex (N1310) and some of the more modern battleship classes seem to have been re-worked at least once – noticeable differences with the battleships are the stern mounted cranes which are solid mountings in earlier versions and the 16” gun barrels which are now hollowed at the tips – an incredible level of detail. First Soviet releases now to hand with two Marat class battleships and two destroyers. Firefly and Albacore listed for future release. Conte di Cavour. Most of the Italian cruisers and destroyers are available in both plain grey or camouflaged. aircraft carrier Bearn with support from four heavy & four light cruisers and nine destroyer classes. Also within the Copy series could be found the 1929 British freighter Uskvalley. Barnegat (seaplane tender). United States Navy The USN is obviously a favourite of Neptun’s with about 100 models covering all types of ship.

In recent years the scope of the range has been enlarged to include German. With the name change to Ocean Service Models. The date is that when a ship is depicted. this vessel now to be found set in concrete at Ocean Village Southampton. 45 . RN: Warspite Queen Elizabeth Warspite Valiant Malaya Barham Royal Sovereign Royal Oak Ramilles Resolution Revenge Nelson Rodney King George V Prince of Wales Duke of York Anson Howe Battlecruisers Hood Repulse Renown Aircraft Carriers Furious Glorious Courageous Eagle Hermes Ark Royal Victorious Indomitable USN: Arkansas Texas Nevada Oklahoma Arizona Pennsylvania Mississippi New Mexico Idaho California Tennessee Maryland Colorado West Virginia North Carolina Washington South Dakota Indiana Massachusetts Alabama Iowa New Jersey Missouri Wisconsin Alaska Aircraft Carriers Lexington Saratoga Enterprise Yorktown Hornet Wasp Essex Franklin Ticonderoga 1931 1943 1943 1943 1943 1941 1943 1939 1943 1927 1927 1940 1941 1941 1944 1942 AR N N N N N N N N AR N N N N N N N N 122 1104 1104b 1104a 1105 1105a 1103a 1103 1103b 47 (1103c) 1103d 1102a 1102 1101 1101b 1101c (1101a) 1101d 1110 1106a 1106 1117 1118 1119 1116 1115 1114 1112 1112a Texas class Nevada class Pennsylvania class New Mexico class California class Maryland class Washington class South Dakota class 1941 N 1938 N 1941 N N N N 1942 N 1938 N 1938 N N N Iowa class Alaska class 1944 N 1945 N AR 1941 N 1940 N N AR 1945 N 1945 N D 1945 N 1945 N 1945 N 1945 N 1945 N 1941 N 1944 N 1943 N 1944 N 1943 N 1943 N 1944 N 1945 N 1945 N 1945 N 1940 1945 1945 1942 1942 1942 1943 1945 1945 N N N N N N N N N (1309) 1308 208 (1307a) 1307 1306 (1306a) 215 (1305b) 1305a 1305 39 1304 1303b 1303a 1303 1302 1302a 1301a 1301b 1301c 1301 1300 1300b 1300a 1300c 1330 1316 1317 1314a 1314 1313 1312 1310 1310a 1310b Yorktown class Wasp class Essex class OSTROWSKI (AKA OCEAN SERVICE MODELS) Ostrowski are an important source of good quality merchant ship models. Another interesting model is the modern cargo ship Dunedin. British. production and distribution was to have been handled by Sextant as part of the ‘Modell-Pool’ arrangement (see Note to Sextant entry below). Of related interest are the Stena Seaspread. with those in brackets not yet released. indicating that the model was released at the 1989 Kassel meeting. Where no Neptun model is available. The range totals 118 and the few British ships can be listed: Townsend Thoresen ferries European Enterprise and Spirit of Free Enterprise. and surprisingly the very first model with catalogue number OS1 is the 1930s vintage light ship Calshot Spit. Dutch and even the occasional Indian and Australian ships. or special model. one of only two Shaw Savill & Albion Line vessels currently available. A small range of warship models are produced under the name Atlantis but these are described elsewhere. in particular those of Poland. D = Delphin) is suggested. Typically these models are produced to commemorate a historical event or to coincide with a collectors’ meeting such as that held biennially at Kassel in Germany. with unparalleled coverage of Eastern Bloc vessels. This model by Ostrowski is an example of the so-called ‘sondermodelle’. an alternative (AR = Argonaut. Polish Ro-Ro Inowroclaw an identical sistership of United Baltic’s Baltic Eagle. Thus Dunedin was not allocated a normal catalogue number but is listed as OS SM89. issued from time to time by some of the continental manufacturers. a vessel which was chartered by the UK MOD on several occasions during the 1980s and whose sistership Stena Inspector was bought in 1984 and converted to become the RFA Diligence. Availability from Neptun is shown by the inclusion of a catalogue number. To dwarf the rest of the collection the huge tanker Stena King is a must.Checklist – RN & USN capital ships The following table provides a checklist of RN & USN battleships and some aircraft carriers of the WW2 era.

although some of the earlier models are not in current production. GB and US models are listed in the following table (with the exception of Sextant’s Kassel ‘sonder modellen’. Sextant Pride of Burgundy 46 . Ostrowski (and Atlantis) ranges are now discontinued. with the emphasis in recent years on merchants. Fortunately elements of the Sextant range are being re-released by Optatus. More recently Sextant have concentrated on modern (post 1970) merchant ships. all catalogue numbers are prefixed SX). and the occasional modern warship such as USSs Mitscher and Bronstein (out of production). hull. Other fascinating and unique models are various Danish coastal defence battleships and submarines from the 1930s. and particular models that catch the eye are the immensely beamy tanker Nanny and Swedish RO-RO Stena Searunner. Prominent in the early catalogue are Austrian and Italian warships from the 1860s to 1880s. Definite improvements in quality are evident from SX102 although when originally issued this particular model (a Sealink ferry) was given a red. and availability better than most. rather than blue. Quality is excellent. and the accommodation ships Mercer and Bennewah. 18a 21 26 70 70a 73 75 102 143 144 145 146 154 165 Speybank Grenadier Reliant Andania Andania Transylvania Manchester Challenge St Anselm British Explorer British Skill Isomeria Sealord Challenger Norland Doctor Lykes 1926 1941 1908 1913 1915 1914 1970 1979 1970 1983 1982 1968 1982 1972 Bank Line sub-chaser steam tug Cunard liner as troop ship Cunard liner Manchester Lines Sealink ferry BP tanker BP tanker Shell tanker Elder Dempster ‘Falklands’ US LASH ship 174 179 205 212 218 226 227 230 236 242 249 263 SM95 SM97 Table Bay Sea Pioneer Oriana Norsea Maersk Pacer Autoroute Portgarth Jervis Bay Afric Star Marinor BP Admiral Speybank Pride of Burgundy European Seaway 1972 1984 1995 1987 1991 1979 1995 1992 1975 1992 1990 1995 1993 1991 container ship bulker P&O cruise ship ferry OSV car carrier tug container ship reefer tanker tanker Cargo ship P&O ferry Ro-Ro Note: with the demise of Modell Pool the Sextant. plus the French guided weapons trials ship Ile d’Oleron (a sort of French Girdleness).Ostrowski Spirit of Free Enterprise SEXTANT Sextant offer a number of unusual and interesting warships and merchant ships and have now passed catalogue number 200. a sistership of the Elk of Falklands fame. particularly for latest releases.

Ta 12004). small dry docks and even a couple of full hull models (a nuclear submarine and a minesweeper. in particular American and Russian. vehicles. Quality is high although because of the softer metal used. submarines and auxiliaries. It is interesting to note that the last RN/RFA ship produced by Trident Alpha was catalogue number T118. Trident Alpha US ABSD1 drydock Also available is the ‘Z’ series of accessories (Z1 – Z83. missile hydrofoil Sarancha. American Veteran (1945. Of the latter. suffice it to say a large number of classes are covered from carriers to patrol boats and auxiliaries of all types. Ta 12008). Lastly Trident Alpha once produced a series of metal kits which included the following American vessels – Coastal Rambler (1945. so the decision seems to have been made to leave the modern Royal Navy to Albatros and to a much lesser extent Trident. Ta 12007) and Old Colony Mariner (1953. recently renumbered Ta19001 upwards) which includes aircraft. Ta10014 Ta10015 Ta10021 Ta10027 HMS Guardian HMS Aveley HMS Crossbow LCT 4 1945 1959 1960 1943 Ta10101 Ta10118 Ta19025 Ta19026 47 RFA Sir Lancelot HMS Barrosa LCM 9 LCA 1963 1969 1969 1944 . Lastly from ‘Alpha’ there are a few ships from the modern Italian. whereas ‘Tridents’ run from about T40 to T2100 and seem to be expanding in both directions. In current listings the Alphas are numbered as Ta10001 to Ta10360. A fuller list of American ships can be found in Annex B. with the possibility that they will not be re-released. A couple of early warship models have not been released at all. and equally impressive is the soviet equivalent Berezina (T237). The Dunstan is an unusual model in that it is the sole merchant from this manufacturer. This small cargo vessel is in fact Booth Line’s fourth ship bearing the name and was laid down as the USS Tulare. missile cruiser USS Virginia and supercarrier USS America. spare parts. Gulfglow (1948. Incidentally the large carriers are unusual in that they are moulded in plastic. hence its inclusion in the Trident range which specialises in the post-war United States and Soviet Navies. The ‘Alpha’ series is renowned for its coverage of modern warships. frigate USS Ramsey. both American) to go in a dry dock. The range is slowly expanding but this also means that many of the earlier models are out of production. HMS Aveley and the four landing craft are available. the finish is generally not as crisp as Neptun or Albatros for example. Trident Alpha USS Chicago GB ships that have been modelled by Trident Alpha are listed in the table below – unfortunately at present only Dunstan. Ironically the only one to avoid is T1 USS Enterprise as the model is somewhat underscale. one of the largest is the USS Sacramento. With over 120 soviet and over 150 American late war/modern ships listed. whereas Tridents were T500 upwards. Current non-availability of the Sir Lancelot is also disappointing as this ship was the prototype of the LSL class and differed in appearance from her later sisters.TRIDENT ALPHA/TRIDENT Trident Alpha and Trident were originally a single range but for several years now are two different manufacturers – hence two separate entries in the guide Trident Alpha models are of the higher quality and originally had catalogue numbers T1 to about T400. Dutch and French Navies. Examples of other models are the submarine USS San Francisco. This may well cause some confusion because the Alphas’ original numbers are often engraved underneath the models (as of 2003 both these ranges are believed discontinued). Ta 12003).

British ships by Trident are listed below. More recently Trident have been concentrating on submarines with a vast number of releases. plus a huge selection of items from which to build the Normandy invasion mulberry harbours. either as completed in 1922 with a small bridge (T1051) or as in 1941 with the bridge removed (T1051a). sistership Furutaka (T1017) is listed to show the class in their final configuration and may be worth considering in place of Neptun’s version. The heavy cruiser Kako (T1052) is shown. RN coastal and amphibious craft. and the carrier IJNS Akagi in 1935 (ie prior to her final modification which resulted in a full length flight deck). The only model currently discontinued is T975 – this depicts HMS Invincible during her trials with the flight deck in light brown with an outline of the waterline painted in white. Most of the smaller types which are too numerous to list also fall into the unreleased category. but also including all current RN types. Indeed IJN enthusiasts should look closely at Trident who have a number of unique models of IJN warships. Trident’s British models are in the table. T103 T152 T197 T202 T206 T213 T214 T215 T216 T217 T218 T219 T618 T619 T864 T901 T903 T907 T908 T920 T924 T965 T974 HMS Colossus HMS/m Dreadnought Victoria & Albert HMS Humber Banshee (yacht) Trident type SSBN HMS/m Renown HMS/m Torbay HMS/m Superb HMS/m Churchill HMS/m Upholder HMS/m Ocelot Alaunia (depot ship) General Wolfe Bulldog Ardennes Triumph Olna class RFA HMS Abdiel RFA Stromness HMS Endurance HMS Perseus HMS Gold Rover 1945 1962 1855 1938 1901 1992 1969 1987 1978 1970 1989 1967 1957 1918 1968 1977 1964 1966 1967 1967 1983 1950 1979 T975 T975a T998 T999 T1000 T1003 T1004 T1022 T1033N T1208 T1209 T1210 T1214 T1218 T1240 T1308 T1309 T1590 T1611 T1743 T1780 HMS Invincible (trials) HMS Invincible RFA Grey Rover HMS Eagle HMS Ark Royal HMS/m Snapper HMS/m Sportsman HMS Austell Bay HMS Glory Ocean Magnificent Illustrious Boxer Vengeance Empire Macrae Warden (tug) Restive (tug) Nicoya (freighter) Claymore (passenger vessel) Lady Enchantress (yacht) Dunstan (freighter) 1979 1982 1978 1951 1956 1940 1941 1945 1944 1945 1944 1983 1944 1945 1944 1945 1941 1948 1954 1950 1948 plus many more coastal craft and landing craft Trident RFA Olna 48 . Royal yacht Victoria and Albert (1855) is an oddity but a welcome addition to any collection. The Hosho. Other examples are HMNS Van Heemskerk (1944). as in 1927 with the main armament of six 8” guns in single mounts rather than twin turrets.Ta10080 Ta10100 RFA Engadine HMS Fearless 1969 1969 Ta19027 Ta10061 LCM 7 Dunstan 1944 1963 Trident Alpha British Ships Trident Chronologically speaking the Trident range has far greater scope than ‘Alpha’ extending from WW1 coastal motor boats to the most modern nuclear powered submarines. FNS Chacal (1940). Finally the first Japanese full decked aircraft carrier Hosho is available. plus occasional IJN cruisers and destroyers and even the odd Kriegsmarine Armed Merchant Cruiser. and even the only 1/1250 models to date of possibly the last RN diesel electric submarine HMS/m Upholder (since leased to Canada) and the RN’s Trident SSBNs. Trident seem to follow no set pattern in selecting ships to model for the range and particular favourites seem to be modern soviet submarines. in particular modern Russian boats. For example the light cruiser Kitakami has been produced to virtually Neptun standard in both 1942 torpedo cruiser (T1014N) and 1944 midget submarine carrying versions (T954). those named ships yet to be released are in italics. Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) auxiliaries and aircraft carriers. again to Neptun standard. was one of the world’s first carriers and featured an arrester wire and even a primitive deck landing light system. completed with design aid from the RN. virtually anything Austrian and small from WW1. A few modern RFAs and RN vessels are hidden away in the catalogue. but in this instance is a much less detailed model.

Wiking Sverdlov Not on Wiedling’s list and now very collectable was the super carrier USS Forrestal. Barentzee (Dutch) and Rio de Janeiro (Swedish). succumbing mainly to the influx of much higher quality models from other sources. before the war. Illustrious Glorious Hermes Biter King George V Nelson Warspite Queen Elizabeth Renown Repulse Fiji Dido Cumberland Manxman and for the USA: North Carolina New Mexico Colorado Minneapolis Brooklyn Omaha Atlanta Wind class Fletcher class Gearing class battleship (P) battleship battleship heavy cruiser light cruiser (P) light cruiser (P) AA cruiser (P) icebreaker destroyer destroyer 49 aircraft carrier (P) aircraft carrier aircraft carrier escort carrier (P) battleship (P) battleship battleship battleship battlecruiser battlecruiser cruiser (3 and 4 turret versions) (P) cruiser (4 and 5 turret versions) (P) heavy cruiser cruiser minelayer (P) Hunt class V and W class Thames Porpoise Seal Egret Halycon Abelia Bluebell Kingfisher Daring Rothesay Leopard escort destroyer (P) destroyer (as built) submarine submarine submarine sloop minesweeper corvette corvette patrol boat 1952 destroyer 1960 frigate 1956 frigate Forrestal Boston Forrest Sherman Nautilus Sea Wolf George Washington Tunny Trout Bluebird 1959 aircraft carrier (P) 1955 CAG (P) 1955 destroyer 1954 SSN (P)* 1957 SSN 1959 SSBN 1956 missile submarine 1952 Tang SS 1959 minesweeper . All major warships were listed and very probably released. some of which until very recently remain unique to Wiking. The latter was available in three and four turret versions. other examples being Sverdlov. Based on a compilation of information from several listings published in the 1960s and 1970s. A further list dated 1949 limits itself to merchant-ships. and soviet battleship Marat as modified between the wars. military aircraft and a fair number of merchantmen.WIKING Wiking were the original producers of German naval recognition and collectors models who. including 25 RN vessels. It is believed that Wiking finally ceased production in the late 1970s. German mail order firm Wiedling’s final update of Wiking stock was dated March 1976 and listed 97 models.50 and destroyers at DM1. In terms of actually finding Wiking models today. most recently available British ships (all warships) were as follows: (P) means moulded in plastic. a tramp steamer and just two named vessels. all the ships date from 1935/45 unless otherwise indicated. but by the 1960s there were wartime and postwar warships and merchantmen. None of these models are (were?) available from any other manufacturer. both of 1950s vintage. US Wind class icebreaker. virtually all warships. Civil types listed included a river steamer. fishing vessels. an undated price list supplied by a collector in Germany puts battleships at DM4. Quite a few of the models were cast in plastic. Swedish coastal defence ship Ilmarinen. A few of the models were re-issued during the late 1980s but the prices reflected ‘collectability’ rather than quality. cruisers at DM2. also in plastic and once stocked by Argyle Models at 25/-. Koln (WW2 cruiser) Illustrious and HM cruisers Dido and Fiji. Boston (missile cruiser). a dredge. perhaps the best guideline is to indicate what was generally available in the 1970s. had a huge warship range.50. Other foreign warships of special interest are the Norwegian minelayer Olav Tryggvason.

Somers class destroyer (P) * also issued in metal 50 .

useful as a gap filler for some of the emerging navies such as India. 1939 B65. Taksin and sister ship Naresuan seized by Italy in 1941 and renamed respectively Etna and Vesuvio) M – R class German projected light cruiser 1938/40 (see also NTs 17. 1955 (similar to above) Taksin. repair ship 1940 Joffre. projected. 1937 Sovjetskaya Ukraina. training ship 1935 Cruiser project. 1960 aircraft carrier as modernised with angled flight deck Gibbs & Cox design B for a Soviet battleship/carrier. armoured gunboat. projected. Thai AA cruiser project 1938 (building at Trieste. projected battleship. Portuguese frigate. depot ship. Swedish 1933 Coastal defence ship 7681 tons. A 01 A 02 A 03 A 04 A 05 A 06 A 07 A 08 A 09 A 10 A 11 A 12 A 13 A 14 A 15 A 16 A 17 A 18 A 19 A 20 A 21 A 22 A 23 A 24 A 25 A 26 A 27 A 28 A 29 A 30 A 31 Anker Model Details Dhonburi. Holland and Italy 51 . submarine. Japanese and Dutch WW2 battlecruisers. but who nevertheless include interesting and often top quality models. highlights being the uncompleted soviet battleship of 1942. projected aircraft carrier. Cat. projected. Venezuelan frigate 1955 Pero Escobar. German freighter 1958 HMS Vindictive. For example from France. German projected minelayer (A 13a. Swedish 1932/34 Vesuvio. 1942 A – H class. Soviet 1953 Coastal defence ship. as well as the better known West European Navies. original design. Swedish 1939 Isaac Sweers. freighter Port Line 1928 HMS Vindictive. Japanese 1941 Anker Models (from a list dated 1979) Anker Dutch Battlecruiser Atlantis A small range of primarily modern warships manufactured by Ostrowski. and no longer in production. and for GB collectors the freighter Port Alma (1928) and HMS Vindictive both as seaplane carrier and repair ship. ex heavy cruiser. Swedish 1934 Monitor 8000 tons. A full list follows. Italian AA cruiser ex Thai (A 16). French 1940 Irmingard. 1942 Dutch projected battlecruiser 1939/40 Batiray. projected battlecruiser. aircraft carrier 1919 Sparviero. Anker A supplier of white metal kits. Swedish 1934 HMS Victorious. projected. 1929 Yugoslavian aircraft ‘mother-ship’. 1937 Port Alma. became German Drache in WW2 HMS Maidstone. Dutch destroyer. Turkish submarine 1939 Coastal defence ship 7000 tons. mainly projected warships from the 1930s and 40s. 21 & 22) HMS Vindictive. projected missile battleship. 1942 (Vesuvio & Etna scuttled incomplete in 1943) Seydlitz. Italian projected aircraft carrier. availability is mixed. Only 30 models were issued. 13b other variants) Almirante Clemente. German projected aircraft carrier. RN 1923 Zmaj. Soviet 1938/41 Sovjetskaya Bjelorossiya. Thailand 1938 X1.MINOR MANUFACTURERS In general the manufacturers described under this heading are those with smaller catalogues.

of special interest to GB collectors are the Rawalpindi and Jervis Bay both in merchant service and as armed merchant cruisers. Craig Shipping’s 1983 coaster Craigavad and container ships Alum Bay (1991) and Chesapeake Bay (1995) in P&O charter colours. Atlantis Godavari Bille Originally a producer of coastal forts and harbour accessories. British vessels are the turret ship HMS Captain (1870). Zuiderkreis and San Marco (frigate. those with catalogue numbers are the most recently available.respectively. A list of Colonia’s British merchants. AL C-1 is an Albatros re-issue of the original Colonia. Emphasis recently is modern German merchant ships and to a lesser extent warships starting with various MEKO frigates. Bille Columbus New Zealand Colonia Merchant ships. no RN ships seem likely and the range has now been discontinued. come Aconit. in general from the 1920s and 1930s. and from a much earlier era the Great Western. and primarily German merchantmen from the 1950s. replenisher and assault ship). Mauretania (II) is also recommended but very hard to find and is now of course available from CM. AL C-1 Co28 Great Western City of Paris Laconia City of Winchester Jervis Bay Albania Ballarat Barrabool 1837 1889 1910 1917 1921 1921 1922 1922 Inman Line Cunard Ellerman Commonwealth G’ment Line Cunard P&O P&O Co23 Co12 Laconia Mongolia Orama Rawalpindi Viceroy of India Mauretania Canberra 1922 1922 1924 1925 1928 1938 1962 Cunard P&O Orient P&O P&O Cunard P&O Co25 Co29 Colonia Canberra 52 . Bellona and Victory). is below. Bounty. and to a good standard. Most recent release is the Albania. Bille have in the past also listed sailing ships from the period 1500 to 1850 (including the Golden Hind. plus Bundesmarine ships and from an earlier era the seaplane Walter Holzapfel. all passenger ships.

roman and Byzantine! All catalogue numbers are prefixed HV. Withy & Co. Withy & as troopship Royal Mail Line Royal Mail Line as troopship Furness. Royal Sovereign and Hotspur all dating from the 1870s and several modern merchantmen as listed. but rather Greek. of interest to GB collectors will be the ironclads Belleisle. Benavon 1973 Tokyo Bay 1973 Empress of 1951 City of Benares 1939 City of Benares 1940 Canberra 1933 Canberra 1941 Capetown Castle 1938 Capetown Castle 1939 Southern Prince 1929 Southern Prince 1940 Alcantara 1925 Alcantara 1948 Alcantara 1943 Monarch of 1931 Monarch of 1939 New Australia 1931 Reina Del Pacifico 1930 Reina Del Pacifico 1939 Strathaird 1931 Strathaird 1946 Strathaird 1939 Voltaire 1923 of interest 160 Akarita ex-Amazon 161 Hoegh Traveller ex-Aragon 156 157 202 210 211 252 253 261 262 263 264 270 270A 271 272 273 274 278 279 283 283A 284 285 Ben Line OCL Canadian Pacific Ellerman as troopship Australian SS Co.Degen (Hein Muck) A large range of medium priced resin merchant ships. as troopship AMC P&O ex HMAS Albatross P & O (*special Degen Sea Princess Helvetia High quality resin models covering a wide variety of types but with only some 40 releases. they may be deleted. troopships and hospital ships. and a predominance of foreign merchant ships. Helvetia have also made merchant and warships from the age of antiquity. 1996 (ex-Port Melbourne). also some naval auxiliaries. as troopship Union Castle Line as troopshipv Furness. the cruise ship Princess Danae. Sadly the maker of this range died in 2002. The tables below contains a full list of British ships released to date. as troopship P&O P&O as troopship Lamport & Holt 1972 Hoegh-Ugland 1971 Hoegh-Ugland 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 295 296 297 302 303 304 343 344 345 346 385 386 387 399 418 SM* Voltaire Ausonia Ausonia Dunnottar Castle Dunnottar Castle Dominion Dominion Aurania Artifex Alauna Letitia Letitia Letitia Andes Andes Durban Castle Durban Castle Queen of Bermuda Queen of Bermuda Queen of Bermuda Sea Princess Hellenic Princess Oriana 1939 1921 1942 1936 1942 1938 1939 1924 1944 1941 1924 1942 1944 1939 1939 1938 1940 1961 1942 1939 1979 1949 1960 AMC Cunard AMC Union Castle Line as troopship Shaw Savill as troopship Cunard repair ship as troopship Donaldson as troopship hospital ship Royal Mail Line as troopship Union Castle Line as troopship Furness. The models were available in limited quantities and in spite of much searching the ironclads remain very elusive. An example of a recent model is HM 420E. 11A 11B 15 22 36A 36A1 36B Oriana Oriana G A Walker Gadinia London Bombardier London Grenadier 1961 1965 1974 1972 1972 Orient Orient Canadian Pacific Shell Tankers London & O’seas Freighters 52 56 59A 59B 61 LNG Pollenger Port Caroline Empress of Canada Empress of Canada Garinda Flying Princess Laertes 1974 1963 1961 1968 1977 1977 Burmah Oil Port Line Canadian Pacific Canadian Pacific P&O hydrofoil 1973 London & O’seas Freighters 38 1972 P & O 53 Strathdoon 70C 1976 Ocean T’port & T’ding . no. only pending items are the Shaw Savill & Albion liners Southern Cross and Northern Star although given that both these are CM KRs. Withy & as troopship Shaw Savill Pacific Steam Nav. not when I began collecting.

For sea-borne visitors to the model shops of Hamburg. Song of America (1982) and just one British ship. Also covered are Spain. Of these just the Nonsuch is thought to be still commercially available – HL168 in kit form. Holsatia Song of Norway 54 . Creole 1906 passenger Canadian. British Empire (GB and Canada) representation is slight so it is possible to provide a list. Royal Viking Queen (1992). HL are unusual in that they generally offer their models either as kits or completed. a model of Scandinavian Seaways’ Hamburg might be a nice souvenir. ‘Foreigners’ include the Song of Norway (1978). Royal Viking Sky (1982). Again warships and merchantmen.36C 51 Strathdare Norman Lady 1972 P & O 1974 Buries Markes 71C Saxon Star 1983 Blue Star Helvetia Caroline HL No longer in production but some ships still available. Brazil and the USA. 1913 monitor HL Lepanto Holsatia A small range of high quality merchantmen from 1960 to the present day. but concentrating on the period 1880 to 1910 with particular attention to Austrian vessels. Personal favourites from HL are the Italian ironclad monsters Lepanto and Duilio. 1915 freighter Tyne-Tees SS Co. Availability of Holsatia is limited. examples being Nordfriesland (1987) and Prinz Hamlet (1973). Italy. line unknown Princess Royal 1907 ferry Canadian Pacific Empress of China 1909 liner Canadian Pacific Princess Alice 1911 ferry Canadian Pacific Franconia Ceramic 1911 liner 1913 liner Cunard White Star Empress of Russia Trunkby Nonsuch San Sebastian Novocastrian HMS Humber 1913 liner Canadian Pacific 1898 freighter Ropner 1906 freighter Bowles Bros 1914 tanker Sebastian DM Boat Co. The majority are ferries and passenger ships of German origin. the Townsend Thoresen ferry Spirit of Free Enterprise.

subject to my translation ability. Nautilus A range of some 30 WW2 era warship models. leicht kreuzer M/N and various spahkreuzer (scouts). There is just one other GB vessel in addition to the Abercraig. Later models such as Pamir (German. mainly WW2 USN amphibious auxiliaries. Some examples are – Horst Wessel. Most recent models are Soviet training ship Sedov from 1922 plus some floating accommodation/offices. Trustees of Dundee Harbour). Bima (1980 bucket dredger) and Fedor Litke (1909 icebreaker). and much later for example Baltic Eagle (Ro-Ro 1980) and Esso Nederland (1956). the second half of the range is mostly sailing ships. the latter (Catalogue Hai Lloyd 26) is thought to be still available. In the past KYLE have also offered some spectacular dioramas showing German naval barracks. are ‘sails set’. and from the RN a heavy cruiser design that was abandoned in 1940. Solitary model of UK interest is the floating crane Tog Mor . and most still available. is composed almost entirely of German merchantmen and naval auxiliaries from the 1920s to 1940s. The model illustrated has now been issued under the Hai name. each model being offered in three versions which. K USS Monrovia Kyle A small high quality range produced in Hamburg and concentrating on German merchant ships from 1960 to the present day. namely the 1914 ferry Riviera (South Eastern & Chatham Railway). 25 models were listed although it is unclear if all were actually released.K Modelle K modelle seem to be an offshoot of Hai which were perhaps produced as ‘Specials’. they certainly do not seem to be readily available today. Binnen-Lloyd is a small range of old Austrian and German river and lake steamers bringing back holiday memories perhaps! Luna Not much is known of Luna. Kyle Columbia Lloyd (& Binnen-Lloyd) Linked with Hai and a total of 46 merchant models released. mainly German and including many uncompleted types such as schlachtkreuzer O/P/Q. The range is quite diverse defying a brief summary and to illustrate this. as to the models themselves. ‘sails furled’ or ‘masts only’. in spite of a listing of in excess of 100 models. Some 55 . The only ‘foreign’ ships are a soviet Ognyevoi class destroyer.perhaps a model of the remains of the Mary Rose will be next. an AA emplacement and fire control bunker. all thought to be out of production. but also items from much earlier such as USCG vessel Pamlico (1907). The first half of the range. 1905) are reworked to an improved standard. of various nationalities. such as USS Ancon and Monrovia. Amerigo Vespucci and Cutty Sark. how about the following – Abercraig (1937 ferry. panzerschiffe 1 to 12.

scrapped on slip 1941 – 43 mass production destroyer type. none built seaplane carrier – no details found 1938 cruiser design – no details found Z plan 25. former sea-going torpedo boats requisitioned Dutch destroyers. and Deepwater 1 (1983). 56 . abandoned in favour of Walter types auxiliary aircraft carrier ex-liner. Cat NT 01 NT 02 NT 03 NT 04 NT 05 NT 06 NT 07 NT 08 NT 09 NT 10 NT 11 NT 12 NT 13 NT 14 NT 15 NT 16 NT 17 NT 18 NT 19 NT 20 NT 21 NT 22 NT 23 NT 24 NT 25 NT 26 NT 27 NT 28 NT 29 NT 30 Listed as U Boat Type 126W. 1944 Schlachtkreuzer O/P/Q Entwurf 1939 Castor. M-boat type 1938 Kanonenboot 1938 Entwurf 1938 Spahkreuzer 1938 AC Kolonial Kanonenboot K 1 – IV. 1938 Panzerschiff P 1 – 12. uncompleted scout cruisers – renamed SP 1 – 3. schwerer kreuzer. for Colonial service final 2 of the Hipper class cruisers. 2 twin 5”. 1942 M 25 – 36. GB ships listed are the landing ship Queen Emma (1942). Konigin Beatrix (1986). none built Z plan 32. ‘O’ scrapped as ‘N’ above. which is fairly self-evident given that all but 13 of nearly 70 listed models are of Dutch origin. only the latter is listed (NT 11) and does indeed exist. Oranje (1939).749 ton heavy cruiser design. Most recent model is the MV Kedoe. neither laid down tenders. Soviet. became Soviet Peresviet in 1951 destroyer Escort carrier. uncompleted war auxiliary minesweeper. lost 1945. Latest models are the Boissevain. 1st only LD. 1945 Geleittrager Hansa C. 1944 U Boat Type XVIII. none laid down icebreaker. 1940 British T 52 – 60. including the RN ship. 1939 Lutzow/Seydlitz. unfortunately it cannot be confirmed if the others were ever issued. 1942 Leichter Kreuzer M/N Entwurf 1938/39 Zerstorer 1938 B Geleitzerstorer 1942/43 Kleiner Kriegzerstorer 1943 Leichter Kreuzer O/P Entwurf 1938 Leichter Kreuzer Q/R Entwurf 1938 T 151 – 158 ex V 151 – 158. in service design for a small 1390 ton gunboat original Blohm & Voss design for a scout cruiser (see NT 6) design for a 2100 ton gunboat. German ships unless otherwise stated) Nautilus M-R class cruiser Noordzee A superb range for once produced outside Germany. 1943 (Kriegssperrbrecher) Kleiner Seeflugzeugtrager. 1942 Spahkreuzer Z40 – 42. 1939 Kreuzer Entwurf 1940A. presumably a Walter design ocean going Walter boats U796. hospital ship Oranje circa 1941 and the Macoma. may be re-released. 797. merchant conversion – no details found 2 (‘M’ & ‘N’) Z plan CLs. 1939 TA 7 – 8 ex ZN 4 – 5 (N). none laid down (LD) 18. 1921 Rotterdamsche Lloyd. P not LD Z plan light cruisers. The Johan van Oldenbarnevelt as a RN transport circa 1944 is due in 1998. with examples of deletions being the Nieuw Amsterdam (1972). had they been completed Nautilus Models (from a list dated 1987. in fact in the Netherlands. sabotaged & not completed Minesweeper type 1935.300 ton battlecruisers. none built fleet torpedo boat (equivalent to a destroyer). 1939 Details (Entwurf = design) nothing found. 1942 KSB 1 – 27. 1941 Ognyevoi class. none built escort destroyer – no details found small war (emergency?) destroyer – no details found Z plan light cruisers.years ago at Theale someone in touch with the manufacturer stated that three RN types were produced – a 15350 ton 6” gunned light cruiser (possibly the cancelled Neptune class of 1944). converted from 1907/08 torpedo boats as above.000 ton battlecruisers. both as an oiler and as a merchant aircraft carrier. 1944 U Boat Type XXVI B. 1944 Elbe II. in original merchant colours & in wartime service with the RN and Kota Gede as a USN AP circa 1944. uncompleted sea going Walter design. none completed coastal turbine type. 1942 Motorenkreuzer 1938 Entwurf MAN. 3 triple 8”. a 1940 Lion class battleship and a heavy cruiser design that was abandoned in 1940. 1939 T 107 – 111 ex G 7 – 11. Availability of Noordzee is unfortunately very limited with only a few models listed as available in most current catalogues – Maasdam (1951). the ship is also available as MV San Francisco in Johnson Line colours. ex Potsdam. 1944 U Boat Type XXII. Availability of Nautilus has been poor although there are occasional rumours that some of the range.

More recently ‘Schlingelhof’ seem to have been fairly inactive. Risawoleska A substantial range of some 60 models with a similar number earmarked for future release. 1948. 1952. Just a few British vessels are/have been listed – Yorkshire (1919 liner). Swedish warships and various other warships. freighters Saint Dunstan (1919). Scillonion (II). HMSs Acorn & Cameleon (circa 1909). The kits are also marketed by Model Figures and Hobbies (MFH) of Northern Ireland under the name HDS-Ensign and the major features of the range are described under the Ensign entry in the survey. Shipping Canadian CG Rhenania High quality models. 57 . line unknown American Line Cunard Wiltshire Otway* Minnewasksa City of Milan Mulbera Athenia Bulla Inverglass* Airthria Scottish Borderer Sutherland John A McDonald 1912 1914 1915 1921 1922 1923 1923 1924 1929 1937 1935 1959 AMC troopship freighter liner liner freighter tanker freighter freighter freighter icebreaker Ellerman ex Hessen White Star Atlantic Transport Line Orient Line Bibby Cunard Donaldson line unknown Suth. War Buckler (1918). Humber ferry Wingfield Castle. China Arabia Oceanic Lake Champlain Haverford Carpathia Empress of Ireland* Megantic Minnewasksa Otway* Leicestershire Carpathia 1896 1898 1899 1900 1901 1903 1906 1909 1909 1909 1909 1912 liner liner liner ferry liner liner linner liner liner liner freighter liner P&O P&O White Star Canadian. Stanhope (1937) and finally the Cutty Sark. American ships are the monitors Casco and Dictator (both 1864). Flying Enterprise in three versions. Rhenania also produce a ‘junior’ series designed for younger collectors. G models reissued by Rhenania/Klabautermann are shown in the G list. several British ships are included. mostly from the period 1890 to 1940. as listed below. 1951 and sinking in 1951. these particular models having been released during a lengthy period of inactivity by Ensign. Unusual offerings are the French armoured cruiser Pothau. Scillonion (III) 1982) and American (Sir John Franklin. Of these just the Stanhope is thought to be currently available. those asterisked are thought to be available at the time of writing. Some years ago I bought some modern French Agosta class submarines directly from Herr Schlingelhof. Commodore Queen. Warships in the RH-RS series include destroyers Acorn (1910) & Vidette (1918) and 1944 landing ship Isle of Guernsey. 1961. the Swedish cruiser Gotland (1940). 1942 appearance. Velinheli (1892 coastal steamer). the occasional modern vessel including. with a wide selection of early merchant ships. also at one stage available from German Mail Order shops assembled and painted. but they were considerably more expensive than equivalent models produced by MFH. mainly German WW1 plus Swedish and Dutch 1930s/40s. recently. War Melody (1918). there are now Norwegian and Swedish vessels and even a few British (Solomon Browne.Nordzee Dempo RG A range of primarily merchant ships. China and Haverford both appeared second-hand at a recent swapmeet – it is always worth looking. 1947. certainly as RH 116b. Greenpeace ship Sirius and a 1997 release. Schlingelhof (HDS) Medium quality white metal kits. War Arrow (1918) and Elder Dempster’s New Georgia (2 versions 1919 and 1921 when with ‘British & Africa’). Originally producers of Danish ferries.

1943 1916 monitor 1941 monitor 1942 RN submarine 1942 RN submarine 1961. This brief list illustrates the scope of the Star range. Lists of British & Commonwealth ships and American ships follow. possibly because they were mainly sold as kits. WW2 AMC Coronel. cruisers and battleships from a dozen nations or more. one off predecessor of the Kotlin class). to list a few examples all worth looking for. which although quite sought after in the UK does not seem to have been that popular on the continent. modern Dutch destroyer Holland. how about – SSN USS Triton. CSA 1862 USA 1862 CSA 1861 USA 1863 USA ram 1862 USA 58 R132 R133 R134 R135 R136 R137 R138 R139 R143 R144 R145 Alliance Albemarle Tyler Switzerland Essex Black Hawk New Era Cricket floating battery Osage Nashville 1863 CSA 1863 CSA ram 1861 USA 1862 USA ram 1862 USA 1862 USA 1862 USA 1864 USA 1861 CSA 1864 USA 1861 CSA . destroyers. cruiser Ping Hai. ACW vessels consume nearly a quarter of the catalogue with both Union and Confederate ships (see list below). 1943 1945 sub 1950 sub 1950 sub 1943 escort carrier 1944 escort carrier 1959 minesweeper 1956 landing ship R39 R43 R44 R54 R55 R58 R60 R67 R92 R117 R158 R159 USS Sims LCT 8 USS Triton USS Agile Campbell USS Claude Jones USS Bass USS Chopper USS Lejeune ex Pretoria Owasco USS Barrett USS Andrew Hamilton 1943 fast transport 1944 1958 SSN 1952 minesweeper 1936 Coastguard cutter 1958 frigate 1925 submarine 1945 submarine 1946 transport 1944 Coastguard cutter 1951 fast transport 1962 SSBN Star USN Ships R96 R97 R98 R99 R101 R102 R103 R104 R106 R107 R109 Queen of the West Banshee I Selma New Ironsides Miami David Tinclad Alabama Comm. Perry Keokuk Moserfloss 1862 USA 1862 blockade runner 1864 CSA 1863 USA 1861 USA 1862. The remainder of the range is quite extensive in its scope. 1942 1933 RN sloop R108 R111 R115 R116 R119 R122 R129 R142 R149 R156 R160 R163 Albatross Juno Upright United Viking Blackwood class Deerhound Ladybird Swale HMS Exeter Loch class Thunderbolt 1928 seaplane carrier 1962 RN Leander class 1941 RN submarine 1940 RN submarine 1944 RN submarine 1957. and including many ships not available elsewhere. soviet destroyers Tashkent (WW2) and Novik (1954. RN frigate 1942 RN escort destroyer modified version. with limited stocks perhaps still held by the sole distributor L. RN frigate 1943 RN submarine Star Blackwood Class R1 R2 R6 R11 R11a R14 R15 R16 R18 R30 R37 R38 USS Thresher USS Skate USS Bogue LST 2 LST 2 Fleet Snorkel Guppy I Guppy II USS Casablanca Commencement Bay USS Bluebird USS Suffolk County 1962 SSN 1957 SSN 1941 escort carrier 1943 modified. R3 R4 R11 R11a R13 R24 R49 R50 R84 R86 R86a R105 HMS Deadnought O class sub LST 2 LST 2 HMS Terror HMS Roberts HMS Thule HMS Turpin Leander class Hunt IV class Hunt IV Leith 1960 nuclear sub 1959. now out of production. polish destroyer Blyskawica (1937). At its peak Star produced 171 models ranging from the American Civil War era to the present day. Wiedling of Germany. RN 1943 modified. Brazilian Battleship Minas Geraes (WW2 appearance). RN frigate 1860 British yacht 1915 RN patrol boat 1944 RN frigate 1929 heavy cruiser 1944. covering submarines.Star Good quality white metal kits. and WW2 Italian colonial sloop Eritrea. and the same ship when converted to a radar direction ship and re-named Togo.

In addition a few minor IJN war and landing ships. soviet and Italian WW2 destroyers and submarines are covered. Westfalia Only a very small range. There are just a few British ships. harbour accessories. patrol boats. the naval side is represented by a variety of minor warships. There are also several other Austrian types including armed steamers. All sorts of merchant ship are produced including liners freighters. buildings. tankers. Nearly a third of the models are Danish warships from the 1880s to the early 1960s. and the Austrian passenger/freight ship Pannonia dating from 1896. and a model of the transports used to bring Egyptian obelisks back to Europe. particularly minelayers. small warships. the turn of the century Japanese yacht Hatsukaze. Plymouth 1910’ and merely ‘naval fort. Westfalia HMS Eagle X Modelle Completely unknown in terms of quality and availability but with nearly 80 models catalogued definitely worth a mention. This particular subject consumes the first 40 releases and thereafter early 20th century German merchantmen and WW2 auxiliaries. vehicles and naval fortifications. Other interesting ships are USSs Campbell and Duane (coastguard ships converted to serve as amphibious force headquarters). while the only British ships are a ‘Z’ class oiler (two different models showing the class in 1918 and 1940) and the WW2 oiler Chant 69.R123 R124 R125 R126 R127 R128 R130 R131 Attrappe Mars Chicora Colonel Lamb Choctaw Palmetto State Custis Tallahassee 1863 USA 1863 CSA 1863 USA 1864 CSA 1863 USA 1863 CSA 1863 USA 1863 CSA R151 R152 R153 R154 R155 R164 R165 R166 Indianola Chickasaw Bridgeport Ozark Lafayette Flamingo Shenandoah General Price 1862 USA 1863 USA 1861 USA 1863 USA 1864 USA 1864 CSA 1864 CSA 1863 USA ram Star ACW ships Welfia A large (circa 200) and fascinating range of merchant ships. 59 . so perhaps ‘X’ are made in that country. the freighters Inchcolm dating from 1909 and John Ericsson from 1896. RN warships are three types of motor minesweeper (MMS) and Fairmile B motor launches in standard configuration and serving as an ambulance launch. The models are resin castings of superb quality. and perhaps of most interest two listings given as ‘coastal battery. submarines and a small flotilla of Donau river craft. 1939’. New releases are still being reported in the Hamburger Rundbrief. destroyers and submarines) from the 1930s. Availability of some of these ranges will be difficult. 1963 freighter Media and from 1822 the RN sloop Bramble. such as frigates. Final listings are mainly Turkish warships (cruisers. To illustrate the scope of the rest of the range there is the Liberian gas tanker Ultragaz Sao Paulo (1952). In addition there are half a dozen items relating to the Normandy Mulberries (also see Trident). Two GB ships are listed. Wiedling’s catalogue (see Annex A). but worthy of a special mention in any UK biased survey by virtue of their models of the fleet carriers Eagle and Ark Royal. are addressed. The ship models are almost entirely German and date from the 1890s to 1945. the repair vessel Komahashi. Other Continental Manufacturers Much of the information presented below has been taken from the model news section of the Hamburger Rundbrief supplemented by listings in L. namely the 1922 tanker British Corporal. paddle-steamers. motor minesweepers and MTBs. as completed in the 1950s. with the majority from the latter half of the period. An interesting early release is the Russian protected cruiser ‘General Admiral’. Yorck Another little known but large (circa 100) range specialising initially in German warships dating from the 1850s. and even fishing vessels and cable-layers. yachts.

B/V: German post-war merchantmen. availability and quality not known. over 30 models are listed but only half a dozen priced eg Sovereign of the Seas (1637). Fuchs: modern German merchantmen. 1952. fourth is the 1978 crane ship Balder. also ACW warships. Amazon. Reclaim. although Eneris are still active. Bristol. French. Dutch and Spanish Navies. AE579a & b). BS 4 is the containership Trave Trader (1994). current models are of a higher quality. with six models released so far. DH: German WW2 minor warships. including five 19th century Austrian auxiliaries.g. GEM: new in 1995 with their first release being the Cutty Sark. another tea clipper. Leander. others presumably not yet produced. nothing further known. followed by the Sagres. Ton class. first two releases were the containerships Carolina (1991) and Contship Lavagne (1995). Galerie Maritim S: a small series of early German merchantmen produced especially for the shop of the same name. the majority converted merchant ships. the 1950 passenger ship Moreton Bay. 1968 (FU 27). tanker Olterra. Eddyfirth. 60 . Currently listed are 8 German vessels with the American Thomas S. Baltica: a few German merchantmen mainly from the late 1970s. about 20 models produced including one UK vessel. Lawson (1902) due next. Torrent. and Sperrbrecher (blockade runners). New for 2003 are Ripley Castle in 1919 and Devon City in 1933 & 1940 guises (catalogue nos. a Portugese training ship dating from 1961. the Ceremai and 05 the 1994 containership Hamburg Express. Collecta: these models seem to be mainly ‘modern’ (1980s/90s) sailing ships although COLL 01 is a 1993 Indonesian passenger vessel. Lion. Dedo: originally only German modern tugs but more recently the 1994 Ro-Ro Fichtelberg (ex Spirit of Dublin). amongst the most modern is the soviet icebreaker Kapitan Sorokin. e. Many are camouflage painted and the overall standard has been assessed as ‘Hansa plus’. Binkowski: of interest to British collectors if only for superb models of the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary as wartime troopships. SS Clement in grey circa 1939 and Silverfir (1924) released in 1998 – later releases. Aquarius: men o’ war from the 17th and 18th centuries from the British. The models are hand built in brass and aluminium and not likely to be widely available. Albert: sailing warships from the period 1750 to 1820. BESCH: parts to help build a container port. most recent is the tug Oceanic. availability unknown. also includes the ‘Sottpuster’ series: 19th century merchantmen such as the British freighters Dryden and Gulf of Ancud. Copy: this new series using the old Copy name features mainly Russian warships from the late 1800s/early 1900s. DOESEMA (aka Seagate) : first three releases are the drilling rig Galaxy I in various configurations. 1870. these particular models are probably available second-hand only. about 30 different. Beaverford (1928 & 1940) and Watarana (1919). Lynx. More recently Eneris have been producing models in metal especially on behalf of Waterline International (nee Italia). BS: mainly modern German merchants available only from Galerie Maritim (see Annex A). FU 15 is the Anita. Eneris: medium quality resin models including a couple of merchants and a number of RN warships and auxiliaries from the 1960s and 1970s. BM: various German merchant and auxiliary warships over the period 1857 to 1960.Aegir: Brocklebank Line freighter Marwarri of 1935. one Dutch ship Super Servant 1 (1979). Fearless. all British ships are 1928 freighter Burdwan. second model is the Thermopylae. EH: just over a dozen ships listed of various European nations. available. as follows – Invincible. Eneris Olterra Foerde: German naval auxiliaries of WW2.

standard good. Italian and American submarines of WW2. e. only a few models to date although H2O 11 is listed as Empire MacAndrew.g. all from the 1950s. GB collectors might like the 1983 tug Maersk Cutter and OCL’s container ship Encounter Bay. Shepperton Ferry (1935) and Twickenham Ferry (1935). quality medium but readily available. ships and aircraft. 61 . Floreal and Georges Leygues with the battleship Jean Bart. Klabauterman: Danish ferry Djursland and a couple of German liners. as X 5. also 1987 Dutch oil platforms Smit Semi 1 and 2. JK: Japanese merchantmen circa early 1940s. JB: 1930s and 40s German patrol craft. Hydra: Baltic coastal ferries and new in 1997/98 British ferries Halladale (1950). H2O: French and American ironclads. Hammonia: a large listing of German merchant vessels from the turn of the century to the present day. Herpa Europa HF: mainly Japanese. Granat Encounter Bay GS: a variety of models and accessories virtually all from the early 1900s and all German. Intug: modern Belgian tugs. 1942 British Merchant Aircraft Carrier. seemingly unobtainable. most well known is the liner Hikawa Maru in three guises – merchant. available. recent releases have been modern Swedish and Finnish merchants and ferries with P & O’s St Clair (ex Peter Pan) available in three versions/colour schemes showing the ship’s appearance in 1975. H and B: highly detailed small range of mainly WW2 era Japanese auxiliaries. Herpa: three plastic ship models – container ships Frankfurt Express & Evergreen and modern cruise liner Europa. For British enthusiasts Kla 013 is the 1997 ferry Stena Explorer (now listed as Stena HSS 1). 1980 and 1987. hospital and repair. The models are made of resin. Iskra: mainly resin cast models of modern USN amphibious warfare types. circa 1949 listed as X 4 and CVN Charles De Gaulle. availability poor. This range is believed to be out of production. also modern and WW2 submarines. which is now available. the latter has been released in two versions with different funnels. quality unknown. probably ships of particular interest to the manufacturer. just the Evergreen in current production.Granat: a fairly random selection. Kla 16 is the Pride of Balbao and 26/26a the European Highway. Their X series covers modern French warships.

namely (to date) Fram. MTB205. all of which have been produced in the past by the likes of Trident Alpha. Sturdy (1912) and Joffre (1916 with the Lawson Steam Tugboat Co. HMS Shannon (1887). Also listed at one stage were the cruisers Texas. Some recent specials. LH: a small range of merchantmen available either as kits or assembled and painted. Groenland and Gauss. HMS Royal Oak (1863). LCT4. released USS Truxton and are intending to cover at least 20 more modern USN ships. second/third two incarnations of the German 1902 freighter Andree Rickmers. All four Virginia class CGNs are available. Kreis: inexpensive range of harbour accessories. Nord-Ostsee: (also known as Nordsee-Ostsee Kanal or NOK) small eastern bloc merchant ships to be seen in the Kiel Canal. Optatus: mostly French and British ironclads. later models are modern Finnish ferries such as the Mariella. reportedly some of the vessels also find their way to GB east coast ports. Ltd & as in 1949 owned by Batey Tugs Ltd). Silja Line ferries Svea (1985) and Wellam (1986) with more of the same planned. but also British and German types. SS Great Britain (1845) and the Britannic both as a liner (1874) and a transport (1899). Bainbridge and Little Rock. minesweepers and the auxiliary Togo as a supply ship. quality excellent. are the IJN carriers Taiho and Katsuragi. plus a single ‘special’ model 1960 paddle steamer Kaiser Wilhelm. ex HS 15). to Neptun standard. in parallel with Argos. destroyer HMS Whitehall (all WW2). first model is the German tug/tender Retter (Norddeutschen Lloyd. raider (renamed Coronel) and radar ship. Laiva: a new range specialising in polar exploration vessels. Old Salt: one release to date – Glenachulish. South Carolina. MK: a minute range of just a dozen modern merchant ships (none British). with the following British vessels – Grey Goose. Nautik: a new series devoted mainly to modern tugs and harbour craft. Bremen 1885). believed to be available. also the raider Pinguin. 62 . smaller models are metal. Navalis Moguntia: Catalogue number GG44 is a superb model of Finnish icebreaker Fennica (1993). first four releases are all German vessels. British ships are HMS Warrior (1861). 1996 Nordica: 1989 Norwegian ferry Konprinz Harald in either Color or Jahre Line colours. also Japanese destroyers from WW2. mainly buoys as used in German harbours and waterways during different eras. GB ships produced are the coastal freighter Cornish Trader (1920) and the Britannia dating from 1840. Manchester (1920. MaRu: as the name implies. available.Klabauterman Georges Leygues KM: various Kriegsmarine seagoing torpedo boats. Belknap. HMS Ocean (1865). 1993 British ferry. In 1999 Optatus. others are resin. Delphin and Hansa but are increasingly difficult to find and will not be the quality of these later releases. Mowe: new in 1994. MGB75. also British tugs HS 15 type (1917). Omega: minor warships spanning the period 1910 to 1945. primarily Japanese merchant ships from WW2.

latest is #3 Redoutable. Red Tape: French ships of the line 1790 – 1810 period. 1985 (RFR6). also Trondheim. nothing more known. the former complete with a full deck load of aircraft and vehicles. Pride of Sandwich. Pharos: a range of German and Danish light ships and lighthouses plus a model of the Needles. Rostocker Schiffsminiaturen: a newish series from the former DDR. 1974 (RFR7). but which did include several British merchant ships. mainly destroyers. available. both rocks and lighthouse. 1989 (RFR6A). 1989 (RFR7B) and Pride of Cherbourg 1989 (RFR7C). Initially French warships. also some modern merchants to a very high standard. to date some 20 sailing vessels from the Herzogin Cecilie (1902) to the Greif (ex Wilhelm Pieck) (1991). well painted. USS Franklin D Roosevelt (1960s appearance) and TCD Foudre. Remo: U boat bunkers – Elbe II at Hamburg. 63 . including a ‘Gibel Tarik’ listed as a British ferry circa 1919. Viking Valiant. RFR: modern merchants – Reefers. Also produced USS Lafayette (1942). the CVN Charles de Gaulle and 38 various post-war USN submarines. The destroyers seem to have been abandoned in favour of a few larger vessels e. Quadrant Foudre RA: a mixture that includes British ferry Forde (1928) and a Russian monitor from 1865. also to be released shortly a series of British ferries – Free Enterprise VI. from the period 1955 to date. USS Newport News (CA 148). Pontos: German ships Lagune (out of production) and Antuco (not yet released). Lorient. nearly 40 listed but only 13 released to date and all variations of the T47. Poseidon: a medium size range. Ferries and RO-Ros. a small freighter/passenger ship which operates between the UK and the island St. quality not known: Antenor Glenberg Port Fairy 1924 1936 1937 Blue Funnel Glen Line Port Line liner freighter freighter Franconia Carinthia Denbighshire 1937 1938 1939 Cunard liner (white hull) Cunard liner (black hull) Glen Line freighter Quadrant: Resin models made in France. About a dozen models are currently catalogued. also 1986 Boeing jetfoil in the livery of different owners and America’s Cup yachts including Camper & Nicholson’s Endeavour (1989).Optatus re-issue of Sextant Oriana Padermodelle: Various OSVs and icebreakers.g. 1805. via Tenerife and Ascension. Kiel and La Rochelle. Viking Venturer. also Swedish 19th century monitors. USS Shangri-La (CVA 38). very detailed. including the 1985 British OSV Cam Guardian and the St Helena (1990). unfortunately out of production. Helena. Pride of Le Havre. 1986 (RFR7A).

SM20 is the armoured cruiser Rurik. A typical release is the 1994 ferry Neustrelitz. Schiff & Schiene: modern Swedish ferries. for example – Sea Cloud (1982). Originally only available at meetings in Germany. Vagel Grip: mainly East German merchant ships. extremely limited availability series of resin models produced in Belgium – modern warships and auxiliaries. Seestern: catalogue no. available. but nothing else known. Vindebona: a range of 27 modern European merchant ships. including at least one British – Harbledown 1933 owned by J & C Harrison. 32 catalogued and seemingly all available. for example Frans Suell and Diana II (both 1992). Sovereign of the Sea (1852) and Padua (1926). quality excellent. Seaborne: German offshore support vessel (OSV) types. Sedina: various German merchant ships dating from the Siegfried (1904) to the Marienburg (1944). Sirene Durance Smaers: small range of resin merchant-ship models. solitary examples seen are the old protected cruiser HMS Imperieuse and the 1995 release HMS Alexandra (1887). 64 .Sailing Maritime: sailing ships. icebreakers and more recently merchantmen (nothing British). a former East german vessel. UVM: various modern Norwegian and Swedish merchantmen including at one point Fred Olsen’s Black Prince (1992 appearance). also the latter in Russian hands circa 1948 as the Lensowjet. just one British ship – 1967 bulk freighter Pacific Bridge. and very probably only those local to the producer. Sirene: highly priced. SEE 14 is the royal yacht Victoria & Albert in 1901. Stauffenberg HMS Imperieuse U9-Modelle: 1930 – 1940 era German support vessels such as tugs and icebreakers. available. Now being issued by Optatus including the Pacific Bridge. Stauffenberg: a small range of models normally only available at collectors meetings in Germany.

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50 to £25 including air mail postage. South Salem. 1 complete set representing all merchant ships of Japan • 1-1200 waterline. Best of the range are Italian heavy and light cruisers. made a number of USN auxiliaries. Returning to Framburg. these are popular with collectors but are now virtually impossible to find. are still in production. Having established this division. Thus domestic production of 1/1200s is in decline although at the time of writing Superior. A brief history of the hobby in the USA follows. several firms in this chapter are clearly European. also produced were destroyers. Bessarabis and Framburg. When production ceased all remaining stock was offered up for sale with a lengthy list dominated by 1/500s but also including the following: • 1942 Japanese Merchant Fleet. Waterline 1/1200 model production in the USA probably commenced in the early 1940s when various ‘tool and die’ companies started to manufacture Naval Recognition Models. In the 1970s Superior were taken over by Alnavco and the emphasis of the models changed to wargaming.CHAPTER 4 OTHER OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS INTRODUCTION Although the bulk of overseas model manufacturing occurs on the continent. The best known of these companies were Comet. Model boxes sometimes had both names and were also very colourful with a printed picture of the ship modelled within. 35 ships. Comet’s models varied widely in quality with some being obvious copies of Wikings or Tremos. Medusa and Henderson with the latter at least being copied by Superior. all different . GRIFO (ITALY) White metal kits (not many parts) of WW2 warships. although the name Authenticast was used for the last few years. For example their first ‘Nachi’ was poorly detailed and incorrectly scaled but interestingly did show the cruiser in her 1932 configuration. Paint finish was unimpressive. Comet issued a large line although many of their early models were quite crude. The models are 1/1200 scale and to a wargaming standard but. their later version was much improved and survives today as a Superior model. like most of the other distant overseas manufacturers. Production probably ceased in the mid-1950s although unlike Comet no post-war ships were modelled. their models were of uniform quality.$350 Around 1963/64 a group of collectors acquired the Comet-Authenticast and Framburg moulds and launched Superior with an ambitious programme of re-worked originals and brand new models. Known examples are Pyro. 50 ships all different. in 2 cases . there are a few producers further afield. the models are intended for a wargaming/modelling rather than collecting market. Many of the models were cleared aimed at collectors with many esoteric types such as Japanese minelayers. which apart from a few indifferent submarines. when available. Ship collecting in the USA today is mainly for wargaming and 1/2400 has become the preferred scale with a wide variety of excellent models available. Following Comet’s take-over of South Salem some of the former’s models were issued with the South Salem name on their boxes. or possibly both. are all Italian. Grifo Trento KIWI (NEW ZEALAND) A large range of British Empire/Commonwealth merchant ships and warships from the 20th century. as described below. sea-going torpedo boats and a single battleship. Holland. were priced accordingly. Production seems to have long since ceased. based on information provided by Paul Jacobs. the Vittorio Veneto. South Salem or Bessarabis. very accurately scaled and of a very hard metal akin to Triangs. Comet continued production for both official and domestic customers until about 1961. but have been included because. 1988 prices were from £12.$500 • 1959 Russian ships and satellites (hand made) • 1-1200 waterline. The models are cast in polyester resin and to quote the catalogue ‘ it is often difficult to get the plastic to run into the intricate parts of the mould’ – this would perhaps account for the quality of the 66 .

Tone and Mogami). KONISHI (JAPAN) The current Konishi catalogue lists over 70 models including WW2 IJN warships. Akitzuki. torpedo boat Chidori. Fuso (listed but possible not yet released) with the Ise class shown both before and after conversion to battleship/carrier. The Akitzukis were the last class of IJN fleet destroyer and. Earmarked for future release is the fleet carrier Kaga. Mutsu and Yamato both set records for main gun calibre on completion with. Trident are perhaps the preferred sources for IJN models but there is a certain collectability in having Japanese-made models of Japanese ships. eight aircraft carriers – Shokaku. all the ships are depicted as in the period 1938 to 1941. Shinano. Kagero and Fubuki class destroyers. two with a revised armament of five twin 8” in 1939 and lastly the Mogami herself as converted to a seaplane carrier in 1943. in three triple turrets (1940). The IJN selection covers all five classes of battleship – Yamato. although of the aircraft carriers at least. Zuikaku (same class). Soryu. submarines & aircraft. and I16 and I400 submarines form the remainder of the range. the first 16” (in 1920) and the first full outfit of 18”. Takao. The planes listed are Jake. to have an armoured flight deck. unlike earlier types. but thereafter as retail items. showing the ship during the 1930s (albeit not significantly different from completion in 1919) is unique to Konishi. respectively. Shinano was converted during construction from a Yamato class battleship and was one of only two Japanese carriers. are present with a total of 15 models listed. initially for display. Apart from the Maya and Chokai which are shown as in 1944 and three of the Mogamis. modern merchants and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) destroyers. The four strong Mogami class features two as first completed circa 1935 with fifteen 6. in 1942 the world’s largest submarine. Kate and Zeke (Zero) as a fighter or fitted as a floatplane. brown and green deck camouflage and both Akagi and Shinano have brown decks. 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 * LINERS Fuji Maru Sanfurawa Hikawa Maru Nippon Maru (old type) Nippon Maru Kamakura Maru Queen Elizabeth II Hitachi Maru Argentine Maru Asama Maru Crystal Harmony Asuka Michelangelo Tenyo Maru Queen Mary 1989 1972 1947 1977 1990 1935 1983 1898 1938 1929 1990 1991 1965 1908 1940 ? 1101 1102 1103 1104 1105 1106 1107 1108 1109 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 MERCHANT Humber Bridge container ship Senshu Maru tanker Toluca container ship Katsuragi container ship Yamashiro Maru freighter Banshu Maru LNG Tanker Chevron North America ULCC Tanker LNG Flora LNG Tanker Cupid Arrow Bulker JSMDF Amatsukaze missile destroyer Shirane helicopter destroyer Tachikaze missile destroyer Hatakaze missile destroyer Kongo missile destroyer 1988 1984 1991 1991 1963 1983 1976 1993 1995 1965 1980 1976 1985 1990 Konishi 1/1250 models (other than IJN) 67 . It is understood that a commemorative Battle of Tsushima set is also being produced. For most collectors.models as those which have been seen in the UK to date are singularly unimpressive and poor value. Listed for future release is the cruiser Oyodo. Of light cruisers only the Tenryu is currently available but this model. In recent years Kiwi seem to have faded away and their models rarely if ever emerge at swapmeets. the other being the Taiho. to a lesser extent. comprising 14 actual ships. Zuikaku is supplied with a black. passenger ships from the period 1898 to 1991. carried a heavy anti-aircraft gun armament and half the usual torpedo fit with just one quad mount. Most of the vessels are supplied in overall grey. Konishi IJNS Shokaku All four main classes of IJN heavy cruiser (Myoko. Junyo. Kiwi need to invest in a vacuum chamber. Neptun and. The I400 was a huge seaplane carrying submarine. Kongo. Remaining models are listed below (* signifies not yet released). Hiryu.1” guns (triple turrets). Pete. IJN completists might also like to look at Trident (see earlier). Kaiyo and Akagi. Val. Mutsu. with I16 a specialised attack boat mounting a heavy torpedo armament and able to carry a midget submarine on deck.

now only available second-hand (models are 1/1200). in the style of Triang but of inferior quality.com. also produced essentially Triang harbour parts. Anguplas Santa Maria PILOT (DENMARK) A Danish contemporary of Wiking who produced an extensive range of warships and merchantmen. Much more recently Pilot are thought to be the manufacturer of promotional models of DFDS/Scandinavian Seaways ferries. USA MAKERS PAST & PRESENT California Models These are mostly modern (post 1945) civilian ships with connections to the USA. the latter are not to a constant scale and typically are about 1/1000. CA-8 is the 1914 British tug as in 2006 Details can be found at www. the 1930s light cruiser Montecuccoli. The full story of Mercury including details of each model is documented in a 1994 booklet written by Michele Morciano. 68 . quality was similar to Wiking.1250ships. The emphasis on US west coast and Great Lakes ships. only now available on the second hand market. Michelangelo/Raffaello Fulvia Flavia Enrico C Eugenio C Australia Andrea Doria Fredrico C Venezuela 1965 1970 1971 1967 1966 1963 1953 1958 1956 Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci Victoria Bianca C Franca C Andrea C Anna C Montecuccoli Cristoforo Columbo 1960 1966 1961 1960 1961 1961 1961 1935 1954 black hull white hull ex Dunnottar Castle ex Arosa Sky ex Medina ex Ocean Virtue ex Southern Prince light cruiser ex Oslofjord ex Media ex Provence ex De Grasse Mercury 1/1200 Releases Mercury Fulvia MINISHIP (SPAIN) Some Spanish warships and merchantmen produced by a firm called Anguplas in 1/1200. The models are available from Wiedling.MERCURY (ITALY) Die-cast ‘Triang’ style range composed mainly of post-war Italian liners and a solitary warship.

Saratoga Model Shipyard A now well established manufacturer whose first model was the 1931 tug Magaud. The range is now up to #37 (USS Chaumont. see Chapter 5 for full details. aka Paperweight Models). What became of Metal Miniatures? Midway Models A small range of WW2 USN auxiliaries and submarines cast in resin. German and Italian Navies during WW2 – a utility vessel if ever there was. 600’ Bulk Freighter. The model is nicely cast in resin. FNS Chateaurenault (1902 cruiser) and USS New York (CA2. The original models were cast in pewter or bronze. Main interest is that some of the range are copies of early Comet and Framburg models. Some examples illustrating the scope of SMS are USS Nitro (AE2. Car ferry Saratoga Model Shipyard USS Patoka Shangri-La Ironworks A small but increasing range of 1/1200 resin kits addressing ships from 1914 – 45 so far overlooked by other manufacturers. Great Lakes Crane Ship – 2 Cranes Edmund Fitzgerald John Ericsson – Whaleback Bulk Freighter Milwaukee Clipper – Great Lakes Passenger Roger Blough = Great Lakes Modern Freighter South American – Great Lakes Passenger Cruise Ship Diesel Tug Steam Tug Viking – Great Lakes Cross-Lake R. Milwaukee Clipper. Pyro A small number of plastic kits. indifferent and inconsistent quality. presumably these are now quite collectable.R. a French naval type which also saw service in the British.R. Metal Miniatures Basically wargamers models covering most major navies of the 20th century. Car ferry Coast Guard Icebreaker My thanks to GLM for the information presented here. some were hand painted. 450’ Great Lakes Bulk Freighter 550’ Great Lakes Bulk Freighter 600’ Great Lakes Bulk Freighter – 2 Deck Fwd Cabins 600’ Great Lakes Bulk Freighter – 3 Deck Fwd Cabins 600’ Great Lakes Self-Unloader – 2 Deck Fwd Cabins 600’ Great Lakes Self-Unloader – 3 Deck Fwd Cabins Amoco Great Lakes Tanker City of Grand Rapids Excursion and Freight Steamer City of Milwaukee . No longer available are Louis Girard Models (aka Chicago Models. 1898).Great Lakes Models Great Lakes models have (had?) a small series of 1/1200 models – each available hand painted or in a decorative gold finish including Edmund Fitzgerald. and difficult to obtain (no credit card payment). a Diesel Tug and a Steam Tug Motion Technologies had a series of ornamental models (seemingly now produced now by Great Lakes Models). fully painted with fine wire mast and davits.Cross Lake R. The range is available via Wiedling whose website (see Annex A) has the latest information. AP 5) and is just about equally divided between American and French vessels. others were given an antique finish. as in 1938). The first releases include seven submarines plus two projected battleship types 69 . production is believed to have ceased although the masters may have been passed to Clydeside. including some Eagle re-issues.

based on South Salem #3. no wire masts. I got started when a friend showed me his boxed set of South Salem merchant ship models. with minimal cleanup.” Number 4 Cruiser USS Portland. this ship represents the Japanese Passenger ship Argentina Maru launched in 1939 or her sister Brazil Maru. has not yet been positively identified. Of interest to British collectors would be Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria (seen below in company with CM-KR’s QE2). painted gray and are mounted on a blue plastic base as per the photo. New (2 Stacks)”. It is fully assembled. Old” This model. Number 5 “Passenger. Number 6 “Passenger. Number 2 “Modern Freighter-Split Bridge”. . This model of Admiral Dewey’s Flagship at Manila Bay is a true 1/1200 scale. this historic cruiser is not available from any other source in 1/1200 scale. Prices vary because in some cases it takes three pourings to make a full set of parts.Shangri-La Ironworks Italian Project 770 Pocket Battleship with a US K class sub Scherbak These are 1/1250 resin models of contemporary cruise ships available fully painted and in display cases. Scherbak & CM-KR cruise liners South Salem Copies The best way to describe this make is to quote the manufacturers own words ‘ Below is the list of 1/1200 Scale Resin Waterline Ship Models I make. painted white. “Raw Castings” are just that—A complete set of castings. buff. I decided to offer those that were not re-made by Comet or Superior to anyone else who might want a copy. New (1 Stack”)” Based on South Salem ID Model #2. Based on the rare South Salem ID Model #1. wood. This ship is not available from any other source. Unique to 1200 Models. this ship has been identified as the famous Japanese liner “Asama Maru. Number 1 Cruiser USS Olympia. sanded. but may represent a smaller English liner. 70 . This model is not available from any other source. primed. Finished models have wire masts similar to WW II ID models and have been cleaned up. This is a model of the standard British and Canadian-built “Fort” and “Park” type freighter. I tell people that these aren’t the best ship models I can make. Overall gray “Manila Bay” versions available by special order. I found that these models were very difficult to find (never mind the price for originals) so he let me copy them to make resin models for my own collection. but are the best copies of the original South Salem models I can make. and mounted on a base. CA-33. Number 3 “Passenger. An exact reproduction of the South Salem ID model. Resin Reproductions of Rare WWII ID Models NOTE: prices are given as “Finished/Raw castings”. and gray as the ship is now displayed in Philadelphia. and no base. plus P&O’s Ventura.

now identified as Goyo Maru. Number 8 “Combination Passenger/Cargo. DD. 1944 USA-014 Kaiman Class. Some have been issued by MB Models as indicated. USA MODELS USA-001 USS Flusser. torpedo boat. Number 14 “Trawler” South Salem’s smallest model (#15). Old” Developed from South Salem #6. Number 16 “Ols Three-Island Freighter”. 1945 USA-002 USS Canberra guided missile cruiser USA. Old” Another South Salem ID model (#13) identified as San Diego Maru. Old” (S. These models are cast and produced in Germany and are listed by Wiedling. Details can be found at www. Superior Perhaps the original wargamers series encompassing all the major navies of WW2 and to a very limited extent the Royal and Imperial German Navies of WW1. “Tanker. New” Based on South Salem #11. This model is based on the extremely rare Bessarabis ID model of the Medusa.S. the Kashima Maru. probably as she was about 1939. Number 10 “Passenger. Models to Come: CVE-1 USS Long Island. with one US ship and some Dutch ships planned.com. DD. AR-1. Austria. Number 15 USS Medusa. Coastal” This small passenger steamer is the well-known Peking Maru. Number 11 “Engine Aft Cargo Ship”(S. projected CB /003k as kit USA-004 USS Langley (as seaplane tender) USA 1941 /004k as kit USA-005 Lyon (JY master) projected BB France /005k as kit USA-006 Canarias (JY master) CA Spain. The range is listed below.S.1250ships. Germany /007k as kit USA-008 Alsace (JY master) projected BB (1945) France (not issued) USA-009 Amagi (JY master) projected CB (1924) Japan (not issued) USA-010 USS South Dakota (JY master) cage mast. 1957 USA-003 HMS Incomparable. projected BB (1920s) USA-011 HMS Lion (in grey) projected BB (1940s) / 011k as kit USA-011c HMS Lion (in camouflage) projected BB (1940s) USA-012 USS Clark. Superior USS Alaska 1250 Models These are post 1945 warships in particular Italian. CV-1 Langley (the “Covered Wagon” with open hangar deck). Originally thought to be “Biyo Maru” but now believed to represent the British Standard “A” or “B Type” freighter. produced in a chunky 1/1200 originally assembled and grey painted but now as kits. Address of the manufacturer and other suppliers are given in Annex A. this model is an American tramp steamer of the “Lake” type. #10). projected BB (1920s) USA-010a USS South Dakota (JY master) tripod mast. Number 13 “Tanker. 1937 USA-007 M Class (JY master) projected CL (1946). not the model. #9) Reproduction of South Salem ID model of the Nagisan Maru. Number 9 “Whaler” The South Salem Merchant ID model #16 represented the prewar whaler Nisshin Maru #2. 1905 MBM ISSUES MBM-10 MBM-11 & 11k (kit) MBM-12 & 12k (kit) MBM-13 & 13k (kit MBM-15 MBM-14 & 14k (kit) MBM-08k Alsace (kit) MBM-09k Amagi (kit) MBM-17 MBM-18 71 .Number 7 “Standard Freighter. 1940 USA-013 ABSD1: 2 end pieces w/cranes/gates USA drydock. 1944 USA-013a ABSD1: 2 central sections (need 8 in all) USA drydock. now identified as Teiyo Maru and “Combination Passenger/Cargo. Fore and aft masts/booms on finished model are based on photos of Medusa. Modern” Based on South Salem #12. USA Models These are cast in resimet with white metal parts and are available (currently limited) in the UK from Martin Brown and from Wiedling. this little jewel is the ubiquitous Japanese trawler.

YSM001 L' Agile Destroyer France 1940 YSM001a Le Fier Destroyer France 19xx YSM002 Etna projected Cruiser Italy 1944 YSM003 USS Juneau II AA Cruiser 1951 YSM003K kit version of the above YSM004 USS Montana projected BB 1945 YSM004K USS Montana (kit) projected BB 1945 YSM005 Tre Kroner CL Sweden 1955 YSM005K kit version of the above YSM006 “modern frigate”. etc. YSM Tre Kronor 72 . details TBD YSM008 HMS Ben My Chree Seaplane Carrier 1915 YSM008K kit version of the above YSM-009 HMS Abercrombie Monitor 1916 YSM-009K kit version of the above YSM-010 HMS Duke of Edinburgh Armored Cruiser 1916 YSM-010K kit version of the above YSM011 IJNS Fuso BB Japan 1916 YSM011K kit version of the above YSM-012 HMS Engadine Seaplane Carrier 1916 YSM-012K kit version of the above YSM-013 HNMS Gelderland. Youngerman Ship Models These models are available in either kit form or completed and are of of warships from the period 1910 – 1960.USA Model HMS Lion USA Model Lyon (MBM issue) USA Models listed as ‘JY Master’ had the masters built by John Youngerman (see below). the subjects are frequently ships which are not commonly modelled or which are just hard to find. Future releases may be either resin or metal. details TBD YSM-015 RN battlecruiser. details TBD The line is currently all resin or "Resimet" (resin mixed with metal) for hulls. but details. are metal. battlecruiser YSM-014 German WW1 battlecruiser. Here is the current list. details TBD YSM007 planned KM destroyer type. details TBD YSM-016 French battleship. turrets.

The kit of the German ship later re-appeared in two other series.7” gun amidships). and two boxes containing HMS Balfour (Captain class DE) plus HMS Allington Castle (corvette). Pyro seem to have been taken over by Lifelike. the smaller 1/1200 or so-called ‘international recognition’ scale. The second section of this chapter. the plastic construction kit has an important place in the history of the hobby. VII and II – in a single box. As regards kits. EAGLE Produced in the early to mid-1960s. the RN destroyer Cossack and the German tanker Altmark. HMS Kimberly. The models were marketed in a number of ‘Battle Series’. never re-issued any of the Eagles. In the early days 1/600 was the most common scale with Airfix the most likely source. Series 3 dealt with the Narvik battles of the Norwegian campaign and provided HMS Hardy (H class leader with extra 4. Ixc. the latter’s masters having been used from time to time by Almark. Bachmann and Casadio. Eagle HMS King George V Series 2 comprised just two ships. albeit only very occasionally. The Warspite kit correctly depicted the ship as modified between the wars. and not surprisingly was entitled ‘The Capture of the Altmark’. was the first example of multiple kits being provided in a single box and comprised 5 releases associated with the Battle of the Atlantic. Heller. one example of this being the King George V class battleship. Eagle were 1/1200 scale plastic kits and although designed as waterline models. Some of the model masters were also re-worked with improved detail. These last two were both light cruisers of the Leander class and Eagle in fact provided the same kit in two different boxes. if only because many collectors started with this sort of model. again in a single box. The hull of the Warspite was however basically sound and Warspite kits have formed the basis of very successful conversions to the other four Queen Elizabeths. This series was also the first example of a kit being listed for release but never actually issued – in this case the escort carrier HMS Campania. each dealing with a particular naval battle of WW2. German vessels in the series consisted of five U-boats – Types XXI. 73 . Thus for building fleets. although as with 1/600s space for storage of the finished item is often at a premium. Revell. the scale was first addressed by Eagle and as befits this founding company they have their own section in this chapter. of providing extra parts to enable a particular kit to be converted to other similar ships – an example of this is the H class destroyer which included the additional parts to make F and I class ships. has no equal. the H class destroyer already mentioned. Nichimo. Recent developments have included several new liners from Revell and the impressive Hobbyboss series of USN models. imaginatively entitled ‘Other Makes’ encompasses Pyro/Lifelike. thus Series 1 covered the Battle of the River Plate and comprised models of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee and the cruiser Exeter. gave a boost to plastic ship modelling.CHAPTER 5 PLASTIC KITS INTRODUCTION Although primarily a guide to cast metal or resin ships. firstly as a British oil tanker and secondly as the Nordmark. and HMS Peacock (Black Swan class sloop) plus HMS Lilac (Tree class trawler). and the submarine depot ship Saar and tender (exminesweeper) Acheron. as far as is known. lower hull sections were provided giving many possibilities for dry dock dioramas. Incidentally the Bulawayo survived until 1956 and was one of the few fleet replenishment ships to be operated by the RN rather than the RFA. either for display or perhaps wargaming. which of course made her substantially different from her four original sister ships. Ajax and Achilles. This was quite common with the net result that Eagle succeeded in issuing 42 kits from a total of only 30 moulds. all five R class and even the Chilean Almirante Latorre! Series 4. Allied participants were the Altmark/Nordmark masquerading as a British oil tanker. Airfix. Eagle were complemented by a few releases from the American firm Pyro who eventually bought the Eagle moulds and released 8 of the models under their own name. with different sets of instructions. Eagle adopted the approach. the battleship HMS Warspite and German destroyers of the Maass and Von Roeder classes. ESCI. IX. who continued to produce the various original models but. The huge variety of 1/700s. This subtlety was unfortunately missed or perhaps deliberately ignored by Eagle when they released Valiant at a later date. which was released in about 1963. which in fact the latter did become in 1945 when she transferred to the white ensign as HMS Bulawayo. Modelpower and MPC. mainly from Japan. Some of the smaller kits were also sold several to a box.

because the German battlecruiser and her escorting destroyers were nowhere to be seen. battlecruiser Hood. Typical prices were 74 . For these two the original Ajax/Achilles kit was resurrected and whereas this was acceptable for the Orion. Series 8 was the final battle series issued by Eagle and thereafter just one kit was produced. and the cruisers Ajax and Suffolk. Both German ships. was the most ambitious so far. the Australian ship. by WW2. The Italian ships listed. Prinz Eugen and Altmark respectively) although some examples appeared different in that the moulds were beginning to show signs of wear by this time. Formidable (same kit as Victorious) and the light cruisers HMS Orion and HMAS Perth. At the time these were major omissions from the fleets of most collectors and would have been more than welcome. Fiume and Pola. had a markedly different appearance – two funnels instead of one. namely Tirpitz. In the end it was necessary to wait until the mid-1970s to complete the Bismarck episode when Airfix filled most of the gaps and HMS Nelson was available from ‘Superior’ (see Chapter 4). Series 1 Battle of the River Plate Admiral Graf Spee HMS Exeter HMS Ajax HMS Achilles Capture of the Altmark HMS Cossack Altmark Battle of Narvik Fjord HMS Warspite H class HMS Hardy HMS Kimberly Von Roeder class Maass class Battle of the Atlantic U2529 U1231 U38 U27 U59 Saar Acheron Oil Tanker HMS Lilac HMS Peacock set of ( 2( Series 5 HMS Balfour HMS Allington Castle Sinking of the Bismarck Bismarck Prinz Eugen HMS Dorsetshire HMS Norfolk HMS King George V HMS Prince of Wales HMS Victorious Sinking of the Scharnhorst HMS Duke of York Fighting Merchantmen Admiral Scheer Lutzow Nordmark Admiral Hipper Tirpitz The Battle of Cape Matapan escort destroyer corvette battleship heavy cruiser heavy cruiser heavy cruiser battleship battleship aircraft carrier battleship pocket battleship pocket battleship tanker heavy cruiser battleship pocket battleship heavy cruiser light cruiser light cruiser destroyer tanker battleship RN destroyer destroyer leader destroyer destroyer destroyer Type XXI Type Ixc Type IX Type VII Type II sub depot ship submarine tender British trawler sloop Series 2 Series 3 Series 6 Series 7 Series 4 ( ( set of 5 ( ( ( set of ( 2( set of ( 2( Series 8 HMS Valiant battleship HMS Formidable aircraft carrier HMS Orion light cruiser HMAS Perth light cruiser* Eaglewall Tabletop Navy Gneisenau battlecruiser *model actually RN Leander What can be said in summary of the Eagle range? They were directed at the schoolboy end of the market and in their time were virtually the only small scale waterline models of WW2 warships readily available in the UK. however. Hipper. This was released in a plastic bag and marketed under the name ‘Eaglewall Tabletop Navy’. namely the battleship Vittorio Veneto and heavy cruisers Zara. Listed but not produced were the battleships Barham and Warspite. Listed but not released were HMSs Ark Royal. Admiral Scheer and Lutzow. as were HMSs Victorious (aircraft carrier). the cruiser Suffolk (which incorrectly would probably have employed the existing County class kit) and finally four Tribal class which would have been repeats of the Series 2 kit. Series 7 was called ‘Fighting Merchantmen’. Had they been released these models would most likely have been re-boxed versions of earlier kits although the three old battleships. were sadly never produced and British Empire ships were also few in number. Series 6 which was planned to cover the sinking of the Scharnhorst must have been researched to represent the scene of the battle on 27 December 1943. The first three of these were duplicates of earlier kits (Bismarck. number 5. were completely new kits and each featured a unique bridge arrangement. comprising HMSs Valiant (same kit as Warspite). namely the Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen were produced. In fact the only release was HMS Duke of York and this was a simple re-packaging of the King George V class battleship from the Bismarck set. and significantly so. Series 7 was a bit of a ‘catch-all’ concentrating on German ships associated with commerce raiding. Had it been completed Series 6 would have provided both Belfast and Sheffield class cruisers and S class ‘war emergency’ destroyers. although a derivative of the Leander class. Nordmark. The two pocket battleships. The series was listed to include eventually a total of 15 ships. which were just part of the force at sea when the battle took place. in spite of being from the same class. different again from the Series 1 Graf Spee. two German and the remainder British although ultimately only seven were issued. were all different. and addressed the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in 1941.The next series. the German battlecruiser Gneisenau. Prince of Wales and King George V (battleships – same kit) and Dorsetshire and Norfolk (County class heavy cruiser – same kit). Series 8 was entitled ‘the Battle of Matapan’ and for the first time was to include ships other than British and German. battleship Rodney. The Polish manned N class destroyer Poirun which took part in the actual battle was omitted.

the former were issued in plastic bags and the latter in boxes. 2: same kit.e. well at least she looked Japanese and was quite sought after at the time. 5: same kit. Some of the kits were not overly accurate in detail but then there was nothing like the volume of published reference information that we take for granted today. The range has also been expanded to include German and British battleships and tantalisingly Casadio packaging in the mid-1970s made mention of a number of model that ultimately never materialised (see table below). Nevertheless the models were acceptable to the wargaming community.1” turret to starboard and multiple AA guns to port. the scope of the range has never been equalled. the liner Titanic (full hull). these models are most acceptable. with the original Pyro and subsequent Lifelike catalogue numbers. including WW2 Japanese and American battleships and carriers and an Italian battleship. It is not known whether Lifelike covered all the original named Pyros.1/11 (about 10p) and 2/11 (about 15p) and at the time they were much more affordable than the relatively expensive Triangs. in a plastic bubble pack. 4 1 2 1 2 5 4 1 2 PYRO ‘Eagles’ C-376 C-377 C-378 C-379 C-380 C-381 C-382 C-383 USS Hornet USS North Carolina IJNS Yamato IJNS Syokaku USS Essex USS Washington USS Lexington USS South Dakota IJNS Musashi IJNS Zuikaku USS Yorktown USS Massachusetts HMS Victorious HMS Warspite HMS King George V HMS Prince of Wales KM Bismarck KM Prinz Eugen HMS Norfolk HMS Dorsetshire Pyro/Lifelike Plastic Kits 1: same kit. nor is likely to be. one other point that must be made is that as plastic 1/1200 (or 1/1250) scale kits. Casadio themselves and currently Revell. Yamato had a triple 6. i. The Casadio versions were offered assembled. in effect plugged together. OTHER MAKES Pyro/Lifelike Pyro issued a variety of models with different ships names but in the final analysis only four different kits of WW2 vessels were produced – IJNSs Yamato and Shokaku. Notes Airfix Prinz Eugen as the Blucher 75 . 4: same kit. PYRO C-384 C-385 C-386 C-387 C-388 C-389 C-390 C-391 C-392 C-393 C-394 C-395 LIFELIKE 09401 09402 09403 09404 09406 09407 Note 1 2 5 3. an unlikely configuration (half way through her refit perhaps). who in 1999 actually issued a new model. Modelpower and MPC in the USA. the models having been marketed by Almark. the Shokaku. The Essex class carrier was by far the best of these. The following table lists the models concerned by ship name. USSs Essex and South Dakota/North Carolina. Apart from being rather high out of the water. ESCI. an Essex Class aircraft carrier. All Eagle releases are catalogued below. unfortunately a mix of the South Dakota/North Carolina classes as described above. Almark/Casadio/Revell In 1973 the publishing company Almark distributed a limited series of 1/1200 scale models manufactured by Casadio of Italy. These moulds have indeed done the rounds. ideal for wargaming and a goldmine of spare parts for the modifier/scratchbuilder. Perhaps Eagle’s finest hour was the RN H class destroyer and the Illustrious class fleet carrier. the American battleship possessed the funnel arrangement of the North Carolina class and the length of the South Dakotas. and could also provide the basis of modelling and conversion projects. 3: Syokaku was the spelling on the kit instruction sheet.

but subsequently Ark Royal. Airfix showed what modern technology could achieve and it is sad to record that the range was now complete. the kit is available through the Floating Drydock. 76 . they would probably have sold six times as many models. HMS London. enjoyed a mixed reception. With the German cruiser in particular. Their first two releases. Roosevelt Jean Bart Richelieu Clemenceau Foch HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier French battleship French battleship aircraft carrier aircraft carrier aircraft carrier Revell Queen Mary 2 (box art) Airfix In the late 1970s Airfix came to the 1200 arena for the first time and it looked if the fine tradition established by Eagle was to be resumed.D. generally accurate and a good source of spares – but you are left with the feeling that so much more could have been achieved with a little analytical market research! Airfix HMS Hood HMS Ark Royal HMS Suffolk battlecruiser aircraft carrier heavy cruiser Tribal class Bismarck Prinz Eugen RN destroyer German battleship German heavy cruiser Heller et al There is also a Chinese made plastic kit of the CVN USS Enterprise in 1/1200 scale. rather than the one-off Ark Royal. even if the Tribal class destroyers were not. similarly with a little extra effort a multi-part County class cruiser kit would have tempted modellers to buy kits for twelve different ships and possibly even attempt the 13th and heavily modified vessel. Hood and Bismarck. and much better than the TA version (model T1) which is underscale. If only Airfix had appreciated that by producing an Illustrious class carrier. Reportedly with a little work it can be as good as any of the Trident Alpha carriers. Suffolk and Prinz Eugen were widely and justifiably praised. The models were a boon to modellers and collectors alike – cheap.Casadio/ Revell USS Enterprise USS Yorktown USS Hornet USS Missouri USS Iowa USS Wisconsin USS New Jersey IJNS Yamato IJNS Musashi IJNS Shinano aircraft carrier aircraft carrier aircraft carrier battleship battleship battleship battleship battleship battleship aircraft carrier Bismarck Tirpitz Scharnhorst Gneisenau HMS King George V HMS Prince of Wales HMS Duke of York Littorio Impero Vittorio Veneto Roma German battleship German battleship German battlecruiser German battlecruiser battleship battleship battleship Italian battleship Italian battleship Italian battleship Italian battleship Revell Titanic liner (rel 1999) Aida 1996 cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II liner (rel 2003) Catalogued. but un-released: USS Forrestal aircraft carrier USS Ranger aircraft carrier USS Saratoga aircraft carrier USS aircraft carrier Independence USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier USS Midway aircraft carrier Queen Mary liner (rel 2008) USS F. As of early 1999.

USS Barry and USS Rankin. The Heller models were available until fairly recently and it may still be possible to find the Enterprise on the back shelves of a model shop. Bachmann Miniship USS Arizona In the late 1950s/1960s the American firm Renwal produced various plastic models that were reportedly 1/1200. and finally the US-produced ‘Bachmann Miniship’ USS Arizona which was a clip together battleship model that included a detachable lower hull section. With enthusiasm and skill. Colbert and Suffren (nearly 1/1200) from Heller. mention must also be made of the modern French warships Jeanne d’Arc. Hobbyboss USS Vincennes USS Ticonderoga CG-47 USS Vincennes CG-49 (lighter tripod mast) USS Princeton CG-59 (VLS) USS Spruance USS Harry W Hill USS Arthur W Radford USS Kidd DD-963 (as built) DD-986 VLS added) (trials ships) Kidd class Scratch Building Many people complete their collections. Powell Canberra Rankin Navarro Dewey Galveston Eddy County Apparently they were also sold as mixed TASK FORCE kits too: US Navy Task Force “A” model kit (#6300) includes 6 ships: USS Canberra. ideal for dry dock dioramas. USS Navarro.To complete this brief 1/1200 plastic model survey. Nichimo also produced several models of Nimitz class CVNs but these are about 1/1100 scale & unlike the Suffren the difference is very noticeable. entitled US Navy Miniatures these are listed below: Series #1 Destroyer Battleship Missile Submarine Series #3 Destroyer Aircraft Carrier Destroyer Escort Series #2 Heavy Cruiser Attack Cargo Attack Transport Series #4 Frigate Light Cruiser Tank Landing Ship Barry Washington Patrick Henry Sullivans Hornet Wm. USS Eddy County. Models released at the time of writing are listed below. T. using scratch built models and in the introduction several books covering this were mentioned. Hobby Boss An impressive new series of 1/1250 models which may be built waterline or full hull. plus a variety of objects from the 77 . USS Enterprise (CVAN) from Nichimo in their 30cm series. or indeed base their entire collections. USS Washington.

spares box just about anything is possible. the rig uses a tower by Hansa and a BP decal from a model car shop. this plus the completely scratchbuilt RFA Resource prove the 1st law of scratchbuilding – spend hours building something and a model will be issued commercially. All to be done here is illustrate few examples. Scratchbuilt Oil Rig Scratchbuilt Kuznetzov Scratchbuilt RFA Resource 78 . the Kuznetzov hull is from a Revell kit.

Great Sutton.alnavco. handles Skytrex. Hants (dealer. Leics LE11 0HF Solent Mini Ships: 2 Glencarron Way. Mountford Metal Miniatures: 14 Cherry Tree Drive.de) (this site has many useful links) Hamburger Rundbrief GbR. Loughborough.galeriemaritim. Mountfield. Sacramento CA 95826.ships1-1250scale.com ) Inh. Ellesmere Port CH66 2JS (0151 3552125) Overseas: The Collectors’ Site Alnavco: (distributor for ‘Superior’) Erich Breustedt: (dealer) Collectio Navalis: (dealer) CSC: (manufacturer/also mail order) Galerie Maritim: (dealer. 9175.uk) (dealer. Germany (www. 3261 Lantz Rd. handles MBM. also secondhand stocks) Ensign: Robinson Imports. Germany ( www.com ) Dreadnought Models: 26.de ) Goethestr. 78 10623 Berlin Germany (www. Germany (www. 82031 Grunwald.co. Virginia 23306. USA (www.waterlineships. Gloucs GL5 1AN (suppliers of Navis/Neptun/Albatros) (www. Whitchurch Hill. Superior. Southampton SO16 7EF (assembly/painting service for LJ models) Martin Brown: 5 Highworth Close. 31 Avenue Colombo ‘Villa Vega’.christianschmidt.com/1250home With Links everywhere! Box 9. ‘new’ Triang (can help with all Triang – models & info) Antics 49 High Street. Winston Rd.steelnavy.ANNEX A: USEFUL ADDRESSES UK: Len Jordan: Sunny Home. France Sauerbruchstrasse 10. Gilkicker Rd. Basingstoke.com ) Sean Pritchard. Kiefer Blvd #224. 15 Orchardville. 31311 Uetze-Hanigsen.com). Stroud.co. Bucks HP13 7PJ (www. Bassett. with journal ‘Waterline International’) A-1 . Chesterfield S44 5JL Noble Miniatures UK: 2 Canterbury Close. USA (wmoyer@infinet. Pangbourne. High Wycombe. 06000 Nice.uk) Wirral Miniature Ships: 24 Broadland Road.shipmodels. USA Wayne E. 81377 Munich. France (www. Ensign.com) Dr Max Strasse 29.collnav. German language) Quadrant: Christian Schmidt: (dealer) Sea Vee Models: Snyder and Short Enterprises: (for warships paint chips) South Salem Copies: L. 87200 Saint Junien. 41 Route De Moissun. Case Franchi. Wiedling: (dealer) Waterline Italia: www. Muller. Glasgow G32 8PY Cruise Line Models 16. U. Dalbeth Road. 22041 Hamburg.believe gone!) 1LP. Italy (franzgren@tin. RG22 4PW (UK dealer for CAP AERO/Figurehead) (rclewer@nobleminis. Kattunbleiche 6. Berks RG8 7PG Clydeside: 7. Clydeside.com) Skytrex: Unit 3.-Ing. Bangor. 23525 Travemunde. Hai (kits & assembled). Germany ( www. SMS. c/o Bernd Schwarz. Canal Bank. Gosport. Moyer. Duckmanton.cruiselinemodels. Germany Alain Picouet. new & secondhand) Hamburger Rundbrief: (collectors magazine.it) (collectors’ society. Dipl.wiedling. Northern Ireland. OH 45432.seaveemodels.de) C/o Francesco de Grenet. 53010 Ville di Corsano. Agincourt. County Down BT19 (last known address . Carat.de) Postfach 150309. 20459 Hamburg. Germany (www. Schilfkampweg 13.de) Martin Luther Strasse 21. Barry CF62 9SW ( www..classic-ship. Siena. Hampshire. Beavercreek. Belle Haven.

Mountford HMS Kent (CA) A-2 .

many of the latter have been deleted and they must be the definitive source of metal models of British ships. Ellermans Wilson Grace Lines Cunard T&J Harrison Elder Dempster Blue Funnel Blue Funnel Bank Line Ellerman Prince Line Blue Star King Line Isthmian Armed version of 89 Moss Hutchinson Safmarine Port Line Blue Funnel Ellerman Houlder Elders & Fyffes Bibby Royal Mail Furness Withy Cunard Brocklebank Prince Line Clan Line LCI(L) Federal S. 24* Amarapoora 1943 hospital ship 25* Australia Star 1935 Blue Star 26* Malabar 1935 Brocklebank 27* Umgeni 1950 Natal Line 27* Winneba 1957 Elder Dempster 28* Clunepark 1928 J & J Denholm 29 Lombardy 1913 Royal Mail Lines 30* Uskvalley 1929 Uskside SS Co. Co. N. Savill & Albion 16 Patroclus 1923 Blue Funnel 17 Doxford econ.ANNEX B: MODEL LISTINGS Note: details of most current models are available in manufacturers’ listings and dealers’ catalogues. Lauritzen 32 Brisbane Star 1936 Blue Star 33 Machaon 1957 Blue Funnel 34 Korea 1939 East Asiatic Co. 35/40 various 18* Brastagi 1937 Rotterdam Lloyd 19 Ismailia 1941 British India 1922 Ellerman Lines 20* City of Canterbury 21* Clan Cameron 1937 Clan Line 22* Clan Cumming 1943 Clan Line 23* Amarapoora 1938 B & B Steam Nav. Management 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 72a 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 89a 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 B-1 Eboe Arabic Wanderer Crofter Cable Restorer Bendoran Bronte London Grenadier Cairngowan Port Hobart Empire Star Wairangi Empire Hope Cedarbank Clan Shaw Clan Sutherland Flamenco Urbino Santa Elisa Ivernia Merchant David Livingstone Prometheus Priam Ruddbank City of Plymouth Crown Prince Afric Star King Charles Steel Age Mobile City Kantara S A Waterberg Port Huon Achilles City of Oxford Hornby Grange Manistee Herefordshire Pampas Pacific Northwest Asia Maidan Western Prince Clan Forbes Clan Lamont Manapouri Wellington Star Daru Mary Kingsley Saxonia Silverpalm Westland (SD14) Glenogle Orange Star City of Exeter 1952 1956 1951 1951 1961 1956 1979 1972 1952 1946 1946 1946 1942 1976 1950 1951 1950 1919 1941 1963 1964 1929 1967 1967 1979 1978 1978 1975 1952 1920 1947 1978 1965 1948 1949 1947 1920 1972 1940 1951 1947 1943 1955 1937 1944 1968 1950 1958 1930 1969 1929 1975 1962 1975 1974 Elder Dempster Shaw. Triang (of course) plus British ships from Albatros. this Annex is therefore limited to Len Jordan’s fine models. Holt 1926 John Holt & Co. Len Jordan Models (to March 2009) Merchantmen (prefix M) 1 Agamemnon 1929 Blue Funnel 2* Glenroy 1939 Glen Line 3* Baron Renfrew 1935 Hogarth 4* Springbank 1924 Bank Line 5 Kensington Court 1924 Court Line 6* Robert L. R. particularly those produced by L. 46 Harbledown 1932 J & C Harrison 47 Liberty ship 39/45 47a Liberty ship 39/45 armed version 48 Innesmoor 1925 Runciman & Co 49 Abbekerk 1946 C3-S-A5 type 50 Santa Anita 1945 Grace Line 51 Nailsea Moor 1937 E. 31* Jenny 1917 J. Savill & Albion Armed version of 72 Bank Line Clan Line Clan Line Pacific Stm Nav Co. 35 Rochester Castle 1937 Union Castle 36 Barlby 1962 Ropner Shipping Co. 1957 Ellerman Line 37 City of Melbourne 38 Dorset 1934 Federal Stm Nav Co Ltd 39 Explorer 1935 T & J Harrison 40 Owestry Grange 1952 Houlder Lines 41 Port Chalmers 1933 Port Line 42 Almeria Lykes 1940 Lykes Brothers 43 Greystoke Castle 1948 Lancashire Shipping Co 44 Eastern Prince 1950 Prince Shipping 45 Chungking 1950 China Navigation Co. Savill & Albion T & J Harrison T & J Harrison Commercial Cable Co. Co Blue Star Elder Dempster Elder Dempster Cunard Silver Line Holland Lloyd Glen Line Ex Andalucia Star Ellerman Lines . Wiedling. 7* Adrastus 1920 Blue Funnel 8* Imperial Star 1935 Blue Star 9 Rhexenor 1945 Blue Funnel 10 Beaverdell 1945 Canadian Pacific 11a City of Poona 1943 Ellerman Lines 11b Black Prince 1943 Prince Line 11c Empire Paragon 1943 Armed – MOWT 12 Tactician 1927 T & J Harrison 13 Forts & Oceans 39/45 Standard ships 14 Empire B 39/45 Standard ships 15* Waiwera 1934 Shaw. Ben Line Lamport & Holt Line London & O’seas Freighter Cairn Line Port Line Blue Star Line Shaw.

52 53 53a 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Dahomey Palm Victory ship Victory ship Greenwich Houston City Avriston Soudan Sunda Loch Gowan Clarkspey Tankers 1937 1944 1944 1943 1942 1942 1948 1949 1954 1960 (prefix T) 1938 1946 1942. 26 Empress of Britain 1956 Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Savill & Albion Armed Merchant Ships (prefix K) 1* Liberty Ship 44 MOWT 2* Inventor 42 Deck load of LCUs 3* Nailsea Court 41 Deck load of aircraft 4* Empire Allenby 44 Deck load of MT & trains 5* Victory Ship 44 Deck load of MT 6* Mauretania 44 Troopship 7 Empire Day 42 Deck load of MT & a/c 8* Clan Lamont 44 LSI(L) 9 City of Durham 45 Deck load of trains * indicates currently not in production.of New York (armed) London & Overseas Ftrs 1 2* 3 4 San Demetrio Regent Tiger T2 type T2 type Eagle Oil Bowring post-war to Shell. 27 Canton 1938 Aberdeen Line 28 Waratah 1908 Union Castle Line 29 Reina del Mar 1956 Bibby 30 Reina del Mar 1964 Cunard 31 Victoria 1965 Anchor Line 32 Umgeni 1935 British India 33 Camito 1952 Compagnie Maritime Belge 34 Nothern Star 1962 Booth Lines (from L12) 35 Strathmore 1937 Blue Star 36 Orcades 1937 Shaw. Esso. Union Castle P&O Bullard King Elders & Fyffes Shaw Savill P&O Orient Line Cunard White Star 1939 Royal Mail Furness Withey BI Steam Navigation Ellermans P&O American President Lines Shaw. 9 Empire Chapman 23 Hilary 1 2* 3* 4* 5* 6* 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Liners (prefix L) Rawalpindi Ausonia Vandyck Reina Del Pacifico Alcantara Euripides Llandovery Castle Lancashire Lancastria Cameronia Dilwara Albertville Anselm Iberia Star Gothic Aureal Athenic Nestor Stirling Castle Empress of Japan Media Remuera Leicestershire 1925 1921 1921 1931 1925 1914 1925 1917 1920 1920 1936 1948 1935 1963 1948 1951 1947 1913 1936 1930 1947 1948 1950 1931 1942 24 Rajula 1926 25 Excalibur 1948 Pacific Steam Navigation Co. Eagle Oil (armed) British Tanker Co MOWT Booth SS Co. Watts & Co. Triang Ocean Liners M701 RMS Caronia M702 RMS Queen Elizabeth M702S RMS Queen Elizabeth (special clear view display) M703 RMS Queen Mary M703S RMS Queen Mary (special clear view display) M704 SS United States M704S SS United States (special clear view display) 10* 11* 12* 13* 14* 15* 16 17 18 Empire Bombadier HMS Hilary Rohna Empire Magpie Empire Hope Rapana Ranpura City of Thurston Armed tanker LSI(HQ) troopship 43 MAC AMC USS – AP77 M710 M711 M712 M713 M714 B-2 RMS Sylvania RMS Carinthia NS Savannah Carmania (modified M708) Franconia (modified M709) SS Antilles SS Flandre .44 1942 –45 Palm Line VCS-2-AP2 type Armed version of 53 Watts. Savill & Albion 37 Mauretania 1937 Elder Dempster 38 Aragon 1906 Shaw Savill & Albion 39 Nova Scotia 1947 Blue Funnel 40 Rohna 1926 Union Castle 41 City of Port Elizabeth Canadian Pacific 42 Arcadia 1954 Cunard 43 President Wilson 1948 New Zealand Shipping 44 Dominion Monarch 1939 Bibby P&O Cunard Lamport & Holt 23a HMS Hilary Canadian Pacific P&O Blue Anchor Line Pacific Steam Co. LSI(HQ) British India American Export Lines Inc. Reardon Smith Line Strick Line P&O P&O Royal Mail H Clarkson & Co 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 5 6 7 8 Laurentia Beacon Grange Mystic American Ranger Magnolia State Victoria City Darlington Court Glenmoor Agidia Zeeland (Type C3) Ohio Ohio London Loyalty British Commando 1947 1973 1958 1944 1944 1955 1936 1953 1962 1946 1940 1942 1954 1942 1942 Donaldson Line Furness Withy Shaw Savill & Albion US Shipping US Shipping Reardon Smith Court Line Runciman Anchor Line Rotterdam Lloyd Texas Co.

end M836 Quay straight section M837 Cranes unit M838 Storage tanks unit M839 Customs shed M840 Warehouse M841 Ocean Terminal M842 Swing bridge. angle left M828R Breakwater. berths Sea plastic 26” X 26” Sea plastic 52” X 52” Life boat station. straight Tanker wharf. entrance Pier. head Factory Tanker wharf.M705 RMS Aquitania M705S RMS Aquitania (special clear view display) M706 SS Nieuw Amsterdam M707 SS France M707S SS France (special clear view display) M708 RMS Saxonia M709 RMS Ivernia Miscellaneous Ships and Vessels M721 HM Yacht Britannia M721H HM Yacht Britannia hospital ship M722 SS Isle of Jersey M723 SS Isle of Guernsey M724 SS Isle of Sark M726 Pilot Ship M727 Life Boat M728 PS Britannia M729 PS Bristol Queen M730 PS Cardiff Queen M731 Tug RN Warships Battleship M741 HMS Vanguard M741S HMS Vanguard (special clear view display) Aircraft Carriers HMS Bulwark HMS Centaur HMS Albion HMS Albion. straight M828L Breakwater. Germain (train ferry) – not produced M783 M784 M785 M786 Guided Missile Destroyers HMS Hampshire HMS Kent HMS Devonshire HMS London Frigates HMS Vigilant HMS Venus HMS Virago HMS Volage HMS Whitby HMS Torquay HMS Blackpool HMS Tenby Minesweepers HMS Repton HMS Dufton HMS Ashton HMS Calton HMS Picton HMS Sefton HMS Upton HMS Wiston Miscellaneous Ships HM tug Turmoil HM submarine A class HM submarine A class reconstructed M751 M752 M753 -- M761 M762 M787 M788 M789 M790 M791 M792 M793 M794 M799 M800 M801 M802 M803 M804 M805 M806 M771 M772 M773 M774 Fleet Escorts HMS Daring HMS Diana HMS Dainty HMS Decoy Destroyers HMS Alamein HMS Jutland HMAS Anzac HMAS Tobruk M779 M780 M781 M782 M810 M817 M818 Harbours. Gowan Barge (for use with M731 Tug) – not produced St. angle right M829 Breakwater. complete M843 Ocean Terminal extension M847 M848 M849 M853 M854 M855 M857 M858 M861 M878 M880 M882 B-3 Pier. complete (for use with M836. straight Pier. Accessories and Scenic Effects M827 Breakwater. commando carrier Cruisers HMS Swiftsure HMS Superb M715 M716 M717 M718 M719 M720 RMS Canberra MS Port Brisbane MS Port Aukland RMS Amazon RMS Arlanza RMS Aragon M732 M733 M734 M735 M736 M737 M738 M739 M740 M743 SS Varicella (oil tanker) TSS Vikingen (whale factory ship) Whale chaser Light Vessel Sunk Light Vessel Shambles Light Vessel Cork Light Vessel Varne Light Vessel St. 847 or 849) Lighthouse Whale Beacon .

M844 M846 Lock gates (pair) Lifting bridge. complete M884 M885 Statue of Liberty Floating Dock Ship Presentation Sets M891 RMS Queen Elizabeth Set M892 SS United States Set M893 RN Carrier Task Group Set M894 M895 Royal Yacht Britannia Set SS Nieuw Amsterdam Set B-4 .

Union Castle Line Lamport & Holt British Railways British India P&O Holt Line British Railways British India G. Blue Funnel Line Union Line.Albatros (British Ships) Merchantmen (catalogue numbers prefixed AL). SS Co. N after the catalogue number signifies that a new version has been released. Co. 6 7 8 9 10 11 14 15 22N 23 28 29 30 31 33 33a 36N 38 39 42 43N 43a 46 48 53 55 57 61 62 66 67 70 71 72 73 73b 74 74b 78 79 83N 85 88 90 92 94 95 98 99 105 107 108 110 111 117 118 123 125 126 Orbita Brighton Romanby Kent Knight of Malta Pembroke Coast Manchester Regiment Port Townsville Aorangi Almeda Star Lady Nelson Princesse Marguerite Comorin Winchester Castle Alsatian Empress of France Highland Chieftain Cavina Atlantis Canberra Star Transylvania Caledonia Calshot Glaucus Matua Arundel Castle Lloydsman City of Nagpur Vandyck City of Benares Euripides Seaforth Clansman Virginian/Victorian Awetea Carmania Saxonia Ingoma Ingoma Jamaica Planter Windsor Castle Delius Princess Maud Uganda Stratheden Gorgon Princess Victoria Dilwara St Sunniva Patricia Aquitania Port Jackson Bulolo Sea Goddess Tuscan Star Romsey Skrimisher Reina Del Pacifico Chusan Circassia 1915 1933 1927 1918 1929 1936 1922 1935 1924 1926 1928 1925 1924 1929 1913 1919 1929 1924 1930 1956 1925 1925 1930 1921 1936 1921 1971 1922 1932 1936 1914 1977 1905 1936 1967 1953 1918 1913 1936 1939 1937 1934 1967 1937 1933 1939 1936 1931 1938 1914 1937 1938 1990 1930 1925 1900 1931 1950 1937 liner ferry freighter freighter liner freighter freighter reefer liner cargo liner liner liner liner liner liner liner liner liner liner reefer liner liner tender freighter freighter liner tug liner liner liner liner diving support liner liner liner liner liner liner reefer liner freighter ferry liner liner freighter ferry liner ferry tender liner freighter liner cruise ship cargo liner tender tender liner liner liner B-5 Pacific Steam Nav. Western Railway Trinity House Cunard Port Line Burns Philp & Co. P&O Anchor Line . unlike the warships which tend to be maintained in production these are only produced for a limited period. New Zealand Cunard Cunard Harrison Rennie Jamaica Banana Prod. Check www. Co. Blue Star Line Canadian National Canadian Pacific Railway P&O Union Castle Line Canadian Pacific Elder & Fyffes Royal Mail Line Blue Star Line Anchor Line Anchor Line Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.de for the current state of play. Cunard Blue Star Line Cunard Pacific Steam Nav. Southern Railway Ropner Federal Line Cassar Coast Lines Manchester Lines Port Line Union SS Co New Zealand.albatros-miniaturen. Australia Union Castle Line United Towing Ellerman Line Lamport & Holt Ellerman Line Aberdeen Line Seaforth Allan Line Union SS Co.

Bibby Line Cunard Union Castle Union Castle Huddard Parker Ltd. Withy & Co. Elder Dempster Anchor Line Anchor Line Athel Line Alfred Holt & Co. Savill & Albion Shaw. Savill & Albion Union Castle Port LIne New Zealand Line Canadian Pacific Canadian Pacific P&O Elder & Fyffes Canadian Pacific Straits Steamship Co.127 128 129 130 134 134a 135 136 136a 137 138 139 139a 140 144N 145 146 147 148 149 150 150a 150b 151 159 160 163 166 166a 166b 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 177A 178 179 179A 180 181 182 183 184 184a 185 186 187 188 189 192 193 193A 194 194A 195 196 197 Naldera Empress of Asia Queen of Bermuda Prince David Andes Andes Cunard Countess Strathnaver Strathaird Roslin Castle Doric Orcades Orion Arandora Star Almanzora Norman Worcestershire European Trader Dunnottar Castle Karitane Olympic Titanic Britannic Pretoria Castle Scot Orna Oceanic Mauretania Mauretania Mauretania Lusitania Wahine Omrah Rangitoto City of Rome Dominion Monarch Saxon Devonshire Queen of the Channel Scythia Carnarvon Castle Carnarvon Castle Westralia Corinthic Athenic Windsor Castle Port Dunedin Rangitata Malines Duchess of Bedford Empress of France Arcadia Golfito Metagama Kedah Amazon Seaforth Duntroon Abosso Tuscania Lancastria Athelmonarch Centaur Irisbank 1920 1913 1933 1930 1960 1939 1974 1931 1948 1935 1923 1935 1935 1936 1919 1894 1931 1976 1936 1939 1911 1912 1914 1948 1896 1938 1899 1922 1933 1915 1907 1913 1899 1949 1881 1939 1900 1939 1935 1921 1926 1952 1929 1947 1953 1960 1925 1929 1922 1928 1948 1954 1949 1915 1927 1960 1939 1935 1935 1922 1943 1950 1963 1930 liner liner liner liner liner liner cruise liner liner liner reefer liner liner liner cargo liner liner liner liner ferry liner freighter liner liner hospital ship liner liner freighter liner liner liner hospital ship liner liner liner liner liner liner liner liner ferry liner liner liner liner liner liner liner freighter liner ferry liner liner liner liner liner liner liner freighter Passenger ship Passenger ship Passenger ship liner tanker freighter Passenger ship B-6 P&O Canadian Pacific Furness. Canadian National Steamship Royal Mail Line Royal Mail Line Cunard P&O P&O Union Castle Line White Star Orient Line Orient Line Blue Star Line Royal Mail Line Union Line Bibby Line Townsend Thoresen Union Castle Line Union SS Co. of New Zealand Orient New Zealand Line Anchor Line Shaw Savill Union Steam Ship Co. Royal Mail Line Elder Dempster Melbourne SS Co. New Zealand White Star Line White Star Line Union Castle Line Union Line British India White Star Cunard Cunard (with white hull) Cunard Cunard Union SS Co. Melbourne Shaw. Bank Line .

research ship HMS Challenger HMS Carron HMS Norfolk HMS Sandown HMS Polar Circle HMS Endurance (ex Polar Circle) HMS Ocean HMS Peacock HMS Hermes. 2004 Hurst Point (charter) HMS Daring (2007) HMS Dauntless (2008) River Class (2005) HMS Astute HMS Astute (full hull) HMS Astute (under construction) RFA Largs Bay RFA Fort Victoria RFA Fort George HMS Echo RFA Wave Ruler RFA Diligence RFA Argus Albatros . 1946 HMS Tiger. as hospital ship ALK89 ALK90 ALK91 ALK92 ALK93 ALK94 ALK95 ALK95A ALK96 ALK97 ALK98 ALKZ03 ALK300 ALK301 ALK302 ALK303 ALK304 ALK304a ALK305 ALK306 ALK306A ALK307 ALK308a ALK308b ALK308c ALK309 ALK310 ALK310a ALK311 ALK312 ALK313 ALK314 Roysterer. 1960 HMS Albion. royal yacht Uganda.Ikara) HMS Andromeda ( Sea Wolf) HMS Achilles (Leander .203 204 205 207 208 209 209a 209b 210 221 221a 223 223a 234 239 240 241 244 244a 245 245a Port Montreal Magnetic City of Bombay Norwave City of Johannesburg Orontes Orama Orama Devonia Kenya Kenya Nevasa Nevasa Viceroy of India Empress of India TS Sarpedon Magdalena Empress of England Empress of Britain Asturias Alcantara 1937 1891 1937 1965 1947 1929 1938 1924 1962 1955 1956 1929 1931 1923 1949 1957 1956 1934 1948 Freighter Tug Liner Ferry freighter Liner Liner Liner liner liner Liner Troop ship School ship Liner Liner Ferry Liner Liner Liner Liner Liner Port Line Ellerman North Sea Ferries Ellerman Orient Line Orient Line Orient Line British India British India Black hull British India British India Canadian Pacific have seen this listed as Carnivale Royal Mail Line (two funnels) Royal Mail Line Modern Warships and Auxiliaries ALK70 ALK71 ALK72 ALK72A ALK72B ALK72C ALK72D ALK73 ALK74 ALK75 ALK76 ALK77 ALK78 ALK79 ALK80 ALK80A ALK80B ALK81 ALK82 ALK82A ALK83 ALK83A ALK84 ALK84A ALK84B ALK84C ALK85 ALK85A ALK86 ALK87 ALK88 ALK88A Britannia. 1982 Sea Harrier HMS Vanguard. 1952 HMS Rothesay.gun) HMS Glamorgan HMS Kent (as built) HMS Active HMS Orkney HMS Hecla HMS Hecla. 2003 HMS Bulwark.Other British Vessels AL30a ALK108 ALK109 ALK111 ALK113 Comorin Windsor Castle Lady Rodney Philante Aquitania 1939 1940 1941 1940 1916 AMC troop ship troop ship armed yacht hospital ship ALK117 ALK120 ALK121 ? Windsor Castle Cilicia Carnarvon Castle Arundel Castle 1940 1943 1943 1921 troop ship AMC AMC transport B-7 . RMAS tug Charles Darwin.Exocet) HMS Arethusa ( . 1959 HMS Daring. as hospital ship HMS Illustrious HMS Ark Royal HMS Illustrious (post 1994 refit) HMS Invincible (post 2003 refit) HMS Illustrious (post 2007 refit) HMS Resolution HMS Trafalgar HMS Vigilant (SSBN) HMS Leeds Castle HMS Brecon HMS Bulldog HMS Endurance (ex Anita Dan) HMS Broadsword HMS London HMS Cumberland HMS Bristol HMS Manchester HMS Edinburgh HMS Glasgow HMS Exeter HMS Cleopatra (Leander .

ALK114 ALK115 ALK116 Lady Nelson Prince Albert Atlantis 1940 hospital ship 1941 landing ship 1940 hospital ship ALB12A ALB16A Euroman Statesman 1972 1969 tug tug Albatros HMS Kent (DLG) B-8 .

AO SSBN AOE CA SSK SSK Sub rescue LKA AK floating drydock CAG AGI Sub rescue CGN-38 tug ATS-1 seaplane tender AS-19 CG cutter AH SSN SSN SSN LHA-1 troopship SSK AR DDG Pegasus class ‘at sea’ LPD-13 AK SSK DDG LCC-19 CVAN SS SS SS AO CG-34 AK FFG-2 FFG-28 1943 1975 1974 1965 1965 1968 1960 1970 1945 1967 1966 1972 1966 1962 1960 1973 1970 1973 1970 1978 1968 1975 1978 1977 1977 1967 1944 1976 1969 1976 1977 1976 1980 1959 1964 1972 1978 1980 1980 1975 1944 1964 1981 1970 1979 1943 1944 1943 1973 1981 1970 1979 1982 Continues over B-9 . * signifies in production up until the line ceased in 2002. AK AD-20 Gearing FRAM 1 CV Gearing class SS LCC FF 1052 LPH-4 CA CA M CVE IFS-1 LKA LPH-12 LST-1171 DE DL-1 MS LPA AGI T-AO AP-115 1965 1963 1964 1964 1953 1950 1966 1945 1957 1960 1953 1962 1955 1950 1958 1945 1961 1967 1950 1960 1965 1967 1950 1967 1955 1946 1959 1946 1950 1947 1946 1967 1946 1945 1944 1969 1970 1969 1945 1945 1945 1942 1968 1969 1970 1962 1945 1953 1967 1969 1961 1963 1946 162* 163 164 170 171* 172* 173* 174* 180 184* 188* 189 190 191* 192* 193 194 195* 202 204 205* 206* 210 211* 212* 213* 214 215 220 221* 222* 223 230 231* 232* 233* 240 241* 241a* 242 243 247* 248 249 250* 251 257* 258* 259* 260* 261* 270 271 McConnell Harold E Holt William M Wood Helena Acme Towhee Greenville Victory John Adams ABSD 1 Allagash Abraham Lincoln Sacramento Newport News Barracuda Mackerel Ortolan El Paso Banner Oak Ridge Chicago Pueblo Petrel Virginia Palatka Edenton Pine Island Proteus Hamilton Repose Plunger Finback Snook Tarawa Barrett Sea Fox Dixie Moosbrugger Pegasus Hercules Nashville Mayfield Victory Greenfish Kidd Blue Ridge Nimitz Bass Nautilus Pickerel Chewaukan Biddle Mirfak Ramsey Boone DE-163 FF Gearing FRAM CA MSO-528 AGI AK SSBN Dry dock T3-S2-A1. The classifications given are a combination of those in the Ta catalogue and from Silverstone (US Warships since 1945) and should allow the ship being modelled clearly to be identified. AK tug AO-36 AF-48 T2-SE-A1. 1 2 4 5* 7 8 11 19* 28 33* 34 35* 38 43 47* 48* 50 53* 67* 84 86* 87* 88 89 94* 95* 97 98 103* 104* 105 109 110 111 112* 113 114* 115 119 120 128* 130 131 138 140 142* 148* 151 152* 153* 154* 155* 160 Enterprise Albany Garcia Razorback Northampton Achelous Brooke Alcona Pillsbury Short Splice Terrebone Parish Hardhead Dodge County Suamico Watchman Reedbird Iwo Jima Ashville Bannock Bald Eagle Kukui Molala Kennebec Alstede Saranak Matthews Eldorado Winged Arrow Grafton Arided Hamul Agerholm Ticonderoga Norris Blackfin Pocono Knox Boxer Pittsburgh Baltimore YMS III Sangamon Carronade Tulare Inchon De Soto County Weber Norfolk Kingbird Paul Revere Valcour Maumee Gen GM Randall CVAN CAG DE-1040 SSK CLC-1 ARL-1 DEG-1 AK DE-133 C1-M-AV1. T-AO radar ship AMS-51 LPH PG-84 tug AF-50 C1-M-V1. AK LST SSK LST T2-SE-A2.Trident Alpha (American Ships) All major warship and auxiliary models are listed below with their original T catalogue numbers. those in italics are believed to be not yet released and certainly not available (at the time of writing). The date is the year at which the ship is depicted. T-AO AK AGC-11 AK MS Liberty ship.

272* Porpoise SS 1938 315* 273 Tarpon SS 1943 322 274* Narwhal SS 1939 323* 275* Dwight D Eisenhower CVA 1982 324 281* Plymouth Rock LSD 1955 325* 282 Portland LSD 1970 326 283 Trenton LPD-14 1980 330 284* Lofberg Sumner FRAM 1970 331 285 Mississinewa AO 1956 332* 293 Ticonderoga CG-47 1983 335* 294* Ohio SSBN 1983 336 295* Sample FF1048 1980 346* 298 Austin LPD-4 1983 347* 299 Genessee AOG-8 1944 348* 300* Carl Vinson CVAN 1982 349* 301* Sealift Pacific T-AO 1975 351* 303* Halibut SSN 1960 352* 304* San Francisco SSN 1981 359* 310* New Jersey BB 1983 360 311 Polar Star ice breaker 1976 Z18 312 Mackinaw ice breaker 1945 Z32* 314 Sylvania AFS 1964 Z50 (Z18. 32 and 50 are full hull models intended for use with Ta202) America Dealey Krishna Butte John F Kennedy Wabash Iowa Bear Reliance Constellation Canisteo Cachalot Salerno Bay Wilkinson Manitou Willis A Lee Manila Bay Active Oriskany YMS II type LCT5 Lafayette CVA DDE AR AE CVA AOR BB CG cutter CG cutter CVA AOR SS CVE DD Patrol boat DD CVE Patrol boat CV 1965 1958 1958 1968 1968 1971 1986 1983 1964 1961 1969 1942 1945 1956 1986 1966 1944 1995 1950 SSBN Trident Alpha USS Pine Island B-10 .

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