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Scale 1:1200/1250 Waterline Model Ships An international history with focus on developments on the Swedish scene. NEW!
Making TROMP 1942 The Argonaut model of the Dutch cruiser TROMP represents the ship as built. I decided to do a modification of the model to depict her as she looked in early 1942, during the fight for the East Indies. NEW!
Marine Modelling Revisited 26 USN Dreadnought Battleships  Kelvin Holmes, is a long time collector of 1:1200/1250 models, who has written many articles on the subject as well as a book on the hobby that is on line and is periodically updated. He has kindly provided 1250scale.com with a compilation of his articles about battleships. I'm pleased to be able to preserve this for our readers as a feature article.
USNS Cape Horn Here are some photos of Terry Holtham's conversion of the SX 77 LILLOOET to the USNS CAPE HORN!
THOROUGHBRED FIGURES Thoroughbred Figures Civil War models are well worth a look!
JEAN BART: The Yellow Battleship In June 1940, with German forces rapidly advancing and France on the verge of collapse, the French managed to get the partially completed battleship JEAN BART, sister ship to the RICHELIEU, underway and moved to Casablanca. Far from combat ready, the ship sat there, incomplete until February 1945 when she was moved back to France. But her time at Casablanca was not uneventful.
BEARN - A Complex Conversion Between 1944-45, the French carrier BEARN underwent a substantial transformation.  Paul Jacobs discusses what was done and shows how he converted the Neptun model  
ILMARINEN and VAINMOINEN Paul Jacobs discusses these two sister ships and shows how to modify the Argonaut model to latter war rig.  
Rigging Small Scale Sailing Ship Models - John Olsen shows how to rig a small scale sailing ship with pictures and step-by-step instruction. 
Hai REQUIN Conversion - Converting the Hai REQUIN to WW I by David Orzel.
From Nashville To Denver - Paul Jacobs modifies the Trident Alpha NASHVILLE LPD to sister ship DENVER in a later rig.
Display Cases: Part 1 - A Primer - Paul Jacobs discusses a variety of choices for displaying your models.
5 Easy Pieces - Paul Jacobs shows five (well really six) simple conversions that anyone can do.
U.S.S. Samaritan - Tom Vargas converts the Chaumont into the hospital ship Samaritan.
Houston & Perth - Bob Baird shows us his Neptun versions of U.S.S. HOUSTON and HMAS PERTH, in February 1942.
U.S. Navy Dockyard - Tom Vargas is adept at building diorama's. Here is his latest, a U.S. Navy dockyard in the 1940's.
U.S.S. Langley - Need a deckload for your LANGLEY seaplane tender? Paul Jacobs shows you what it looks like.
Floating Cranes by Mountford - For something completely different, Paul Jacobs presents two floating cranes.
Modifying the Wakamiya by Harald Scheel - Harald Scheel shows us his variations of the first Japanese seaplane carrier, the WAKAMIYA by Hai, which makes for a fine display of models.
Retrofitting the Neptun TEXAS to 1936 by Paul Jacobs - Between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II the navies of the major powers modernized their battleships, substantially rebuilding many of them. This was necessitated by the Washington Treaty of 1921 which restricted the number of ships each navy could maintain as well as their replacement dates
THE BATTLE OF THE JAVA SEA by Paul Jacobs - Sixty-nine years ago this month, the Allies and the Japanese fought the first major naval battle of the Pacific War off the coast of Java. Featured in this article are models of the ships that participated in this famous struggle.
Refitting the Neptun EMILE BERTIN, Photographs by Paul Jacobs - The French light cruiser EMILE BERTIN was named after the famous 19th century French naval architect and was designed as a minelayer and destroyer flotilla leader.  Launched in 1932 and commissioned in 1935, she was the first French warship to mount triple gun turrets.
Sassnitz Harbor 1930, Diorama by Dietrich Herrmann, Photographs by Joachim Thiel - Here are some pictures of Joachim Thiel's Sassnitz harbor, a diorama in about 1930. Most harbor parts were made by Welfia, ships were made by Mercator, RG, Hansa and others. The diorama was made by a fine collector named Dietrich Herrmann, who passed away last year. 
Ships of the Marine Nationale, Heller & Hobby Boss Models in 1:1200 Scale by Claude Sourdet - Claude Sourdet shows his Heller Cadet range ships of the Marine Nationale. These include cruiser Colbert as originally built, the Jeanne d’Arc and the guided missile frigate Suffren. Claude also converted a Colbert to show her refitted appearance as a guided missile cruiser. For good measure he threw in a USS Spruance and USS Ticonderoga from Hobby Boss. 
USS Langley AV-3, February 27, 1942, Diorama by Thomas Schröder - Attack on USS Langley! USS Langley AV-3, on her way to Tjilatjap at the south coast of Java on 27th.of February 1942. Escorted by two old four-stackers, USS Whipple and USS Edsall, she is transporting 32 Curtis P-40 fighters. Diorama by Thomas Schröder.
Glory in the Indian Ocean, Diorama by Thomas Schroeder - In the early days of August 1945 in the Indian Ocean , in company of its escorting destroyer, HMS Wizard the Colossus-class light Aircraft Carrier HMS Glory (in this case the converted Neptun N-1120 Triumph) is doing exercises in the waters around Ceylon before sailing southbound to Fremantle and Sydney.
USN Flying Boats: by Paul Jacobs - From the early F5L, to the World War Two workhorses Catalina and Mariner, to the exotic, last of the breed, jet powered Seamaster, Paul Jacobs looks at the flying boats of the US Navy and the ships which served them. 
Two For One, Easy Conversions of the Northampton & Augusta Heavy Cruisers: by Paul Jacobs - The six U.S. Navy cruisers of the inter-war Northampton Class fell into two sub-groups: Northampton, Chester and Louisville in one, and Augusta, Chicago and Houston in the other. The difference could be found in the elongated forecastle of the latter group, which enabled them to serve as fleet flagships. Paul Jacobs shows easy conversions to provide for other fits for these heavy cruisers. 
The Elizabethans: by Paul Jacobs - At the end of World War I, the British built a class of cruisers different from anything that had come before or would follow afterwards. These ships, known variously as "The Elizabethans," or the "Hawkins" Class were a development of the prior "Town" Class light cruisers, but larger and more heavily armed. This class was also responsible for setting cruiser characteristics in the Washington Naval Conference. 
Casting Container Cranes in 1:1200 Scale, By Jeff Stevenson - In this article Jeff Stevenson will describe how he set about making my own models of dockside container cranes and associated railroad cars in 1/1200 scale. 
Conversion of the Neptun Colbert by Paul Jacobs - Of the French heavy cruisers, only two received significant modifications by Vichy France, the Algerie and Colbert. The most visible changes to Colbert were the removal of the main (tripod) mast, and replacement with a large box structure mounting anti-aircraft weapons. 
Sendai Class Conversions: A New Life for Old Models by Paul Jacobs - Don't throw away those old models! They may be worn, featureless, bent, folded or mutilated but there is life within their battered exteriors. Paul Jacobs shows how he took two tired old war horses of the Sendai Class and easily crafted sprightly new thoroughbreds. 
County Class Heavy Cruisers in 1:1250 Scale by Paul Jacobs - The British County Class cruisers of the inter-war period made up the bulk of Britain’s fleet of heavy cruisers in World War II and thus, as a group, were a significant part of the Royal Navy ‘s cruiser force between 1925 and 1945. Paul Jacobs looks at the class and the models. 
HMS Furious in 1:1250 Scale by Paul Jacobs - HMSFurious was one of the first aircraft carriers. Modified from a light battle cruiser, her first appearance had a flight deck forward and an 18-inch gun aft. However, after World War One she was converted to one of the first full fledged carriers and served the Royal Navy admirably through World War Two. Paul Jacobs examines her incarnations in 1:1250 scale. 
Japanese Warship Conversions by Peter Ewell - Accurate conversion of IJN subjects is a good deal more uncertain than for Allied navies because of spotty documentation. Peter Ewell examines converting the stock Neptun 1:1250 scale models to add more variety to a collection. 
USS Saratoga, 1:1250 Scale by Peter Ohm - No, this is not the Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS Saratoga with prewar fittings and aircraft. This incredible model is actually in 1:1250 Scale. Peter Ohm did not state if he scratch-built this Saratoga or modified the Neptun model. 
Dutch Delights - Models from the Netherlands & UK - Robert F. van Oosten sent in photographs of two scratch-built models and two rebuilt models. From the Netherlands there is the French missile cruiser Colbert, French light cruiser Gloire, and Swedish cruiser Göta Lejon, built or rebuilt by Jean Bodson. The USS South Dakota, battleship design, was scratch-built by Ron Hughes, one of the best model makers in the UK, who made this unique model in wood and added the finest details.
Grumman TBF Avenger, Paper Model in 1:1250 Scale, Built by Michael Kaintoch - This plane was the entry by Michael Kaintoch for the unofficial 'TWE tiny challenge' on www.cardmodels.net. Everyone was invited to build a paper model of his own choice at 75% of the original size or smaller. After some consideration, he decided to do Fiddlersgreen's Grumman Avenger in 1/1250 scale at about 7.4% of original size.
HMS Delhi 1942, Neptun Model, Modified and Painted by Thomas Schröder - After a refit in USA ,the light cruiser HMS Delhi of the D-class (first world war design, 4.850 tons/length 472 ft) appeared in a three-tone admiralty disruptive design and and with a unique armament. As such, she is shown here, in the Atlantic in 1942. This Neptun model (N-1148) was modified and painted by Thomas Schröder.
HMS Furious, Neptun Model, Modified and Painted by Peter Ohm - Here are the first pictures of the Neptun HMS Furious in 1942 modified by Peter Ohm. The changes are modifications to the hull to give the flight deck a correct horizontal position. All masts and catwalks were self-made from wire, stretched sprue and photo-etched parts. 
Royal Dutch Diorama by Hans Dorlas - Here is the new Seavee model of Vulkaan and the H class destroyer Garland from Neptun. One sailed for the Dutch navy with the name Marnix at the same time as the Vulkaan. Hans Dorlas placed the models in my his diorama setting. Hans also painted the models in the original colors of the Royal Dutch Navy.
Eagan Ships Makes Debut with Two New Models - John Eagan started a new company for producing 1:1200 scale models known as EAGAN SHIPS. He has two new offerings. The first one is SS Quistconck lead ship of the 110 "Hog Island" class of freighter. The second one is USS Vega, a Navy transport that was unloading ammo at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. 
Undocumented Neptun Variations by Peter Ewell - From time to time, discussions on the 1250Scale Board have noted the fact that Neptun issues new versions of existing models under the same number—and does so without advertising the fact. Peter Ewell has compiled an extensive list of such undocumented variations. These changes can be found under three categories: Alt Models - These are models from the early years of Neptun; Re-Issues - These are models rerun but with sharper detail or extra detail added; Changes - These are models where Neptun made significant, substantive changes to the model. 

Refueling Iowa , Diorama by Thomas Schröder - The scene shows the Neptun Iowa shortly before a refueling by AO-22 USS Cimarron, also Neptun, but converted long before the new Neptun version in camouflage. Diorama by Thomas Schröder.

Yorktown Class Carriers, A Comparison by Henry Snyder, Superior 1:1200 Scale Henry Snyder looks at the Superior 1:1200 scale model kits for the Yorktown Class carriers. Yorktown CV-5, Enterprise CV-6 and Hornet CV-8 were finished by Henry in different camouflage measures. 
Barletta Class Italian Motor Ships, Delphis Models 1:1250 Scale - These are models Motonave (motor ship) Barletta Class in 1:1250 scale produced by the Italian firm of Delphis. The photographs show ships in the class in some different colors and configurations, from civilian service to configuration as armed transports for the Regia Marina in World War Two. Delphis of Rome, Italy is very well known for their very high quality resin models in 1:700 and 1:350 scales, produced these 1:1250 models in kit form exclusively for the Waterline International Club.

New Superior Releases at the 40th Anniversary of Alnavco - Here are just three of the never were releases. First shown at the 40th Alnavco Anniversary in September 2005.  The first is Superior Model J112, not 113, which is a different model, of the Japanese YAMATO preliminary design A140A2. The second, US BB Design 1917 was No166 in Friedman's book, US Battleships, an Illustrated Design History. The last is British BC design F3. produced after the cancellation of the G3 class BC's by the Washington Treaty. Also shown is a complete listing of new models. By Bob Weymouth.   
The Alnavco Celebration, 40th Anniversary at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia - The Alnavco meeting in September 2005 for their 40th Anniversary brought together about 50 ship collectors and master modelers.  Sue and Pete Paschal and Pete Jr. were wonderful hosts and the venue at the Nauticus Museum with the USS Wisconsin moored right outside the window made the entire evening a wonderful experience. By Charles Jones.
Converting the Cairo, HMS Cairo Operation Pedestal 1942, Converted from Neptun Cairo 1939 - The Neptun (N-1149a) model of the AA cruiser HMS Cairo depicts the ship in 1939. Peter Ohm wished to have the Cairo as she appeared in August 1942 for Operation Pedestal. To do this, Peter completely rebuilt the Neptun model. Here is how he did it. 
The Warships Of James Gray - Here are photographs of 1:1200 scale warships scratch-built by James D. Gray. They feature late 19th century designs of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood & early destroyers, and the Marine Nationale, Hoche & Jaureguiberry  
1250 Page: May 2005 Mystery Model(s) - These photographs depicted three different classes of destroyers painted in Spanish Civil War Neutrality Patrol Colors. For the 1250 Page May Mystery Model(s) - Can you - (1)- Name the three classes depicted; (2)- Identify the Nickname of the three classes; (3)- Name the manufacturer of the models.
German Airfields in 1:1250 Scale, Welfia - Here are a few photographs from Joachim Thiel of two airfields in 1:1250 scale made by Welfia years ago. The planes were made by HDS, Rhenania and CAP. The first is the airfield at Travemünde, the second is an airfield anywhere in Germany, using flat fields, tents and makeshift facilities for tactical aircraft.  
Tirpitz, Queen of the North in Her Lair, Diorama with Neptun 1001 - No, this is not the deluxe Neptun camouflaged Tirpitz T1001. That model is in her 1942 camouflage scheme. This is the standard Tirpitz, Neptun 1001, painted in the camouflage scheme she wore from October 1943 to March 1944. Paul Jacobs not only painted and rigged the Tirpitz but also built a fjord for the lair of the "Queen of the North". 
USS Washington 1941, Back Dating Neptun N-1302a - Paul Jacobs was inspired by the model of the Neptun NORTH CAROLINA in Thomas Schroeder 's web site (see the Collector's Links in this site) to try his own conversion. Thomas took the Neptun WASHINGTON (N 1302a) and removed all the 20 mm guns and made additional modifications to back date the ship to 1941. Following his example Paul did his own version of sister ship WASHINGTON as is shown in the photos.
Atlantic Liners, Tri-ang & Mercator Passenger Liners in Ocean Settings - These photographs from Kenneth Barton show a series of passenger liner models produced by Tri-ang and Mercator. They are placed in realistic settings and the models are available from Kenneth at his web site at www.re-berth.com
Minnie Gets a New Dress - There are camouflage schemes and there are camouflage schemes. However, no other warship had a camouflage scheme like that of USS Minneapolis CA36 did when she left Mare Island from a major refit in August 1943. The cruiser was painted to resemble a destroyer. The Superior 1:1200 scale model of USS Minneapolis A311 portrays here in her 1945 fit but still provided the ideal canvas to try out this unique camouflage scheme. 
Sinking of HMS Aboukir - Improving Pre-Built Models - David LaPell shows how he used the Navis model of the British armored cruiser HMS Hogue to build a diorama of the sinking of the sistership, HMS Aboukir
From Merchant to Military, Four Quick Conversions - Paul Jacobs shows four easy and quick conversions of merchant ships into military. Features are the German Schwerin, French Aramis, British Westralia and American Cape May
The Scratch-Built Models of Martyn Denchfield - These are five ships in 1:1200 scale scratch-built by Martyn Denchfield. As can be seen, the emphasis is placed on naval aviation of the Royal Navy during World War One with models of HMS Ark Royal, HMS Campania and HMS Vindictive. The other two are the HMS Princess Royal battlecruiser of World War I and the lone holdout of World War Two, the HMS Roxburgh, one of the 50 WWI vintage Lend Lease USN flush-deck destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy.   
New Superior 1:1200 Never Were Models - Superior has released three more models of battleships that were designed but never laid down. These three designs are the British N3 design of 1922, the British 15A/B design of 1935 and the Japanese No.13 design of 1921. Released October 2004. 
1898 Fleetparade in the Netherlands, Diorama in 1:1250 Scale - On the 15th September 1898 a fleetparade was held by the Royal Dutch Navy in honour of the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina. On October 7, 2004 an exposition opened in the maritime Panorama Mesdag museum in The Hague which highlights the parade. The Dutch Ship Collectors Club prepared a diorama in 1:1250 scale for a museum exhibit and Rhenania released five Dutch torpedo-boats, just for this event. Photographs and text from Robert F. van Oosten and Hans Dorlas.
Von der Tann, German Battlecruiser, Navis, Modified & Painted by David LaPell - These are photographs of the 1:1250 scale Navis Von der Tann. The ship has been completely repainted by David LaPell. David repositioned and moved the main gun barrels and rigged the ship with bristles from a large paint brush. He then attached the ship to a base made from spackle, painted with acrylics and covered with future floor wax. 
Simple Neptun Conversions by Peter Ewell - It is easy to add new subjects to your fleet with some simple conversions. Peter Ewell shows how he added the USS Bristol 1941, USS Ralph Talbot 1945 and USCGC Taney by converting other Neptun models. 
Small Harbor Diorama - Here are a few photographs of my small harbour made by Hansa/Schowanek about 1970. The ships are from Mercator, Albatros, Pharos, Rhenania and the floating dock by Nautik Art were added. I put the diorama in the original Hansa/Schowanek box. Photographs from Joachim Thiel.  
Surabaya Naval Base Dutch East Java, February 1942 in 1:1250 Scale - This is the Dutch naval base of Surabaya, East Java, just before the Japanese invasion started. The diorama was built by Robert van Oosten and measures a meter (over a yard) square. The pictures were made by Hans Dorlas, who dazzle painted the models of the De Ruyter from Rhenania, Java from Clydside. and the destroyer, van Gent, Evertsen class Star model. 
HMS Griffin British Destroyer, Card Model in 1:1250 Scale - Michael Kaintoch downscaled the 1:400 scale card model of ORP Garland by JSC to build the British destroyer HMS Griffin in 1:1250 scale. Clearly Michael as discovered one of the benefits of card models. They can be scaled up or down to the size that you want. Yes the labels on the photograph state 1:600 but amazingly this card model is in 1:1250 scale. Since the article didn't mention scale but had an Airfix Cossack, it was assumed to be in 1:600 scale. However, it was a 1:1200 Airfix Cossack.
The Big 5 in 1:1250 Scale - The last two classes of USN battleships to be completed before the terms of the Washington Treaty terminated battleship building, were the Tennessee Class and Colorado Class. Although Tennessee and California were armed with twelve 14-inch guns and the following Colorado, Maryland and West Virginia had eight 16-inch guns, in almost every other way they resembled each other. As the newest battleships in 1921-1922, the two classes were the least modified in 1941. Paul Jacobs brings you The Big 5 as they were called, from soup to nuts. 
Russian Submarine Harbor - Joachim Thiel built this diorama of a Russian Submarine Harbor with a 1250 scale harbor produced by Nautik-Art and ship models from Mercator, Argos and Nautik-Art
Duguay Trouin, French Light Cruiser 1944, Converting the Primauguet - There is no model of the French light cruiser Duguay Trouin as she appeared in 1944. The Neptun Model of her sistership, Primauguet (N-1444), reflects the ship in the early 1930s. However, that didn't stop Paul Jacobs from adding a 1944 Duguay Trouin to his collection. Paul explains how he updated the Neptun model to a 1944 vintage cruiser. 
East Coast Meeting of 1250 Collectors, May 22, 2004 the Bronx, New York - Time to go to the Big Apple for the East Coast Meeting of 1250 Collectors. The meeting will be located at the New York State University Maritime College on May 22, 2004. The campus is a secure facility and dorm rooms are available at the incredibly low price (for NYC) of $30 per night. Side trips can be made to the USS Intrepid and the South Street Seaport. So make plans now to see, 1000s of 1250 scale models, assorted luminaries of the hobby, a 1:1 scale Essex Class carrier, the Empire State Building and a reasonable facsimile of Felix Bustelo. Actually, no one knows if Felix will be there as he will probably be ensconced in his palatial Long Island Home but at least you will be able to call and heckle him. Tom Haughton is the organizer of the meeting and has put a tremendous amount of planning and time into the project. So if you are interested in attending, send Tom an e-mail. 
RN Conte di Cavour, Super-detailing the Neptun Model - Neptun models are renowned for their high level of detail. However, Joachim Thiel shows that much more can be added by the collector. Joachim super-detailed the Neptun model of the RN Conte di Cavour, Italian battleship.   
Couronne, French Ironclad of 1862 - In June 1864 the French Ironclad Couronne was at Cherbourg. Also in the harbor was the Confederate raider CSS Alabama, which had terrorized the civilian shipping of the Union. The steam sloop USS Kearsarge arrived outside the harbor and set the stage for one of the most famous ship to ship engagements of the 19th Century. The Couronne, far stronger than either of the two protagonists is never remembered for her minor supporting role in escorting the Alabama out of the harbor. John Eagan decided to have a model of Couronne, and since none were available, he built it himself. 
RMS Mauretania: From Liner to Troopship - In January 1918 the RMS Mauretania received a spectacular dazzle camouflage pattern, as well as six 4.7-Inch deck guns. John Olsen has taken the Albatros model of RMS Mauretania AL-166, added deck guns and the dazzle scheme to convert her to her 1918 appearance. 
The Refitted Hood: Modernization of the 1:1200 Scale Airfix Hood - Jeff Stevenson built an Airfix 1:1200 scale HMS Hood to show her as she most likely would have appeared if she had received her scheduled major refit/modernization, along the line of HMS Renown
Sevastopol at Helsingfors - During World War One Helsingfors, now Helsinki, was one of the primary bases of the Imperial Russian Fleet. Joachim Thiel converted the Navis Gangut to portray the Sevastopol as flagship in the Imperial Russian Navy, in the icy anchorage of Helsingfors.   
France IV: Conversion  from Liner to Hospital Ship - During World War One many passenger liners were converted to hospital ships. The French liner, France IV was one of them. Paul Jacobs shows how a paint job dramatically changes the appearance of the Mercator France IV (M-417) as he converts France IV from her 1912 appearance into the hospital ship that she became in 1915. 
Cap Arcona 1945 - Joachim Thiel modified the Carlo Marquardt Cap Arcona, to show the liner in wartime gray, as the ship appeared in the Baltic in 1945. 
Converting the 1914 USS Texas to the 1919 Fit - Paul Jacobs provides another informative article on converting a Navis model. This time Paul shows how to convert the USS Texas (N-305) from the stock 1914 fit into a totally refitted 1919 version, complete with new bridge, platforms and flying-off platform with Sopwith Camel.   
Simple Neptun Conversions, Increasing the Fleet - Peter Ewell provides text and photographs on how, by using some simple techniques, a collector can take existing Neptun models, make a few changes, and produce a new variation. 
Details in 1200 Scale, Building 40mm Bofors & Royal Navy Pom-Poms - In this article John Youngerman details the materials and procedures necessary to scratch-build Bofor 40mm twin & quad mounts and Royal Navy 4-barreled and 8-barreled pom-poms. 

Converting the USS Pittsburgh, Armored Cruiser - Using the Navis USS Pueblo Navis N332a, Paul Jacobs shows how to convert the model to the USS Pittsburgh as she appeared "On China Station" from 1926 to 1931. 

Scratch-Building an Aircraft Carrier, the IJNS Shinano - Previously John Youngerman wrote of how to scratch-build a battleship with his article on building the USS Arkansas (Click for article). Now John provides a step by step plan for building a carrier, the Shinano 1945 of the Imperial Japanese Navy. 

New Superior Never Were's - Superior/Alnavco has released four new 1:1200 models of capital ships that were designed but never built. Bob Weymouth looks at the new Superior models for the 1916 Tillman Design, Japanese Super-Yamato Design, Dutch Battlecruiser Design and British Super Lion Design. 

Preparing for War: USS Nebraska 1918 - Paul Jacobs will "dazzle" you with his article on converting the Navis USS Virginia, NM-312a predreadnought battleship, into USS Nebraska, complete with blinding dazzle paint scheme. 

On China Station - For over a century gunboats of Europe, America and Japan were stationed in the ports and rivers of China. Paul Jacobs presents a photographic essay of gunboat diplomacy "On China Station"

World War One Aircraft, HDS 1:1250 Scale Aircraft - Thorsten Fröhberg looks at the line of 1:1250 scale World One aircraft produced by Heinz-Dieter Schlingelhof, working under the name of HDS.

A New Yorktown: Converting the Neptun Model to a Pre-War Yorktown - Paul Jacobs shows how he modified the Neptun 1942 version of USS Yorktown into her pre-war appearance. 

The Catapult Ships of Deutsche Luft Hansa - Initially Known as Deutsche Luft Hansa (DLH), later Lufthansa, the German National Airline operated a number of catapult ships in the Atlantic to expedite air service to South America. Article by Paul Jacobs

Battledress for the USN - An excellent article by John Olsen on painting 1:1250 scale models in the Camouflage Measures used by  the United States Navy in World War II. The article includes port and starboard photos of 25 of John's beautifully painted models. 

USS Hornet of the Essex Class- Paul Jacobs shows how to add dazzle and detail to the Neptun Essex

Scratch-Building the USS Arkansas- John Youngerman, the dean of scratch-built 1200 model warships, describes step by step how to build the oldest serving US battleship of World War Two. 

Retrofitting Ramillies, Paul Jacobs shows how to turn back the clock on the Neptun model of one of the Rs, by changing the late war fit of the original model to the 1939 fit of the British Battleship.

USS Saratoga, 1938-1939: Paul Jacobs conversion of the Neptun Lexington model into her sister. 

THE FRENCH CONTRE-TORPILLEUR: A PHOTO ESSAY by Paul Jacobs: An examination of the destroyer designs of the French Navy between the two world wars. 

The Models of Cy Broman by Paul Jacobs, looks at the scratch-built work of the founder of H-R Products.

German Armed Merchant Cruisers (AMC) -A Photo Essay A review by Paul Jacobs examines the models produced of the German Raiders of WWI and WWII.

Konishi Models from Japan by Paul Jacobs 

Wake Patterns by Donald C. Simon 

Scratchbuilding in 1:1200 Scale by John Youngerman

Ship Models for the Military by Fred Dorris

It's a Snap! Building the Esci 1/1200 Battleship Roma by Jim Gordon

Scratchbuilding a 1/1200th Scale Model Ship by Steve Richards