In the
Spring 2003 issue of
Model Ship Journal
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Reviewed by Timothy Dike
Here is a look inside the latest issue of Model Ship Journal, and a sample of some of the articles included.

On the cover: Derek Brown's stunning Scratchbuilt USS Texas in full color. Also the subject of a feature mentioned below.

What's New in Ship Modeling.  Steve Wiper covers a wide variety of plastic and resin kits, and accessories in a new expanded Kit coverage. Some have detailed photo's of the kit sprues of some of the latest offerings from the ship model industry. There are 14 pages of kit and accessory reviews in this issue including the book reviews by Victor Baca. While most of us like getting our product info online as evidenced by the fact that your reading this now. There is still no substitute for the printed media that you can take with you most anywhere and now have all these new product reviews at your fingertips. This new focus will help to fill that void left by the demise of Plastic Ship Modeler.
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Vorpostenboote A Scratchbuilt German Naval Patrol Vessel in 1/96 Scale. Doug Bauer's highly detailed ship is the subject of this feature with photo's by Craig R. Covner

Vorpostenboote Plans is a nice follow-up plan review to the above feature.

Ship Modeling from Model Art Publications. Steve Wiper takes a look at these relatively unknown Japanese language books, with some background on each one. Most of us would be reluctant to purchase these without knowing what information was in each one. 

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USS Texas by Derek Brown Scratchbuilt in 1/350 scale. Steve Wiper previews the cover story in a series of stunning color and B&W photo's showing the amazing detail of this ship that looks more like a 1/96 builders model than a 1/350 ship. It has to be seen to be believed!

USS Texas BB-35 A plan and elevation view showing life raft placement in 1945.

"Bambi" PT-191 Cira 1944 by T. Garth Connelly. This classic kit gets an upgrade into a realistic representation of an Elco PT-103 class boat.

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United States Coast Guard in Scale features the USCGC Fir (WLM-212 in photo's text and detailed plans. 

Basic Improvements for Boat Kits by Don Spielberger details some simple upgrades that will make your RC ships perform better.

USS Cape MSI-2. A plan and photo feature of this US Navy Inshore Minesweeper.

Modeler's Gallery: Art & Character Key West Style. A look at the models of Bruce McGarey.

Model Ship Journal is published by Victor Baca. It is a quarterly publication, with a subscription price of $35.00 US. Cover price is $9.95 US

Regular features include:

  • From the Masthead
  • What's new in 1/700 Scale
  • What's new in 1/350 Scale
  • US Coast Guard in Scale
  • New Products
  • R/C Scale
  • Page from the Scrapbook
  • Ship's Fittings
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