In the
Summer 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: The Italian Navy's Pietro De Christofaro Class ASW Corvettes. The subject of a photo and plan feature listed below.

What's New in Ship Modeling.  Steve Wiper covers a wide variety of plastic and resin kits, and accessories in their expanded Kit coverage. Among the kits covered are Trumpeters new 1/350 scale Essex and the accessories for it. This is one of the best reviews I've seen on this subject
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Pietro De Christofaro class Corvettes Photo's by Noel Paris with text by Victor Baca. A number clear photo's with historical background and a very detailed set of plans.

USS Oregon (BB-3) Steve Wiper reviews this 1/350 resin kit.

Imperatritza Maria and Strasbourg  A look at two new 1/700 scale kits from WSW.

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Seawolf Keith Benders's build of this 1/192 J&D Productions resin kit.

Typhoon/Akula a builders review of this 1/400 kit by Ken Summa

Ship Modeler's Gallery With models from Paul Knerim, Kurt Greiner, and Al L'Heureux.

USRC Acushnet (RC-18)  Victor Baca gives us a look at this WW2 era tug with nice photo's and three pages of plans.

Introducing Kids to Model Ship Building  A good idea to garantee the survival of our hobby.

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My first Ship Model: Trials and Tribulations by Cynthia Arett gives us a look from first time ship modelers perspective.

First Blood: The beginning of the Full-Steam Ironclad era USS Monitor by Victor Baca an informative article with a side note on the Battle Axe USS Monitor kit.

Basic Soldering for Operating Models Part 1 of the basics of soldering for those interested in operating large scale ships.

HMS Prince of Wales  Ken Summa's Tamiya kit in text and photo's

Several large scale ship hulls are also examined by Victor Baca and Steve Wiper

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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:

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