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A GUIDE TO 1/1200 AND 1/1250
WATERLINE MODEL SHIPS
FOREWARD TO THE 5TH ISSUE 1
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2 Aim and Acknowledgements 2
The UK Scene 2 Overseas 3 Collecting 3 Sources of Information 4 Camouflage 4 List of Manufacturers 5
CHAPTER 2 UNITED KINGDOM MANUFACTURERS 7 BASSETT-LOWKE 7 BROADWATER 7 CAP AERO 7 CLEARWATER 7 CLYDESIDE 7 COASTLINES 8 CONNOLLY 8 CRUISE LINE MODELS 9 DEEP C/ATHELSTAN 9 ENSIGN 9 FIGUREHEAD 9 FLEETLINE 9 GORKY 10 GWYLAN 10 HORNBY MINIC (ROVEX) 11 LEICESTER MICROMODELS 11 LEN JORDAN MODELS 11 MB MODELS 12 MARINE ARTISTS MODELS 12 MOUNTFORD METAL MINIATURES 12 NAVWAR 13 NELSON 13 NEMINE/LLYN 13 OCEANIC 13 PEDESTAL 14 SANTA ROSA SHIPS 14 SEA-VEE 16 SANVAN 17 SKYTREX/MERCATOR 17
Mercator (and Atlantic) 19 SOLENT 21 TRIANG 21 TRIANG MINIC SHIPS LIMITED 22
WASS-LINE 24 WMS (Wirral Miniature Ships) 24
CHAPTER 3 CONTINENTAL MANUFACTURERS 26 Major Manufacturers 26 ALBATROS 26 ARGONAUT 27
RN Models in the Original Series 27 RN Models in the Current Series 27 USN Models in the Current Series 27
ARGOS 28 CM 28 DELPHIN 30 G (the models of Georg Grzybowski) 31 HAI 32 HANSA 33 NAVIS/NEPTUN (and Copy) 34 NAVIS WARSHIPS 34
Austro-Hungarian Navy 34 Brazilian Navy 34 Royal Navy 34 French Navy 35 Italian Navy 35 Imperial Japanese Navy 35 Imperial German Navy (& Reichmarine) 35 Russian Navy 36 Swedish Navy 36 United States Navy 36
NEPTUN 37 German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 37 British Royal Navy 37 Imperial Japanese Navy 38 United States Navy 38 French, Italian and Soviet Navies 38 Aircraft Models 38 Checklist RN & USN capital ships 38
OSTROWSKI (aka Ocean Service Models) 39 SEXTANT 39 TRIDENT ALPHA/TRIDENT 40
Trident 41 WIKING 42 Minor Manufacturers 44
Anker 44 Atlantis 44 Bille 45 Carat & CSC 45 Colonia 46 Degen (Hein Muck) 47 Helvetia 48 HL 48 Holsatia 49 K Modelle 49 Kyle 49 Lloyd (& Binnen-Lloyd) 50 Luna 50
Nautilus 50 Noordzee 51 RG 51 Rhenania 52 Risawoleska 52 Schlingelhof (HDS) 52 Star 52 Welfia 53 Westfalia 53 X Modelle 54 Yorck 54 Other Continental Manufacturers 54
CHAPTER 4 OTHER OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS 61 INTRODUCTION 61 GRIFO (Italy) 61 KIWI (New Zealand) 61 KONISHI (Japan) 62 MERCURY (Italy) 63 METAL MINIATURES (USA) 63 MIDWAY MODELS (USA) 63 MINISHIP (Spain) 63 PILOT (Denmark) 64 PYRO (USA) 64 SOUTH SALEM COPIES (USA) 64 SARATOGA MODEL SHIPYARD (SMS) (USA) 65 SUPERIOR (USA) 65 GREAT LAKES MODELS (USA) 65 USA MODELS (USA) 65 YOUNGERMAN (USA) 66 SCHERBAK (USA) 66
CHAPTER 5 PLASTIC KITS 67 INTRODUCTION 67 EAGLE 67 OTHER MAKES 69
Pyro/Lifelike 69 Almark/Casadio/Revell 69 Airfix 70 Heller et al 71 Hobby Boss 71 Scratch Building 72
Annex A: Useful Addresses A-1 Annex B: Model Listings B-1
Len Jordan Models (to Oct 2008) B-1 Triang B-2 Albatros British Ships B-5 Trident Alpha - American Ships B-9
Kelvin Holmes Issue 5b, 2009
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
ENERIS SB 131 RUSSIAN TUG 1 TREMO R CLASS BATTLESHIP 2 TRIANG HMS BLACKPOOL 2 HANSA HMS BLAKE 3 NAVAL RECOGNITION USS NORTH CAROLINA 3 ARGONAUT PROVENCE 5 SKYTREX MERCATOR GEORGIC 5 BROADWATER HMS/M VANGUARD 7 CLYDESIDE IJNS AOBA 8 HDS ENSIGN LITTLE ROCK 9 FLEETLINE HMS ROBERTS 10 GWYLAN ZHEN HUA 10 LEN JORDAN ARCADIA 11 LEN JORDAN EMPRESS OF JAPAN 12 MBM TYPE 45 DESTROYER 12 MOUNTFORD RN SHIPS 12 NELSON SOUTHERN PRINCESS 13 OCEANIC GIRDLENESS 14 SANTA ROSA BRISBANE STAR 15 SEA VEE RFA FORT VICTORIA 16 SKYTREX TRITON 1250 HMS NORFOLK 17 SKYTREX PRE-DREADNOUGHTS 18 SKYTREX DREADNOUGHTS 19 MERCATOR TSESAREVICH 20 SKYTREX MERCATOR ORIANA (1995) 20 TRIANG FRANCONIA 21 TRIANG MINIC LTD HMS GLOUCESTER 23 TRIANG MINIC LTD HMS ARGYLL 24 WMS HM/DEGEN ANDES 25 ALBATROS WINCHESTER CASTLE 26 ALBATROS HMS INVINCIBLE (SEA DART REMOVED) 26 ARGONAUT USS MISSISSIPPI 27 ARGOS USS ARTHUR W RADFORD 28 CM KR QUEEN MARY II 29 CM KR TRANSVAAL CASTLE 29 CM P KUZNETZOV 30 DELPHIN HMCS ALGONQUIN 30 G ALTMARCK 31 HAI SHIRANE (JMSDF) 32 HANSA BENLADY 34 NAVIS HMS LION 35 NAVIS USS ALABAMA 37 NEPTUN HMS PRINCE OF WALES 37 OSTROWSKI SPIRIT OF FREE ENTERPRISE 39 SEXTANT PRIDE OF BURGUNDY 40 TRIDENT ALPHA USS CHICAGO 41 WIKING SVERDLOV 42 ANKER DUTCH BATTLECRUISER 44 ATLANTIS GODAVARI 45 BILLE COLUMBUS NEW ZEALAND 45 CARAT PRIDE OF FLANDERS 46 CSC QUEEN MARY 46 COLONIA CANBERRA 47 DEGEN SEA PRINCESS 48 HELVETIA CAROLINE 48 HL LEPANTO 49 HOLSATIA SONG OF NORWAY 49 K USS MONROVIA 49 KYLE COLUMBIA 50 NAUTILUS M-R CLASS CRUISER 51 NORDZEE DEMPO 51 STAR BLACKWOOD CLASS 53
WESTFALIA HMS EAGLE 54 ENERIS OLTERRA 55 GRANAT ENCOUNTER BAY 55 HERPA EUROPA 56 KLABAUTERMAN GEORGES LEYGUES 56 OPTATUS RE-ISSUE OF SEXTANT ORIANA 57 QUADRANT FOUDRE 58 SIRENE DURANCE 59 STAUFFENBERG HMS IMPERIEUSE 59 KLABAUTERMANN CHARLES DE GAULLE 60 GRIFO TRENTO 61 KONISHI IJNS SHOKAKU 62 MERCURY FULVIA 63 ANGULPLAS SANTA MARIA 63 SUPERIOR USS ALASKA 65 YOUNGERMAN FRENCH BATTLESHIP LYON 66 SCHERBAK & CM-KR CRUISE LINERS 66 EAGLE HMS KING GEORGE V 67 AIRFIX PRINZ EUGEN AS THE BLUCHER 70 REVELL QUEEN MARY 2 (BOX ART) 70 BACHMANN MINISHIP USS ARIZONA 71 SCRATCHBUILT OIL RIG 72 SCRATCHBUILT RFA RESOURCE 73 MOUNTFORD HMS KENT (CA) B-1 ALBATROS HMS KENT (DLG) B-8 TRIDENT ALPHA USS PINE ISLAND B-10
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. 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. Issue 1 then contained listings for Eagle*, Ensign*, Hornby Minic/Rovex*, Airfix*, Casadio*, Triang*, Delphin, Hansa, Star and Wiking. Issue 2 (which appeared in 1996) repeated those asterisked and added full lists for Len Jordan Models, Pedestal, Fleetline and Nelson. With UK collectors in mind, all British models produced by a further eighteen manufacturers were listed in tables, most of which have been retained and updated for this issue.
For Issue 3 (and continuing with Issues 4 and 5) all the entries have been reviewed and a number of new manufacturers included. It was decided to retain all previously mentioned manufacturers for the record, even if some are long out of production. New model lists for American ships have been added for Hansa, Trident Alpha, Navis (capital ships only) and Neptun (capital ships only), Star and Wiking. Although several of these makes are out of production, models can still be found second-hand and in some cases the only source of a particular ship may be a discontinued range. Other American ship models in current production are mentioned with the descriptions of the manufacturer concerned.
New models are appearing all the time. One of the most difficult tasks is determining what has and has not been released, and which models may have been deleted. Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy at least at the time of publication. To check for current model availability the shop web sites listed below are especially useful.
To those readers who originally tracked me down through the magic of www.steelnavy.com (and my thanks to Paul Jacobs for his support and enthusiasm), welcome and I do hope you find the guide of interest. For further reading, there are now monthly articles in Marine Modelling International magazine (www.traplet.com) in the Waterlines column. Other Internet sites carrying waterlines data include www.1250fleets.com (a general site) plus www.wiedling.de, www.collnav.de & www.galerie-maritim.de (mail order shops in Germany; the latter (like steelnavy) also carrying good links to other useful sites including many of the manufacturers). GM also have a wonderful and free katalog download. Collnav has extensive and useful model lists. No doubt this list will grow.
Eneris SB 131 Russian tug
This issue was last updated: 12 January 2009. All feedback and comments are welcome.
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), with an emphasis on British and, to a lesser extent, American ships. Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness but as always comment on any errors or omissions would be more than welcome. Additional information, particularly on the continental manufacturers identified by name only, would be especially helpful. I would very much like to acknowledge the assistance provided by Martin Brown in researching and reviewing earlier issues of the guide, and for the entire Triang entry; also to Paul Jacobs for information on the American scene and Keith Tatton for introducing me to A.J. Holladay & Co. Ltd. It is hoped that existing collectors will find this latest edition useful and potential newcomers will discover the tremendous scope of this absorbing hobby. Firstly a little background to the hobby, starting with the UK.
The UK Scene Perhaps the first small constant scale waterline ship models to be commercially manufactured in Great Britain were Dinkys 1/1800 series, with Treforest Mouldings, under the name TREMO, producing the first 1/1200s, both from the mid to late 1930s. Somewhat earlier Fred T. 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. Returning to Tremo, however, the models were produced by a former employee of the German Wiking company and concentrated on contemporary warships, although production ceased when the unfortun