Well the latest PSM has popped through the mailbox, and what a good
issue it is.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with PSM, it's an approximately
44 page B/W quarterly publication put out by Dan Jones, printed on good
quality paper. It covers the new releases, upcoming kits, book reviews,
real life naval info various articles on ships, kits & conversions.
This issue contains the following:
More of Chris Drage's excellent models - this time Chris has done
a selection of WEM's 1/700 Flower class corvettes & shown what can
be done with this excellent little kit. You can see the full article
at WEM's website.
Ray Bean tackles the resin 1/700 Jim Shirley kit of the USS Chicago
Falk Pletscher gives us a walkaround of the Krivak I ASW frigate
Druzhny. This is an excellent reference for those who wish to build
the Skywave kit, I wish I had these photos when I built my Krivak
II for IM last year. Figures that good refs would come out after I've
finished the kit.
Falk also tackles the 1/700 HP-Models kit of the Schleswig-Holstein.
Dave Judy builds Flagship Models 1/35 resin kit of the Phalanx
Dan Jones updates his article from the test issue of PSM (titled
Plastic Model Ships - PMS I wonder why he changed it ;-) ) on the
Japanese Escort ships of WWII. There was some talk about the repetition
of articles in PSM - this I feel is a legitimate use of the article,
since the test issue (put out in 1993) was a very limited run to test
the viability of the magazine and as such does not really count in
There is also a selection of ship models from the 1999 IPMS(USA)
Nats held at Orlando last year.
Fisherman in peace and war - this short article covers fishing
boats used by the Germans, Italians and British, with plans. I hope
to see more on this topic in future issues
Plus all the usual columns:
Navinfotel - current naval news
One to One Hundred by Paul Jacobs - This deals with all the latest
news on the 1/1200/1250 range of miniatures.
There's also a new column by Joe D'amato (of JAG Collective fame)
on research on the net, very informative.
All in all, I can heartily recommend Plastic Ship Modeller. It fills
a gap left by the general modelling mags and for those ship modeller's
not interested in RC ships.
PSM subscription and back issues information (all available except
for the test issue) can be obtained by Dan
Jones or by writing to him at:
USA, Canada and South America - USD$20.00
Overseas - USD&25.00
If you would prefer to pay by credit card, White
Ensign Models is, as far as I know, the only outlet to take credit
card payment for PSM. Check out their site for more info on subscriptions
and the back issue listings.
It is also available from Pitroad in Japan, Christian Schmidt and NNT