Well the latest PSM has popped through the mailbox, and yet again is a very good issue.
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 photos of Chris Drage's excellent models This time Chris has done a 1/700 Rodney/Warspite diorama - bloody excellent. He uses the Tamiya Nelson & White Ensign's Warpsite and updates/converts them with various WEM PE and resin add-ons. The diorama shows the two ships passing at Normandy from the bombardment line on June 7th, 1944. Check out the full article at White Ensign's website.
Ray Bean tackles the resin 1/700 Jim Shirley kit of the USS Newport News. He also does a WW2 diorama of a destroyer in a floating drydock using the Corsair Armada ARD and the Jim Shirley FRAM Sumner
Dan Jones does an article with plans on the evolution of oil transport - a much neglected part of ship modelling.
Mike Cooper scratchbuilds a RN WW2 Paddle steamer HMS Aristocrat which was converted to an AA ship from its civilian guise of SS Talisman. Another neglected part of ship modelling which is good to see.
Dave Judy builds Iron Shipwright's 1/350 resin kit of a USN LST 454.
As well as the above, There is also a continuation of the coverage of the ship models from the 1999 IPMS(USA) Nats held at Orlando.
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.
All in all, I can heartily recommend Plastic Ship Modeller. It fills a gap in my collection left by the general modelling mags and for those ship modeller's not interested in RC ships.
PSM subscription and back issues information can be obtained from Dan Jones or by writing to him at:
Plastic Ship Modeler P.O Box 2183 Arvada, CO 80001-2183 USA
Subscription costs are as follows:
USA, Canada and South America - USD$20.00 Overseas ie: the rest of the world - 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 in Germany