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HMS Exeter01 Aug 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

Alnavco has been a presence in naval gaming and collecting since the 1960's. They started out carrying Superior 1/1200 and 1/2400 scale ship models, books, 1/200 scale armor, paints and the SeaPower Rules line.

In more recent years the Superior 1/2400 scale line contracted, then ended, and 1/1200 scale availability fell significantly. They branched out into carrying European manufacturer collector's 1/1250 models from Navis, Neptun, Argos and Saratoga, among others, and 1/2400 scale GHQ and SeaBattle.

But, their Superior offerings languished. There were occasional new issues of interwar "never were" planned but unbuilt battleships. SeaPower went out of print and their book offerings shrank.

This week their newsletter, The Report, available for download from their website, announced some BIG changes. They have decided to move their Superior casting operation to a new company, they have completely reintroduced their 1/2400 scale model line (current availability looking like 80%), they have added 14 new, upgraded, 1/1200 Pacific War Destroyer models, AND, added 3 new 1200 scale Japanese fast battleship models.

J116 Haruna 1944
J117 Hiei 1942
J118 Yamato 1942

For those of you who cut your teeth in naval gaming on Superior 1200s, all I can say is…

"Looks like meat's back on the menu, Boys!"

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2019 1:19 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing this information.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2019 1:31 p.m. PST

Wow. Looks as if I need to dig out my old 1/1200
AND the FP rules !

Now to find an empty parking lot…

KarlBergman01 Aug 2019 8:39 p.m. PST

A shame that there was no mention of the Sea Power rules being republished. Those were the first naval battle rules I played back in the early 1970's and I would like to be able to get a copy again someday.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2019 5:40 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting.

I had no idea they were casting the Superior lines.

- Ix

BuckeyeBob02 Aug 2019 11:59 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting. I cut my naval gaming teeth using seapower with the Superior 1/2400 ships from Alnavco.

Seapower III rulebook and charts is available on Boardgamegeek. link

epturner Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2019 6:58 p.m. PST



Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 2:07 p.m. PST

Good to see they are still around. I agree with the parking lot comment

HMS Exeter10 Aug 2019 6:37 a.m. PST

An acquaintance of mine participated in a full 1/1250 scale Jutland put on by this nutso gaming group on a disused airforce base tarmac. All ships, both sides, 1/1250. They used laser range finders.

When it was over, they gathered everything back in. Try as they might they never did find one of the German light cruisers.

I make no claims. I telled it like I heard it.

BuckeyeBob14 Aug 2019 1:23 p.m. PST

On the Naval wargaming page of Facebook, Sue Paschall of Alnavco asked if there was interest in reprinting the Seapower Rules. So if interested in obtaining the rules you should send them an email stating so…probably best via the Alnavco web site.

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