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Oddball02 Dec 2021 11:48 a.m. PST

I just got a shipment of W.W. II US and Japanese ships from Blitzkrieg Miniatures from their US distributor Sherwood Wargames.

I was looking to start a new period, W.W. II naval, after reading the great book, "Neptune's Inferno" by Hornfischer about the fights around Guadalcanal.

Having many Blitzkrieg 1/56 scale tanks and knowing they are the highest quality, I took a leap of faith and ordered them.

Amazing! Really clean lines, again top quality from Blitzkrieg.

The ships are 1/1800 scale, reasonably priced and come with a base (not attached, but available if you want to use it). I have 1/1200 ships I use for targets in Check Your Six games, but them seem a bit big for table top naval battles and 1/2400 are OK, but the smaller stuff (destroyers, ect.) are too small for me to make out clearly.

1/1800 looks like the Goldilocks scale (one to small…other too big…..this one just right).


I am really looking forward to painting these up.

If you order from Sherwood Wargames, the ships are not currently NOT on his site (he just started to carry them), but I contacted Phil via email and give him the ships I wanted, not problems.

Disco Joe02 Dec 2021 12:21 p.m. PST

Any chance of posting some photos of what they actually look like? It doesn't matter if they aren't painted up yet. Looking at what is shown on Blitzkrieg's website the gun barrels look to fat. Also how large are they in inches? I want to get a clearer picture before placing an order with Sherwood Wargames.

Oddball02 Dec 2021 1:38 p.m. PST

Disco Joe,

Great handle.

I thought that also with the barrels when I looked on the site. I just pulled 3 random ships, San Fran cruiser, Mogami cruiser and Kongo battlecruiser.

Happy to say the barrels are easy to see with separation lines, not "fat" at all, look great. The guns are NOT flush with the deck, but come right off the turret. You can also see the barrels on the secondary turrets.

I did notice a couple of 3D printing "posts", I don't know what they are called, right under the main turret barrels. I first thought I could remove them with a quick exacto cut, but on second thought they are so very thin, almost unnoticeable, I missed them at first glace, that I might leave them to support the barrels.

There is little to no flash on the models. Easily could see going straight to painting.

I will try to get photos. I have a 50% success rate in posting photos on TMP, but we'll give it a go.

Battlecruiser is about 3 1/2" and the cruisers just under 3".

codiver03 Dec 2021 7:39 a.m. PST

Just doing a little math tells me a 1/2400 scale Kongo should be ~3.52" long. A 1/1800 scale Kongo should be more like ~4.69" long…

Oddball03 Dec 2021 8:02 a.m. PST

I didn't measure them, just looking at the ships, rough guess.

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2021 1:38 p.m. PST

The pictures don't look as good as the Wartimes Journal WW2 ships in 1/1500 but the selection is better. They remind me of Panzerschiffs which are 1/2400.


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