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Re: War Times Journal -New models
It is nice to see that WTJ has expanded their line and is offering more of their models in 1/1250 scale. When George introduced me to their line of models about 5 years ago, all of their models of ships I was interested in were not available in 1/1250 - 1/1500 was the biggest commonly available. There are still models of ships of theirs I am interested that are not in 1/1250, but the number is decreasing. I'll give them another try. An original configuration Capitan Prat has been on my list for years, as has a Satsuma. One is in both SLA and clear, the other in clear.
War Times Journal has now begun producing its line of 1:1250 gray SLA models. Unlike the usual 3D models, SLA are produced in gray plastic and tend to have sharper edges and better detail that those you'll find in this scale in Shapeways. For those unfamiliar with WTJ, the line focuses on WWI and the pre-dreadnought era. The models are unfinished, and require painting and, as desired, additional details such as boat davits and masts in many cases.
I have included photos of the SLA USS IOWA which I just finished. Added parts were searchlights, ventilators, topmast, tertiary guns, aft life boats with davits, smoke pipe on the funnels, and an anchor crane forward. This model is superior to the older Navis IOWA, for which no N version exists. That is understandable, since the Navis model is decades old. A comparison photo is below. I have other SLA models from WTJ that I will be working on, and will post photos of them. These are better than their existing Hai or old Navis counterparts, but do require some work to make them compatible with better quality models, such as Navis N, found today. But what is very good about these models is that the hulls, superstructures, and major details are very well executed. And those basic elements are the key to a good looking model.
More information and other examples of these models can be found at the WTJ website, along with prices and ordering information: www.WTJ.com