One of the problems I have run up against in connection with my decision to use 1/24ooth scale models for my WW1 and WW2 gaming is the old chestnut of model availability. There is plenty of choice for some very nice models - by which I mean C in C, Viking Forge and GHQ as well as the budget end via Stonewall, which is providing the main bulk of what I shall be using. The first three ranges models are not cheap though and so large quantities of them are for moment beyond my resources. However, the quantity of models available from them appear to pale into insignificance when set against those available from Panzerschiffe in the US of A.
The range available is 1/2400th and the models are made from a grey resin. I have read various reviews of these ships and they range from good to not so good (I read somewhere someone describing them as being carved out of a bar of soap - a little harsh methinks from what I have seen thus far!) but to be honest, whilst they are not (nor, I suspect, are they intended to be) super detailed models they are very effective gaming pieces. Stylistically they fit in very nicely with the look of the Stonewall models so the decision I have taken to make use of some of their range will probably come as no surprise. I need early battle cruisers for both the Fezians and the Ruslanders - 11" gun armed German types and the 'I' Class from the Royal Navy (and the follow on Indefatigables), a selection of the one off Royal Navy battleships, pre-dreadnoughts and in fact, if truth be told, a whole pile of assorted ships from various nations.
Initially though, it will just be the battle cruisers. It has given me much to ponder though in respect of what the final look of the fleets will be.
From the UK there is a US$ 40 minimum order size which conveniently translates into the 10 models I want to get first of all - each being US$4. The order will be placed shortly and I will report back, for the benefit of the non-US readers, in due course.
Many thanks Jeff for the occasional prompt with these models!