Our distributor informs us that many of the remaining out-of-stock Eaglemoss warships will only be available in the clam shell packaging, bereft of any cardboard packaging and without the accompanying full-color magazine. Frankly, without these items — which tends to make the entire product more palatable to the consumer as well as the vendor — we are of the opinion that the range has reached the end of the line, capping off a four-year run that has proven to be one of our most successful categories ever. So, we strongly recommend that if you are still interested in any of the warships noted as being in stock on our web site that you consider placing your order as soon as possible, before we remove them from inventory and bid them a fond farewell.
Eaglemoss Warships of the World
If you were looking to complete the six-ship aircraft carrier task force that set sail against the US to attack Pearl Harbor, then we may have some bad news for you. According to our distributor, the aircraft carriers Soryu (EMGC60) and Zuikaku (EMGC63) will not be made available for general sales. Frankly, we may be lucky if we get a couple of each warships when and if they are located. So, we are sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it looks as if we will not be able to fill any pre-orders we have received for either ship. We have taken down both listings from our web site.
On a separate matter, we have asked our distributor to provide us with an update list of warships Eaglemoss plans to reintroduce into the market, which we hope will include many of the Japanese aircraft carriers that have been out-of-stock for some time. Hopefully, we will have an answer shortly.
In what could be the last time the Eaglemoss navy weighs anchor, the latest, and perhaps greatest quartet of warships are leaving the manufacturer’s shipyard and heading towards our port of call. Expected this weekend are the following warships:
EMGC64 – US Navy New Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser – USS Minneapolis (CA-36) [With Collector Magazine]
EMGC77 – Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser – Kumano [With Collector Magazine]
EMGC79 – Imperial Russian Navy Gangut Class Battleship – Gangut [With Collector Magazine]
EMGC76 – French Marine Nationale Richelieu Class Battleship – Richelieu [With Collector Magazine]
Priced at just $24.99, and bundled with a full-color magazine, these warships have become the de facto standard other replica navies have had to sail past to gain their own place in the sun.
Earlier today we received news concerning many of the back ordered warships in the Eaglemoss Warships of the World series. According to our distributor, a number of long out-of-stock warships are expected some time in February, along with several new warships that many of you have been asking about for quite some time. We strongly recommend placing your orders for any ships you may be after since it could be some time before the next restock takes place.
Another quartet of warships will soon join the Eaglemoss navy this November, just in time for the holidays! The latest squadron includes:
EMGC73 – USN battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) – 1941
EMGC75 – IJN heavy cruiser Haguro – 1944
EMGC80 – IJN light aircraft carrier Shoho – 1942
EMGC78A – IJN light cruiser Oyodo – 1944
Please note that the last warship will come in a clam shell packaging, and will therefore not come bundled with either the outer packaging or magazine. As such, it sells for $2 less than the traditional format and we will make the necessary changes on the invoices to reflect this change in packaging.
Four more Eaglemoss 1:1100 warships arrived at our port of call in recent days, all hot sellers and long overdue favorites for would-be captains. The newest task force includes:
EMGC67 – Royal Navy Hermes Class Aircraft Carrier – HMS Hermes (95) [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
EMGC69 – Imperial Japanese Navy Asahi Class Battleship – Asahi [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
EMGC70 – German Kriegsmarine Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser – DKM Prinz Eugen [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
EMGC72 – Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser – Maya [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
As a side note, I can see why the first three warships are doing well at retail, but the surprise here has been the heavy cruiser, Maya, outselling our initial forecast and already scheduled to be re-ordered by our naval procurement department. Enjoy!
While doing research on a few Eaglemoss warships, I thought it particularly interesting to share some insights we came across as to how the Imperial Japanese Navy attempted to camouflage its aircraft carriers against aerial attack.
Dazzle camouflage was developed late in the nineteenth century to protect surface ships against submarine attack. Later on, it was not only used to a greater degree to deceive surface ship gunners and submarine captains but also from scout and strike aircraft. WWII US carriers wore Measure 1, Measure 11, and Measure 21 schemes, and were designed as periscope disruptive schemes. They painted their decks, first with Dark Gray 5-D, then stained their decks with Deck Blue 20-B and Deck Blue Stain 21.
Japanese carriers, such as the Zuiho, Unryu and Chitose, typically the primary targets for Allied bombers and strike aircraft, adopted alternative top deck paint schemes in an effort to mistake them for another type of vessel (merchant ship superstructure, stacks and hatches) when observed from the air. They also tried swirl and strong geometric patterns to break up the flatness of their decks. The carrier Zuiho did not have a superstructure so it had a clean ‘canvas’ deck to represent a skewed ship with strong turret and gun shadow shapes. Nevertheless, it was still sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944.
You can see this type of deck camouflage first-hand with the Eaglemoss IJN Zuiho (EMGC29) and the IJN Chitose (EMGC74) aircraft carriers.
Four more warships have left their home port and are currently underway to us, expected early next week. The latest quartet of warships include:
- EMGC61 – Imperial Russian Navy Borodino Class Battleship – Borodino [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
- EMGC66 – Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser – Suzuya [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
- EMGC68 – Imperial Japanese Navy Kuma Class Light Cruiser – Kuma [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
- EMGC74 – Imperial Japanese Navy Chitose Class Light Aircraft Carrier – Chitose [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
As the saying goes, March roars in like a lion, and apparently so does the Eaglemoss navy. Four new warships have put to sea and are expected to make our port of call next week, further adding to our growing fleet of World War I/II-era warships. The four new 1:1100 scale warships include the following:
EMGC58 – German Kaiserliche Marine Derfflinger Class Battlecruiser – SMS Derfflinger
EMGC59 – Imperial Japanese Navy Sendai Class Light Cruiser – Sendai
EMGC62 – Imperial Japanese Navy Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser – Nachi
EMGC71 – Imperial Japanese Navy Akizuki Class Destroyer – Akizuki
All four come in their original bookcase format packaging and are bundled with a Japanese-written magazine outlining the history, details and war record of the ship in question. Enjoy!
Four more 1:1100 scale warships have set sail from our distributor and are expected to make port the second week of January. The four new ships include:
EMGC55 – Imperial Japanese Navy Yubari Class Light Cruiser – Yubari [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
EMGC56 – French Marine Nationale Bearn Class Aircraft Carrier – Bearn [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
EMGC57 – Imperial Japanese Navy Tone Class Heavy Cruiser – Chikuma [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
EMGC65 – Imperial Japanese Navy Kagero Class Destroyer – Isokaze [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)
A battleship would have made this grouping a royal flush, but that’s the way it works in the scale warship business.