Russian Imperial Navy Destroyer BOEVOI, Ex-SOM, 1904 - Built 1898-1900 by Laird United Kingdom - I was happily building my 1/700 Bretagne by Delphis when I got stuck for information and had to wait for plans etc to be sent. As a distraction I thought I could "quickly" build a simple little ship model.

Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1860-1905 simply states of the Imperial Russian destroyer Boevoi ex-Som "A four funnel destroyer of the usual Laird type, with the 11pdr forward and two single deck TT abaft the second and fourth funnel. Boevoi was torpedoed by a Japanese picket boat on 24.7.1904 but managed to make Port Arthur . Scuttled 2.1.1905"

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This model was built from the Combrig 1/700 resin kit. Upon opening the box and removing the packaging, one searches in the far corners of the box and finds the hull and a very small bag of parts. The value for money factor initially seems very low but this is deceptive, as the kit is in my view a real gem!

The hull measures a mere 3.75 inches stem to stern but the casting is packed with detail. Furthermore there are huge amounts of very small cowl vents to position, which very quickly gives the model a "busy" appearance. I chose to use the kit funnels as they were exquisitely formed and unusually for Combrig and resin in general hollow! I elected to make new platforms for the forward conning position and aft gun platform, so that I could make the column supports from 1/350 rail photo-etch cut up and used as stilts, upon which I placed a new photo-etched planked deck. The forward gun platform was made from a spare circular photo-etch radar with more radiating tiny strips of photo-etch added to give it texture.

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I used exclusively the plan of profile and upper deck which can be found in Morskaya Kollektsiya, issue 5/2000(a Russian publication written in Russian) about early Imperial Russian Navy destroyers. (Editors Note: This title covers foreign built destroyers of the Russian First Pacific Squadron based at Port Arthur) The inside front cover has photos of a fine large scale model in Victorian Baltic colours, which I used as my guide for painting and detailing for right or wrong.

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I enjoyed very much the build of Boevoi, Ex-Som, the end was always in sight and there was so much detail crammed into a small space. The awning stanchions were Gold Medal Models IJN Gold plus linoleum fastening strips, as were the figures and rails. The mooring bollards on the foredeck were cut from ladder stock and the anchors are cut down from the White Ensign Models Askold, as is the chain and the photo-etch life preservers.

I would recommend this little kit to anyone who wishes to have an early destroyer in their collection. I have all the other Combrig destroyers in stock. I feel quite enthused to soon build another one!