The first ship to be sunk at the battle of
was the Russian battleship Oslyabya on 27th
May 1904, and was the first capital ship to be sunk by gunfire alone. As part of
the second Pacific squadron she was sent to the
, the flagship of Rear-Admiral Baron Folkersahm, who died on the voyage but went down with the ship.
She was a Peresviet class ship with
the other sister Pobieda and was laid down
in January 1898, and commissioned in January 1902.
Displacement : 13,500 tons;
: Length : 132.4m.
Beam : 21.8m.
; Draught : 8m.
: 18.33 knots.
; Range : 5,600 nm.
; Armament : 2 x 254mm main guns.
, 11 x 152mm.
, 20 x 75mm.
The kit is the Combrig 1:700 scale resin version of the ill fated ship,
and it has a very pleasing look to it with its tumblehome sides small bridge,
and three funnels, the essential pre-dreadnought design.
As with most builds, I have to thank our friend Jim Bauman for providing
invaluable information to take this build to its conclusion. I had always wanted
to compose a white ship in a sea of ice, and again Jim provided pictures to help
achieve this. The tug boat shown is the Combrig Ioan Kronstadtsky which is part
of the British harbour set comprise.
With all the snow recently, it was a good chance to enhance the
presentation with some real ice water.