The Amur was an Imperial Russian Minelayer of 3,010 tons. She and her sister, Yenisi, were with the Russian First Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur at the start of the Russo-Japanese War. She executed one of the most successful mining operations of all time. On May 14, 1904 Amur laid a mine field of 50 mines. The next day the Japanese Fleet under Admiral Togo discovered Amurís effectiveness the hard way, by steaming into the field. Two Japanese Battleships, Yashima and Hatsuse, struck mines laid by Amur and sank. That one operation was responsible for eliminating one-third of the Japanese Battleship force.. Yenisi was sunk by one of her own mines early in the conflict on February 11, 1904. Amur survived long enough to be bottled up in Port Arthur and sunk by Japanese Army 11-inch siege mortars on December 18, 1904.
The 1/700 Amur, resin kit by Modelkrak was built with a lot of patience and fine detailing. Note the cable reels, these are photo-etched hand wheels from a catapult set, attached to a sprue spindle on an A frame of 1/700 aircraft undercarriage parts. Rigging is sprue, figures are GMM, masts are metal, and the doors are WEM.