was the lead ship in a class of four nuclear-powered battle cruisers. The model
I built represents the
in its “late” phase, just prior to its nuclear accident, re-naming and
decommissioning. My references for this project come from the public domain and
also Norman Polmar’s book, A Guide to the Soviet Navy. The
Trumpeter kit accurately represents the major elements of the ship, and would
make a decent model “out of the box.” However, the decal sheet was not
accurate for the
. The large numerals had to be repositioned to obtain an accurate
hull number. The “
” nameplates were created from scratch by my friend Kyle Nelson.
With no time
constraints on the build schedule, I decided to add lots of photo etch and
scratch built pieces to enhance the look. For
example, the utility boats each have 14 pieces of photo etch/styrene attached to
replicate the deck house form, the fittings, ladders and doors, etc. The bridge
roof, decks and yardarms have small details attached which match actual photos
of the ship. In addition, the jack staffs are scratch built from metal and
styrene and all superstructure ladders are photo etched, The KA-27 helicopter
has a 10 piece photo etched rotor blade assembly and 5 more PE pieces attached
to the fuselage. The RBU missile launchers have photo etched valves and switches
on the front and rear of every tube.
even after viewing multiple photos and videos of the AK 630 gatling guns, I
could not make them look any better than the kit allows.
Here are the details
of the construction:
Paints: Tamiya sprays
were used for the decks and the main superstructures. Model Master, Testors and
Boyds enamel brush paints were used for touch up, small details and for minimal
washing and weathering.
Glue: I used
Elmer’s white glue, Model Master Liquid Cement, Testors tube cement and liquid
cement. I also used Tamiya extra thin and standard liquid glue, plus a mixture
of the two.
Photo Etch. I used the White Ensign Models set and also scratch built some
details to match photos of the actual ship
Wire and mono
filament thread was used for rigging, flag lines and ladder supports.
Mr. Surfacer 500 was
used for blending together gaps in the deck surfaces, and for adding body to
photo etched pieces where needed.
I used a mechanical
pencil for shading ventilator/grill details.
- All told, I used
approximately 500 kit pieces plus 500 scratch built and photo etched parts, for
a total of about 1000 pieces.
It took me seven
months of intermittent, frequently-interrupted construction time to get the
model to where I am happy with it. I hope you like how it turned out.