This is the ever popular Trumpeter 1/350 scale Sovremenny class Destroyer Otchayanny. This is my first ship model since I was about 10, so it was quite the learning experience. I used the Gold Medal Models photo-etch set, and as crazy as these fine pieces of brass made me, I enjoyed adding them- it truly changed the look of the model. After building this ship, I have a new-found respect for those guys who build kits which stand up to the scrutiny of the close-up shot. The base is a craft store blank wooden sign with cut pieces of square wood stock. I hope my new ship will improve with my experiences on this one.

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 John Griesbacker