Here is the 1/200 scale Trumpeter Sovremmeny, guided missile destroyer. The kit took one and a half years to complete, although I did build a few other models in that time. It is a relief to have it finished and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. The water is common household m 'polyfilla' with acrylic gel medium over the top to give depth and gloss.

sovremmeny 1JD.jpg (125480 bytes) Sovremenny 002JD.jpg (107143 bytes) Sovremenny 003JD.jpg (103027 bytes) sovremmeny 2JDa.jpg (101769 bytes)
Sovremenny 016JD.jpg (98976 bytes) Sovremenny 008JD.jpg (152227 bytes) Sovremenny 007JD.jpg (125325 bytes) Sovremenny 006JD.jpg (140224 bytes)

Thanks to White Ensign Models for providing their excellent photo-etch set, resin turrets and Colourcoats paints (Russian Northern Fleet Grey and Russian Navy deck red). Also thanks to Doug Hallet of Seattle, USA for taking the time to e-mail me hundreds of excellent reference photos. The picture with me in it is not meant to be any sort of an attempt at vanity but merely to provide a sense of scale so anyone who has not seen a live one can appreciate the sheer size of one of these "monsters".

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John Darlington
Auckland, New Zealand