|A variety of fittings make up the remaining 4 runners. They include the various smaller guns and mounts, searchlight and mount, four different styles of small “t” vents, anchors, bowsprit, binnacles,
engine room telegraphs, davits, propeller hubs and other bits. These parts are very delicate and as you can see the cradles for some of the gun mounts broke off (all are accounted for though one is
missing from the photo). The casting of these parts is very clean though again care must be taken removing them, particularly the smaller parts, from the runner. It also looks like you may have
some parts left over so you will have some for the spares box.
The photo-etch provided with this kit provides various fittings, structural and detail parts. The fittings include the propellers, propeller shaft struts and a full size rudder for those who wish to build a
full hull model. A shorter rudder is included for waterline modelers. Other fittings provided are the propeller guards, gun shields, boat davits, ship’s wheels, ladders, running lights and some doors.
Structural parts are “X” supports for the flying bridge wings and supports and parts for the searchlight platform. Detail parts comprise of the latches/hinges for the coal scuttles, anchor chains, hand
wheels and triangular platform supports among other items. The brass is very soft which makes it easy to remove from the fret but also makes it a little more vulnerable to bending. The etch has very
little relief etching and the hand wheels are a bit disappointing – I would replace them with better ones from another source if possible. My biggest issue with the photo-etch is that no railings are
provided leaving you no other choice but to look for some from other sources. Combrig has already released quite a number of Imperial Russian destroyers and have a few more planned so it would
make sense to me to have some generic railings used for these types of ships that can be included in all of these kits.
The kit comes with a fairly good set of illustrated instructions, comprised of six pages, in typical Combrig style. The first page has a profile and plan drawing and the ship’s history written in
Russian. Page two has images of the resin parts and photo-etch fret. None of the parts are numbered and require the modeler to visual recognition to identify the correct part to use in the following
assembly diagrams. For most parts this is easy to do but for some of the smaller parts, particularly the photo-etch ones, it is a little more difficult. Page three starts with the placement of some of the
smaller photo-etch parts as well as the foc’sle platform. Detail insets show the main gun platform and flying bridge assemblies and another contains length guides for cutting various vent pipes, yards,
masts and the propeller shafts. Page four covers placement of the numerous “t” vents with some more insets focusing on the 75mm and 47mm gun mount and the running lights assemblies. Page
five concentrates on the placement of the 47mm guns, torpedo tubes, torpedo storage containers, searchlight platform, boats and photo-etch davits and other fittings. The insets show how to
construct the searchlight platform, the two options for the torpedo tubes and detailing the boats and etch davits. The last page covers the placement of the funnels and vent pipes, the housing between
funnels 2 and 3, the cowl vents, the bridge structure, the masts and other fittings. Insets are provided for a small gun and under water running gear. There are no painting instructions, at least not in
English. The box label has a photo of the Bedovy in Baltic Fleet colors, black hull and yellow funnels. Russian ships serving in the Pacific Fleet were usually painted an overall olive green. In any case,
some research is needed for correct color schemes.