|The photo-etch brass, designed by North Star Models for Combrig, is also well done with some relief etching. The fret contains pre-measured railings, ladders, blast
shields around the A-215 Grad-M launcher, bilge keels, doors and hatches, anchor chain, mack platforms parts, machine guns, jack and ensign staff and other parts
that I honestly can’t identify without the aid of the assembly instructions. A small decal sheet, which is a welcome first for Combrig, provides hull numbers, ship
names in Cyrillic, stars in white and red and the Russian naval ensign. As you can see, there are more hull number pairs than needed for the three ships in the class.
Based on photos that I have seen, some of the ships wore different ones at various times over their careers, so the sheet will allow you to model any ship in the class
at any point in time.
As mentioned before, the assembly instructions were not completed at the time that I received this sample, so I cannot make an assessment. However, based on the
improvements Combrig has made to the instructions in recent releases, I can speculate a little that they will be clear and thorough. The only omission, based on past
examples, will be painting instructions.
Combrig takes a welcome break from 1:350 scale Russo-Japanese War and World War I era ships with a modern naval subject and it does not disappoint. I hope that
other modern Russian and Cold War Soviet subjects will be released in the future, in particular a Buyan-M (Project 21631) missile corvette variant. My thanks go to
Combrig for sending this pre-release sample.