|The smaller resin parts include the 8-inch (203mm) gun barrels for the turrets, 6-inch (152mm) gun barrels for the hull casemates, 75mm gun mounts and 47mm
Hotchkiss gun barrels and mounts. Other parts include the propellers, rudder, propeller shaft fairings and struts (still included although this is the waterline kit),
citadel and conning tower roofs, searchlights and their mounts, cowl vents, a mushroom vent, anchors, anchor windlass parts, capstans, boat davits in two sizes,
boat cradles, storage lockers and small deck structures, a pair of chocks and sundry deck and bridge fittings. The parts are generally very well cast, need little, if
any, clean-up and must be carefully removed from the casting runners.
Combrig provides a large photo-etch brass fret which provides pre-measured railings, inclined ladders, vertical ladders (four extra-long ones for the funnels) and the
boat details. The brass also has ship specific parts, including the sternwalk railing, funnel cap grills and details, pilothouse, shields for the 75mm and 47mm guns,
mast platforms, boat cradles, anchor chain, cable reels and other small detail parts. The brass has some relief etching which is good, but would have benefited from
having part numbers to avoid potential confusion during assembly. The railings have individual stanchion ends, which I am not a fan of as I find that I tend to use too
much glue to attach them. The photo-etch fret only has two of the four funnel cap grills needed (one oblong and one round). When I questioned the people at
Combrig, they told me that they were aware of the omission and that they had a small photo-etch fret created to address this issue. The small fret contains the two
missing funnel cap grills and a new pilothouse, as they one of the original fret was incorrect. However, ratlines are still not provided and will need to be obtained
from an alternate source.
The instructions come on eleven pages and are in new improved Combrig format. The first page has plan and profile drawings which provide a basic rigging
diagram. The ship’s history is written in Cyrillic but the statistics are in English. Page two has the standard resin parts layout with images of photo-etch frets. The
subsequent pages have the assembly diagrams with some pages having smaller insets which focus on certain sub-assemblies that are identified for reference in the
larger assembly images. One inset provides the metric dimensions for cutting the masts, yards, funnel steam pipes, flagstaffs and boat booms. The last page has an
illustration of the fully assembled model including the placement of the different types of boats.