|In accordance with the standard Combrig presentation, smaller resin parts are on a extremely thin resin casting sheet or on numerous resin runners. The sheet normally
has the thinner parts like decks and platforms. For the Chervona Ukrainia the parts on the sheet are for the superstructure decks, searchlight platforms, stack platform,
boat deck, mast observation platforms and navigation platform. There are 28 resin runners providing a host of smaller, cleanly cast parts. No resin flash was present.
Five of the runners have only one part per runner. These are the three stacks, which have cap aprons and hollow openings, and the two motor launches. The different
armament is found on ten runners: 5.1-inch guns; 3.9-inch guns; 45mm guns, open back gun shields for both the 5.1-inch and 3.9-inch guns and triple torpedo tube
mounts. The guns are well done with extremely fine barrels. The barrels are cast so finely that they are susceptible to transit breakage. In my sample two of the 45mm
gun barrels were broken. All replace these with thin stretched plastic sprue. The gun shields have front face detail. The casemate 5.1-inch gun barrels are on a runner
shared with cable reels and drum ventilators. The runner with the detailed torpedo mounts also has gun directors and anchors. The last armament runner appears to be
the .50 caliber machine guns. One runner has the four largest parts with an extremely large J-shape ventilator cowling with a triangular opening, large louvered square
ventilator and two levels of the conning tower with vision slits. More louvered square ventilation towers in four patterns are found another fret with foretop and a smaller
triangular open J cowling. Fittings runners are found for the searchlights, boat davits, small cable reels, and deck edge bulkheads. A final equipment runner has the
smallest mushroom ventilators, capstans and binnacles. Three runners have two open boats on each runner. One of the biggest treats are the optional floatplanes that
Combrig provides with this kit. With the option of five different fits from 1927 to 1941, Combrig provides the parts for three different floatplanes, the MU-1 (Avro-
504) initially carried, the KP-1 (Heinkel HD-15), and the M-9 (Grigorovich).
A very large relief-etched brass photo-etch fret is included with the Chervona Ukrainia. The largest brass part is the aviation deck with relief-etched ordnance elevators.
I love the fact that Combrig produced the mine rail tracks on the photo-etch fret instead of cast on detail. It is certainly more complex but it will give you a crisper
finished appearance and certainly easier to paint the metal railing without running over to the wooden deck. Other brass aviation associated parts are the cranes, seaplane
wings and tails, block and tackle, seaplane struts and propellers. Other brass parts are platforms, clinker grates, boat chocks, deck supports, inclined ladders and vertical
ladders. However, you will need railing as none is provided in the kit. The instructions for Chervona Ukrainia are significantly better than instructions in past Combrig
kits. There are five sheets of instructions, four of which are back-printed. Page one is the standard profile and plane, ship’s specifications and history in Russian. Page
two has the resin and brass part laydown. Page three has alternate bridge assembly, one from 1927 to 1934 and the other from 1934 to 1941. It also has assembly
instructions for all three seaplanes. Page four has the basic assembly with mine rails and other parts found in common on all fits. Page five shows assembly for the 1928
fit, page six the 1930 fit, page seven the 1935 fit, page eight the 1937 fit and page nine the 1941 fit.