|There are two brass photo-etch frets with this kit. In other words, there is a lot of brass for a model of this size. Some of the most unique items on the large fret
are the “Mouse” half moon ears that are fume deflectors at the top of both funnels and uses resin brackets. These deflectors can be assembled closed, covering the
top of the funnels or open, pivoted to the sides of the funnels. All of the square window openings on the sides of the 01 level get brass frames. This allows painting
the window recess black and use Micro-Klear to glaze the window frames. Other hull side brass details are a two-level platform on each side, small leadsman
platforms at the bow with supports, anchor crane kingposts at the bow, and propeller guards at the stern. The bulkheads of the military fighting tops are on this fret
and are curved around the mast platforms. The crenellated open bulkheads for the upper mast platforms are also brass strips that are curved around the platforms.
The bridge face has open square windows and side deck railing with relief-etched dodgers, another opportunity for window glazing. Other ship specific parts are
numerous boat chock base plates and chocks, searchlight platforms at the top of each mast, seven-part ship’s wheel, gussets, accommodation ladders and railing,
QF gun shoulder rests, deck access overhead frames, gun barrel rest frames, and turret opening brackets. The ship’s boats brass detail is also on the large fret. The
large steam launch gets eleven brass parts, almost half of which are relief-etched. Parts include different deck planking, a metal mesh aft decking, forward window
screen, wheel and wheel post, propeller, tiller and aft thwart. There are seven parts for the smaller steam launch with three parts wood planking, two thwarts,
rudder/tiller and propeller. The open boats get bottom planking, thwarts and rudder/tillers. Lastly vertical ladders, inclined ladders inside the ladder wells and railing is
on this fret. The railing has open stanchions instead of a bottom gutter/scupper and is custom fitted for each location. Two of these railings has relief-etched canvas
dodgers. The medium sized photo-etch fret is thicker. The larger parts on this fret are a flying boat skid/deck over the amidships well, bridge deck, amidships gun
platform, conning tower deck, and open bridge overhead. Among the relief-etched parts on this fret are superb name plates for the stern, the 65mm QF gun upper
mounts, anchor chain, and anchor crane davits. Ship’s boat davits come in three sizes. The two sides fold together and there is relief-etching present. There are
davit bases/brackets for the largest and smallest of the davit patterns. The medium sized brackets get separate bottom hinge brackets. Other parts are turret barrel
rests, stern davits, amidships supports and lower bulkheads, 65mm QF shoulder rests, and hull side brackets.
The instructions are in the newer Combrig format. They don’t excel but are still much better than the initial Combrig format. They consist of nine single sided
pages. Page one is the traditional profile and plan, a history in Russian and specifications in English. Page two is a parts laydown. It is fairly easy to find the
attachment location for the brass parts because they are numbered on the frets and the instructions use the same number. However, I wish that Combrig would
number the resin parts in the part’s laydown to make the attachment location easier to find. Page three has lower hull assembly and a template of parts that need to
be cut from plastic or brass rods. These include steam pipes, top masts, yards, posts/pillars, propeller shafts and a couple of other items. The template shows the
items in scale with the length in millimeters. Some also have the radius. Page four is the initial hull construction concentrating on attaching parts to the hull sides.
There is also a separate inset on assembling the eight-piece ship’s wheel. Page five has the initial deck assembly. There are separate detailed insets for all three types
of QF guns, and the three types of turrets. Page six has the second stage of deck assembly concentrating on davits and ventilators. There are three separate insets
on davits and two on anchor cranes. Page seven covers railing placement with separate insets on anchor and accommodation ladder assembly. With page eight you
come to the superstructure. There are six detailed insets. Insets include assembly of the main mast, an even more complicated inset on assembly of the fore mast,
an inset for each funnel assembly, an inset for the amidships gun platform and an inset of the conning tower position. I found that these were easy to follow. Final
assembly is on the ninth and last page. This covers attachment of the superstructure subassemblies, funnels, ship’s boats, anchors, and a few other fittings. Five
separate detailed insets cover the assembly of the various patterns of ship’s boats.