Gremyashchiy was one of three boats in the Grozyashchiy class of armored gunboats. This class was unusual in that they were fitted with a 9-inch gun which was
completely enclosed by the forward bridge deck with only a large port through which the gun was extended. The enclosure afforded protection but limited the trainability
of the gun to only 100°. A shielded 6-inch gun was fitted aft. The steel armor belt ran from the stern to approximately 30 feet from the ram bow.
Gremyashchiy was
laid down at the New Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg in 1890, launched in May 1892 and completed in 1893. She was part of the Imperial Russian fleet in Port
Arthur and was sunk by a mine on August 18, 1904 during the Russo-Japanese War. Only the  
Grozyashchiy survived that war and served during World War I, when
she was rearmed with four 6-inch/45 guns. She was eventually scrapped in 1922.

Combrig Models recently released 1:700 scale kits of all three boats in this class and based on what I was able to determine from comparing the
Gremyashchiy to the
others, they are essentially identical. What you get is a waterline hull and smaller resin parts with no photo-etch included. You will have to use another source for any
railings, ladders and any other details that you will need.
The waterline hull is nicely cast with good amount of detail. The wood planking suffers from the common Combrig omission of not having butt ends and instead being
very long planks. The hawsers on the foc’sle deck could be drilled out to give them some depth. Several upper decks are provided in a casting film and will need to be
removed using a sharp Exacto knife and probably need a little sanding along the edges. The forward bridge deck and aft upper deck have solid bulwarks along the
edges which I am assuming is to represent railings with canvas covers but it is severely over scale and should really be removed and replaced with photo-etch. The
wood planking again suffers from the lack of butt ends. The next largest part in the single funnel.

The smaller parts include all of the guns, boats, cowl vents, anchors, searchlights, davits, binnacles and pedestals for the ship’s wheels (which you will need to find
from another source). The parts are well done and cleanly cast. Some of the guns have their shields cast into the part which eliminates the need for photo-etch and
simplifies construction. The davits are very fragile and subject to warping since they are made from resin. There are three pages of assembly instructions. The first
page has a small plan and profile drawing of the gunboat which are rather small but the profile does provide a basic rigging diagram. The ship’s history and
specifications are written in Cyrillic. Page two has the standard resin parts laydown. Page three has the only assembly diagram along with templates for the masts and
yards to make them from wire.
This is another basic bare-bones offering from Combrig that out of the box builds into a simple but fairly accurate model of Gremyashchiy. As always, there is plenty of
room for the modeler to improve and detail the model to their heart’s content.
Felix Bustelo
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