|The Kit - This kit is the one of the newer releases from Combrig and one of a new series of Imperial Russian Navy torpedo boats in 1/350 scale. The kit is very
complete with well-cast resin parts, full photo-etch and good instructions. As this is a fairly simple boat the parts count is rather low. The model comes as a two-part
hull giving you the option of either a waterline or full hull model. The upper hull casting is overall well done. There is a good amount of detail cast into it, such as
mooring bitts, hatches, skylights and portholes. The twin fixed torpedo tubes are well represented at the bow. Now the kit’s stern is rounded and not straight, which
contradicts Conway’s, but I wouldn’t think Combrig would get such a feature incorrect. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt as they probably had
access to better references. There are recesses in the hull to fit the funnel, gun mounts, cowl vent and other small details. The bottom edge requires some clean up
and removal of some excess resin. The bottom hull is also well done and also requires some clean up along the edges.
The remaining parts all come on casting runners. The two largest are the funnel and the skeg for the propeller and rudder. The funnel is cast with the base at an angle
so it will sit with the swept back profile. Another small runner has the two 1-pounder revolvers attached to the bases and separate shoulder supports (these are also in
the photo-etch). These will need to be carefully removed from the runner. The last runner of resin parts includes the cowl vent, boat, binnacle, alternate single 1-
pounder guns with separate bases, propeller hub, cable reel insert and some other small parts. Please note that there are some parts on the runner that are not to be
used for this model so take a close look at the instructions. My guess is that this runner may be used in some other yet-to-released kits. Overall the casting of these
small parts is very clean.