|Combrig provides two photo-etch brass frets which provide railings, ladders, boat details and ship specific 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 first fret, Plate 1, contains most of railings, ratlines, boat
details, sternwalk platform, railing and supports, shields for the 152mm and 75mm guns, the bow and stern crests, ship’s wheels, various small platforms and support
bracing for the larger boat davits. Photo-etch Plate 2 contains the remaining lengths of railings, ladders, other platforms, shields and parts to build the mounts for the
47mm guns, additional boat details, davit hand wheels, anchor handling davit, smaller boat davits, a pair of anchors and sundry detail parts. It is good to finally see
railings included with the photo-etch, which was a common gripe with past Combrig kits, but the railings have individual stanchion ends. My common gripe is that
this style of photo-etch railing is harder to work with in my opinion.
The instructions come on eight pages and are in the usual Combrig format but with some improvements. 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. The placement of the main deck railings are not shown but this is
fairly obvious. Again this was a common criticism on Combrig’s assembly instructions but it appears that they have been reading the reviews and are paying attention.