|Two versions of the wheelhouse are provided, one for the rocket launcher fit and one for machine gun fits. Both appear well cast with some detail that will be augmented with some photo-etch. The
wheelhouses must be removed from the casting runner with a razor saw and cleaned up along the bottom. Sandwiched between the wheelhouses on this runner are some smaller parts, which include
the optional aft DShK turret, a muffler, some vents and some kind of canister. Resin part 12, as identified in the instructions, was missing from my sample and may have broken off inadvertently during
packing. It is rail that juts out off the stern between the torpedo troughs and it appears to be a rectangular beam which can be easily replaced with some plastic stock. The smaller parts need a little bit
of clean-up. There is a smaller runner with five additional parts included with the kit. These parts are the base for the rocket launcher, a cover for the forward gun tub (used with the AKA and Series 11
versions), a search light, a part used with the canister on the larger runner and another canister that is not identified in the parts breakdown in the instruction. This part is referenced in the assembly
instructions and is used only with the Series 11 build. A pair of torpedoes round out the resin parts.
The small photo-etch fret is crammed with numerous parts done with fine relief etching. Some of the parts are optional and depend on which version you will build. Some of the common parts include
the forward deck skylights and hatch, grab railings, rudders and running gear, torpedo rudders, bridge windows, torpedo rails and supports, DShK machine guns and mounting rings, mast and other
parts. The optional parts are those that are used to construct the rocket launcher and the armored bridge window covers for that version of the boat. The photo-etch is fine and delicate; the frame for
the rocket launcher was slightly bent which can be remedied. There are four pages of illustrated instructions are printed on a folded sheet of paper and cover in fairly good detail the specific steps
required to build the different variants. While it is not shown in the instructions per se, the rocket launcher rails, the machine guns and the propeller shafts need to be folded together. The instructions
also show that some brass wire, which is not provided with the kit, is needed to make the exhaust pipe which was fitted along the portside edge with the resin muffler and some photo-etch fasteners.
Overall this is a good debut kit from North Star Models and shows the detail and quality I have seen with their photo-etch fittings and upgrade sets. It is great to see the G-5, which was the backbone
of the Soviet MTB fleet, available in this scale and it will make a nice companion to the Coastal Forces kits from White Ensign Models. Due to the fiddly parts and delicate photo-etch, I would
recommend this kit to a modeler of intermediate skill. I hope that North Star Models will produce additional kits, maybe a D-3 class MTB or some other small combatant.