This is my build of the Revell Spy Trawler ‘Volga’ in 1/142 scale. The kit dates back about 45 years now, and for its age is very nice! It turned into an enjoyable, low-
pressure job, very relaxing to do. Kind of fun to build something that doesn’t have guns- although there’s nothing WRONG with guns, of course. This kit has also been
sold as “
Kandahar” and “North Sea Fishing Trawler.” It looks like a pretty generic deepwater fishing trawler. I didn’t do much to modify it, but a fishing trawler has to
have nets, right? None are supplied with the kit, so I used some old nylon stocking to simulate the net. NOTE TO GENTLEMEN- If you go out and buy new nylon
stockings, you are viewed as getting a slightly naughty gift for your wife/girlfriend, tee hee. If you ask your wife/girlfriend for some used nylon hose, you’re immediately
labeled a pervert. Be warned.

Since this a generic vessel, I could play with the paint scheme a bit. Low-maintenance black for the upper hull, and green antifouling paint below (don’t you get tired of
red?). I considered white for the superstructure, but decided to go with grey instead. It has four cylindrical-looking devices scattered about the upper decks that in the
instructions are labeled ‘electronics pod,’ but to me they just look like the automatically deployable life rafts common to many vessels, so I decided to go with that and
painted them high-visibility red.
The bridge windows and the portholes were opened up to look better, and Crystal-Clear was used for glass. I opened up the scuppers, too. The funnel is open into the
cabin and I should have blocked it off, but I didn’t. So sue me (actually, I forgot to do it until after the cabin was in place). The red striping on the cabin came from an
old ‘Starship Enterprise’ decal sheet I had laying around.

I dived into the photo-etch stash and found a crane hook for the ship’s boat, and I made some ladders from spare PE as well. The anchors came from the PE stash too.
A little anchor chain draped across the windlass dressed up the forecastle nicely. I wanted a really heavily used, indifferently maintained look, so I used a heavy hand on
the rust. If I were to do it over
It was fun! There are still a lot of these kits around for pretty cheap, I bet you’d have fun with it too.
Mark Leonard
Santa Rosa, California