|The Kit - The ŘOP o.s Samek Udarnyi represents the ship essentially as she appeared throughout her relatively short career as it doesn’t appear that she changed at
all. Being a river monitor, there really is not too much to the actual ship, so the kit has an overall low part count. The kit is comprised of 26 resin parts, photo-etch parts
and a plaster cast river base. The hull is waterline only, measures just about 6 inches in length and it is nicely detailed. The steel plating of the deck is reproduced
effectively and lower superstructures, barbettes, skylights, hatch coamings, mooring cleats and bollards, cable reels and other smaller details are all integrally cast into
the hull part. Doors and vertical ladders are cast into the bridge structure but the hatch coamings have no detail other than being raised squares. Adding some photo-
etch hatches will address this. The edge of the hull bottom requires a little bit of cleanup to remove some stray bits of resin film, but overall the casting is clean and
looks really well done. The next largest part is the upper deck with the pilothouse/citadel, funnel, base for the gun director and aft housings. The bridge has a nice level
of detail and the overall casting is well done. This part is on a casting wafer which needs to be trimmed off.
The smaller resin parts include the 130mm turrets and barrels, 45mm twin turrets, 7.62mm quad guns and tubs, mast, lookout tub, boats, searchlight, gun director and
other bits. Some of the parts are on casting wafers and some attached to runners. The 130mm barrels are well done with a shallow opening at the muzzle. As you can
see, the photo-etch is produced by Eduard and it looks pretty good. The photo-etch fret contains railings, various styles of davits, anchors, anchor chain, life rings,
running light boards and brackets, inclined ladders, bases for the 7.62mm quad guns and a name plate. Each item has a part number etched into the fret. I personally
would have liked to have had some hatches included with the photo-etch, so the modeler will have to find another source if they wish to add them. The plaster cast
water base is a novel idea but the water appears a bit to choppy for a river and there is no recessed area into which to fit the hull. Regardless, this will help save time
since the kit is a waterline model. There are no decals provided with the kit but they are not really needed as the ship had no markings that I am aware of. A small paper
Soviet naval ensign is provided.
The instructions are printed on two single-sided sheets of paper, with the first page having a small plan and profile drawing of the ship with a brief history of the ship
and technical specifications. The second sheet has three color photos, two small ones at the top of the page and one larger one at the bottom. The top left photos shows
the resin parts laid out with part number references. The top right is a photo of the Udarnyi and the two other Soviet river monitors produced by ŘOP o.s Samek
assembled but not painted. The larger photo shows a fully assembled Udarnyi with each resin and photo-etch part identified. Thankfully this is not a terribly
complicated build but another view or two from different perspectives would have been helpful. There are other photos of a completed and unpainted model on the
ŘOP o.s Samek website which will help with the placement of some of the smaller parts that aren’t quite visible. No painting instructions are given but the color
illustration on the box label shows that the vertical surfaces were painted a medium gray; the decks very dark almost off black and the life rings were red. The top of
the funnel was black with a red band near the top.