|This is the second resin kit from Wake Models which is run by Evgenie Polomoshnov and based in Novosibirsk, Russia. The other kit currently available is the coastal defense battleship Admiral Ushakov, which is the subject of an in-box review I wrote on
Steel Navy. The model comes with a two part hull split at the waterline. The hull halves are solid cast resin, which is similar to what other Russian resin kit producers do with smaller ship subjects. There is a good amount of detail cast into the hull parts which
include numerous skylights, a companionway and coal scuttles. The four pairs of bitts broke off during shipping but this can be remedied with plastic rod and a micro-drill bit. The two halves mate rather cleanly and will require some putty to hide the seam.
Openings are provided in the deck to accommodate the funnels and larger cowl vents. The resin parts have a very tacky feel to them which is probably residue from some kind of mold release. I also found this with the Admiral Ushakov kit parts. Washing
the parts in dish detergent with warm water and a soft scrubbing with a toothbrush removed this residue. The next largest resin parts are the funnels. Cowl vents and what I guess are storage lockers. The forward funnel has the pilothouse integrated into it and
that sits flush with the deck while the bottom of the funnel fits into the opening. The funnels are hollowed out somewhat which is a nice touch. I used a small razor saw to carefully remove the parts from the runners. A pair of resin pedestals is provided for
modelers who wish to build full hull. They look like they could do the trick once cleaned up and painted brass or bronze. The smaller parts include the 75mm and 47mm guns, torpedo tubes, boats, a small vent, propeller hubs, searchlight and compasses. The
small parts are a little rough and need a little more preparation and cleanup. The 47mm guns look particularly fragile and may provide the biggest challenge. I apologize for the overexposed photo of these parts. A small but rather complete photo-etch fret is
provided with the kit. It includes railings in various styles, bridge and aft platforms and supports, ladders, propeller and propeller guards, rudder and shaft supports, foc’sle peak, anchors, ship’s wheels, gun shields, anchor handling davit and running light
boards. The photo-etch looks well done but I found the inclined ladders difficult to work with and when I tried to bend the steps into the correct shape some broke off. I ended up replacing them with spares I had. A display name plate in Cyrillic is provided
but oars for the ship’s boats are not. A pre-assembled mast made from soldered metal wire (not sure if it is brass) is provided but the metal is poor quality and flimsy in my opinion and looks like it has some corrosion. I made my own mast from brass rod
using the kit version as a template but I later found it was a little too tall so I had to trim mine down. The assembly instructions provided with the kit is comprised of three pages. The first page contains a nice plan and profile view of the ship, specifications, and
a number-keyed image of the photo-etch. What is curious is that the actual layout of the photo-etch differs from the image but all the parts are there and this doesn’t present a problem. The first page also provides a template to make the boat racks and davits
with brass wire. The next two pages provide exploded assembly diagrams which are fairly easy to follow. There is very little Cyrillic writing so this should not be a problem for non-Russian language speakers/readers.