The Imperial Russian destroyer Novik was considered the fastest ship in the world in 1913. She was ordered in August 1909 and launched in July 1911 at the Russian Putilov Yard. Her design was a
collaboration with German Vulkan Yard of Stettin. Vulkan was also the subcontractor for
Novik’s machinery and most of her fittings. With a length of 336 feet and a displacement of 1,280 tons, she
was far larger than almost all other contemporary destroyers. Her size combined with her exceptional speed made her the super-destroyer of her day.
Novik was commissioned on September 4, 1913
and became part of the Baltic Cruiser Brigade.
Novik saw a lot of action during World War One, first with the Baltic Cruiser Brigade and then later in 1915 as flagship of the destroyer division. She
operated mainly from the Western end of the Gulf of Finland and the Bay of Riga. The bay was difficult to access due to narrow straits and 12-inch gun batteries and it provided the Russian Navy a
fairly safe harbor.

The German fleet attempted to enter the Bay of Riga several times. During one attempt in mid-August 1915, the German destroyers
V-99 and V-100 were able to gain entrance and attempted a torpedo
attack against Russian pre-dreadnought
Slava. After a skirmish with Russian destroyers, the two German destroyers retreated. Novik chased after them and was able to catch up thanks to her high
Novik scored several hits against V-99, forcing her into a minefield, where she struck two mines and was wrecked. For the rest of 1915 through most of 1917, the Novik was involved mainly in
minelaying duties. The mines laid were responsible for the sinking of the German light cruiser
Bremen and a pair of destroyers. Novik along with other Russian destroyers did go on the offensive a few
times, attacking the German patrol line and several convoys.
In October 1917, the Germans finally succeeded in penetrating the Bay of Riga with a large-scale amphibious assault. A total of 20,000 troops were landed on the islands in the northern Bay and the
coastal batteries were captured. The battlecruiser
Moltke and ten dreadnoughts secured the western entrance to the bay. The Russian ships narrowly avoided being bottled-up by the superior German
force and escaped via Moon Sound to the north before the German troops captured Moon Island. The Russians successfully escaped into the Gulf of Finland. The only ship not able to make the escape
was the
Slava, which was heavily damaged by the German battleships Konig and Kronprinz. Slava was run aground and scuttled on October 17, 1917 in Moon Sound. About a month afterwards, the
Bolshevik Revolution (The October Revolution) took place and Russia’s participation in World War One ended with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
Novik survived the war and was laid up in 1918. She
was refitted as a Flotilla Leader and was recommissioned in 1931 as the
Yakov Sverdlov. She was sunk by a German mine on August 28, 1941.

Displacement:        1,280 tons
Dimensions:        336’ 3” x 31’ 3” x 9’ 10” or 102.5m x 9.5m x 3.0m  (length overall/beam/draft)
Machinery:        3 Shaft AEG Turbines, 6 Vulkan Boilers; 40,000shp
Speed:        36 knots
Armament:        Four 4-inch (102mm)/60 (4x1); Two MG; Eight 18-inch (450mm)Torpedo Tubes (4x2); 60 Mines
Complement:        130
The Wake Models Novik -This is the third kit released by Wake Models which is run by Evgenie Polomoshnov and based in Novosibirsk, Russia. This kit is a mixed-bag in terms of detail and casting
quality. The model comes with a two part hull split at the waterline. The hull halves are hollow cast resin, which is common practice with Russian resin kit producers for larger ship subjects. The upper
hull has the bridge and other housings integral into the casting. The portholes and hull strakes are nicely done and the upper hull captures the destroyer profile well. There are some other details cast into
the decks, such as skylights, bitts, chocks, and mine rails but they appear somewhat soft. Practically all of the bitts and chocks broke off during shipment and need to be scratch-built. The skylight
windows are barely visible and will need to be drilled out or even replaced with some photo-etch versions. The bow stem has a little bit of damage which needs to be repaired. There are no openings in
the deck for any of the smaller part. Instead there are either some faint outlines showing where the funnels and large vents go or raised circles marking the locations for the main guns and torpedo tubes.
The lower hull appears good but it has several pinholes that need to be filled in. The two halves have a bit of a resin runner that needs to be removed with a razor saw and this prevented me from doing a
dry fit. In any case, I am certain that some putty will required hide the seam that occurs any time two hull halves are mated. Most of the resin parts have a very tacky feel to them which is probably
residue from some kind of mold release. I have encountered this with the previous two Wake Models kits I have reviewed. Washing the parts in dish detergent with warm water and a soft scrubbing
with a toothbrush will remove the residue.

The next largest resin parts are the four funnels and prominent cowl vents. The forward and aft funnels are oblong and the two middle funnels are rounder. The forward funnel is taller with an extended
top which probably helped keep fumes and smoke for the open bridge just forward. The funnels are well done but require removing them from a thick casting wafer at their base. Like the funnels, the
cowl vents have different sized openings. The two vents with the rounder openings are fitted front of the middle two funnels and the one with the oblong opening is fitted forward of the aft-most
funnel.   The edges of the vents are slightly damaged and will require some repair. The resin parts for the 102mm guns and torpedo tubes are actually produced by Complect Zip and they are very
detailed and well-cast. For the first run of this kit, these parts were made by Wake Models but since then they have been substituted with the Complect Zip parts. One of the 102mm gun barrels was
missing from my sample so I will have to scratch-build one with tubing and wire using one of the resin versions as a template.

The four boats are decent but require clean up and one of them is damaged and needs to be repaired. The smaller fittings, such as engine room telegraphs and compasses, are a little rough and need a
little more preparation and cleanup. Again some parts were broken during shipping and need to be repaired and it appears that some of the parts referenced in the instructions, such as a rangefinder and
small cowl vent, are missing. The running gear includes the rudder and three propeller rubs to which photo-etch blades are attached. In that photo, there are some extra items that actually are not kit
parts but rather resin casting debris for lack of a better term. I wasn’t sure if there were actual parts so I included them in the photo just in case. Photo-etch parts are included on two frets. The photo-
etch appears to be well done with some relief-etching but there are some things with the design that I do not like. The larger fret has the upper and lower bridge deck, the aft boat deck, funnel rings and
cap grills, railings, ladders, propeller guards, mine handling davits and some other detail parts. The railings are a bit odd in how they are provided; the modeler will need to cut them in half to get lengths
of railing with individual stanchions. This is a bit awkward and there is the chance that the stanchions won’t be equal lengths if not careful. Looking at the instructions the railing provided is just enough
for the bridge and boat deck, so you will need to get some from another source for the rest of the model. I am planning on substituting the kit railing in any event but still there should be enough
provided to equip the model. Also I am not that thrilled with the inclined ladders which have the handrail ends open and will need to be bent down to close them off. I will substitute the kit ladders with
other photo-etch versions. Parts 16 and 19 on this fret were to be used with the kit’s original torpedo tubes but they are not required with the Complect Zip versions. The smaller fret has the propeller
blades, shaft struts, anchors, davits, boat cradles and torpedo sights. A display name plate in Cyrillic is provided. Lengths of metal wire (not sure if they are brass) are provided but the metal is poor
quality and flimsy in my opinion. They appear to be pre-cut to the required length for the masts and yardarms, which facilitates construction but I would use better brass rod instead.
The assembly instructions provided with the kit are comprised of five pages and are tri-lingual: Russian, English and German. The first page contains a small profile view of the ship with a brief history
of the ship and details on the modifications made for her 1915 fit, which is what his model represents. The English text throughout the instructions is rather broken but it gets the point across. A
numbered keyed parts list is not provided which would have been helpful. The remaining pages provide exploded assembly diagrams which are adequate but I would have liked to have seen some overall
images of certain points of construction.  
Overall this kit is good but it does have some issues. The model could have been better packed which would have helped prevent part loss and breakage. Some of the resin parts are a little rough
and the design of a few of the photo-etch parts questionable but the hull and photo-etch is generally well done and the bundling of Complect Zip armament is a plus. Out of the box the kit will build
into decent model but with some extra effort an eye-catching model of the
Novik is possible. This is currently the only kit of her in this scale, so if you want a model of this interesting destroyer
this is your only option.  
Felix Bustelo
Baron of Brooklyn