|The Battle of Tsushima took place on May 27-28, 1905 and it is well known that the Russian fleet was decimated in
this battle. On the first day of the battle, Admiral Ushakov was hit by a large caliber shell in the bow at the
waterline. She took on seawater and her speed was reduced to 10 knots. Another hit amidships was repaired. Due
to the loss of speed, she became separated from the rest of her squadron throughout that evening and ultimately she
was left behind. Surprisingly she was not spotted by the Japanese until the following afternoon. As the Japanese
approached hoisting a signal flag with an offer to surrender, the Russian crew opened fired. Outnumbered by
superior ships, the outcome was inevitable and within 20 minutes the Admiral Ushakov was ablaze and listing heavily
to starboard. Unable to fire back, Captain Mikloukho-Maklai order the ship to be scuttled and the crew to abandon
ship. The ship continued her list to starboard and then overturned and sank stern first. The Japanese rescued a total
of 328 survivors which included 14 officers. According to Japanese sources Captain Mikloukho-Maklai refused to
board an over-crowded boat and asked that a Russian sailor floating nearby be saved instead.
The Wake Models Kit -Imperial Russian Navy enthusiasts have had numerous kits options in 1/700 scale resin.
For those who prefer 1/350 scale, like yours truly, the number of kits available pales in comparison to the smaller
scale. However, this dilemma is slowly but surely changing. Alas we had promises of plastic kits from Flagman
that never materialized, but we do have plastic kits from Zvezda and resin kits from Box261 and Combrig. Now
there is a new name to add this short list of Russian kit producers – Wake Models.
Wake Models, like most resin kit producers, is a one-man endeavor and in this case he is Evgenie Polomoshnov who
lives in Novosibirsk in western Siberia. Wake Models currently has two resin and photoetch kits in production, the
destroyer Bditelnyi (which will be the subject of a forthcoming build review) and the coastal defense battleship