Trumpeter 1/350 Russian Navy Moskva Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||March 2007||Manufacturer||Trumpeter|
|Subject||Russian Navy Moskva||Scale||1/350|
|Kit Number||4518||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Very nicely detailed cruiser||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$79.95|
The Moskva is a Slava-class cruiser that serves as a guided missile launch platform for its 16 SS-N-12 Sandbox surface-to-surface missiles. In fact, the Moskva IS the Slava. The Slava was first-in-class and launched in 1979, renamed Moskva in 1995 (after the helicopter cruiser of the same name was decommissioned a few years earlier), and serves in the Black Sea Fleet. Her sisters are Marshal Ustinov and Varyag. A fourth, the Ukrayina (Ukraine) was launched but still awaits completion and may have been renamed Admiral Lobov. The final two in-class, the Admiral Gorshkov and 'October Revolution' were cancelled at the end of the Cold War.
In addition to her main battery of Sandbox missiles, the Slava-class are also armed with 64 SA-N-6 (naval version of the SA-10 Grumble) and 44 SA-N-4 (naval version of the SA-8 Gecko) surface-to-air missiles. On her bow is a twin-130mm main gun. She also carries torpedo launchers, air-defense gatling guns, and embarks a single Ka-25/Ka-27 helicopter.
The Slava-class is propelled by gas turbine engines that can get the cruiser moving at 30+ knots.
Who would have thought we'd see a mainstream release of this ship in 1/350? Thanks to Trumpeter, we now have an excellent example of this potent former Soviet naval combatant. According to the specs, the kit is comprised of 409 parts. The kit is presented on nine parts trees molded in light gray styrene, two trees of clear parts, an upper hull and two main deck sections in gray, plus a full-hull or waterline bottom molded in red. A fret of photo-etched parts provides the characteristic radars of the type, while a single tree molded in black and clear provide a pair of helicopters.
Judging from the flashed over holes on the main deck, I suspect well be seeing additional releases of this kit representing the Varyag. The Marshal Ustinov was similarly fitted as the Slava/Moskva, but the Varyag had a different fit of surface-to-air missiles.
For some curious reason, the lower portion of the main superstructure is molded in clear. There are no parts provided inside the superstructure, so I'm curious as to why this one structure is clear.
One other interesting thing that Trumpeter did with it clear parts is provide an alternative for their photo-etched parts. If bending the photo-etched towers or shaping the radars is not your thing, these parts are also pre-shaped in clear. Just draw in the details.
As I mentioned earlier, you have your choice of waterline or full-hull presentation of this vessel. If you do opt for full-hull, a display stand is also provided. In either case, a name plate is also included.
Trumpeter did include a pair of ASW helicopters in this kit. Using their unique multi-color molding technique, the fuselage is molded in clear while the landing gear and rotor blades are molded in black. One helicopter is posed with its rotors in flight position whilst the other has its blades stowed. The clear fuselage allows you to mask the windows, paint the interior color followed by the exterior color. Remove the masks and that solid fuselage looks like it has an interior!
Markings are provided for the Moskva in Russian Naval service with hull number 121 (Slava carried hull number 108).
This is an impressive release of one of the Slava-class and will build into an equally impressive model. About the only thing missing are the photo-etched handrails, and while many modelers are more than happy without rails, you can count on one of the aftermarket companies to provide a set for those of you love that extra detail.
My sincere thanks to Stevens International for this review sample!