This is a subject I never thought I would see in kit form so I was delighted when AJM first announced it as a project and then in 1/700 and 1/350, and consequently I got both versions. I have a growing collection of 1/700 Russian vessels, but I also liked the subject and thought it deserved to be made in the larger scale as well to show a little more detail, and for the greater visual impact.
It has a very complex hull form – basically a sidewall hovercraft but with a huge amount of very fine detail, therefore the construction is not for the novice. On opening the box the first thing that struck me was the delicacy of the casting and the fact that the decals and photo-etch mean that there is nothing further to buy to complete the model.
I decided to start on the 1/700 kit and the first thing to deal with is the enormous pouring blocks on the hull components.