First hands up, all those that thought we would see this iconic ship produced at 1/350 scale in plastic during their lifetime, not many
The kit comes in a sturdy box with hinged lid; inside you will find six frets, a rather strange looking base, paper flag, decals and an eight-page instruction booklet.
Quality of parts
In total there are 315 parts in this kit and you would expect at least one item to have some flash, well Zvesda has made sure there is none at least on the copy I have. To date I have only found four sinkhole marks, these are located in both the fore and main mast lookout positions. Both port and stb’d hulls have three very small blemishes on them adjacent to the internal bracing points above the water line but these will take no more than about thirty minutes in total to correct. All other parts are well rendered with no warping or miss alignment.
One very pleasant surprise for me, seeing as the kit is full hull is the inclusion of a deep internal ‘V’ shaped groove running the entire length of the hull. Curiosity got the better of me and I couldn’t resist removing the lower part of the hull, a new blade and eight gentle passes separated the lower hull section with no issues at all. I then checked the upper section and found no twisting of any kind, the two halves fit together very well at the bow and stern due to excellent location pins.
Zvezda dropped the ball on this issue in their Varyag kit but have come back to produce a superb wooden deck effect for Dreadnought. Not just a series of straight lines, but individual planks well rendered and to scale. Care will have to be taken when applying paint so as not to hide this detail as it is very fine, but it does do away with the need to purchase a wooden replacement.
Both fore and main mast lower parts are sturdy and will not need replacing, however upper parts and spars will need replacing with rod in order to facilitate rigging, but they will make excellent patterns for their replacements.
I cannot discern any issues from looking at the superstructure parts, although I think it prudent to add bracing pieces to the under side of the main deck before locating.
One issue that I do have is with the bridge deck and roof, no deck planking is visible on the parts representing them. The bridge is made up of clear plastic parts so you’ll need to mask the windows.
12” - Shapes look correct, but have the 6” foot plates moulded as one piece, barrels will need sanding and hollowing out but most I think will opt for brass barrel replacements.
6” – Pedestals and stocks are fine but need added detail, barrels are ok but again many will choose brass replacements.
Each come in two parts with separate caps, they come with very well reproduced steam pipes.
Good overall, but need thinning in a few places.
Scuttles are very light and need more definition so do the 6” mount doors. No eyebrows, blank hatches and lockers, Engine room sky lights, ladders etc.
Eight page booklet, with history on page one, followed by six pages of mainly pictorial build, guide lines. All sub assembly instructions are clearly defined. The paint guide gives two number codes, one is for model master the other unknown, but does not have 54(main hull/superstructure) in the list yet shows it on the plan/profile. Final page gives layout of all the sprues.
You never judge a book by it’s cover
If you did then you would put this kit back on the shelf, as the pictures on the reverse showing the kit as built are very poor and sub standard.
Overall what you get inside the box is a different story altogether.
Zvezda have, simply put, a winner on their hands
The kit retails for £45 and for a 1/350 battleship is good value.
I will do a review of the WEM p/etch set that is currently being designed by Peter Hall as soon as I get my hands on one.
Note : Photos have not been included in this review
as there are already many on the internet, including those
here at Steel Navy
Note : Photos have not been included in this review as there are already many on the internet, including those here at Steel Navy