This is the model of the old Heller 1:400 scale Potemkin. For those of you who feel only the new kits are worth building, let me tell you the Potemkin is a pretty nice kit considering the era it was released. The masts are accurate in their representation of the way real yardarms are hung on masts, unlike the "Christian cross" style masts we see on most kits today. The model was painted flat black with teak wood decks and yellow orange stacks. I used the techniques described in my "Making Realistic Wood decks" article on the techniques page. I cut the hull at the waterline with a Dremel circular saw and made the water from Gel Medium.
It was then painted with acrylics and topped off with two heavy coats of
Future floor polish to add a realistic wet look to the water. The rigging is
entirely stretched sprue, to give a realistic sag to the rope rigging. I added Flagship
Models 1:400 scale railing to add some extra detail. If you can find one of
the Heller Potemkin kits, not
the Russian releases, buy it and build it. With the neat rigged masts, and
stacks it makes a unique looking addition to any collection.
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