Decades ago the Soviet Union trade authorities contracted with Heller to produce two model ships in 1:400 scale. Both models were of Imperial Russian warships that played significant roles in success of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. One of course was the Avrora, a protected cruiser that fired upon the Kerensky Government troops protecting the bridge leading to the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The other kit was Potemkin, or more correctly, the Kniaz PotemkinTavricheskii. The classic silent movie The Potemkin Mutiny by Sergei Eisenstein produced in the Soviet Union in the 1920s was indeed propaganda but nonetheless a classic and powerful film in its own right. It celebrated the revolt of the crew of the battleship Potemkin in the spring of 1905. The unrest, including the mutiny, riots and the heavy handed repression by the Tsarist government were key ingredients that subsequently contributed to the overthrow of the Tsar. Produced by a number of different companies in the years that followed, the 1:400 scale Potemkin still builds into a very attractive model as shown in this build of the Maquette version of the kit, built by Il Choi of South Korea.

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