Petropavlosk and her sister ships Gangut, Poltava and Sevatopol were the first Russian dreadnoughts. Armed with an impressive (for the time) main battery of twelve 12" guns carried in four centerline turrets, the sixteen gun secondary battery was entirely casement mounted and of limited usefulness. These ships wre flush decked with with very little structural mass above this deck. Having learned the lessons of Tsushima, both protection and subdivision were enhanced over that of previous Russian battleships. Interestingly, all ships of this class were fitted with an ice-breaking bow, which caused them to be wet forward. Petropavlosk saw minimal action in WW1. She fell into the hands of the Bolsheviks and was sunk by British torpedo boats in 1919. Refloated, she was re-named Marat and was used extensively for coastal bombardment during WW2.
The WSW (formerly Doc Modell) Petropavlosk is typical of this producer's offerings. That is, both master pattern and casting quality are among the best to be found anywhere. The flush-decked hull, relatively plain from a distance, comes to life when examined closely. Detailing is exquisite, and everything is sharp and in-scale. Resin casting of such high quality can be appreciated even if one never builds the model. But build it you should, because it should go together rapidly. The austere design of this class means means there isn't much atop the hull. Assembly is further expedited byt the main gun castings, which are remarkable. In what has come to be a WSW trademark, the barrels are cast integral with the gun houses. They are tapered and ramrod straight. Secondary guns, all of which are located in casements, are simulated with brass rod (included). Indeed, the bulk of construction will consist of attaching ship's boats/launches, their storage cradles and lifting davits.
Unlike previous WSW releases, there are no white metal parts. Everthing is resin, and most of these parts are embedded in paper-thin, easily removeable wafers. This is a WSW trademark and greatly facilitates cleanup. There are no inconveniently placed resin plugs to remove, nor any need for flat-sanding. Bridge deck bulkheads are very thin, devoid of air bubbles and commendably "in scale". Both masts are resin rather than white metal, as in previous WSW releases. They are very fine, but also slightly warped. Long, very thin resin parts tend to warp. Heat treatment will straighten them, but I question whether they will remain straight once on the model. Consider using them as templates to fabricate your own from brass rod, an easy step that will free you from that dreaded ship modeler affliction, limp masts.
The rather spare instructions are clear and unambiguous. They are adequate to the task, and include an illustrated parts list. No photo-etched brass parts are include. WSW foregos etched brass and the kit will look fine without them. Nevertheless it would benefit from brass railing. Either Toms or GMM railing will suffice.
WSW is to be commended for this high quality kit of a most interesting subject. Russian pre-Dreadnought and Dreadnought era warship are quite fascinating, and I look forward to seeing more of them from the cottage industry. And you won't go wrong with this WSW offering. And one last comment; Russian naval references covering this early 20th century era can be hard to come by. I recommend the V.M. Tomitch book, Warships of the Imperial Russian Navy. It is long out of print, but Pacific Front may have a few copies remaining.
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