White Ensign Models
Airfix 1:600th Moskva
Ensign Models has released a photoetched brass set to upgrade the 1/600 Airfix kit of the Soviet helicopter cruiser/carrier hybrids, MOSKVA (Moscow) and LENINGRAD.
The set consists of 48 delicate parts engineered by Peter Hall. What hes done is
create the means (as Loren Perry has done with several Gold Medal Models sets) to turn a
fairly mediocre older model into a museum piece. Especially important are the ships
distinct radar screens, which have been beautifully captured here. The intricate Top Sail,
Head Net, and Headlight components are a quantum improvement upon the rather crude kit
parts. The fret also includes ladders, railings, doors, helo blades, davits, anchor
chains, and boat cranes. The set even provides the seal of the USSR to adorn the
ships transom, along with Cyrillic nameplates for both vessels. A minor nitpick: the
Russian letters "A", "L", and "D" look somewhat close to one
another, and need to be corrected if the modeler uses the LENINGRAD plate ("A"
is used throughout). This could even easily be rectified with a paintbrush! WEM has
provided a detailed three-page set of drawings showing how to assemble the parts. This
fine set breathes new life into an old kit, and is highly
recommended for the more experienced ship modeler.