|The 67,500 ton Admiral Kuznetsov was
the Soviet Unions first full flight deck carrier, also known as Project
1143.5. It would probably be better classified as an Aircraft Carrying
Cruiser as it relies more on it's offensive missiles than aircraft. The
ship features a ski jump style flight deck to help get the aircraft airborne
as no catapults are used. A traditional angled deck allows for simultaneous
launching and recovering of aircraft. The aircraft she was designed to
operate include navalized versions of the Su-27, Mig-29, and the proven
Yak-41M VTOL, and Ka-27 Kamov Helicopters. They were designed to
operate in the Air Superiority role in defense of SSBN forces. The Kusnetsov
is the only ship of this type to see service. A second ship, the Varyag
was canceled and never completed due to changing strategic needs. The Kuznetsov
also carries the SS-N-19 Anti Ship missiles in twelve launchers. Like other
Soviet era ships, she bristles with all the latest in air defense weapons
Like the real ships this new kit from Trumpeter is huge. The kit comes well packed in a large box with cardboard divides securing things in place.
|The hull is a huge one piece part open on top and bottom.
There are a number of aluminum reinforcing tabs that brace the sides together
along the bottom. The molding on this part is very good with crisp and
sharp lines. The port holes even have rain gutters molded over them. A
full lower hull or waterline flat bottom is provided molded in red plastic
Includes the bulbous bow halves and many of the major structural parts.
Notice the channels for the deck elevators.
More finely molded parts.
There are two of these sprues with deck elevators and a number of really fine parts.
There are four of these sprue which include the majority of the weapons and radars.
|A black mounting base is included with nameplate for full hull display.|
|The decal sheet includes all of the deck markings for the
aircraft parking areas and flight deck landing zones. The decals are well
registered and sharply rendered.
|The aircraft in this kit are the best available in this
scale. They are like little kits in themselves and are molded in gray,
black and clear styrene. Many have details that are really fine for their
size. You can model the aircraft with folded wings or ready for launch.
The Ka-27 includes folded rotor blades.
Su-27K Flanker D (six included).
MiG-29K Fulcrum D (two included).
Yak-41M Freestyle (four included).
Ka-27 Kamov (four included).
A decal sheet is included with markings for all of the above aircraft.
|The instructions are a 24 page booklet showing the assembly
in a step by step process that is easy to follow. Very thorough and well
|Another impressive kit from Trumpeter. This kit retails
for $199.00 (USD), but can be found on sale for less in most places.
Thanks to Stevens International for the review sample. They are the exclusive importer for Trumpeter kits in the US. If your hobby shop does not carry Trumpeter kits have them contact Stevens International or try their Hobby Shop Locator to find one.