|The Gunboat Lenin was originally built as the Kars in 1908.
She was part of the Caspian Flotilla assigned to protect this oil rich
inland sea. Although small compared to the ocean going warships, on the
Caspian Sea she was among the largest warships. When World War Two broke
out this Gunboat defended against German forces in a convoy escort role.
Her presence helped to ensure vital supplies made it to the front to keep
the Russian forces going.
The Lenin survived the war and served in the region throughout the 50's, before finally being scrapped. Combrig offers this kit in her 1942 fit.
|This is a small kit, but is packed with plenty of detail. The hull is well cast and includes some rather pronounced deck planking The chocks and other details are also well defined. Only a small amount of cleanup will be needed to build this kit.||
|Superstructure parts are cast on a thin resin wafer and are also well cast. An older bridge was also included in my kit. This appears to be from the original Kars version from the 20's.|
|There are three 102 mm main guns with separately cast gun shields. These guns are really nice. Note the way the gun looks with the shield attached in the two photo's below. The four open 37 mm mounts are also well cast. There are four more machine guns of two different types. That's a lot of armament for a small gunboat!|
|Instructions are two pages with plan and elevation
on one side and an exploded view and Bill of Materials view on the other.
These are all right for this small kit, but it wouldn't hurt to add a few
more detail views.
It is nice to see unusual subjects such as this one continue to be produced by Combrig. This kit would be a great first resin kit for a beginner. It is small enough to be finished in an evening or two. With a list price of about $16.00 US, it is a good value and will make a great addition to your Caspian Flotilla.