|This is the first time I have scratchbuilt a model ship. The idea of
building an Udaloy class destroyer has inspired after I have completed
the Trumpeter Sovremenny Type 956E 1/200 plastic kit – as I want to have
a sister ship for my Sovremenny. I desired to have an Udaloy class DDG
because of its unique design and configuration. However there is no plastic
kit of this massive size available in the market and hence I finally decided
to scratchbuild one.
I did not find many structural changes in the Admiral Levchenko after
the 1999 refit. Yet I think the painting scheme may have changed and I
decided to adopt the old one – one I think is simpler for a beginner.
|The project took about 5.5 months. I started with building the hull by adopting the outline of the Halinski paper model. I used styrene sheets instead of paper and putty as building materials. After repeated sanding and putty applications, I used Mr. Surfacer as the final coat of the hull.|
|SUPERSTRUCTURE AND DETAILS|
|Then I built the deckhouses, starting from forward side to aft. After that, I made the weapons and radars.|
Finally, my Sovremenny gets a sister! As a beginner in scratch-building I am satisfied with my work. Anyway I desire to have further improvements and hence I welcome any comments and suggestions!