1/700 Russian Navy corvette Gremyashchy Project 20385
Reviewed May 2016
by Ayala Botto
The  Gremyashchy class (Project 20385) corvette from the Russian Navy, was developed by the Central Marina Design Bureau in St. Petersburg, and it’s an improved version of the Steregushchy class (Project 20380) corvette with greater dimensions and displacement, improved habitability for extended operational range, capacity to launch cruise missiles (SS-N-27 or SS-N-26), and better equipped with electronics and air defenses.

The distinctive integrated stealth mast include the radar system with increased ability to detect and track air and sea targets, providing advance stealth technology in order to reduce the ships radar signature, as well as improved acoustic, infrared, magnetic and visual signature.

The construction has suffered huge delays, and currently only Gremyashchy (510) is under construction. This might be a single ship class.


  • Length: 115,10m
  • Beam: 14m
  • Draft: 3,7m (max – 5)
  • Displacement: 2.200 metric tons
  • Propulsion: 2x11660 hp DDA12000 diesels, 2 fixed pitch propellers (Project 20385 – 2 variable pitch propellers), 4x630 kW 22-26DG diesel generators;
  • Speed: 27 knots;
  • Endurance: 4.000 nautical miles at 14 knots;
  • Autonomy: 15 days;
  • Crew: 100
  • Ka-27 Helix anti-submarine helicopter and hangar facilities.
  • Furke-E 3D, E/F band Air search radar;
  • Garpun-B/3Ts-25E Surface search radar Granit;
  • Ratep 5P-10E Puma Fire control radar;
  • Zarya-ME suite, bow mounted;
  • Vinyetka low frequency active/passive towed array Sonar.
  • Arsenal A-190 100mm gun - 1x;
  • AK-630 CIWS guns - 2x;
  • MTPU pedestal machine gun 14.5 mm - 2x;
  • 330 mm SM-588 «Paket-NK» launchers (8 MTT torpedoes, M-15 anti-torpedoes) - 2x4 TT;
  • DP-64 grenade launchers (240 rounds) - 2x;
  • Igla MANPADS - 8x;
  • UKSK VLS system for SS-N-27 or SS-N-26 cruise missiles – 8x cells;
  • Redut VLS system for 9M96 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) - 2x8 cells.
More information:
The kit provided by Gwylan Models includes:
  • Single piece waterline resin hull;
  • Sprue with all resin parts for the hull (1x);
  • Sprue with two resin helicopters (Ka-27 and Ka-31);
  • Complete PE sets (2x);
  • Decal sheet for the lead ship of this class;
  • Instruction sheet;
This kit is cast as a single piece waterline resin hull, with excellent and complete molded details in a very smooth surface, with air vents, hangar door, watertight doors, among others details accurately represented, namely the VLS cells located at the hull and stern of the model.

As mentioned above, being a waterline model, it means the quick works (immersed part of the hull) are not represented.

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Resin Parts:
The main resin sprue includes the necessary parts to apply on the hull, namely:
  • Stealth mast;
  • Details parts for the Stealth mast;
  • Dome;
  • Arsenal A-190 100mm gun and barrel;
  • AK-630? CIWS guns - 2x;
  • Ship Boat;
  • RHIB;
A second resin sprue includes the frame of the Ka-27 and Ka-31 helicopters with an amazing level of detail. Pr20385-Gremayaschcy-32
Photo Etch 
For the Hull:
  • Detail parts for the stealth mast;
  • Small mast on top of the Hangar;
  • Handling cranes to load and recover the RHIB and Ship Boat;
  • Safety nets;
  • Railings;
For the Helicopters Ka-27 and Ka-31:
  • Folded Rotor Blades;
  • Unfolded Rotor Blades;
  • Landing gear set;
  • Vertical Tail stabilizers;
The decal sheet provides hello deck marking as well as the pennant number (510) and the hull ship name in Cyrillic for the first vessel of this class (???????? / Gremyashchy). Pr20385-Gremayaschcy-35
A normal single page, fairly simple, pointing in a very clear way the correct location of all parts as well as the correct order to build and finish this model.
Painting Scheme:
Although no specific colors references are mentioned in the instructions sheet, I would recommend WEM Russian Baltic Fleet Grey M20 for the hull and remaining “vertical” surfaces. Regarding the decks, the standard Russian red brick color seems to be abandoned to the detriment of a medium gray color. Perhaps Vallejo Color 868 Dark Sea Green could be an interesting alternative to paint the decks of this model.

This is the scheme applied to the "new generation" of Russian warships namely, Project 11356 - Admiral Grigorovich Class Frigate and Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov Class Frigate (already announced by Gwylan Models as the next project to be released soon).

To represent the water line, I suggest a white thin decal stripe and Vallejo Color 982 Cavalry Brown for the hull red color below the white water line decal mentioned.


A nicely detailed and pretty straightforward building model with an interesting set of PE parts as well as 2x helicopters (ka-27 and Ka-31) with PE parts that includes folded and unfolded Rotor Blades and landing gear.

The 8x VLS Cells for the cruise missiles located at the bow and the 2x8 VLS cells for the SAM Missiles placed at the stern, as well as other details, are very detailed and moulded/cast in the main resin hull.

Also very appreciated and welcome by the modellers are the folded and unfolded main rotor blades for the Ka-27 and K-31 helicopters included which are nicely detailed and accurate.

If you’re looking for the first resin model to build, this kit must be on your short list.

As for the addicted of modern warships models of the Russian Navy, this is a must have kit and Gwylan Models deserves congratulations for producing and releasing such a nice and complete kit.

For all other modellers, you can’t miss the change of having this model in your 1/700 fleet.

It’s a great kit, highly recommended!

Gwylan Models is now a relevant and needful player among the modeller ship community around the world, producing fantastic models at a very nice price and quality, providing hours of enjoyment to the modellers willing to build modern warships models at 1/700 scale.

Looking forward to see next Gwylan Models project: Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov Class Frigate of the Russian Navy!

This model is available for £25,00 (aprox. 32,00€) at Gwylan Models. 

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