In an effort to force the pace on the COVID-19 lockdown modeling challenge I have been trying to keep on a one-ship-a-day pace, but it is difficult. Today we look at the Revenge, another fine kit from the Zvezda stable of 1/350 scale kits. Flawlessly molded in a soft tan plastic this snap-tite model displays the elegant detail and innovative design that the rest of this series demonstrates. Another set of superb decals accompany the model as well.
inside the colorful outer box is a plain but sturdy corrugated box
that protects the delicate model from the hazards of shipping
inside that box is the model ...
....complete with a superb set of decals
the perfectly molded (no hint of flash or mold-lines)
kit comes in three colors (I'm reminded of the old Matchbox kits)
detail is fine, the parts are delicately sculptred
cast sails and premolded ratlines, a tad thick of "in-scale" modeling,
but for a wargamer, they are perfect
ther main deck, after trying to paint fully and partially assembled models
I have learned to paint as much as is possible while the kit has yet to be assembled
which includes painting the ship's boat....
....and those tiny, tiny cannon,
yes this time I checked to be sure they were visible before I did so
the deck approaches completion
again the decals save me from trying to paint
the wild geometric patterns that characterized Elizabethan ships
then it was time to assemble the hull, this was rather tricky trying to get the angled guns in the forecastle to poke through the gunports while aligning the elongated prow of the ship
Zvezda is really pushing the limits of the snap-tite genre with this kit
but eventually I managed to get everything together, I was forced to use plastic
cement to get a couple of gaps to close fully, words cannot express my dismay 😉
then it was off to the races with the decals
astoundingly the entire side was just two large decals and two tiny ones
after the decals had been given time to dry it was time for the ratlines,
in this case I ended up gluing the two rear sets in place, the locating holes
were simply too small for my fingers to hold the parts in place to get a proper snap-fit
then it was yard arms and sails
it certainly looks sleek and lethal
the family photo so far
Another fine kit from Zvezda, this model amply demonstrates the high quality and attention to detail that have become the hallmark of its from this manufacturer. The decals are outstanding, the fit of parts is excellent and the casting is flawless. I would happily recommend this kit as a great way to spend an afternoon; it is ready to wargame with as it is out of the box but with a little further work it would make a great display model.