by Donald W Grasmick
1/700 Russian Battlecruiser Kirov (Trmpeter)
Here is my version of the Trumpeter kit TRP5707. Overall I was pleased with the way the model came out. The overall fit of the parts was above average. I used (honest to God) Krylons rust tough Gray enamel primer for the hull and superstructure vertical sections. When I primed the model I was going to top coat it with Modelmasters gunship gray. But when I started to airbrush I really didn't see a difference between the primer and the paint...soo... I left the primer just as is and used the gunship gray for minor spot clean ups. I'll let the court of public opinion tell me if it was a good/bad idea. Please guys, tell me what you all think of the way the paint came out!!! I used Testors Flat Brown for the main and selected decks. After the decals were placed and dry, I used a nice coat of Krylon clear coat to seal it all in. Having never seen a Kirov in person, I had to rely on past model submissions and what pictures I could find on the net, lol. I configured the helo hanger in the open position to give the model a more personalized look. I think the Kirov is a nice addition to my Cold War fleet. Now all my US ships have something to hunt...lol. I hope you all like her!
Donald W Grasmick