Kiev – last stretch!

I did some weathering using oil colours and white spirit. At first mainly streaks on the side of the hull from portholes and whatnot. Then I used white on the deck to make it look a bit more worn.

Some weathering done
Some weathering done

Putting decals on all the planes took a while and was done in a few sessions. First the wings got their stars.

Stars on the wings
Stars on the wings

Then the helicopters and fins got stars.

More stars added
More stars added

I used some black oil colour to create landing wear and tracks from driving around on the deck generally.

Black tracks on deck
Black tracks on deck

Then I tried a little plane configuration.

Planes and helis placed on deck
Planes and helis placed on deck

I decided to modify one plane and one helicopter a bit.

Helicopter and plane modified
Helicopter and plane modified

After some touching up and gluing back the gun barrels, I consider it finished!

Finished left view
Finished left view
Finished right view
Finished right view

I started working on a pair of small yellow tractors that I’ll add if they turn out looking good.

Pics on the finished build will be posted asap.

Kiev, almost done!

Some more details was added, and the helicopters got their rotor blades.

Details and helicopter props added
Details and helicopter props added

Then it was time for some decals.

Decals on
Decals on
Stand with decals
Stand with decals

I still need to put decals on the planes, which will take some time.

A batch of decals for the planes
A batch of decals for the planes

A mock up of the almost finished build.

Almost finished
Almost finished
Almost top view
Almost top view
One more pic
One more pic

I’ll do the rest of the decals and then seal everything before I do any weathering.

Kiev painting update

After masking the deck I could paint some light gull grey on the upper part of the hull.

Light gull grey painted
Light gull grey painted

I didn’t have the “correct” colour for the airplanes, but I picked one I thought was close.

Planes painted blue
Planes painted blue
A dozen planes
A dozen planes

As can be seen, I’ve painted white for the waterline. Then it was masked and a small area was painted IJN light grey.

IJN grey painted
IJN grey painted

Then that area was masked and dark ghost grey was painted. I forgot to take a pic so after that I masked again and painted the bottom black.

Bottom painted black
Bottom painted black

Then it all was unmasked.

Tape removed
Tape removed

I just had to try the buildings on.

Buildings test fit
Builidings test fit

Then again I hade to mask and paint, as I had forgot to paint all areas green.

More green added
More green added

I need to do some touching up and also some detail painting before I can start the final assembly. The planes and helicopters also need to be done.

Kiev carrier update

With the Scooter done, I could continue with this build!
Masking the helicopter pads wasn’t easy.

Masked and painted
Masked and painted

Then all tape was removed.

Unmasked
Unmasked

I did some touching up and painted the numbers by hand.

Numbers painted
Numbers painted

I need to do some minor touching up, then it’s time for masking again so I can paint the hull and some details on deck.

Painting on the Kiev started

I started by painting the top of all the buildings in orange.

Decks painted orange
Decks painted orange

Four helicopters with rotor blades test fitted.

Four helicopters
Four helicopters

I masked the buildings and started to fit parts that also should be grey onto the buildings.

Buildings masked and some parts glued
Buildings masked and some parts glued

Then the buildings got some light gull grey.

Light gull grey painted
Light gull grey painted

Then I removed the tape.

Tape removed
Tape removed

I then did a little test fit with the building parts and some of the radar masts.

Building test fit
Building test fit

Guns and other small parts was also painted in light gull grey.

Guns and stuff
Guns and stuff

I wasn’t happy with how some seams and puttied areas had turned out. Mainly as I didn’t wanna destroy too much of the rails and other details. I decided that I wanted the surfaces to look smooth, so I sanded them nicely and by that also destroyed some of the details.

Some areas sanded smooth
Some areas sanded smooth

I will try to heat and pull some sprue into thin strings that I’ll use to replace the rails with.
Hopefully that will turn out looking better than it did before.

USSR Aircraft Carrier Kiev – Trumpeter 1/550

This kit have been laying in my stash for several years, and now I got an opportunity to build it in a Soviet themed group build.

Boxart
Boxart
Contents
Contents

This kit can be motorized and supplied are 2 shafts, rubber hosing, propellars and clips for the batteries. As I got this kit 2nd hand, I’m not sure if engines also was supplied or if they’re supposed to be bought separately. There are nothing in the instructions telling how to install the engines or wiring and switch.

Anyway, I’m not doing it motorized as I only will have it sitting on my shelf. Luckily there are plastic shafts and scale propellars included in the kit. As I don’t want to risk breaking them while handling the model in the early stages of the construction, I skipped that step in the instructions for now.

Instead I started with the radar and whatever it is that sits on top of the main structure.

Radar and whatnot
Radar and whatnot

Then I started with the two topmost buildings.

Building parts
Building parts

Assembled!

Assembled and test fitted
Assembled and test fitted

Parts to the bottom part of the structure.

Parts to the bottom structure
Parts to the bottom structure

The stand also needed some attention!

Parts to the stand
Parts to the stand

Some filler was needed to sort minor gaps and other cavaties on the structure buildings.

Building structure sub assemblies
Building structure sub assemblies

More radar parts to assemble that needed some touches of putty.

More radar parts
More radar parts

To continue I needed to assemble more small parts. I also test fitted the building parts.

Main building and more small parts
Main building and more small parts.

The underside of the hull had a seam that needed to be taken care of.

Underside of the hull
Underside of the hull

I test fitted the main deck which contains of three parts, here the aft.

Bit of a gap between deck parts
Bit of a gap between deck parts

And the front.

Front deck sections
Front deck sections

I also did a test fit of the main building.

Main building test fit
Main building test fit

A dozen small Yak-38 planes took a while to clean up.

A dozen Yak-38 planes
A dozen Yak-38 planes

I still need to figure what colours to paint them in as well as the helicopters that I haven’t started on yet.

Radar and search lights assembled.

Radar and search lights
Radar and search lights

Sometimes clamps are useful, like when holding parts to the hull while the glue dries.

Clamped parts
Clamped parts

Once the internal parts like bays for the boats was in place, I could glue the deck parts.
The instructions says the mid sections should be last, which I think is due to the motorized version where this part needs to be removable. But as there was a bit of a gap between the mid and rear section, I glued the rear section last, and will push the rear part of the hull forward to close that gap as much as possible instead.

One of the reasons for this is the raised detail on the deck, which makes using filler a bit harder without destroying the details. Not sure I can avoid that entirely, and I would have prepared decals for the helicopter pads and landing/start strip.

Deck sections glued to the hull.
Deck sections glued to the hull

Some plastic and filler was needed to sort some seams and gaps. I’ll see how the rear seam turns out. In the front I have a slight step that needs to be taken care of as well.

Soon I can start painting. I just need to figure what paints to use, as I don’t use or have Gunze colours.