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 carrier build update.

I did some detail painting on deck with white and light gull grey.

Deck details painted
Deck details painted

The planes was also painted.

Planes painted
Planes painted

Propellars and helicopters also got some paint!

Props and helis painted
Props and helis painted

Then it was time to sort the landing gears.

Lots of small landing gears
Lots of small landing gears

The first plane done!

The first one done
The first one done

Then the other 11.

The other 11
The other 11

Lastly details are getting in place on the deck!

Nearly completed
Nearly completed

A few more details to put on the deck and some painting before I can do a clear cote, and then decals.

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.

More painted on Kiev’s deck

After masking a lot more tedious masking of landing strip lines, I gave it a cote of grey.

Grey painted

After it had dried, I painted it white, and shortly after I removed the tape.

Masking tape removed
Masking tape removed

I think I might do some touch ups, but other than that next will be masking for the heli pads.

Kiev deck painting

The other half of the deck was painted green.

Deck painted green
Deck painted green

The more or less finished main buildings.

Main buildings
Main buildings

I then started to mask for the yellow lines on the deck.

Masking started
Masking started

Once the masking was done, I painted the lines with pink and then after it hada dried with yellow.

Yellow lines painted
Yellow lines painted

Shortly after I removed the tape.

Yellow lines revealed
Yellow lines revealed

I’ve started masking for the white lines and will paint them before I mask and paint the landing pads. I think I need to paint some of it by hand with a brush as it will be complicated to mask and paint with airbrush.

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.

Kiev, build update.

Sometime I do bits here and there, and here the boats got some white paint.

White painted boats
White painted boats

Then radar masts and whatnot got some black colour.

Radar masts painted black
Radar masts painted black

On the deck there’s a hole, which I think is for the switch for the engine. For some reason I’ve missed that, and have to deal with it now instead. I cut a piece of plastic and fitted it in the hole. Lost one piece in the process, but the second one got where it should.

I then turned the ship over and glued the propeller shaft holders and rudders.

Rudders and shaft holders glued.
Rudders and shaft holders glued

I decided to glue one of the top parts to the bottom building.

Lower part of the building
Lower part of the building.

I then painted all the buildings with grey “primer”.

Buildings primed
Buildings primed

The top of the hull and the deck also got primer.

Deck and upper hull primed
Deck and upper hull primed

There’s a few things to sort were the most visible is the seam on the rear deck.

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.