Nanuchka Class Missile Corvette
Dragon - 1/700
By: Mike Dunn
The box-art is a nicely-done picture of both a Nanuchka I and III, together with a pair of Soviet A-6E's circling overhead. Turning this over shows the instructions for making both a Nanuchka I and a III, as you get two ships in this kit. Also here are instructions on assembling two pieces of carrier deck to fit an A-6E onto - so the box art shows you exactly what you will get. As usual, the instructions are quite clear on what part goes onto what version of the ships. Painting information is on here as well, and is adequate. I would suggest looking for actual photos of both types of the Nanuchka, however.Opening the box, you are presented with two sprues, and a decal sheet. Both sprues are identical, so what do you get? The corvette is nicely moulded, waterline of course, with a reasonable level of detail. There are parts for both vessels here, so your spares box will get a boost. Each of the superstructures are nicely done, as are the two masts (those after a bit more detail will be interested to hear that the masts can be drilled out at a number of points). The missiles are good, as are their end-caps; the various guns are crisply moulded (the twin cannon IS twin, not just a thicker piece with a groove); the smaller weapons are fine as well. Moving to the A-6E, the aircraft has nice detailing, the detailing parts are good, as are the weapons fits, and the section of flight-deck is OK. While some parts do have an additional sprue point to them, there is very little flashing overall.
The decal sheet is quite extensive for a little model. It ranges from a red waterline to bridge windows, from pennant numbers to a stern flag, and also has items for the two styles of A-6E aircraft. Overall, it's an impressive sheet - I've had a lot smaller from models a lot larger.
So - let's roll it all up. You can do either of the main versions of the Nanuchka class. While small, it is a nicely made kit. It has enough detailing to be worthwhile on it's own, and can be super-detailed by the inclusion of the GMM Soviet Navy photo-etch for selected areas; or you can use generic rails, etc. It will make a nice little model, and will be a great addition into a diorama of other, larger, Soviet Navy craft. I like it.