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Re: Soviet cruisers between the wars
Very nicely done!
Unfortunately some of the Soviet warships of the interwar period have been largely neglected by model makers. Three cruisers in particular interested me, but rather than scratch building, I decided to work with what's already available. The first two CHERVONA UKRANIA and sister KRASNYI KRIM can be found in the form of the very old Star #121 model of CHERVONA UKRANIA. This is not a particularly good model by today's standards. It's well over 50 years old. But it's serviceable. The first photo is of the UKRANIA. I did relatively little other than paint the model. The second is KRIM, modified from the UKRANIA in a number of ways. The third is KOMINTERN 1939, modified from the Rhenania BOGATYR.
KRASNYI KRIM. You can compare this to the UKRANIA to see the obvious differences, especially in the armament.
KOMINTERN. This conversion required numerous changes, among them, removal of the forefunnel, replacement of the main armament and alterations to the bridge.
All three ships had very active careers in World War II. UKRANIA and KOMINTERN were both sunk in action. KRIM survived the war, became a training ship in 1954 and was scrapped in 1959.