Initially known in western naval circles as BLACKCOM 1 (BLACK Sea COMbatant 1) the Slava (glory) class guided missile cruisers are powerful units clearly intended for actions against surface fleets. Generally thought to have been constructed as a backup against the failure of the Kirov class battle cruiser, they are nonetheless impressive warships. Constructed during the late seventies through to the eighties this class follows the Soviet naval practice of what western naval critics have termed, putting all the ship’s armament “in the shop window”. The ship’s unique battery of sixteen SS-N-12 ‘Sandbox’ surface-to-surface missiles sited in two rows along either side of the bridge superstructure gives her formidable firepower and also makes this class easily recognizable.
Anti-aircraft weapons include eight SA-N-6 surface-to-air missile silos (eight missiles per silo) located between the funnels and the after end of the hangar. There are also twin SA-N-4 silos located on either side of the hanger doors.
Anti-submarine weapons comprise fixed 533mm torpedo tubes mounted behind shutters on either side of the hull near the hangar and two twelve barreled RBU-6000 launchers just forward of the bridge. The raised flight deck on the stern allows the operation of a Hormone-B helicopter.
Gun armament includes six CIWS 30mm Gatlings, two forward of the bridge and two on either side of the superstructure just forward of the funnels. The main gun consists of a twin 130mm located on the after end of the forecastle. A full range of sensors is carried and the four ships of this class are fitted out as flagships.
The ship I have chosen to model is that of the guided missile cruiser Moskva, (ex-Slava) of the Russian Federation Navy. Launched in 1979 she entered service in 1983. In 2000 she underwent a modernization refit and was re-commissioned as Moskva, hull number 121. She is also the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Construction of the Russian Federation Ship Moskva
Model length 130 cm
Beam 14.5 cm
Height 31 cm
Construction time 4 months
US warships, with their boxy and compartmentalized superstructures, do make excellent Lego models but after completion of my Kidd class destroyer I really wanted to try modeling a different type of warship. I thought that a Russian warship would make an excellent choice. Blistering with weapons, sensors and equipment, Soviet warship design and construction does not follow established patterns and their concepts are very original.
MOCpages member Ralph Savelsberg suggested the Slava class, though I wasn’t sure at first. But after some initial research I was sold on the idea. Again, my reference sources come from photos and drawings taken from various websites. I do not use plans of any sort and all proportions are at best estimated. Even so, I would say that the model is approximately to a scale of 1:160, slightly larger than my pervious models. This is also my first waterline model.
The model employs a new method of construction that closely follows the hull design of the actual ship. The elegant bow sheer, sloping forecastle and ship’s sides have been reproduced using mainly Lego slopes, hinges and wedge plates. Various Lego parts were modified to form the pyramid mainmast at the after end of the bridge, parts of the superstructure, the ‘sandbox’ missile bins, the air search radar just forward of the funnels and the bridge itself. Only Lego parts have been used in the model’s construction. The pennant number and helicopter deck stickers together with photographic film for the bridge windows, being the only exception.
Well, do hope you have enjoyed your visit. Have a great day!
Quoting bionicle fan 2010
a pretty amasing model, how long did it take to make?
Thanks & my apologies for this late reply, but I've just returned to LEGO after 4 years of inactivity. Well, the model took approximately 4 months to build as I had to customize some elements to make the model more scale-like. However, for my latest build, I decided not to customize any parts – this is how I would like to approach my creations from now on. Cheers!
Strinking! I think that the your boat's bodywork is the best one I've seen - reffering to the technique and the inventive use of bricks. Very nice and as I can see very precise as well. Beautiful work all in all! Kepp it up!
I am not just giving you a 5 because the colors match and it is big, you obviously put in a lot of time and research work to get every last detail captured in plastic. You definitely showed up my U-106 moc! Outstanding Job!
Just stumbled on to your creations. They are all beautifully done, but I think this one's my favorite. The scale you've chosen works very well and I love the way you've handled the hulls of these ships. I know what you mean, as well, regarding one's age...I'll be forty soon, and building more than ever. Anyway, well done - I'll look forward to more.
Mark, you may remember me from an email I sent you a while back about your previous model. This model is very impressive. You seemed to have mastered the box perfectly using the slopes. It certainly looks the treat! Welldone!!
I know they're not your thing but I'd love to see you build an aircraft :-p With your talent, you could build some amaing aircraft like Mr Ralph! Again welldone with this model!
I would love to see a lego USS Long Beach or maybe even an Iowa Class battleship!
Hi Mark. What a great ship! You have captured the special feeling of a modern Soviet warship. I like all the innovative details, like boats, guns, radar, etc. The hull with its complex bow is a work of a master builder. Unforunately I lost your mail-adress when my computer crashed - I have more questions. Congratulations once more!