Russian Federation Ship, Navy, Udaloy class destroyer
About this creation
Udaloy class guided missile destroyer (DDG)
Bolshoy protivolodochny korabl; that’s the official Soviet designation for these large ASW ships. These destroyers are optimized for the ASW role and are probably intended to complement the surface-optimized Sovremennyy class in a battle group. They are equipped with a mix of powerful ASW armament featuring 2 x quadruple SS-N-14 launchers abreast the bridge, 2 x RBU 6000 rocket launchers and 2 x quadruple torpedo tubes amidships.
Other weapons include 2 x single 100mm dual-purpose guns in A and B positions. There are also 4 x Gatling CIWS while air defense is provided by 8 x SAM launchers for the SA-N-9 Point Defense Missile System set into the ship’s superstructure with 1.86m diameter cover plates: four set into the forecastle, two between the torpedo tubes and two at the forward end of after deckhouse/hanger.
The Udaloys are also the first Soviet destroyers to operate a pair of ASW helicopters housed in two separate hangers. The two Hormone-A or Helix-A helicopters operate from a generous landing platform and access to the hanger which is one deck lower, are through telescoping doors and ramps.
The fewer air and surveillance radar antennas and sensors suggest more sophisticated multi-purpose systems much like those found in western ships. ASW sensors include a bow mounted LF active search sonar and a VDS at the stern.
Propulsion comes from 2-shaft COGOG (combined gas or gas) turbines, which are particularly suitable for the ship’s ASW role. Maximum speed is 35knots.
Constructing the Udaloy class destroyer Admiral Levchenko
Full hull scale model in 1:160 scale
In December 2006, a week after completion of my Slava cruiser, I began construction on my most ambitious project to date – to build full hull model of an Udaloy class destroyer of the Russian Federation Navy in a scale of 1:160. My aim was simply to build the ship as close as possible to the prototype while still retaining the charm and uniqueness of a Lego model. While most of the model was constructed the traditional Lego way, several areas of the ship required modifications to standard Lego elements to a point where I literally had to fabricate whole structures, the funnels being a very good example.
I used whatever aids I could find on the internet to construct the model. Ship plans, model instruction sheets and the many photos all helped me build a fairly accurate scale model of the Admiral Levchenko
Here briefly listed are some of the noteworthy features of the model.
- I paid particular attention to the design of the hull. Hinge elements were generally used to shape the hull sides. I started with a rigid internal frame and then proceeded to form the hull sides with flexible panels which were molded to form the contours of the hull. For the dark red hull below the waterline, I used mostly slope and curved elements.
- Where possible I used tile elements for most decks for a more prototypical look. I had to cut and shape some of these dark grey tiles as the main deck tapered towards the bow. The ship’s funnels presented the ultimate challenge. Because of their unique shape, I had to modify parts for each of the four funnels to make them look convincing.
- The Kamov Helix ASW helicopter on the flight deck had to be scratch built entirely in Lego. You may realize that the two counter rotating rotors would be too tall to fit inside the hangers. The helicopter is in fact a reasonable representation of the prototype. The top telescoping panels of the hanger must be fully retracted for storing the helicopter. The aircraft must be lowered to the storage deck below before the telescoping hanger panels can be closed.
So, here at last after seven months is the more or less finished model. I still have to add some finishing touches though for the most part the only thing left to do now is build a display case for it. Wish me luck.
Oh Yes, additional photos can be found on Maj.com
Warmest regards, Mark
Wow!!! That's what I call a boat! The shape and design of the hull is great. Stunning work that makes me want to show you my sub too! Will you come to see it? :-)
I don't know how I managed to miss these! This is incredible! I like how smooth the hull is. The only thing I can think of that would make it better is minifig compatability...but then again most people aren't multi-millionairres who can afford that many bricks. -- -- Michael
The Helix copter alone is worth 5 stars! The thing I really like is the ships smoothness and incredible attention to detail. This is one of very few lego ships that I like, all of which you built. You have probably already considered it but how about building a U-boat? Alex.
Congratulations again Mark!
You have done I again! The hinged panels for the hull sides is a great new technique I havn't seen before. I hope you can provide high resolution pictures soon so all the fantastic details can be admired. Absolutely top class. Brickjournal next?