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M.O. Round 1: Kiev class aircraft carrier
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Category: Dark Side of the Moon

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Many of you are most likely familiar with the phrase ‘dark side of the Moon’ even if you are not fans of Pink Floyd. At times, some people have been of the belief that one side of the Moon was always dark. This is not entirely correct. The orbit of the Moon is such that one rotation is just about as long as one revolution in its orbit around the Earth. That is the reason why we actually see only one side of the Moon from our blue planet. Therefore the ‘other’ side is correctly speaking the ‘far’ side of the Moon. During a ‘new moon’ (a term known before Twilight books) our ‘home side’ is totally dark and the other side is getting some tan, but when the Moon is opposite from the Sun, the side we know has the full capability of providing romantic light (unless it is ‘Obscured by Clouds’ :P).



But if you think of dark as meaning something unknown, unexplored, then the far side of the Moon has truly been a mystery until the Soviet Luna 3 mission in 1959. The Soviet war machines could also be considered as kind of a ‘dark side of the Moon’ for the Westerners. Some of their achievements remain a mystery to this day. That is the reason why I have chosen this title to present you one of my personal favorites among the numerous vessels that have sailed the seven seas- Kiev class aircraft carrier.



The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by Pink Floyd. It was released in March 1973 and it somewhat differed from their previous albums. Most advanced recording techniques of the time were used which, combined with exceptional music and lyrics, gave the album an indisputable quality. An estimated 50 million copies have already been sold worldwide and impressed various types of audience. When the aircraft carrier Kiev entered service in 1975 and sailed through Bosporus to Mediterranean in 1976, foreign observers were also highly impressed. Bristling with weapons and electronic equipment and with a displacement of over 42.000 metric tons full load, it was the largest and most advanced Soviet surface vessel at the time.

Due to restrictions imposed by the Montreaux Convention limiting the tonnage of aircraft carriers traveling through the Bosporus, all Soviet and Russian aircraft carriers are named as aircraft carrying cruisers. However, in the case of Kiev, this accurately reflects the ship's mission and weapons fit. The primary mission of these carriers was to deny NATO ASW forces access to the Soviet ballistic missile submarine bastions. The heavy missile armament would provide means to combat enemy surface vessels, especially aircraft carriers.



The album’s lyrical themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time, death, insanity and a lot more. It is a continuous piece of music even though some songs are (understandably) often played individually on radio. Finding true meaning of a quality song, regardless of genre, can sometimes be a daunting task. But sometimes the fact, that it has made you think about different aspects, can be a reward in itself. I will bring this to another, probably slightly bizarre level. I will try to relate the titles of individual songs found on album to different parts of my build- partially only using the titles, partially relating it to the entire song.



SPEAK TO ME- Communication between 1200-1600 crew members at the same time is nearly impossible, therefore is good training essential for the ship to function effectively. Damage control parties need to be organized quickly in order to prevent losing the ship. But if such a disaster occurs, numerous life rafts and life boats are there to help the crew to survive in cold waters. Decision, which design should I use to represent the life rafts was not easy, but I am quite satisfied with the final result. Who would have thought that those ‘podracer’ cables will be so useful one day…



BREATHE- Eight turbo pressurized boilers, four steam turbines can crank up 200.000 worth of power to speed the vessel on its way. Not very environmentally friendly, but no one really cared about that at the time of construction. Soviet ships were already well known for their distinctive thick black exhaust gases. 32 knots take their toll…



ON THE RUN- Richard Wright was afraid of flying and I think that a mission with Yak-36 Forger would not help him get over his fear. The Kiev was designed to accommodate 12 of these S/VTOL fighters. In conflict that fortunately never happened, they would most likely attack NATO aircraft such as P-3 and other airplanes on ASW duty. The Kamov Ka-27 Helix replaced Ka-25 Hormone as an advanced anti-submarine warfare helicopter and is still in service today. Twenty of them could be taken aboard.



TIME- and how its passage can control one’s life? It surely did change lives of three Kiev class carrier and its subclass Admiral Gorshkov. The latter was extensively modified and sold to Indian Navy and is already conducting sea trials in its new role as a STOBAR aircraft carrier. The first three ships of the class had different fates. Kiev was sold to China in 1996 and is now a luxurious and extravagant hotel in Tianjin, while Minsk is part of the CITIC Minsk World in Shenzen. Novorossiysk suffered a serious engine room fire and was scrapped in South Korea in 1997.



ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE- I’m not sure how much does the lack of choice define one’s living in society, but pallet of targets for the mighty surface-to-surface cruise missiles was certainly somewhat limited. Sandbox had a maximum range of over 300 nm, but it was impossible to target further than line-of -sight from a surface vessel. Therefore a target designator like Ka-27 Helix was required for over-the-horizon operations.



THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY- Pink Floyd’s music got really high up there, when the cosmonauts on Soyuz 7 took a cassette copy of ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ to the MIR space station on November 26, 1988. Gilmour said: “To say that we are thrilled at the thought of being the first rock band to be played in space is something of an understatement.” So it would be unfair to say that connecting Pink Floyd with something Russian is silly. Red star does belong here…





BRAIN DAMAGE- Ship’s island represents the ‘brains’ of the entire vessel. Being hit in such an important part of a warship can seriously hamper its ability to fight effectively. The radar in front of the mast is Top Sail and the one immediately behind it is called Top Steer. One level down on both sides are the Head Light radars which are used in conjunction with the SA-N-3 Goblet SAM. The rounded pieces in the centre of the island are Side globe electronic warfare radomes.



MONEY and US AND THEM- Looking at mighty machines of all kinds can really make you feel humble. Military ships and aircraft rarely fail to impress me from aesthetical point of view. But I am constantly aware of the fact for what purpose these machines were made, and how this never ending circle of arming causes pain and sorrow and drains numerous national budgets. But there are moments in history when armed response is unavoidable if we want to prevent even worse consequences. And even then, sad and pointless events take place on a daily basis. Roger Waters lost his father in a desperate stand against overwhelming force of German Tigers near Anzio. Generals in command did not allow them to retreat and all men from C Company lost their lives. The fact that Kiev never fired a shot in anger hopefully makes my odd mixture of Pink Floyd and a Soviet carrier somewhat more excusable.



ECLIPSE- “everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.” A part of Roger Waters’s explanation of these words goes like this: “I don't see it as a riddle. The album uses the sun and the moon as symbols; the light and the dark; the good and the bad; the life force as opposed to the death force. I think it's a very simple statement saying that all the good things life can offer are there for us to grasp, but that the influence of some dark force in our natures prevents us from seizing them…” Let me joke a little bit by saying how traumatic it (occasionally) is for us, LEGO builders, to find a piece we are looking for. As if a strange, dark force was protecting it from our hands. Building this 165 cm (5.4 feet) long, out of thousands and thousands of bricks, surely gave me some grey hair… But it was still a lot of fun building it and I sincerely hope you have enjoyed viewing my newest creation.



“Roger, I have a feeling, we’'re not at Abbey Road Studios anymore…”

P.S. The first one to explain why Dorothy (should or should not be) connected to the Dark Side of the Moon gets, hm, not likes on your creations, that would be considered a bribery, not eternal fortune and fame, because I cannot assure you that, sooo, ok, I can promise you that I won’t aim those Sandbox missiles at you… :D

Have fun!





Comments

 I like it 
  January 9, 2014
Great model! The detail work is amazing. Good job!
 I like it 
  June 23, 2013
Absolutely beautiful ! It looks like a naval meuseum quality model . Love the aircraft top job
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  June 6, 2013
Nice! I can't say that I particularly fancy the Kiev class (or any Russian Carrier) as they see more battle cruiser than "aircraft carrier"; I would take a Nimitz or Ford Class or Enterprise any day over this. But this looks just like the real thing! I especially love those miniature aircraft. 5/5
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  June 3, 2013
great :)
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  May 12, 2013
AWESOME ..VERY NICE WORK ..I REALLY LIKE IT
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  January 24, 2013
Love it!It is very neat, dont know which part of the creation is awesomely created from radar dome to bridge or from runaway to those missile pods!Excellent creation!
 I like it 
  January 17, 2013
Amazing!
 I like it 
  October 5, 2012
WoW!!!! I have no words! Just perfect!
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  October 2, 2012
Bet I'm the only actual Floyd fan who got it (and didn't cheat by Googling it!) ;-)
 I made it 
  September 26, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach pretty good score of 48, good luck in round two!
Well, thanks to all the judges! I am honored to be able to take part in round two. Have fun with judging!
 I made it 
  September 26, 2012
Quoting John Stahlman BTW, Dorothy is connected to Dark Side of the Moon because supposedly The Wizard of Oz sincs up perfectly to the album. What do I win?!
As I've promised- you are safe from sandbox missiles attack. No firework, too bad for your neighbours... :D P.S. you were not the first one with the comment about this. And yes, this alleged sync is more or less one of those funny coincidences, when we are able to convince ourselves without much effort that something is true, even though there are many facts that tell us we can just as well be wrong.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2012
pretty good score of 48, good luck in round two!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2012
I like it, nice ties to the song. Well best of luck to you, and my the best Mocer win.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2012
BTW, Dorothy is connected to Dark Side of the Moon because supposedly The Wizard of Oz sincs up perfectly to the album. What do I win?!
 I made it 
  September 24, 2012
Thank you all for your comments!
 I made it 
  September 24, 2012
Quoting Dave Kaleta Epic build in such a limited time. Nice little nod to Wizard of Oz, as it can be synched to Dark Side of the Moon starting when WOZ colorizes for an alternate telling of the film. ~Dave
"Captain, have we acquired enough data to abort the launch of the missiles?" "Yes, I guess, let the little fella' go..."
 I made it 
  September 24, 2012
Quoting Locutus 666 So finally you made it! Speechless. The details are great! The weapon systems and some minor important stuff like the cranes are awesome. Radars and other antennas, especcially the main radar in front of the white radar dome are perfect. I should know it, i tried to build/realize them myself - only a little bit smaller and i think i build an earlier version. Only 2 things, i have to critic: The used Hokum choppers miss the classical Hokum-double rotors. And secondly, the flight deck has that unique green color. I know u like your black parts but at that location theyre not the best choice. Due to that the white landingstrip-paintings are missing. Anyway this ship earns easyly a 5-yellow head-rating. Ones more, here we have a ship creation which let me miss a 6 heads rate-option.
Thanks for your comment! Yeah, I know that helicopters lack the second rotor, but I unfortunately did not have enough parts to install it on all of them, and it also looked out of scale (because of the extra height). As for the color of the flight deck- the green color version was out of question because the order of properly colored pieces would took way too long, and their future use would be somewhat limited. But the deck markings are another story, I know there are various options but the lack of time simply ruled them out. But I am thinking of remodelling my Kiev into Admiral Gorshkov and that might be another story. Who knows... :D
 I like it 
  September 23, 2012
This is a gorgeous build man....just not sure about the category fit. Either way, a fantastic creation. Good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  September 22, 2012
A masterpeice!
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  September 21, 2012
WOW, the detail is awesome and the aircraft scaling is class ;]
 I like it 
  September 20, 2012
This is quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen on MOC pages! Awesome job! (And Roger Waters is God!) ;-)
 I like it 
  September 20, 2012
Awesome work. The scaling was done remarkably well. I also like the Russian Navy hardware.
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
That's pretty impressive, good luck!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
I like the massive weapon on the bow. The detailed bridge and the equippment around it is also beautiful. An epic masterpeice!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Awesome!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Like Dave said, pretty impressive you could do such a build in only 10 days or so.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
So finally you made it! Speechless. The details are great! The weapon systems and some minor important stuff like the cranes are awesome. Radars and other antennas, especcially the main radar in front of the white radar dome are perfect. I should know it, i tried to build/realize them myself - only a little bit smaller and i think i build an earlier version. Only 2 things, i have to critic: The used Hokum choppers miss the classical Hokum-double rotors. And secondly, the flight deck has that unique green color. I know u like your black parts but at that location theyre not the best choice. Due to that the white landingstrip-paintings are missing. Anyway this ship earns easyly a 5-yellow head-rating. Ones more, here we have a ship creation which let me miss a 6 heads rate-option.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Epic build in such a limited time. Nice little nod to Wizard of Oz, as it can be synched to Dark Side of the Moon starting when WOZ colorizes for an alternate telling of the film. ~Dave
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Wow! Was this all built AFTER the categories were announced? It seems quite fast for the time limit.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Very impressive, a quality build. Good luck!
  September 18, 2012
Magnificent build- truely an amazing piece of modelling. Not sure if I get all your quirky music references, but you clearly have a gift for using this scale.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Nice design!
 
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