Friday, July 4, 2008


Scratch build card model in 1:250 scale.
Model by Igor Cherniak.

The Oslyabya (Russian: Ослябя) was a battleship of the Peresviet-class. She was named for Rodion Oslyabya, a 14th century monk of the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra and a hero of Battle of Kulikovo. The Oslyabya was part of the Second Pacific Squadron sent to the Far East, she was sunk at the battle of Tsushima on May 27, 1904. 515 sailors lost their lives. 250 survivors were rescued.

Text: Wikipedia

Project: 1135 (Burevestnik) "Deyatelny". NATO Class Name: "Krivak I"

Scratch built card model in 1:250 scale.
Model by Igor Cherniak.

Dimensions: 123,1x14,2x7,2

Project - 1135 Burevestnik [Krivak I] was an entirely new design, initially believed in the West to be designed for offensive surface warfare. In reality, the class was intended primarily as a defensive ASW ship. The Krivak was designed as a less expensive and capable counterpart to the larger Kresta II and Kara classes, with which it originally shared the BPK designation. In the late 1970s the designation changed to SKR (Storozhevoy Koabl') or small antisubmarine ship, a more accurate indication of their actual capabilities.
Sources all agree that the Krivak I series consisted of 19 units with the first unit being completed in 1970, though there is a diversity of views as to whether the final unit was completed in 1980 or 1982. And while there is agreement on the names of these units, there is rather profound diversity of opinion on the construction chronology [to the extent that some sources suggest that the Poryvisty was one of the earlier ships, completed in 1974, while others contend that is was the last ship, completed in 1982].
At least two and possibly three Krivak-I frigates were modernized between 1987 and 1994. Known in the West as MOD Krivak, different sources suggest that the Soviet designation was either Project -1135.2 Mod or Project -1135.6 [the former seems perhaps more likely]. This modification featured a new surface-to-surface missile in place of old ASW rocket launcher, along with improved electronics and sonars. Though possibly planned for all Krivak-I units, further implementation of this scheme apparently foundered on financial shoals.
The Project - 1135M Krivak II mainly differs from the initial version in having a different caliber gun. Sources all agree that the Krivak II series consisted of 11 units, all constructed at Shipyard 820 and completed between 1975 and 1982. And while there is agreement on the names of these units, there is considerable diversity of opinion on the construction chronology. All sources agree that one unit transfered to Ukraine, and that as of 1999 at least four further units had been discarded, while some sources suggest that three additional units had also been discarded.
In 1982 a joint Resolution of the Ministry of Shipbuilding Industry and the Navy approved the development of the Project 1135 and Project 1135.1 escort ships, based on new design and operation requirements to advanced AA/ASW, radio and radar equipment with a strike capability against surface ships. At the same time the Project 1154 class, with a similar displacement, was focused on combatting submarines and provide antisubmarine, antiship and antiaircraft defense to surface ship task forces and convoys. The Project 1135.1 Nerey [also reported as Project - 1135P] Krivak III class was initially constructed for the KGB Maritime Border Guard, and have probably been transferred to the Russian Navy, under the Project 1135.5 designation. The Krivak-III also features 100-mm gun that replaces the SS-N-14 ASW missile launcher found on other models. Although having less ASW capability than the Krivak-1/II, they do embark a utility helicopter. Two units were transferred to Ukraine prior to completion.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ק-38 "Haifa" (ex-"Ibrahim el Awal")

Scratch built model in 1:100 scale.

British Hunt-I class escort destroyer HMS Mendip.
Transferred to China May 1948 and renamed Lin Fu. Reposessed after the Yangtze around June 1949 and re-commissioned with the ships company of HMS Consort. Sold to the Egyptian Navy becoming Mohamed ali-El-Kebir on 15 November 1949, renamed Ibrahim-El-Awal later in 1951.
Capturing the Egyptian flagship, the "Ibrahim el-Awal", on the night of 30-31 October, 1956. This was the crowning achievement of the Israel Navy during the Sinai Campaign. The destroyer's crew were taken prisoner and the vessel was towed to Haifa port, where it was refitted and commissioned as the third destroyer in the Israel Navy, under the name INS "Haifa". The first commander of the ship was Ruven Sadnai.

Model by Igor Cherniak for CORAL Maritime Service Ltd.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Cargo ship "Gozal"

Scratch built model in 1:35 scale for National Maritime Museum of Israel, Haifa.

Ship built in 1925 by J.Koster Hzn. Schipsw. "Gideon"-Groningen, Holland.
LOA(m) - 31,5
Breadth (m) - 5.36
DWT - 200 t.

Sailing vessel with an auxiliary engine carried cement from the Nesher cement plant in Haifa to East Mediterranean ports between 1927 and 1934.
In 1928, a Jewish officer named Zeev Hayam was appointed as master of this ship, thus becoming the first Jewish captain on a Jewish-owned ship in Palestine.

Text: Hillel Yarkoni. "75 Years of Hebrew Shipping in Erez Israel" book.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

ss Galilah

Scratch built model in 1:100 scale for National Maritime Museum of Israel, Haifa.
Materials: wood, card, plastic.

The third ship acquired by ZIM. This vessel was built as a cruise ship on the Hudson River for the
American Railroad Company. During WWI she served as a troopship. After the war ended she returned to her original function as an excursion ship, but under different ownership, and was named DE WITT CLINTON after the Mayor of New York (1803-1815).
During the Depression in the 1930s the ship was laid up. WWII rescued her from unemployment, and she once again served as a troopship, this under the name COL. FREDERIC C. JOHNSON. When purchased by ZIM in 1948, she was already 35 years old, still a troop ship and named DIRECTOR. The fact that this was a troop ship made her suitable for ZIM`s requirements, since she was destined, first of all, to carry shiploads of new immigrants to Israel.
The ship arrived in Israel at the end of 1948, commanded by Capitan Eliezer Hodorov and manned by an entirely Jewish crew.
In Jan. 1949 she was first ship to bring exiles from the Cyprus camps. During her first three and a half months un ZIM`s service, she transported 11,000 new immigrants in 8 trips, 5,000 of them in 3 trips from Cyprus. With the end of the first wave of massive immigration, she became a regular passenger ship on the Haifa - Marseille - Genoa route. In the fall of 1952 her sailings terminated, and on April 8, 1953 she left Haifa to be scrapped in Italy, after 40 years of sea service.

Text: Hillel Yarkoni. "75 Years of Hebrew Shipping in Erez Israel" book.


Scratch built card model in 1:250 scale.

Model by Igor Cherniak.

Russian monitor 1864.
The prototype was the Danish monitor "Rolf Krake".
Displacement - 1521 tons, twin-screw steam power plant power plants - 700 hp. with., speed - 8.75 knots. Length - 57.5 m in width - 11.6, the average deepening - 3.5 m.
Reservations: towers 114 mm, about 152 loopholes, belt 114, at 102 tip, 25.4 deck, fighting felling 114 mm. Armament: 2 229 - mm guns, 4 37 - mm cannon, 4 4 - pound cannon. Since in 1892 - battleship coastal defense. Since in 1909 - blokshiv № 2. In the First World War was used as a warehouse mines barricades. In 1918, the transition from Gelsingforsa in Kronshtadt, in the Great Patriotic War provided the actions of fleet forces, after the end of hostilities in the dismantled metal.