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The icebreaker Krassin

December 29, 2020 · in Diorama · · 7 · 2.4K

The icebreaker Krassin (Russian: Красин) was built for the Imperial Russian Navy as Svyatogor. She had a long, distinguished career in rescue operations, as well as a pathfinder and explorer of the Northern Sea Route. She has been fully restored to operating condition and is now a museum in Saint Petersburg. The icebreaker was built by Armstrong Whitworth in Newcastle upon Tyne under the supervision of Yevgeny Zamyatin. The vessel was launched as the Svyatogor on 3 August 1916 and completed in February 1917. The most famous duty the Krassin performed was rescuing General Umberto Nobile and his surviving crew when their airship Italia crashed on the ice upon returning from the North Pole in 1928. On return from this mission Krassin helped to repair the German passenger ship Monte Cervantes, with 1,835 passengers on board, after it hit an iceberg and its hull was severely damaged.

This is the model kit by model in scale, built with various photoetch. The figure is by North Star model.

The diorama represents the rescues of the survivors of the airship “Italia” on July 12, 1928. Some photos also of “the making of”

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  1. That's a great looking scene, Carlo. It tells a wonderful story in such a small space. Well done!

  2. Very impressive, and beautiful work for such a small scale. It really does tell a story in a compact space. I can't even imagine how to work is such a small scale...especially with the Photoetch! I really like it and the paint work is very nice too. Just an overall very nice presentation.

  3. 1/700, and you did all that? I am seriously impressed! Fantastic work!

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  4. Let me echo above Gents comments, Carlo.
    This is simply amazingly detailed quality work on such a small model

  5. Very cool and extremely well executed diorama of this famous event. Fab you included the Fokker that the Swede Einar Lundborg ground looped.

  6. This is amazing at any scale but so tiny , brilliant work, well done.

  7. Great work, Carlo, it looks really cold. Definitely liked.

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