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Tender AVOS by Peta_V - Master Korabel - scale 1/72 (exclusive kit)

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Today I received the AVOS kit. It is the best version executed in pear. The wood looks fantastic and the laser cutting is So detailed. I am very excited about it. Not sure when I start with the build as I have still plenty of work on rigging my Royal Caroline but this could be escape from the ropes. 

It will be fun but also chalenge I guess. At this scale everything is so small! 







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I thought I will do more detailed review of the kit and add some history which is also included in the manual.


Historical background
On 1st July 1806 г. in Novo-Arkhangelsk in Alaska (now Sitka, USA) a firstborn ship of the Russian-American company’s
trading fleet was triumphantly launched. It was an 8-cannon tender.
The Russian ambassador Nicolay Ryazanov named the ship “Avos”.
On 27th of July 1806 tender “Avos”, commanded by 22-years old warrant officer Gavrila Davidov and crewed by 12 local
craftsmen, departed on a secret expedition to establish the interests of the Russian Empire in the waters around of the
Southern Kuril Islands and the Sakhalin. The expedition also included the ship “Juno” and it was generally guided by lieutenant
Nicolay Khvostov
During the sailing along the Aleutian ridge to the port of St. Peter and Paul the crew survived many storms, forced stop at
the Fox islands for repairs and also saved a mysterious “native” from the Attu island.
To secure the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin, to bring the local natives (aines) into the Russian allegiance and to force Japan to
enclose trading relations with Russia, in 1807 ships “Avos” and “Juno” conducted many military raids along the Kuril Islands
coast, raiding the illegally appeared Japan settlements, which banished previously settled Russian settlers aines.
During the expedition tender “Avos” using its 4-oared yawl conducted many boarding of the Japanese ships and several
landing operations, each time forcing large numbers of Japanese to run and burning and sinking the ships as scare tactics.
During 1808 shipping season tender “Avos” under command of lieutenant Sukin was shipping goods to America.
On 11th of October 1808, while sailing from Kadiak to Novo-Arkhangelsk, during the storm, tender “Avos” was wrecked
near the coast of Chichagov island near the Alexander archipelago.
Tender “Avos” had a short, but a legendary fate in history of Russia, America and even Japan, which had mixed
assessments of the historians, but widely known because of world popular first Russian rock-opera by A.Rybnikov and
A.Voznesensky “Juno and Avos”. It told us about the adventures of the Russian sailors and the selfless love on the coast of
California of Russian ambassador Nicolay Ryazanov and young María Concepción Argüello (Conchita).


Content of the box

Plansthere are 3 sheets of plans, 2 tables with rigging details, one text manual and one photo manual. All looks very detailed and understandable. I have the version with only plans in Russian but together with order they send all translated to english via e-mail so I should be good there :)


False keel and bulwarks - whole inner structure is made from plywood and the first layer of planking as well. On each bulwark there is shown how much bevel is needed so lot of sending can be done before assembly and finish just last touch on the model.


Outer planking - second layer of planking is made from pear wood. It is laser cut to the shape and there are also imitations of treenails. Same is for inboard planking. For the wales, rails and transom the black veneer is used (so no colors are needed)IMG_20190606_154337.thumb.jpg.468e18f463a1593bc507d8d6b8f2104d.jpgIMG_20190606_154348.thumb.jpg.517802e22e3e43e3e933fb871d0a83f8.jpgIMG_20190606_154516.thumb.jpg.2c7740ade5c952928051ccaa53b341fe.jpg

Other deck details, mast and spars - all made from pear wood, super detailed. Love it!


Other fittings - there are super nice blocks and deadeyes, belaying pins from brass, 8 2cm guns, anchors, 2 plates of photo edged details


Sails and rigging - there are several width and colors of the rigging line. I'm not sure if I will use this or make my own. Will see. This version of the kit includes already sawn sails and these are looking good.


Boat - the kit also includes 4-oar yawl. It has only 6.8cm and there are so many details! This will be crazy to build I guess! All made from pear as well.IMG_20190606_153119.thumb.jpg.4fe6d4370f9761adf0736eb3c62990e2.jpg and that is all you get for your money ;)

Can't wait to get started!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have started with the boat. It is so tiny but So far I did not destroy any part. So all good. It has different assembly approach than 95mm boat from MK. 

1. Keel

First you do 3 "puzzle" sheets


Then you glue them together and bevel both sides as necessary


After you can remove the center 


2. Building jig


3. Frames

Here you have to be really careful not to brake the frame. It is made of pear strip 0.6x0.6mm. Once soaked in water it becomes softer 


4. Planking

First 2 rows in place. IMG_20190608_000011.thumb.jpg.f09fe52109585c7bcf21d4bbf63ceed3.jpgIMG_20190608_000022.thumb.jpg.08101b09ae59b31075f40c28e4cf4aca.jpg



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Thank you both. Also for all the likes and followers. It gives the power to try to be precise as posible. And it is very Hard for me not to hurry as I do not have much time to spent (3 small childern, building new house......) That is why RC is on hold (unfortunately) i need for her at least 3 hours to finish one step. For this, I can do one plank in few minutes. And of course this is thanks to briliant mind in MASTER KORABEL such a great job they done there. And in the second level I have to thank to this webpage. Here I found out that something special could be purchased as a kit! All of you rock🍻

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Hi guys, I need your help! I have a Hard time to blacken the brass work on the yawl. I did not want to do the blackening before glueing parts to the wood as the CA glue and the chemical do the mess on the wood (I'm using Brasblack from Birchwood) 61ebdTVXVcL._SX425_.jpg.e3f34f4f3ffb11fbb5b770468bcf0f32.jpgMy idea was to glue all the ironwork to the place and blackend it after. I have send it with fine sendpaper and small files but it did not clean the brass enough and the result is not good. I would need some chemical that will degreas the surface, but I do not want any strong acid. 

What is the best to use there? Thanks a lot for advice!

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Starting with AVOS build


The hearth and bone of the hull IMG_20190619_094935.thumb.jpg.2caad035f649ceb53732caae2d861911.jpg

Stem pieces. One side sended. I only follow the given lines when sending and it fits perfectly.


Can't imagine doing this without dremel


It is not a big ship.... 


How well thought through is this? I do not think There is any space for mistake. Notice the edge for the First Layer of planking. IMG_20190619_112005.thumb.jpg.dda095e89c03fa2f7e1e201b9b75d060.jpgIMG_20190619_112820.thumb.jpg.58c576ae3bf74c77e324e26d852894c3.jpg

All glued togetherIMG_20190619_114701.thumb.jpg.8c4480758633f62573a361b698aafba7.jpg

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58 minutes ago, DPK said:

Have a look at the gap between the latrine door and the last top timber. Looks like something is misaligned.

Hmmmm..... Will double check that. I have noticed the Gap when I assembled that but I thought that it is ok. Not sure what is wrong 🤔

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