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Russian Project 955 SSBN
Russian Project 955 Borei-Class SSBN 'Yuri Dolgoruky*
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by: Evgenij [ EJASONK ]

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The Borei class is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine produced and operated by the Russian Navy. The class is intended to replace the Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon classes now in Russian Navy service. The class is named after Boreas, the North wind and is planned to carry russian new Bulava missiles.

Advances include a compact and integrated hydrodynamically efficient hull for reduced broadband noise and the first ever use of pump-jet propulsion on a Russian nuclear submarine. Borei is approximately 170 metres (560 ft) long, 13 metres (43 ft) in diameter, and has a maximum submerged speed of at least 46 kilometres per hour (25 kn; 29 mph).
Smaller than the Typhoon class, the Borei was initially slated to carry 12 missiles but was able to carry 4 more due to the decrease in mass of the 45-ton Bulava SLBM (a modified version of the Topol-M ICBM) over the originally proposed R-39UTTH Bark.

The launch of the first submarine of the class, the Yuriy Dolgorukiy, was scheduled for 2002 but was delayed because of budget constraints. The vessel was eventually rolled out of its construction hall on 15 April 2007 in a ceremony attended by many senior military and industrial personnel. The Yuriy Dolgorukiy was the first Russian strategic missile submarine to be launched in seventeen years since the end of the Soviet era

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Highs: Great and crisp details, which look much better than on the other available Borei made by Hobby Boss. Openable missile launchers with 2 full modeled missiles and mockups and the low price.
Lows: For someone maybe the lower part of the hull, which is broken into two parts.
Verdict: After building the earlier available Borei class SSBN from Hobby Boss i really pleased to see the great details on this model. This kit is definitely a must for all russian navy fans.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:350
  Mfg. ID: NB5022
  Suggested Retail: 18,50 EUR
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 12, 2012

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EJASONK! Thanks for the review, I really appreciate the comparison with the other 1:350 offering as it will help me decide which one to buy. Yeah, Bronco has that bottom hull split in halves so that it can offer a waterline option (separation top to bottom higher than the midline). Hopefully the seam will be manageable - it was the same in their Akula that I reviewed. Also it seems an approach now shared by many (Airfix, Riich, etc.).
JAN 13, 2012 - 04:38 AM
Well, things changed a bit.. After writing this review,which was a "what's in the box" Review, i started to compair Bronco's Borei with the real one and there are some inaccuracies. 1. The squarish flooding section in the rear of the sub have grids, while Bronco is showig gills. Also there is one hole missing in the rear section on the upper side. 2. The rocket bay doors are wrong shaped. There are some limbs on the roundet edges of the door kurves, Hobby Boss looks much better here. The limbs are roundet, while Bronco made it squared. And actually the inside of the rocket doors is wrong. The bays are completely empty,while Bronco has this "plastic body" under the doors. 3. Safety railing lines look better on Hobby Boss. There they are very thin molded,like they have to be on real sub, while on Bronco they are molded too thick. Also they are wrong shaped on Bronco's Borei. 4. The shape of the upper part of the hull is doubtful. On the edges (when front-looking) the bump is too round. The rear part of the bump is not as promiment as on Hobby Boss. For me HB did a better job there. 5. All the hatches and doors are also different on the models. I thing Hobby Boss is looking better and more complete. After first good impressions i was dissapointed. Soo..there is a lot of work to make Bronco's Borei looking correct. Quality : great ! Accuracy : bad.
JAN 13, 2012 - 08:48 AM
Ah-ha! In the end it's the same game as their Akula then! Well, thanks for coming back to us with these "discoveries". Also, very interesting pic. I lack such good close-up shots, especially of the rear part. Thanks!
JAN 13, 2012 - 10:15 AM
Good research Thanks for sharing Cheers Adam
JAN 23, 2012 - 03:24 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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