Had to share a recent eBay purchase with the forum: Russian Imperial Cruiser “Aurora” (крейсер “Аврора”; Transliteration: Kreiser “Avrora”) Scale: 1:200 Manufacturer:Maly Modelarz #10-11 Designer: Bohdan Wasiak (Lodz) Publish date: 1977 Length: 56.5 cm Beam: 8 cm Pages: 8 plus 16 instruction/history pages in foldout Parts: 517 Skill level: moderate to advanced Other: instructions in Polish only Find out more about this veteran survivor here and here First impressions: Mmmmm!. . .smell that mold. Probably all that iron curtain acid in the paper. I don’t think the stock was ever really white, but it’s aged to an even nicer shade of brown, unfortunately not consistently. Surface of card very porous and felt-like. . .one reason why the ink did not make a full impression. (See detail here) This model appears to have been printed in five solid match colors (grey; dark green; gold; red; black) as opposed to 4-color process, yet the cover is printed nicely in process inks. Weird. . . Judging by the line quality, all parts appear to have been hand-drawn. Fit and finish might be an issue. . .if I actually get that far. Have a look at the interesting history and instructional fold-out pix below: I had intended this as a gift for my brother (a former USN lieutenant) but part of me just can’t put scissors to paper. So I put my conflict to y'all: Shall this interesting model get built or is it doomed to stay trapped as a collectable in its present condition? I’d like to poll the group and see what you all think. Please vote!