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#714 Ukraine’s Maritime Drone (USV)

Building the MikroMir 1:35 kit. No electronics in this one.



Ukraine’s Maritime Drones - aka Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USV) - are small, purposeful, and expendable. Propulsion is adapted from commercial jet skis.

This is a new kit from MikroMir of Ukraine, and a simple little build to get me back into the flow after travelling for a few weeks. It’s actually the first time I’ve bought and built from MikroMir. They are quite a niche kit manufacturer, specialising in “rare” subjects, mainly planes and ships (especially submarines).




Paint Scheme

Feature Color Paint Used
primer black MrHobby Aqueous Black Surfacer 1000
body gray FS36118 H305
body highlights gray FS36270 H305 + H306 mix
access hatches steel H18
aerofoils, guidance pod silver H8
motor housing black H2
gloss coat gloss clear H30

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d build01e

Using the “hacked off bit of styrene base™” technique;-) I like the lack of borders or regular geometry, which helps focus on the subject itself.

build02a build02b

The water is built up with a few layers of Mod Podge gloss, each sprayed with various “sea tones”, giving a subtle impression of depth. I started the waves and spray with cotton wool but switched to polyester cotton pillow stuffing which is easier to create “bulk”. The cotton is applied with liberal lashings of AK Transparent water gel. Finally the splashes are topped of with some Deluxe scenic snowflakes and touched up with Vallejo Model Color gloss white.

build03a build03b build03c build03d build03e build03f build03g

Credits and References

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.