CADS-N-I Kashtan CIWS – First Look
Kashtan (CADS-N-1) is a close in weapons system (CIWS) in use on an array of Soviet and Russian built ships. Originally developed in the 1970s, the Kashtan-M is the latest variant. It is relatively similar in role to the U.S. Phalanx CIWS.
The Kashtan system is comprised on command and control module for detection, classification, tracking, and designation of aerial targets. This information is handed off the combat modules.
This module is comprised of a pair of 30mm cannons and 8 9M311-1 surface to air missiles along with a fire and control system that can track up to 5 targets.
Well I wasn’t expecting Takom, or anyone else for that matter, to release a model of this subject. Especially not in 1/35 scale. But it’s a cool subject and for those that like diversity, a nice break from typically armor choices.
The kit itself is well detailed but still a relatively simple model. There are 5 sprues in gray and a tiny, 1 piece clear sprue. No photoetch.
Overall, the molding is clean and crisp and exactly what you’d expect from Takom. The instruction are typical Takom with simple step in a small booklet. Personally, I think they could have printed it a little larger but that’s a minor point. Markings are just two red stars so the decaling won’t overwhelm anyone.
The painting scheme is overall gray like the Russian warships so there’s just the one choice.
Here’s a look at the sprues.
I’ve built a number of Takom’s kits and my personal assessment is that they seem to have found a way to have excellent detail without a high part count or excessive complexity. This kit continues that approach, and coupled with clear instructions, makes it very motivating to build.
My sincere thanks to Takom for the review sample.
Reviewed by Jim Wechsler, SoCal AMPS
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