Review: AJM Models 1/700 HMS Alynbank

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History

She was completed on 26 March 1925 as MV Alynbank, a 5100-ton merchant ship. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in April 1940 for conversion to Auxiliary Anti-Aircraft Ship and commissioned 16 Jun 1940.
Her armament was 8 x 4in Mk XVI (4 x 2) and 8 x 2pdr pompom (2 x 4), 6 x 20mm AA (6 x 1), and 8 x .5in AA guns (2 x 4)

She was assigned to the Home Fleet to provided AA cover for convoys. She started on Atlantic Convoys and then moved to Russian Convoys including PQ13, PQ14, PQ16, and PQ18. In November 1942 provided cover for Operation Torch off Oran and she took part in the Sicily landings. She was near-missed by a dive bomb with two killed. In September 1943 took part in the Salerno Landings.

On June 9th 1944 she was deliberately sunk as part of the breakwater for the Gooseberry 3 Harbour, Gold Beach, at Arromanches. There are reports that this was done in a way that her guns could still be used but the image shows that they had been removed. In December 1945 she was raised and scrapped at Troon.
She is believed to have shot down 6 aircraft during her service

Kit History

I’m not aware of anyone doing a kit of HMS Alynbank in plastic or resin before.
I’ve seen that you can get the Alynbank in 1/2400 and 1/1250 from Shapeways but these are very basic 3D prints. Starling models are releasing a resin kit of HMS Alynbank in 2020.

Inside the box:

  • approx 100 resin parts plus a solid resin hull
  • 1 PE sheet with approx 300 parts
  • 1 small PE sheet with 4 parts
  • 1 decal sheet
  • assorted brass rods of various diameters
  • 4 sheets of double-sided paper giving
    • 1 page of the parts layout and painting guide
    • 5 pages of build instructions over approx 60 steps

The box is a top opening cardboard box and all the parts inside are bagged and wrapped in bubble wrap. The smaller resin parts are tightly packed in 2 small resealable bags so they can’t be damaged. The packaging is good.

This kit builds the ship as she was between March 1941 and when she was sunk in Sept 1941.

The resin parts are very nicely detailed and some of the smaller parts are just that, very small. Care will be needed when removing the smaller parts from the pour stubs.

The PE frets are made from very thin PE and again, some of the parts are very fine and will need care. The level of detail made possible by the PE is very high and will make for an excellent model.

Instructions

The instructions are good and lay things out well. The first page of the 6 pages is a parts layout so you can find the parts you need. It’s handily laid out starting with 1 at the top left to the highest numbered parts at the bottom right. There’s a painting guide on the bottom of this page. In the numbering system, numbers in round boxes are PE and numbers in square boxes are resin. That’s the other way round to previous kits form AJM.

Page 1 of the instructions covers steps 1 to 22. This page has you put together several subassemblies such as masts, turrets, ship’s boats, pom-poms, gun director and a few other smaller parts.

Page 2 has steps 23 to 29. It builds the main fore and aft superstructure assemblies that contain the main turrets. There are only small differences between the fore and aft superstructure assemblies so don’t get them mixed up. You also add railings, winches and other small parts at the forward end of the ship.

Page 3 has steps 30 to 39 and is mostly working at the aft end of the ship. You add railings and other PE parts as well as more winches etc. You also make a start amidships adding some life rafts.

Page 4 has steps 40 to 47 and builds the central superstructure as one unit and adding the funnel. We build the bridge and add many of the subassemblies we made on page 1.

Page 5 has steps 48 and 49 and just adds the main masts made from brass rod.

Paint & Decals

The colours are called out in Life Colour paints and also named. There areĀ  3 colour images of the ship, port, starboard and from above, and these are good enough to show you all you need to know to paint the ship. The ship has a camouflage scheme.

There is a decal sheet for the ship that contains Royal Navy ensigns and draft marks.

Conclusion
This kit is not for beginners because as it’s a resin kit and you need to take care to avoid inhaling the dust. Also, it has many small parts and a high PE part count for a ship of this size. However, this is a nicely detailed kit and you will end up with a spectacular model of HMS Black Swan that you will not see anywhere else.

The kit is available from our online store here.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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