Review: AJM Models 1/700 HMS Jervis Bay

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History

The ship was launched as the Commonwealth Line steamer Jervis Bay, named after the Australian bay of that name. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in August 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War, and armed with seven 1898-vintage 6 in guns and two 3 in guns of 1894 design.

Jervis Bay was initially assigned to the South Atlantic station before becoming a convoy escort in May 1940. She was the sole escort for the 37 merchant ships of Convoy HX 84 that departed from Halifax on 28 October 1940, eastbound to Liverpool.

On Nov 5 1940 the convoy encountered the German warship Admiral Scheer about 755 nautical miles (1,398 km) south-southwest of Reykjavík. The Captain of Jervis Bay, Edward Fegen, ordered the convoy to scatter and set his own ship on a course towards the German warship to draw its fire. Jervis Bay was hopelessly outgunned and outranged by the 28 cm (11 inch) guns of the German ship, but it attacked the larger ship with its guns, firing more to distract the German ship from the merchantmen than with hopes of doing any damage. Although the German’s shells ravaged the Jervis Bay, and Fegen was wounded and many crew killed, Fegen and the surviving crew fought on until their ship was sunk. Captain Fegen and many of the crew went down with the ship.

Kit History

I’m not aware of anyone doing a kit of HMS Jervis Bay in plastic or resin before. AJM also do a kit of the sister ship HMS Esperance Bay, available here.

Inside the box:

  • approx 200 resin parts plus a solid resin hull
  • 1 PE sheet with approx 250 parts
  • 1 small PE sheet with 49 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
    • 7 pages of build instructions over 24 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.

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 resin and numbers in square boxes are PE.

Page 1 of the instructions covers steps 1 to 7. Step one has you assemble the ship guns but interestingly some of the very small parts seem to be not numbered. Step two has you adding railings midship before you move to the front of the ship in step three and add railings and a lot of resin small parts. Step four has you adding a few more resin and photo etch parts just aft of the forecastle. Steps 5 to 7 have you assembling some capstan’s which are used in step four, so the numbering of the steps is a little off there.

Page 2 has steps 8 to 10. This page continues slowly working backwards on the ship adding parts. Step eight has you adding another couple of ships guns along with a few resin parts and some railings. Step nine adds another few small parts just forward of the bridge. Step 10 adds detail to the aft mast using some 0.4 mm rod that you will need to supply yourself along with photo etch and resin parts.

Page 3 has steps 11 to 14. This page has you working amidships mostly on the bridge. Step 11 adds lifeboats and again you will need to supply some rods for yourself. Steps 12 to 14 add mostly photo etch details to the bridge and there are some resin parts used as well.

Page 4 has steps 15 to 16. This page adds the completed bridge assembly amidships in step 15 along with a few other parts and a few more pieces of self-supplied rod. Step 16 adds the funnel and several resin photo etch details in that area.

Page 6 has steps 20 to 22. This page has us working at the aft end of the ship again adding resin photo etch parts to various places on the deck. Step 21 has us adding mast detail at the back of the ship in step 22 adds another of the ship’s guns along with some small resin parts.

Page 7 completes the build with the last two steps, 23 and 24. Step 23 adds some small parts at the very aft end of the ship including the final ship’s gun. Step 24 as you add ships railings at the very aft of the ship along with a few small parts in that area.

Paint & Decals

The colours are called out in Life Colour and Tamiya paints and also named. There are  2 colour images of the ship 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 simple painting scheme.

There is a decal sheet for the ship that contains Royal Navy and merchant 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. The kit 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 Jervis Bay that you will not see anywhere else.

The kit is available from our online store here.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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