Review: AJM Models 1/700 HMS Coventry 1942


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Coventry was initially going to be called HMS Corsair. She was launched 6 July 1917 and completed for naval service in February 1918. HMS Coventry (D43) was in the 5th Light Cruiser squadron from February 1918 till May 1919, and served in the Baltic in this time. She went into refit in late 1920 and once the refit was completed she joined the 2nd Light cruiser squadron and she became flagship to the Rear-Admiral, Mediterranean Fleet Andrew Cunningham. In 1935, Coventry went into Portsmouth Dockyard to be refitted as an anti-aircraft cruiser. This refit involved the removal of her 6-inch guns and torpedo tubes, and the fitting of 10 QF 4-inch Mk V guns on single high-angle mountings and 2 octuple-mounted QF 40mm ‘pom-pom’ autocannon. The 12-pounder AA guns were retained.

At the outbreak of World War II HMS Coventry was serving with the Home Fleet and was damaged on 1 January 1940 in a German air attack on the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland. She was assigned to the Mediterranean fleet in 1940, and was torpedoed and damaged by the Italian submarine Neghelli in the eastern Mediterranean. Coventry also participated in the Battle of Cape Spartivento.

On14 September 1942 HMS Coventry was heavily damaged in the Eastern Mediterranean, north-west of Alexandria, Egypt by 16 German Junkers Ju 88s of I./Lehrgeschwader 1 under the command of Joachim Helbig, whilst participating in Operation Agreement. 8./StG 3 also took part in the attack. The ship was on fire and had to be scuttled by HMS Zulu.

Kit History

I’m not aware of anyone doing a kit of HMS Coventry (D43) in plastic or resin before.

Inside the box:

  • approx 250 resin parts plus a solid resin hull
  • 1 PE sheet with approx 300+ parts
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • assorted brass rods of various diameters
  • 5 sheets of double-sided paper giving
    • 1 page of painting guide
    • 7 pages of the parts layout and build instructions over 23 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.


The instructions are good and lay things out well. The first page of the 7 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 3. Step one has you fitting bollards to the main deck. Step 2 is adding soe small parts amidships and step 3 has you making the QF 4-inch Mk V guns.

Page 2 has steps 4 to 8. This page continues slowly working backwards on the ship adding parts. Step 4 has you adding foc’sl breakwaters. Step 5 is building Bofors and step 6 is adding railings and small parts to one of the gun platforms. Steps 7 and 8 add small parts to some of the superstructure parts.

Page 3 has steps 9 to 11. 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 also named. There are 3 colour images of the ship from 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 very unique painting scheme.

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

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 Coventry that you will not see anywhere else.

The kit is available from our online store here.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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