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SS Jeremiah O'Brien
US Built Liberty Ship

Trumpeter, 1/700 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and  Description

Trumpeter Kit No. 05755 - SS Jeremiah O'Brien

Contents & Media

150 light grey plastic parts on 4 sprues with 4 hull parts separate (2 in light grey and 2 in red), a small decal sheet plus an A5 sized 3 page foldout instruction sheet with parts plan, 11 build diagram and separate paint/decal instructions in colour. 

Scale:

1/700

Price:

Around AUD$25.95. Distributed in Australia by J.B. Wholesalers

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Optional waterline or full hull construction, cleanly moulded and highly detailed.

Disadvantages:

The aft gun looks a bit strange and I  doubt the angles of the derricks plus I would want more details on the colours.

Conclusion:

I believe this is a first in this scale and if the rest of the model goes together as well as the hull parts it should be a quick and easy build.


Reviewed by Brett Green


Trumpeter's 1/350 scale SS Jeremiah O'Brien is available online from Squadron.com
 

Background

 

Designed in Britain but built in the USA, Liberty Ships were a response to the huge losses of cargo ships to U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. Able to be built quickly and cheaply, US ship yards turned out over 2,700 examples before production ended. Although they had faults, the design led to a slightly bigger and more powerful version known as Victory Ships.

 

 

The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two Liberty Ships that have been fully restored to original condition in the United States.

 

 

FirstLook

 

A few years ago, Trumpeter released a 1/350th scale Liberty Ship and this is the 1/700th  scale version of that kit. However, as their smaller scale ships aren't normally as good as the bigger ones and as I've never seen the 1/350th scale Liberty Ship, I have no idea how they differ. Having said that, this looks to me to be a very nice little kit in its own right.

There are four sprues in light grey plastic, two of which are identical and four separate hull parts, deck and upper hull in light grey plastic plus a waterline plate and lower hull in red. Depending on how you wish to construct your kit, you only use three of the four parts. The sprues are all very cleanly moulded with no flash or sink marks and ejection pin marks only where they won't be seen. There are several parts on the sprues which are not for use here but this is not mentioned anywhere in the instructions so don't be surprised if you end up with some leftovers.

 

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I've not been able to find much on the net about these ships except the two restored examples. There are, however, two areas of concern accuracy wise. I would assume that the deck guns, excluding the AA fit, would be what was left over from earlier war ships that had been scrapped. The aft deck gun in this kit doesn't look like any I've seen on a US war ship and I think is the figment of someones imagination.

The ten cargo derricks, Trumpeter will have you modelling them at a 45 degree angle. Now they may have been at this angle while waiting to load or unload but I doubt they would remain as is when at sea. Where length allowed, they would be laid horizontal or failing that hoisted vertical and secured to the mast head. A derrick breaking loose during wild weather would be very hard to get back under control where as horizontal or vertical would not break free to start with.

 

 

Minor quibbles I know and not hard to fix, and I would not be surprised if there aren't other faults that I've missed, not being an expert on Liberty Ships an all.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Yep, I like it, and this one will be getting built in the not too distant future. Perhaps with a slight list and two Trumpeter Tribal Class Destroyers lashed to the sides. Hmmm.

Thanks to J.B. Wholesalers for the sample


Review Text Copyright 2009 by Glen Porter
Page Created 29 August, 2009
Last updated 30 August, 2009

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