reviewed  by Timothy Dike
The HMAS Perth was originally built as the HMS Amphion, a Modified 'Leander' Class in 1936. She operated with the Royal Navy until 1939 when she was sold to Australia and recommisioned as HMAS Perth. The ship had a rather brief peacetime career showing the flag at the Worlds Fair in New York in August of 1939. With war imminent Perth sailed from the West Indies to Trinidad and onto Venezuela to protect convoys. Later that year she sailed via the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean to refuel Canadian destroyers Ottawa and Restigouche in the Cocos Islands. Convoy duty brought her back through the canal and into the Atlantic. Early in March 1940 she returned to the Pacific and sailed onto Sydney to bolster Australian forces in their home waters. Perth operated with Canberra and made voyages as far away as the Middle East protecting convoys. 1940 saw her operating in the Mediterranean waters with several trips to the British island fortress of Malta. While there she was near missed by a German bomb and required repairs in Alexandria, Egypt. She participated in landing troops in Greece and patrolled the eastern Med. She had a small role in the Battle of Matapan that saw the Italian Navy lose five ships. Perth helped evacuate troops from Greece to Crete in 1941 and spent much of the following months dodging german bombs. Later that year luck ran out and she received a near miss  that damaged her boiler room and went back to Alexandria for repairs. Perth returned to action off the coast of Syria shelling Vichy French forces until she was relieved by HMS Hobart. She sailed for home waters in July of that year arriving in mid August. Following a refit period in Sydney Perth began patrols in the waters around Australia. 

Following the Japanese entry into the war, Perth was sent to Java to bolster Allied forces. In February Perth joined Dutch cruisers De Ruyter and Java, along with the USS Houston and HMS Exeter and HM Jupiter, Electra, Encounter, and two Dutch destroyers and four old US four pipers to stop the advancing Japanese ships in the battle of the Java Sea. Perth and Houston survived to fight another day, that day came all too soon. Perth and Houston left Tjilatjap and sailed to Sunda Strait . At almost midnight with Perth in the lead a lone Japanese destroyer was engaged. It wasn't long before more showed up and attacked from all directions. Perth made a charge for the straight, but was met with two torpedo hits that forced her to abandon ship. Shortly after more hits were scored by both torpedoes and shell fire from the pursuing destroyers. Perth sank at 0025 March 1, 1942. She was joined not long after by the Houston effectively ending any realistic attempt to stop the Japanese landings in the area. Half of her crew was lost in the action with more dying as POW's. 

The Perth and crew sailed into action knowing the odds were against them. Yet they bravely fought on to the bitter end. It is nice to see this famous ship offered as this new kit from NNT. It is available in basic for or in the high tech version with added photo etch, and brass barrels. The kit is designed with extra parts to allow you to model most any version from 1939 to her loss in 42. 

The hull is nicely cast in waterline style with some really nice deck and hull detailing. Wood planking and metal diamond plate is nicely done on the deck. Bits and open chocks are cast on and are very finely executed. The hull includes both open and plated over portholes. Much of the main superstructure is cast on and also includes nice surface detailing. 
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Superstructure parts and splinter shields are cast on three wafers. Detail is well done but the thickness of the wafer will require a lot of sanding to free the parts. The main bridge looks nice as do the funnels. I think the latter would have looked a little better if hollowed out and supplied with separate funnel grills. Overall detail is good and casting on the actual parts looks good. 
Six 6" 50 cal main gun turrets are provided. Two with gun tubs mounted on top. Two extra mounts are included in case you want to do a 1939 version, the tubs are for the 42 version. Resin gun barrels are provided for the basic kit, but I would recommend springing for the premium kit for the brass ones. 
Three banks of torpedoes and a new platform are provided. These are well cast and the platform also includes some nice diamond deck plating. 
The smaller guns are really nice. The 102 mm guns are very detailed with a separate base, gun assembly and shield. These are very finely detailed and are the best I have seen in this scale. The pom poms are nicely done also. 
Boat cradles, searchlights and other fittings are provided on these sprues.
A variety of ships boats are provided along with life rafts. Not all of these will be used but are included so you can do early or late versions. 
A nice Walrus float plane is provided cast in three parts. 
A single decal sheet is included with ships names for both Perth and Hobart. A flag decal, and aircraft roundels are also included. They are sharp and clear and you can make out the ship names even in this small size.
 Two frets are included in the basic kit. The first provides some finely etched cranes, catapults, and a variety of other parts. Machine guns and radar antenna are among them. The second fret contains some bracing for the platforms. Both frets are etched in stainless steel by Eduard. 
Extra details only available in the Hi-Tech version. 
A fret of Tom's Modelworks 3 rail set is included. There are more than enough rails to do this ship and give you plenty of extras. 
Another Tom's Modelworks set is included for the Radar's. The set provides a nice selection of radar antennas to do the ship. The bonus is that you will have some extras for other projects. 
A real bonus is these nicely machined brass gun barrels. These are extremely fine and even have the barrel ends drilled out for a hollow appearance. The barrels have a nice taper and include a mounting pin to make it easier to attach. 
Norbert Thiel of NNT provided these shots of the finished model. He used the Hi-Tech version with a little extra scratchbuilding as he plans to use this model in a diorama.
The instructions consist of five pages with a brief history and two pages of bill of materials. The forth page is an exploded view of the assembly and the last page shows camo and some additional assembly notes for early and late war versions. Lacking is a graphical illustration of the many parts. I also think a few more pages could have been devoted to the assembly process. But these are adequate to allow you to build the ship. 
I am glad to see this famous ship finally being released by NNT. It is a nicely detailed kit with a lot of potential. A little pricey, but it offers the modeler with their best option to build an accurate version of this ship with the least effort. I like the option to buy the Hi-Tech version for the bonus parts. You can order yours direct from NNT as the standard version; #NNT 70031 HMAS Perth for $109.81 US or 79.00 EU or the Hi-Tech version #NNT 70031 HT HMAS Perth Hi-Tech for $137.61US or 99.00 EU.