Trumpeter 1/700 Liberty Ship

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien was typical of the mass produced liberty ships. She was an launched as hull number 230 on June 19, 1943 an EC2-S-C1 type Liberty Ship. She was later named the Jeremiah O'Brien and she served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war. She was there at Normandy on D-Day helping to support Operation Overload. After the the war in Europe was under control she sailed for the Pacific hauling needed cargo in the South Pacific.

She  was selected to be a hospital ship, in 1946 but was instead assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif. She survived in the "mothball fleet" until volunteers rescued her and spent a half million dollars restoring her as a museum ship. Today the Jeremiah O'Brien is berthed at Fort Mason in San Francisco open to the public and available for tours. Information about her can be found on the Jeremiah O'Brien website. Recently the Jeremiah O'Brien made a return visit to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of the landings
Length:  441 feet, 7 inches
Beam: 57 feet
Draft: 27 feet, 9 inches
Displacement: 14,245 tons
Armament: one 5-inch/38 caliber gun
two 3-inch/50 caliber guns
eight 20mm antiaircraft guns

Trumpeter has finally scaled down their 350 Liberty Ships to 1/700. The results look very promising.

The hull is molded as a waterline style with separate lower hull sections for either waterline or full hull display. The lower hull parts are molded in red. The upper hull includes a deck insert that has some of the hull sides included. The fit seems to be pretty good, but I would prefer that the deck would fit inside the hull instead of on top of it. This makes for a very long seam that will have to be filled. Fortunately it is in a place where it will be easy to sand.  Click images
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The deck includes molded on deck winches and cargo covers. These are nicely molded and will look good with a light wash to bring out the details. 
Superstructure parts are well molded with open portholes and nicely molded air vent tubes. Funnels are molded in two halves and there are doors with molded on hinge and rain gutter detailing.
This sprue includes the upper decks and gun tubs. Molding is pretty sharp and the splinter shield walls are more vertical than in some of their other kits that have an extreme taper to them. 
There are two of these sprues in the kit. There are booms, guns, rafts, and air vents. The molding on these parts is also pretty good.
A sharply registered decal sheet is included with hull numbers and a stack emblem. 
The instructions are six pages with a separate color sheet that shows the colors and where the decals go. These are well illustrated and present a nice step by step approach of the assembly.

This kit looks like an A-Team effort. It includes 151 parts on 4 sprues with very nice detailing and will make a very nice addition to your 1/700 supply lines. Thanks to Stevens International for the review sample. These kits should be showing up in your local hobby shops now. It is listed as #5755 1/700 SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship with a retail price of  $24.95 US. 

Stevens is the exclusive importer for Trumpeter kits in the US. If your hobby shop does not carry Trumpeter kits have them contact Stevens International or try their Hobby Shop Locator to find one that does.