Review: AJM Models 1/700 USS Currituck 1944

History

USS Currituck (AV-7) was the first of four Currituck class seaplane tenders and was nicknamed the Wild Goose. She was built during World War II and served during the Cold War.

Currituck was commissioned on 26 June 1944 and she arrived in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, on 6 November to begin tending seaplanes flying missions in the Leyte operations.

Currituck sailed from Leyte on 6 January 1945 for the initial landings at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, three days later, and remained there tending seaplanes and directing seaplane search operations. She returned to Leyte in February, then sailed for Manila in March. Upon her arrival, she sent boarding parties to inspect abandoned Japanese vessels in the harbor. Her tender duties at this port included maintenance of the 76th Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force from 27 April to 6 May.

Departing Manila 10 June 1945 Currituck maintained a base for seaplanes conducting night searches from Lingayen Gulf between 11 June and 20 August, then returned to Manila 24 August. She sailed for Okinawa on 30 August.

Currituck remained in the Far East in support of the reoccupation of the Chinese mainland, tending seaplanes at Inchon, Korea, and Shanghai, Tsingtao, and Taku, China, returning to Okinawa 28 October. She got underway for the United States on 9 December and arrived at San Francisco on 30 December.

Kit History

The only previous kits of USS Currituck class are from the 50s and in 1/426 scale by Revell. This is the only modern kit and the only 1/700 kit available.

Inside the box:

  • approx 180 resin parts plus a solid resin hull
  • 1 PE sheet with about 440 parts
  • 7 small PE sheets with about 105  parts
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 5 sheets of double-sided paper giving
    • 1 page of the parts layout
    • 1.5 colour page of parts layout and painting guide
    • 7.5 pages of build instructions over 30 steps
  • decals for USS Currituck plus 5 aircraft

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 a small resealable bag 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 5 aircraft are:

  • 1 x P-5 Mariner
  • 2 x OS2U Kingfisher
  • 2 x Curtiss SOC Seagull

Instructions

The instructions are good and lay things out well. The first page of the 4 pages on paper 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 second page.

The other pages cover the 30 build steps of the build. PE parts are numbered inside a square box and resin parts are numbered inside a rounded box. Each step is nicely drawn and labeled and it seems clear what is needed. Rigging is shown on the colour painting guide.

Paint & Decals

The colours are called out in Life Colour paints and also named. There are  3 colour images of the ship and these are good enough to show you all you need to know to paint the ship. The rigging layout is also shown in these diagrams.

There is a decal sheet for USS Currituck and also for the seaplanes.

Conclusion
This kit is not for beginners because to start with it’s a resin kit and needs care to avoid inhaling the dust. Also, it has many small parts and 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 the USS Currituck.

The kit is available from our online store here.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
Scifiantasy
HobbyLink International
Hoblylink International Shop
eBay Store
Inextension


Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: