|The Kit - HMS Puma kit is one of the two latest releases from Peter Hall’s Atlantic Models. With the Puma kit you can build modernized Type 41, with the plated mainmast, updated radars and 40mm Bofors. If you
wish to build a Type 41 in her original fit you can do it with Atlantic’s HMS Leopard kit, which was released concurrently. Naturally there are a lot of common parts between the kits but this review focuses on the
Puma kit. The layout of the Puma kit is very similar to Atlantic’s HMS Peacock. The resin hull has a waterline/full-hull option, the smaller parts are a mix of resin and white metal and it comes with an extensive photo-
etch detail set. What is different in this case is that a small decal sheet is provided. The two hull sections are clean hollow castings with very good details. The upper hull captures the unusual profile with the high foc’sle
deck that was common to Royal Navy ships of the time period. Such items as bitts, capstans, breakwaters and various lockers and vents are cast into the hull. On the lower deck the deck housings with its series of
exhaust piping and vents are also part of the casting. Numerous waffle pattern doors are cast into the bulkheads and housings eliminating the need for applying photo-etch versions and simplifying assembly a bit. For the
other parts that need to be attached the deck there are either locating pins or holes guide with placement.
The lower hull is also well done and very clean with the stabilizer fins, bilge keels and shaft fairings cast into the part. An opening is provided to attach the rudder. If you plan to build the model full-hull you will see
corresponding pins and holes at the bow and stern and at four spots on the lower hull you will see tabs to help align the upper and lower hulls when gluing the two parts together. Before joining the two halves you will
have to sand down several bumps where appear to be the resin equivalent injector pin marks. A dry fit of the two halves show that there is a slight bit of warping that will require clamping of the two parts together to
correct it and some putty will undoubtedly be needed to fill in the joint. The smaller resin parts include the bridge, the plated main mast (MACK), a pair of 4.5” Mk VI twin turrets, fire control director and platform,
40mm Bofors platform, aft fire control director, ventilator junction box and a pair of boats. The casting is very good with the parts require the removal of a little flash along some of the edges. Since the hull is common
to both versions of the Type 41 kit, the modeler will have to remove the exhaust conduit and some of the piping that sits atop the aft superstructure to fit the solid main mast. The main mast was open lattice in the
original fit and an exhaust funnel pipe was fitted and visible within the mast. This alteration is noted in the instructions. Numerous white metal parts round out the kit and include the Squid anti-submarine mortar, the
40mm Bofors gun mount, the 4.5” gun barrels, deck winch, rudder, propeller shaft supports, the Type 993 radar, life raft canisters and various vents and exhaust pipes. The white metal parts require a little more cleanup
and are not as refined when compared to the small resin parts but they fit the bill. White metal is malleable so be careful when handling the 40mm gun mount as the barrel can be easily bent and as the photo show this
has already occurred during shipping.
The photo-etch brass is excellent and this is expected coming from “Mad Pete” who has wowed us for years with the photo-etch he has designed for White Ensign Models and his own Atlantic Models label. This is a
common detail set for both versions of the kit so some of the parts are not used with the Puma. Railings, ladders, anchors, foremast and associated platforms and yardarms, mainmast yardarms, parts for the complex
Type 965 radar and various other detail parts are provided in this set with lovely relief etching. It looks like no detail is forgotten as the brass even includes mast squadron numbers 5, 6 and 7 and ship’s name plates.
A small but complete and well done decal sheet is provided with this model and Peter Hall has told me that he plans to include decals in all Atlantic Models kits going forward. Pennant numbers and names for two
ships, Puma and Jaguar, are provided as well as bridge windows, draft markings and White Ensign and Union Jack. A total of 7 pages of assembly instructions are provided in the familiar format you see with White
Ensign Model kits and brass detail sets. The instructions are among the best out there and provide numerous illustrations to aide in assembling this model. The first page provides a brief history of this ship and an
inventory of the smaller resin and white metal parts. The following page has an inventory and keyed image of the photo-etch fret. You will notice that the parts not meant to be used with this kit are blacked out in the
image to help avoid confusion, which I think is a rather good idea. The remaining pages cover the various assemblies and sub-assemblies and the last page was a painting guide in color with references to, what else,
WEM Colourcoats paints.