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For my next build I have chosen to “go rogue” and join @RGL, @COG, @Canute, @Old Collingwood, and @Popeye the Sailor and build a plastic kit with Photo Etched Brass. The kit is 1:350 scale Trumpter model of the Fletcher Class destroyer The Sullivans DD537. The PE Brass is from Tom’s Modelworks. The Sullivans is a United States Navy ship named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert) aged 20 to 27 who lost their lives when their ship, USS Juneau, was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. This was the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II. She was also the first ship commissioned in the Navy that honored more than one person. After service in both World War II and the Korean War, The Sullivans was assigned to the 6th Fleet and was a training ship until she was decommissioned on 7 January 1965. In 1977, she and cruiser USS Little Rock (CG-4) were processed for donation to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York. The ship now serves as a memorial and is open for public tours. I chose The Sullivans partly because I have visited it while visiting my daughter in Buffalo and I can easily obtain detailed photos of her as needed during the build. DD-537's specifications are: Length: 376 feet 6 inches Beam: 39 feet 8 inches Draught: 17 feet 9 inches Crew: 329 Displacement: 2,050 tons Max Speed: 35 knots (40mph) Fuel Capacity: 492 tons of fuel oil Range: 6,500 nautical miles Original Armament: Five 5 inch 38 cal gun mounts Ten 40mm Bofors AA cannon in five dual mounts Seven 20mm Oerlikon AA cannon Two 5 tube 21 inch Torpedo Tubes Two 24 round Hedgehog Anti Submarine Mortar Projectors Six Depth Charge Projectors Two Stern Depth Charge Racks Current Armament: Four 5 inch 38 cal gun mounts Four 40mm Bofors AA cannon in dual mounts Four 20mm Oerlikon AA cannon Two 3 tube Mk32 Torpedo launchers Two 24 round Hedgehog Anti Submarine Mortar Projectors One Stern Depth Charge Rack Power Plant: 4 Babcock & Wilcox oil fired boilers powering 2 General Electric steam turbines driving 2 screws with 60,000 Shaft Horsepower Launching Date: April 4, 1943 at the Bethlehem Steel Company, San Francisco, CA The obligatory box and contents photos follow:
When starting at the V class with RGL, I got interested in the RN G & H Class destroyers. Thus, got on the net and found this kit Pictures later, I am presently unable to upload any size photograph Some general info: H-class Type: Destroyer Service Period: 1936-1949 Characteristics: Length: 323 feet (98.45 meters) Beam: 33 feet (10.06 meters) Draught: 12 feet 5 inches (3.79 meters) Displacement: 1,340 tons (Standard): 1,859 tons (Full Load) Crew: 137 (Peacetime); 146 (Wartime) Propulsion: 3 x Johnson boilers, 2 x Parsons geared turbines, 2 x shafts, 34,000 shp (25,000 kW) Range: 5,530 nautical miles (10,242 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h) Speed: 36 knots (66.67 km/h) Armament: 4 x QF 4.7"/45-caliber Mk.IX dual purpose naval guns (4x1) 8 x .50-caliber machine guns (2x4) 8 x 21" torpedo tubes (2x4) 20 x depth charges (1 x rail and 2 x throwers) Guns will be replaced, either by brass, or 3D printed, I found the torpedo tubes in 3d very appealing so I'll try those again ... First I've got 172 port holes to drill
USS Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer I recently took a trans-Atlantic cruise from Rotterdam to Norway, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Boston. I saw so many unusual ships, both models and full sized, that I had to start another model. I was intrigued by the Aeronaut Bismarck model, but I couldn't find any useful reviews. Please let me know if you've had any experience with their kits. Bluejacket Shipcrafters has a couple of WWII kits, but their kit of the Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer caught my eye and I ordered it. It is by far the most expensive kit that I've ever bought. Please don't tell my wife. Is it worth the price? Well, lets see what's Inside The Box The model came in a large box packed full of styrofoam peanuts. It was a pain to separate the parts from the junk. Here's what was inside. The hull is machine-carved from a single piece of basswood. The hull shape looks very good, but there are still attachment points that will have to be carved away. There is a 65-page instruction manual that seems to be very thorough. Bluejacket offers a CD of build photos for an additional fee. I didn't order it. The kit includes hull templates printed on self-adhesive paper, a guide for painting the helicopter landing marks on the deck, and a big piece of styrene for God knows what. The kit includes 5 pages of plans. You should be able to see the titles in the photo. There are 5 sheets of laser-cut parts. The cut lines are crisp and nearly free of char. All of the deck superstructure will be made from these parts. The instructions say that there are over 600 photo-etched parts. Whew. The kit had a tiny box packed full of beautiful cast metal parts. There are also a few cast resin parts. These don't look so great. I will be doing a lot of cleanup on them. There is a small bag of wood strips, a bag of metal strips, and a spool of rigging thread. The brass pedestals were extra. You'd think that for what this kit cost they could throw in the pedestals. I also ordered the optional paint kit. It came with a dozen bottles of Testors paints. I will probably spray most of the model gray and use the red and black for details. We'll see.
World War II American High Speed Transports (APD) Colhoun Class (Wickes Hulls): A Study in Blueprints by Duane D. Borchers Annapolis, MD: Maryland Silver Co., 2001 11” x 17”, softcover (Acco-Press type covers), viii + 133 pages tables, plans, index. $60.00 I came across this book while researching a model of the WW II high-speed transport USS McKean (APD 5), a converted WW I era flush deck Wickes class destroyer. The book is one of a series of similar reference books in Maryland Silver Company’s A Study in Blueprints series covering primarily 20th century US Navy ships. This volume contains the following information: table of contents tables of ship characteristics for selected ships of the class (dimensions, displacement, capacities, manning, armament, etc.) ship’s history for each ship in the class, drawn primarily from the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS) ships plans, taken primarily from booklets of general plans for selected ships of the class, augmented with a large scale body plan index The book is printed on 11” x 17” copier paper. Tables and text are reproduced well, but drawing quality varies, no doubt based on the quality of the originals. See samples below: I found the book to be a very useful reference source and can recommend books of the series to others in need of similar information.