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USS Fletcher by RGL - Tamiya - 1/350

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I saw this upgrade from 5 Star models when I was watching @Jack12477, 's build of a Fletcher.

 

http://steelnavy.net/5StarFletcherUpgrade350FBustelo.html

 

Then I saw a photo on the net of some oilcanning IMG_8359.thumb.JPG.bb075e59d8b027e2f900b852eecdc7c4.JPG

So I thought, challenging, detailed (seriously the hardest PE set I've seen to date), I can beat it up, and it's small so mistakes won't be so vIMG_E8459.thumb.JPG.c0f8b4e1458170ca3eb62c522a1d5a92.JPGisible.

As it's a US Ship there are a lot of photos but this one will be strait out of the boxes.

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Interesting timing -- I was just working on my family tree yesterday and came across a distant cousin who served a long stint aboard USS Grayson (DD-435), a member of the preceding Gleaves class. He transferred to Grayson after doing one patrol on USS Plunger (SS-179).

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Nice choice Greg.

 

Looks like there will be more brass than plastic on this build.

 

Can't  help but compare your pictures of the turrets and other cast parts with those sold by Model Monkey

https://www.shapeways.com/product/U7FU99ZEF/1-350-5-quot-38-cal-mk-30-double-knuckle-mounts

I know that if you start buying more stuff like gun directors, turrets, etc that it isn't really out of the box anymore, but there is so much available.

 

If you were building a square bridge you could even have an interior!

https://www.shapeways.com/product/TVMMY4PWW/1-350-fletcher-bath-iron-works-type-pilot-house

https://www.shapeways.com/product/QCBL5SHN9/1-350-fletcher-bethlehem-steel-type-pilot-house

 

Here is his whole 1/350 catalog. Destroyers are on the right column.

https://modelmonkey.wixsite.com/modelmonkey/scale-350

 

Going back to hide in my corner but looking forward to your build as always.

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Now those of you that have served, how long would it take to get this grunged up? I’m going to build her for 1942 and her first tour to the South Pacific before the first refit. 

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Some years ago (to be kept secret) the USN & Royal Navy had a cross deck program in the Med where each

swapped crew members to experience life in each other's Navy. I sailed on HMS Leander. in our mock war

games. "Absolute" BLAST.....

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11 hours ago, RGL said:

how long would it take to get this grunged up?

It would seem that it would depend on where the ship was located and how active she was.

 

Warmer waters should make marine growth a bigger problem. Sitting at anchor or at a dock rather than being underway would also promote a better marine growth environment I would think.

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Progress of sorts, hull joined up and the brass non slip footpaths added to the deck. Light coat of primer so I can start drawing up hull plates. 046BB3CD-8462-40FF-9EEF-C547AAD1FFF1.thumb.jpeg.f068857ffde355af68bff7153a912cda.jpeg

 

Then the main gun mounts. Resin v plastic, FE6215B1-48C0-4BF7-9946-4234BA93DE9F.thumb.jpeg.a1606f2a66e9889c71e2412928fc5547.jpegF5EC6179-6AA2-492E-AE84-1CDB7B98186F.thumb.jpeg.3669c91d7db358d2c94d9e260dead8e5.jpeg2C4343E5-EED6-444C-82D1-7E0DD730AD2F.thumb.jpeg.025a920cb1ac53de8d6f64ad5e4fb30e.jpeg29F78B9F-2E46-47D7-9FEC-5504DC139827.thumb.jpeg.b83686db256a22f09764466c49b6d476.jpeg

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Greg,

When I look at the pictures from the Fletcher, and I look at your primed hull, I see a difference in the way the hull plating has been lined up in the vertical. On your model it is stepped, on the real life ship the plates sides are a single line from bottom to top, but for a few at the bow ... will you change that or stick to the hull plating layout from the kit

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Dumb question (probably): how is the added thickness of the brass plating accounted for without making the superstructure out of scale in its dimensions? Or is the ‘out of scale’ negligible? (though, at 1:350, even small changes would be significant at full scale)

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