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US Navy DD445 Fletcher Destroyer Boat

A 1/350 Scale Plastic U.S. Navy DD445 Fletcher Destroyer from Tamiya.

Tamiya US Navy DD445 Fletcher Destroyer Boat Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/350 Scale #78012
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 78012
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"You Have to Build this boat"
I have always been a fan of Fletcher type destroyers. So I built this one and loved the outcome. Of course Tamiya puts out a wonderful product, but the details, fit and finish of the model were outstanding, as well as being challenging enough to make it fun. This is an awesome model for the price.

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  • Markings included for 4 different destroyers with the early curved bridge.
  • Accurately reproduced 12.7mm main gun turrets which can be made to rotate.
  • Single piece hull and one piece main deck.
  • Detailed bridge with movable radar antenna.
  • Detailed funnels, masts, depth charge racks, lifeboats, and superstructure.
  • A simple plastic display base in also included.


  • Tamiya Product Number: 78012


1/350 US Navy DD445 Fletcher

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"fun build"
wayne (Birmingham AL)
This was my first model ship. I have always kinda stayed away from them due to the crazy camo schemes. this kit went together like a dream and as it wasn't that expensive I figured what better to learn on. I did, I learned a lot. it does have some very small parts, but if that doesn't bother you you'll enjoy this kit

"Very Good and Challenging build"
This was a challenging build for me. I have disabilities that make all but basic modeling difficult, but I like the challenge of increasing degrees of difficulty in my builds. This model was indeed more of a challenge than I'm used to tackling. The directions were fairly clear and straightforward. (although something I find vaguely annoying is that in this age of digital everything, most model instruction graphics remain comparatively primitive hand drawings.) The parts sprue was organized and labeled clearly and rationally, mostly sequentially numbered with parts that are assembled together placed together on the sprue. The parts were free of excess plastic, and they came off the sprue easily and very cleanly. They need very little trimming or sanding to make them ready for joining. There were A LOT of tiny pieces that were a real challenge. In fact, I lost at least half a dozen of those tiny pieces when they slipped out my hand and landed on the dirt floor. But those tiny pieces were part of the challenge (I've since discovered using a small piece of Silly Putty stuck on the end of a dowel makes an excellent tool to hold tiny pieces for assembly.) The paints were a disappointment, although they were provided with the kit. Following the painting as indicated on the plans required mixing different paints in really bizarre proportions, like 56:1. I decided to omit those nearly impossible color mixtures for ones that were close. I also chose to paint the hull the good old fashioned haze gray I remember from my time at sea in the Navy, as opposed to the more realistic camo scheme (Haze Gray and under way). I did most of the painting while the parts were on the sprue. My only really maddening problem was gluing. Using a CA glue is problematic in that I have great difficulty controlling the flow, so it marred a lot of the fine details when fused. Regular polystyrene glue is just as difficult. But none of that has anything to do with the model per se, just another challenge to face. In sum, this was a really good and interesting model to build. It was a challenge, though an experienced modeler probably would find it easy. This model helped me move to the next level of difficulty, and I intend to use what I learned to build the USS Indianapolis, relabeled as the USS Portland (CA-33) Pros: Clearly, rationally organized sprue; clean parts; excellent replica of the actual ship; moderate challenge. Cons: Sometimes muddied directions; paint requires mixing in bizarre ratios.

"Nice kit. Usual Tamiya"
This is a very nice kit that goes together very well. Aftermarket extras do help but it's very nice out-of-box as well. Highly recommended.


  • Decal options:
  • Single sheet of decals with US Navy ensign and 4 sets of numbers for
  • DD's 445, 446, 447, and 448. All ships may be painted with the
  • same scheme but since US Navy camouflage practices changed during
  • WWII, check references to be sure of its accuracy for any
  • particular ship.

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