USS Fletcher DD445 Destroyer Waterline

One of the most famous and successful destroyer classes ever built was the U.S. Navy's Fletcher class that appeared during the World War period. A total of 175 sister ships proved to be the largest number for a destroyer class in the U.S. Navy inventory during the era. They were completed in two and a half years, showing a stunning example of wartime mass production. Development of the Fletcher class vessels began in mid October 1939, when the U.S. Navy General Board stated the initial characteristics requirements for their new destroyers. The Navy needed a larger and more versatile, multipurpose destroyers, to replace the then principle Benson/Livermore tyoe ships, which were the final development of the pre-war destroyer design restricted by the London Treaty.

Tamiya USS Fletcher DD445 Destroyer Waterline Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/700 Scale #31902
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"Some small parts hard to handle, otherwise an excellent kit"
cdnmodeller (Edmonton, AB)
I had been looking for U.S. destroyer model kits for some time & was thrilled when I found this one. Although it has some incredibly tiny parts which were difficult to handle for some with large fingers like me, I was still impressed with the end result of this kit. I have actually built more than 1 of this kit as I have been trying to create a group of destroyers of sufficient size.

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  • Tamiya Product Number: 31902


1/700 USS Fletcher DD445 Destroyer Waterline plastic model kit.

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"Early Fletcher Class edition with change in camoflague painting"
Nice little ship to build as this is the lead ship of the class along with a few others before modernization. Used the hull number 446 USS Radford that comes with the decal sheet. Deck and hull are a single piece so was easy to paint deck in weather deck blue and vertical upper superstructures in light gray. Paint those parts before assembly, much easier to control any over paint of spray. All horizontal surfaces also paint in same as deck. Painted torpedo tubes in medium gray as well as the AA guns, but painted 20mm & 40mm barrels in gunmetal, 5 inch barrels are painted in Model Master Steel, and blast bags are done in a darker gray, turrets in light gray. The hull is painted from the boot top (black waterline) to the deck at its lowest point in RAF Sea Gray for darker look. Overall, took about 4 days to complete with waiting times for the paint and cement to dry. Will dull coat after waiting 24 hours for paint to cure. Painted mast radar in Steel instead of silver. You want to stay away from using silver paint at all times. Photos to follow.

Thhis is a great waterline destroyer form Tamiya. Very similar to the USS Cushing model by Tamiya. No full hull, butgreat quality model. Nice detail.

"Very Good kit"
A great kit but only has one problem. The 5 inch guns are under-scale but still a great kit.

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