Revell 1:144 Scale Fletcher-Class Destroyer WWII
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- Detailed two-part hull
- 5 detailed gun turrets with movable barrels
- 2 lifeboats
- Super detailed funnel structure
- Search lights with transparent parts
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This item Revell 1:144 Scale Fletcher-Class Destroyer WWII
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|Item Dimensions||26.4 x 94.9 x 13.9 cm||30.48 x 30.48 x 12.7 cm||10.16 x 69.85 x 19.18 cm||8.97 x 64.87 x 22.43 cm|
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|Number of Units Included in Each of the Package Customer Receives||200||1||659||1|
The construction of new battleships and aircraft carriers capable of speeds over30 knots also required modern new destroyers capable of up to 38 knots. Consequently in January 1940 the General Ship Board responsible for these plans decided that a new destroyer should be designed with a 127 mm main armament in five gun turrets and 10 torpedo tubes. By the end of 1940 orders for 100 ships of the future Fletcher Class were placed with 11 different shipyards. When the USA came into the war in December 1941, the navy placed a further 75 orders.
TheDD-445 USS Fletcher type called after Admiral Frank F. Fletcher was launched on 3rd May 1942 from Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, New Jersey. Unlike previous USdestroyers the hull of the ship was able to withstand much heavier loads, so that the destroyer driven by two high-pressure steam turbines with a capacity of60,000 shp reached a top speed of 37 knots. The maximum cruising speed under operational conditions was 32 to 33 knots. Modern radar equipment ensured that she was also fully operational by night and in poor visibility. Some parts of the superstructure were clad in 12 mm hardened steel armour increased to as muchas 19 mm armour plating in vital areas of the hull.
Thanks to a very conservative construction, a powerful power plant and extensive modern radar andsensor systems, the ships of the Fletcher Class proved to be the most successfulUS Navy destroyers in the 2nd World War. During the war 18 ships were lost due to enemy action mainly in the Pacific. Shortly after the war ended 145 Fletcher destroyers were retired from service. At the beginning of the Korean War the US Navy reactivated over 60 ships and at the end of the 1950s some were sold to allies.
1 x Revell 05091 - 1:144 Scale Fletcher-Class Destroyer (WWII)
1 x Instruction Manual
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So when my son turned 11, I thought it would be the perfect father/son project to introduce him to the modeling world and show him how to make things remotely controlled. The first thing I discovered was that these were no longer found in every hobby store. The second thing I found was that they are now made by Revell Germany. After opening the kit, I found that it was not the same kit I remember from when I was a kid. Where the original Lindberg model originally had a thick, robust one piece hull, the Revell version has a cheaper, thinner, two piece hull that just felt, well, cheap. While the detail level is good, the R/C capability is poor. This model is best suited for looking pretty on a shelf.