I'd say that Kenny is misusing irony
when it should be "coincidental", but maybe that's just word-smith anal-retentiveness.
The kit is for her 1941 fit, not 1942, or at least not the majority of 1942. Her aft two torpedo launchers were removed & replaced with K gun launchers in February or so of 1942 as she was expected to run across more enemy submarines than ships. As a clarification on Kenny's history, she headed to the west coast in December of 42 for conversion to APD, and was back in Hawaii by February of 1943. So if you've got some extra K-gun launchers in 700th you can do Ward from February to December of '42. Schematics showing their locations are up on my Ward site in the gallery of schematics.