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USS Fletcher DD-445

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"MSW crew-mate Alec Cap (bigal07) shares a gallery of images of his build of Tamiya Models, 1/350 scale USS Fletcher, in this "On Display" feature!"

Model Kit Used- Tamiya - U.S. Navy DD445 Fletcher, Scale: 1/350 #78012

This is the US Navy DD445 Fletcher, one of the most successful destroyers ever built...a total of 175 ships proved to be the largest number for a destroyer class in the US navy inventory during the WW2 era, and they were completed in 2 and a half years.

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About the Author

About Alec Cap (bigal07)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

Beautiful camo paint and I just love the figures... really gives the sense of dimension. Well done! Cheers. Joe
JUN 17, 2010 - 02:57 PM
A pleasure to flick through the pictures. A really nice build, well done steve
JUN 17, 2010 - 05:59 PM
A nice model with a challenging camo pattern well-executed. The figures are a nice touch--I wish crew sets were standard in larger scale kits... --Karl
JUN 18, 2010 - 07:38 AM
Thank you all for those kind words, I brought this kit about a year ago thinking the camo was 2 huge decals, not realising you actually have to free hand paint this on port and starboard, so one day feeling brave out came the kit, due to a lot of handling I built and painted the hull first, then gloss varnish the whole lot and applied the decal, once dry a quick spray over with matt varnish, now I can hold onto something that not going to lose paint due to constant picking up and putting down when painting, building, gluing and so on, I dare say it not a system that will suite everyone, I just didn't want to uild this ship then have to deal with that somewhat complex camo design.
JUN 19, 2010 - 01:26 AM
Nice work Alec! I really like your creative idea on painting and finish the hull first. I have a Fletcher and HMS Renown in the queue and have been studying and analyzing how I would do the camouflage... your method looks like the ticket!
JUN 19, 2010 - 04:49 AM
very nicely done Alec! That ship is not only the most successful WWII destroyer, but one (if not "the") most successful ship plastic kit ever! If anyone is in need of ship camo masks, check Kenny's web site Gators Masks & More I have the mask for the 1:700 Fletcher camo pattern; great tool.
JUN 22, 2010 - 12:49 AM
Actually, the most successfull plastic ship model kit EVER in history, in sales volume alone, and still remains to this day, is the old Revell 1956 mold kit of the ARIZONA. Outsells everything else. Alec, you are a good prolific builder...quantity is good, however, we should start seeing some marked QUALITY improvements in assembly and paint finish techniques.
JUN 22, 2010 - 06:17 PM
Well - not quite sure what to say about that Ray, I build them seemingly faster then poor Gunny can post them lol, there are still quite a few in the ''void'' of being published, one or two slightly better then others, I would still like for someone to take me through scratch building a brass mast 1-700 of course. And as always many thanks for all comments.
JUN 24, 2010 - 03:23 AM
Nice Fletcher Al. I still have my Dragon Buchanan sitting in the box- I haven't worked up the courage to do the camo scheme just yet so kudos to you for tackling a tough job on the Fletch. Condolences on the World Cup loss against Germany today- England wuz robbed blind in the 1st half. Ref & Assistants must've had a few pints b-4 going out onto the pitch. Buggered up their eyesight a bit- maybe a decent pair of hobby glasses would've helped them see that the ball was PLAINLY over the line by a good half-mile.
JUN 27, 2010 - 05:34 AM