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USS Fletcher (Tamiya 1/350)

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When I started this model, the plan was to paint her Ms12 modified (splotches). However, I was unhappy with the camo came out on the hull, so over-sprayed the whole hull with Navy Blue. Since the superstructure was already painted haze gray, I shelved the model for awhile, not wanting to repaint everything.

Then I found that the Fletcher MAY have been painted into Ms. 18 (5N hull, 5H superstructure) in late 1942. Since I didn't want to repaint, "may have" was good enough for me, and I finished the model in this scheme, which I like better than Ms22.

The turrets, the twin 40mms and the Mk 37 director are all from L'Arsenal. Mast is brass rod, flag bags and signal lamps are extra YMW white metal pieces. The pelorus on each of the bridge wings are scratch built. I also added some plastic rod braces for the bridge wings.

Photo-etch is a mix of the Eduard set for the Fletcher, the Tamiya specific parts from the Gold Medal Models Fletcher set and a few odds and ends from a Tom's Modelworks and a Yankee Modelworks set. Everything else is pretty much "out of the box", including the teardrop shaped 40mm tub on the stern.

Rigging is .004 nylon quilting thread, while the decals - which gave me fits - are from a Yankee Modelworks DD kit. All in all, a very nice kit to build. Pity Mr. Tamiya didn't decide to follow this up with a square bridge kit, as the Trumpeter square bridge Fletcher is non nearly as nice as this.
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About the Author

About Martin J Quinn (MartinJQuinn)

Living in Northern New Jersey, USA. I have a 17 year old son in high school and a forever 9 year old daughter in heaven. I've been modeling since I was about 6 years old - my father and I put together my first model. After several builds, he had enough, while I never stopped building. ...


Hi Martin A sharp looking Fletcher you got! I really like the details and measure paint! Congratulations Thanks Mark, for publishing it Skipper
FEB 04, 2008 - 12:43 AM
Martin, That sure is a sweet looking Fletcher you made. Great details!
FEB 04, 2008 - 01:55 AM
Turned out really great Martin.
FEB 04, 2008 - 10:57 AM
Thanks guys. Like I say, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile! Dave, we going to see you at MosquitoCon this year?
FEB 04, 2008 - 10:21 PM
Hi Martin, Good to see you persevering through a tough build. Glad you continued and saw her through to the end. Great looking model, very clean and well presented. Thanks for sharing, Frank
FEB 05, 2008 - 02:54 AM
All I can say is 1/350 is the way to go. you did a great job on this build.
FEB 05, 2008 - 04:22 AM
What a real fine model, such a tight and clean job, absolutely fail less as far as my eyes can see! Congratulations, another fine model from you! JB
FEB 06, 2008 - 05:24 PM
If you want to know how to build and present this kit, this is exactly how you do it. A masterful reference to a very fine ship, Martin, Peter F
FEB 06, 2008 - 06:23 PM
Gorgeous build... I have that one in my 'to build" short list and just bookmarked your gallery to use as reference..cheers! James
FEB 09, 2008 - 03:42 AM
Excellent work Martin. I love the Fletchers. Steve
FEB 12, 2008 - 03:18 AM