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Fletcher Class destroyers

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Fletcher Class destroyers
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, July 6, 2024 7:55 AM


     A well known class for sure. Now, here's one for you. Every ship modeler has heard of or seen the "Lindberg-Blue Devil" Destroyer. At least i think so. Anyway here's a long term project I undertook to see if it could be done. I converted my R.C. one "Lindberg's kit" into a Gearing Class. When I got her done, I then bought another and converted her to a Fram Gearing just like they did to the real one I was stationed on. That was a job unto itself for sure!

    Fast forward twenty five year.Looking worse for wear My Gearing still exists as well as at least five 1/350 FRAM conversions .Yep, like the original FRAM's no two were alike in all ways. Ours had a Helo deck and Hangar plus Asrocs and other stuff I don't remember, but, looked like shortened Missile launched torpedoes forward on the 01 deck. I never saw, nor  did anyone else, the helo we were supposed to get.The Navy just never seemed to get that one right I guess.

     Great place to stow the stuff we all bought in the Western pacific and brought home as souveniers. Cars, Bikes(Motorcycles) and othet stuff. Lotsa "Boom" boxes as they were known then. Big(For Then ) T.V.s and other furniture. Our dockside looked like a freighter when we offloaded. I brought home a PWC and a Boom box! You shoulda seen my neighbors on the lake when I went out on it!

 Anyway, remember, like the Fletchers,no two gearings were alike either But they were All gun ships too. The Fletchers started it all and yes, some of those still in service got Frammed too!

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Posted by ddp59 on Saturday, July 6, 2024 9:28 AM

did you leave the original model length or did you lengthen it the 14' scale to be the correct Gearing length? 

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    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Saturday, July 6, 2024 11:45 AM

My older brother was on the Big E in the 70's they had lots of space to store souvenirs too. He brought back a bunch of stuff from Japan, a couple of high-end stereo systems, one for himself and another for our mom but my favorite trinket was the very first Pong video game system.

 I was in awe that the TV could be interactive – Something totally taken for granted today, but so incredibly mind blowing at the time (for me anyway).

To keep this somewhat model related - I've had a Blue Devil since getting my first 3D printer, so about 6 years, I thought it would be fun to print up a bunch of replacement parts and detail pieces, still do but it's been back burnered. Hope to get to it sooner than latter... 


- Joe the SMG

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, July 6, 2024 12:26 PM

I've pulled my 1/350 square bridge out of the salt and started DD560 USS Morrison.

The kit includes both original fit with five 5" guns and refit with four 5" guns and two twin forties. Morrison was sunk in 1945 after refit.


 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


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    April 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Saturday, July 6, 2024 1:57 PM

i'm going to kitbash a 1/350 scale ww2 Gearing class destroyer into USS PERRY (DD-844) after it had gone thru the FRAM conversion. i also have a 1/350 scale FFG-7 USS Oliver Hazard Perry that i am going to build as that ship. i'm going to kitbash 2 of Revell's 1/242 scale USS Ward's into USS PERRY (DD-340 & DMS-17).

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    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, July 6, 2024 5:41 PM

Getting set to install the rails on a Sumner mine layer as the USS Aaron Ward.  She was bludgeoned by multiple kamikazes at Okinawa.   

In my spare time I'be added the underwater intakes & exhaust ports using scaled drawings in the Anatomy of the Ship - USS Kidd  to a Trumpeter Square bridge kit.   Plus sonar dome, depth sounder hydrophone head and zincs

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, July 7, 2024 7:28 AM

Funny you should ask!

      I had the plans for the Gearing and the Fletcher on the wall in my shop. So yes, I cut the hull up by quarters and installed the structure to create a proper Gearing hull. Remember the Gearings were a wee bit wider. I can't remember how much. It wasn't so much it was noticeable though!

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Posted by ddp59 on Sunday, July 7, 2024 9:38 AM

according to the Booklet of General Plans, it was just over 1' difference.


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