Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Destroyer escort kit

3 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    July 2015
Destroyer escort kit
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, August 5, 2021 9:10 PM

Hi Everyone,

This summer I've been doing a lot of reading/research about the Battle of Leyte Gulf, specifically the battle involving Taffy 3 where a small group of destroyers, destroyer escorts, and escort carriers took on a much larger Japanese task force.  My question is does anyone make an injection molded kit of the USS Samuel B. Roberts or another destroyer escort of the same Butler class?  Trumpeter makes the USS England but that is of the Buckley class.  Thanks!








  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, August 5, 2021 9:25 PM

Pit Road, 1/700. I like their kits in that scale.

Lindberg made a Rudderow Class in box scale, which is quite similar to the Butlers.

Roberts is also available in resin, which I would choose over the Lindberg kit.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    October 2005
Posted by CG Bob on Thursday, August 5, 2021 9:36 PM

About two years ago, a group of modelers recreated Taffy 3 in 1/96th scale r/c models.  Here's the link: Taffy 3 Model Ship Group.  The local TV News crew shot some video of the flet underway.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Friday, August 6, 2021 5:45 AM

The Trumpeter kit of the USS England is of a Buckley class.   The Samuel Roberts was. Butler class.   The former had a raised bridge-house and open 3-inch gun mounts while the latter had a lower bridge and enclosed 5"/38s.  Plus other differences. A scratch-rebuild of the entire upper works would be required.   I had at one time inquired of Model Monkey the possibility of him doing such a 3D print conversion - No Joy. 


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.