Recommended to help build any late-war Fletcher from:
- Blue Water Navy 1/350 scale USS The Sullivans DD-537
- Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale USS Jenkins DDE-447 (1950s)
- Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale USS Renshaw DD-499
- Tamiya 1/350 scale USS Fletcher DD-445
- Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS The Sullivans DD-537
- Yankee Modelworks 1/350 scale USS Johnston DD-557
These models represent the enlarged and re-positioned fighting positions for quadruple 40mm Bofors cannon mounts, called "tubs", fit to many Fletcher class destroyers from late World War Two. This significant and very conspicuous modification was made to improve the anti-aircraft capability of Fletcher class destroyers facing the frightening Kamikaze threat. An anti-aircraft "AA" Deck House is available separately.
The portion of the deck that extends outwards from the central deckhouse below is included as an aid to position the parts and to provide strength to the splinter shields.
These models are designed from official US Navy drawings to represent the real shape and size of the tubs and the compartments below them. They are not scaled to precisely fit any specific plastic or resin kit. Depending on which plastic or resin kit you own, some adjustment to your plastic or resin kit's parts, other aftermarket parts such as photo-etch or resin mounts, or these 3D-printed tubs, may be necessary for best fit.
Special thanks to noted naval historian Rick E. Davis who provided advice and references during the development of this product.
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