Sincerest thanks to all for giving your time to share thoughts, class-knowledge and links.
Current bookshelf of Fletcher
references are; Anatomy (Sullivans
), Friedman, Round, Square, Raven, Squadron and Profile (Ausburne
). 'Should suffice.
Next step will be research, preparing several careful shopping lists and parting with some coin to prep for the 1/144 Revell build.
Aft and fantail 4-40 mm (Guadalcanal) fit will in all likelihood be chosen configuration.
Thanks again to all, 'really appreciate you.
In this writer's novel (channeling Jules Verne ca. 1972), Adventure--Into The Neverland
, a rescued-from-scrap Fletcher
becomes a "survey frigate" along with two other WW II vintage ships used for exploration.
When a 1/700 model was made of Surveyor
some years ago, accuracy was not all that important. Having a rough 3-D visual was
Strong temptations exist currently, to finally begin the 1/144 Revell DD-445 Fletcher , purchased when the kit was pre-order. Yes, a while ago.
As the kit depicts DD-445 on trials, what all specific aftermarket (and who makes it?) is required to build Fletcher or a close sister either as at Guadalcanal (4-40 mm, aft and fantail) or later (6-40mm, aft and amidships)?
Strong hunch is, most urgent need is for:
* PE railings
* masthead and Mk 37 director-mount radars
* additional 40 mm twin(s) and Mk 51(s)
* additional 20mm?
* additional DC racks / DCs?
* modified DC projectors / racks?
* general PE (& resin?) ship upgrade detail parts
There may be more, but 'am humbly soliciting, from anyone who built a Pacific '42-44 round-bridge from the 1/144 Revell DD-445...
...what all did you need to buy and/or fabricate to make a decent August '42 to mid '44 representation of this important class?