Your model of USS Phelps is simply glorious. I built a couple of Skytrex 700 scale models before the company went out of business. They were ideal for the modeller who doesn't want to "footer" (a good Scottish word, equivalent to fiddle but more expressive) about with miniscule parts, yet with a bit of work they were more than presentable.
In the end it's "horses for courses". I admire those with the patience to build 700 scale models with several hundred parts. For me, those with fewer parts are more accessible given my work commitments. I just wish there were more kits out there such as your USS Phelps and the Skytrex models I built a while ago.
It must have been 12 or so years ago, but my company sponsored the making of a 1/700 scale US destroyer via using Neptun's vaunted mold-making and casting tech. The link below presents the end results, albeit that the photos had to be recolored because the model was painted in a MS-21 scheme that made taking pictures a serious problem. There are a few specs of dust, but the details speak for themselves. There are only 4 pieces per model (hull, mast, fore and aft turret), and all else was cast in place. We sold a few hundred of them, and they were not cheep at $85 @ fully painted. The kits would have been about $50, but I dropped the ball on the project and Neptun took over the rights. I was going to make several such models, but the point is, the tech exists and has existed for some time. Great detail does not require hundreds of parts. It is all about casting and materials...As for detailed painting, railings, etc., that will always be the challenge! However, one can still enjoy highly detailed models that do not take a month of Sundays to assemble. Some folks enjoy making dozens of AA guns and the like, and hats off to them. Me, I like looking at the completed project.