Dragon 1046 U.S.S Chevalier DD-805 1945 Ship Model Kit, 1:350 Scale
Features: - Newly tooled radar tower is produced - Newly tooled platform produced - One-piece slide-molded upper hull w/undercut details newly represented - Newly designed bilge keels w/removable sonar dome are represented on lower hull by slide-mold technology - Finely detailed and newly designed quadruple 40mm Mk4 mount - Whalers w/photo-etched parts newly designed - Waterline or full-hull version can be assembled - Finely represented in either plastic or photo-etched versions - Deck has realistic camber - Rudder is movable - True-to-scale ultra-thin propellers - Fine photo-etched propeller guards - Mk37 gun director w/highly detailed Mk12 radar antenna assembly - Photo-etched parts finely reproduced for radar and antennas - Twin 40mm Mk4 guns reproduced w/delicate detail - Twin 20mm guns finely reproduced w/photo-etched shields - 3-directional slide-molded twin 5-inch gun turret - Every detail present, right down to access ladder and rivet head - Realistically detailed slide-molded gun barrels w/hollow ends - Side doors in plastic or photo-etched are available - Side door can assembled open/closed - Extremely fine parts like davits for whalers - Finely represented Mk51 gun director - 5-inch practice loading machine in great detail - Shield wall on superstructure and bonus captain's chair both w/full detail - Detail like hose and ladder patterns on superstructure walls delicately reproduced - Extra-thin shield walls on superstructure reproduced for accurate 1/350 scale appearance - Front and rear funnels w/DBM antennas - Funnels provided w/option of molded-on ladders or add-on photo-etched ladders - Platforms on funnels finely modeled by photo-etched parts - 12-inch and 36-inch searchlights provided - Movable mount for 36-inch searchlight w/clear part included - Oval- and square-shaped rafts look authentic - Depth charges molded w/extra-fine detail - Extra-fine detailed superstructure - Passageway for crew access realistically presented w/interior detail - Bridge supports portrayed w/photo-etched parts Dragon has come up with another exciting subject in its 1/350 scale warship range…this time of U.S.S. Chevalier (DD-805). This is Dragon’s second Gearing-class destroyer following the earlier release of U.S.S. Gearing DD-710. This destroyer was commissioned into the US Navy late in WWII, on 9 January 1945 to be exact. After sailing into the Pacific, U.S.S. Chevalier arrived in time for the bombardment of Wake Island on 1 August, before steaming into Tokyo Bay on 26 August. Reclassified as a radar picket destroyer (DDR-805) in March 1949, she served successive combat tours during the Korean War. In 1962 U.S.S. Chevalier reverted to her original DD-805 classification. In 1972 a change of ownership occurred when she was transferred to the Republic of Korea Navy and was renamed ROKS Chung Buk. The 3,460-ton destroyer was eventually scrapped in 2000 after a long service life. Dragon’s 1/350 scale kit of U.S.S. Chevalier builds on the success of the earlier release (U.S.S. Gearing). Taking the best and most fully detailed plastic parts from the preceding kit, Dragon has combined them with brand new components especially created for this model. Thus, new toolings are provided for the gun platform and radar tower. For unparalleled accuracy, the kit utilizes a one-piece hull that can be presented as either a waterline or full-hull version. As well as slide-molded parts, there is also a generous complement of photo-etched metal parts to add extra-fine detail. This kit provides the highest possible standard of parts to ensure a pleasurable and straightforward build for modelers of all skill levels.