Thursday, 3 August 2017

Rapid Fire! 20mm D-Day 1944 - Omaha Beach (part 5), USN Destroyer

I needed a USN Destroyer firing at the beach just for visual effect. I looked for such a thing in 1/72nd scale and nothing. May be some Vacu-formed model company in the USA but probably expensive and taking a lot of time to arrive (Nowadays at least one US company called Aquacraft produces a motorised model in 1/72nd scale). Another problem would be space as such a thing in 1/72nd scale measures at least 1,5 meters long and 40cm tall including masts and I don't have such space in my cabins.

So I built this Lindberg 1/125th scale USN Fletcher class Destroyer. I populated the vessel with some fifty sailors converted from 1/100th scale Skytrex models and that's it. Even so the model measures almost one meter long.

Control tower.  

Torpedoes area.

Stern with the usual depth charges.

40 mm Bofors AA guns and 20mm Oerlikon AA guns.

With such a model you have five 5'' guns to pound German WN's. In fact there were no Fletchers in Normandy as they served in the Pacific instead but it was the closest thing I could get.

Next: WN 70, I suppose.