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USS Healy, DD-672

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"Tom Hathaway (thathaway3) sends us a fine gallery of images of his latest ship build, in this MSW "On Display" Feature!"

I had intended for this to be a part of the Forgotten Sisters Campaign, as the USS Healy is one of the 175 Fletcher Class Destroyers which were built and served during WW II. Things took just a bit longer than I'd hoped, but I finally finished everything (including the stand) yesterday.

The kit started out as the Tamiya Fletcher, which is an early war round bridge ship. I had decided to build a square bridge version, with the "emergency AA" refit which represents the final war design of this class, so naturally there was quite a bit of modification required.

I used the Tom's Model Works Fletcher Conversion kit to get the square bridge, along with quite a bit of scratch building. Alan Raven's "Fletcher Class Destroyers" and Lester Abbey's book of the same title were essential to provide photo references and drawings. The 5" turrets are the Corsair Armada with the late Steve Nutall's brass barrels. Quad and twin 40 mm are the L'Arsenal as well as their Mark 37 Gun director, twin 20mm, life rafts, 26' whale boat, and Mk 51 directors. The anchors and searchlights and torpedo tubes came from Yankee Modelworks. The PE is a combination of Tom's Modelworks and the Gold Medal Models sets.

The ship is depicted as she appeared at the end of the war. The USS Healy was present in Tokyo Bay along with the USS Missouri during the surrender ceremonies in 1945.

The USS Healy was named after Commander Howard Raymond Healy, Damage Control Officer on board the USS Lexington, CV-2.

"During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lexington took two torpedoes and two bomb hits 8 May 1942, and despite heroic damage control could not be saved. Commander Healy died on board and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his courage, leadership, and professional excellence during the battle to save his ship. Commander Healy perished at his battle station."
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About the Author

About Tom Hathaway (thathaway3)

I've been modeling since the late '50s. My primary interest is 1/35 Armor, with special interest in US Field Artillery. Having spent 30 years in the Active Army and Reserve, I like to model vehicles from units to which I've been assigned. Over that time I was assigned to three different Artillery un...


Outstanding work Tom!
SEP 01, 2008 - 06:19 AM
Excellent work Tom.
SEP 01, 2008 - 02:41 PM
very nicely done, thanks for sharing!
SEP 02, 2008 - 05:17 AM
That is a very nice looking tin can you have there. Thank you for sharing her with us.
SEP 02, 2008 - 06:25 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone. Just a quick update. During my research, I stumbled on the website of Kevin Healy, a lawyer in California, who is not only a Navy Reserve officer himself, but is the grandson of Commander Howard Raymond Healy, for whom the ship is named. I emailed him some photos and he will be linking several of the images of the ship to his website. What an honor!!!
SEP 07, 2008 - 03:51 PM
Quite an honor, Mr. Hathaway, congratulations, mate!
SEP 08, 2008 - 12:04 AM
very nice, love the presentation too. I checked out your gallery, you have a great range of detailed builds - subs, artillery, ships, tanks, fantastic stuff. Varied and interesting, like your military career. Thanks for leting us have a look!
SEP 08, 2008 - 12:29 AM